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New York Times, Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Author: Andrea Carla Michaels
Editor: Will Shortz
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Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 78, Blocks: 39 Missing: {FJQVX} Grid has repeated answers This is puzzle # 54 for Ms. Michaels. NYT links: Across Lite PDF
Notepad: The ninth annual Lollapuzzoola crossword tournament, directed by Brian Cimmet and Patrick Blindauer, will take place Saturday, Aug. 13, at All Souls Church in Manhattan. Information appears at bemoresmarter.com. This puzzle appeared in a prior tournament and had a 15-minute time limit.
Andrea Carla Michaels notes: Made this years ago when Brian Cimmet and Patrick Blindauer were nice enough to ask me to create something for ... more
Andrea Carla Michaels notes:

Made this years ago when Brian Cimmet and Patrick Blindauer were nice enough to ask me to create something for Lollapuzzoola. Brainstormed ideas wanting to do something New York-centric (thus the NEW YORK NEW YORK running thru the middle and ELLIS Island and CHINATOWN running down) (And a little YOUBETCHA as a shout out to the Minnesotans out there!)

My original concept for this puzzle is quite different from what appears here. To be honest, I fought both Patrick and Will on this, but lost in the end. (Of course. they are probably right.) But I wanted to have double phrases (ZOOM ZOOM, HEAR YE HEAR YE, SING SING, etc.) separated by a black square but the FIRST word would be defined as is... and the second one would be "With such and such across (New concept)" So, for example, 71A: "To chant melodically" (SING) / 72A: "With 71A a prison in upstate NY" (SINGSING). This way, only the second half would have "With such and such ..." in the clue...so it would be two different ideas... a singular one and when doubled, a new concept.

But Patrick thought it would be better if they were defined as one concept in two different ways. In the end, I had to defer to his genius and instincts. (Will agreed and was willing to publish it in the NYT to generously cross promote the tournament this upcoming weekend, so I'm thrilled it's seeing the light of day, years later, in any form!)

Patrick and Will should share in the credit. (AUTHOR AUTHOR AUTHOR?) I urge everyone to go and have a blast at Lollapuzzoola, even though I can't make it this year. You can find me in San Francisco having a major bout of FOMO.

Jeff Chen notes: I love hanging out with crossworld people, so I'm sad that I haven't ever been able to make Lollapuzzoola. Fear of Missing Out (FOMO) ... more
Jeff Chen notes:

I love hanging out with crossworld people, so I'm sad that I haven't ever been able to make Lollapuzzoola. Fear of Missing Out (FOMO) indeed! What with the long trip out from the West Coast to NYC, and two little kids sapping my strength — er, delighting me — I'll miss this year too. Ah well.

Although I've seen a lot of word duplication puzzles before, this one had an interesting feel to it. I actually had the same internal debate Andrea did — I can see both sides of her struggle. On one hand, it's pretty cool to have one word defined as normal, and the other one cross-referenced. On the other hand, it's really fun to see doubled-word phrases … having two separate definitions! AUTHOR AUTHOR clued as both the Al Pacino film and the P.G. Wodehouse book is entertaining.

I also really liked how the last themer broke the pattern. As much as I like consistency, this is a potentially repetitive-feeling theme, so it's cool to get not just SING SING the prison, but SING SING SING, the classic big band tune. For solvers lulled into a false sense of complacency … ba-BAM!

I hadn't noticed all the NEW YORK NEW YORK-centered fill, so it was nice to get an explanation of why there was a good amount of crossword glue holding everything together: INRI, ERR ON, SKED, MUMBO (can only be clued one way), IT NO, etc. Makes more sense now that i see the trade-offs.

Finally, there are a few elements that make this puzzle more whimsical than what would usually be seen in the NYT — I just loved that [What generals keep up their sleevies?] for ARMIES. So playful.

Dang it, my FOMO is even worse now!

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1. Computers that are un-PC : MACS
5. With 9-Across, an auto ad slogan : ZOOM
9. With 5-Across, quickly : ZOOM
13. Workplace protection agcy. : OSHA
14. "My Heart Can't Take ___ More" (1963 Supremes song) : ITNO
15. Two cents, so to speak : INPUT
17. "Pay me later" marker : CHIT
18. Sly look : LEER
19. Salon jobs, for short : PERMS
20. Casino game that looks like a thou in reverse : KENO
21. Grouches : CRANKS
23. Lawyer's org. : ABA
24. With 26-Across, 1982 Al Pacino film : AUTHOR
26. With 24-Across, 1962 P. G. Wodehouse book : AUTHOR
28. Bonkers : BATTY
30. Horsefeathers : TRIPE
32. Spanish treasure : ORO
33. Ottoman bigwigs : PASHAS
36. Colors, as Easter eggs : DYES
40. With 42-Across, Frank Sinatra signature song : NEWYORK
42. With 40-Across, where Broadway is : NEWYORK
44. Hamlet or Ophelia : DANE
45. Scanty, in London : MEAGRE
47. Prefix with lateral : UNI
48. They turn litmus paper red : ACIDS
50. Monk's superior : ABBOT
52. With 55-Across, town crier's cry : HEARYE
55. With 52-Across, Aaron Copland ballet : HEARYE
58. Pipe fitting : ELL
59. Equivalent of C natural : BSHARP
61. ___ A Sketch : ETCH
64. Samuel on the Supreme Court : ALITO
66. Cross inscription : INRI
67. Final Four grp. : NCAA
68. River near the Vatican : TIBER
69. British prep school : ETON
70. Resistance units : OHMS
71. With 72-Across, noted maximum security prison : SING
72. With 71- and 72-Across, classic Louis Prima tune : SING
73. "___ ME" (phrase written on dirty cars) : WASH
1. Poke fun at : MOCK
2. Tennis legend Arthur : ASHE
3. Neighborhood south of SoHo : CHINATOWN
4. Skipped, as a dance : SATOUT
5. Bubkes : ZILCH
6. County in Colorado or New Mexico : OTERO
7. "... ___ as it is in heaven" : ONEARTH
8. Daybreak, to Donne : MORN
9. Closes, as a fly : ZIPSUP
10. Ironically, the last song in "A Chorus Line" : ONE
11. She's got her OWN network : OPRAH
12. ___ jumbo : MUMBO
16. Old Russian ruler : TSAR
22. Old German ruler : KAISER
25. Exmaple for example, for example : TYPO
27. Former New England Patriot Bruschi whose name is a bear to pronounce? : TEDY
28. "GoldenEye" spy : BOND
29. Vicinity : AREA
31. Called : RANG
34. What generals keep up their sleevies? : ARMIES
35. Program listings, briefly : SKED
37. "Damn right!" : YOUBETCHA
38. "Um ... sorry!" : ERNO
39. "Saturday Night Live" sketch : SKIT
41. 687 days, on Mars : YEAR
43. "I haven't a thing to ___!" : WEAR
46. She had a hit with "Foolish" : ASHANTI
49. RoboCop, e.g. : CYBORG
51. "Toodles!" : BYENOW
52. You can pack it : HEAT
53. ___ Island (immigrants' site) : ELLIS
54. Excuse : ALIBI
56. ___ the side of caution : ERRON
57. Mimicking : APING
60. Hurries : HIES
62. Skyping needs : CAMS
63. Dish made of leftovers : HASH
65. Word after Big or top : TEN

Answer summary: 1 unique to this puzzle.

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