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New York Times, Wednesday, May 4, 2005

Author:
Victor Fleming
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Victor Fleming

This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 76, Blocks: 40 Missing: {FGWZ} Spans: 1 This is puzzle # 2 for Mr. Fleming. NYT links: Across Lite
Victor Fleming notes:

My first-ever NYT having seen print less than two months earlier, I was full of myself. The year before, the Feb. 4 puzzle by Roy Leban had honored Bob Keeshan, who had died on Jan. 23 — some 12 days earlier. I think that was a record turn-around time for a current-events puzzle. But, for sure, it inspired me to think that some themes merit email contact with Will.

Pope Benedict XVI was elected on Apr. 19, 2005. I emailed Will a proposed theme to capitalize on his election around midnight that night. Will's reply was in the affirmative, conditioned on my getting him an acceptable finished puzzle by late the next afternoon. As for how the theme was executed, in essence I made a list of words and phrases that might apply to the situation and used those that seemed most apt.

I made the decision that, because of the nature of the puzzle, all the theme answers should be horizontal, for ease of reading (by the masses). I debated whether to put blocks in the boxes that start A TAD and end BEET, giving the puzzle 78 words, rather than 76. I was even more tempted when it turned out that my best long non-theme answers were going to be EHUD BARAK and BERT LANCE. But I submitted it as is, holding the other option as a fallback, in case Will didn't like those two chaps crowding in on His Holiness. He took it as delivered, though, giving me a symmetrical story to tell: The turnaround time on my first NYT crossword was 14 months; on my second, 14 days.

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© 2005, The New York TimesNo. 0504 ( 20,266 )
Across
1
Term of affection for 37-Across : PAPA
5
Arborist's concern : TREE
9
Daily delivery : MAIL
13
"Beowulf" and "Paradise Lost" : EPICS
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Optimistic : ROSY
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Deutsche article : EINE
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Office of 37-Across : THEHOLYSEE
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Recommended amount : DOSE
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Indefatigable : TIRELESS
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Persian Gulf ship : OILER
22
Football gains or losses: Abbr. : YDS
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Home for 37-Across : VATICANCITY
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Ocean's bottom : BED
27
Feel remorse for : RUE
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Adolescent's outbreak : ACNE
31
Former Israeli P.M. : EHUDBARAK
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Leader elected in 2005 : POPEBENEDICTXVI
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Budget director under Jimmy Carter : BERTLANCE
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"Quickly!" : ASAP
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Sch. in Tulsa : ORU
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Really bad coffee : MUD
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Title for 37-Across : HISHOLINESS
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___ au vin : COQ
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Good way to go out : ONTOP
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Subject to sanctions, maybe : ONREPORT
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Party of the first part? : ADAM
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Predecessor of 37-Across : JOHNPAULII
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Stir up : RILE
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View from Toledo : ERIE
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Ice cream unit : SCOOP
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Tyne of "Judging Amy" : DALY
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Kind of blocker : BETA
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Coastal raptors : ERNS
Down
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Small-minded : PETTY
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Sap sucker : APHID
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Landing places : PIERS
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Sleep preventer : ACHE
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Secret engagement : TRYST
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Martini's partner : ROSSI
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Nice-to-Rome dir. : ESE
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Storm part : EYE
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Battlefield shout : MEDIC
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Garlicky spread : AIOLI
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Atlas enlargement : INSET
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Distrustful : LEERY
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Figure out : SOLVE
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__ poisoning : LEAD
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Last non-A.D. year : ONEBC
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Boorish : CRUDE
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BMW competitor : AUDI
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Red shade : BEET
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Police alert, for short : APB
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Miler Sebastian : COE
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"Morning Edition" airer : NPR
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Tedium : ENNUI
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"___ Ramsey," 1970's TV western : HEC
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Just slightly : ATAD
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Dr.'s orders : RXS
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Frank's wife before Mia : AVA
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Laotian money : KIP
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Hit to short right, say : BLOOP
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___ of Sandwich : EARL
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No. on a new-car sticker : MSRP
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"___ directed" : USEAS
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Squirrel away : HOARD
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Home to more than a billion : INDIA
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Hold off : STALL
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Comfortable : HOMEY
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Like seven Nolan Ryan games : NOHIT
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Nine: Prefix : ENNEA
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Amber or umber : COLOR
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Belted sky formation : ORION
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Canal cleaners? : QTIPS
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Purple shade : PUCE
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One of the Bushes : JEB
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Miner matter : ORE

Answer summary: 2 unique to this puzzle, 3 debuted here and reused later, 1 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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