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New York Times, Wednesday, March 23, 2005

Author:
Mike Shenk
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Mike Shenk

This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 80, Blocks: 36 Missing: {QVX} Featured in Will Shortz's favorite puzzles This is puzzle # 6 for Mr. Shenk. NYT links: Across Lite
Notepad: As a demonstration of speed puzzle construction at the 28th American Crossword Puzzle Tournament, on March 11 in Stamford, Conn., Mike Shenk took a theme proposed by the audience and created this puzzle, start to finish, without computer-assisted fill, in 60 minutes. Later, in a race to solve it, Trip Payne, of Boca Raton, Fla., finished first, in 3 minutes. About two-thirds of the audience completed the puzzle correctly within the 15-minute time limit.
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© 2005, The New York TimesNo. 0323 ( 20,224 )
Across
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Desert flora : CACTI
6
Coated candy : MANDM
11
Interstice : GAP
14
Wolf pack member : UBOAT
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Without company : ALONE
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Outback runner : EMU
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Vegetarian tennis star? : BEETSAMPRAS
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Surfing site : NET
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They're underfoot : SOLES
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All in : SPENT
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Greet the opposing team : BOO
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Vanna's partner : PAT
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Gets along : MAKESDO
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Tibias' ends : ANKLES
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Culminating point : ZENITH
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Femme fatale : SIREN
33
Choral work : MOTET
34
Doc bloc, for short : AMA
37
Volunteer's words : ICAN
38
Bone connector : SINEW
39
Thick cut : SLAB
40
Kareem, once : LEW
41
Misanthrope : HATER
42
Roberts of "Mystic Pizza" : JULIA
43
Camera card contents : IMAGES
45
Mass parts : CANONS
46
Sunday paper section : FUNNIES
48
Memorial Day setting : MAY
49
Course start : TEE
50
Bound to experience : INFOR
51
Goes belly-up : FAILS
53
Rockies tree : FIR
54
Vegetarian film critic? : PAULINEKALE
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Popular season on the Riviera : ETE
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Drove to distraction : IRKED
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Austin Powers's father : NIGEL
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Curious George creator H. A. ___ : REY
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Demands : NEEDS
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Sharpshooting Shaq : ONEAL
Down
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New reporter : CUB
2
Penny portrait : ABE
3
Runner Sebastian : COE
4
Does a doily : TATS
5
Answer to a knock : ITSOPEN
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"American Buffalo" playwright : MAMET
7
Yodelers' milieu : ALPS
8
Hide-hair link : NOR
9
Modern evidence : DNA
10
Camper's gear : MESSKIT
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Vegetarian film critic? : GENESHALLOT
12
Change the Constitution : AMEND
13
Tie up a boat : PUTTO
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Sighed cry : ALAS
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Sulky state : PET
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Pesto base : BASIL
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In reserve : ONICE
25
Vegetarian talk show star? : OKRAWINFREY
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Poet's concern : METER
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Fresh : ANEW
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Cariou of "Sweeney Todd" : LEN
31
Shipping areas : ZONES
33
Itty-bitty bugs : MITES
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L.L. Bean's home : MAINE
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Lower : ABASE
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Wise fellow : SAGE
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Catch some rays : SUN
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Kind of turn : HAIRPIN
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"Leading With My Chin" author : JAYLENO
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6 on a phone : MNO
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First born? : CAIN
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Drummer's partner : FIFER
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Bring together : UNITE
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Hotel staffers : MAIDS
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Hightailed it : FLED
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It's got you covered : SKIN
55
Beatitudes verb : ARE
56
Island strings : UKE
57
Epoch : AGE
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Salonga of "Miss Saigon" : LEA
59
Wing : ELL

Answer summary: 4 unique to this puzzle, 2 debuted here and reused later.

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