New York Times, Wednesday, December 19, 2007

Author: Victor Fleming
Editor: Will Shortz
Victor Fleming
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Rows: 15, Columns: 15, Words: 76, Blocks: 36 Missing: {JKQXZ} This is puzzle # 15 for Mr. Fleming. NYT links: Across Lite

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Victor Fleming notes: Submitted in June 2006, revised after acceptance in Apr. 2007, this simple puzzle came about as a whim during a late-night research session. Using onelook.com, I searched for phrases starting with "last" and listed several possibilities (BUT NOT LEAST, CLEAR CHANCE, IN FIRST OUT, a few others). At some point it hit me that THE LAST would be a nice central entry, so I culled the list accordingly.
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© 2007, The New York Times
Across Down
1. "___ Eat Cake" (1930s musical) : LETEM
6. H'wood type : CELEB
11. Familiar sitcom figure : DAD
14. Massey of old movies : ILONA
15. Embassy figure : ENVOY
16. Stir : ADO
17. Guy ready to sing the national anthem? : MANSTANDING
19. Eggy concoction : NOG
20. Meditation goal : ONENESS
21. Making the most of : USING
23. Era ended by Vesuvius? : DAYSOFPOMPEII
27. Cold one, so to speak : BEER
29. March (through) : TROOP
30. "If all ___ fails ..." : ELSE
31. Author Calvino : ITALO
33. Kind of acid : OLEIC
35. Churl : OAF
36. What shall be first ... or words that can precede 17-, 23-, 52- and 60-Across : THELAST
39. Vote against : NAY
42. Maker of the game Combat : ATARI
43. Piece in the game go : STONE
45. Pear type : BOSC
48. Martini's partner : ROSSI
51. European erupter : ETNA
52. Belonging to a Hudson Valley tribe? : OFTHEMOHICANS
55. Colgate alternative : GLEEM
56. Sinews : TENDONS
59. Janis ___, with the 1975 hit "At Seventeen" : IAN
60. Museum exhibit? : PICTURESHOW
64. D.D.E.'s purview in W.W. II : ETO
65. Convertible driver's option : TOPUP
66. Cache : STORE
67. Div. : SEG
68. Christmases : YULES
69. Funny Fields : TOTIE
1. V.I.P.'s ride : LIMO
2. Pizazz : ELAN
3. Unable to hit a pitch? : TONEDEAF
4. Tangle up : ENSNARL
5. Brit's buddy : MATEY
6. Bleep out : CENSOR
7. Football lineman : END
8. Mid first-century year : LVI
9. Years and years and years : EON
10. "Dang!" : BYGUM
11. Title brother in a 1973 Elton John hit : DANIEL
12. Mr. Gorgeous : ADONIS
13. Little canine : DOGGIE
18. Mgr.'s helper : ASST
22. Project detail, for short : SPEC
24. Daft : FOOLISH
25. Negri of silent films : POLA
26. Reveals, in verse : OPES
27. Brief life? : BIO
28. J.F.K. guess : ETA
32. Baseball's Little Giant : OTT
34. "___ a go!" : ITS
37. Detriment : HARM
38. Suffix with smack : EROO
39. Less than wonderful : NOTSOHOT
40. Former Texas governor Richards : ANN
41. Vote for : YEA
42. Liniment target : ACHE
44. Takes care of : TENDSTO
45. Unidentified planes : BOGIES
46. Recently : OFLATE
47. Court worker, for short : STENOG
49. Gym class exercises : SITUPS
50. Patisserie employee : ICER
53. Bottle ready to be recycled : EMPTY
54. "For every Bird ___": Emily Dickinson : ANEST
57. "Me neither" : NORI
58. ___' Pea : SWEE
61. Payment pledge : IOU
62. Lance ___ (U.S.M.C. rank) : CPL
63. Night that "Happy Days" was on: Abbr. : TUE

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