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New York Times, Friday, January 12, 2018

Author: Erik Agard
Editor: Will Shortz
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Erik Agard

This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 65, Blocks: 30 Missing: {GJQWYZ} Spans: 7, (1 quad stack) 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.

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© 2018, The New York TimesNo. 0112 ( 24,902 )
Across Down
1. "You might be asking too much" : THATSATALLORDER
16. Rhyming educational proverb : EACHONETEACHONE
17. Classic 1959 drama with characters from Chicago's South Side : ARAISININTHESUN
18. Begin all over : MAKEAFRESHSTART
19. Tillis or McDaniel of country music : MEL
20. Meditation utterances : OMS
21. "The Waste Land" poet's inits. : TSE
22. Went back for more, in a way : REUPPED
26. Blew the budget : SPAREDNOEXPENSE
34. Llama, for one : CAMELID
35. Pastries similar to long john doughnuts : ECLAIRS
36. Attending a lecture, say : INCLASS
37. Daily : DIURNAL
38. Big brand of kitchenware : OXO
39. Cough syrup amt. : TSP
40. Big Apple? : IMAC
43. Iridescent material : NACRE
47. Golfer Aoki : ISAO
51. African capital where Berber is spoken : RABAT
53. 15 years before the Battle of Hastings : MLI
54. Coped (with) : DEALT
55. Where people may order push-ups : VICTORIASSECRET
58. D.C. thoroughfare with the Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum : INDEPENDENCEAVE
59. Must : NEEDSTO
60. Freddy Krueger, e.g. : SLASHER
1. Squad : TEAM
2. Not halal, in Arab cuisine : HARAM
3. Follower of "pat" in Mother Goose : ACAKE
4. Peter ___, co-founder of PayPal : THIEL
5. One of Sports Illustrated's two Sportsmen of the Year in 1998 : SOSA
6. "It's not ___, it's a when" : ANIF
7. Length of the final fight in "Rocky Balboa" : TENROUNDS
8. On time, in Tijuana : ATIEMPO
9. Stat for a photographer : LENSSPEED
10. Wooden strip : LATH
11. Phil who described himself as a "singing journalist" : OCHS
12. "Gone With the Wind" name : RHETT
13. South Indian pancakes : DOSAS
14. Accustom : ENURE
15. Dollars for quarters : RENT
22. "It's not the end of the world" : RELAX
23. Motion picture pioneer : EDISON
24. Pump up : EXCITE
25. Bad mark : DPLUS
26. Lab subj. : SCI
27. Attracted to people of all genders, in modern lingo : PAN
28. Rival of Regal Cinemas : AMC
29. Made a move : RELOCATED
30. Some Secret Service wear : EARPIECES
31. Writer who said "Living never wore one out so much as the effort not to live" : NIN
32. Mrs., abroad : SRA
33. Non-Anglophone's course, for short : ESL
40. N.F.L. Hall-of-Famer Michael : IRVIN
41. New Brunswick neighbor : MAINE
42. Choices on a standard Scantron test : ABCDE
44. ___ acid : AMINO
45. Decked out : CLAD
46. Hillocks : RISES
48. Woman's name meaning "princess" : SARAH
49. Motrin alternative : ALEVE
50. Weasel family member : OTTER
52. "... max" : TOPS
54. Numerical prefix : DECA
56. Out of the game: Abbr. : RET
57. 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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