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New York Times, Saturday, January 4, 2014

Author:
Kyle Dolan
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Kyle T. Dolan

This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 70, Blocks: 32 Missing: {QZ} This is puzzle # 3 for Mr. Dolan. NYT links: Across Lite PDF
Kyle T. Dolan notes:
This is my third Times puzzle, and the first to appear on a Saturday. When I constructed this puzzle in late 2012, MTV's 'Jersey ... read more

This is my third Times puzzle, and the first to appear on a Saturday. When I constructed this puzzle in late 2012, MTV's "Jersey Shore" was still a big pop culture phenomenon, and the show had been referenced a couple times already in the Times crossword. I realized that nobody had used DJ PAULY D as an entry and I thought it would make a good themeless seed because of the interesting letter arrangement, especially the DJP trio. To my chagrin, "Jersey Shore" concluded its run after I submitted the puzzle, so some solvers may find the entry a bit dated — them's the breaks.

Often when I make themeless puzzles, I put in one or two 15-letter entries, but in this puzzle I wanted my grid design to highlight 9- and 10-letter entries. I was happy to be able to get in answers like ADORKABLE, THE CAPITOL, PARK RANGER, and STONEWALL without compromising much of the shorter fill. Finally, CODON puts a nice personal touch on the puzzle, since I'm a biochemist in my day job.

Will Shortz notes:
'Jersey Shore' cast members Snooki and The Situation have both appeared in Times crosswords before (Snooki four times), but this is a ... read more

"Jersey Shore" cast members Snooki and The Situation have both appeared in Times crosswords before (Snooki four times), but this is a debut for DJ PAULY D (6A). With new episodes of the MTV series not being made anymore, I'm guessing this is the last such debut. Besides 6A, I admire the entries GREAT BEAR, PARK RANGER, THE CAPITOL, STONEWALL, and ADORKABLE (which was new to me, but I like).

Jeff Chen notes:
Very fun puzzle today, aside from my willful ignorance of 'Jersey Shore'. I couldn't finish the NE corner of the puzzle and am proud ... read more

Very fun puzzle today, aside from my willful ignorance of "Jersey Shore". I couldn't finish the NE corner of the puzzle and am proud of it. Don't tread on me, DJ PAULY D!

What a beautiful SW corner. I loved the crossing of STONEWALL and PATDOWN with its fun clue, "Touching scene at an airport?". Brings back hilariously unpleasant memories of going through security at a Netherlands airport back when I had my devil-length goatee. Good times. And I find CODON to be a great entry, too infrequently used given its crossword-friendly alternation of common consonants and vowels. I couldn't totally recall what a CODON was, but it came back easily enough with four letters in place. Okay fine, with five letters in place!

Overall, I really appreciated the smoothness of (most of) the grid. The NE corner was the roughest bit, with ATH and the awkward LEND A partial. If I had paid the slightest bit of attention to pop culture, I might have rolled through it. I wonder if DJ PAULY D will persist in American culture? Get on that; make yourself honestly famous, mister! Or is Pauly D a missus? Wow, am I out of touch with "popular" celebs.

Nice work today from Kyle. There were a few bits I didn't care for, PREFIGURE in particular, but I really liked all the snappy short fill accompanying the marquee answers: JET SET, PACK RAT, RUB OUT, BIG TOP all added snazz to the puzzle.

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© 2014, The New York TimesNo. 0104 ( 23,433 )
Across
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Like cork trees and flying lizards : ASIAN
6
"Jersey Shore" housemate's music-biz name : DJPAULYD
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Jersey Shore vacation option : CONDO
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Big Dipper's setting : GREATBEAR
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One offering help in passing? : TUTOR
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Take up enthusiastically : LATCHONTO
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See 34-Down : USER
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Where Lee Harvey Oswald was a lathe operator : MINSK
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City where some believe Cain and Abel are buried : ADEN
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Warden in drab clothes : PARKRANGER
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Take down with a charge : TASE
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Spring event in the Summer Olympics? : VAULT
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Setting that makes things right? : TAB
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Less agreeable : CRABBIER
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Be a lush : TIPPLE
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Chicken à la rey? : POLLO
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Buzzes, say : DOS
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Tiny amount : GRAIN
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Was revolting : ROSEUP
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Was a rocker? : TEETERED
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Tie ___ : TAC
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Up : ALOFT
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Hyperbola parts : ARCS
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House meeting place : THECAPITOL
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Theoretical : MOOT
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Predictor of fame : DIXON
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Elasticity : GIVE
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School meeting places : AUDITORIA
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Photometry unit : LUMEN
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Be an unhelpful interrogee : STONEWALL
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Lack life : ARENT
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Life or death : SENTENCE
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Leaf part : VERSO
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Go on the fritz : ACTUP
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Monty Python theme composer : SOUSA
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Gaps : INTERVALS
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Like cute nerds, in slang : ADORKABLE
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"___ did you nothing hear?": Hamlet : NOR
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Stress, to Strauss : DRANG
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First-class regulars : JETSET
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Keeping buff? : PACKRAT
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Jock: Abbr. : ATH
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Raider in the battle of the St. Lawrence : UBOAT
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"___ Paw" (Oscar-winning Disney short) : LENDA
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"Eyewitness" director Peter : YATES
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Hurdy-gurdy sound : DRONE
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Flashed : GLINTED
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Tuareg rebellion locale of 2012 : MALI
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Erase : RUBOUT
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Three-ring setting : BIGTOP
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Some rescue work : CPR
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Neighbor of Rabbit : ROO
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Bunk : ROT
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Foreshadow : PREFIGURE
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One not getting benefits, say : PARTTIMER
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Make baloney? : LIE
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With 18-Across, software developer's concern : END
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Constituent of molding sand : SEACOAL
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Touching scene at an airport? : PATDOWN
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Animation : ELAN
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European president who attended Harvard : CHIRAC
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Bank : AMASS
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Path : ROUTE
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One of 64 in a genetic table : CODON
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Piece of work : STINT
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Napoleon, notably : EXILE
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Where things may be heating up : OVENS
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Molto adagio : LENTO
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Bit of sportswear : TEE
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Head : LAV

Answer summary: 5 unique to this puzzle, 1 debuted here and reused later, 2 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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