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New York Times, Tuesday, September 21, 2004

Author:
Andrea Carla Michaels
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Andrea Carla Michaels

This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 78, Blocks: 44 Missing: {QZ} Spans: 1 This is puzzle # 3 for Ms. Michaels. NYT links: Across Lite
Andrea Carla Michaels notes:

At this point I was only making one a year, if that. I hadn't started thinking of myself as a constructor yet. Simply a solver who had ideas from time to time. But I loved coming up with themes, which TV Guide didn't care about. GILLIGANSISLAND was a perfect 15 across and I started putting in character names and some of the actors real names. Will said "All character names or all real names, no mixing. Again, I was flabbergasted by the synchronicity of FOUR of the actors having complementary lengths! TINALOUISE/ALANHALEJR (The Jr was a slight fudge, but that IS how he's credited) JIMBACKUS/BOBDENVER. I felt bad about having to leave out the Professor and Mary Ann (not to mention Mrs. Howell) but even on the show the first few years they were just "And the rest..."!

This was my first experience of having five theme answers, as I used to think just in threes, preferably all 15s going straight across. Actually I still do!

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© 2004, The New York TimesNo. 0921 ( 20,041 )

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Across
1
Unconsciousness : COMA
5
Govt. security : TBILL
10
Tell all : BLAB
14
Eve's mate : ADAM
15
North of talk radio : OLLIE
16
Leave in the dust : LOSE
17
Player of Ginger : TINALOUISE
19
A few chips in the pot, maybe : ANTE
20
Kind of scene in a movie : SEX
21
Other, to Ortega : OTRA
22
Inspirations : IDEAS
23
Player of the title role in 37-Across : BOBDENVER
26
[Woe is me!] : BOOHOO
30
Social historian Jacob : RIIS
31
Charles Lamb, pseudonymously : ELIA
32
Desist : CEASE
34
Ewe's cry : BAA
37
Classic sitcom that debuted on 9/26/1964 : GILLIGANSISLAND
41
___ sauce : SOY
42
Blue-haired lady of TV cartoons : MARGE
43
Ye ___ Shoppe : OLDE
44
7-Eleven, e.g. : MART
45
Adorable "bears" : PANDAS
47
Player of Thurston Howell III : JIMBACKUS
50
Half-man/half-goat creatures : FAUNS
52
___-majesté : LESE
53
Org. that helps with motel discounts : AAA
56
Remark while putting chips in the pot : IMIN
57
Player of the Skipper : ALANHALEJR
60
Mexican fast food : TACO
61
Mob : HORDE
62
"I smell ___!" : ARAT
63
Slow-boil : STEW
64
Got up : STOOD
65
Hunky-___ : DORY
Down
1
See 3-Down : CATS
2
"Garfield" dog : ODIE
3
With 1-Down, tailless pets : MANX
4
Doctor's org. : AMA
5
Overly : TOOTOO
6
Squib on a book jacket : BLURB
7
Ancient Greek class reading : ILIAD
8
Fleur-de-___ : LIS
9
Name that's a homophone of 8-Down : LEE
10
Shivs : BLADES
11
Society avoider : LONER
12
Nick and Nora's pooch : ASTA
13
Spelling contests : BEES
18
Gray wolf : LOBO
22
Harvard, Yale, Princeton, etc., for short : IVIES
24
Rub out : ERASE
25
Not yet final, at law : NISI
26
Importunes : BEGS
27
Mixture : OLIO
28
Greasy : OILY
29
Actor Linden or Holbrook : HAL
32
Magna ___ : CARTA
33
Essay writer's class: Abbr. : ENG
34
Shiny on top? : BALD
35
"Three Men ___ Baby" : ANDA
36
Summer drinks : ADES
38
Some prayer leaders : IMAMS
39
Dress : GARB
40
Actor Chaney : LON
44
Boat on 37-Across : MINNOW
45
Shoved : PUSHED
46
Lost : ASEA
47
Result of squeezing, maybe : JUICE
48
Mild cigar : CLARO
49
Japanese form of fencing : KENDO
50
Partner of starts : FITS
51
Latin 101 verb : AMAT
53
Prefix with nautical : AERO
54
Slightly open : AJAR
55
Creative : ARTY
57
Responses to a masseur : AHS
58
Home stretch? : LOT
59
Irish fellow : LAD

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

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