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New York Times, Thursday, September 15, 2016

Author: Ian Livengood
Editor: Will Shortz
Ian Livengood
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This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 74, Blocks: 34 Missing: {JQZ} This is puzzle # 55 for Mr. Livengood. NYT links: Across Lite PDF

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Ian Livengood notes: I made the grid earlier this year, and like many of my completed puzzles, it sat unclued for months. When I finally got around to ... more
Ian Livengood notes:

I made the grid earlier this year, and like many of my completed puzzles, it sat unclued for months. When I finally got around to cluing the puzzle, I loved riffing on the conventional "Part 1, Part 2, etc." that appear in crossword clues from time to time. I also wanted the first clue's anagram to be completely natural. TRIO for TORI is a great fit since it's directly related to music.

I don't like making puzzles too difficult to solve — after all, I want the solver to finish. So, it'll be interesting to see how solvers do with this one. Depending on your fondness for anagrams, I expect a lot of DNFs.

Jeff Chen notes: I'll admit, I was one of the DNFs (did not finishes) Ian mentioned — I stopped doing this puzzle about a quarter of the way ... more
Jeff Chen notes:

I'll admit, I was one of the DNFs (did not finishes) Ian mentioned — I stopped doing this puzzle about a quarter of the way through (and 15 minutes in). Anagrams can be really fun, but I poop out after a few of them, so 70+ was way too much for me. I have a feeling Scrabble fans might love the sheer quantity, though.

I looked through the finished grid and admired a lot of the clue/entry pairs. I was stumped by the very first one, and I smiled at what I had missed afterward — [Trio who released …] was actually [Tori who released …]. As Ian mentioned, it's absolutely perfect for this theme, as the clue sounded so natural, masking its deviousness. Same goes for [Isabel of mathematics fame], which is actually [Blaise …]. Great anagram find, along with the very innocent-seeming clue.

There were enough others, though, where the clue felt so tortured that I knew something odd was going on — [Causal negative] seemed like a typo, [Lima expense] felt like it wasn't grammatically right, etc. It's pretty easy to get a few of these anagrams to be perfectly disguised, as with Tori/Tori, but to get all 70+ of them might be near impossible. I do like the effort to make all the clues fit the pattern, but enough of them didn't work for me that the effect lost some of its magic.

I did love figuring out (after looking at the solution grid) that [Trap #1 …] ALSO fit the pattern! I was wondering why they were listed as three separate traps, and the a-ha discovery that the clues actually meant [Part #1 …] was brilliant. Particularly appropriate that "part" anagrams into "trap."

A very smooth grid, even though Ian had to work with a strict constraint: he couldn't allow even one entry that couldn't be clued in this tricky way. A single ALAI or something might have meant disaster. And there were even a few nice entries like SPARTAN, O CANADA, FRIGATE to boot.

JimH notes: Here are the anagrams: Across: 1. Tori 5. Teen's 10. Neuter 14. Kin 15. Nation 16. Drove 17. Part 19. Jihad 20. Top 21. Region 22. Avis ... more
JimH notes:

Here are the anagrams:

Across: 1. Tori 5. Teen's 10. Neuter 14. Kin 15. Nation 16. Drove 17. Part 19. Jihad 20. Top 21. Region 22. Avis 24. Shade 26. Ship 27. Slog 28. Glided 31. Secured 32. Caper 34. Nap 35. Triage 36. Part 39. Dawn 42. Name 43. Pepsi 46. iPad 47. Posh 49. Large 51. NaCl 53. Blaise 55. Straying 56. Spots 58. West 59. Things 60. Part 63. Deseret 64. Nerve 65. Steins 66. Former 67. Diary 68. List

Down: 1. Producer 2. Animal 3. Strain 4. Slump 5. Slashes 6. Weak 7. Resort 8. Casual 9. State 10. Golfer's 11. Mail 12. Plane 13. Agreed 18. Item 23. Sources 25. Hasbro 26. Gardenia 29. Agree 30. Lead-in 33. Cruise 37. Maher 38. Decimal 39. Relents 40. Run 41. Fighter 44. Singer 45. Rahm 48. Actor 50. First 52. Sister 54. Bat 56. Risqué 57. Shoe 61. Vote 62. Cool

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Across Down
1. Trio who released the 1994 album "Under the Pink" : AMOS
5. Tense talk, often : SLANG
10. Tenure : SPAY
14. Ink of elite type : PICA
15. Anoint in the western Pacific : PALAU
16. Roved unpredictably : WOVE
17. Trap #1 to solving this puzzle : ANAGRAMTHE
19. Hadji group, briefly : ISIS
20. Pot ___ : TEN
21. Ignore : AREA
22. Visa offering : RENTAL
24. Heads seen on Halloween : ORANGE
26. Hips that can move quickly : FRIGATE
27. Logs through water : WADE
28. Gilded smoothly : SAILED
31. Rescued : GOT
32. Pacer : LARK
34. Pan sound : SNORE
35. Gaiter locales, for short : ERS
36. Trap #2 : FIRSTWORD
39. Wand representer, in myth : EOS
42. Mane seen around the farm : DEERE
43. Pipes purchase of 2001 : SOBE
46. Paid purchase, perhaps : APP
47. Shop houses : MANORS
49. Regal volume : TOME
51. Clan from the ocean : SEASALT
53. Isabel of mathematics fame : PASCAL
55. Stingray : ERRANT
56. Stops to get a massage : SPAS
58. Stew ___ : END
59. Nights that high schoolers obsess over : SATS
60. Trap #3 : INEACHCLUE
63. Steered, today : UTAH
64. Never : MOXIE
65. Insets may be filled with them : ALES
66. Reform transportation secretary : PENA
67. Dairy unit : ENTRY
68. Slit : TILT
1. Procured for many big 2000s comedies : APATOW
2. Manila alternative, in a guessing game : MINERAL
3. Trains for an N.H.L. game, say : OCANADA
4. Plums : SAG
5. Hassles in a bowling alley : SPARES
6. Wake : LAME
7. Roster in 63-Across : ALTA
8. Causal negative : NAH
9. Taste of Mexico : GUERRERO
10. Folgers concern : SWING
11. Lima expense : POSTAGE
12. Nepal V.I.P. : AVIATOR
13. "Geared!" : YESLETS
18. Time for a grease monkey : RAG
23. Courses that get you down? : EIDERS
25. Abhors material for making toys : NERF
26. Drainage, e.g. : FLOWER
29. Eager (to) : ASSENT
30. Nailed, for short : INTRO
33. Curie's partner, once : KIDMAN
37. Harem show on HBO : REALTIME
38. Medical points, e.g. : DOTS
39. Nestler : EASESUP
40. Urn : OPERATE
41. Freight of ancient Greece : SPARTAN
44. Reigns at a music hall : BOCELLI
45. Harm in Democratic politics : EMANUEL
48. Croat who won an Academy Award in 1999 : SPACEY
50. Rifts in the family, say : ELDEST
52. Resist in the White House : SASHA
54. Tab material : ASH
56. Squire message : SEXT
57. Hose purchase : PAIR
61. Veto in the French legislature : NON
62. "Loco" sort : CAT

Answer summary: 3 unique to this puzzle, 1 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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