MADE FOR TV-MOVIES

New York Times, Sunday, August 9, 2009

Author: Patrick Blindauer & Andrea Carla Michaels
Editor: Will Shortz
Patrick Blindauer
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Andrea Carla Michaels
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This puzzle:

Rows: 21, Columns: 21, Words: 140, Blocks: 72 Missing: {JZ} Spans: 5 This is puzzle # 30 for Mr. Blindauer. This is puzzle # 16 for Ms. Michaels. NYT links: Across Lite

Constructor notes: Huge breakthrough, dream come true, a Sunday puzzle. All my Sundays have been something based on one of my ideas but collaborations with different guys who are more sophisticated grid makers than I. My early week collaborations tend to be with folks I'm either mentoring or helping them realize their dream of getting a puzzle published in the NYT. My later week ones, I'm in the other position.

Patrick Blindauer and worked long and hard for consistency, a TV show followed by a movie, never movie followed by TV. Something contemporary paired with something from the past. We had a huge list. In the end, and a lot of fun coming up with them and settled upon five that were perfect 21s across. My favorites were GOSSIPGIRLINTERRUPTED and FATHERKNOWSBESTINSHOW just for smoothness factor and new with old.

Patrick made the grid. In 2013, another pair used the same title and I was sort of bummed. Their idea was slightly different though: the TV shows were one word titles inserted into movie titles.

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© 2009, The New York Times
Across Down
1. Explorer who has a monetary unit named after him : BALBOA
7. Nasal tones : TWANGS
13. "Huddled" group inscribed on the Statue of Liberty : MASSES
19. Chip in : ANTEUP
20. Notre Dame cry : GOIRISH
21. Like an ass : EQUINE
22. Dirt-dishing lass who's been cut off? : GOSSIPGIRLINTERRUPTED
25. Summery : ESTIVAL
26. "Livin' la Vida ___" : LOCA
27. Danish coin : ORE
28. Star of football, to most of the world : PELE
31. Jeanne d'Arc, for one: Abbr. : STE
32. Seasoned rice dishes : PILAFS
36. Wayne ___ (Gotham City abode) : MANOR
38. Entertainer Béla : FLECK
40. "Right away, boss!" : IMONIT
42. Cheese choice : EDAM
44. Dad is familiar with top Broadway star? : FATHERKNOWSBESTINSHOW
51. Block buster? : TNT
52. Peeples of "Fame" : NIA
53. Played again : REPRISED
54. Constellation near Scorpius : ARA
55. More raspy : HOARSER
57. "Finnegans Wake" wife : ANNA
58. Epic poem in dactylic hexameter : ILIAD
60. Lhasa ___ (dog) : APSO
63. Fourth of September? : TEE
64. N.Y.C. subway syst. : IRT
65. See 114-Down : CARTE
66. Actor Joel's crime scene analysis? : GREYSANATOMYOFAMURDER
73. Printing on many a name tag : HELLO
74. Ballpark figs. : HRS
75. Japanese band : OBI
76. Some depictions on a pyramid wall : GODS
77. It may be blind : ALLEY
78. Bygone stadium : SHEA
80. Brand that's universally liked? : SARALEE
83. Used a tuffet : SAT
84. Backyard briquettes : CHARCOAL
86. Hack : CAB
87. Red head, once? : MAO
90. One-quarter of a mourning lacrosse team? : TWOANDAHALFMENINBLACK
95. Emma of "The Avengers" : PEEL
96. Dennis, to Mr. Wilson : MENACE
97. Comparatively right-minded : SANER
98. Ancient Jordanian city with rock carvings : PETRA
101. Landlord : LESSOR
103. O.E.D. filler : WDS
106. Jedi Council leader : YODA
107. "___ ELO" (1976 album) : OLE
108. Blow the whistle : TOOT
110. Fervent : INTENSE
113. Hollywood hanky-panky? : SEXANDTHECITYOFANGELS
121. Bad way to be caught : INALIE
122. Bone receptacle : OSSUARY
123. Lament : REGRET
124. Tomoyuki ___, creator of Godzilla : TANAKA
125. Just followed Nancy Reagan's advice? : SAIDNO
126. Some blackboard writing : LESSON
1. Tote : BAG
2. "Wheel of Fortune" purchase : ANO
3. Some U.S.N.A. grads : LTS
4. Beg : BESEECH
5. Some votes in Québec : OUIS
6. Calendar data: Abbr. : APPTS
7. When tripled, a W.W. II movie : TORA
8. Self-control : WILLPOWER
9. "Entourage" agent Gold : ARI
10. "Seduction of the Minotaur" author : NIN
11. Prime meridian std. : GST
12. Continental ___ : SHELF
13. Grand Marquis, e.g., for short : MERC
14. Superhero with an octopus named Topo : AQUAMAN
15. "How's it goin', man?" : SUP
16. Quash : SITON
17. First of 12 abroad : ENERO
18. Dinner that includes a reading : SEDER
20. Cry uncle : GIVEIN
23. "Skedaddle!" : GIT
24. Beverage brewed from petals : ROSETEA
28. Kaput : PFFT
29. Dash : ELAN
30. Mikhail Baryshnikov, by birth : LETT
33. Clouseau title: Abbr. : INSP
34. Common setting in an Indiana Jones movie : LIBRARY
35. Corroded : ATEINTO
37. Pro-___ : AMS
39. Game played at the Mirage : KENO
41. "Encore!" : MORE
43. Accomplished : DID
45. It's thrown from a horse : RIATA
46. Carpenter of note : KAREN
47. I.R.S. ID : SSN
48. Bob or weave : HAIRDO
49. Said "Friends, Romans, countrymen ..." : ORATED
50. Waterproof boots : WADERS
55. Noted rule maker : HOYLE
56. Briny : SEA
58. Set of hospital rms. : ICU
59. Fries order at McDonald's, maybe : LARGE
60. Shocked and awed : AGHAST
61. Poli sci student's major, maybe : PRELAW
62. Do business with : SELLTO
64. Real-time e-notes : IMS
67. Word with milk or sauce : SOY
68. Colorado State, athletically : THERAMS
69. Future presenters of the past : ORACLES
70. In favor of : FOR
71. Summers : ABACI
72. ___ Kundera, author of "The Unbearable Lightness of Being" : MILAN
78. Bulb in the kitchen : SHALLOT
79. "LOL!" : HAH
80. Do-gooder : SAMARITAN
81. One of the Baldwins : ALEC
82. Goes back : EBBS
84. B train? : CDE
85. ___ concern : OFNO
87. Hombre's hand : MANO
88. Passed with flying colors : ACED
89. Southern staple : OKRA
91. Financing fig. : APR
92. One who loves pick-ups? : NEATNIK
93. Something you love to play with : NEWTOY
94. What oviparous creatures do : LAYEGGS
98. Surmise : POSIT
99. "Marcus Welby, M.D." actress Verdugo : ELENA
100. Old TV western starring Rory Calhoun, with "The" : TEXAN
102. Character of a community : ETHOS
104. ___ Leppard : DEF
105. What traffic and dogs do : SNARL
109. Greek theaters : ODEA
111. "Wedding Bell Blues" singer Laura : NYRO
112. Snick's partner : SNEE
114. With 65-Across, like some orders : ALA
115. That, in Oaxaca : ESA
116. Hit TV show set in Las Vegas : CSI
117. Pill alternative, for short : IUD
118. Stumblers' sounds : ERS
119. One of 13 popes : LEO
120. Stop on a track: Abbr. : STN

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