New York Times, Saturday, August 3, 2013

Author: Brad Wilber and Doug Peterson
Editor: Will Shortz
Brad Wilber
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Doug Peterson
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This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15, Words: 70, Blocks: 25 Missing: {JQZ} Spans: 2 This is puzzle # 32 for Mr. Wilber. This is puzzle # 32 for Mr. Peterson. NYT links: Across Lite PDF

Constructor notes: BRAD: The old adage of "good longer stacks start with the stacking of useful shorter stems" was especially true here, as I realized ONLINE went nicely atop GOLDEN, and what remained was to pick compatible tails. Doug liked LIE DETECTOR in the stack and added MALL COP; he's also responsible for those two great clues.

We tried a few design configurations in the middle and realized we'd have to have some long vertical entries too or the word count would tip over into 72 or 74. BOXER BRIEFS won out over other –EFS we tried. I had just been doing some work in the trenches at the end of the alphabet on my word list, so new addition WAX TABLET helped matters a lot, facilitating ___ FAMILY.

And we had to decide whether or not to have the vertical 15s, rather than going with SEWELL or NEWELL or LOWELL or whatever. TO A FARE-THEE-WELL had actually been on my list of possible seed entries. But did we ever take some ribbing for it (fewer people seemed to recognize it than I expected) — and since the puzzle appeared the Saturday before Lollapuzzoola, some of the ribbing was in person! Still, I think this was a grid most solvers were quite happy with.

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Across Down
1. Bar fixture : SOT
4. Person who might suit you well? : HABERDASHER
15. Start of many a "Jeopardy!" response : WHO
16. Transported : ONCLOUDNINE
17. Org. with an Office of Water : EPA
18. "Poor Little Fool" hitmaker, 1958 : RICKYNELSON
19. Danny who composed the theme music for "The Simpsons" : ELFMAN
21. Eponymous Dr. Asperger : HANS
22. Onetime Michael Jackson bodyguard : MRT
23. Benders : TEARS
24. Sight on a "Hee Haw" set : BALE
25. Hindu god often depicted with a bow and arrow : KAMA
26. A choli may be worn under this : SARI
27. "Star Trek: T.N.G." role : WORF
28. Name on the cover of "Yosemite and the High Sierra" : ANSEL
29. Verb suffix? : OSE
30. Ancient scribe's work surface : WAXTABLET
32. Treadmill runners, maybe : PETMICE
34. "Sex is an emotion in motion" speaker : MAEWEST
37. Not reliable : HITORMISS
39. Empire State tech school : RPI
40. "Pride ___ before destruction": Proverbs : GOETH
42. Be uncooperative : BALK
43. Showroom window no. : MSRP
44. Discipline : AREA
45. European hub : ORLY
46. Show stoppers? : TIVOS
47. Leipzig-to-Zurich dir. : SSW
48. Columnist Collins : GAIL
49. Was triumphant in the end : WONOUT
50. Inventor's undoing? : LIEDETECTOR
53. Mineralogical appendage? : ITE
54. Avatar setting : ONLINEFORUM
55. Base man : CUR
56. Image on Utah's state quarter : GOLDENSPIKE
57. Baker's dozen for the Beatles, for short : EPS
1. Tree also known as a sugar apple : SWEETSOP
2. "You've got to be kidding!" : OHPLEASE
3. Perfectly : TOAFARETHEEWELL
4. Wedding rings? : HORAS
5. Have ___ (be advantageously networked) : ANIN
6. Secret attachment, for short : BCC
7. South Bend neighbor : ELKHART
8. Court group : ROYALFAMILY
9. Dominick who wrote "A Season in Purgatory" : DUNNE
10. Some Snapple products : ADES
11. Conan O'Brien's employer from '88 to '91 : SNL
12. 1899 painting used to promote gramophones : HISMASTERSVOICE
13. Massive, as a massif : ENORME
14. National service : RENTAL
20. Internal investigation, for short? : MRI
24. Hybrid menswear : BOXERBRIEFS
25. Grasped : KNEW
27. Texas Ranger Hall of Fame and Museum site : WACO
28. Many are blonde : ALES
30. Among : WITH
31. Enjoy the moment : BASK
33. Copier giant absorbed by the Kyocera Corporation : MITA
35. Appear suddenly : SPROUTUP
36. Track consultants : TIPSTERS
38. Banana Republic defender, maybe : MALLCOP
40. Ersatz blazer : GASLOG
41. Speaker of Shakespeare's "If music be the food of love, play on" : ORSINO
43. Calculus calculation: Abbr. : MIN
45. Like some gruel : OATEN
46. Pioneer in cool jazz : TORME
48. Mapped item : GENE
49. "Marjorie Morningstar" novelist : WOUK
51. Got out of the way : DID
52. Head of state? : TRI

Answer summary: 8 unique to this puzzle, 1 debuted here and reused later, 3 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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