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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
1. 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, 2 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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