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New York Times, Tuesday, January 8, 2019

Author:
Freddie Cheng
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Freddie Cheng

This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 78, Blocks: 38 Missing: {FHJWZ} This is puzzle # 8 for Mr. Cheng. NYT links: Across Lite PDF
Freddie Cheng notes:
After seeing a Kandinsky painting one day, I wondered if I could also build an abstract crossword 'work of art' using shape/ color ... read more

After seeing a Kandinsky painting one day, I wondered if I could also build an abstract crossword "work of art" using shape/ color elements. I quickly settled on the idea of using entries that are not normally treated as colored elements to be re-interpreted literally as such. Although the finished ABSTRACT ART will probably never hang in a museum anywhere, I hope that it's fun to check out and solve nevertheless.

As a fun aside, I did come across this crossword museum piece recently however: 91-year-old woman fills in crossword at museum — only to discover it was a £60,000 artwork. Come to think of it; perhaps Will should start a crossword museum somewhere?!

With seven themers, it was a hard slog trying to get a clean fill, leading to numerous revisions in the "product development cycle" with Will and Sam, who were admirably patient with me. It was a good call from them not to settle though, to get to a more polished final product. With so much material already, I regrettably had to dispense with one of my comic book favorites: GREEN ARROW. Moving along in the DC Comics universe, we have instead actors KEATON [23A], and my favorite non-theme entry in the whole puzzle - GAL GADOT [2D/51D]. There's definitely some fanboy appreciation at work there...

The editing of the puzzle made clues generally tighter and better, though the original trickier clues for the theme entries (e.g. "American recorder?" for BLACKBOX and "Mark on a beach bum?" for TANLINE) were made more straightforward for a Tuesday audience.

Constructor's logs: Submitted Oct 2017, revised Feb 2018 after "liked the idea but needs changes," with acceptance in May subject to fill clean-up, and final version in July 2018 after numerous iterations.

Jeff Chen notes:
You ever read 'Olivia'? It's a cute picture book series about a high-energy piglet who gets into all sorts of trouble. In one scene, ... read more

You ever read "Olivia"? It's a cute picture book series about a high-energy piglet who gets into all sorts of trouble. In one scene, she goes to a museum with her mom and spots a Jackson Pollock. I don't get it, she thinks. She then proceeds to splatter paint on the walls of her bedroom. It's art!

I'm with Olivia, especially when it comes to ABSTRACT ART. (Not so much when it comes to paint on bedroom walls.) Isn't it just a bunch of RED SQUAREs, BLACK BOXes, GOLD RINGs … selling for millions of dollars?

I'm apparently in the wrong business.

I liked that Freddie packed in a whole bunch of colorful shapes, making the grid feel like it was an actual piece of ABSTRACT ART. Some compromises – the outdated TREO forced by the overlap of GOLD RING and ABSTRACT ART for example – but I think they're reasonable prices to pay to achieve the desired effect.

Loved the clue for EGGS: a [Baker's dozen?] would make a lot of cake! More amusement in the clue for EROS, who literally takes a bow (and arrow).

I might have put this one up for a POW! if I appreciated art a little more. Now, if we only had a real art aficionado here at XWI

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Students & seniors
Across
1. Baker's dozen? : EGGS
5. Wild feline : BOBCAT
11. Path of the tip of a pendulum : ARC
14. Lacking vegetation : BARE
15. Marie ___ (women's magazine) : CLAIRE
16. "Gloria in excelsis ___" (carol chorus) : DEO
17. *Starting point, metaphorically : BLANKCANVAS
19. Equivalent of "Inc." in the U.K. : LTD
20. 7'6" N.B.A. star ___ Ming : YAO
21. Gossip : DIRT
22. Outrage : IRE
23. Michael of "Batman" and "Birdman" : KEATON
26. *Important part of a plane : BLACKBOX
28. Longtime weatherman of morning TV : ALROKER
30. Eastern "way" : TAO
31. Where a fishing boat ties up : PIER
32. Tidy : NEAT
35. Fathers, as foals : SIRES
39. Stars-and-stripes land : USA
40. *A swimsuit might leave one : TANLINE
42. Electronica producer Brian : ENO
43. Sample : TASTE
45. Cry made while taking a bow : TADA
46. Dame ___ Everage : EDNA
47. Good rating for a bond : AAA
49. Ties, as a score : EVENSUP
51. *Powerful object in "The Hobbit" : GOLDRING
56. Baghdad residents : IRAQIS
57. King Kong, for one : APE
58. Old Palm smartphone : TREO
59. Critical hosp. wing : ICU
60. Low-I.Q. : DIM
61. What may be created using the answers to the six starred clues? : ABSTRACTART
66. Musical Yoko : ONO
67. Played on the green : PUTTED
68. Mythological figure who takes a bow : EROS
69. Noted number on Downing Street : TEN
70. Parts of college applications : ESSAYS
71. Like the part of a pool with a diving board : DEEP
Down
1. Recede gradually : EBB
2. With 51-Down, star of "Wonder Woman" : GAL
3. *Ill-defined situations : GRAYAREAS
4. Long-term legislator : SENATOR
5. Abbr. in an email field : BCC
6. Portuguese greeting : OLA
7. Cozy accommodations for a traveler, informally : BANDB
8. Counterpart of criminal : CIVIL
9. Where Noah's Ark landed : ARARAT
10. Precedent setter in court : TESTCASE
11. Off-script remark : ADLIB
12. Nostalgia-evoking, as fashion : RETRO
13. Ancient handwritten volume : CODEX
18. Loony : KOOK
23. Done for : KAPUT
24. Form of Elizabeth : ELISA
25. "99 Luftballons" singer : NENA
27. Pond carp : KOI
29. Landlord's income : RENT
33. Doug Jones's home: Abbr. : ALA
34. Best-selling detergent brand : TIDE
36. *Moscow landmark : REDSQUARE
37. Ho-hum feeling : ENNUI
38. Detergents, e.g. : SOAPS
40. Opening strip on a package : TEARTAPE
41. Blue race in "Avatar" : NAVI
44. Small bit : TAD
46. Passed, as laws : ENACTED
48. Boeing rival : AIRBUS
50. Rock's Burdon or Clapton : ERIC
51. See 2-Down : GADOT
52. Offer a thought : OPINE
53. Clunker of a car : LEMON
54. Digs made of twigs : NESTS
55. "___ go!" : GOTTA
62. Heroine of "The Force Awakens" : REY
63. YouTube revenue source : ADS
64. Fish spawn : ROE
65. Seasoning amt. : TSP

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

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