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New York Times, Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Author: Emily Carroll
Editor: Will Shortz
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Emily Carroll
Puzzle of the Week

This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 78, Blocks: 35 Missing: {JQVZ} This is puzzle # 3 for Ms. Carroll. Jeff Chen's Puzzle of the Week pick. NYT links: Across Lite PDF
Emily Carroll notes: The idea for this puzzle stemmed from the first one I ever constructed which had 'break a leg' as the revealer with different leg ... more
Emily Carroll notes:

The idea for this puzzle stemmed from the first one I ever constructed which had "break a leg" as the revealer with different leg bones broken across my theme answers. At the time I thought it was sensational, but it was rejected, and I can see why. As with many of my early attempts, it was, to put it nicely, hot garbage. Looking back at it now is like the crossword equivalent of finding an old middle school yearbook photo.

Later, when the very talented Sam Donaldson made a much more successful broken bone themed puzzle (published on my birthday of all days) I took it as a sign that I should revisit the "broken" theme concept. I was hitting a brick wall until I tried breaking the houses over different answers as opposed to trying to find individual theme answers that would work. This also allowed for less constrained fill and some more interesting long non-themed answers. So overall I'm pretty happy with the result, but my eye always goes to LYCRAS which I hate and realize is a stupid plural, but marginally less not-a-real-thing than LUCRES which was my other alternative in that spot.

Jeff Chen notes: For early-week puzzles, I like to play the 'guess the theme' game. If I can guess it within one or two themers, I usually feel like ... more
Jeff Chen notes:

For early-week puzzles, I like to play the "guess the theme" game. If I can guess it within one or two themers, I usually feel like it's too simple. After uncovering just AF/RAME, I rolled my eyes and said SPLIT LEVEL HOUSE. What a great surprise to have the much more fun HOUSEBROKEN!

Nice to get a humbling Jeff-is-wrong moment once in a while.

(There are a lot of them.)

Something so pretty about those circled letters. Often, circles in puzzles tend to distract me, but I liked these.

Not a lot of sizzling themers, but RAMEN NOODLE and LEXICON were both strong. (READ UP and OLAF aren't going to win any awards. EPOCHAL … huh. It's dictionary supported.)

If Emily had only broken CHALET into CHA/LET, making way for something more interesting, like CAPTCHA … or I GOTCHA!

Speaking of I GOTCHA, I thought Emily shined in her gridwork. URBAN SPRAWL and PENNANT RACE were both fantastic, as were I GOTCHA and SHERMAN, especially working in his "WAR is hell" quote. I even dug THRACE, a throwback to my favorite world history classes.

And then there was the short fill. Great attention to detail! Emily did have a great deal of flexibility, the ___RAN, CH___ patterns having a ton of possibilities, for example. But with so many of them to fill around, many constructors would have ended up with a lot more crossword glue.

Finally, loved that WELSH clue. What a crazy awesome WELSH name, Llwynywermod.

All in all, an excellent Tuesday puzzle, one I'd be happy to recommend to newer solvers. Nothing flashy, but very solid.

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© 2018, The New York TimesNo. 0130 ( 24,920 )
Across Down
1. Sun Devils' sch. : ASU
4. Like the Llwynywermod royal estate : WELSH
9. One free carry-on bag, for many domestic flights : LIMIT
14. Large body of eau : MER
15. Welcome on Waikiki : ALOHA
16. Light-footed : AGILE
17. Collar : NAB
18. Japanese soup tidbit : RAMENNOODLE
20. "Frozen" snowman : OLAF
22. Like the lion's share : LARGEST
23. Pavarotti, for one : TENOR
25. Part of a barn where hay is stored : MOW
26. Ones approving fin. statements : CPAS
30. Hot and arid : SAHARAN
33. Iota preceder : THETA
34. Wisconsin city that's home to Lawrence University : APPLETON
36. Coco of couture : CHANEL
37. ___ Spiegel (German newsmagazine) : DER
38. Piglet producer : SOW
39. Something to shoot for : PAR
40. Hip-hop artist with the #1 album "Hip Hop Is Dead" : NAS
41. Study, with "on" : READUP
43. Large Greek olive : KALAMATA
45. Actor Cary of "The Princess Bride" : ELWES
46. Dictionary : LEXICON
47. Bombard : PELT
48. Red Sox archrival, on scoreboards : NYY
49. Jazzy James and Jones : ETTAS
52. Historically significant : EPOCHAL
56. Land celebrated on March 17 : ERIN
57. Like most pet dogs ... or a hint to this puzzle's circled letters : HOUSEBROKEN
61. Big fuss : ADO
62. Evicts : OUSTS
63. O'Connor's successor on the Supreme Court : ALITO
64. Company V.I.P. : CEO
65. Extract forcefully : WREST
66. Title for un hombre : SENOR
67. Medium power? : ESP
1. Juvenile retort : AMNOT
2. Bobby who co-founded the Black Panthers : SEALE
3. Growing problem in cities? : URBANSPRAWL
4. "___ is hell" : WAR
5. Israeli carrier : ELAL
6. ___ Linda, Calif. : LOMA
7. General who said the quote at 4-Down : SHERMAN
8. "Not so fast!" : HANGON
9. Vientiane's country : LAOS
10. "Ha! You fell for my trick!" : IGOTCHA
11. Central : MID
12. Feeling down : ILL
13. Simple top : TEE
19. Unfamiliar : NEW
21. Stable newborn : FOAL
24. Monkey often used in research : RHESUS
27. Subject of some September sports reporting : PENNANTRACE
28. Irritated no end : ATEAT
29. Lively Latin dance : SALSA
31. Riding, say : ATOP
32. Ticket info : ROW
33. Ancient Balkan region : THRACE
34. "Mad Men" type, informally : ADREP
35. "Get Out" director Jordan : PEELE
36. City WSW of Bogotá : CALI
39. Opposite of bellum : PAX
42. Hates : DETESTS
43. Peeper's vantage point : KEYHOLE
44. Speck : MOTE
46. Stretchy materials : LYCRAS
48. San Francisco's ___ Hill : NOB
50. West Wing workers : AIDES
51. Poke around : SNOOP
53. Annoyance : PEST
54. Similar (to) : AKIN
55. Jared who won an Oscar for "Dallas Buyers Club" : LETO
57. Word after show or know : HOW
58. Sharer's word : OUR
59. "It's no ___!" : USE
60. Neither's partner : NOR

Answer summary: 3 unique to this puzzle, 1 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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