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Puzzle of the Week

THE DOWNSIZING OF NATHANIEL AMES

New York Times, Sunday, January 8, 2017

Author: Peter Broda and Erik Agard
Editor: Will Shortz
Peter Broda
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This puzzle:

Rows: 21, Columns: 21 Words: 138, Blocks: 71 Missing: {FQ} This is puzzle # 3 for Mr. Broda. This is puzzle # 4 for Mr. Agard. Jeff Chen's Puzzle of the Week pick. NYT links: Across Lite PDF
Constructor notes: erik: it's always a pleasure to collaborate with peter (an indie crossword legend + one of the most brilliant people i have the good fortune of knowing) and this puzzle was no exception. i'm happy we were ... more
Constructor notes:

erik: it's always a pleasure to collaborate with peter (an indie crossword legend + one of the most brilliant people i have the good fortune of knowing) and this puzzle was no exception.

i'm happy we were able to sneak a shoutout to another indie puzzling titan into the grid. did you spot it?

also, a tough bonus puzzler: what's a 2-word, 10-letter phrase that consists of two names "downsized" like the ones in this theme? hint: the names are both actresses, one from the ‘60s and one contemporary.

Jeff Chen notes: I was baffled for the longest time — was PROSE POETRY supposed to be PROSE ROSE POETRY or something? Headslap moment when I realized it was P. ROSE POETRY. Brilliant! So many celebs go by their first initial ... more
Jeff Chen notes:

I was baffled for the longest time — was PROSE POETRY supposed to be PROSE ROSE POETRY or something? Headslap moment when I realized it was P. ROSE POETRY. Brilliant! So many celebs go by their first initial and their last name (or part of it), like D Wade (Dwyane Wade), J Law (Jennifer Lawrence … or Jude Law?), etc. Great idea, cluing all these normal phrases as if they were parsed into celeb-ish names.

And the poetry for P. ROSE! "Charlie Hustle is my name / I am banned from the Hall of Fame" = fantastic. Great entry and even better clue, like something Muhammad Ali might have said in taunt. (I didn't know the MALI EMPIRE, but I really liked learning about this historical powerhouse.)

I did find it odd to get Stephen HARPER's first name right in the clue, but I'm the first to admit that I couldn't have guessed who Stephen Harper was, even given eleventy-billion guesses. So I appreciated the hint.

These young guns are two of the best in the new generation. I love me some Agard puzzles — his indies are some of my favorites out there — and Peter Broda blew my mind with a hero metapuzzle a while back.

Sometimes with the indies, I have a hard time getting into the hot / trendy people they throw in; names that you either know or don't, ones that either elate you or leave you shrugging.

So to get fresh, juicy bonus entries that even this old crotchety fella can appreciate was great. VICE UNIT! BEER DARTS! (I didn't know that one, but it wasn't hard to figure out from the clue.) URL HIJACKING! And HARRY HOUDINI with its appropriately confounding clue about when Houdini was buried (for a stage trick) vs. his death = brilliant.

There were a few tough themers — if you never watched "Friends," CHANDLER BING would be rough. And even rougher if you don't know who C. HANDLER (Chelsea Handler) is.

But overall, loved, loved, loved it. Such fun to do the puzzle, and even more fun to analyze why that was. More please, sirs!

P.S. RETCON = retroactive continuity. Even as a writer, I didn't know that — fun to learn!

