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New York Times, Monday, October 3, 2005

Author:
Roy Leban
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Roy Leban

This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 78, Blocks: 36 Missing: {KQZ} Spans: 1 This is puzzle # 11 for Mr. Leban. NYT links: Across Lite
Roy Leban notes:

Don Adams died late on 9/25/2005, a Sunday. I read about it early Monday morning, realized DON ADAMS and GET SMART were the same length, and came up with SHOE PHONE to match the obvious EIGHTY SIX, plus the 15 WOULD YOU BELIEVE to round it out.

Since it's hard to predict if Will's going to like a tribute puzzle, I contacted him before I constructed the puzzle. He liked the puzzle, so I finished it and sent it to him shortly after midnight that night. Will edited it immediately and it was fun exchanging back-and-forth emails as he did so. I'm sure that doesn't happen often! He caught that I had used OPRY in addition to OPERAS, so OPRY became AWRY. It ran the following Monday 10/3/2005.

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© 2005, The New York TimesNo. 1003 ( 20,418 )

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Across
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Top : ACME
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___ Lingus : AER
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Sleeping sickness transmitter : TSETSE
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Film ___ (movie genre) : NOIR
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Multiplatinum album with the 2002 hit "Ain't It Funny" : JLO
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Met productions : OPERAS
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Star of 64-Across : DONADAMS
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Dancer Ginger : ROGERS
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2004 World Series "curse" beaters : REDSOX
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Exchange blows : SPAR
23
Summer drink : ADE
24
Henry Ford's son : EDSEL
25
Number of 17-Across in 64-Across : EIGHTYSIX
27
Putdown : SLUR
29
Shakespeare's "___ Like It" : ASYOU
30
Explosive : TNT
33
"___, meeny, miney, mo" : EENY
35
Sand : GRIT
38
Catchphrase of 25-Across : WOULDYOUBELIEVE
43
Out of kilter : AWRY
44
"___ Lisa" : MONA
45
Bread with seeds : RYE
46
Paint palette accompanier : BRUSH
50
Artist Bonheur : ROSA
52
Gadget for 25-Across : SHOEPHONE
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Check for odors : SNIFF
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___ Mahal : TAJ
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Part of an interstate : LANE
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Quite the party : SOIREE
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Small garage capacity : ONECAR
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Campy 1960's hit sitcom : GETSMART
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Spin : ROTATE
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"Xanadu" band, for short : ELO
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"Don't look ___!" : ATME
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Fellow : MISTER
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Ex-G.I.'s grp. : VFW
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Gifts at Honolulu International Airport : LEIS
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Tennis's Agassi : ANDRE
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Murmured : COOED
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Watches, as a store : MINDS
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Wipes clean : ERASES
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Comet competitor : AJAX
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Nightmarish street, in film : ELM
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Martini & ___ vermouth : ROSSI
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Hebrew scrolls : TORAHS
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Like Corvettes and Mustangs : SPORTY
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Brain scan, for short : EEG
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Money manager : TREASURER
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Famed New York restaurateur : SARDI
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Elizabethan earl : ESSEX
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Dressed (up) : DOLLED
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Links org. : PGA
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Rubik who invented Rubik's Cube : ERNO
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Bear or Berra : YOGI
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180° turn, slangily : UEY
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Bygone carrier : TWA
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"This instant!" : NOW
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Some airplanes : TURBOJETS
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"Tasty!" : YUM
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Old-fashioned Christmas trim : IVY
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Summer shirt : TEE
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Ancient Greek instrument : LYRE
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Yawn inducer : BORE
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British musician Brian : ENO
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Ropes in : LASSOS
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Still awake at 1 a.m., say : UPLATE
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Generous one : SHARER
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Darlin' : HON
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20 Questions category : ANIMAL
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Tempest : STORM
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Vietnam's capital : HANOI
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Israeli desert : NEGEV
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Angered : IRATE
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Physicist Enrico : FERMI
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Honors in style : FETES
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Pack away : STOW
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Cool dude, in jazz : CAT
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Keebler baker, supposedly : ELF

Answer summary: 1 unique to this puzzle, 2 debuted here and reused later, 1 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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