07.21.09 -- Luna Firma

July 21, 2009
Puzzle by Donna S. Levin, edited by Will Shortz
MEN WALK ON MOON (20A. New York Times headline of 7/21/69), NEIL ARMSTRONG (28A. Subject of a photo beneath 20-Across), WE CAME IN PEACE (45A. With 55-Across, message left by 28-Across for future explorers), FOR ALL MANKIND (55A. See 45-Across) are the interrelated entries of this 40th anniversary of The New York Times newspaper reportage of the
first moon walk. It marks the first time the newspaper used 96-point type on a front-page headline. For more on the subject of that edition, go HERE.
I’ve a tale to tell on this one --living one block away from The New York Times where one could pick up a newspaper before the ink was dry, I walked over at about 9:30 pm on the 20th and picked up the City Edition with the headline and photograph(s) quite different than the Late City Edition which is quoted in this crossword. The following morning, I picked up the Late City from a newsstand, the headline of which had changed -- I preferred the headline of MAN WALKS ON MOON, a more universal statement; however, by the later edition, two men had set foot on the moon, and thus the plural. I still have both, so I unearthed and photographed them for this post… the City Edition below:
Other entries of length -- ABANDONS (11D. Forsakes); A FORTIORI (59A. Even more certain: Lat.);
DOPAMINE (38D. Pleasure-associated neurotransmitter); LEGAL PADS (18A. Places to put briefs); ROCKFORD (36D. 1970s James Garner TV title role); TALK BACK (6D. Sass, with “to”).
Mid-size -- ELAINE (46D. Julia’s “Seinfeld” role); EMILIO (48D. Estevez of the Brat Pack);
HORATIO (5D. Whom Hamlet calls “A Man that Fortune’s buffets and rewards / Has ta-en with equal thanks”); IGLOOS (47D. Inuit homes); IRON ON (3D. Like some patches); MAGNUM (8D. Large wine bottle); STAMPS (9D. They may come in sheets); TAINTED (44D. Not pure).
Five-letter -- AND OR (53D. Choice words); AROAR (17A. Like stadiums after touchdowns); 32A.
La DOLCE vita; DOORS (67A. Opportunities metaphorically); EDINA (29D. Minneapolis suburb); ELIOT (64A. “Silas Marner” author); GOTTI (43A. The Dapper Don); HENIE (33A. Old-time Norwegian skating sensation); ICONS (41A. Desktop symbols); IMAMS (1D. Mosque leaders); IRISH (1A. Almost of U.S. immigrants in 1840); LULLS (21D. Respites); MARLO (14A. Actress Thomas); ODETS (54D. “Waiting for Lefty” playwright); SKIDS (37A. Loses traction); RARER (2D. Less common); REIGN (30D. Have the throne); RELIC (31D. Archaeologist’s find) and STELA (39D. Inscribed pillar); SMART (42D. Natty); TILDE (61A. Diacritical squiggle).
ORGY (56D. Bacchanalian revelry), PXS, ROD, SLAW, SRO, TOMS, TUB, UPA, XBOX.
Walter Cronkite and the news of the landing on the moon,
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Remaining clues -- Across: 6. Male tabbies; 10. O.K. Corral figure; 15. Smell ___ (be suspicious); 16. Console used with the game Halo; 22. Letters that please angels; 23. Clumsy boat; 24. Hoagy Carmichael lyric “___ lazy river …”; 25. 1988 Dennis Quaid/Meg Ryan movie; 34. Soprano ___ Te Kanawa; 40. D-Day vessels; 49. Peeve; 50. Geom. Prerequisite; 51. “Aladdin” hero; 52. Little Red Book writer; 62. Sight in the Arctic Ocean; 63. When morning ends; 65. Whirling water; 66. Anglo-Saxon laborer. Down: 4. Cabbage dish; 7. McFlurry flavor; 10. ___ 67 (onetime Montreal event); 12. Reel’s partner; 13. Stores for G.I.’s; 26. Handling the matter; 27. Matures; 34. Fuzzy fruit; 35. Cupcake finisher; 57. “Dianetics” author ___ Hubbard; 58. D.E.A. seizure, maybe; 59. The Rail Splitter; 60. G-man.

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