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New York Times, Wednesday, October 16, 2019

Author:
Peter A. Collins
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Peter A. Collins

This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 76, Blocks: 38 Missing: {JKQ} Spans: 1 This is puzzle # 110 for Mr. Collins. NYT links: Across Lite PDF
Peter A. Collins notes:
I know quote puzzles aren't everyone's cup of tea, but this one originated quite organically. I teach high school math. About a year ... read more

I know quote puzzles aren't everyone's cup of tea, but this one originated quite organically. I teach high school math. About a year ago I was sitting in the Math Office at school. A colleague, Emily, mentioned the Origami Club, for which she is the sponsor. Being the wag that I am (it's a blessing and a curse), I immediately responded with "the Origami Club? I thought that folded." As I was waiting for the uproarious laughter to die down (or begin, I can't remember exactly), another colleague, Phil, chimed in "no, interest in it is in creasing." Maybe Phil is even more blessed and cursed than I.

At any rate, I'm bringing the donuts to the next department meeting.

Jeff Chen notes:
When I make a paper crane for my kids, they think it's incredible. A magic trick. A disruption of the laws of physics. When I ... read more

When I make a paper crane for my kids, they think it's incredible. A magic trick. A disruption of the laws of physics.

When I make a paper crane for any adult, they give me a look of pity and openly wonder whether euthanasia would be the kind option.

For the crane, not me!

Okay, me too.

Quip puzzles are like this. First time you do a quip puzzle, it's entertaining. A crossword that has a sense of humor, zinging me with a witty one-liner? Yes, please!

The next 6,723 times, not so much.

Today's is a decent quip, although the creases aren't sharp and the folds slightly off-kilter. If you asked a comedian to write a one-liner using FOLDED and INCREASING, he/she might come up with "I heard the origami club folded, but interest in it is increasing." Now that's pretty good!

So what's with the "we" start? This is a pairs-comedian act? And "in fact"? What kind of comedian says "in fact"? (Okay, fine, Jerry Seinfeld, among dozens of others.) Why all the weirdisms?

Crucivera (the god of crossword symmetry) is a cruel mistress.

The good thing is that Pete is a professional, knowing that if you're going to make a standard quip puzzle, the rest of the puzzle needs to dang well be smoother and snazzier than usual, so people who hate quip puzzles have something to do.

  • Smooth? Pretty much, with only minor offenders: DIAS ICI SEN STN. (LENI might be tough, but she's crossworthy.)
  • Snazzy? DEATH STAR, ELECTRONS, HEAD GAME, REPLAY and INCUBI. I'll take it.

And TACOS, something people make a stand for. Heh, good one.

Quip puzzles are tough. You have to make them absolutely perfect, or perhaps branch out from standard cranes, folding a shape no one's ever seen before — a Schrodinger element helped a previous one stand out, for example. Even if it's not perfect, it'll certainly be different.

Jim Horne notes:
Some solvers have strong feelings about quip puzzles. I like them in general, and this one in particular. How frequent are daily ... read more

Some solvers have strong feelings about quip puzzles. I like them in general, and this one in particular.

How frequent are daily crosswords with a multi-part quip, quote, maxim, lament, joke, riddle, lyric, poem, etc.? I scanned our database and came up with about 180 examples in the Shortz Era, depending on how you count them. For comparison, there are 425 rebus puzzles in the same period.

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Across
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Vacation spot : BEACH
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Push-button bankers : ATMS
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Bad day for Caesar : IDES
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Seat preference, for some : AISLE
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Fool : DUPE
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Deli cry : NEXT
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Start of a quip about a hobby group : WEHEARDTHE
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Blanchett of "The Aviator" : CATE
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Golfer's concern : LIE
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"Buenos ___" : DIAS
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Kama ___ : SUTRA
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Part 2 of the quip : ORIGAMICLUBHAD
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Buds : PALS
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Casual pair : LEVIS
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Word before sauce or soda : CREAM
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Reason why not : CON
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"Deck the Halls" contraction : TIS
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Part 3 of the quip : FOLDEDBUTINFACT
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With 42-Across, usual result of a leadoff batter getting three strikes : ONE
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See 41-Across : OUT
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Utah politician Hatch : ORRIN
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___ Horse : CRAZY
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Shiny fabric : LAME
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Part 4 of the quip : INTERESTINITIS
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Part of U.S.M.C. : CORPS
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Memo abbreviation : ATTN
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___ & Perrins (Worcestershire sauce brand) : LEA
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Celebrated figure : IDOL
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End of the quip : INCREASING
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Sicilian peak : ETNA
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Cousin of a bassoon : OBOE
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Back-comb : TEASE
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Full of promise, as an outlook : ROSY
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Lip : SASS
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Came to a close : ENDED
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Cry like a baby : BAWL
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Letters from down on the farm? : EIEIO
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"My Name Is ___ Lev" (Chaim Potok novel) : ASHER
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Browns' home, on scoreboards : CLE
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Instance of psychological trickery : HEADGAME
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Family name of Morticia and Gomez : ADDAMS
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Rwandan group : TUTSI
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Dash readout : MPH
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Catch, as a movie : SEE
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Some evil spirits : INCUBI
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Galactic Empire superweapon : DEATHSTAR
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One playing a small part : EXTRA
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Place : STEAD
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Iranian currency : RIAL
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Tahoe, for one : SUV
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Modern replacement for a cash register : IPAD
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Artery problem : CLOT
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Filmmaker Riefenstahl : LENI
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Co. money manager : CFO
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Guitarist Wood of the Rolling Stones : RON
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Tiny orbiters : ELECTRONS
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Film director's cry : CUT
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Here, to Henri : ICI
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Where trains stop: Abbr. : STN
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Nod off : DOZE
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Accepts, as an argument : BUYS
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Put up to run : NOMINATE
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Agonize (over) : FRET
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Opportunity to determine if the referee blew it : REPLAY
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___ longa, vita brevis : ARS
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Petrol units : LITRES
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Prepare to get a hand : ANTE
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More standoffish : ICIER
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Acknowledge silently : NODTO
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What someone might make a stand for? : TACOS
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Classic story in which Paris figures prominently : ILIAD
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Intuition : SENSE
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Like Scotch, for a minimum of three years : AGED
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What some smartphones run on : IOS
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Dream Team members' org. : NBA
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China's Sun Yat-___ : SEN

Answer summary: 5 unique to this puzzle, 1 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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