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PUZZLE ENVY

New York Times, Sunday, January 6, 2013

Author:
Dan Feyer and Andrea Carla Michaels
Editor:
Will Shortz
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1.64010
Dan Feyer
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1.63217
Andrea Carla Michaels

This puzzle:

Rows: 21, Columns: 21 Words: 140, Blocks: 68 Missing: {Q} This is puzzle # 2 for Mr. Feyer. This is puzzle # 37 for Ms. Michaels. NYT links: Across Lite PDF
Constructor notes:

ANDREA:

This collaboration came about because in the summer of 2012 Dan Feyer and his lovely girlfriend Gretchen organized a fundraiser up in Napa Valley (where Gretchen grew up). In between rounds, Dan entertained up with a trivia game where all the answers had the initials NV, for Napa Valley. I thought that might make a good basis for a crossword.

To me, it would be funny and risque to have a puzzle called "Puzzle NV" so I suggested to Dan that we expand his list into a Sunday-sized puzzle. Never mind that although he is the five time ACPT solving champion, he had only constructed one puzzle and was reluctant to risk his one for one perfect creation/acceptance rate. (It pays to enlist geniuses as collaborators.) So I talked him into expanding the list he had, we found a half dozen nice solid pairs. Lucky for me, Dan wanted the challenge of constructing a Sunday-sized grid, which I've still not yet been able to do on my own. (My three solo Sunday attempts have not been accepted by any major publication.)

Before I knew it, Dan had created a fabulous grid with a crowning touch of stacking three of the theme answers. The hardest part was getting him to not be such a perfectionist and keep creating grid after grid. We settled on one and THEN tried to perfect it.

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© 2013, The New York TimesNo. 0106 ( 23,070 )
Across
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Pop : DAD
4
Court statistic : ASSISTS
11
Kid's game with a ball : JACKS
16
A Bobbsey twin : NAN
19
Constellation near Scorpius : ARA
20
Start to make a living from something : TURNPRO
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W.W. II marine threat : EBOAT
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Israeli weapon : UZI
23
What some goggles provide : NIGHTVISION
25
10,000,000 ergs : JOULE
26
U.S.A. neighbor : MEX
27
Represent at a costume party : COMEAS
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___ minute : ANY
29
It may be tightly coiled : BURNER
30
"Let us part, ___ the season of passion forget us": Yeats : ERE
31
Designer Mizrahi : ISAAC
32
Old lad's wear : KNEEPANTS
34
Like pulp fiction : LURID
36
Onetime enemy : NORTHVIETNAMESE
38
Reggae's ___ Kamoze : INI
39
Exposed : SEEN
40
Kazakhstan, once: Abbr. : SSR
41
Shot blocker : LENSCAP
45
Mrs. Mitt Romney : ANN
48
Place for runners : SLED
50
Far-out experience : TRIP
54
Greenish creature : IGUANA
55
Diagonal : BIAS
57
Wastage : DROSS
60
Bit of negativity? : ANION
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Flubbed : BLEW
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Squeeze for dough : EXTORT
65
Wine taster's destination : NAPAVALLEY
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Beetles, briefly : VWS
69
Slick : OILY
70
Bad sign for a traveler? : NOVACANCY
71
Land of Zion? : UTAH
73
"That's ___-brainer" : ANO
74
1942 Bette Davis film : NOWVOYAGER
76
Go downhill, in a way : SLALOM
78
Department store department : MENS
80
Fix one's eyes : STARE
81
Chip away at : ERODE
83
Hornswoggle : DUPE
84
Huzzahs : PRAISE
86
Singer/songwriter Laura : NYRO
88
Make, as one's way : WEND
90
Northern California's ___ River : EEL
91
Breed of cat or dog : MALTESE
93
Baseball "twin killings," for short : DPS
96
Chicago's county : COOK
98
Alternative to a bus : VAN
99
Home of the world's largest naval base : NORFOLKVIRGINIA
107
"Done, O.K.?!" : THERE
109
Head of London : LORDMAYOR
110
Seemingly forever : ONEND
111
NetZero competitor : AOL
112
Ladderlike in arrangement : SCALAR
114
Sports org. of the early 2000s : XFL
115
Until now : TODATE
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Statehouse resident, informally : GUV
117
Solitaire unit : CARAT
118
"My Big Fat Greek Wedding" writer and star : NIAVARDALOS
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Purpose : USE
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Quarter back? : EAGLE
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Pastoral poem : ECLOGUE
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Mich. neighbor : ONT
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Stroke : PET
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Slammin' Sammy : SNEAD
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Prop up : BOLSTER
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Miss identification? : NEE
Down
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1978 Bob Fosse Broadway revue : DANCIN
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Melodious : ARIOSO
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Blond bombshell of '50s TV : DAGMAR
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Lawyers' cases, maybe : ATTACHES
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Yukon and Tahoe, for short : SUVS
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Mumbai title : SRI
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Moonstruck : INSANE
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Downsized uprights : SPINETS
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"Les ___" (Berlioz opera based on the "Aeneid") : TROYENS
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Heir, maybe, but not an heiress : SON
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Immature : JEJUNE
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Cancels : ABORTS
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One at a sidebar : COUNSEL
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Moolah : KALE
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Unblemished : STERLING
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3.14159..., for pi : NUMERICALVALUE
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Baku resident : AZERI
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Gave the thumbs-down : NIXED
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Qualifiers : HEATS
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"Just like that!" : BAM
32
Ralph in the Baseball Hall of Fame : KINER
33
Cameo, for one : PART
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Remove from a mailing list, informally : UNSUB
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Where springboks graze : VELDT
42
One of Mozart's? : EINE
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Subtitle of "Star Wars Episode IV" : ANEWHOPE
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Cat's dogs? : PAWS
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'60s prez : ABE
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Late '60s and early '70s, politically : NIXONERA
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Hit 1944 film starring a 12-year-old actress : NATIONALVELVET
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One-named pop singer : DONOVAN
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Wreak havoc on : RAVAGE
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More ridiculous : INANER
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Paragraph symbol : PILCROW
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Fifth tone : SOL
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Mouth-watering : SAVORY
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Vet, at times : SPAYER
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West Coast beer, familiarly : OLY
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Rembrandt van ___ : RYN
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Here, in Juárez : ACA
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Brynner of "Taras Bulba" : YUL
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Its capital is Yellowknife: Abbr. : NWT
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Smidgen : TAD
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Choices of time : AMPM
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Ending with psych- : OSES
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Sir abroad : SENOR
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Gibson of "The Beaver" : MEL
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"Norwegian Wood" strings : SITAR
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To say, in Spanish : DECIR
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Grows old : SENESCES
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Kardashian spouse Lamar ___ : ODOM
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Well-intentioned activist : DOGOODER
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Supersize, say : ENLARGE
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The N.F.L.'s ___ Burress : PLAXICO
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James Bond's childhood home : SKYFALL
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Somewhat, informally : KINDA
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"Bee-you-tiful!" : OOLALA
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Like "Knocked Up" and "The Hangover" : RRATED
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Subj. of the 2008 biography "Traitor to His Class" : FDR
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Some Swedish models : VOLVOS
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Kevin of "Weeds" : NEALON
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Cantillate : INTONE
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Carol starter : ADESTE
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Advice to a base runner : TAGUP
108
Provide a place to stay : HOUSE
113
Scott of "Hawaii Five-0" : CAAN
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"How ___!" : TRUE
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It's S. of S. Dak. : NEB
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15%-er: Abbr. : AGT

Answer summary: 8 unique to this puzzle, 4 debuted here and reused later, 6 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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