New York Times, Thursday, January 5, 2006

Author: Victor Fleming
Editor: Will Shortz
Victor Fleming
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Rows: 15, Columns: 16, Words: 75, Blocks: 38 Missing: {JXZ} Spans: 2 This is puzzle # 4 for Mr. Fleming. NYT links: Across Lite

Victor Fleming notes: Fifty-one weeks before this puzzle was published, I submitted it to Will. The transmittal note saved in my computer files doesn't reflect this, but I am pretty sure I hand-wrote a P.S., in which I pointed out that the substance of Wilde's quotation was perfect for a puzzle that broke with the 15x15 conventional grid.

Getting quip puzzles accepted at the Times is tough. Always has been. Always will be. There has to be something above-and-beyond about the quip, other than that it's never before been in a puzzle. I suspect the only reason this Wilde quote had never been in a puzzle is that the constructor simply has to go with a 16-block-wide grid for the 16-12-16 parsing. The quip parses at 13-3-12-3-13, but in that configuration both of the 3's are the word THE.

I could be wrong. There may other ways to do this quip, via something other than a traditional symmetrical grid. I was just lucky enough to be the one to submit a puzzle at a time when Will had decided to accept some 16-wides.

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© 2006, The New York Times
Across Down
1. With 70-Across, source of the quip at 21-, 39- and 58-Across : OSCAR
6. Travels erratically : FLITS
11. They're missed by airballs : RIMS
15. Nancy's wealthy pal in the comics : ROLLO
16. Actress Lindley of "Three's Company" : AUDRA
17. Condo, e.g. : UNIT
18. Identity hider : ALIAS
19. Brown-coated ermine : STOAT
20. Little: Prefix : MICR
21. Start of a quip : CONSISTENCYISTHE
24. Cramp site : LEG
25. Mini-albums, for short : EPS
26. Banks on a runway : TYRA
27. Ed.'s request : SAE
28. Popular ice cream : EDYS
30. Tony-winning Hagen : UTA
32. Say "aloha," say : GREET
34. A pair of rattlers : MARACAS
38. Tiny channels : RILLS
39. Quip, part 2 : LASTREFUGEOF
41. Lewis Carroll creature : SNARK
43. Part of a rare birth : TRIPLET
44. Thrusts out a lip or two : POUTS
45. Where a drive might start : TEE
46. Criteria: Abbr. : STDS
50. Syr. neighbor : ISR
51. Country whose flag says "God is great" : IRAQ
55. N.C.'s capital : RAL
57. Abbr. after many a general's name : RET
58. End of the quip : THEUNIMAGINATIVE
62. Padre's hermanas : TIAS
63. He played Krupa in "The Gene Krupa Story" : MINEO
64. Management counterpart : LABOR
65. Art Deco alias : ERTE
66. Rear-___ : ENDER
67. With a full head of steam : AMAIN
68. U.P.S. drivers have them : RTES
69. Tosspots : SOAKS
70. See 1-Across : WILDE
1. Revered answerer : ORACLE
2. Did an aria : SOLOED
3. Like sheets right out of a dryer : CLINGY
4. "How sad!" : ALAS
5. Actress Perez : ROSIE
6. What a pace horse is noted for : FASTSTART
7. It has strings attached : LUTE
8. "___ get it!" : IDONT
9. The doctor in "Daktari" : TRACY
10. Debaucher : SATYR
11. Jamaican spirits : RUMS
12. Per se : INITSELF
13. One of the archangels : MICHAEL
14. Ordinal numbers in Los Angeles, e.g. : STREETS
22. Sudden growth : SPURT
23. "No argument here" : IAGREE
29. On the ball : SMART
31. Service expert? : ACER
33. Ugly scenes : RIOTS
35. Warmly welcomes : ASKSIN
36. In ___ of anger : AFIT
37. Higher-ups : SUPERIORS
39. Achievement honoree : LAUREATE
40. Collect slowly : GLEAN
41. Camel, notably : SPITTER
42. Start of a warning sign for restaurant customers : NOSHIRT
47. Like some elders : TRIBAL
48. Without, with "of" : DEVOID
49. Laurence who wrote "A Sentimental Journey" : STERNE
52. Winter coats : RIMES
53. Kind of group, in chemistry : AMINO
54. Speaker's finale : QANDA
56. 1980's-90's Emmy-winning drama : LALAW
59. Takes advantage of : USES
60. Uncool sort : GEEK
61. Suspense novelist ___ Hoag : TAMI

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