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New York Times, Wednesday, September 7, 2005

Like the most devout churchgoers … and another anagram of 20-Across

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

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Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 76, Blocks: 38 Missing: {HQXZ} This is puzzle # 4 for Ms. Michaels. NYT links: Across Lite
Andrea Carla Michaels notes:

I had read somewhere that BRITNEY SPEARS was an anagram for PRESBYTERIANS. I couldn't believe that! Plus PRESBYTERIANS anagrammed into BEST IN PRAYERS. All 13s, so this was a natural.

The only problem was, Will didn't think BRITNEY SPEARS would last if the puzzle were reprinted six years hence. I didn't care about that issue because I wanted something fresh. Plus it's a daily newspaper, why should I be concerned about shelf-life? And although I'd like my puzzles to stand the test of time, it only benefits the publishers, as they don't pay royalties, nor even supply the authors with a book, so my feeling is why should I knock myself out worrying who will/won't be known in 10 years time? It was not published for a long time ... and I would argue with Will that BRITNEY would be around for a long time, that all girls knew her, and young folks, etc. It was the beginning of my trying to champion puzzles with a more feminine-bent to the themes. Even though the older male editors and sports enthusiasts that abound might not be a BRITNEY fan, there were plenty of women (and gay men) who were.

In the meantime, I thought it hadn't been accepted as I heard nothing for years. So I created a similar one, with four themes, for Peter Gordon and the Sun. BRITNEYSPEARS/PRESBYTERIANS and PEPSICOLA/EPISCOPALS. She was the spokesperson for Pepsi so I thought that was also a stunning coincidence. Totally different puzzle, as I said, four themes, not three and I hadn't heard from the Times in a couple of years. Suddenly the Times puzzle was printed and someone on line (which was a new phenomenon in 2005) accused me of plagiarizing the theme! He didn't realize that it was the same person who had written both puzzles. I was mortified ... wasn't the first, nor the last time, someone online had been scathing without knowledge, but I was embarrassed. I think over a year went by before I published again.

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© 2005, The New York Times9/7/05 ( No. 20,392 )
Across
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French cherubs : ANGES
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Fish often split for cooking : SCROD
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Field hospital sight : COT
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"Beavis and Butt-head" cartoon spinoff : DARIA
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Honky-tonk sight : PIANO
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Washington's ___ Stadium : RFK
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Bullfight setting : ARENA
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Riverbank burrower : OTTER
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36-Across craft : UFO
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About 4 million Americans, religiously : PRESBYTERIANS
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Elephant's weight, maybe : TON
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Other, in Madrid : OTRA
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Gutter site : EAVE
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How the sirens sang, in myth : SWEETLY
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Lobster's cousin : CRAWDAD
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Mauna ___ : LOA
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Politician's goal : SEAT
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19-Across passengers : ETS
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Pop artist whose name is an anagram of 20-Across : BRITNEYSPEARS
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Low-tech missile : PEA
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Affixes : ADDS
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Amniotic ___ : SAC
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Fast-paced sport : JAIALAI
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Certain drive-thru requirement : ATMCARD
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Chinese dynasty a thousand years ago : SUNG
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Greek cheese : FETA
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Month of l'année : MAI
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Like the most devout churchgoers … and another anagram of 20-Across : BESTINPRAYERS
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Headhunter's big recruit, for short : CEO
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Not express : LOCAL
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Allots : DOLES
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Hairy hand : PAW
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Tropical palm : ARECA
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Spring up : ARISE
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Mozart's home: Abbr. : AUS
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Short-fused : TESTY
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Deli choices : MEATS
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Doesn't stay the same : ADAPTS
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Taper : NARROW
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"Brighton Rock" novelist : GREENE
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Zwei halved : EINS
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Swedish export : SAAB
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Poor, as coverage : SPOTTY
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One making references : CITER
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Routines bad to be on : RATRACES
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"Dedicated to the ___ Love" : ONEI
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"Dumb ___" (old comic) : DORA
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Follower of Richard the Lion-Hearted : CRUSADER
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Popular insect repellent : OFF
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Bout stopper, for short : TKO
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___ Griffith, 1999 W.N.B.A. M.V.P. : YOLANDA
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"What's ___?" : NEW
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Dye holders : VATS
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Masthead contents, briefly : EDS
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Inventor Whitney : ELI
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Demolish : TOTAL
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50 Cent, e.g. : RAPSTAR
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Starters : ATEAM
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Method: Abbr. : SYS
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Bringer of wine and flowers : BEAU
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Post-storm effects : RAINBOWS
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Skyscrapers, e.g. : EDIFICES
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N.C. State is in it : ACC
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Bedwear, for short : PJS
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Subject of a guessing game : AGE
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Having fun : ATPLAY
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Carson McCullers's Miss ___ Evans : AMELIA
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Hardest to find : RAREST
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Slams : DISSES
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Put into law : ENACT
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Bed board : SLAT
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Burned up the highway : TORE
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Biblical evictee : ADAM
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Days long past : YORE
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Tax pro, for short : CPA
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Water, in the Oise : EAU

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

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