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New York Times, Thursday, October 18, 2018

Author:
Erik Agard
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Erik Agard

This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 72, Blocks: 38 Missing: {JKQZ} This is puzzle # 25 for Mr. Agard. NYT links: Across Lite PDF
Jeff Chen notes:
I always marvel at long 'word-within-a-phrase' finds. It seems so improbable that TREBLE backward would be contained within ENGELBERT. ... read more

I always marvel at long "word-within-a-phrase" finds. It seems so improbable that TREBLE backward would be contained within ENGELBERT. Toss in the appropriateness of Humperdinck being a composer, and that's a gold-medal find!

Erik plays on LIFT EVERY VOICE today, interpreting that as "voice ranges running upward within phrases." I love that Erik brings a different perspective to crosswords. I knew the song title but not that it was called "The Black National Anthem." I love having learned that!

Interesting decision to not shade or circle them (we've highlighted them below in case you missed them). I get that Will wants us to have to work a little more than average – it is Thursday, after all. But I'm not sure I would have gone back and searched for the hidden voices if I weren't blogging this. I'd much rather have placed this puzzle on a Tuesday or a Wednesday and made what's going on more apparent. More fun that way.

Although, I can see Will's dilemma. BARONETCY is a crazy-hard word that newer solvers probably won't be able to figure out. (Hand raised.) Same with OCEANIAN and SANTERIA — I ended up going down in defeat, slowly revealing one letter at a time in that corner. Even when I revealed the last square, I couldn't quite believe that OCEANIAN was a real word. (It is!)

I like the theme idea a lot, especially what with that great find in TREBLE within ENGELBERT. I admire Erik's incredible vocabulary, too – in one of our collaborations, we were trading a grid back and forth, and he managed to work in INUKTITUT. I quickly went to a dictionary to look it up before nodding as if I had known what that was all along. It's such a fun word, and it resembles INUIT, the people who speak it.

I would have preferred a much less challenging grid though, to match with the relative simplicity of the theme.

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© 2018, The New York TimesNo. 1018 ( 25,181 )
Across
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American dance move that, for whatever reason, is illegal in Saudi Arabia : THEDAB
7
Fictional Charlie : CHAN
11
Milk ___ : DUD
14
Disney princess in "Brave" : MERIDA
15
Palmist's reading : FATELINE
17
Small burger : SLIDER
18
Lady Gaga or Judy Garland : LGBTICON
19
___ Park, Calif. : MENLO
20
Big chin-wag : GABFEST
21
20 under 30 : TEN
22
Try to swat : HITAT
23
Flair, informally : GLAM
26
Traits that clash : EGOS
28
Looney Tunes surname : LEPEW
32
Nickname of the singer of 2007's "Umbrella" : RIRI
33
Squirt : TOT
34
Donna ___, soprano in "Don Giovanni" : ELVIRA
35
Rudiments : ABCS
36
Middle of time? : COLON
38
Interstate billboard info : EXIT
39
Not casual : DRESSY
41
8: Abbr. : AUG
42
The Owls of Conference USA : RICE
43
President who lived in 47-Down : SADAT
44
Woman's name that sounds like two letters : EVIE
45
Datum for a car aficionado : YEAR
46
Kufrin of the 2018 season of "The Bachelorette" : BECCA
48
Book after Exod. : LEV
50
Like some thinking : LATERAL
53
Excessive enlargement : BLOAT
56
Like Pacific Islanders : OCEANIAN
58
Film position : EDITOR
60
Caribbean religion with roots in Africa : SANTERIA
61
Big tech news website : RECODE
62
Trainer's command : SIT
63
"Gilmore Girls" girl : RORY
64
So hot right now : TRENDY
Down
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Symbols in superscript, for short : TMS
2
Position of command : HELM
3
Home to Bessie, a lake monster in American folklore : ERIE
4
Said something in response almost immediately : DIDNTMISSABEAT
5
Singing superstar born in Tottenham : ADELE
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Noble domain : BARONETCY
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Gridiron org. with the Grey Cup : CFL
8
Savory Scottish pudding : HAGGIS
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Turn up : ATBAT
10
Let, maybe : NETBALL
11
Things blown on for luck : DICE
12
Spanish for "some" : UNOS
13
Bit of initial progress : DENT
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So-called "black national anthem," informally ... or what 4-, 6-, 22- and 34-Down do, in part? : LIFTEVERYVOICE
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Volcano's spew : HOTLAVA
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Some May celebrants, informally : GRADS
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Sign of balance? : LIBRA
25
Like the path of the sun in the sky : ARCED
27
Halloween "blood," e.g. : GOO
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Fairy : PIXIE
30
Writer Jong : ERICA
31
Designated driver's order : WATER
34
German composer Humperdinck : ENGELBERT
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Non's opposite : OUI
40
More flinty : STERNER
44
Patisserie offering : ECLAIR
47
See 43-Across : CAIRO
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Person with seniority : ELDER
50
Insurance estimate : LOSS
51
Purplish berry : ACAI
52
Fair sight : TENT
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Super-often : ATON
55
Newsman Chuck : TODD
57
And more than that : NAY
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Tutee of Luke in "The Last Jedi" : REY

Answer summary: 6 unique to this puzzle, 2 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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