New York Times, Saturday, November 24, 2007

Author: Victor Fleming
Editor: Will Shortz
Victor Fleming
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Rows: 15, Columns: 15, Words: 70, Blocks: 28 Missing: {FQXZ} This is puzzle # 14 for Mr. Fleming. NYT links: Across Lite

Victor Fleming notes: This crossword was submitted 53 weeks before its publication and became my third Times themeless. The clue that I submitted for 29A was [Source of support]. As you can see, Will added a word to that. If I can count that one, then, as unchanged, then one of twelve of my clues to long answers survived the edit. The point (to new constructors, perhaps) is that, three years into this new hobby, I still couldn't write clues worth a darn. Yet, it's my favorite part of the game. It is also important to note that Will's job as editor is to make puzzles better, and he does an amazing job of this!

By this time, I'd begun to realize that the keys to gaining an acceptance with a themeless puzzle were (a) having a couple of backbone ILSAs (in-the-language stand-alones) functioning pretty much the same as theme answers and (b) getting as many ILSAs as possible into the rest of the puzzle. I began with LEADER BOARD and TOURING PROS, neither of which had been in a puzzle before, according to my research. By my count, there are 15 ILSAs in this puzzle.

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© 2007, The New York Times
Across Down
1. Called for : NECESSARY
10. Not get along : CLASH
15. Common bank deposit? : OPOSITIVE
16. Slow in scoring : LENTO
17. 1976-85 sitcom setting : MELSDINER
18. Zealous : EAGER
19. Philologists' work, for short : OED
20. Rd. designer, e.g. : ENGR
21. Begin energetically : WADEIN
22. Feed : STOKE
24. Where things may be neatly ordered? : TAVERNS
25. Doesn't belt it out : CROONS
27. Unsettled sort : ROVER
28. Lash with a whip : LARUE
29. Source of political support : POWERBASE
33. "Happy Days Are Here Again" composer : AGER
34. Three-time 1990s French Open winner : SELES
35. Israeli opera conductor Daniel : OREN
36. Encore setting : MUSICHALL
38. ___ Diamond, author of the 1998 Pulitzer-winning book "Guns, Germs, and Steel" : JARED
39. They may be done in a salon : NAILS
40. Results of some glances : CAROMS
41. Onsets : ORIGINS
44. Fast-food chain known for its floats : AANDW
45. Distress call : HELPME
46. Some shooters, briefly : SLRS
47. Where to find "Rome" : HBO
50. Lead-in to phobia : AGORA
51. Drop off : GOTOSLEEP
53. Filibustered, say : RANON
54. Clumsy : INELEGANT
55. "Why, what ___ am I!" (Hamlet soliloquy line) : ANASS
56. Some Mozart works : SERENADES
1. Pitcher who was the 1995 N.L. Rookie of the Year : NOMO
2. Guarded weapon : EPEE
3. They may accompany fevers : COLDSORES
4. Part of a long and winding road? : ESS
5. It's usually spun first : SIDEONE
6. Performs awfully : STINKS
7. 1980s-'90s N.B.A. star Danny : AINGE
8. Many a camper, informally : RVER
9. "___ out!" : YER
10. Butcher's need : CLEAVER
11. Display at a golf tournament : LEADERBOARD
12. Provocation result : ANGER
13. Draft holder : STEIN
14. They frequently become locked : HORNS
21. Shock aftermath : WAVES
23. Open competitors, often : TOURINGPROS
24. Kind of rack : TOWEL
25. Good secret-keeper : CLAM
26. Unilever brand : RAGU
27. 7 and 11, in a casino : ROLLS
29. Storm sounds : PEALS
30. Game sticker? : ARROWHEAD
31. Look : SEEM
32. Far left and far right : ENDS
34. Perform superbly : SHINE
37. Tropical reptiles : CAIMANS
38. Star of TV's "The Fugitive" : JANSSEN
40. King of pop : CAROLE
41. "Ten North Frederick" novelist : OHARA
42. Duke of Cornwall's wife : REGAN
43. Massey of film : ILONA
44. Take in, e.g. : ALTER
46. Loudness unit : SONE
48. Well around Trevi Fountain? : BENE
49. Goes (for) : OPTS
51. They're found in a mess : GIS
52. Big Apple-bound luggage tag code : LGA

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