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EMOTION

New York Times, Sunday, October 16, 2016

Author:
Tom McCoy
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Tom McCoy

This puzzle:

Rows: 21, Columns: 21 Words: 140, Blocks: 72 Missing: {QXZ} This is puzzle # 23 for Mr. McCoy. NYT links: Across Lite PDF
Tom McCoy notes:
This puzzle started with the title, with the specific theme developing from the word EMOTION (it's more common for me to think of a theme and then later to find a title fitting the theme, ... read more

This puzzle started with the title, with the specific theme developing from the word EMOTION (it's more common for me to think of a theme and then later to find a title fitting the theme, but the other direction definitely happens too). It also contains one of my favorite pieces of wordplay trivia in the clue for 115-Down--thanks to my dad for teaching me that!

Jeff Chen notes:
EMOTION is parsed as E-MOTION today, an E shifting place inside a word for kooky effect. Fun and perfectly apt title! Some worked well for me, GREAT SALT LEAK and MINUET HAND providing ... read more

EMOTION is parsed as E-MOTION today, an E shifting place inside a word for kooky effect. Fun and perfectly apt title! Some worked well for me, GREAT SALT LEAK and MINUET HAND providing amusing visuals. And as a San Jose native, I enjoyed seeing the Sharks' TEAL spotlighted in A TEAL OF TWO CITIES.

I wasn't as fond of MATE MARKET, which seemed surprisingly like MEAT MARKET — so much so that I wondered if MATE MARKET was actually a themer or not. And BALANCED EDIT felt more like a real editorial term than a funny result. I wonder if Will, as an editor, bust a gut when seeing BALANCED EDIT? Humor is indeed subjective.

I always enjoy getting hints of Tomness in his puzzles. Before I got comments from Tom, I would have bet $3,141.59 that the clue for HAL — if you shift all the letters once, you get IBM — came from Tom. Cha-ching! And that clue for IN CODE — a simple substitution where A = 1, B = 2, etc. — also expressed Tom's voice.

As always, Tom does a nice job with his grids. I liked the bonuses of SANTAS LAP, PRO BONO, even the single-word but colorful MARTINET / AUTONOMY. Not as wild about the ICE BUCKET challenge, but that might just be my personal Facebook oversaturation a while back.

I wondered if I might have missed some extra layer, as I've been known to do in the past, since Tom has Sunday skills in the top 10% of all constructors. But alas, I couldn't find anything.

Because the theme concept is so simple, and so many words would work with this simple "E shift" idea, I wanted something more. I would have liked even something as straightforward as "all themers contain exactly one E." There's no hard and fast rule that there can't be extraneous Es in the themers, but it would have provided for an elegant touch.

