New York Times, Monday, September 7, 2009

Author: Andrea Carla Michaels and Ashish Vengsarkar
Editor: Will Shortz
Andrea Carla Michaels
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This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15, Words: 78, Blocks: 38 Missing: {JQVX} Spans: 1 This is puzzle # 17 for Ms. Michaels. This is puzzle # 12 for Mr. Vengsarkar. NYT links: Across Lite

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ANDREA:

Now that there were blogs, and I had attended the ACPT two years in a row, I now had lots of friends in the crossworld. One of them is Ashish Vengsarkar. We decided to collaborate on an idea I had of lots of fishing terms that were used as metaphors in other situations. Ashish constructed the grid and added MARINEGREEN and UNDERTHESEA as long downs. We disagreed about that. I like all the themes to be horizontal (I don't think I've ever had theme answers running down and I didn't want ones that were sort of like the theme but not really). Ashish hung tight and as it was a collaboration, I eventually deferred to him. He proved right in that folks loved the extra "atmospheric" entries.

Even tho solvers love long answers, I think if they are as long as the theme answers, that is really confusing. But I do like having bonus and atmospheric words in the grid to add to the overall feel.

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© 2009, The New York Times
Across Down
1. Card game in which a player might ask "Got any 8's?" : GOFISH
7. Sluggers' stats : RBIS
11. B'way's "Les ___" : MIZ
14. Southwest Indian home : PUEBLO
15. Alan of "M*A*S*H" : ALDA
16. Useful item accompanying a face card in blackjack : ACE
17. San ___ (Hearst castle) : SIMEON
18. Coconut source : PALMTREE
20. Fall for it : TAKETHEBAIT
22. "The Simpsons" clerk : APU
25. "The Simpsons" neighbor : NED
26. Raggedy ___ : ANN
27. Give away temporarily : LEND
29. Jilts : DUMPS
33. Brother of Cain and Abel : SETH
36. Walk the runway at a fashion show : MODEL
38. Complains : CARPS
40. Actress Scala : GIA
41. Start something that one shouldn't start : OPENACANOFWORMS
44. Certain camera, for short : SLR
45. Sacred song : MOTET
46. Liberates : FREES
47. Head: Fr. : TETE
49. Bowler's button : RESET
51. Steeple contents : BELL
52. Hem's partner : HAW
54. Astronaut Grissom : GUS
56. Bill the Science Guy : NYE
57. Be a sucker : GETREELEDIN
62. Insert in a tape recorder : CASSETTE
63. Boxing combo : ONETWO
67. What the rings signify on a tree : AGE
68. Verb go-with : NOUN
69. Hell-___ (rowdy sort) : RAISER
70. Call to a shepherd : BAA
71. State when one's nose is out of joint : SNIT
72. Hook, line and ___ : SINKER
1. Navigational gizmo : GPS
2. Yes, in Québec : OUI
3. Masc. alternative : FEM
4. "Yeah, sure" : IBET
5. M.I.T.'s ___ School of Management : SLOAN
6. Gave a toot : HONKED
7. Transfixed : RAPT
8. Unexciting : BLAH
9. Twiddling one's thumbs : IDLE
10. Latin ballroom dance : SAMBA
11. Algae color : MARINEGREEN
12. Rapper turned actor : ICET
13. New York's Tappan ___ Bridge : ZEE
19. Bronzes at the beach : TANS
21. Instill with the three R's : EDUCATE
22. "Close but no cigar" : ALMOST
23. Us Weekly rival : PEOPLE
24. Disney lyric repeated before "Darling it's better / Down where it's wetter" : UNDERTHESEA
28. Lion's lair : DEN
30. Lions' hair : MANES
31. Tutee : PROTEGE
32. Letters on a Coppertone bottle : SPF
34. Opportune : TIMELY
35. Big inconvenience : HASSLE
37. Escapee's run : LAM
39. Abbr. in personals : SWF
42. Where streets meet: Abbr. : COR
43. Globe : ORB
48. Grabs dinner : EATS
50. English monarchs from Henry VII through Elizabeth I : TUDORS
53. Birds in many birdhouses : WRENS
55. Egyptian desert : SINAI
57. Daffy : GAGA
58. School for princes William and Harry : ETON
59. Decorative needle case : ETUI
60. Period of fasting : LENT
61. No, in Nuremberg : NEIN
62. Taxi : CAB
64. "Tut-tut" : TSK
65. Itsy-bitsy : WEE
66. Hockey's Bobby : ORR

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