New York Times, Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Author: Finn Vigeland
Editor: Will Shortz
Finn Vigeland
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This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15, Words: 76, Blocks: 34 Missing: {QXZ} This is the debut puzzle for Mr. Vigeland. NYT links: Across Lite

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Finn Vigeland notes: Will accepted this puzzle in July 2010 — my first acceptance! — under the condition I get rid of four entries he didn't care for. I eagerly sent off a new version of the grid the next day, and then ... crickets. I knew to expect less-than-speedy responses from Will, but I was hoping an update to a conditional acceptance would merit a quick turnaround time.

Fast forward to October 1, still no response, and the night of the Westchester Crossword Puzzle Tournament, which Will hosts in his hometown of Pleasantville, NY. I went up to him to say hi, and he immediately went, "Finn! I still owe you a response, don't I?" At the tournament after-party, which he holds at his house, he took me up to his office, where I saw my puzzle sitting at the top of his pile. He accepted it the next day and it ran in print a mere 18 days later!

As Jim notes below, I was a student at Horace Mann School (58-Across) in Riverdale, NY, when I constructed this puzzle, so that was the seed entry here. And HI MOM was sort of an accidental bonus theme entry.

JimH notes: This is another debut from a teenage constructor. Mr. Vigeland constructed this puzzle while a student at Horace Mann School in Bronx, NY (hence 58 Across.) At publication time, he was an 18-year-old freshman at Columbia University.

There are 15 M's tying the record for most in the Shortz era.
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© 2010, The New York Times
Across Down
1. City SSW of Jacksonville : OCALA
6. Physics units : ERGS
10. First of two before-and-after pictures : THEN
14. Mannerly : CIVIL
15. Stir (up) : RILE
16. "No prob" : EASY
17. Megadeth's music genre : HEAVYMETAL
19. "Now!" : ASAP
20. European tongue : ERSE
21. Cornerstone abbr. : ESTD
22. Green bug : APHID
23. Increase in increments, with "up" : RATCHET
25. Sign in the bleachers : HIMOM
27. "The Lion King" song : HAKUNAMATATA
31. Enlightened Buddhist : ARHAT
34. ___ the beginning : INAT
35. Neighbor of Hung. : ROM
36. You may take one before dinner : SEAT
37. Swedish-based international clothing giant ... or a hint to the answers to the six italicized clues : HANDM
39. Dr. Johnny Fever's station, in 1970s-'80s TV : WKRP
40. Hi-tech heart : CPU
41. Spanish bath : BANO
42. Kind of buddy : BOSOM
43. Hilton head, e.g. : HOTELMANAGER
47. One of the three original Muses : MNEME
48. Knocked someone out, say : SMELLED
52. Viking training camp? : FJORD
54. "The Godfather" composer Nino : ROTA
56. "I finished" : DONE
57. Who once remarked "You can't stay mad at somebody who makes you laugh" : LENO
58. The Father of American Public Education : HORACEMANN
60. Extra: Abbr. : ADDL
61. German word slangily used to mean "extremely" : UBER
62. Circle measures : RADII
63. Germany's ___ Canal : KIEL
64. Internet ___ (viral phenomenon) : MEME
65. English race site : EPSOM
1. Autumn hue : OCHER
2. Old Olds : CIERA
3. "Stop, matey!" : AVAST
4. Real-time online conversation : LIVECHAT
5. Prince ___ Khan : ALY
6. 1974 Mocedades hit : ERESTU
7. Film director Martin : RITT
8. Politician's greeting : GLADHAND
9. Partner of poivre, in French seasoning : SEL
10. It's "short and stout" in a children's song : TEAPOT
11. Lines on a football field : HASHMARKS
12. Morales who played a 13-Down officer on TV : ESAI
13. See 12-Down : NYPD
18. Docile : MEEK
22. Part of a Latin 101 trio : AMAT
24. Symbol of a position : HAT
26. Shiite leader : IMAM
28. Sheer fabric : NINON
29. One seeing red? : TORO
30. Like 12-hour clocks : AMPM
31. "The Nazarene" author Sholem : ASCH
32. "___ Man" : REPO
33. Society : HAUTMONDE
37. 2004 Olympics gymnastics star Paul or Morgan : HAMM
38. Organism that doesn't require oxygen : ANAEROBE
39. Colorful almanac feature : WORLDMAP
41. Ran : BLED
42. Busy type : BEE
44. Sign up : ENROLL
45. Rubbernecking : ASTARE
46. Auto financing co. : GMAC
49. A lot : LOADS
50. Film composer Morricone : ENNIO
51. Material in a "Canadian tuxedo" : DENIM
52. Criticism : FLAK
53. Lightsaber wielder : JEDI
55. Utah city : OREM
58. What fans do : HUM
59. Poetic preposition : ERE

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