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New York Times, Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Author: Gary Cee
Editor: Will Shortz
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Gary Cee

This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 76, Blocks: 38 Missing: {FQXZ} This is puzzle # 27 for Mr. Cee. NYT links: Across Lite PDF
Jeff Chen notes: Cross-referenced clues often distract me, and I had a bit of trouble figuring out all the connections. It took me a while to figure ... more
Jeff Chen notes:

Cross-referenced clues often distract me, and I had a bit of trouble figuring out all the connections. It took me a while to figure out a good way to help visualize the word chains, but some color coding helped me appreciate the symmetry Gary incorporated.

The "cooler" colors show the NW to SE progression, blue-gray-blue and green-gray-green, nicely symmetrical. The "warmer" colors show the NE to SW flow, brown-gray-brown and red-gray-red, also pleasantly symmetrical.

It might look simply like a four-themer puzzle, but those shorties in row 1 and 15 ratchet up the level of difficulty. The six-letter entries in particular are always harder than I expect. HIGHER in that lower right corner, already sitting in a big chunk of white space, has interactions with both NEED IS LOVE and UNDER MY SKIN. Many constraints, all over the grid.

I didn't know I WANT TO TAKE YOU HIGHER, but it amusing to watch Mike Douglas do some very awkward introductions.

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© 2015, The New York TimesNo. 0128 ( 23,822 )
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1. With 38- and 46-Across, 1966 4 Seasons hit : IVEGOT
7. Popular game? : ELK
10. With 38- and 50-Across, 1967 Beatles hit : ALL
13. Enthusiastic : RAHRAH
14. Scope : ROOM
16. 2011 animated musical : RIO
17. Having come home after curfew : INLATE
18. "Go on, git!" : RUNALONG
20. Percolate : SEEP
21. With 38- and 65-Across, 1977 Billy Joel hit : JUSTTHEWAY
23. "___ Tu," 1974 pop hit : ERES
25. "Promoting decent work for all" agcy. : ILO
26. With 38- and 67-Across, 1970 Sly & the Family Stone hit : IWANTTOTAKE
31. China's Chiang ___-shek : KAI
34. Knaves : ROGUES
35. Producer of many parts : HAIRCOMB
37. Mad as ___ hen : AWET
38. See 1-, 10-, 21- and 26-Across : YOU
39. Harem rooms : ODAS
40. Sawbucks : TENSPOTS
43. Not learned : INNATE
45. Summer hours on the Atl. coast : EDT
46. See 1-Across : UNDERMYSKIN
48. U.K. neighbor : IRE
49. ___ facto : IPSO
50. See 10-Across : NEEDISLOVE
55. Future atty.'s exam : LSAT
59. Phony : IMPOSTER
60. Each : APIECE
62. Deadlock : TIE
63. Color akin to turquoise : TEAL
64. Iran-___ affair : CONTRA
65. See 21-Across : ARE
66. Be nosy : PRY
67. See 26-Across : HIGHER
1. Spring bloom : IRIS
2. Barn topper : VANE
3. Jennifer of "The King's Speech" : EHLE
4. Post breakfast cereal : GRAPENUTS
5. Cereal grain : OAT
6. New York team that plays its home games in New Jersey : THEJETS
7. Makes a wrong turn : ERRS
8. Oaf : LOUT
9. 1950 best seller subtitled "Across the Pacific by Raft" : KONTIKI
10. Sequentially, after "in" : AROW
11. Wertmüller who directed "The Seduction of Mimi" : LINA
12. Lethargic : LOGY
15. Gustav whose music was banned by the Nazis : MAHLER
19. Barack Obama, astrologically : LEO
22. Soldiers' support grp. : USO
24. Delivery person's assignment: Abbr. : RTE
26. Raging : IRATE
27. Knocked the socks off : WOWED
28. Secret ___ : AGENT
29. Not only that one : THOSE
30. Youth sports org. : AAU
31. Instamatic company : KODAK
32. Classic violinmaker : AMATI
33. "Hedda Gabler" playwright : IBSEN
36. Giving a pat on the back, say : CONSOLING
38. Pay stub initialism : YTD
41. Type not susceptible to compromise : PURIST
42. Simple ragtime dance : ONESTEP
43. Bring formal charges against : IMPEACH
44. Its govs. have included Mario and Andrew Cuomo : NYS
47. "6 Rms ___ Vu" (1972 play) : RIV
48. When repeated, reply to "Who wants dessert?" : IDO
50. Silent screen vamp Naldi : NITA
51. Arab chief : EMIR
52. Dueler's sword : EPEE
53. Shakespearean king : LEAR
54. Air France hub : ORLY
56. Rogen of "The Interview" : SETH
57. Real estate unit : ACRE
58. Inflatable dinghy concern : TEAR
61. Polynesian dish : POI

Answer summary: 5 unique to this puzzle, 1 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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