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New York Times, Thursday, April 16, 2015

Author: Joe Krozel and Peter Collins
Editor: Will Shortz
Joe Krozel
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Peter A. Collins
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This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 76, Blocks: 40 Missing: {QX} Grid has repeated answers This is puzzle # 76 for Mr. Krozel. This is puzzle # 86 for Mr. Collins. NYT links: Across Lite PDF
Constructor notes: JOE: This puzzle concept came to me when I noticed that the two main theme entries were equal length: constructors lo-o-ove when ... more
Constructor notes:

JOE: This puzzle concept came to me when I noticed that the two main theme entries were equal length: constructors lo-o-ove when that happens! The literal interpretation of them virtually begged running them in opposite directions. To build up the theme further, I decided to run the corresponding background fill the same direction. Next, the theme suggested that I might enlist a collaborator, so I called upon Pete. From there, I would fill one half of the puzzle, flip it around, and ask Pete to fill the other half. So that was the basic logistics.

When I construct, I think about fairness to the solver. I guessed there would be solvers who would be very unhappy about the trick in the lower half of the puzzle, so I addressed this in two ways. First, I included the helper entry BACKWARD in the top half of the puzzle ... preparing the solver ahead of time. Second, I made sure that the theme was completely absent from the down fill so that solvers could opt out in that way. That was the least I could offer.

By the way, the other "helper" entry DRAWKCAB was more of a joke than anything else ... not much of any help to the solver I suspect. But it was fun to claim that — technically — the same word appears twice in the puzzle!

PETE: Yes, this one was definitely Joe's idea. When he asked me to go along for the ride, I was more than happy to.

Beyond what Joe said, I'll just add a couple of things. Did you notice the necessary palindromes (ESSE/MOM/ATTA) through the horizontal midline of the puzzle, and BOB vertically intersecting MOM? My clue for BOB was "Go up and down", which I thought was appropriate given the circumstances.

Second, did you notice PETER in the top half of the puzzle and JOE in the bottom? Of course you did.

Jeff Chen notes: Great revealer, YOU GO YOUR WAY … ENIM OG LLI DNA. Er, AND ILL GO MINE. We've seen plenty of BACKWARD-style puzzles, enough ... more
Jeff Chen notes:

Great revealer, YOU GO YOUR WAY … ENIM OG LLI DNA. Er, AND ILL GO MINE. We've seen plenty of BACKWARD-style puzzles, enough that I cringe at the thought of having to fix up all the answers so that our database of entries is kept clean, but I can't remember a revealer I've liked so much. Spot on.

Nice touch on ESSE and MOM and ATTA across the center too. Perfect for symmetry, as the center row could arguably be included in either the top or the bottom half. Best to make those entries so they could fit with either.

And what an impressively clean construction. This sort of stunt puzzle can be awfully tough — without autofill as a tool to tell you if a section can be theoretically filled or not, the construction requires more of a letter-by-letter approach. I was surprised that I couldn't find much of anything to point out as glue.

Henry Kravis of the famous LBO firm, KKR

Perhaps some may grouse at LBOS, especially crossing OBIE, but I think it's not only fair game but desirable. LBOS (leveraged buyouts) aren't as huge today as during the late 20th century buyout boom, but I find it to be important enough that educated solvers really ought to know it.

I often suggest to constructors that less is more. Many of them can't get their head around that idea. Why not put as much themage in as possible, right? I appreciate Joe's thoughtful approach toward fairness, but I felt like BACKWARD gave away the game too early and easily. I would have given this the Puzzle of the Week based on the awesome revealer alone, but the double BACKWARD took away from the a-ha moment for me.

Still, a very impressive construction on a tough set of constraints; clean as a whistle.

JimH notes: This puzzle was constructed by 1 Across and 55 Down.
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1. Die (out) : PETER
6. Pro ___ : RATA
10. Pale : ASHY
14. Podiatrist's concerns : TARSI
15. N.E.A. part: Abbr. : EDUC
16. Quarrel : FEUD
17. Like the mynah, by origin : ASIAN
18. Less filling : LITE
19. Stamina, figuratively : LEGS
20. With 49-Across, comment upon parting : YOUGOYOURWAY
23. Some mergers, for short : LBOS
24. Transitioned to : BECAME
27. Begin wholeheartedly : DIVEIN
30. Three Stooges missile : PIE
31. Office linkup : LAN
32. Dress size : PETITE
33. How the Across answers appear in the bottom half of this puzzle : BACKWARD
35. To be, to Brutus : ESSE
36. Dr. ___ : MOM
37. Lead-in to girl : ATTA
38. How the Across answers appear in the top half of this puzzle vis-à-vis the bottom : BACKWARD
41. Something you might put drinks on : THETAB
43. "___ pal!" : BEA
44. Like some deals : RAW
45. One might have colored pencils, assorted paints and a brush : ARTSET
46. It's an honor : LAUREL
48. Supplication : PLEA
49. See 20-Across : ANDILLGOMINE
54. ___ vu : DEJA
56. One of several at a toll plaza : LANE
57. Search hard : SCOUR
59. Phillips-Van Heusen subsidiary : IZOD
60. Work : OPUS
61. Material for work? : KHAKI
62. Discord on the far left and far right? : DEES
63. Place to brood : NEST
64. Mideast land : YEMEN
1. Open-house org. : PTA
2. "Settle down now" : EASY
3. Cream, for instance : TRIO
4. Biblical twin : ESAU
5. Certain lock : RINGLET
6. Trust : RELYON
7. "I'm outta here!" : ADIOS
8. Need for some dancers : TUTU
9. Sharp : ACERBIC
10. Big name in insurance : AFLAC
11. "I'm outta here!" : SEEYALATER
12. Response of empathy : HUG
13. Gridiron stat: Abbr. : YDS
21. Stage award since 1956 : OBIE
22. TV's "This ___" : WEEK
25. Onetime daytime talk show : MARTHA
26. Go until : ENDAT
27. One-named singer of "You Gotta Be" : DESREE
28. "Piece of cake!" : ITSABREEZE
29. Penthouse perk : VIEW
30. Spray in a kitchen : PAM
32. Organ control : PEDAL
33. Part of a boxing maneuver : BOB
34. ___-hour : WATT
36. Spoil : MAR
39. Title river in a 1957 film : KWAI
40. Least wavy : CALMEST
41. Toll provider? : BELL
42. It's a relief : ASPIRIN
45. Rat out : TELLON
47. Reversed : UNDID
48. Clearly amazed : AGAPE
50. Stigma : ONUS
51. 2015 N.C.A.A. basketball champs : DUKE
52. Linguist Chomsky : NOAM
53. 42-Down target : ACHE
54. They may come in blocks : ADS
55. Mud : JOE
58. Domain of Thor : SKY

Answer summary: 4 unique to this puzzle.

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