JimH notes: I love the title on this one.
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© 2017, The New York TimesNo. 0108 ( 24,533 )
Across Down
1. Loops in, in a way : BCCS
5. Goddess with a throne headdress : ISIS
9. Tempo : PACE
13. Figs. on drivers' licenses : HTS
16. When repeated, a Pacific tourist destination : BORA
17. Fish whose name is a celebrity's name minus an R : OPAH
18. Old bandleader with an Egyptian-inspired name : SUNRA
19. Outrigger projections : OARS
20. Things smoked by singer Courtney? : CLOVECIGARETTES
23. Scandalmaker in 2002 news : ENRON
24. Speed demon : RACER
25. Headwear the N.B.A. banned in 2005 : DORAG
26. Game involving sharp projectiles and alcohol : BEERDARTS
28. Parrot's cry : AWK
29. 1950s prez : IKE
31. "Charlie Hustle is my name / I am banned from Hall of Fame," e.g.? : PROSEPOETRY
33. Fist bump : DAP
34. "Yes, ___!" : SIRREE
36. Put a coat on : PAINT
37. "Eureka!" moments : AHAS
40. Press : IRON
42. Cloth colorist : DYER
43. Feature of Africa : HORN
44. ___ oil : CANOLA
46. Televangelist Joel : OSTEEN
48. Alternative to "News" and "Maps" in a Google search : VIDEOS
50. Road restriction : NOUTURN
51. Pugnacious Olympian : ARES
53. Relative of a ferret : MINK
54. Cold and wet : DANK
55. F.B.I.'s div. : DOJ
56. Hoopster Steph not playing at home? : SCURRYAWAY
60. Riffraff : SCUM
62. Japanese watchmaker : SEIKO
64. Like Granny Smith apples : TART
65. Endless chore : SLOG
66. Dickens's Uriah : HEEP
68. Sega Genesis competitor, in brief : SNES
69. Radiant : AGLOW
71. Intersect : MEET
73. The sport of boxing in the 1960s and '70s, essentially? : MALIEMPIRE
75. "Nothing to write home about" : MEH
76. Groups with co-pays, briefly : HMOS
78. Jockey strap : REIN
80. "Star Trek: T.N.G." role : TROI
81. Installment : EDITION
83. Personalized gifts for music lovers : MIXCDS
85. Valet in P. G. Wodehouse stories : JEEVES
89. Contemporary hybrid music genre : NUJAZZ
90. Sots' sounds : HICS
91. Nickname for Louise : LULU
93. Feast : DINE
94. Sail support : SPAR
95. In unison : ASONE
97. Echo effect : REVERB
99. El operator in the Windy City, briefly : CTA
100. Hat for pop singer Corey? : CHARTTOPPER
103. Anthem contraction : OER
104. "Uhh ..." : ERM
105. Show what you know, say : TAKEATEST
107. "In all probability" : IDBET
109. Regular : USUAL
111. Obstinate one, astrologically : ARIES
112. Two-time Best Actor winner arriving early? : THANKSINADVANCE
115. Four-star rank: Abbr. : GENL
116. Monopoly purchase : HOUSE
117. Singer/songwriter Laura : NYRO
118. Little foxes : KITS
119. Slump : SAG
120. ___ cosa (something else: Sp.) : OTRA
121. Wanders (about) : GADS
122. They begin in juin : ETES
1. Original airer of "The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy" : BBCRADIO
2. Pop competition : COLAWARS
3. Something smoked by comic Chris? : CROCKPOT
4. Hang on to : SAVE
5. Org. against doping : IOC
6. Spindly-limbed : SPIDERY
7. Shakespeare villain : IAGO
8. Photo of Canada's former prime minister Stephen? : SHARPERIMAGE
9. "Stay ___" : PUT
10. Aardvarks, by another name : ANTBEARS
11. Enter surreptitiously : CREEPIN
12. Press lightly, as the brakes : EASEON
13. He was buried in 1915 and died in 1926 : HARRYHOUDINI
14. Dressage gait : TROT
15. Invoice figs. : SSNS
18. ___ lily : SEGO
19. Fulminating : ONARANT
21. Dwarf planet more massive than Pluto : ERIS
22. Atypical : RARE
23. Summer hrs. in Phila. : EDT
27. Literary device used to address plot inconsistencies : RETCON
30. Nephrologists study them : KIDNEYS
32. Spies, informally : SPOOKS
35. M.L.K.'s title: Abbr. : REV
38. "Today" personality : ALROKER
39. Shark's home : SANJOSE
41. Close by : NEARTO
43. Egg producer : HEN
45. Arctic fliers : AUKS
47. Blow it : ERR
49. Like a handyman's projects, for short : DIY
50. "Anything! Anything at all!" : NAMEIT
52. Shade of pink : SALMON
54. Sword fight, e.g. : DUEL
56. Filament sites, in botany : STAMENS
57. Imprisoned : CAGEDUP
58. Underhanded use of someone else's domain name : URLHIJACKING
59. Troubles : WOES
61. Cherry for talk show host Chelsea? : CHANDLERBING
63. Glimpsed : ESPIED
67. Forswear : PERJURE
70. Genius : WHIZ
72. Arm muscle, informally : TRICEP
73. ___ drop : MIC
74. Miney follower : MOE
77. "Idomeneo" composer : MOZART
79. "All My ___ Live in Texas" : EXS
82. U.N.C. student : TARHEEL
83. Figure at the center of a maze : MINOTAUR
84. Tahoe, for one : SUV
86. Entourage of a 1990s white rapper? : VICEUNIT
87. Musical intermission : ENTRACTE
88. Continuous : SEAMLESS
90. Flamboyantly successful sort : HOTSHOT
92. Trampolinist's wear : LEOTARD
96. Start to -scope : STETHO
97. Cincinnati squad : REDS
98. Dude, in British lingo : BRUV
101. Smallish batteries : AAS
102. Long spear : PIKE
105. Makes "it" : TAGS
106. Zone : AREA
108. "Dark Sky Island" singer : ENYA
110. Drink sometimes served hot : SAKE
113. "Snowden" org. : NSA
114. ___, cuatro, seis, ocho ... : DOS

Answer summary: 17 unique to this puzzle, 1 debuted here and reused later, 5 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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