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New York Times, Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Author: Zhouqin Burnikel
Editor: Will Shortz
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Puzzle of the Week

This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 76, Blocks: 37 Missing: {JQZ} This is puzzle # 22 for Ms. Burnikel. Jeff Chen's Puzzle of the Week pick NYT links: Across Lite PDF
Jeff Chen notes: Today's puzzle gives us a SINKING / FEELING — four of them, actually. Fun to have four different feelings 'sinking,' i.e. ... more
Jeff Chen notes:

Today's puzzle gives us a SINKING / FEELING — four of them, actually. Fun to have four different feelings "sinking," i.e. positioned vertically. I really liked the themers, too, CARLOS SLIM my favorite. Pretty incredible that his net worth is estimated to be around 6% of Mexico's total GDP. And although he hasn't embraced philanthropic goals nearly as fully as Gates or Buffett, I do appreciate his efforts in that arena. Neat to see the wealthy giving back.

Hey, CARLOS SLIM is a fellow engineer!

As with most all of CC's puzzles, I really appreciate her long fill. Usually in puzzles with vertically oriented themers, you can't use much long across fill, for fear of confusing what's theme and what isn't. Today, the circles make it obvious what is theme, so CC takes full advantage, going hog wild with WENT TOO FAR, DANE COOK, STEAL A KISS, LET ME SEE = all very nice material. Even a little BUXOM and FEDEX add color.

For most constructors, this theme conceit would be good enough. But given how skilled CC is, I would have liked to see an extra element tying the four feelings together. How cool would it have been to have all of them from a famous quote? Or even if they were all synonyms of "sinking feeling," like LOSS, SORROW, etc. that would have been perfect. As it was, I found the inclusion of HOPE to be a bit strange. Shouldn't that one be rising?

I also would have liked SINKING FEELING to come toward the end of the puzzle. It was a bit disappointing to encounter it within the first minute of my solve, giving away the game. Perhaps a mirror symmetry arrangement would have been useful, allowing SINKING / FEELING to placed toward the bottom of the puzzle? Some themers would have had to intersect SINKING FEELING, but I bet that would have been possible.

Overall though, a nice early-week theme, and a very well-executed puzzle with added bonuses in sparkly and clean fill. I had to look up TSU — Texas Southern University — but that and RANI are awfully minor.

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© 2015, The New York TimesNo. 24,073
Across Down
1. "For more ___ ..." : INFO
5. Print collectors, for short : CSIS
9. Lady and the Tramp, e.g. : DOGS
13. Catherine who married Henry VIII : PARR
14. All too familiar : TRITE
15. Punjabi princess : RANI
16. ___ page : OPED
17. Overreached : WENTTOOFAR
19. Comedian with the double-platinum album "Retaliation" : DANECOOK
21. "All right, you beat me" : ILOST
22. Weep : CRY
23. Soccer superstar Messi : LIONEL
25. "Go team!" : RAH
27. Incessantly : NOEND
29. L.A. locale : SOCAL
33. Outfielder's shout : IGOTIT
35. WhiteHouse.___ : GOV
37. Bouquet holder : VASE
38. Massachusetts vacation destination : CAPECOD
40. Flack who sang "The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face" : ROBERTA
42. Deadlocked : EVEN
43. Mogul with a Bunny : HEF
45. Put in rollers : CURLED
46. Ships out : SENDS
48. "The World on Time" courier : FEDEX
50. Scrubs areas, briefly : ORS
51. Celebration with a bunny : EASTER
53. Approves of : OKS
55. Walk to impress : STRUT
57. "Hmm ..." : LETMESEE
61. Smack unexpectedly? : STEALAKISS
63. Croat or Serb : SLAV
64. Twinge : PANG
65. Kind of knife once touted in infomercials : GINSU
66. Bring on board : HIRE
67. Pot grower? : ANTE
68. Envelope-pushing : EDGY
69. Stack at a rock concert : AMPS
1. Device with earbuds : IPOD
2. Big car-care chain : NAPA
3. Tennis tournament played on red clay : FRENCHOPEN
4. "Burger, medium, with fries," e.g. : ORDER
5. Louisiana language : CREOLE
6. With 44-Down, an "uh-oh" sensation ... or an apt title for this puzzle : SINKING
7. "Ooky" family cousin : ITT
8. Become established : SETIN
9. Find incredibly desirable : DROOLOVER
10. Stumblebums : OAFS
11. Tiny nuisance : GNAT
12. Knight's title : SIR
14. Number of times the Twins have won the World Series, appropriately : TWO
18. Flamenco cheers : OLES
20. "Yeah, right" speaker : CYNIC
24. Stink : ODOR
25. Reduces to granules : RICES
26. Desert bloomer : AGAVE
28. Conversely, in texts : OTOH
30. Mexican once ranked as the world's richest man : CARLOSSLIM
31. Traditional flower for a 20th wedding anniversary : ASTER
32. Shows the way : LEADS
34. What 15, say, would be for leaving home : TENDERAGE
36. Viva ___ (orally) : VOCE
39. Nimble-fingered : DEFT
41. Like women in Rubens paintings : BUXOM
44. See 6-Down : FEELING
47. First king of Israel : SAUL
49. Like clothes at formal occasions : DRESSY
52. Old West transport : STAGE
54. One-named singer whose name used to be spelled with a dollar sign : KESHA
55. Ending of several central Asian country names : STAN
56. Carnival cover : TENT
58. Houston sch. : TSU
59. Wyatt of the Old West : EARP
60. Nervous nights, maybe : EVES
61. Luxury resort amenity : SPA
62. Baby goat : KID

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

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