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# New York Times, Thursday, June 19, 2008

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

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Missing: {BJQVWXZ} Spans: 4, (1 triple stack) Grid is asymmetric Featured in Will Shortz's favorite puzzles This is puzzle # 8 for Mr. Krozel. NYT links: Across Lite
Joe Krozel notes: More than one solver has told me that this is their favorite puzzle, and they mainly have Will to thank for transforming the theme. Yet as constructors we never experience our own puzzles the way solvers do; when a puzzle runs, we already know the trick to the theme, so we rely on solver feedback to help us enjoy a vicarious experience. But, oh! The feedback to LIES was nothing short of intense dissonance: Strong like, strong hate and even a little flip-flopping of opinion! (go figure).

For my part, I enjoyed presenting the first full word as grid art ... and what a doozy of a word. I thought Will might have to run it as a diagramless, but the grid appeared with its SHOUTING letters, and no small bit of solver criticism suggested that I forced the NYT to print, well ... LIES! (Add that to the dissonance level.)

Grid construction presented its own set of problems. Spelling a word out in a grid using different sized letters in a two-line staggered arrangement means that some solvers will completely miss it; I still find people who struggle to identify the word LIES when I show them the blank grid.

Another feature common to these grids is that some of the letters can't be placed flush with a wall (or each other) and this often forces heavy concentrations of 3-letter entries ... frequently with triple- stacks of 15's. This is the main challenge to achieving lively fill.

Given my memories of some construction challenges and the intense solver reaction, it'd be hard to call this my single favorite puzzle, though I take great pleasure in showing it to people who have never seen it before. It's definitely in my top five.

JimH notes: Clues with lies, or at least errors: 1-, 14-, 19- and 24-Across; and 8-, 9-, 28-, 47-, 49- and 50-Down. In an interview with the Yale Daily News, Will Shortz called this his favorite puzzle of 2008.
 1O 2T 3T 4O 5S 6P 7R 8A 9N 10G 11C 12A 13D 14N E O N 15H O A G I E 16I R R 17E R R S 18E N F A N T 19G T E 20S E E P 21L E A S E S 22A U S 23E S S E 24E S A U 25R R S 26C A T C 27H 28A 29G L I M P 30S E O F 31I C U 32E T T O 33L 34E 35A G U E 36E 37R 38E C T O R 39O U G H T S 40R E P R E S S 41G R A T E S 42I L I E S C U 43A A A 44T M A C 45S 46E 47E I N G 48E 49Y 50E 51C O N C 52T O L L G A T E S 53O K I E 54R E S I L I E N T 55D E N S 56T E N 57E R I S
© 2008, The New York TimesNo. 21,408
 Across Down 1. France's ___ von Bismarck : OTTO5. Jumped : SPRANG11. Rogue : CAD14. Chemical element with the symbol Fe : NEON15. Sub : HOAGIE16. Discounted item: Abbr. : IRR17. Gets it wrong : ERRS18. Terrible one? : ENFANT19. Former pharmaceutical giant : GTE20. Flow slowly : SEEP21. Flat things? : LEASES22. Out of: Ger. : AUS23. Sum derives from it : ESSE24. Father of Jacob : ESAU25. Monopoly quartet: Abbr. : RRS26. Spot : CATCHAGLIMPSEOF31. Preemie setting: Abbr. : ICU32. Suffix with palm : ETTO33. Collection of teams : LEAGUE36. Crane, e.g. : ERECTOR39. Possible name for the first decade of the century : OUGHTS40. Hold back : REPRESS41. Hardly soothes : GRATES42. Former Romanian leader Ion ___ : ILIESCU43. One step from the majors : AAA44. Nickname on the Houston Rockets starting in 2004 : TMAC45. Kind of dog : SEEINGEYE51. Solution strength: Abbr. : CONC52. Road access regulators : TOLLGATES53. Sooner : OKIE54. Always bouncing back : RESILIENT55. Places for La-Z-Boys : DENS56. Number of clues in this puzzle that contain factual inaccuracies : TEN57. Dwarf planet larger than Pluto : ERIS 1. "I'll be with you shortly ..." : ONESEC2. Mother of Calcutta : TERESA3. One way to lay things : TOREST4. Uncommissioned : ONSPEC5. Silverstein who wrote and illustrated "The Giving Tree" : SHEL6. Corn dish : PONE7. San ___, Calif. : RAFAEL8. Golf great Andre : AGASSI9. Standard office-closing time : NINEAM10. Arises : GETSUP11. One who exhibits pack mentality? : CIGARETTESMOKER12. Who quipped "God tells me how the music should sound, but you stand in the way" : ARTUROTOSCANINI13. Job seeker's fashion advice : DRESSFORSUCCESS27. Bolt : HIGHTAILIT28. It's more than 90 degrees : ACUTEANGLE29. "Nope, still not right" : GUESSAGAIN30. Writing that's hard to read : SECRETCODE33. Mill input : LOG34. Part of E.E.C.: Abbr. : EUR35. Turkish pooh-bah : AGA36. Verdi's "___ tu" : ERI37. Th.D. subj. : REL38. Prefix with center : EPI45. Narrow passage: Abbr. : STR46. Job ad abbr. : EOE47. Tennis champ Ernie : ELS48. Time to lie in le soleil? : ETE49. Currency of China : YEN50. Summer hrs. in N.Y.C. : EST

Answer summary: 4 unique to this puzzle, 2 debuted here and reused later, 4 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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