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FOR APRIL -- NATIONAL POETRY MONTH

New York Times, Sunday, April 22, 2007

Author:
Victor Fleming
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Victor Fleming

This puzzle:

Rows: 23, Columns: 23 Words: 166, Blocks: 89 Missing: {QX} Spans: 2 This is puzzle # 9 for Mr. Fleming. NYT links: Across Lite
Victor Fleming notes:

For this National Poetry Month puzzle, I wanted definitions/descriptions of poetry, as per recognized poets. I did not think there'd ever been a Times crossword with a theme consisting of several quotations from various sources. About twelve hours of research, online and at the library, produced dozens of potential entries. The key was finding items brief enough to effect a balanced array in the grid.

I began with a 21x21 grid and produced two or three drafts in that format that just did not please me. I asked Will's permission to expand to a 23x23. He okayed that. I then returned to the library and produced another ten potential entries. This is the puzzle on which I spent more time than any other in my tenure as a cruciverbalist (about 40 hours, I estimate).

My favorite quote from the puzzle is Carl Sandburg's remark: "Poetry is an echo asking a shadow to dance."

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© 2007, The New York TimesNo. 0422 ( 20,984 )
Across
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Student's declaration : MAJOR
6
Restricted part of a street : BUSLANE
13
Paul of pet food : IAMS
17
1947 crime drama : TMEN
21
Block in the Southwest : ADOBE
22
Golf club with a nearly vertical face : ONEIRON
23
Love letters? : SWAK
24
U.S. city in sight of two volcanoes : HILO
25
With 36-Across, "Poetry is ..." (Osbert Sitwell) : LIKEFISHIFITS
27
Orange/yellow blooms : MARIGOLDS
29
Feature of the villain in "The Fugitive" : ONEARM
30
Walk to the door : SEEOUT
32
Single thread : STRAND
33
Radisson alternative : HYATT
36
See 25-Across : FRESHITSGOOD
40
Hearty drink : ALE
43
Like the Uzbek and Kirghiz languages : TURKIC
47
Smog-watching grp. : EPA
48
Bagnell Dam river : OSAGE
49
Purplish : LILAC
52
Ella of "Phantom Lady" : RAINES
54
One way to be paid : INCASH
58
Amount past due? : TRE
59
"Poetry is ..." (Joseph Roux) : TRUTHINITSSUNDAYCLOTHES
63
Oater locale : SALOON
64
Where Springsteen was born, in song : THEUSA
65
Monte ___ : CARLO
66
Hyde Park stroller : PRAM
68
Toil : TRAVAIL
71
Have on : WEAR
75
Japanese band? : OBI
78
Like many pubs : IRISH
81
With 89-Across, "Poetry is ..." (Carl Sandburg) : ANECHOASKINGA
85
Flat : HORIZONTAL
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Struggle : CONTENTION
89
See 81-Across : SHADOWTODANCE
93
QB Rodney : PEETE
94
Banned spray : DDT
95
Russian city or oblast : OREL
96
Office gizmo : LABELER
98
Soissons seasons : ETES
100
Baseball Hall-of-Famer Banks : ERNIE
104
Make an inauguration affirmation : SAYIDO
107
Literary ending : EPILOG
111
"Poetry is ..." (Edith Sitwell) : THEDEIFICATIONOFREALITY
117
Took top honors : WON
118
French city in W.W. II fighting : EPINAL
119
Title character in a "Sgt. Pepper" song : MRKITE
120
Grant maker : DONOR
121
Hatch from Utah : ORRIN
123
15 years before the Battle of Hastings : MLI
125
Dead Sea Scrolls scribe : ESSENE
127
"___ gratias" : DEO
128
"Poetry is ..." (Pablo Neruda) : ANACTOFPEACE
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Verges on : NEARS
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Sing "Gladly the cross-eyed bear," say : GARBLE
137
Tyro : NEWBIE
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___ Mae : SALLIE
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Elderly : ONINYEARS
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"Poetry is ..." (E. E. Cummings) : BEINGNOTDOING
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English university V.I.P.s : DONS
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Punjabi believer : SIKH
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No more : ALLGONE
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#24 of 24 : OMEGA
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As a result : ERGO
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Besides : ELSE
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Fall field worker : GLEANER
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Snooped (around) : NOSED
Down
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Bueno's opposite : MALO
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Tennis edge : ADIN
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It may start with someone entering a bar : JOKE
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West Indian sorcery : OBEAH
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Prepare, as a side of beans : REFRY
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Beantown, on scoreboards : BOS
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Durham sch. : UNH
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Half of doce : SEIS
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Energy : LIFE
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Singer India.___ : ARIE
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___ this world : NOTOF
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Nutrition drink brand : ENSURE
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Belief : ISM
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Up to one's ears (in) : AWASH
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Cuban patriot José : MARTI
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Go around : SKIRT
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Beachwear : THONGS
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"Zounds," e.g. : MILDOATH
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Antiquity, quaintly : ELD
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Denials : NOS
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"This is where ___" : IMAT
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Alternative fuel : GASOHOL
