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New York Times, Monday, November 28, 2011

Author:
Andrea Carla Michaels
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Andrea Carla Michaels

This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 74, Blocks: 38 Missing: {KQXZ} This is puzzle # 31 for Ms. Michaels. NYT links: Across Lite PDF
Andrea Carla Michaels notes:

UGLYBETTY seemed to scream for a puzzle to be made out of the title. PRETTYBOYFLOYD was the second, natural balance thematically but totally different lengths, and the difficult to work with 14 letters. Once I came up with GORGEOUSGEORGE 14 to match I was good to go, as UGLYBETTY at the odd number 9 could go across.

But it seemed a bit light. The challenge rather than scrapping the puzzle was to come up with a fourth, 9 letters, preferably another woman, so it was two men, two women...but it had to be on the spectrum of UGLY, PRETTY, GORGEOUS. The adjective also ad to come first, so PLAINJANE was a godsend.

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© 2011, The New York TimesNo. 1128 ( 22,665 )
Across
1
Move like water : FLOW
5
Apple computer : IMAC
9
Attacked, as a challenge : HADAT
14
"What ___ do to deserve this?" : DIDI
15
___ Lee cakes : SARA
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Fatter than fat : OBESE
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"Famous" cookie name : AMOS
18
Put ___ act : ONAN
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Piece of microfilm : FICHE
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Notorious 1920s-'30s bank robber : PRETTYBOYFLOYD
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Sticky stuff : GOO
24
Terse note from the boss : SEEME
25
Walk clumsily : GALUMPH
29
Prepared to give a "Jeopardy!" response : RANGIN
33
America Ferrera's Emmy-winning role : UGLYBETTY
36
Brain surgeon's prefix : NEURO
37
Big Band ___ (1930s-'40s) : ERA
38
Almost straight up and down, as a cliff : STEEP
40
Fugitive's flight : LAM
41
Big rigs : SEMIS
44
Hardly a beauty queen : PLAINJANE
47
Naval workers : SEAMEN
49
___ fizz (cocktail) : SLOEGIN
50
Fast train to New York City : ACELA
53
The Beatles' "___ Loves You" : SHE
54
1940s-'50s wrestler with golden locks : GORGEOUSGEORGE
60
Shun : AVOID
61
Much-kicked body part : SHIN
62
Middle of the eye : IRIS
64
Attend homecoming, say : REUNE
65
Bell sound : TONE
66
Crime solver Wolfe of fiction : NERO
67
Lhasa apso or Labrador : BREED
68
Sophomore or junior : YEAR
69
Dancer Verdon : GWEN
Down
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Rx watchdog org. : FDA
2
Like Dalí's watches : LIMP
3
Fragrance : ODOR
4
Smart aleck : WISEGUY
5
Springfield's minor-league team on "The Simpsons" : ISOTOPES
6
Lots of : MANY
7
Bedouins, e.g. : ARABS
8
Birchbark boat : CANOE
9
Dustin of "Rain Man" : HOFFMAN
10
Kansas town on the Chisholm Trail : ABILENE
11
Art ___ : DECO
12
Like fireplace grates : ASHY
13
Nettled, with "off" : TEED
21
___ of the Unknowns : TOMB
22
"Aw, quit ___ bellyachin'!" : YER
25
Twenty questions attempt : GUESS
26
Shake on it : AGREE
27
Andes animal : LLAMA
28
URL starter : HTTP
30
Solzhenitsyn's "The ___ Archipelago" : GULAG
31
Tehran native : IRANI
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All-female group's policy : NOMEN
34
Business card abbr. : TEL
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Approving votes : YEAS
39
Light-colored beer or the glass it comes in : PILSENER
42
John Lennon song with the refrain "You may say I'm a dreamer ..." : IMAGINE
43
Left the Union : SECEDED
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N.Y.C. area near the Village : NOHO
46
Making catcalls : JEERING
48
Recent: Prefix : NEO
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Hot-blooded : LUSTY
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"... old woman who lived in ___" : ASHOE
54
Apparel : GARB
55
Above : OVER
56
Don Juan type : ROUE
57
Actress Lollobrigida : GINA
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Got longer, like Pinocchio's nose : GREW
59
The Emerald Isle : EIRE
63
Charlie Sheen, to Martin : SON

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

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