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New York Times, Thursday, October 15, 2009

Author:
Victor Fleming
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Victor Fleming

This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 74, Blocks: 33 Missing: {FJQVZ} This is puzzle # 21 for Mr. Fleming. NYT links: Across Lite
Victor Fleming notes:

Hawaii's 50th birthday as a state was Fri., Aug. 21, 2009. Six months before that, I submitted this puzzle and thought it had been accepted for that day. That day, however, featured a Patrick Berry themeless. When my puzzle ran eight weeks later, the bloggers had a field day. Rex Parker had not "disliked a puzzle this much in a loooong time, ... A bunch of random !@#@ about HAWAII. How Does This Qualify As A Valid Theme???," he asked. "Ugh."

The Crossword Fiend wrote, "I wonder if Vic hoped for this puzzle to run around August 21, the 50th anniversary of Hawaii's statehood. There doesn't seem to be any particular rhyme or reason for running this theme now, but two months ago? Perfect." And a commenter at the Wordplay Blog remarked that "I thought this puzzle might have been timed to coincide with the 50th anniversary of Hawaii's statehood, but the actual date was Aug. 21. I wonder if this was originally intended to run on or near that date."

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© 2009, The New York TimesNo. 1015 ( 21,891 )
Across
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Crunched numbers : DATA
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The Jets' retired #12 : NAMATH
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No. cruncher : CPA
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Spew : EMIT
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"Aladdin" setting : ARABIA
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Post-shot syllable? : HIC
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Entertainer born 12/1/45 in 25-Across : BETTEMIDLER
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Book after Galatians: Abbr. : EPH
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Union site : ALTAR
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Earliest pope to receive the title "the Great" : LEOI
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___-à-porter : PRET
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"High ___," 1941 film : SIERRA
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Capital whose name means "sheltered bay" : HONOLULU
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Hammer site : EAR
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Something to prep for : EXAM
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Rustic digs : CABIN
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In a suitable way : APTLY
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Like most customers : PAYING
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With 36-Across, only official residence of a reigning monarch now in the United States : IOLANI
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See 34-Across : PALACE
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Actress Locke of "The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter" : SONDRA
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Actor Robert of "The 39 Steps" : DONAT
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Every seven days : AWEEK
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With 37-Down, seven-time Wimbledon champ : PETE
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Common pollutant : ASH
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Measured base to peak, the world's tallest mountain : MAUNAKEA
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Los Angeles fossil site : LABREA
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Some hallucinogens, for short : PCPS
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Daughter of Cronus : HERA
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One talking in a forest, maybe : MACAW
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Potential swimsuit embarrassment : RIP
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Politician born 8/4/61 in 25-Across : BARACKOBAMA
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Eroded, with "away" : ATE
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Comparable with : AKINTO
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"... ___ saw Elba" : EREI
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Barrett of the original Pink Floyd : SYD
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Went out, in a card game : GINNED
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Lombardy town : LODI
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Cheapen : DEBASE
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English princess after whom a Virginia county is named : AMELIA
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Nervous laugh : TITTER
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It may smell like a rose : ATTAR
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"China Beach" setting : NAM
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Relative of a husk : ARIL
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Seized the opportunity : MADEHAY
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More than budding : ABLOOM
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Marketing device : TIEIN
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Guffaw syllable : HAR
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Innocent-looking : CHERUBIC
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Oil conduit : PIPELINE
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German warning : ACHTUNG
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Drop a pop-up, say : ERR
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Dabble in : PLAYAT
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Hartford-based Fortune 500 company : AETNA
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Seat of Marion County, Fla. : OCALA
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Year Caligula was assassinated : XLI
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Priscilla and John : ALDENS
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Cold comfort? : PARKA
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Talk show group : PANEL
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It's west of Davenport : IOWACITY
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Outdid : ONEUPPED
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Ante destination : POT
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See 40-Across : SAMPRAS
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Start of a letter to Landers : DEARANN
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Look through a window, maybe : PEERIN
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Five-time Kentucky Derby winner : ARCARO
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Like pant legs : SEAMED
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Theme of this puzzle : HAWAII
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Uniform fabric : KHAKI
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Te ___ : AMO
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Early tower locale : BABEL
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Opéra division : ACTE
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Do a marketing job : BAG
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Down for the count : KOD

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

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