New York Times, Monday, July 15, 2013

Author: Jeff Chen and Angela Olson Halsted
Editor: Will Shortz
Jeff Chen
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Angela Olson Halsted
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This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15, Words: 76, Blocks: 38 Missing: {Q} This is puzzle # 16 for Mr. Chen. This is puzzle # 3 for Ms. Halsted. NYT links: Across Lite PDF

Constructor notes: Jeff: Such a pleasure to with Angela on this puzzle. I had been thinking about vowel progressions, and noticed that RAID READ RIDE RODE RUDE worked pretty well. When RAID THE FRIDGE and RUDE AWAKENING came to mind, it seemed like we ought to give it a shot.

However, the fact that these first and last themers were both 13 letters long created a challenge, since 13's can't go in rows 3 and 13 due to black square constraints. That means all the theme answers had to get squished together. With five theme answers spaced just one row apart apiece, I wasn't sure it was going to be doable without including some ugly fill.

Luckily everything worked out out after a couple of attempts and Angela and I were off to the races! We really liked FLAME WAR and wanted to put in more sparkly long down stuff, so were pleased that NOLAN RYAN and HOLE IN ONE would fit without much compromise. And then FEED BAG and FRET OVER fell into place so nicely we held up our hands and said "I like!" in a Borat voice.

The only area we had to really work at was the center, which was constrained by the three middle theme answers. Having ICI, NDAK, and ATF all in close proximity wasn't ideal, but in the end we figured in the grand scheme of everything that was working in the puzzle, this was a good tradeoff.

Finally, I tried to sneak it in with Angela's name first but she out-sneaked me.

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© 2013, The New York Times
Across Down
1. Five lines on sheet music : STAFF
6. Wrestling pads : MATS
10. Mull (over) : CHEW
14. Cuddlier, say : CUTER
15. Tennis's Arthur ___ Stadium : ASHE
16. Georgetown athlete : HOYA
17. Concur : AGREE
18. Whiz (by) : ZOOM
19. 14-time All-Star Rodriguez : ALEX
20. Get a midnight snack, say : RAIDTHEFRIDGE
23. No-nos : TABOOS
24. Fighting ___, Notre Dame athletes : IRISH
27. N.Y.C.'s ___ of the Americas : AVE
28. Find a subtext of : READINTO
31. Spree : BINGE
34. Former House leader Gingrich : NEWT
35. Yuletide song : NOEL
36. It might be inflated or bruised : EGO
37. Leave by horseback, as into the sunset : RIDEOFF
40. He calls Homer his "neighborino" : NED
41. Jazz's Fitzgerald : ELLA
43. Poe's "The ___ of Amontillado" : CASK
44. Wolfish looks : LEERS
46. Tour de France conveyance : ROADBIKE
48. Candied vegetable at Thanksgiving : YAM
49. Skater Henie : SONJA
50. Compassionate : HUMANE
53. Unpleasant shock : RUDEAWAKENING
58. Components of S-M-T-W-T-F-S : DAYS
60. Mutants of Marvel Comics : XMEN
61. "A Fish Called ___" : WANDA
62. Hit with a rolled-up newspaper, maybe : SWAT
63. Flamingo's color : PINK
64. Mr. T's TV group, with "the" : ATEAM
65. Camera part : LENS
66. Gambler's numbers : ODDS
67. Pauses on sheet music : RESTS
1. Reminder of an injury : SCAR
2. Pull on : TUGAT
3. Two of the heart's chambers : ATRIA
4. Item strapped over a horse's head : FEEDBAG
5. Worry about : FRETOVER
6. Labyrinths : MAZES
7. Starting on : ASOF
8. Norse thunder god : THOR
9. Big rig : SEMI
10. Embarrassment : CHAGRIN
11. Ace on the links : HOLEINONE
12. Ogle : EYE
13. Candle's composition : WAX
21. Garden tool : HOE
22. Performed : DID
25. Have the helm : STEER
26. Waits on the phone : HOLDS
28. Witherspoon of 2012's "Mud" : REESE
29. Furry inhabitant of the forest moon of Endor : EWOK
30. Govt. bureau concerned with bootlegging : ATF
31. Coors and Corona : BEERS
32. Domed home : IGLOO
33. All-time career record-holder for strikeouts : NOLANRYAN
34. Fargo's home: Abbr. : NDAK
38. Here, to Henri : ICI
39. Nasty online argument : FLAMEWAR
42. Alters : ADJUSTS
45. Spring (from) : EMANATE
47. Naughty : BAD
48. Big laugh : YUK
50. Tom of "Forrest Gump" : HANKS
51. Dressed to the ___ : NINES
52. Last until : ENDAT
54. World's fair : EXPO
55. Surrounded by : AMID
56. Go, as one's way : WEND
57. Pinup's legs : GAMS
58. Internet connection inits. : DSL
59. Bowl over : AWE

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