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ENRICH

New York Times, Sunday, June 15, 2014

Author: Tony Orbach
Editor: Will Shortz
Tony Orbach
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This puzzle:

Rows: 21, Columns: 21 Words: 140, Blocks: 64 Missing: {QX} This is puzzle # 22 for Mr. Orbach. NYT links: Across Lite PDF
Tony Orbach notes: As with other puzzles that I've done with seemingly random added letters, this one came from having one of the phrases pop into my head — in this case, it was 32-Across (LEAVENING LAS VEGAS). That the ... more
Tony Orbach notes: As with other puzzles that I've done with seemingly random added letters, this one came from having one of the phrases pop into my head — in this case, it was 32-Across (LEAVENING LAS VEGAS). That the added letters formed a spelled-out letter, and could also be a word or a symbol, presented some nice possibilities for titles and other theme angles, but I decided to just have fun with some silly phrases and leave it at that. I did happen on 90-Down (ENDASH) while filling and thought that would be a nice nod to the theme.

The only theme clue Will changed was 99-Across (ENSIGN OF THE ZODIAC), in which I'd originally referenced the motorized rubber raft brand. It probably is too obscure, but I did enjoy the image of a naval officer being relegated to the command of a rubber raft.

Some other clues were tweaked by Will for the better and for the benefit of the solver. One of the harder ones, my initial AGNEW clue was [Veep who called some opponents "an effete corps of impudent snobs"] — the fact that I'm old enough to remember that event fairly vividly (as well as my mother's pin proclaiming she was "An effete snob for peace" — groovy, baby!) is consistent with the equally mind-blowing fact that I am the proud father of two kids who've gone through college: well, Happy Father's Day to me — and to all you solvers!

Jeff Chen notes: An experienced constructor and fellow CrosSynergy member, Tony gives us a straightforward 'add-a-letter(s)' type theme today, ENRICH being construed as 'add richness by adding an EN.' Some funny resulting phrases, ... more
Jeff Chen notes: An experienced constructor and fellow CrosSynergy member, Tony gives us a straightforward "add-a-letter(s)" type theme today, ENRICH being construed as "add richness by adding an EN." Some funny resulting phrases, LET ER RIPEN being my favorite. Beautiful base phrase (LET ER RIP!) and an amusing image of a fruit picker maniacally stripping green apples off a tree. CAN I BE FRANKEN also gave me a chuckle.

LEAVENING LAS VEGAS has a nice base phrase (LEAVING LAS VEGAS, possibly the most depressing movie of all time), and I got a kick out of someone sprinkling leavening all over Sin City. So the clue confused me. There is one dictionary definition for "leaven" that goes: "to permeate with an altering or transforming element." But that doesn't seem like a comic's job as much as a city planner's? Perhaps too nit picky on my part. I suppose I shall have to prolong my wait for the leavening fairy's arrival.

Ah, the "breakfast test." This term is bandied about by editors, as to whether or not an entry (or a clue, for that matter) will cause distress for a person doing the crossword over breakfast. Even though Preparation H was disguised within PREPARATION HEN, it gave me a bit of an ick factor. I'm not really a fan of picturing that yellow and blue container, people in ads making all sorts of pained faces as they point at their... apparently this commentary doesn't pass the breakfast test. Sorry about that!

Some nice fill today. P B AND J, now that's a way to start a puzzle. And PONIED UP is good stuff, as is TAKES AIM, and PERFECT TEN is, well, a perfect ten. At first I wondered if it would have been better if there were no other ENs in the puzzle (especially not in the long entries like PERFECT TEN which could possibly be mistaken for themers)? But that seems pretty picky. Silence, stupid constructor's brain!

As with most every Sunday puzzle, there will be compromises. They're just so much harder to create than 15x's. It's a bit unfortunate to see two (var.) tags in one puzzle, one on ALINING (aligning) and the other on ASANTE (Ashanti). And woo-wee, did I have trouble with the ASANTE/SHEREE crossing. Apparently I'm not watching enough "Real Housewives" (okay, so there is a show more depressing than "Leaving Las Vegas"). And ARE NOT/CAN TOO felt a bit much. It's tricky. You want to give the solver great stuff like SHINBONE, but not at too great a price. Very tough to balance, even going up to Will's maximum word count of 140. Tony's grid skeleton is pretty good, lots of space between themers. It's just tough to fill a 21x cleanly with a lot of zest.

Finally, I loved the cluing on [It comes as a shock]. Similar sorts of wordplay have been done before on TREMOR, but I still got fooled, thinking about surprise announcements. But OH NO HE DIDNT didn't fit. Okay fine, I watch "Real Housewives"!

