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New York Times, Thursday, January 5, 2006

Author:
Victor Fleming
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Victor Fleming

This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 16 Words: 75, Blocks: 38 Missing: {JXZ} Spans: 2 This is puzzle # 4 for Mr. Fleming. NYT links: Across Lite
Victor Fleming notes:

Fifty-one weeks before this puzzle was published, I submitted it to Will. The transmittal note saved in my computer files doesn't reflect this, but I am pretty sure I hand-wrote a P.S., in which I pointed out that the substance of Wilde's quotation was perfect for a puzzle that broke with the 15x15 conventional grid.

Getting quip puzzles accepted at the Times is tough. Always has been. Always will be. There has to be something above-and-beyond about the quip, other than that it's never before been in a puzzle. I suspect the only reason this Wilde quote had never been in a puzzle is that the constructor simply has to go with a 16-block-wide grid for the 16-12-16 parsing. The quip parses at 13-3-12-3-13, but in that configuration, both of the 3's are the word THE.

I could be wrong. There may be other ways to do this quip, via something other than a traditional symmetrical grid. I was just lucky enough to be the one to submit a puzzle at a time when Will had decided to accept some 16-wides.

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© 2006, The New York TimesNo. 0105 ( 20,512 )
Across
1
With 70-Across, source of the quip at 21-, 39- and 58-Across : OSCAR
6
Travels erratically : FLITS
11
They're missed by airballs : RIMS
15
Nancy's wealthy pal in the comics : ROLLO
16
Actress Lindley of "Three's Company" : AUDRA
17
Condo, e.g. : UNIT
18
Identity hider : ALIAS
19
Brown-coated ermine : STOAT
20
Little: Prefix : MICR
21
Start of a quip : CONSISTENCYISTHE
24
Cramp site : LEG
25
Mini-albums, for short : EPS
26
Banks on a runway : TYRA
27
Ed.'s request : SAE
28
Popular ice cream : EDYS
30
Tony-winning Hagen : UTA
32
Say "aloha," say : GREET
34
A pair of rattlers : MARACAS
38
Tiny channels : RILLS
39
Quip, part 2 : LASTREFUGEOF
41
Lewis Carroll creature : SNARK
43
Part of a rare birth : TRIPLET
44
Thrusts out a lip or two : POUTS
45
Where a drive might start : TEE
46
Criteria: Abbr. : STDS
50
Syr. neighbor : ISR
51
Country whose flag says "God is great" : IRAQ
55
N.C.'s capital : RAL
57
Abbr. after many a general's name : RET
58
End of the quip : THEUNIMAGINATIVE
62
Padre's hermanas : TIAS
63
He played Krupa in "The Gene Krupa Story" : MINEO
64
Management counterpart : LABOR
65
Art Deco alias : ERTE
66
Rear-___ : ENDER
67
With a full head of steam : AMAIN
68
U.P.S. drivers have them : RTES
69
Tosspots : SOAKS
70
See 1-Across : WILDE
Down
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Revered answerer : ORACLE
2
Did an aria : SOLOED
3
Like sheets right out of a dryer : CLINGY
4
"How sad!" : ALAS
5
Actress Perez : ROSIE
6
What a pace horse is noted for : FASTSTART
7
It has strings attached : LUTE
8
"___ get it!" : IDONT
9
The doctor in "Daktari" : TRACY
10
Debaucher : SATYR
11
Jamaican spirits : RUMS
12
Per se : INITSELF
13
One of the archangels : MICHAEL
14
Ordinal numbers in Los Angeles, e.g. : STREETS
22
Sudden growth : SPURT
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"No argument here" : IAGREE
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On the ball : SMART
31
Service expert? : ACER
33
Ugly scenes : RIOTS
35
Warmly welcomes : ASKSIN
36
In ___ of anger : AFIT
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Higher-ups : SUPERIORS
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Achievement honoree : LAUREATE
40
Collect slowly : GLEAN
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Camel, notably : SPITTER
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Start of a warning sign for restaurant customers : NOSHIRT
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Like some elders : TRIBAL
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Without, with "of" : DEVOID
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Laurence who wrote "A Sentimental Journey" : STERNE
52
Winter coats : RIMES
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Kind of group, in chemistry : AMINO
54
Speaker's finale : QANDA
56
1980's-90's Emmy-winning drama : LALAW
59
Takes advantage of : USES
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Uncool sort : GEEK
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Suspense novelist ___ Hoag : TAMI

Answer summary: 4 unique to this puzzle, 1 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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