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New York Times, Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Author:
David Poole
Editor:
Will Shortz
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David Poole

This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 72, Blocks: 36 Missing: {JQVXZ} This is puzzle # 6 for Mr. Poole. NYT links: Across Lite PDF
David Poole notes:
Not surprisingly, the seed entry was the revealer at 56-Across. CHUCK BERRY just struck me as a directive — the other theme ... read more

Not surprisingly, the seed entry was the revealer at 56-Across. CHUCK BERRY just struck me as a directive — the other theme entries came quickly after that.

Will liked the puzzle but wanted a few changes in the grid. I think we went through two more iterations before he was happy with the grid you see today. The clues for the theme entries at 17-, 33- and 56-Across are Will's; my original clues were perhaps a little too easy. To my delight, Will left almost all of my remaining clues alone — this very seldom happens!

I hope people enjoy solving this one!

Will Shortz notes:
I don't usually run puzzles in which the mutilated theme answers don't themselves make sense. But the reveal to this one was so ... read more

I don't usually run puzzles in which the mutilated theme answers don't themselves make sense. But the reveal to this one was so charming, and the mutilations so clear, I made an exception.

Jeff Chen notes:
CHUCK BERRY stars in today's grid, both as an entry and an instruction, to chuck BERRY out of four theme answers. These types of ... read more

CHUCK BERRY stars in today's grid, both as an entry and an instruction, to chuck BERRY out of four theme answers. These types of puzzles can be a little hit or miss since the results neither makes sense nor get kooky interpretations. It's a nice change of pace though, especially when something like HUCKLEFINN can't get much of a wacky clue.

A 72-word themed puzzle is tricky to pull off. Doing that with a central 11-letter entry is even more audacious. Giant white spaces loom in each of the four corners, each one a difficult task to fill colorfully and smoothly. I really like what David's accomplished with the left side of the grid. Neither the NW nor the SW corners have ultra-snazzy entries, but they also don't have much glue required. And entries like TOUCH UP, BIKINI, TYPESETS are pretty darn good. Not themeless-quality material in my book, but sometimes smoothness beats snazziness.

And the right side of the grid turned out pretty well, too. The old ELOI are lurking up in the NE, and after I looked a few things up, I thought the SE turned out well too. I didn't realize that ANODYNE was now a general term for pain-reliever, and my total lack of fashion sense made BOLEROS a head-scratcher, but they were both interesting to learn.

Where I might have made different decisions: in the north and south. I never heard SONE at all in my time as a mechanical engineer (although I didn't get too deep into acoustics), and this region has many different options. The south is harder since the beautiful RED HOT make the area less flexible, so that's a more subjective area in my book. Does HONEY / OTOES produce a better result, for example? That does include OTOES and CEE — is that pair better or worse than OTROS and UKR? I think so, but my Ukranian friends would likely disagree. Subjective decision there.

Wide-open puzzle with a themeless count, making for a tough but interesting solve. I was so happy to realize I actually knew a theme answer, Prince's "Raspberry Parade." D'oh!

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© 2014, The New York TimesNo. 1015 ( 23,717 )
Across
1
Attempt : STAB
5
Places longshoremen work : DOCKS
10
Pickle flavoring : DILL
14
Mozart's "___ Fan Tutte" : COSI
15
Internet giant that purchased Flickr in 2005 : YAHOO
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"The Time Machine" vegetarians : ELOI
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*Drifter of literature : HUCKLEFINN
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Flow stopper : CLOT
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Sorrowful 1954 Patti Page hit : ICRIED
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Pragmatic person : REALIST
23
Swiss/Austrian border river : RHINE
24
Degree for many a 58-Down : MBA
26
One-third of a triptych : PANEL
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Cube creator : RUBIK
28
*Potent potable in "Arsenic and Old Lace" : ELDERWINE
30
Parrot : APE
31
It can take your breath away : BOA
32
Big ___ (hallux) : TOE
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*Nicole Kidman, hairwise : STRAWBLONDE
38
Brynner of "The King and I" : YUL
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___ Savage, player of the boy on "Boy Meets World" : BEN
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Dr. J's league, once, for short : ABA
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*1985 Prince hit : RASPBERET
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Screenwriter Sorkin : AARON
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Pop singer Mann : AIMEE
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Story assigners, in brief : EDS
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"You had me at ___" ("Jerry Maguire" line) : HELLO
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Like preserved flowers and writers under deadline : PRESSED
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Surrendered to gravity : SAGGED
55
Man or Mull : ISLE
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One of the original Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees, whose name is a hint to the answers to the four starred clues : CHUCKBERRY
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Shoulder muscle, to a gym rat : DELT
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Cornball : HOKEY
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Forever and a day : AEON
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Comes out with : SAYS
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Spanish "others" : OTROS
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Where Citigroup is C, for short : NYSE
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Astronaut Wally, the first person to go into space three times : SCHIRRA
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Airbrush, e.g. : TOUCHUP
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Attributes : ASCRIBES
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Two-piece suit : BIKINI
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Brunette no more, say : DYED
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Bumbler : OAF
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Tai ___ : CHI
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German chancellor Adenauer : KONRAD
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Unit of loudness : SONE
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Rendered harmless, in a way : DECLAWED
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"Fighting" Big Ten team : ILLINI
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Relax : LOOSEN
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Lilliputian : LITTLE
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Vichyssoise vegetable : LEEK
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Plane's parking place : APRON
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Request for milk, maybe : MEOW
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Spilled the beans : BLABBED
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View from Windsor Castle : ETON
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Christian in Hollywood : BALE
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Prepares for proofing : TYPESETS
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Hayseeds : RUBES
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Court replays : LETS
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Tea choice for TV's Frasier Crane : EARLGREY
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Short jackets worn open in front : BOLEROS
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Pain reliever : ANODYNE
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Canoeist's challenge : RAPIDS
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Like some rescues : AIRSEA
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Ripe : SMELLY
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Flying off the shelves : REDHOT
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Starbuck's superior : AHAB
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Greece/Turkey separator, with "the" : AEGEAN
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Bounce back : ECHO
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"The ___ the limit!" : SKYS
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Kiev's land: Abbr. : UKR
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Many a Fortune profilee, for short : CEO

Answer summary: 4 unique to this puzzle.

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