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© 2014, The New York TimesNo. 23,595
Across Down
1. Sack lunch staple, for short : PBANDJ
7. Bumbling sergeant on "Hogan's Heroes" : SCHULTZ
14. Like a universal recipient : TYPEAB
20. Night lights : AURORA
21. Wyoming people : ARAPAHO
22. Chief Theban deity : AMENRA
23. Episode title for a cooking show featuring chicken recipes? : PREPARATIONHEN
25. Alex of "Blazing Saddles" : KARRAS
26. Nixon's veep : AGNEW
27. "Get ___!" : HIM
28. Lighten : EASE
30. Grub : FARE
31. Certain petty officer: Abbr. : YEO
32. Goal for a comic working the Strip? : LEAVENINGLASVEGAS
38. Ballet and others : ARTS
40. Court grp. : NBA
41. Awed : AGOG
42. Gere's wife in "Dr. T & the Women" : FAWCETT
43. Bit of needlework? : TAT
45. What a 9-5 worker worked on? : SAAB
46. Caper movie plot piece : HEIST
47. Informal advice to an overeager picker? : LETERRIPEN
52. "O.K." from Tom Sawyer : YESM
53. Spot, maybe : TVAD
57. Warning : ALERT
58. Floor : WOW
59. German geographical name suffix : STADT
61. "___ Street Blues" : BEALE
62. Jane ___, Helen Mirren's "Prime Suspect" role : TENNISON
64. Roberto Benigni's Oscar-winning role in "Life Is Beautiful" : GUIDO
65. Writing tip : PENNIB
66. Ill. neighbor : IND
67. Request to represent a Minnesota senator's side of a debate? : CANIBEFRANKEN
70. Word shouted immediately before "Feliz Año Nuevo" : UNO
71. Without exception : FORALL
73. Journalist Pyle : ERNIE
74. Well-maintained : INREPAIR
76. Go for ___ : ARIDE
77. Additions and subtractions, of a sort : EDITS
78. Lao-___ : TSE
79. Health care company in the Fortune 100 : AETNA
80. Command : HELM
81. Like one saying "I told you so!" : SMUG
82. Tarzan's response when asked if the noodles are cooked? : RAMENTOUGH
84. "You dig?" reply : IMHIP
86. Murder : DOIN
88. Philip of "Kung Fu" : AHN
89. Tries to hear better, say : LEANSIN
92. Either Abby or Martha in "Arsenic and Old Lace" : AUNT
93. Carrying one is part of a tour duty : AMP
95. Performer of tricks? : YOYO
99. Naval officer who's an expert in astrology? : ENSIGNOFTHEZODIAC
103. "I'll pass" : NAH
104. Lupino and Tarbell : IDAS
105. Scottish hillside : BRAE
106. Basketball goaltending locale : RIM
107. Nimble : LITHE
109. "Oh no? I'll show you!" : CANTOO
111. Religious ceremony for two Hollywood brothers? : COENORDINATION
116. Rearward : ASTERN
117. Portmanteau landmass : EURASIA
118. It comes as a shock : TREMOR
119. Whitfield of "The Real Housewives of Atlanta" : SHEREE
120. Flower parts : STAMENS
121. Cause for burning at the stake : HERESY
1. Fruit popular in Thai salads : PAPAYA
2. Turkey ___ : BURGER
3. Playground retort : ARENOT
4. "I don't think so" : NOPE
5. One might say "y'all" with one : DRAWL
6. Rattle : JAR
7. Cannabis ___ (marijuana) : SATIVA
8. Fiction genre : CRIME
9. Vietnamese coin : HAO
10. Former "Veronica Mars" airer : UPN
11. "Well, ___-di-dah" : LAH
12. Option for "Which came first ...?" : THEEGG
13. Like London Tube pricing : ZONAL
14. Points : TAKESAIM
15. Diva Sumac : YMA
16. Beauty ideal : PERFECTTEN
17. Incense : ENRAGE
18. Genesis mount : ARARAT
19. Like the lowest of low blows : BASEST
24. Pequod captain : AHAB
29. Most conservative : SAFEST
33. ___'acte : ENTR
34. Indian bread : NAAN
35. Supermarket chain : IGA
36. Head : NOB
37. Bugs, of a sort : VWS
39. Severe : STERN
44. A, but not B or C : ARTICLE
45. Do some needlework : SEW
46. Pleasure seeking : HEDONISM
47. Queen of "Chicago" : LATIFAH
48. Title girl in a 1968 hit by the Turtles : ELENORE
49. Certain shoot : TENDRIL
50. When repeated, a happy cry : IWON
51. Forked over : PONIEDUP
52. When tripled, blah, blah, blah : YADA
54. South Pacific archipelago : VANUATU
55. Truing: Var. : ALINING
56. Kerr of "An Affair to Remember" : DEBORAH
59. Muslim mystics : SUFIS
60. Need spelling, say : TIRE
61. Not worthy of : BENEATH
63. Bando of baseball : SAL
64. Fellow : GENT
65. According to : PER
68. Jolly Roger in "Peter Pan," e.g. : BRIG
69. One might be brought up in a brawl : KNEE
72. Supervise : ADMINISTER
75. Showy bloom : PEONY
77. Key of Dvorák's Symphony No. 9 : EMINOR
78. M&M color replaced by blue : TAN
81. Shank : SHINBONE
82. Luxuriousness : RITZ
83. River whose source is Mount Saint Helena : NAPA
85. N.Y.C. sports venue : MSG
86. [Forehead slap] : DUH
87. 1300 hours, to a civilian : ONE
89. Classic German cameras : LEICAS
90. - : ENDASH
91. People of Ghana: Var. : ASANTE
92. Paid for dinner, say : ATEOUT
93. Title sneaker brand in a Run-D.M.C. hit : ADIDAS
94. Food critic Sheraton : MIMI
96. Punctually : ONTIME
97. Bozos : YAHOOS
98. Short story award : OHENRY
100. Mugs : FACES
101. Politico Hatch : ORRIN
102. County near Limerick : CLARE
108. Ancient artery : ITER
110. Iron ___ : ORE
112. Disco ___ : ERA
113. '60s service site : NAM
114. Sugar suffix : OSE
115. Ultimate : NTH

Answer summary: 8 unique to this puzzle, 1 debuted here and reused later, 2 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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