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# New York Times, Friday, January 12, 2018

 Author: Erik Agard Editor: Will Shortz
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## This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 65, Blocks: 30 Missing: {GJQWYZ} Grid has mirror symmetry. This is puzzle # 13 for Mr. Agard. NYT links: Across Lite PDF

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Erik Agard notes: Always wanted to do a quad stack. Probably won't go for the quint. Love and appreciation to the stack god Martin Ashwood-Smith, one of my favorite constructors to solve.
Jeff Chen notes: What an unusual quad-stack arrangement! Can't remember seeing anything quite like this, featuring both mirror symmetry as well as ... more
Jeff Chen notes:

What an unusual quad-stack arrangement! Can't remember seeing anything quite like this, featuring both mirror symmetry as well as three additional 15-letter grid-spanners. Talk about audacious! I love that Erik continually pushes his boundaries. Kicking things off with THAT'S A TALL ORDER is right!

Quad-stacks are notorious for 1.) needing a ton of crossword glue to hold them together, 2.) containing grid-spanning entries that are a bit dull, 3.) requiring an excessive amount of common letters (E, R, S, T, etc.).

I thought Erik did pretty well with criterion number 2. THAT'S A TALL ORDER is great. MAKE A FRESH START, too. A RAISIN IN THE SUN has been used in a many a triple- or quad-stack, so it loses some points from me, but there's no doubt that it's crossworthy.

I wasn't familiar with EACH ONE TEACH ONE, but what a neat phrase to learn. Took me a while to grok its meaning, but it's a great way to emphasize the importance of passing on one's learnings, making for an exponential passing on of knowledge.

Criterion number 1 … well, quad stacks are tough. There are so many uber-constrained crossings to work through. Can't say I enjoyed A CAKE, A TIEMPO, LATH, ENURE (inure more commonly, yeah?), TSE, the tough HARAM / MEL crossing, all at the top of the puzzle. About par for the course for a quad-stack.

Quad-stacks usually have so many compromises that I was super glad to wash away some of them with all the other feature material in SPARED NO EXPENSE, VICTORIA'S SECRET, even INDEPENDENCE AVE. ECLAIRS and EAR PIECES also helped make me feel like I got my money's worth out of this puzzle.

The bottom of the puzzle was much more to my taste than the quad-stack, in terms of trade-offs — two strong grid-spanners, with just a bit of RET, DECA, ISAO.

Overall, I like seeing new patterns, new construction challenges in themelesses. The quad-stack didn't quite stand out for me given the liabilities needed to hold it together, but I did like the grid-spanning entries more than in usual quad-stacks. And the bottom of the puzzle worked well for me.

 1T 2H 3A 4T 5S 6A 7T 8A 9L 10L 11O 12R 13D 14E 15R 16E A C H O N E T E A C H O N E 17A R A I S I N I N T H E S U N 18M A K E A F R E S H S T A R T 19M E L 20O M S 21T S E 22R 23E U P P 24E 25D 26S 27P 28A 29R E D N O E X P 30E 31N 32S 33E 34C A M E L I D 35E C L A I R S 36I N C L A S S 37D I U R N A L 38O X O 39T S P 40I 41M 42A C 43N 44A 45C 46R E 47I 48S 49A 50O 51R A B A 52T 53M L I 54D E A L T 55V I C T O 56R I A S 57S E C R E T 58I N D E P E N D E N C E A V E 59N E E D S T O 60S L A S H E R
© 2018, The New York TimesNo. 0112 ( 24,902 )
 Across Down 1. "You might be asking too much" : THATSATALLORDER16. Rhyming educational proverb : EACHONETEACHONE17. Classic 1959 drama with characters from Chicago's South Side : ARAISININTHESUN18. Begin all over : MAKEAFRESHSTART19. Tillis or McDaniel of country music : MEL20. Meditation utterances : OMS21. "The Waste Land" poet's inits. : TSE22. Went back for more, in a way : REUPPED26. Blew the budget : SPAREDNOEXPENSE34. Llama, for one : CAMELID35. Pastries similar to long john doughnuts : ECLAIRS36. Attending a lecture, say : INCLASS37. Daily : DIURNAL38. Big brand of kitchenware : OXO39. Cough syrup amt. : TSP40. Big Apple? : IMAC43. Iridescent material : NACRE47. Golfer Aoki : ISAO51. African capital where Berber is spoken : RABAT53. 15 years before the Battle of Hastings : MLI54. Coped (with) : DEALT55. Where people may order push-ups : VICTORIASSECRET58. D.C. thoroughfare with the Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum : INDEPENDENCEAVE59. Must : NEEDSTO60. Freddy Krueger, e.g. : SLASHER 1. Squad : TEAM2. Not halal, in Arab cuisine : HARAM3. Follower of "pat" in Mother Goose : ACAKE4. Peter ___, co-founder of PayPal : THIEL5. One of Sports Illustrated's two Sportsmen of the Year in 1998 : SOSA6. "It's not ___, it's a when" : ANIF7. Length of the final fight in "Rocky Balboa" : TENROUNDS8. On time, in Tijuana : ATIEMPO9. Stat for a photographer : LENSSPEED10. Wooden strip : LATH11. Phil who described himself as a "singing journalist" : OCHS12. "Gone With the Wind" name : RHETT13. South Indian pancakes : DOSAS14. Accustom : ENURE15. Dollars for quarters : RENT22. "It's not the end of the world" : RELAX23. Motion picture pioneer : EDISON24. Pump up : EXCITE25. Bad mark : DPLUS26. Lab subj. : SCI27. Attracted to people of all genders, in modern lingo : PAN28. Rival of Regal Cinemas : AMC29. Made a move : RELOCATED30. Some Secret Service wear : EARPIECES31. Writer who said "Living never wore one out so much as the effort not to live" : NIN32. Mrs., abroad : SRA33. Non-Anglophone's course, for short : ESL40. N.F.L. Hall-of-Famer Michael : IRVIN41. New Brunswick neighbor : MAINE42. Choices on a standard Scantron test : ABCDE44. ___ acid : AMINO45. Decked out : CLAD46. Hillocks : RISES48. Woman's name meaning "princess" : SARAH49. Motrin alternative : ALEVE50. Weasel family member : OTTER52. "... max" : TOPS54. Numerical prefix : DECA56. Out of the game: Abbr. : RET57. Show featuring Leslie Jones, for short : SNL

Answer summary: 13 unique to this puzzle, 2 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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