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New York Times, Monday, October 15, 2018

Author:
Amanda Chung and Karl Ni
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Amanda Chung
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Karl Ni

This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 76, Blocks: 38 Missing: {QXZ} Spans: 1 This is puzzle # 4 for Ms. Chung. This is puzzle # 4 for Mr. Ni. NYT links: Across Lite PDF
Constructor notes:
It's cute that different animal young have different names. And the phrase 'young at heart' is such a lovely sentiment. We were very ... read more

It's cute that different animal young have different names. And the phrase "young at heart" is such a lovely sentiment. We were very pleased to find fun phrases where the "young" was exactly in the middle, and also that they all had the hard "c" sound. Thanks as always to the editorial team for their help!

Jeff Chen notes:
Amanda and Karl fooled me! I like to play the 'name that theme' game on Mondays. Two answers into my solve, I was sure the revealer ... read more

Amanda and Karl fooled me! I like to play the "name that theme" game on Mondays. Two answers into my solve, I was sure the revealer would be MIDDLE CHILD. I was so sure that I tried to shoehorn MIDDLE CHILD into the bottom row. You know … if you switch the words and put CHILD to the left? And MIDDLE … you force into the right, even though the length is wrong?

Sometimes you gotta laugh at yourself.

Loved the consistency, each YOUNG / AT HEART answer being smack dab in the middle of the themer — for example, CALF is flanked by four squares to the left, four to the right. Perfect!

I also liked how almost all of them changed the meaning of the animal in question. I'm a big jazz fan, so getting JOHN COLTRANE was already a treat. Realizing that I'd never seen COLT in COLTRANE made it even better.

The only one that felt a bit off was KID in KIDDING. I know, the meanings are different. KID just isn't as well-disguised as the others. Maybe something like KABUKI DANCE would have done a better job of it.

It's unusual to place a revealer at the very bottom row; it forces you to break up a long revealer into parts – not elegant. As much as I like Amanda and Karl's exploration of how many different animal young there are, I would have preferred a more traditional layout, with perhaps five total themers (four animals), in rows 4 / 6 / 8 / 10 / 12. INCUBUS and AKITA didn't do a lot for me, anyway.

Mondays are so tough – I hold them to an extremely high standard, as they're the gateway drug for newbs. I'm afraid a crossing like ANATOLE / ASANA might be a turn-off for a newer solver. Yet another reason for favoring a more traditional layout, since AKITA undoubtedly contributed to tough NE corner design.

Overall though, a solid idea that pleasingly pulled the wool over this lamb's eyes.

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© 2018, The New York TimesNo. 1015 ( 25,178 )
Across
1
Night demon : INCUBUS
8
Japanese dog : AKITA
13
Romantically daydreaming of, with "over" : MOONING
14
Not the main wager : SIDEBET
17
Brandy fruit : APRICOT
18
French novelist ___ France : ANATOLE
19
Perfume, as in a religious ceremony : CENSE
20
Neither Dem. nor Rep. : IND
21
"Mamma ___!" : MIA
22
Cable material that transmits data using light : OPTICALFIBER
27
Read, as a bar code : SCAN
30
Western tribe member : UTE
31
Candied Thanksgiving dish : YAM
32
Dog with a wrinkly face : PUG
33
Transportation in the Old West : STAGE
35
Stand around the mall? : KIOSK
39
"Really?!" : AREYOUKIDDINGME
42
Alternative to a convertible or station wagon : SEDAN
43
___ beaver : EAGER
44
___ G BIV (mnemonic) : ROY
45
Wrestler Flair : RIC
47
___ system (GPS device) : NAV
48
Pleads : BEGS
49
Legendary jazz saxophonist : JOHNCOLTRANE
54
King topper : ACE
55
Gov. Cuomo's constituency: Abbr. : NYS
56
Dough raiser : YEAST
60
Question ending many a riddle : WHATAMI
63
State symbol of Massachusetts : ELMTREE
65
Container typically with a pull tab : SODACAN
66
Answers : REPLIES
67
With 68-Across, still feeling like a teenager, say ... or a hint to the answers with shading : YOUNG
68
See 67-Across : ATHEART
Down
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Apple computer : IMAC
2
"Huh-uh" : NOPE
3
Food that's husked : CORN
4
Togetherness : UNISON
5
Curl target, informally : BICEP
6
Card game made by Mattel : UNO
7
___ Friday (main role on "Dragnet"): Abbr. : SGT
8
Yoga posture : ASANA
9
In a gentle manner : KINDLY
10
Suffragist ___ B. Wells : IDA
11
Vietnamese New Year : TET
12
Manhattan Project weapon, informally : ABOMB
15
Peace Nobelist Wiesel : ELIE
16
Rip : TEAR
20
Planets like Neptune and Uranus : ICEGIANTS
23
Ballerina's skirt : TUTU
24
"May ___ your coat?" : ITAKE
25
Eastern ascetic : FAKIR
26
"You can count on me" : IMIN
27
Mineral springs : SPAS
28
Goal of cancer research : CURE
29
Elderly : AGED
33
Drive-in chain featuring carhops : SONIC
34
Tarzan creator ___ Rice Burroughs : EDGAR
36
Fairy tale fiend : OGRE
37
Pollution from car emissions, in part : SMOG
38
Unfortunate things to leave locked in a car : KEYS
40
Tall tale : YARN
41
Hindu divinity : DEVA
46
Scammer : CONMAN
48
Classic VW : BEETLE
49
Movie with an iconic theme that starts with two alternating notes : JAWS
50
Eight: Sp. : OCHO
51
Intoxicating : HEADY
52
Making up stories : LYING
53
Forest or mountain maiden of myth : NYMPH
57
Opera solo : ARIA
58
One with a crystal ball : SEER
59
Try out : TEST
61
"___ Te Ching" : TAO
62
Prefix with pressure or puncture : ACU
63
Mesozoic, for one : ERA
64
Call from a tennis official : LET

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

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