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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
11. Related in a different way : RETOLD
12. Magna ___ : CARTA
13. Got room service, say : ATEIN
14. Mens ___ : REA
15. Like the coda of "Hey Jude," seemingly : ENDLESS
16. Feudal superior : LIEGE
17. 12 9 11 5 20 8 9 19 3 12 21 5 : INCODE
18. Adept : ADROIT
19. Gun supporters : MOUNTS
24. Something not picked up at the beach : FAKETAN
30. Make sense : ADDUP
31. "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
34. Ridge with a gentle slope on one side and a steep slope on the other : CUESTA
35. Ideologies : ISMS
36. One starting : SHIER
37. You might wish upon it : SANTASLAP
39. Chaps : MEN
43. "Hey, whatever pays the bills" : ITSAJOB
45. Is annoying : GRATES
46. The "palm" and "olive" of Palmolive : OILS
47. Orwellian hoi polloi : PROLES
49. Malicious fictional computer : HAL
50. Something to shoot off : EMAIL
52. Kind of challenge : ICEBUCKET
53. N.Y.C. org. that operates 24/7 : MTA
54. Pose : ASK
58. Words before a chivalrous act : ALLOWME
61. Try to win : SUEFOR
62. "The Price Is Right" airer : CBS
63. Diamond's Lou : GEHRIG
64. Orchestra section : REEDS
65. "... ___ he drove out of sight" : ERE
66. Blouse, e.g. : TOP
70. 1/, 2/, 3/, etc. : MOS
71. "Da ___ G Show" : ALI
72. Retirement community restriction : NOKIDS
73. Give a heads-up : WARN
74. Neighbor of Den. : SWE
75. Equals : PEERS
78. Was humiliated : ATECROW
80. Place to buy handmade goods online : ETSY
82. Ecological role : NICHE
84. What Artemis is the goddess of : MOON
85. ___ Taylor (apparel store) : ANN
86. Pet food brand : ALPO
87. Nutrition amts. : RDAS
89. Model for an artist, maybe : DIORAMA
90. For free : PROBONO
92. Bleak assessment of a situation : ITSBAD
93. Optimistic : CHEERY
94. Temperature unit : KELVIN
96. "God Bless America" composer : BERLIN
97. Term of address with a tilde : SENORA
100. Partner in crime : CLYDE
101. Turn inside out : EVERT
102. "Goody!" : NEATO
104. Ornamentation : DECOR
107. Part of D.A.: Abbr. : ATTY
108. Swamp : MIRE
109. Nov. honorees : VETS
110. Covert "Hey!" : PSST
113. Torque symbol : TAU
114. Like "alumna": Abbr. : FEM
115. 49-Down, with each letter shifted one place later in the alphabet (coincidence?) : IBM
116. Thrice, in prescriptions : TER

Answer summary: 11 unique to this puzzle, 1 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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