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New York Times, Monday, October 16, 2017

Author:
Jennifer Nutt
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Jennifer Nutt

This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 76, Blocks: 40 Missing: {JZ} This is puzzle # 4 for Ms. Nutt. NYT links: Across Lite PDF
Jennifer Nutt notes:
This puzzle was inspired by Paula Gamache's 3/8/17 crossword, which included the entry 'indoor cat.' I noticed the hidden 'orca' and ... read more

This puzzle was inspired by Paula Gamache's 3/8/17 crossword, which included the entry "indoor cat." I noticed the hidden "orca" and started looking for other "orca" phrases. There aren't many, but it turns out that six (including five orcas plus the "killer whale" revealer) is enough for a small pod. And, luckily, both "radiator cap" and "killer whale" contain eleven letters.

Jeff Chen notes:
I enjoy seeing how different constructors approach a similar idea, appreciating how the same seed of an idea sprouts into two ... read more

I enjoy seeing how different constructors approach a similar idea, appreciating how the same seed of an idea sprouts into two different grids. I did this same concept for CrosSynergy back in 2015. It wasn't a surprise to me that Jennifer used mostly the same themers — I remember the search space not being very big, and only a select few phrases being snazzy, like LIQUOR CABINET.

I liked Jennifer's revealer, KILLER WHALE, better than my oblique one (a POD of orcas). I used POD because I wanted to prioritize smooth and colorful fill rather than pack in too many themers, at the risk of straining the grid. But KILLER WHALE is a more direct revealer, making the concept very apparent, a good thing in general for newer Monday solvers.

Jennifer packed in a whole lot more themers than me, and still managed to make the grid colorful. MS DEGREE, CODEWORDS, RACETRACK crossing DERBY — that's a lot of great bonuses, especially considering that it's hard to work in ANY bonuses when you have six themers to work around.

She did have to pay some prices, though. The top of the grid was so smooth, but then I hit NGO (non-governmental organization). I've wondered if educated solvers should be expected to know this? And then the bottom of the grid suffered more, with ALEE, AGUE, and BIER.

These weren't surprising to me — look how many answers have to work through that white space between LIQUOR CABINET and KILLER WHALE, after all. But BIER or AGUE alone might be a turn-off for some newer solvers, reinforcing the idea that you need to know weird trivia to do crosswords.

All in all, I liked Jennifer's execution. I think I would have given it the POW! if those pesky gluey bits had been cleaned up, even if that came at the price of one of the themers, or some of the juicy bonus entries. I know I'm awfully tough on Monday crosswords, but it's so important for them to be welcoming to newer solvers.

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© 2017, The New York TimesNo. 1016 ( 24,814 )
Across
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Fancy neckwear : ASCOT
6
"Zip your lip!" : HUSH
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Something that might be said with fingers crossed behind the back : FIB
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Classroom item that spins : GLOBE
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Kind of diet replicating that of early humans : PALEO
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Wedding vow : IDO
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It must be removed before pouring coolant into an engine : RADIATORCAP
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Writer Tolstoy : LEO
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Bedazzle : AWE
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Lower's opposite : UPPER
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Unkind : MEAN
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Elizabeth II's home outside London : WINDSORCASTLE
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Hand drum : BONGO
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Secreted : HID
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Quaint train amenity : PARLORCAR
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Churchill Downs event : DERBY
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Ye ___ Shoppe : OLDE
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Less outgoing : SHYER
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Big wind : GALE
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Documents shown at border checkpoints : VISAS
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Feline that doesn't stray : INDOORCAT
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Test for seekers of a 21-Down, for short : GRE
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Sugary : SWEET
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Where rum and rye may be stored : LIQUORCABINET
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Feverish chills : AGUE
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Nerve : MOXIE
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Fink : RAT
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___-de-France : ILE
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Creature found "swimming" in 16-, 22-, 28-, 42- and 47-Across : KILLERWHALE
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___ v. Wade : ROE
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Maze marking next to an arrow : ENTER
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Show host : EMCEE
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___ of a gun : SON
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Famed loch : NESS
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Penguin or T. rex in the modern version of Monopoly : TOKEN
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Taj Mahal city : AGRA
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BBQ side dish : SLAW
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Substitute terms for sensitive subjects : CODEWORDS
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Kimono tie : OBI
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Afternoon repast : TEA
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Marx brother who never spoke : HARPO
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Stomach trouble : ULCER
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Google.com function : SEARCH
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Partner of skip and jump : HOP
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Serving of sole : FILET
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Like a five-star Yelp review : IDEAL
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Frontiersman Daniel : BOONE
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Bursts, as a balloon : POPS
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Elizabeth I was the last of them : TUDORS
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Common grad sch. credential : MSDEGREE
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Joined (with) : INLEAGUE
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Doctors Without Borders, e.g., in brief : NGO
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What Doctors Without Borders provides : AID
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"___ Ha'i" ("South Pacific" song) : BALI
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Long-running PBS film series : POV
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Home of the Cubs, for short : CHI
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Firebrand Rand : AYN
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Color in sunsets : RED
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Churchill Downs, e.g. : RACETRACK
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Trombone honk, e.g. : BLAT
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"Are we there ___?" : YET
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More optimistic : ROSIER
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Sold-out box-office sign : SRO
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The "O" of B.Y.O.B. : OWN
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Valuable white fur : ERMINE
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Bears' retreats : LAIRS
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Probably not a summer home : IGLOO
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"Bohemian Rhapsody" band : QUEEN
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Indianapolis team : COLTS
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Highway tolls may be based on the number of them : AXLES
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Casket stand : BIER
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Away from the wind : ALEE
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One under 20 : TEEN
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Documentarian Burns : KEN
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Sopping ___ : WET
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Wellness grp. : HMO

Answer summary: 3 unique to this puzzle, 1 debuted here and reused later, 1 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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