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New York Times, Tuesday, February 19, 2008

"What ___ Did" (classic children's book with a punny title)

Author:
Victor Fleming
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Victor Fleming

This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 74, Blocks: 36 Missing: none – this is a pangram. Spans: 3 Minimum word length: 4 This is puzzle # 16 for Mr. Fleming.
Victor Fleming notes:

This crossword combines my favorite sport with the gimmick of having multiple theme answers clued identically. Under letter dated Aug. 27, 2007, I pitched this puzzle to Will as a Wednesday; thus, it's not surprising that few of my original clues were used. My proposed theme clues involved cross-referencing, so that each theme answer clued the others.

I liked the edited version so much better that, in the ensuing months, I did three more puzzles with a similar approach — see 8/13/2008, 9/25/2008, & 9/30/2010. See also 1/28/2007, a Sunday in which Bruce Venzke and I did essentially the same thing, with adjustments for singular and plural pronouns.

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© 2008, The New York Times2/19/08 ( No. 21,287 )
Across
1
Puppies' plaints : YIPS
5
Cobb of "12 Angry Men" : LEEJ
9
Icy look : GLARE
14
Oratorio highlight : ARIA
15
Di or da preceder in a Beatles song : OBLA
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Moves like sludge : OOZES
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"What ___ Did" (classic children's book with a punny title) : KATY
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___ Spee (old German warship) : GRAF
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Catcher's position : SQUAT
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Enjoying an outing, of sorts : ONTHEGOLFCOURSE
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"Gets the red out" sloganeer : VISINE
24
Italian auto, for short : ALFA
25
Scientology founder ___ Hubbard : LRON
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For no profit : ATCOST
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Sister of Marge Simpson : SELMA
36
Forsaken : LORN
38
Get ___ the habit : INTO
39
Enjoying an outing, of sorts : PLAYINGEIGHTEEN
42
Homecoming figure, for short : ALUM
43
Yin's counterpart : YANG
44
Checking out : EYING
45
Michelin offering : RADIAL
47
Flagston family pet : DAWG
49
Gin flavoring : SLOE
51
Edit : REVISE
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Enjoying an outing, of sorts : HITTINGTHELINKS
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Like wild tigers : ASIAN
62
Drought relief : RAIN
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Hi Flagston's wife, in the comics : LOIS
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Garden plant support : STAKE
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One hired by a corp. board : EXEC
66
McCann of country music : LILA
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Cheated, slangily : HOSED
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One of "The Addams Family," informally : TISH
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Comrade in arms : ALLY
Down
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Comic Smirnoff : YAKOV
2
Tehran denizen : IRANI
3
Actress ZaSu : PITTS
4
Greet cordially : SAYHI
5
Paul Bunyan, e.g. : LOGGER
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River of Spain : EBRO
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Mideast airline : ELAL
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Port of Israel : JAFFA
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Treat leniently, with "on" : GOSOFT
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Talkativeness : LOQUACITY
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France's Côte d'___ : AZUR
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Actor Stephen and kin : REAS
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Renaissance family name : ESTE
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China's Zhou ___ : ENLAI
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Trolley sound : CLANG
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Gymnast Korbut : OLGA
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Ad infinitum : NOEND
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"The ___ Love" (R.E.M. hit) : ONEI
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British W.W. II-era gun : STEN
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Chinatown gang : TONG
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Exchange jabs : SPAR
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Former Connecticut governor Grasso : ELLA
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Speak well of : LAUD
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"I can't blame anyone else" : MYMISTAKE
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Latvia's capital : RIGA
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Fishing line material : NYLON
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Georg who wrote "The Philosophy of Right" : HEGEL
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Trued up : ALINED
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Twist badly : WRENCH
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Everglades wader : EGRET
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Home overlooking the sea, maybe : VILLA
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How some tuna is packed : INOIL
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Dexterity : SKILL
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Lamb or Bacon piece : ESSAY
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___ browns (diner fare) : HASH
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Analogy part : ISTO
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Havana aunts : TIAS
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Kind of stand : TAXI
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Doesn't dally : HIES

Answer summary: 2 unique to this puzzle, 1 debuted here and reused later.

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