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# New York Times, Friday, April 3, 2015

 Author: Patrick Berry Editor: Will Shortz
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## This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 68, Blocks: 32 Missing: {JQVZ} This is puzzle # 196 for Mr. Berry. Jeff Chen's Puzzle of the Week pick NYT links: Across Lite PDF
Jeff Chen notes: Another beautiful Berry construction. He seems to be settling into a 66- or 68-word groove, a sweet (and challenging for mere ... more
Jeff Chen notes:

Another beautiful Berry construction. He seems to be settling into a 66- or 68-word groove, a sweet (and challenging for mere mortals) spot that allows him to incorporate 15ish excellent answers into the grid while keeping gluey bits to near zero. Also appreciated is his continual testing out of new black square patterns, giving us a new experience every time.

The most impressive aspect of this one is that it features two 14-letter entries — squished together! As Doug Peterson once told me, 14-letter answers (and 13s too) are super difficult to build themelesses around, since they constrain your grid in weird ways. That one black square at the end of a 14 starts fixing your skeleton into place almost immediately, reducing much-prized flexibility.

And the way he does it — 1.) choosing to put minimal space in between the 14s and 2.) separating them with a long word. Daunting task! Typically that would result in either a bit of glue to hold it all together or only neutral word right in the middle. But AFRIKANER is sparkly, made even better by giving us interesting trivia about Charlize Theron's background. Very impressive.

The clever cluing is another of Patrick's hallmarks:

• [Impressive way to turn up?] is an impressive way to describe a figure skating jump.
• Trade secrets are played close to the chest. So is a UKULELE.
• [Magazine that's on the market?] refers to Forbes' coverage of the stock market. And crossing FORBES with STOCK EXCHANGES!

I vowed to try to spread the POWs around, but it's tough to do when Patrick consistently turns out such great work. I made some comments about him using few Scrabbly letters to avoid gluey entries, and now he comes back with three Xs, incorporated with silky smoothness? I'm running out of points to make to give a balanced review.

Hmm. Well, there aren't any "current" entries, i.e. this puzzle could have been equally enjoyed by NYT solvers from 10 years ago? As much as I disavow things that kids these days do (SNAPCHAT, BINGE WATCH, SELFIE STICK), perhaps a light touch of that might have been nice?

Ah, I'm stretching. Fantastic work.

 1F 2O 3R 4E 5S 6A 7W 8C 9H 10U 11M 12P 13F I N A L E X A 14M 15H I K E R 16O N T H E M E N U 17E L U D E 18R E A 19G I L 20S 21W E L L U P 22B A R 23M Y 24S I C K 25E S P 26E R I C 27B 28E A C H 29O L A Y 30S T O C 31K E X C H A 32N G E S 33A F R I K A N E R 34T 35W I C E T O L D T A 36L 37E 38S 39C O E N 40T R U L Y 41D A N K 42A N T 43S T A T 44C Y N D I 45Y E S 46M A A M 47N 48B A 49C U R 50U S U A L 51P 52O O R S 53P O R T 54G U I L T 55S O M E T I M E S 56A P T L Y 57F E D E X E S
© 2015, The New York TimesNo. 23,887
 Across Down 1. Knew going in : FORESAW8. Sucker : CHUMP13. Term ender : FINALEXAM15. Wild lover? : HIKER16. Coming up, informally : ONTHEMENU17. Get around : ELUDE18. "Michael Collins" actor Stephen : REA19. Evans of jazz : GIL20. Become big after a hit : SWELLUP22. Bonkers, in Britspeak : BARMY24. Onetime competitor of Mad magazine : SICK25. Gift that not everyone accepts : ESP26. Cartman's first name on "South Park" : ERIC27. Place to take an umbrella : BEACH29. Procter & Gamble product line : OLAY30. Trading places : STOCKEXCHANGES33. Charlize Theron, e.g., by birth : AFRIKANER34. 1837 short-story collection by Nathaniel Hawthorne : TWICETOLDTALES39. Either Best Director winner of 2007 : COEN40. Without a doubt : TRULY41. Like sea caves : DANK42. Minute worker : ANT43. Topps card tidbit : STAT44. Lauper of pop : CYNDI45. Gentleman's agreement? : YESMAAM47. ___ Jam (old arcade game) : NBA49. Blackguard : CUR50. Garden-variety : USUAL51. Person who just can't lose? : POORSPORT54. It "has very quick ears to an accusation," per Henry Fielding : GUILT55. Now and then : SOMETIMES56. In the right way : APTLY57. Ships with speed : FEDEXES 1. Works at a gallery : FINEART2. Neighbor of four Great Lakes : ONTARIO3. Encouraging word : RAH4. Lines of grief? : ELEGY5. It's bigger than a quarter : SEMI6. Impressive way to turn up? : AXEL7. Faint : WAN8. Sassiness : CHEEK9. Reason to downshift : HILL10. It's played close to the chest : UKULELE11. Saucer-shaped jellyfish : MEDUSAS12. Wearing a polo shirt and boat shoes, say : PREPPY13. Magazine that's on the market? : FORBES14. America : vaudeville :: England : ___ : MUSICHALL21. Songwriter with the 1941 autobiography "Father of the Blues" : WCHANDY23. Presidential candidate who once hosted "Saturday Night Live" : MCCAIN24. Hit the hay : SACKOUT27. Firearms company since 1526 : BERETTA28. People get off on them : EXITRAMPS29. "Sweet Rosie ___" (Betty Grable film) : OGRADY31. Chain attached to buckets? : KFC32. One cast in "Jaws"? : NET34. Works out : TONESUP35. Certain Coast Guard attire : WETSUIT36. L'Oréal subsidiary : LANCOME37. Lives on : ENDURES38. Gets around : SKIRTS39. Iroquois Confederacy tribe : CAYUGA43. Full of oaths : SALTY44. Social stratum : CASTE46. Site of Santa sightings : MALL47. Seward Peninsula city : NOME48. Begat : BRED52. Sound made with a wince : OOF53. Some email attachments, informally : PIX

Answer summary: 3 unique to this puzzle, 1 debuted here and reused later, 1 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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