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Halfhearted : TEPID
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Go bad : TURN
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Red hair, e.g. : TRAIT
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Arabian capital : SANA
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Fairy-tale menace : OGRE
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G.P.A. spoilers : DEES
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Mtn. stats : ALTS
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Trevi coin, once : LIRA
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Month after Ab : ELUL
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Friends : KITH
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Not on the border : INSET
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Poetic break: Var. : CESURA
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Sitting on : ATOP
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Tapas bar offering : CHORIZO
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Writer Sontag : SUSAN
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Big spinner : CYCLONE
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Here, in Juárez : ACA
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Camera inits. : SLR
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Aligned : INAROW
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Main seating area : NAVE
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Namely : TOWIT
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Perfect : MINT
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N.C. State plays in it : ACC
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Denny's alternative : IHOP
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Oklahoma city : ENID
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Steinbeck's "To ___ Unknown" : AGOD
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Angry talk : RANT
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Really, really : OHSO
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Physicist Niels : BOHR
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"Dies ___" : IRAE
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Arrived quietly : STOLEIN
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"... ___ great fall" : HADA
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Exactly, after "to" : ATEE
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Parlor piece : SETTEE
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Gridiron protection : KNEEPAD
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Wasted gas : IDLED
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Inventor's place : LAB
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Group of spies : NEST
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Kind of check : CLAIM
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Hundred Acre Wood donkey : EEYORE
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Winter Olympics venues : RINKS
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It's raised on a farm : SILO
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NASA homecoming : REENTRY
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Tiny bite : NIP
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"See ___ care!" : IFI
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Two, in Lisbon : DOIS
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In many cases : OFTEN
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Operatic Jenny : LIND
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Early Nebraskan : OTOE
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Deli order : GYRO
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Old deferment classification : TWOA
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Beeper : HORN
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Ticking off : ENRAGING
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Pulled in : CAME
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Poe's middle name : ALLAN
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Surrealist Magritte : RENE
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Reply to "No way!" : ICANSO
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Old-style hangover remedy : ICEBAG
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League division : EAST
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Mighty big : OBESE
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Swing wildly : FLAIL
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Corner office and others : PERKS
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Gettysburg general under Lee : EWELL
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Household health hazard : RADON
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Sportscast feature : SLOMO
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Peevishness : BILE
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TV's Swenson : INGA
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Fashion's ___ von Furstenberg : EGON
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"Here ___ ..." : LIES
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"Bus Stop" playwright : INGE
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"Yikes!" : EGAD
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"___ on Melancholy" : ODE
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Swe. abutter : NOR
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Ma'am or dam : SHE
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K.C.-to-Duluth dir. : NNE
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"___ the fields ..." : OER

Answer summary: 10 unique to this puzzle, 3 debuted here and reused later, 4 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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