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WHICH IS WISH

New York Times, Sunday, April 26, 2015

Author: Patrick Berry
Editor: Will Shortz
Patrick Berry
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Puzzle of the Week

This puzzle:

Rows: 21, Columns: 21 Words: 136, Blocks: 77 Missing: {JQ} This is puzzle # 197 for Mr. Berry. Jeff Chen's Puzzle of the Week pick NYT links: Across Lite PDF
Jeff Chen notes: I love recognizing puzzles that I think are outstanding — great fun to gush about something I really enjoy. Identifying a Puzzle of the Week makes me very happy, and I make a conscious effort to spread out ... more
Jeff Chen notes:

I love recognizing puzzles that I think are outstanding — great fun to gush about something I really enjoy. Identifying a Puzzle of the Week makes me very happy, and I make a conscious effort to spread out the POW!s to different constructors. Patrick makes this so hard, since most of his puzzles are very good to fantastic.

No. 617 Squadron RAF, aka the Dambusters

I find simple sound change puzzles — "ch" to "sh" today — difficult to gush over; just personal preference. But during my solve I kept on noting great things. And in the end, I found it impossible not to give him the POW. It's easy to wow me with a lively themeless or a kooky Thursday, but to make me say I loved a basic sound change puzzle is a near miracle.

Here are the notes I took during my solve:

  1. Ooh, Patrick Berry!
  2. The title ... oh no, I hope it's not just a simple sound change puzzle.
  3. Patrick used a LOT of cheater squares in this puzzle. He's usually not shy about deploying them — and I totally agree with that — but eight cheaters is a lot. It makes the grid uglyish.
  4. Wait. This is a 136-word Sunday puzzle? Surely that means Patrick's going to require a few more compromises in his fill than usual (that is, more than zero).
  5. [Indicator of freshness?] = SLAP. Fun and funny! Quintessential Berry-type cluing.
  6. Neat trivia for RAF. "Dambusters" = a great nickname.
  7. [Dead man walking?] for GHOST is fantastic.
  8. No wait! [Compact containers] made me think of mini-Tupperware. But PURSES are "containers holding women's compacts." Brilliant!
  9. Uh oh, uncovering my first themer. SHEEP THRILLS ... hey! That's actually funny.
  10. Next themer. MUSH TO MY SURPRISE ... that's hilarious!
  11. MOSHER … it is in the dictionary, but I've never heard anyone use it. Still, it's the only iffy entry in the grid.
  12. VITTLES / POSEUR along with LETS / ROLL! = a fantastic corner.
  13. Look how much excellent mid-length (6 or 7-letter) fill Patrick used! BE SAFE, NOW NOW, TAKETH, IN FOR IT. That's great bonus material.

Sorry, other constructors this week. Making a puzzle easy enough to play to a wide crowd AND interesting/funny enough to entertain veteran solvers is really impressive.

