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New York Times, Wednesday, December 19, 2007

Author:
Victor Fleming
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Victor Fleming

This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 76, Blocks: 36 Missing: {JKQXZ} This is puzzle # 15 for Mr. Fleming. NYT links: Across Lite
Victor Fleming notes:

Submitted in June 2006, revised after acceptance in Apr. 2007, this simple puzzle came about as a whim during a late-night research session. Using onelook.com, I searched for phrases starting with "last" and listed several possibilities (BUT NOT LEAST, CLEAR CHANCE, IN FIRST OUT, a few others). At some point it hit me that THE LAST would be a nice central entry, so I culled the list accordingly.

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© 2007, The New York TimesNo. 1219 ( 21,225 )
Across
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"___ Eat Cake" (1930s musical) : LETEM
6
H'wood type : CELEB
11
Familiar sitcom figure : DAD
14
Massey of old movies : ILONA
15
Embassy figure : ENVOY
16
Stir : ADO
17
Guy ready to sing the national anthem? : MANSTANDING
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Eggy concoction : NOG
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Meditation goal : ONENESS
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Making the most of : USING
23
Era ended by Vesuvius? : DAYSOFPOMPEII
27
Cold one, so to speak : BEER
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March (through) : TROOP
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"If all ___ fails ..." : ELSE
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Author Calvino : ITALO
33
Kind of acid : OLEIC
35
Churl : OAF
36
What shall be first ... or words that can precede 17-, 23-, 52- and 60-Across : THELAST
39
Vote against : NAY
42
Maker of the game Combat : ATARI
43
Piece in the game go : STONE
45
Pear type : BOSC
48
Martini's partner : ROSSI
51
European erupter : ETNA
52
Belonging to a Hudson Valley tribe? : OFTHEMOHICANS
55
Colgate alternative : GLEEM
56
Sinews : TENDONS
59
Janis ___, with the 1975 hit "At Seventeen" : IAN
60
Museum exhibit? : PICTURESHOW
64
D.D.E.'s purview in W.W. II : ETO
65
Convertible driver's option : TOPUP
66
Cache : STORE
67
Div. : SEG
68
Christmases : YULES
69
Funny Fields : TOTIE
Down
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V.I.P.'s ride : LIMO
2
Pizazz : ELAN
3
Unable to hit a pitch? : TONEDEAF
4
Tangle up : ENSNARL
5
Brit's buddy : MATEY
6
Bleep out : CENSOR
7
Football lineman : END
8
Mid first-century year : LVI
9
Years and years and years : EON
10
"Dang!" : BYGUM
11
Title brother in a 1973 Elton John hit : DANIEL
12
Mr. Gorgeous : ADONIS
13
Little canine : DOGGIE
18
Mgr.'s helper : ASST
22
Project detail, for short : SPEC
24
Daft : FOOLISH
25
Negri of silent films : POLA
26
Reveals, in verse : OPES
27
Brief life? : BIO
28
J.F.K. guess : ETA
32
Baseball's Little Giant : OTT
34
"___ a go!" : ITS
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Detriment : HARM
38
Suffix with smack : EROO
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Less than wonderful : NOTSOHOT
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Former Texas governor Richards : ANN
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Vote for : YEA
42
Liniment target : ACHE
44
Takes care of : TENDSTO
45
Unidentified planes : BOGIES
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Recently : OFLATE
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Court worker, for short : STENOG
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Gym class exercises : SITUPS
50
Patisserie employee : ICER
53
Bottle ready to be recycled : EMPTY
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"For every Bird ___": Emily Dickinson : ANEST
57
"Me neither" : NORI
58
___' Pea : SWEE
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Payment pledge : IOU
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Lance ___ (U.S.M.C. rank) : CPL
63
Night that "Happy Days" was on: Abbr. : TUE

Answer summary: 3 unique to this puzzle, 2 debuted here and reused later, 2 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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