New York Times, Monday, September 16, 2002

Author: Roy Leban
Editor: Will Shortz
Roy Leban
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Rows: 15, Columns: 15, Words: 78, Blocks: 36 Missing: {JQXYZ} Spans: 2 This is the debut puzzle for Mr. Leban. NYT links: Across Lite

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Roy Leban notes: Although this wasn't my first published, puzzle, it was my first NYT crossword. It was also the my first submission to the Times, so it was pretty nice to get an email from Will saying he liked it but wanted a change. Would I do that? Of course I would!

In the process, Will asked for Monday cluing, so I kept the clues pretty easy. Still, Will changed almost half the clues. I later learned that wasn't bad for a debut puzzle and I got much better at both the NYT style and difficulty.

My favorite entry: MSRP, which had not appeared before, and has since appeared 16 times. MSRP wasn't in any of my databases and the only M??P words were the weak MNOP and the awful MUMP. (Later, I learned Merl Reagle had used MSRP earlier, and ME UP, as in ["Beam __, Scottie!"] is another option.)

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© 2002, The New York Times
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1. Hot sauce : SALSA
6. Van Gogh flower : IRIS
10. This for that : SWAP
14. To no ___ (fruitlessly) : AVAIL
15. Scarf material : SILK
16. Scarf material : LACE
17. Cardplayer's oxymoron : DOUBLESOLITAIRE
20. Place to stop : END
21. Stretched : TAUT
22. Miniature golf club : PUTTER
23. Misplace : LOSE
24. Golfer's cry : FORE
25. Pie cutter's oxymoron : SMALLERHALF
29. School org. : PTA
32. Wanderer : NOMAD
33. Poem on an urn : ODE
34. Miseries : WOES
35. Unit of a molecule : ATOM
36. Stares : GAPES
38. Sprained, as an ankle : HURT
39. Hawaii's ___ Coast : KONA
40. Fish eggs : ROE
41. Shampoo step : RINSE
42. Work unit : ERG
43. Shuffler's oxymoron : RANDOMORDER
46. Dog's favorite part of a steak : BONE
47. Customer of Fabergé eggs : TSAR
48. Portly : ROTUND
51. Standard : NORM
52. "His Master's Voice" co. : RCA
55. Polltaker's oxymoron : UNBIASEDOPINION
58. Suffix with poet : ICAL
59. Iridescent gem : OPAL
60. Big bang maker : NITRO
61. Socially challenged person : NERD
62. Greek goddess of victory : NIKE
63. First American in orbit : GLENN
1. She won a 2002 Grammy for "Lovers Rock" : SADE
2. Shakespearean stream : AVON
3. Extol : LAUD
4. Bro or sis : SIB
5. With everything : ALLTOLD
6. Bank, to a credit card : ISSUER
7. Laughfest : RIOT
8. Poorly : ILL
9. Sticks on a slope? : SKIPOLES
10. Political ticket : SLATE
11. Word repeated before "Don't tell me!" : WAIT
12. 1/640 of a square mile : ACRE
13. Nobleman : PEER
18. Slacken : EASE
19. Territory : TURF
23. Relative of a camel : LLAMA
24. Lose brilliance : FADE
25. Viper, for one : SNAKE
26. Machine powerer : MOTOR
27. Shirley Jackson's "Life ___ the Savages" : AMONG
28. Wished (for) : HOPED
29. Feared destination in "Lady and the Tramp" : POUND
30. Not wordy : TERSE
31. Daisylike flower : ASTER
34. Helicopter sound : WHIRR
36. Henry Ford II, to Henry Ford : GRANDSON
37. Top-notch : AONE
41. Like some charges on a cell phone : ROAMING
43. Gossipy Barrett : RONA
44. "Lawrence of Arabia" star : OTOOLE
45. Abbr. after an asterisk in a car ad : MSRP
46. Erect : BUILD
48. Tear down : RUIN
49. "___ upon a time" : ONCE
50. Way up a slope : TBAR
51. Fargo's state: Abbr. : NDAK
52. Baptism, for one : RITE
53. Common syrup source : CORN
54. Auth. unknown : ANON
56. Prefix with gram or center : EPI
57. Zilch : NIL

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