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New York Times, Monday, June 23, 2008

Author:
Andrea Carla Michaels and Patrick Blindauer
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Andrea Carla Michaels
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Patrick Blindauer

This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 78, Blocks: 38 Missing: {FJQXZ} Spans: 2 This is puzzle # 9 for Ms. Michaels. This is puzzle # 17 for Mr. Blindauer. NYT links: Across Lite
Constructor notes:

Andrea:

THis was my first official collaboration with my then newbestfriend Patrick Blindauer. We had met when he was working for Peter Gordon at Sterling as an assistant. I had known Peter for 20+ years from our days at Games Magazine, so I would pop by to see him whenever I was in NY. Patrick and I got to know each other better at the first ACPT I attended. (I hadn't gone the first 25+ years as I lived across the country, etc.) Will was using one of my puzzles for the opening puzzle of the 2008 ACPT I believe. (Cheers! It was four ways to toast, I think, which each theme answer being "Cheers!")

Patrick and I were standing together as people were approaching Trip Payne and consoling him on his second place finish. Folks were saying various cliches, "You did your best!", "So close!", etc. Patrick and I sat down and created a list "We still love you!" "Close but no cigar!", etc. and that became the first of a dozen collaborations. I think Deb Amlen called us the Fred and Ginger of constructors.

We both live very separate lives now, but he's always been my go-to person when I want to create a Sunday-sized puzzle that have funny phrases by changing a letter, or what have you. I love his sense of humor and what a genius he is. Until Patrick, I had only been published on Monday-Wed. He is my collaborator on 3 Sundays (not counting a couple we've done for the WSJ) and my sole NYT Thursday.

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© 2008, The New York TimesNo. 0623 ( 21,412 )
Across
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Annual sleigh driver : SANTA
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Walk like an expectant dad : PACE
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Summit : ACME
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Martian, e.g. : ALIEN
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"Yeah, right" : IBET
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Radar sign : BLIP
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Words to a fourth runner-up : WINSOMELOSESOME
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R.B.I. or H.R. : STAT
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Angers : IRES
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"Casablanca" star, informally : BOGIE
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Its symbol is Sn : TIN
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Not him : HER
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Words to a third runner-up : YOUDIDYOURBEST
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Latin dance : SAMBA
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Push out of bed : ROUST
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Pi's follower : RHO
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Swiss artist Paul : KLEE
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Height's companion : WIDTH
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Jack who pioneered late-night talk : PAAR
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Un : France :: ___ : Germany : EIN
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Irked : RILED
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Alice's cake instruction : EATME
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Words to a second runner-up : WESTILLLOVEYOU
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Finish up : END
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Chicago transports : ELS
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Norse myths, e.g. : SAGAS
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Warmth : HEAT
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Gave temporarily : LENT
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Words to a first runner-up : CLOSEBUTNOCIGAR
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Suffix with million : AIRE
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Florence's river : ARNO
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Ahead by a point : UPONE
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Borscht vegetable : BEET
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Lawyer Dershowitz : ALAN
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Op-ed piece : ESSAY
Down
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Tools with teeth : SAWS
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Disembarked : ALIT
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One of Columbus's ships : NINA
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Science lab glassware : TESTTUBE
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Year, in Madrid : ANO
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Where ships dock : PIER
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___-bodied : ABLE
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Corp. kingpins : CEOS
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Martians, e.g., for short : ETS
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What paper towels do : ABSORB
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What paper towels do to a toilet : CLOG
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"La Bohème" soprano : MIMI
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Fencing sword : EPEE
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Skirt that exposes a lot of thigh : MINI
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Film critic Roger : EBERT
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Boise's state: Abbr. : IDA
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Word to a crying child : HUSH
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New Haven collegian : YALIE
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Signs for good or ill : OMENS
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Dentist's tool : DRILL
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Call in the Alps : YODEL
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Surpass : OUTDO
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Poet's Muse : ERATO
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Killer whale that does tricks : SHAMU
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Went 80, say : TORE
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Distort, as data : SKEW
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Untamed : WILD
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Salary indicators : PAYSLIPS
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Dentist's direction : RINSE
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Electric fish : EEL
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Cups, saucers, sugar bowl, etc. : TEASET
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Presidential prerogative : VETO
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Picket line crosser : SCAB
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"I cannot tell ___" : ALIE
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Al of "An Inconvenient Truth" : GORE
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Throw : HURL
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Sicilian volcano : ETNA
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Ever and ___ : ANON
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Inflated selves : EGOS
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"Peter Pan" dog : NANA
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Deuce topper, in cards : TREY
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Sheep's bleat : BAA
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Actor's prompt : CUE

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

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