New York Times, Tuesday, September 21, 2004

Author: Andrea Carla Michaels
Editor: Will Shortz
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Rows: 15, Columns: 15, Words: 78, Blocks: 44 Missing: {QZ} Spans: 1 This is puzzle # 3 for Ms. Michaels. NYT links: Across Lite

Andrea Carla Michaels notes: At this point I was only making one a year, if that. I hadn't started thinking of myself as a constructor yet. Simply a solver who had ideas from time to time. But I loved coming up with themes, which TV Guide didn't care about. GILLIGANSISLAND was a perfect 15 across and I started putting in character names and some of the actors real names. Will said "All character names or all real names, no mixing. Again, I was flabbergasted by the synchronicity of FOUR of the actors having complementary lengths! TINALOUISE/ALANHALEJR (The Jr was a slight fudge, but that IS how he's credited) JIMBACKUS/BOBDENVER. I felt bad about having to leave out the Professor and Mary Ann (not to mention Mrs. Howell) but even on the show the first few years they were just "And the rest..."!

This was my first experience of having five theme answers, as I used to think just in threes, preferably all 15s going straight across. Actually I still do!

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© 2004, The New York Times
Across Down
1. Unconsciousness : COMA
5. Govt. security : TBILL
10. Tell all : BLAB
14. Eve's mate : ADAM
15. North of talk radio : OLLIE
16. Leave in the dust : LOSE
17. Player of Ginger : TINALOUISE
19. A few chips in the pot, maybe : ANTE
20. Kind of scene in a movie : SEX
21. Other, to Ortega : OTRA
22. Inspirations : IDEAS
23. Player of the title role in 37-Across : BOBDENVER
26. [Woe is me!] : BOOHOO
30. Social historian Jacob : RIIS
31. Charles Lamb, pseudonymously : ELIA
32. Desist : CEASE
34. Ewe's cry : BAA
37. Classic sitcom that debuted on 9/26/1964 : GILLIGANSISLAND
41. ___ sauce : SOY
42. Blue-haired lady of TV cartoons : MARGE
43. Ye ___ Shoppe : OLDE
44. 7-Eleven, e.g. : MART
45. Adorable "bears" : PANDAS
47. Player of Thurston Howell III : JIMBACKUS
50. Half-man/half-goat creatures : FAUNS
52. ___-majesté : LESE
53. Org. that helps with motel discounts : AAA
56. Remark while putting chips in the pot : IMIN
57. Player of the Skipper : ALANHALEJR
60. Mexican fast food : TACO
61. Mob : HORDE
62. "I smell ___!" : ARAT
63. Slow-boil : STEW
64. Got up : STOOD
65. Hunky-___ : DORY
1. See 3-Down : CATS
2. "Garfield" dog : ODIE
3. With 1-Down, tailless pets : MANX
4. Doctor's org. : AMA
5. Overly : TOOTOO
6. Squib on a book jacket : BLURB
7. Ancient Greek class reading : ILIAD
8. Fleur-de-___ : LIS
9. Name that's a homophone of 8-Down : LEE
10. Shivs : BLADES
11. Society avoider : LONER
12. Nick and Nora's pooch : ASTA
13. Spelling contests : BEES
18. Gray wolf : LOBO
22. Harvard, Yale, Princeton, etc., for short : IVIES
24. Rub out : ERASE
25. Not yet final, at law : NISI
26. Importunes : BEGS
27. Mixture : OLIO
28. Greasy : OILY
29. Actor Linden or Holbrook : HAL
32. Magna ___ : CARTA
33. Essay writer's class: Abbr. : ENG
34. Shiny on top? : BALD
35. "Three Men ___ Baby" : ANDA
36. Summer drinks : ADES
38. Some prayer leaders : IMAMS
39. Dress : GARB
40. Actor Chaney : LON
44. Boat on 37-Across : MINNOW
45. Shoved : PUSHED
46. Lost : ASEA
47. Result of squeezing, maybe : JUICE
48. Mild cigar : CLARO
49. Japanese form of fencing : KENDO
50. Partner of starts : FITS
51. Latin 101 verb : AMAT
53. Prefix with nautical : AERO
54. Slightly open : AJAR
55. Creative : ARTY
57. Responses to a masseur : AHS
58. Home stretch? : LOT
59. Irish fellow : LAD

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