New York Times, Thursday, August 7, 2014

Author: Joe DiPietro
Editor: Will Shortz
Joe DiPietro
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This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 74, Blocks: 38 Missing: {QXZ} This is puzzle # 120 for Mr. DiPietro. NYT links: Across Lite PDF
Will Shortz notes: While I don't usually like quip themes so much, this joke seemed fresh and made me laugh. It's a shame about the three entries ... more
Will Shortz notes: While I don't usually like quip themes so much, this joke seemed fresh and made me laugh. It's a shame about the three entries containing "IT" (20A, 58A and 38D). But because "it" is such a minor word, this duplication doesn't bother me so much.
Jeff Chen notes: Pretty funny for a quote puzzle. I had to read it twice to really get the joke, but I enjoyed it. Sort of what would happen if Jerry ... more
Jeff Chen notes: Pretty funny for a quote puzzle. I had to read it twice to really get the joke, but I enjoyed it. Sort of what would happen if Jerry Seinfeld ever started doing crosswords.

Joe's an experienced constructor, and the fill quality shows through today. The low theme density forces longer fill, and Joe does well to take advantage of each slot, from NO COMMENT to KATE SPADE to DUST MITE to TROIKAS. All done with a smooth touch, leaving only traces of IT IS I behind. BTW, check out Joe's "baseball card" stats. I always enjoy seeing where a constructor focuses his/her time. In this case, it's quite clear that Joe's vast experience in themeless grids came in handy filling today's.

One thing I found a little confusing was why the quote was split into five pieces (4/8/13/8/4). Why not make it a 12/13/12? It might seem easier to build around shorter theme words, but it's often harder. Those black squares separating the 4/8 and 8/4 words reduce flexibility; plus, when you use shorter theme entries, you usually have to employ longer non-theme fill. Most importantly though, I personally like quote puzzles better when the flow is stronger. I find jumping around between three chunks is much more satisfying than trying to piece together five.

Nice change of cape today.

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© 2014, The New York TimesNo. 23,648
Across Down
1. Extends credit : LENDS
6. Exam for a future G.P. : MCAT
10. Sot : LUSH
14. Possible score before winning a game : ADOUT
15. Figure on a Utah license plate : ARCH
16. China setting : ASIA
17. Like a dingbat : DITSY
18. Stonewaller's response : NOCOMMENT
20. Part 1 of a wordplay-related quip : ISIT
21. Quip, part 2 : JUSTMEOR
22. Temple of ___ : DOOM
23. Saturn's wife : OPS
24. City bonds, informally : MUNIS
27. Golfer Sorenstam : ANNIKA
29. What thumb drives provide : STORAGE
31. Cheaper-looking : TACKIER
34. Take a little off the top? : MOW
35. Quip, part 3 : ARETHEREOTHER
39. ___ shot : FLU
40. Spark : INSPIRE
41. Italian Riviera resort : SANREMO
44. Trap : KISSER
48. Still liquidy : UNSET
49. Lead-in to a 2000s "-gate" : CIA
51. Singer with the 1971 hit "Mercy Mercy Me" : GAYE
52. Quip, part 4 : ANAGRAMS
55. End of the quip : OFEM
56. Bag lady? : KATESPADE
58. Formal response at the door : ITISI
59. Chip, maybe : FLAW
60. Site of one of the world's most famous onion domes : AGRA
61. Bad strain? : VIRUS
62. Fleet on the street : CABS
63. Spotted : SEEN
64. They may be taken to the next level : STEPS
1. Pretentious : LADIDA
2. Westinghouse adversary : EDISON
3. Concept : NOTION
4. Tiny creature that can trigger allergies : DUSTMITE
5. Trough locale : STY
6. "Stop being such a wuss!" : MANUP
7. Pen name : CROSS
8. ___ no. : ACCT
9. Radiohead frontman Yorke : THOM
10. Dorothy of old "Road" films : LAMOUR
11. What an anonymous person may lack : USERNAME
12. Sloth, for one : SIN
13. It may be tipped : HAT
19. Kind of pad : MEMO
21. ___ Löw, coach of Germany's 2014 World Cup-winning team : JOACHIM
25. Composer Stravinsky : IGOR
26. Tie up some loose ends? : SEW
28. Kit ___ bar : KAT
29. Slip (through) : SEEP
30. Three-horse carriages : TROIKAS
32. Lotto variant : KENO
33. Department of the Treasury dept. : IRS
35. Jackson with 13 #1 country albums : ALAN
36. Doesn't pay immediately : RUNSATAB
37. Prefix with lateral : TRI
38. Approving remark after "By Jove ..." : HESGOTIT
39. Sch. of 2013 Heisman Trophy winner Jameis Winston : FSU
42. Signs up for more : RENEWS
43. They may be delayed by weather, for short : ETAS
45. Wordsmith who wrote "Last but not least, avoid clichés like the plague" : SAFIRE
46. Looks at covetously : EYESUP
47. Negligent : REMISS
49. Training group : CADRE
50. "Um ..." : IMEAN
53. Figs. on some résumés : GPAS
54. Oversize sunglasses, these days : RAGE
56. Company with a bucket list? : KFC
57. Styled after : ALA
58. O.R. devices : IVS

Answer summary: 6 unique to this puzzle, 2 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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