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New York Times, Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Author: Caleb Emmons
Editor: Will Shortz
Caleb Emmons
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Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 78, Blocks: 40 Missing: {FYZ} This is puzzle # 4 for Mr. Emmons. NYT links: Across Lite PDF

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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 ... more
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 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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© 2015, The New York TimesNo. 0114 ( 23,808 )
Across Down
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
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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