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© 2015, The New York TimesNo. 23,910
Across Down
1. Rye, N.Y., or Fort Lee, N.J. : SUBURB
7. Like some photographs and cliffs : SCALED
13. Bouquet tossers : BRIDES
19. Means of access : AVENUE
20. Viola's love in "Twelfth Night" : ORSINO
21. Tombstone material : GRANITE
22. Wordlessly indicated "uh-oh" : GULPED
23. Valiant attempt to finish off a seven-course meal? : LASTDISHEFFORT
25. ___ gel : ALOE
26. Forestall, with "off" : STAVE
28. Mauna ___ : LOA
29. Minerals to be processed : ORES
30. What an investor in golf courses might buy? : LAWNSHARES
32. Beat soundly : PLASTER
35. Look for : SEEK
36. Grazing in a meadow and jumping fences, for two? : SHEEPTHRILLS
41. Include surreptitiously, in a way : BCC
44. Vacation unit, often : WEEK
46. H of antiquity : ETA
47. Cybertrade : ETAIL
48. "Be sure to lose!"? : YOUBETTERWASHOUT
55. Org. of concern to Edward Snowden : NSA
56. Like some communities : GATED
57. ___ bone (U-shaped bone above the larynx) : HYOID
58. Big small screen : PLASMATV
61. Pac-12 team : UTES
62. Jazzmen : CATS
63. Modest hacienda : RANCHO
64. Two blender settings? : MIXANDMASH
68. Dojo Mart, e.g.? : KARATESHOP
72. Hunting milieu : FOREST
73. Dismounted : ALIT
74. Audiophile's preference, maybe : HIFI
75. Hone : FINETUNE
78. Caesar's dressing? : TUNIC
80. Rendezvoused : METUP
81. Acting as a group : ONE
82. What I unexpectedly had for breakfast? : MUSHTOMYSURPRISE
86. Another time : AGAIN
89. Toothpaste brand : AIM
90. Obstacle for a golfer : TREE
91. 2012 Mark Wahlberg comedy : TED
92. Swamp fever? : MARSHMADNESS
97. Doesn't keep up : LAGS
99. Oxford institution : OLEMISS
100. Floating casinos? : POKERSHIPS
106. See 108-Down : ROLL
109. Face value, in blackjack : TEN
110. Relative of cerulean : AZURE
111. Deep South delicacy : OKRA
112. Reviewer of the paperwork? : SHEAFINSPECTOR
117. "Don't get yourself worked up" : NOWNOW
119. Chow : VITTLES
120. Be in the offing : IMPEND
121. Vic with the 1949 #1 hit "You're Breaking My Heart" : DAMONE
122. Fraud : POSEUR
123. Compact containers : PURSES
124. Like cherry-picked data : SKEWED
1. "Sons of Anarchy" actress Katey : SAGAL
2. It's down in the mouth : UVULA
3. Not on deck, say : BELOW
4. Releases : UNPENS
5. Repentant feeling : RUE
6. Sleep on it : BEDSHEET
7. Green energy option : SOLAR
8. Fancy : CRAVE
9. Size up : ASSESS
10. English ___ : LIT
11. Discontinue : END
12. "How ___ look?" : DOI
13. What runners may run out of : BREATH
14. W.W. II "Dambusters," for short : RAF
15. About to be read the riot act : INFORIT
16. New Look pioneer : DIOR
17. Raison d'___ : ETRE
18. Match makers? : SETS
21. Dead man walking? : GHOST
24. Indicator of freshness? : SLAP
27. "... the Lord ___ away" : TAKETH
31. Did some surgical work : SEWED
32. They rarely have surnames : PETS
33. Mother of Levi and Judah : LEAH
34. Poetic preposition : ERE
37. Flip response? : HEADS
38. ___ Del Rey, singer with the 2014 #1 album "Ultraviolence" : LANA
39. Errand-running aid : LIST
40. Pole, e.g. : SLAV
41. "Dagnabbit!" : BYGUM
42. Raccoonlike animal : COATI
43. Nail-care brand : CUTEX
45. Ring alternatives : KEYCASES
49. Worrier's farewell : BESAFE
50. Mock tribute : ROAST
51. ___ honors : WITH
52. Painter of illusions : OPARTIST
53. Arm twister's need? : ULNA
54. Boor's lack : TACT
59. ___-devil : SHE
60. Dancer in a pit : MOSHER
63. Unfair? : RAINY
65. "___ fair!" : NOT
66. One to beat : DRUM
67. Preprandial reading : MENU
68. Supermodel Heidi : KLUM
69. Bandleader's shout : HITIT
70. Good to have around : OFUSE
71. Added after a silence, with "up" : PIPED
73. They make up everything : ATOMS
75. Fire extinguisher output : FOAM
76. "Young Frankenstein" character : INGA
77. ___ East : NEAR
79. Permanent thing : CURLER
80. Some digital videos, briefly : MPEGS
83. Franz's partner in old "S.N.L." sketches : HANS
84. Rackful in a closet : TIES
85. Hits back? : REARENDS
87. Single out : ISOLATE
88. Org. of the Jets and the Flyers : NHL
93. Occupation : METIER
94. Church chorus : AMENS
95. Roars : DINS
96. Outpourings : SPATES
98. "Prove it!" : SHOWME
101. UV light blocker : OZONE
102. Residents of a certain -stan : KURDS
103. "You already said that!" : IKNOW
104. Lying flat : PRONE
105. Cut : SAWED
106. Be a polite invitee : RSVP
107. Mississippi River's largest tributary : OHIO
108. With 106-Across, "It's time to do this thing" : LETS
113. Kind of season : FLU
114. Die spot : PIP
115. ___ oil (Australian folk medicine) : EMU
116. E.M.S. technique : CPR
118. Wine barrel wood : OAK

Answer summary: 12 unique to this puzzle, 3 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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