PUZZLE ENVY

New York Times, Sunday, January 6, 2013

Author: Dan Feyer and Andrea Carla Michaels
Editor: Will Shortz
Dan Feyer
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Andrea Carla Michaels
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This puzzle:

Rows: 21, Columns: 21, Words: 140, Blocks: 68 Missing: {Q} This is puzzle # 2 for Mr. Feyer. This is puzzle # 37 for Ms. Michaels. NYT links: Across Lite PDF

Constructor notes:

ANDREA:

This collaboration came about because in the summer of 2012 Dan Feyer and his lovely girlfriend Gretchen organized a fundraiser up in Napa Valley (where Gretchen grew up). In between rounds, Dan entertained up with a trivia game where all the answers had the initials NV, for Napa Valley. I thought that might make a good basis for a crossword.

To me, it would be funny and risque to have a puzzle called "Puzzle NV" so I suggested to Dan that we expand his list into a Sunday-sized puzzle. Never mind that although he is the five time ACPT solving champion, he had only constructed one puzzle and was reluctant to risk his one for one perfect creation/acceptance rate. (It pays to enlist geniuses as collaborators.) So I talked him into expanding the list he had, we found a half dozen nice solid pairs. Lucky for me, Dan wanted the challenge of constructing a Sunday-sized grid, which I've still not yet been able to do on my own. (My three solo Sunday attempts have not been accepted by any major publication.)

Before I knew it, Dan had created a fabulous grid with a crowning touch of stacking three of the theme answers. The hardest part was getting him to not be such a perfectionist and keep creating grid after grid. We settled on one and THEN tried to perfect it.

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© 2013, The New York Times
Across Down
1. Pop : DAD
4. Court statistic : ASSISTS
11. Kid's game with a ball : JACKS
16. A Bobbsey twin : NAN
19. Constellation near Scorpius : ARA
20. Start to make a living from something : TURNPRO
21. W.W. II marine threat : EBOAT
22. Israeli weapon : UZI
23. What some goggles provide : NIGHTVISION
25. 10,000,000 ergs : JOULE
26. U.S.A. neighbor : MEX
27. Represent at a costume party : COMEAS
28. ___ minute : ANY
29. It may be tightly coiled : BURNER
30. "Let us part, ___ the season of passion forget us": Yeats : ERE
31. Designer Mizrahi : ISAAC
32. Old lad's wear : KNEEPANTS
34. Like pulp fiction : LURID
36. Onetime enemy : NORTHVIETNAMESE
38. Reggae's ___ Kamoze : INI
39. Exposed : SEEN
40. Kazakhstan, once: Abbr. : SSR
41. Shot blocker : LENSCAP
45. Mrs. Mitt Romney : ANN
48. Place for runners : SLED
50. Far-out experience : TRIP
54. Greenish creature : IGUANA
55. Diagonal : BIAS
57. Wastage : DROSS
60. Bit of negativity? : ANION
62. Flubbed : BLEW
63. Squeeze for dough : EXTORT
65. Wine taster's destination : NAPAVALLEY
68. Beetles, briefly : VWS
69. Slick : OILY
70. Bad sign for a traveler? : NOVACANCY
71. Land of Zion? : UTAH
73. "That's ___-brainer" : ANO
74. 1942 Bette Davis film : NOWVOYAGER
76. Go downhill, in a way : SLALOM
78. Department store department : MENS
80. Fix one's eyes : STARE
81. Chip away at : ERODE
83. Hornswoggle : DUPE
84. Huzzahs : PRAISE
86. Singer/songwriter Laura : NYRO
88. Make, as one's way : WEND
90. Northern California's ___ River : EEL
91. Breed of cat or dog : MALTESE
93. Baseball "twin killings," for short : DPS
96. Chicago's county : COOK
98. Alternative to a bus : VAN
99. Home of the world's largest naval base : NORFOLKVIRGINIA
107. "Done, O.K.?!" : THERE
109. Head of London : LORDMAYOR
110. Seemingly forever : ONEND
111. NetZero competitor : AOL
112. Ladderlike in arrangement : SCALAR
114. Sports org. of the early 2000s : XFL
115. Until now : TODATE
116. Statehouse resident, informally : GUV
117. Solitaire unit : CARAT
118. "My Big Fat Greek Wedding" writer and star : NIAVARDALOS
120. Purpose : USE
121. Quarter back? : EAGLE
122. Pastoral poem : ECLOGUE
123. Mich. neighbor : ONT
124. Stroke : PET
125. Slammin' Sammy : SNEAD
126. Prop up : BOLSTER
127. Miss identification? : NEE
1. 1978 Bob Fosse Broadway revue : DANCIN
2. Melodious : ARIOSO
3. Blond bombshell of '50s TV : DAGMAR
4. Lawyers' cases, maybe : ATTACHES
5. Yukon and Tahoe, for short : SUVS
6. Mumbai title : SRI
7. Moonstruck : INSANE
8. Downsized uprights : SPINETS
9. "Les ___" (Berlioz opera based on the "Aeneid") : TROYENS
10. Heir, maybe, but not an heiress : SON
11. Immature : JEJUNE
12. Cancels : ABORTS
13. One at a sidebar : COUNSEL
14. Moolah : KALE
15. Unblemished : STERLING
16. 3.14159..., for pi : NUMERICALVALUE
17. Baku resident : AZERI
18. Gave the thumbs-down : NIXED
24. Qualifiers : HEATS
29. "Just like that!" : BAM
32. Ralph in the Baseball Hall of Fame : KINER
33. Cameo, for one : PART
35. Remove from a mailing list, informally : UNSUB
37. Where springboks graze : VELDT
42. One of Mozart's? : EINE
43. Subtitle of "Star Wars Episode IV" : ANEWHOPE
44. Cat's dogs? : PAWS
45. '60s prez : ABE
46. Late '60s and early '70s, politically : NIXONERA
47. Hit 1944 film starring a 12-year-old actress : NATIONALVELVET
49. One-named pop singer : DONOVAN
51. Wreak havoc on : RAVAGE
52. More ridiculous : INANER
53. Paragraph symbol : PILCROW
56. Fifth tone : SOL
58. Mouth-watering : SAVORY
59. Vet, at times : SPAYER
61. West Coast beer, familiarly : OLY
64. Rembrandt van ___ : RYN
66. Here, in Juárez : ACA
67. Brynner of "Taras Bulba" : YUL
70. Its capital is Yellowknife: Abbr. : NWT
72. Smidgen : TAD
73. Choices of time : AMPM
75. Ending with psych- : OSES
76. Sir abroad : SENOR
77. Gibson of "The Beaver" : MEL
79. "Norwegian Wood" strings : SITAR
82. To say, in Spanish : DECIR
85. Grows old : SENESCES
87. Kardashian spouse Lamar ___ : ODOM
89. Well-intentioned activist : DOGOODER
92. Supersize, say : ENLARGE
94. The N.F.L.'s ___ Burress : PLAXICO
95. James Bond's childhood home : SKYFALL
97. Somewhat, informally : KINDA
100. "Bee-you-tiful!" : OOLALA
101. Like "Knocked Up" and "The Hangover" : RRATED
102. Subj. of the 2008 biography "Traitor to His Class" : FDR
103. Some Swedish models : VOLVOS
104. Kevin of "Weeds" : NEALON
105. Cantillate : INTONE
106. Carol starter : ADESTE
107. Advice to a base runner : TAGUP
108. Provide a place to stay : HOUSE
113. Scott of "Hawaii Five-0" : CAAN
115. "How ___!" : TRUE
118. It's S. of S. Dak. : NEB
119. 15%-er: Abbr. : AGT

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