New York Times, Monday, November 26, 2007

Author: Andrea Carla Michaels
Editor: Will Shortz
Andrea Carla Michaels
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Rows: 15, Columns: 15, Words: 78, Blocks: 36 Missing: {JQVXZ} This is puzzle # 7 for Ms. Michaels. NYT links: Across Lite

Andrea Carla Michaels notes: This was my first attempt at what is now known as a "vowel run", a dismissive phrase I dislike. I like to think of them as a fun tone-poem. It's really fun to say HACK, HECK, HICK, HOCK, HUCK. Plus it's nigh impossible to get them in the right order, while having the A match the U, the E match the O and the I to be odd numbered, fun and straight across the middle.

And despite the fact I had made the Gilligan's Island puzzle with five themes (Tu 9/21/2004) I felt ill-equipped to construct this, thus my first collaboration! I had met Michael Blake at a constructors lunch I had organized after having met some constructors at Martin Herbach's lovely Los Gatos home the year before. Michael came as someone else's guest and we hit it off and became friends. He is very technically coordinated and offered to help lay out the grid as a favor. I felt I could not have done it without him and wanted to share credit/money which he demurred on.

We would often help each other with feedback and even a theme answer here and there, but would submit as individuals. When he helped me again on PACK PECK PICK POCK PUCK (Mon 8/25/2008) I insisted we share everything. Although he felt it was my idea, fill, etc. I could NOT at that time, Luddite that I was, have ever figured out how to lay out the five themed answers. We've had at least a half dozen since then. He forced me to learn to use a computer so I could be more independent. The iron is, I enjoyed him so much that now when we collaborate, we totally merge our sensibilities which are quite different, and you can not parse out who did what.

I believe out of 40 published NYT puzzles (as of my writing this in November 2013) they have been almost evenly split between solos and collaborations.

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R
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H
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K
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© 2007, The New York Times
Across Down
1. Clothing : GARB
5. It's arched above the eye : BROW
9. iPhone maker : APPLE
14. Creme-filled cookie : OREO
15. Wine: Prefix : OENO
16. Burger side order : FRIES
17. Bean-filled bag moved with the foot : HACKYSACK
19. Expire, as a subscription : LAPSE
20. Honor bestowed by Queen Eliz. : OBE
21. Farm unit : ACRE
22. Bowling alley divisions : LANES
23. Postcard sentiment : MISSYOU
25. Comedy club razzer : HECKLER
27. Simple : EASY
28. Electric cord's end : PLUG
30. Where dirty dishes pile up : SINK
31. Say "Do this," "Do that" ... blah, blah, blah : NAG
34. Border on : ABUT
36. Prefix with classical : NEO
37. Like some hams : HICKORYSMOKED
41. Fishing pole : ROD
42. Loads : ALOT
43. Id's counterpart : EGO
44. Beverages in barrels : ALES
46. Fall : DROP
48. Statutes : LAWS
52. Pop artist David : HOCKNEY
54. Bucharest's land : ROMANIA
57. Gather, as information : GLEAN
58. Opposite of fall : RISE
59. Auto gizmo that talks, for short : GPS
60. Scarecrow's wish in "The Wizard of Oz" : BRAIN
61. 2004 film "I Heart ___" : HUCKABEES
63. ___ living : EARNA
64. On the briny : ASEA
65. Like a first-place ribbon : BLUE
66. "What ___!" ("It's so dirty!") : AMESS
67. Dakota ___ (old geog. designation) : TERR
68. Depletes, as strength : SAPS
1. "Get out of here!" : GOHOME
2. Where Saudis live : ARABIA
3. Nook : RECESS
4. ___ choy (Chinese green) : BOK
5. Chocolate syrup brand : BOSCO
6. Stand on the hind legs, as a horse : REARUP
7. "___ upon a time ..." : ONCE
8. Chinese cooking vessel : WOK
9. Insurance co. with a "spokesduck" : AFLAC
10. Throwing cream pies and such : PRANKS
11. Oil conveyor : PIPELINE
12. Abated : LESSENED
13. 180 degrees from WNW : ESE
18. "That's great news!" : YAY
22. Peanut, e.g. : LEGUME
24. Out of ___ (not harmonizing) : SYNC
25. Parts of cars with caps : HUBS
26. Early MGM rival : RKO
29. ___ rest (bury) : LAYTO
32. Letters before an alias : AKA
33. Flax-colored : GOLDEN
35. Dress (up) : TOG
37. 3-D picture : HOLOGRAM
38. "You don't say!," after "Well" : IDECLARE
39. Actor Calhoun : RORY
40. Kind of nut : KOLA
41. Stadium cry : RAH
45. Balls of yarn : SKEINS
47. Person comparing costs : PRICER
49. Actress Lansbury : ANGELA
50. Use a paper towel : WIPEUP
51. Gives some lip : SASSES
53. Grandmas : NANAS
55. Schindler of "Schindler's List" : OSKAR
56. ___ culpa : MEA
58. Subterfuge : RUSE
60. Actress Arthur : BEA
61. Sombrero, e.g. : HAT
62. Kids' ammo : BBS

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