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New York Times, Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Author:
Mary Lou Guizzo
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Mary Lou Guizzo

This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 76, Blocks: 38 Missing: {FXY} Spans: 1 This is puzzle # 14 for Ms. Guizzo. NYT links: Across Lite PDF
Mary Lou Guizzo notes:
I remember using onelook.com to search for possible theme entries for this puzzle. I was pleased to connect the Ralph WALDO Emerson ... read more

I remember using onelook.com to search for possible theme entries for this puzzle. I was pleased to connect the Ralph WALDO Emerson clue with the revealer, MIDDLE NAME, making it just a tad trickier. I don't recall many other details as this puzzle was one of my early submissions, dating back to 2013. Fill I would try to avoid today includes the plural AVAS, foreign ROTI, crosswordese OEN, ESME and EMAJ, prefix IDIO, abbreviated DESC and the partial IM A.

So happy to have this Tuesday puzzle published and officially hit for the cycle, having at least one puzzle published for every day of the week.

I hope you enjoyed your solving experience. Thanks to Will, Anna and Joel for accepting and editing this puzzle.

Jeff Chen notes:
MIDDLE NAME = themers with NAME hidden across two words. Excellent finds in ARIZONA MEMORIAL and CAPTAIN AMERICA, the latter one of my ... read more

MIDDLE NAME = themers with NAME hidden across two words. Excellent finds in ARIZONA MEMORIAL and CAPTAIN AMERICA, the latter one of my favorite superheroes. Fascinating, his struggle to find his place in a modern world that's left his WWII-era persona far behind.

Five long themers makes for a tough construction. I like ML's efforts to spice up the grid with bonuses, even in the face of such a difficult task. DRAGSTER is great, and GOTHIC is image-evoking. I wasn't a fan of ZIP DRIVE, since those are 1.) outdated and 2.) don't have the groundbreaking quality of something like FLOPPY DISK.

BAD GIRL also made me hitch, as did ONE REED. The former is laden with all sort of negative connotations, and the latter isn't something I've ever heard in my 20 years of orchestra. DOUBLE REED for oboes and SINGLE REED for clarinets, but ONE REED felt iffy at best.

With so much going on, it wasn't a surprise to see some gluey spots. The north section, already having to work with VIETNAM ERA and BARCELONA METRO, became even tougher with the addition of BAD GIRL. That forced an AA ending in ABAA. And with a tough AQABA / QOM crossing plus the pluralized AVAS, it's a lot in just one little place.

The west and east sections are where you'd usually expect signs of stress in a puzzle featuring so many long themers. The east turned out okay, with just the IDIO prefix as glue, but the west has both ABRA and TROI. Both are reasonably fine by me personally, since I'm a Trekkie, but it's not unusual to see this type of crossword glue when the ends of long themers have to work together.

It was good to hear from her that this puzzle is from three+ years ago. Her constructing skills have come a long way since then.

I personally like "word hidden in phrases" puzzle more when there's some extra layer — using different but related words, a really incredible single word, a revealer that's really funny, etc. — but ML had some nice finds, especially CAPTAIN AMERICA, and the MIDDLE NAME revealer was apt.

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© 2016, The New York TimesNo. 1018 ( 24,451 )
Across
1. Plumbing problem : CLOG
5. Gulf of ___ (arm of the Red Sea) : AQABA
10. Progeny: Abbr. : DESC
14. Flying start? : AERO
15. Stock of words, informally : VOCAB
16. Country's McEntire : REBA
17. 1961-75 : VIETNAMERA
19. Asia's disappearing ___ Sea : ARAL
20. ___ Master's Voice : HIS
21. Reprimand to a dog, maybe : BADGIRL
23. Prank : ANTIC
26. Cigarette stat : TAR
28. Manipulators : USERS
29. Public transportation system in the capital of Catalonia : BARCELONAMETRO
32. Carnival city, casually : RIO
33. Time of one's life? : AGE
34. I-85 and I-77 to get from Atlanta to Cleveland, e.g.: Abbr. : RTE
35. National Historic Landmark in Pearl Harbor : ARIZONAMEMORIAL
42. Tattoo parlor supply : INK
43. Egg: Prefix : OVO
44. Rap's Dr. ___ : DRE
45. Marvel Comics superhero wielding a nearly indestructible shield : CAPTAINAMERICA
50. Ralph ___ Emerson : WALDO
51. Wine: Prefix : OEN
52. What birds of prey do : SWOOP
53. Clarinet need : ONEREED
55. "___ Little Teapot" : IMA
56. Roasted: Fr. : ROTI
57. What 50-Across is ... or a clue to 17-, 29-, 35- and 45-Across : MIDDLENAME
63. Belarussian, e.g. : SLAV
64. Change from "I do" to "I don't"? : ANNUL
65. Illusionist Henning : DOUG
66. 3M product : TAPE
67. Guess things : JEANS
68. Additionally : ALSO
Down
1. Cleveland player, for short : CAV
2. Hawaiian shirt go-with : LEI
3. Bank deposit? : ORE
4. "Wuthering Heights" genre : GOTHIC
5. Actress Gardner and others : AVAS
6. Iranian holy city : QOM
7. Top fighter pilot : ACE
8. Singer Streisand : BARBRA
9. Rhyme scheme in the last verse of a villanelle : ABAA
10. "The Fast and the Furious" racer : DRAGSTER
11. More spooky : EERIER
12. Italian restaurant chain : SBARRO
13. "Safe!" and "You're out!" : CALLS
18. French city named after the Greek goddess of victory : NICE
22. As a result of : DUETO
23. Start of a magician's cry : ABRA
24. Commercial alternative to waxing : NAIR
25. Enterprise counselor : TROI
26. Attire for Atticus : TOGA
27. Tentacled marine creature : ANEMONE
30. Sri ___ : LANKA
31. 1983 Michael Keaton comedy : MRMOM
36. Obsolescent data storage device : ZIPDRIVE
37. En pointe, in ballet : ONTOE
38. ___ Spiegel, co-founder of Snapchat : EVAN
39. Prefix with -syncratic : IDIO
40. Gas brand rendered in all capital letters : ARCO
41. ___ of faith : LEAP
45. Olive oil alternative : CANOLA
46. Pub fixture : ALETAP
47. What I may stand for? : IODINE
48. Salinger title girl : ESME
49. Neighbor of Tanzania : RWANDA
50. Razzie Award word : WORST
54. Key with four sharps: Abbr. : EMAJ
55. Woes : ILLS
58. Subject for Watson and Crick : DNA
59. Grayish-brown : DUN
60. The "A" of AIM : AOL
61. Followers of lambdas : MUS
62. Id's counterpart : EGO

Answer summary: 4 unique to this puzzle, 1 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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