New York Times, Saturday, July 28, 2012

Author: Victor Fleming and Sam Ezersky
Editor: Will Shortz
Victor Fleming
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Sam Ezersky
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This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15, Words: 70, Blocks: 29 Missing: {JQVX} This is puzzle # 32 for Mr. Fleming. This is the debut puzzle for Mr. Ezersky. NYT links: Across Lite PDF

Constructor notes:

SAM: There wasn't really much that "inspired" this puzzle, except for the fact that I wanted to be accepted by the Times. I also wanted to learn how to make a good themeless. Vic, who'd been mentoring me for some time, said we needed to come up with two backbone entries to build a grid around. He chose PHOTOBUCKET, as it was fresh and modern. I came up with GOOGLE EARTH. He designed the grid.

VIC: We split the task of filling the grid, almost literally, down the middle. As always, I was pushing for multiple ILSAs (in-the-language-standalones), and Sam delivered in spades, pushing our count to over 20.

SAM: I clued it all up. Vic tweaked my cluing. Will asked for a slight revision. Vic revised it. I revised his revision. We got accepted. And boom!

VIC: As we write this note (Dec. 2013), Sam has now had eight more puzzles accepted by the Times, including a terrific rebus that was published on 12/13/2012!

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© 2012, The New York Times
Across Down
1. Part of a certain log : STARDATE
9. Appliance maker that produced the first microwave oven for household use (1955) : TAPPAN
15. Give lots of work ... or criticism : PILEITON
16. In : ATHOME
17. Dashing through the snow? : IDITAROD
18. Landmark also known as Kissavos : MTOSSA
19. Thick : FAT
20. Defiant retort : MAKEME
22. Mustang option : TTOP
23. Beat : FLOG
25. Like a game ending in double overtime, say : HARDWON
27. "Copper Canyon" and "Coroner Creek" : OATERS
30. Discompose : ABASH
33. They may be empty in a vending machine : CALORIES
36. Journal keeper of fiction : CRUSOE
37. Straight : ALIGNED
38. Certain seal : SEACALF
39. Listing agent's principal : SELLER
40. Genre of Lauren Weisberger's "The Devil Wears Prada" : CHICKLIT
41. So far : ASYET
42. Actress Sobieski : LEELEE
43. Aids for home parties : WETBARS
45. Draw, in a way : TOKE
49. Federal org. with compliance officers : OSHA
51. Like Jesus on the Shroud of Turin, many believe : IMAGED
54. ___ esprit : BEL
55. Capital of Iran's Fars province : SHIRAZ
57. Faithful practice : MONOGAMY
59. Peewee : LITTLE
60. How hair might fall out : INCLUMPS
61. Almost perfect, as a game : ONEHIT
62. Pen pal? : CELLMATE
1. Neaten (up) : SPIFF
2. Start of a big wave? : TIDAL
3. O'Connor's successor : ALITO
4. No longer serving: Abbr. : RET
5. Geometry meas. : DIAM
6. ___ Plus (pharmacy purchase) : ATRA
7. Really listened : TOOKHEED
8. Charms : ENDEARS
9. Under control : TAMED
10. Bygone N.Y.S.E. ticker symbol : ATT
11. Picture-hosting Web site : PHOTOBUCKET
12. Kind of drip : POSTNASAL
13. "Are not!" elicitor : AMSO
14. Spring's counterpart : NEAP
21. Title box choice : MRS
24. Reference program launched in 2005 : GOOGLEEARTH
26. Top gun : WARACE
28. Actor Will of "Up All Night" : ARNETT
29. Second-___ : TIER
31. Cadenzas, e.g. : SOLI
32. Weight : HEFT
33. Sight along una calle : CASA
34. They may be pint-size with big heads : ALES
35. 100% pure : LILYWHITE
36. Put a cover on : CEIL
38. 1976 Hall & Oates hit : SHESGONE
40. Like many cookie jars : CERAMIC
42. Flight : LAM
44. "Les PĂȘcheurs de Perles" composer : BIZET
46. Start to care? : OBAMA
47. Combed, as hair : KEMPT
48. ___ Knox, co-star of Lon Chaney in "The Mummy's Tomb" : ELYSE
49. Olympics locale where the first figure-skating triple jump was landed : OSLO
50. It's just over a foot : SHIN
52. Check within, say?: Abbr. : ENCL
53. Sweetums : DOLL
56. Fourth caliph in Sunni Islam : ALI
58. Jam (up) : GUM

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