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New York Times, Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Author:
Caleb Emmons
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Caleb Emmons

This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 78, Blocks: 40 Missing: {FYZ} This is puzzle # 4 for Mr. Emmons. NYT links: Across Lite PDF
Jeff Chen notes:
Neat idea to pick words made up only of I V X L C D M and use them in phrases with a wacky clue. We've seen a lot of Roman numeral ... read more

Neat idea to pick words made up only of I V X L C D M and use them in phrases with a wacky clue. We've seen a lot of Roman numeral themes over the years, but I like the twist this one brings. LEMONADE MIX's kooky clue relating to the number 1,009 was perplexing at first but gave me a good a-ha moment.

Pretty clean grid too, especially considering the difficulty of incorporating all those Xs. I'll take an ANON and an I GO any day in order to get three Xs. Not as happy to see an EEOC and an OTRA where it feels like it could be completely clean. But perhaps it's difficult to achieve that if ITALICS is set in place, and what a great clue that entry got. [Bold alternative?] might not be entirely accurate, but 1.) it was so much fun and 2.) lighten up and enjoy, people. And realistically, EEOC and OTRA are both fairly minor.

Not only is GO OVER a cool six-letter entry, but I love how it looks in the grid: GOOVER. (Sounds like it might be a geeky Jetsons vacuum.) My brain would not parse that for the longest time; I enjoyed that head-scratching.

The Crown Vic in the Big Apple

Caleb's concept got my gears turning, and kickstarting my brain is almost always a sign of a strong idea. I really liked the general notion of "words made up only of Roman numerals," so it was a bit of a let-down to see XL TEE SHIRTS and XXX RATING. I think I would have given this the POW! if all five had been in the vein of PRINCESS DI and LEMONADE MIX. Tough task though, as I is the only allowable vowel. Still though, maybe LIV TYLER could have made an entrance, or a CROWN VIC? Rats, that last one wouldn't work, as VIC is nonsensical in Roman numerals. FORT DIX or WESTERN CIV?

The more I played with this idea, the more I liked it. Kudos to Caleb for coming up with a cool concept and a pretty good execution.

P.S. IV FERTILIZATION with [Roman menage a quatre orgy?] as a clue. Boo-yah!

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Across
1
Box-office dud : BOMB
5
Court sport : SQUASH
11
Lead-in to law : PRE
14
Roll call no-show : AWOL
15
Salvation Army donation receptacle : KETTLE
16
Cover for the follically challenged : RUG
17
1,009th juice drink? : LEMONADEMIX
19
Hoppy brew, for short : IPA
20
Dumb : INANE
21
Gave rise to : SPAWNED
23
"L'Absinthe" painter : DEGAS
27
Tends to, as a sprain : ICES
28
At the limit, as a credit card : MAXEDOUT
31
Lie on a hot beach : BAKE
33
Band with the 1987 6x platinum album "Kick" : INXS
34
World Cup cheer : OLE
35
Nile birds : IBISES
38
Fish that might accompany a schmear : LOX
39
Four prescriptions? : IVDRUGS
41
Word before chest or change : SEA
42
Infuriate : ENRAGE
44
American ___ : ELM
45
"American ___" : IDOL
46
Cupid, or his concern : AMOR
47
How corn dogs are served : ONASTICK
49
Burlap fiber : JUTE
51
Borat portrayer ___ Baron Cohen : SACHA
52
Popular takeout option : CHINESE
56
Name in kitchen foil : ALCOA
60
Sacrifice fly result : RUN
61
40 concert souvenirs? : XLTEESHIRTS
65
Work unit : ERG
66
Follower of one, two and three in a children's rhyme : POTATO
67
Irene of "Fame" : CARA
68
Limerick's third word, often : WAS
69
Lincoln Center offerings : OPERAS
70
Exchange : SWAP
Down
1
Island served by both AirAsia and Qantas airlines : BALI
2
Wilson of "Starsky & Hutch" : OWEN
3
N.Y.C. cultural center : MOMA
4
Many Swedish models : BLONDES
5
Cousin of calypso : SKA
6
Mathematician's "Done!" : QED
7
Beehive State native : UTE
8
PIN points : ATMS
9
Boo-boo : SLIP
10
Dodeca- halved : HEXA
11
501st royal daughter? : PRINCESSDI
12
Bit of cash in Kashmir : RUPEE
13
"Yikes!" : EGADS
18
Desideratum : NEED
22
Site for online collaboration : WIKI
24
Review : GOOVER
25
"In the days of ___ lang syne" : AULD
26
Home electronics items : STEREOS
28
Millrose Games highlight : MILE
29
Soon, to bards : ANON
30
30 consumer reviews? : XXXRATINGS
31
Golden Arches buy : BIGMAC
32
Gym rat's "six-pack" : ABS
36
Fair-hiring org. : EEOC
37
Polio vaccine developer : SALK
39
"Before ___ ..." : IGO
40
One involved in arm-twisting? : ULNA
43
Flock's cry : AMEN
45
Bold alternative? : ITALICS
48
Ruler toppled in 1979 : SHAH
49
L. L. Bean competitor : JCREW
50
Crewmate of Spock and Sulu : UHURA
53
Event that may have a "-con" suffix in its name : EXPO
54
Zero-star fare : SLOP
55
Suffix with kitchen : ETTE
57
Gullet : CRAW
58
Other: Sp. : OTRA
59
Common reply to "When do you want this?" : ASAP
62
Piano tuner's asset : EAR
63
H, as in "Hellenic" : ETA
64
Castaway's call : SOS

Answer summary: 4 unique to this puzzle.

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