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New York Times, Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Author:
Jules P. Markey
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Jules P. Markey

This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 76, Blocks: 42 Missing: {QVW} Spans: 1 This is puzzle # 11 for Mr. Markey. NYT links: Across Lite PDF
Jules P. Markey notes:
What do you get when you cross the crossword-friendly OED with itself? You get a puzzle theme, that's what. In choosing the theme ... read more

What do you get when you cross the crossword-friendly OED with itself? You get a puzzle theme, that's what.

In choosing the theme entries I came up with two good long vertical themers which crossed CROSSREFERENCES serendipitously, so then I needed the two intersecting long horizontals. There was not a very large pool to choose from, ZEROEDIN worked nicely in the NW, but I originally had the so-not-in-the-language THEHOEDOWN in the SE which Will rightly rejected.

After coming up empty for a replacement, I decided to split the entry and look for two shorter words that would work when combined. After much trial and error I thought RADIO and EDITS might fit together, and lo and behold that was confirmed when I got back a gazillion google results for it. After acceptance, RADIOEDIT appeared in a 2014 NY Times puzzle. The themers in the NE and SW corners took a bit of finagling but they too fell into place, using a few cheaters to make it all come together.

I hope it was an enjoyable solve.

Jeff Chen notes:
CROSS REFERENCES = OED crossing OED (Oxford English Dictionary). I liked Jules' long themers — OEDIPUS REX is such a great ... read more

CROSS REFERENCES = OED crossing OED (Oxford English Dictionary). I liked Jules' long themers — OEDIPUS REX is such a great entry! And RADIO EDITS crossing PIGEON TOED was really nice too. Normally I don't care much about themers interlocking when the letter patterns make for high flexibility, but OEDIPUS REX crossing CROSS REFERENCES is fun.

BROCA's area, in red

It would have been great to have variety in the "references" (ROGETS, maybe?) — once I uncovered the first set of shaded squares, it was too easy to fill in the others. That did help me as JOE DON gave me a tough time (do his friends call him Joe Don? If not, it feels like a long partial, a la HAYLEY JOEL or JENNIFER LOVE), but filling in all those OEDs made the puzzle too easy for my taste.

Well, except for TEAC and BROCA. I thought I had all the Japanese electronics manufacturers down — SANYO, SONY, even NCR — but TEAC I hadn't heard of. (It originally stood for the Tokyo Electro Acoustic Company, and they make high-end audio equipment.) I like major brands in my crossword, as they make them feel more real-life, but I'm not sure TEAC qualifies (I'm not even sure how to judge this). That ???C pattern is usually tough to fill, as there are relatively few four-letter words ending in C.

BROCA seems more crossworthy to me, as there's part of the brain called "Broca's Area," after the French Dr. BROCA. But the OTOE/BROCA crossing is going to be rough for some. Whether or not you consider it to be fair (I lean toward yes, since midweek solvers likely have seen OTOE many times), I think crosswords should strive to set the solver up for a win (or at least feel like he/she should have won). I don't think this crossing does that.

It's tough to fill smoothly around crossing themers. Note how there's at least one little gluey bit near each crossing — ENERO in the NW, CHRON in the NE, etc. This arrangement can be done totally cleanly especially if there's flexibility in themers, but it's very difficult to accomplish.

Great clue for the BRONX, Ogden Nash rhyming it with "no thonx." More clever poetry, please!

Jim Horne notes:
Solving crosswords is such a personal experience. Your own background hugely affects your enjoyment of each one. For this long-time ... read more

Solving crosswords is such a personal experience. Your own background hugely affects your enjoyment of each one. For this long-time audio guy, TEAC is a great entry. Oh, and Broca's Brain is a fascinating book.

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© 2016, The New York TimesNo. 0106 ( 24,165 )
Across
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Facebook entry : POST
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Something left hanging in an election? : CHAD
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Lounger's wear, for short : PJS
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Summer month in Buenos Aires : ENERO
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Go underground : HIDE
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China's ___ En-lai : CHOU
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Pinpointed : ZEROEDINON
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Did groundbreaking work? : HOED
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Automaker whose name means "listen" in Latin : AUDI
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Like some wines : DRY
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Some wines : REDS
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Identify on Facebook : TAG
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Permeate, as with dye : IMBUE
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New Orleans sandwich : POBOY
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Solar or lunar event : ECLIPSE
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Hope chest filler : LINEN
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Quintet that sometimes adds a sixth member : AEIOU
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Stalin-era labor camp : GULAG
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"See also" notations ... or what can be found in the shaded squares in this puzzle? : CROSSREFERENCES
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Whirlybird feature : ROTOR
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Chilling : ONICE
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Expressed disapproval : TSKED
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Jazz saxophonist Coleman : ORNETTE
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Name that Ogden Nash once rhymed with "No thonx" : BRONX
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Dummkopf : IDIOT
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Over there, to a bard : YON
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Tick off : RILE
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Latin conjugation start : AMO
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Be hopping mad : BOIL
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Great Plains tribe : OTOE
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Tunes shortened for airplay : RADIOEDITS
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Like Colgate University, since 1970 : COED
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Sikorsky of aviation : IGOR
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Slow on the uptake : DENSE
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So-so connection? : AND
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Foreign ___ : DESK
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Spot in Congress : SEAT
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Dispenser candy : PEZ
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Maximum value of sine : ONE
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Sultan's palace : SERAGLIO
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Pants, slangily : TROU
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Life force, in Taoism : CHI
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Worshiper of Brahma : HINDU
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Love to pieces : ADORE
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Refuse to grant : DENY
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Moon of Saturn : PHOEBE
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"Walking Tall" actor ___ Baker : JOEDON
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Like a bubble bath : SUDSY
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Sophocles tragedy : OEDIPUSREX
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Time: Prefix : CHRON
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Loses luster : DIMS
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Japanese audio equipment maker : TEAC
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Taiwanese PC maker : ACER
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Sire, biblically : BEGET
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With feet turned inward : PIGEONTOED
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Apple's mobile devices run on it : IOS
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___ gibbon (zoo primate) : LAR
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Eerie sky sighting : UFO
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"Vive ___!" (old French cry) : LEROI
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Discipline, figuratively : ROD
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22.5°, on a compass: Abbr. : NNE
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Place for a "Welcome to" sign : CITYLINE
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Prefix with -plasm : ECTO
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On TV, say : SEEN
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Moon of Neptune : TRITON
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Went it alone : SOLOED
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Hit below the belt, perhaps : KNEED
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Slangy prefix meaning "mechanical" : ROBO
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Sagan wrote about his brain : BROCA
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P.R. concern : IMAGE
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Dummkopfs : DODOS
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Like a cactus's climate : ARID
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Fateful day in the Senate : IDES
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Tick off : IRK
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Body scanner org. : TSA
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Collector's goal : SET

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

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