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New York Times, Saturday, July 28, 2012

Author:
Victor Fleming and Sam Ezersky
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Sam Ezersky

This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 70, Blocks: 29 Missing: {JQVX} This is puzzle # 32 for Mr. Fleming. This is the debut puzzle for Mr. Ezersky. NYT links: Across Lite PDF
Constructor notes:

SAM: There wasn't really much that "inspired" this puzzle, except for the fact that I wanted to be accepted by the Times. I also wanted to learn how to make a good themeless. Vic, who'd been mentoring me for some time, said we needed to come up with two backbone entries to build a grid around. He chose PHOTOBUCKET, as it was fresh and modern. I came up with GOOGLE EARTH. He designed the grid.

VIC: We split the task of filling the grid, almost literally, down the middle. As always, I was pushing for multiple ILSAs (in-the-language-standalones), and Sam delivered in spades, pushing our count to over 20.

SAM: I clued it all up. Vic tweaked my cluing. Will asked for a slight revision. Vic revised it. I revised his revision. We got accepted. And boom!

VIC: As we write this note (Dec. 2013), Sam has now had eight more puzzles accepted by the Times, including a terrific rebus that was published on 12/13/2012!

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© 2012, The New York TimesNo. 0728 ( 22,908 )
Across
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Part of a certain log : STARDATE
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Appliance maker that produced the first microwave oven for household use (1955) : TAPPAN
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Give lots of work ... or criticism : PILEITON
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In : ATHOME
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Dashing through the snow? : IDITAROD
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Landmark also known as Kissavos : MTOSSA
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Thick : FAT
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Defiant retort : MAKEME
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Mustang option : TTOP
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Beat : FLOG
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Like a game ending in double overtime, say : HARDWON
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"Copper Canyon" and "Coroner Creek" : OATERS
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Discompose : ABASH
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They may be empty in a vending machine : CALORIES
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Journal keeper of fiction : CRUSOE
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Straight : ALIGNED
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Certain seal : SEACALF
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Listing agent's principal : SELLER
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Genre of Lauren Weisberger's "The Devil Wears Prada" : CHICKLIT
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So far : ASYET
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Actress Sobieski : LEELEE
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Aids for home parties : WETBARS
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Draw, in a way : TOKE
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Federal org. with compliance officers : OSHA
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Like Jesus on the Shroud of Turin, many believe : IMAGED
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___ esprit : BEL
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Capital of Iran's Fars province : SHIRAZ
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Faithful practice : MONOGAMY
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Peewee : LITTLE
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How hair might fall out : INCLUMPS
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Almost perfect, as a game : ONEHIT
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Pen pal? : CELLMATE
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Neaten (up) : SPIFF
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Start of a big wave? : TIDAL
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O'Connor's successor : ALITO
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No longer serving: Abbr. : RET
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Geometry meas. : DIAM
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___ Plus (pharmacy purchase) : ATRA
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Really listened : TOOKHEED
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Charms : ENDEARS
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Under control : TAMED
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Bygone N.Y.S.E. ticker symbol : ATT
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Picture-hosting Web site : PHOTOBUCKET
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Kind of drip : POSTNASAL
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"Are not!" elicitor : AMSO
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Spring's counterpart : NEAP
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Title box choice : MRS
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Reference program launched in 2005 : GOOGLEEARTH
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Top gun : WARACE
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Actor Will of "Up All Night" : ARNETT
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Second-___ : TIER
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Cadenzas, e.g. : SOLI
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Weight : HEFT
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Sight along una calle : CASA
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They may be pint-size with big heads : ALES
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100% pure : LILYWHITE
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Put a cover on : CEIL
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1976 Hall & Oates hit : SHESGONE
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Like many cookie jars : CERAMIC
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Flight : LAM
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"Les Pêcheurs de Perles" composer : BIZET
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Start to care? : OBAMA
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Combed, as hair : KEMPT
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___ Knox, co-star of Lon Chaney in "The Mummy's Tomb" : ELYSE
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Olympics locale where the first figure-skating triple jump was landed : OSLO
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It's just over a foot : SHIN
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Check within, say?: Abbr. : ENCL
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Sweetums : DOLL
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Fourth caliph in Sunni Islam : ALI
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Jam (up) : GUM

Answer summary: 4 unique to this puzzle, 2 debuted here and reused later.

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