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New York Times, Thursday, June 4, 2009

Author:
Peter A. Collins and Joe Krozel
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Joe Krozel

This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 72, Blocks: 31 Missing: {JKQVYZ} Featured in Will Shortz's favorite puzzles This is puzzle # 23 for Mr. Collins. This is puzzle # 22 for Mr. Krozel. NYT links: Across Lite
Constructor notes:

JOE: This puzzle was one of my favorite to construct. The theme idea originated with Pete Collins, who envisioned the base path as SINGLE, DOUBLE, TRIPLE and HOMER. The problem was that they weren't the same length, so the grid faced symmetry challenges. I struggled for hours ... even making each theme entry plural. Subconsciously, I avoided the past tense — thinking they would be the same length as the plurals and harder to finesse into a coherent wording of the theme. But I was wrong. When I finally came around to trying that notion, it was like hitting the jackpot; everything just fell into place. My advice to other constructors: look hard for natural symmetry and focus on variations that don't fight the fill process.

PETE: This was Joe and my fourth collaboration out of nine (and counting?). I think it was my favorite, along with our first (Sunday, August 3, 2008). Our early collaborations usually arose from me coming up with a crazy idea, getting stymied trying to construct a grid, then throwing the grid at Joe and begging him to finish it. Joe never backed down from a challenge — even if it did result in hours of teeth-gnashing and hair-pulling. I'm especially proud that this puzzle landed in "Will Shortz Picks His Favorite Puzzles".

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© 2009, The New York TimesNo. 0604 ( 21,758 )
Across
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Source of the line "Frailty, thy name is woman!" : HAMLET
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Some believers : DEISTS
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Poor thing about a slouch : POSTURE
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Vacation destinations : RESORTS
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Dressed for a white-tie affair : INTAILS
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Order in the court : ALLRISE
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Some urban digs : COOPS
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Shooter on the playground : TAW
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Old Al Capp strip "___ an' Slats" : ABBIE
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He preceded Joan at Woodstock : ARLO
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Former org. protecting depositors : FSLIC
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Water collector : SUMP
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Mens ___ (criminal intent) : REA
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One who is no longer entitled : ALIENOR
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Golf club part : TOE
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Set off, in a big way : DETONATE
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Bigger-than-life persona : LEGEND
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With 35-Across, one who has done the circled things, combined, more often than any other major-league player : PETE
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See 34-Across : ROSE
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Attempts to strike : HITSAT
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Georgia birthplace of Erskine Caldwell : MORELAND
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Want ad abbr. : EOE
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Cheese dish : RAREBIT
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Hotel addition? : IER
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U.S.N. brass: Abbr. : ADMS
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Photographic flash gas : XENON
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Latin wings : ALAE
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Lab tube : PIPET
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Action stopper : CUT
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"Can ___ Witness" (Marvin Gaye hit) : IGETA
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___ Sánchez, co-director of "The Blair Witch Project" : EDUARDO
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Turned a blind eye toward : IGNORED
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Last of the French? : DERNIER
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Lemonlike fruit : CITRONS
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Spoke rudely to : SASSED
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Classic brand of liniment : SLOANS
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Mother, on the second Sunday in May : HONOREE
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Whence Elaine, in Arthurian lore : ASTOLAT
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Highest peak in the Philippines: Abbr. : MTAPO
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Baseball All-Star Tiant : LUIS
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Goethe's "The ___-King" : ERL
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Where to take an exam : TESTSITE
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Attract : DRAWIN
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Fish that may be caught in a cage : EEL
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Puerto Rico, por ejemplo : ISLA
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Gathers on a surface, chemically : SORBS
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Reason for a medley, perhaps : TRIBUTE
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Apostle called "the Zealot" : STSIMON
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Enterprise-D captain : PICARD
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Permeated, with "into" : SEEPED
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On the safe side : ALEE
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Political proposal from some conservatives : FLATTAX
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Fill, as with a crayon : COLORIN
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Lend ___ : ANEAR
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Kind of button : RESET
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Special ___ : OPS
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Breast enlargement material : GEL
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Branch of technology : ROBOTICS
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Like some spoonfuls : HEAPED
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Salt add-ins : IODIDES
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Japanese restaurant offering : TEMPURA
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Restaurant offering : MENU
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Bank controller : AILERON
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Tidies : NEATENS
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Rastafarian's do, for short : DREADS
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34 & 35-Across's 4,256 career hits, e.g. : RECORD
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Penn and others : SEANS
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Pythagoras' square : AGORA
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Speaker of the diamond : TRIS
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Digging : INTO
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Near failure : DEE
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Apt name for an ichthyologist? : GIL

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

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