New York Times, Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Author: Brendan Emmett Quigley
Editor: Will Shortz
Brendan Emmett Quigley
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This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 78, Blocks: 42 Missing: {GW} Scrabble average: 2.01 This is puzzle # 164 for Mr. Quigley. NYT links: Across Lite PDF

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Brendan Emmett Quigley notes: When you rip someone else off, it's called plagiarism. When you rip yourself off, it's called style.
Will Shortz notes: I've noticed that the crossword blogs often comment on constructors jamming in the high-value Scrabble letters (J, Q, X and Z). ... more
Will Shortz notes: I've noticed that the crossword blogs often comment on constructors jamming in the high-value Scrabble letters (J, Q, X and Z). It's a good point that these shouldn't be used to the overall detriment of the fill. However, by virtue of their rareness, they tend to increase the freshness of a puzzle's vocabulary. So all things being equal, I like them. Case in point: the upper-left corner in Brendan's puzzle, which has two J's and an X.
Jeff Chen notes: Befuddled by the theme today? Try reading BBQ as an order: 'B, be Q!' Took me a while to figure out that clue, but it provided for a ... more
Jeff Chen notes: Befuddled by the theme today? Try reading BBQ as an order: "B, be Q!" Took me a while to figure out that clue, but it provided for a nice a-ha moment.

Q's are very hard to work with. Typically they force you to employ more U's than you might want, and they often beg to go in top left corners (how many words end in Q?). There's a reason why so many puzzles don't use them. The six Q's here are nowhere close to the record for most Q's but six Q's still is still no mean feat. BEQ does well to work them in through nice answers like SHAQ, BASQUE, QUID, and QUICK.

Those Q's do force some layout issues. Often you have a lot of flexibility to place black squares, but not today. Typically we wouldn't see sectioned-off corners like the NW and SE, but do you see where the Q of QBS lies? The black square atop that entry allows for high flexibility in word choice, because without it, you have to deal with a Q in the middle or at the end of a word. And once you place that particular black square, it's pretty difficult to avoid cutting off the NW corner.

A couple of bumpy spots in the fill. For example, the SE corner looks like it should be easy to fill without needing MES, ICBM, COS and ESQS, right? Nope. Once you fix UPDIKE into place and have to include BBQ somewhere, you hit high constraints. There's not much that fits the "I?B?" pattern except ICBM or ISBN, so options are limited. I would have liked BBQ to be in the very corner (where MES is), as I would find that more elegant, but the "I??B" pattern is equally constrained (only IAMB and IMDB fit).

Fun solve, with a few bumpy spots forced by those Scrabbly letters.

JimH notes: In this puzzle by BQ we change B to Q. Probably just coincidence.
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© 2014, The New York TimesNo. 23,647
Across Down
1. Tribal symbol of luck : JUJU
5. Printout problem : BLOT
9. Some brothers : FRAS
13. Actress ___ Rachel Wood : EVAN
14. Singer David Lee ___ : ROTH
15. Dust collector : CLOTH
16. Where business is picking up? : TAXI
17. Memorable 2005 Gulf hurricane : RITA
18. Prudential rival : AETNA
19. French chicken dish garnished with kernels? : CORNONTHECOQ
22. Whitish : ASHEN
25. Philosopher who asked "What is enlightenment?" : KANT
26. Quartet on an online help page? : THEFAQFOUR
30. This: Sp. : ESTA
34. Rapper with the 2008 hit "Paper Planes" : MIA
35. It can give you a lift : TBAR
36. Lie in the hot sun : BROIL
37. Frequent, in odes : OFT
38. Dancer Duncan : ISADORA
41. Company's end? : INC
42. Totally puzzle : STUMP
44. Key periods : ERAS
45. M.M.A. decision : TKO
46. Bad character? : TYPO
47. What Ben stitched for his business partner? : JERRYQUILT
50. Quad part : DORM
52. Jets' victory over the Colts in Super Bowl III, famously : UPSET
53. Royal ending to a mathematical proof? : QUEENSIZEQED
59. Functional : UTILE
60. Lower-class, in Leeds : NONU
61. Warhead carrier, for short : ICBM
65. Central : INNER
66. The Time Traveler's hosts : ELOI
67. Longtime teammate of 12-Down : KOBE
68. Something good for a scout, say : DEED
69. Trick-or-treater's wear : MASK
70. Ones working on a case-by-case basis?: Abbr. : ESQS
1. Black : JET
2. Cavalier's sch. : UVA
3. Florida port, briefly : JAX
4. Trick-or-treater's cause : UNICEF
5. "It's f-f-freezing!" : BRRR
6. Choice cut : LOIN
7. "Smoke Gets in Your Eyes" lyricist Harbach : OTTO
8. 1998 Alanis Morissette hit with a slangy misspelling : THANKU
9. Swifter : FLEETER
10. Big source of coll. scholarships : ROTC
11. 53 for I, e.g. : ATNO
12. Longtime teammate of 67-Across : SHAQ
15. "High Hopes" lyricist Sammy : CAHN
20. How the police might investigate someone : ONATIP
21. Driveway topper : TAR
22. Not more than : ATMOST
23. Deceitful : SHIFTY
24. Intensify : HEATUP
27. Play callers, for short : QBS
28. Drone regulator, in brief : FAA
29. "Atten-TION!," e.g. : ORDER
31. "You're right about that" : SOITIS
32. Cat collar sound : TINKLE
33. Literary giant from Concord, Mass. : ALCOTT
36. Like the sport of jai alai : BASQUE
39. "Catch-22" character who "hasn't got brains enough to be unhappy" : ORR
40. Flat fish : RAY
43. Patterned (after) : MODELED
47. Yearbook sect. : JRS
48. Rapper with the autobiography "The Way I Am" : EMINEM
49. John who won two Pulitzers for fiction : UPDIKE
51. British pound, informally : ONER
53. British pound, informally : QUID
54. ___ Reader : UTNE
55. Article in Arnsberg : EINE
56. Dreyfus Affair chronicler : ZOLA
57. Book of Mormon prophet : ENOS
58. Classic Nestlé drink : QUIK
62. Trig. function : COS
63. Summer event, briefly ... or a phonetic hint to 19-, 26-, 47- and 53-Across : BBQ
64. Año part : MES

Answer summary: 4 unique to this puzzle, 1 debuted here and reused later.

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