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New York Times, Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Author: David J. Kahn
Editor: Will Shortz
David J. Kahn
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Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 78, Blocks: 40 Missing: {Q} This is puzzle # 155 for Mr. Kahn. NYT links: Across Lite PDF
David J. Kahn notes: The anniversary of the Gettysburg Address is what inspired the puzzle but deciding how to do it was a challenge. Originally, I ... more
David J. Kahn notes: The anniversary of the Gettysburg Address is what inspired the puzzle but deciding how to do it was a challenge. Originally, I wanted to have the first six and last six words of the address read as Across answers, along with ABRAHAM LINCOLN. That approach would have worked but I felt it was too straightforward and easy (even for a Tuesday) and didn't leave enough room in the grid for GETTYSBURG. The challenge of the puzzle as I finally did it was to be able to fit in six fairly long Across answers, in addition to ABE LINCOLN and GETTYSBURG, which I wanted to be Down answers.

Fun Facts: 1) The actual address was only about two minutes long and 2) Ken Burns, the documentary maker who was featured in "Wordplay", has been trying to get kids to memorize the address (as I did when I was a kid!).

Will Shortz notes: David is a master at theme interlock. 3D and 31D each cross two other theme entries — very elegant. R E LEE (56D) is a happy thematic bonus. The fill is pretty clean, too.
Jeff Chen notes: I really enjoyed David's comments about having to memorize the Gettysburg Address. I recently finished 'Across the Universe' by Beth ... more
Jeff Chen notes: I really enjoyed David's comments about having to memorize the Gettysburg Address. I recently finished "Across the Universe" by Beth Revis, where a girl is awoken from a cryogenic deep freeze aboard a ship where the history books have largely been altered. She attempts to recite the Gettysburg Address in order to prove that Lincoln was a good guy, but can't remember more than FOUR SCORE AND SEVEN YEARS AGO. This is why we need to memorize it, people! Is no one preparing for deep space multi-century exploration but me?

Really? That's weird.

Six full theme entries today, along with ABE LINCOLN and GETTYSBURG. Talk about a packed house! Smart that David gave himself a lot of flexibility, placing the key words in locations that work best. Look where GRAND OPERA and SALES EVENT overlap. Easy breezy 3x3 chunk right in the middle, right? Different story if SEVEN is moved one space to the right, making A?V, giving you only the ATV option. Smart placement.

At first I tried to jam ABRAHAM LINCOLN into 3-down, and then liberally spread LINCOLN into the ten spaces. I even thought this might be a crazy trick where in an alternate universe President ROBERT E LEE delivered the Gettysburg address. (Man, I read too much wacky "what-if" lit.) Funny that having ABE Lincoln bothered me a little, because I'm about as informal a person as they come.

For all the layers upon layers of constraints, the fill turned out better than I expected. Sure, there's the crazy ERDE and a TOSIR crossing ESSE, but nothing really bugged me too much. And David even segmented parts of his grid so that we get some chunks of real goodness. Even though the NE is somewhat partitioned from the rest of the puzzle, I liked all the Scrabbly action plus a shout-out to Geraldine FERRARO, who makes only her third appearance in the Shortz era. I was only 12 when she ran for VP, but it made a big impression on me that maybe a minority could also run one day. I'm lifting a glass to both her and LINCOLN today.

Get to work memorizing, people!

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© 2013, The New York TimesNo. 23,387
Across Down
1. Schmooze : CHAT
5. Tanning lotion letters : SPF
8. Discombobulates : FAZES
13. Bum : HOBO
14. Chimney feature : FLUE
16. Praise to the skies : EXALT
17. 1922 Willa Cather novel that won a Pulitzer : ONEOFOURS
19. Email option : REPLY
20. Prefix with lateral : MULTI
21. "___, With Love" : TOSIR
23. Jazz instrument : SAX
24. Next-to-last Greek letter : PSI
25. Bridge or Scrabble need : SCOREPAD
28. Classic pop brand : NEHI
30. Darwin's "On the ___ of Species" : ORIGIN
34. PC alternatives : MACS
36. Verdi's "Don Carlos," e.g. : GRANDOPERA
40. Very much : ALOT
41. University address ender : EDU
42. Class boosters, for short : PTAS
43. Big attraction for bargain hunters : SALESEVENT
47. Site of an occasional outbreak in Sicily : ETNA
48. Musical incompetence : TINEAR
49. Light and breezy : AIRY
51. Some school exams : MIDYEARS
55. Mrs., in Monterrey : SRA
58. With 35-Down, a court game : JAI
61. Discover : LEARN
62. Innocent ones : BABES
64. Texas monument, with "the" : ALAMO
66. Maximum loads of hay or vegetables : WAGONFULS
68. B-ball player : CAGER
69. Worry, worry, worry : STEW
70. Word with family or shoe : TREE
71. Speed units for seafarers : KNOTS
72. Flamenco shout : OLE
73. A really long time : AGES
1. Bite from Pac-Man : CHOMP
2. Baseball Hall-of-Famer Wagner, one of the first five inductees : HONUS
3. Prez who delivered a famous address on Nov. 19, 1863 : ABELINCOLN
4. Blow a whistle : TOOT
5. Bay Area airport, briefly : SFO
6. Dwarf planet whose moons include Charon and 12-Down : PLUTO
7. Big to-do : FUROR
8. Mondale's 1984 running mate : FERRARO
9. Log cutter : AXE
10. Hits with a Taser : ZAPS
11. Fitzgerald who sang duets with Louis Armstrong : ELLA
12. Moon of 6-Down named for a mythological river : STYX
15. To be, to Tiberius : ESSE
18. Take the bait? : FISH
22. Music lover's carry-along : IPOD
26. Short smoke? : CIG
27. Big ___ (group of stars in Ursa Major) : DIPPER
29. High regard : ESTEEM
31. Where 3-Down's address was delivered : GETTYSBURG
32. 1979 revolution site : IRAN
33. 2011 launcher of Curiosity : NASA
34. Crow's-nest site : MAST
35. See 58-Across : ALAI
37. Sun. sermonizer : REV
38. Summer cooler : ADE
39. One with a regular habit? : NUN
44. Seafarers : SAILORS
45. Our planet, to a German : ERDE
46. Seafarer, informally : TAR
50. Library ID : ISBN
52. Swerves at sea : YAWS
53. Muse of poetry : ERATO
54. Anaheim ballplayer : ANGEL
56. 31-Down general's signature : RELEE
57. Complete jerks : ASSES
58. Hike, with "up" : JACK
59. Country singer Jackson : ALAN
60. Shakespearean villain : IAGO
63. Shaving lotion brand : AFTA
65. Came across : MET
67. Have creditors : OWE

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