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© 2016, The New York TimesNo. 1016 ( 24,449 )
Across
1
Full of sound and fury : ALLTALK
8
Shampooing, e.g. : HAIRCARE
16
Hemsworth of "The Hunger Games" : LIAM
20
Mine craft? : COALCAR
21
Endanger : THREATEN
22
___-European : INDO
23
Goodyear's carefully guarded secrets? : TRICKSOFTHETREAD
25
Neutral tone : ECRU
26
Title for Palpatine or Amidala in "Star Wars": Abbr. : SEN
27
Lose it : SNAP
28
Novelist Pierre : LOTI
29
Polynesian inn locale, maybe : LAGOON
31
Unnerve : SPOOK
33
Revision that satisfies both author and publisher? : BALANCEDEDIT
35
Offspring : ISSUE
38
Jog the memory of : REMIND
40
Amer. money : USD
41
U.F.O. pilots : ETS
42
"Would you like me to?" : SHALLI
44
Be inclined (to) : TEND
45
Increases : GOESUP
48
What a pianist uses for triple-time pieces? : MINUETHAND
50
"Principia Discordia" figure : ERIS
51
___ donna : PRIMA
55
Ready : SET
56
Japanese honorific : SAN
57
Country with the smallest national capital in the European Union (about 9,000 people) : MALTA
59
Fall times: Abbr. : OCTS
60
Scalawag : RASCAL
63
Result of a Morton's factory explosion? : GREATSALTLEAK
67
Eng. or hist. : SUBJ
68
Strange and unsettling : EERIE
69
"Stay" singer Lisa : LOEB
70
Skater boys? : MALESONWHEELS
74
Absorbs : SOPSUP
76
Count in Lemony Snicket books : OLAF
77
Director's circle? : BOARD
78
Reaction to a puppy video, say : AWW
79
First in command? : CEE
81
Nurse : SIPON
83
___ Kringle : KRIS
84
Dating site? : MATEMARKET
88
Dependent (on) : RIDING
90
Unleavened cornbread : PONE
91
Makeup of many a tribal council : ELDERS
92
"Eww!" : ICK
95
El ___ : CID
96
Ones making lots of bucks? : BRONCS
98
Sap : PATSY
99
Privileged time period? : THECHOSENEON
103
Mulligans, e.g. : REDOS
105
Purveyor : SELLER
106
Make or break, e.g. : VERB
107
Nary ___ : AONE
108
Team V.I.P. : MVP
111
Flock : BEVY
112
Color used by teams from both San Jose and Jacksonville? : ATEALOFTWOCITIES
117
Like much of Chile : ARID
118
Strict disciplinarian : MARTINET
119
Rehnquist's successor as chief justice : ROBERTS
120
Unit of force : DYNE
121
Self-government : AUTONOMY
122
Place to rub elbows? : ARMREST
Down
1
Follower of John : ACTS
2
Rhyme for "door" and "more" in the first verse of "The Raven" : LORE
3
Gone flat? : LAIN
4
Giving chicken soup or a foot rub, informally : TLC
5
Comics exclamation : ACK
6
Get in the loop? : LASSO
7
Money in 74-Down : KRONOR
8
URL start : HTTP
9
Reaction to a foot rub : AHH
10
Country whose capital is known to natives as Baile Átha Cliath : IRELAND
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Related in a different way : RETOLD
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Magna ___ : CARTA
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Got room service, say : ATEIN
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Mens ___ : REA
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Like the coda of "Hey Jude," seemingly : ENDLESS
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Feudal superior : LIEGE
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12 9 11 5 20 8 9 19 3 12 21 5 : INCODE
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Adept : ADROIT
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Gun supporters : MOUNTS
24
Something not picked up at the beach : FAKETAN
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Make sense : ADDUP
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"Mr." of "Star Trek" : SULU
32
Athlete on Time's list of the 100 most influential people of the 20th century : PELE
33
Hamstring : BIND
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Ridge with a gentle slope on one side and a steep slope on the other : CUESTA
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Ideologies : ISMS
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One starting : SHIER
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You might wish upon it : SANTASLAP
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Chaps : MEN
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"Hey, whatever pays the bills" : ITSAJOB
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Is annoying : GRATES
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The "palm" and "olive" of Palmolive : OILS
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Orwellian hoi polloi : PROLES
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Malicious fictional computer : HAL
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Something to shoot off : EMAIL
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Kind of challenge : ICEBUCKET
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N.Y.C. org. that operates 24/7 : MTA
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Pose : ASK
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Words before a chivalrous act : ALLOWME
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Try to win : SUEFOR
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"The Price Is Right" airer : CBS
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Diamond's Lou : GEHRIG
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Orchestra section : REEDS
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"... ___ he drove out of sight" : ERE
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Blouse, e.g. : TOP
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1/, 2/, 3/, etc. : MOS
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"Da ___ G Show" : ALI
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Retirement community restriction : NOKIDS
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Give a heads-up : WARN
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Neighbor of Den. : SWE
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Equals : PEERS
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Was humiliated : ATECROW
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Place to buy handmade goods online : ETSY
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Ecological role : NICHE
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What Artemis is the goddess of : MOON
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___ Taylor (apparel store) : ANN
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Pet food brand : ALPO
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Nutrition amts. : RDAS
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Model for an artist, maybe : DIORAMA
90
For free : PROBONO
92
Bleak assessment of a situation : ITSBAD
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Optimistic : CHEERY
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Temperature unit : KELVIN
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"God Bless America" composer : BERLIN
97
Term of address with a tilde : SENORA
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Partner in crime : CLYDE
101
Turn inside out : EVERT
102
"Goody!" : NEATO
104
Ornamentation : DECOR
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Part of D.A.: Abbr. : ATTY
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Swamp : MIRE
109
Nov. honorees : VETS
110
Covert "Hey!" : PSST
113
Torque symbol : TAU
114
Like "alumna": Abbr. : FEM
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49-Down, with each letter shifted one place later in the alphabet (coincidence?) : IBM
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Thrice, in prescriptions : TER

Answer summary: 10 unique to this puzzle, 1 debuted here and reused later, 1 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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