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New York Times, Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Author:
Andrea Carla Michaels and Kent Clayton
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Andrea Carla Michaels
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1.72000
Kent Clayton

This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 76, Blocks: 34 Missing: {V} Spans: 1 This is puzzle # 24 for Ms. Michaels. This is puzzle # 2 for Mr. Clayton. NYT links: Across Lite
Constructor notes:

ANDREA:

As mentioned in the constructor comments for Mon 11/2/2009, my neighbor Kent Clayton and I decided to collaborate again after his reveal of BELIEVEITORNOT saved my bacon. Kent was watching football, so we decided to do a sports theme, which might surprise many of those who follow my anti-sports comments on certain blogs. However, I am NOT anti-sports. I am anti the overuse of baseball and the presumption that solvers will know the most obscure MVP of 1953, yet will not know who HELLOKITTY is, or whatever girl-centric topic comes up. And I like to be a thorn in the side of those who overdose on sports clues. I have nothing against sports itself.

This puzzle focused on team names. We decided to combine them and have a nice reveal of FOOTBALLMATCHUP 15 going across the grid. It was a lot of fun to mix and match the team players and coming up with clues. There were many that were so natural, like RAMCHARGER or JETPACKER (though I don't think our Boba Fett clue made it to the final version).

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K
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W
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© 2010, The New York TimesNo. 1207 ( 22,309 )
Across
1
Neighbor of Kuwait : IRAQ
5
Sugar source : MAPLE
10
Ice Follies venue : RINK
14
Half of Mork's sign-off : NANU
15
Volunteer's cry : IWILL
16
Arabian Peninsula sultanate : OMAN
17
Governor in Austin? : CHIEFTEXAN
19
Area that may have stained-glass windows : APSE
20
Come together : MEET
21
Card player's boo-boo : MISDEAL
23
All the world's one, to the Bard : STAGE
25
Unwelcome result of a shopping spree? : GIANTBILL
27
Chow down : EAT
28
Give kudos : LAUD
30
"Black gold" : OIL
31
Sluggers' stats : RBIS
33
Life stories, for short : BIOS
35
Nut jobs : LOCOS
39
Bit of Sunday TV scheduling ... or a hint to 17-, 25-, 50- and 59-Across : FOOTBALLMATCHUP
42
Aid in finding sunken ships : SONAR
43
Part of a wedding cake : TIER
44
Jackson or Winslet : KATE
45
Sock hop locale : GYM
47
Galifianakis of "The Hangover" : ZACH
49
Actress Farrow : MIA
50
Airport baggage handler? : JETPACKER
54
Like half of a pair of dentures : UPPER
56
Do the work of a florist or an orchestrator : ARRANGE
57
"S O S," e.g. : PLEA
58
Belly laugh : ROAR
59
Sheep's accuser? : RAMCHARGER
64
Cut and paste, say : EDIT
65
Pungent-smelling : ACRID
66
Lowdown : INFO
67
Say isn't so : DENY
68
Presidents Tyler and Taylor, for two : WHIGS
69
Plastic brick brand : LEGO
Down
1
Abbr. at the end of a co. name : INC
2
Cheerleader's cry : RAH
3
Walt Disney's specialty : ANIMATION
4
"The Caine Mutiny" captain : QUEEG
5
Oven user's aid : MITT
6
Leave dumbstruck : AWE
7
Snapshots, for short : PIX
8
Cousin of an alpaca : LLAMA
9
Weather-affecting current : ELNINO
10
Place for a "Bridge Out" sign : ROADBLOCK
11
Rock and Roll Hall of Fame architect : IMPEI
12
Like Fran Drescher's voice : NASAL
13
Mournful peal : KNELL
18
Have a hunch : FEEL
22
Bit of equipment for a circus clown : STILT
23
Feudal drudges : SERFS
24
Verboten : TABOO
25
Burden of the conscience-stricken : GUILT
26
Put on a pedestal : IDOLIZE
29
Attorney's org. : ABA
32
Event that may include blue films : STAGPARTY
34
Dirty campaign tactic : SMEAR
36
Bubbly drink : CHAMPAGNE
37
Protruding navel : OUTIE
38
Gaff, to a fisherman : SPEAR
40
Orator William Jennings ___ : BRYAN
41
Rainbow shape : ARC
46
Dr. Phil's last name : MCGRAW
48
Hip-shaking dance : HULA
50
Actor Leto of "American Psycho" : JARED
51
Chip away at : ERODE
52
Choo-choo : TRAIN
53
Stacy who played Mike Hammer : KEACH
55
Danger : PERIL
57
Degs. for many profs : PHDS
60
CAT scan alternative : MRI
61
A smoker might bum one : CIG
62
Trio after D : EFG
63
Kanga's baby : ROO

Answer summary: 3 unique to this puzzle.

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