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New York Times, Monday, November 2, 2009

Author:
Andrea Carla Michaels and Kent Clayton
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Kent Clayton

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Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 76, Blocks: 40 Missing: {JW} This is puzzle # 18 for Ms. Michaels. This is the debut puzzle for Mr. Clayton. NYT links: Across Lite
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ANDREA:

This collaboration with Kent Clayton came about in a funny way. I had made a puzzle with SANTACLAUS 10, EASTERBUNNY 11, TOOTHFAIRY 10 with the reveal MYTHBUSTERS 11 a popular TV show for kids. I asked my across the hall neighbor if he was familiar with MYTHBUSTERS and would get the connection between these imaginary characters. He said, "Why not BELIEVEITORNOT?" which was 14 letters, always an awkward number to work with and didn't have a matching pair... but SO MUCH BETTER than what I had. So we changed EASTERBUNNY to THEEASTERBUNNY 14, et voila! A few folks carped that we used THE with EASTERBUNNY but not with TOOTHFAIRY, but I cared NOT!

As I had to start the puzzle from scratch, I offered to share credit with Kent and taught him how to make a puzzle with the rewrite. This then inspired him to want to do another, from scratch, which later became our Tues 12/7/2010 FOOTBALLMATCHUP puzzle a year later. A good collaborator can come from anywhere!

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© 2009, The New York TimesNo. 1102 ( 21,909 )
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U.S. disaster relief org. : FEMA
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Crackle and Pop's companion : SNAP
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"___ la vista, baby!" : HASTA
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Lumberjacking tools : AXES
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Gondolier's need : POLE
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Thespian : ACTOR
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Jeopardy : RISK
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Step after "write" : EDIT
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Baseball catcher's position : SQUAT
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Spring egg distributor : THEEASTERBUNNY
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Cartoonist Browne : DIK
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Verdi aria "___ tu" : ERI
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Gasoline additive : STP
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Wad of gum : GOB
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Jetsam's partner : FLOTSAM
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One who leaves money under a pillow : TOOTHFAIRY
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Fork part : TINE
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Cove : INLET
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"Yoo-___!" : HOO
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Beauty parlor : SALON
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Greenish-blue : CYAN
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Head of a major toy outfit : SANTACLAUS
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Largest city in Pakistan : KARACHI
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"Big Love" airer : HBO
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Depot: Abbr. : STA
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Greek letter X : CHI
49
Kind of date for an expectant mother : DUE
51
Ripley catchphrase that's apropos to 20-, 34- and 42-Across : BELIEVEITORNOT
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"Keep your ___ the prize" : EYEON
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E-mail woe : SPAM
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Band's schedule : TOUR
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Disagree (with) : ARGUE
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Heavy book : TOME
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Poet Pound : EZRA
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Sloppy : MESSY
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Adam and Eve's first residence : EDEN
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Landlord's check : RENT
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Distant : FAR
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Lighted sign above a door : EXIT
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Net : MESH
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Posed, as questions : ASKED
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Mention : SPEAKOF
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Agrees nonverbally : NODS
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Disembarked : ALIT
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___ Best of the pre-Ringo Beatles : PETE
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Owner of Scrabble : HASBRO
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Result of a "not guilty" verdict : ACQUITTAL
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Gobsmack : STUN
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Means ___ end : TOAN
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Pretentious : ARTY
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Start of prime time, generally : EIGHT
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Depend (on) : RELY
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Adhere : STICK
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Skater Harding : TONYA
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From the extreme north and south of the earth : POLAR
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Persian-founded faith : BAHAI
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Possible sign of rabies : FROTH
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George Eliot's "___ Marner" : SILAS
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Provide ___ (allow to escape) : ANOUT
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Group for geniuses : MENSA
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Stubborn : TENACIOUS
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Charged particle : ION
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Search high and low : SCOUR
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Prison weapon : SHIV
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What situps tighten up : ABDOMEN
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Biden's predecessor as vice president : CHENEY
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Write in : ENTER
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Smile from ear to ear : BEAM
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Rochester's beloved governess : EYRE
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Pants parts : LEGS
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Villa d'___ : ESTE
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Apple MP3 player : IPOD
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Domesticated : TAME
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Seep : OOZE
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Chance to play in a game : TURN
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Mafioso informer : RAT

Answer summary: 3 unique to this puzzle.

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