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New York Times, Wednesday, July 20, 2005

Author:
Roy Leban
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Roy Leban

This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 74, Blocks: 36 Missing: {QX} Spans: 1 This is puzzle # 10 for Mr. Leban. NYT links: Across Lite
Roy Leban notes:

I was working on a different puzzle when I happened to notice that EDWIN ALDRIN JR was the same length as NEIL ARMSTRONG. Of course, that meant I had a nice theme. I toyed with a bunch of connectors but WALKED ON THE MOON was the most natural phrase that was good for cluing, and it was a 15 to boot. I tried hard to get MICHAEL and COLLINS in there as well (both 7's) but I just couldn't without screwing up the grid.

One of the down entries was I-EIGHTY ONE. I had other choices, but I liked it because of the improbable beginning of IEIG. Will agreed, writing "the entry I EIGHTY-ONE is really 'out there,' since the highway name would never be spelled out this way. But it's amusing and sort of fun as a novelty." Fortunately, it didn't start a trend of long spelled-out highway numbers.

Will accepted this puzzle about nine months before it ran and we discussed a specific date for it to run, the following July 20th. About three weeks before it ran, I dropped Will an email about it. Good thing as he had inadvertently filed it with the regular puzzles. Had it been missed, I would have had to wait another year.

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© 2005, The New York TimesNo. 0720 ( 20,343 )
Across
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Pillow toppers, in hotels : MINTS
6
Paycheck deduction : FICA
10
Place for a firing : KILN
14
"Save me ___" : ASEAT
15
Rodin sculpture at the Met : ADAM
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Become tiresome : WEAR
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Cool cat's acknowledgment : IMHIP
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Parks of Montgomery : ROSA
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Audio equipment brand : AIWA
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He was first : NEILARMSTRONG
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Acquires : BUYS
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Swiss stream : AAR
25
Presidential inits. from Missouri : HST
28
Many a car transaction : RESALE
31
"___ and the King of Siam" : ANNA
32
Café alternative : THE
33
Children's author Carle : ERIC
34
Baseball Hall-of-Famer George : BRETT
35
Over there : YON
36
What 20- and 50-Across did on July 20, 1969 : WALKEDONTHEMOON
40
Tree with a winged seed : ASH
41
Actress Kudrow and others : LISAS
42
Prefix with trust : ANTI
43
Early touring car : REO
44
1946 Wimbledon champion Pauline : BETZ
45
Sign of affection : CARESS
47
Joanne of "All the King's Men" : DRU
48
Spanish bear : OSO
49
Female singer at the original Woodstock : BAEZ
50
He was second : EDWINALDRINJR
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1974 Peace Nobelist : SATO
58
Vex : RILE
59
Bee-related : APIAN
60
Twice tetra- : OCTO
61
Major paperback publisher : AVON
62
Patty Hearst's name in the S.L.A. : TANIA
63
Many a stadium concession : BEER
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Looked over : EYED
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Organic compounds : ENOLS
Down
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Primary : MAIN
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"Woe ___!" : ISME
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Classic soft drink brand : NEHI
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Offensive football position : TAILBACK
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State capital originally known as Pig's Eye : STPAUL
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Works the land : FARMS
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Wedding exchange : IDOS
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Clickers : CASTANETS
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Imaginary undying flower : AMARANTH
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Olympian Michelle : KWAN
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Major New York-to-Tennessee route : IEIGHTYONE
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Bar topic : LAW
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Big D.C. lobby : NRA
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Whiskey grain : RYE
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Sound off, perhaps : ORATE
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Bamboo pieces : SHOOTS
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See 57-Down : TENNIS
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Poster heading : REWARD
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Chalk remover : ERASER
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Figure on a window shade : SILHOUETTE
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Desilu co-founder : ARNAZ
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Fenway Park climber : BOSTONIVY
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Pasta shape : ELBOW
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Requiem Mass hymn : DIESIRAE
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Almond confection : MARZIPAN
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Heel : CAD
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Fill with bubbles : AERATE
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Many a gourmet coffee : BLEND
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One can be shown it : DOOR
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Plant with lance-shaped leaves : ALOE
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El ___ : NINO
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Lockup : JAIL
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Genetic strands : RNAS
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Weep : SOB
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Excellent service, in 27-Down : ACE

Answer summary: 4 unique to this puzzle, 3 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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