# New York Times, Monday, July 15, 2013

 Author: Jeff Chen and Angela Olson Halsted Editor: Will Shortz
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457/5/201011/22/201524
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144461142
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1.64382
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36/14/20117/15/20132
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0210000
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1.69000

## This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15, Words: 76, Blocks: 38 Missing: {Q} This is puzzle # 16 for Mr. Chen. This is puzzle # 3 for Ms. Halsted. NYT links: Across Lite PDF

Constructor notes: Jeff: Such a pleasure to with Angela on this puzzle. I had been thinking about vowel progressions, and noticed that RAID READ RIDE RODE RUDE worked pretty well. When RAID THE FRIDGE and RUDE AWAKENING came to mind, it seemed like we ought to give it a shot.

However, the fact that these first and last themers were both 13 letters long created a challenge, since 13's can't go in rows 3 and 13 due to black square constraints. That means all the theme answers had to get squished together. With five theme answers spaced just one row apart apiece, I wasn't sure it was going to be doable without including some ugly fill.

Luckily everything worked out out after a couple of attempts and Angela and I were off to the races! We really liked FLAME WAR and wanted to put in more sparkly long down stuff, so were pleased that NOLAN RYAN and HOLE IN ONE would fit without much compromise. And then FEED BAG and FRET OVER fell into place so nicely we held up our hands and said "I like!" in a Borat voice.

The only area we had to really work at was the center, which was constrained by the three middle theme answers. Having ICI, NDAK, and ATF all in close proximity wasn't ideal, but in the end we figured in the grand scheme of everything that was working in the puzzle, this was a good tradeoff.

Finally, I tried to sneak it in with Angela's name first but she out-sneaked me.

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