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New York Times, Thursday, February 6, 2014

Author: Joe Krozel
Editor: Will Shortz
Joe Krozel
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This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 16 Words: 77, Blocks: 34 Missing: {QVXZ} This is puzzle # 67 for Mr. Krozel. NYT links: Across Lite PDF
Joe Krozel notes: Just some standard puzzle-making techniques today; placing the revealer (57-A) as the final theme entry and stretching the grid to 16 ... more
Joe Krozel notes: Just some standard puzzle-making techniques today; placing the revealer (57-A) as the final theme entry and stretching the grid to 16 columns to accommodate the even-length center entry of an 8, 9, 10, 9, 8 layout.

Those who enjoy this form of word play should get a copy of the 1967 book Mots d'Heures: Gousses, Rames -- The d'Antin Manuscript ... It has something to do with Mother Goose rhymes in French.

Jeff Chen notes: Any time I see Joe Krozel's byline, I set aside extra time to solve (and go grab a beer). Perhaps more than any other constructor, Joe pushes ... more
Jeff Chen notes: Any time I see Joe Krozel's byline, I set aside extra time to solve (and go grab a beer). Perhaps more than any other constructor, Joe pushes the boundaries of puzzle construction, sometimes coming up with ideas I would never have imagined if I had employed a million monkeys typing at a million workstations. No, I've never employed monkeys to generate crosswords for me. Yes, those are all my banana peels.

A phonetic puzzle today, phrases that sound like Japanese words: WASABI, ARIGATO, SUDOKU, and KARAOKE. Light, playful theme, one which actually helped me in my solve today because the rest of the puzzle played like a themeless. In fact, look how much themeless-type material he packs in, thanks to his unusual grid design: OH BROTHER, MOM AND POP, PHARAOHS, and an incredible amount of 7-letter fill. Typically 15x15 xws don't have much long fill due to theme constraints (this is 16x15, FYI), but Joe's shorter than average theme entries allow for more goodness in the fill.

Typically it's desirable to make grids easy to get from one subsection to the next, because it can be a little tricky if there's only one way into a particular area. That happens in the NW and SE regions today, so it's a good thing that the phrases OH BROTHER and MOM AND POP are both lively and clued easily. Still though, it would be nice to have a secondary way in (or out) of those sections.

One aspect of Thursday puzzles that make them slightly easier to fill is that one can use words and phrases that probably wouldn't fly on a Monday. Note ALAMORT in the NW, kind of a head-scratcher with just a couple thousand Google hits. I'm sure there will be some French scholars clapping their hands out there, but how big is the overlap in the Venn diagram of French scholars and Greek scholars (ELEA)?

Enjoyable solve with some fun linguistic play.

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© 2014, The New York TimesNo. 23,466
Across Down
1. Report of a shooting : BANG
5. Brunch offerings, for short : OJS
8. Affected to a greater extent : ARTIER
14. Home of ancient Greek scholars : ELEA
15. Google result : HIT
16. Civic alternatives : SENTRAS
18. *Blubbered? : WASSOBBY
20. What a nod may mean : CONSENT
21. "Wouldn't miss it!" : IMTHERE
22. Cone origin : FIR
23. Heartbreak, e.g. : ACHE
24. Home of El Greco : TOLEDO
25. *What happened after Mr. Onassis contacted A.A.A.? : ARIGOTTOW
27. Reputation, on the street : CRED
28. Kind of sum : TIDY
30. Aero- completer : DROME
31. Washington ___ (N.Y.C. neighborhood) : HTS
32. "That can't be good!" : UHOH
33. Maligned : SMEARED
35. *Imaginary overthrow of the government? : PSEUDOCOUP
37. Robin Hood and others : ARCHERS
40. "Mad Men" star Jon : HAMM
41. Jim Bakker's ___ Club : PTL
44. Place to get clean : REHAB
45. Title heroine described in the first lines of her novel as "handsome, clever and rich" : EMMA
46. Not at all chipper : BLUE
47. *Give a Dust Bowl migrant a ride? : CARRYOKIE
50. Director Christopher and actor Lloyd : NOLANS
52. 1998 Sarah McLachlan song : ADIA
53. First name in ice cream : BEN
54. Bank numbers : CDRATES
55. Not mind : DISOBEY
57. Language that gave us the words heard phonetically in the answers to the starred clues : JAPANESE
58. Motivate : ENTHUSE
59. Back : AGO
60. Third person : CAIN
61. Prepared for a long drive, with "up" : GASSED
62. Part of a gym set : REP
63. Roman foes : HUNS
1. Enchant : BEWITCH
2. Gravely ill: Fr. : ALAMORT
3. Gets snug : NESTLES
4. Ripped with a knife : GASHED
5. "Here we go again!" : OHBROTHER
6. Agree : JIBE
7. Messy spot : STY
8. PC data format : ASCII
9. Major alteration of a business structure, for short : REORG
10. Old cable inits. : TNN
11. Warning to the unwary : ITSATRAP
12. Kind of set : ERECTOR
13. Quickly sought safety, in a way : RANHOME
17. Fretted : STEWED
19. Multivolume set, for short : OED
22. Get too much sun, colloquially : FRY
25. Condition treated with Adderall, in brief : ADHD
26. Theater : ODEUM
29. Red state handouts? : IOUS
32. Words always preceding a date : USEBY
33. Source of ill-gotten gains : SCAM
34. Kind of shop : MOMANDPOP
35. Exodus figures : PHARAOHS
36. "Alas!" : OHME
37. Business establishment where customers can make a killing? : ARCADE
38. Something taken from a meter : READING
39. Teacher/astronaut McAuliffe : CHRISTA
41. Level off : PLATEAU
42. Catches on the radio : TUNESIN
43. Eases : LESSENS
45. One from Berlin : EIN
46. Boil for a short time : BLANCH
48. Extra-large : OBESE
49. Typed (in) : KEYED
51. "... ___ close second" : ORA
54. Zoo keeper? : CAGE
56. Clear tables : BUS
57. Shock : JAR

Answer summary: 5 unique to this puzzle, 2 debuted here and reused later, 3 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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