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PAPER JAM

New York Times, Sunday, October 2, 2016

Author:
Zhouqin Burnikel
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Zhouqin Burnikel

This puzzle:

Rows: 21, Columns: 21 Words: 140, Blocks: 76 Missing: {QXZ} This is puzzle # 34 for Ms. Burnikel. NYT links: Across Lite PDF
Zhouqin Burnikel notes:
In my first submitted grid, the papers were jammed all over the place — some in the start of the theme entry, some in the middle, some in the end. Will helped me picking up new theme ... read more

In my first submitted grid, the papers were jammed all over the place — some in the start of the theme entry, some in the middle, some in the end. Will helped me picking up new theme entries and tightening up the approach. Each paper is now jammed in the end and all long theme entries contain the article THE.

Jeff Chen notes:
Common names of newspapers, smashed into single squares to make literal PAPER JAMs. I had to double-check my interpretation, as the first one — PRESS — didn't quite resonate. ... read more

Common names of newspapers, smashed into single squares to make literal PAPER JAMs. I had to double-check my interpretation, as the first one — PRESS — didn't quite resonate. But quick searching revealed that yes, there's the Detroit Free PRESS, the Daily PRESS, etc.

As always, C.C. incorporated a ton of lively fill into her grid. I particularly liked PASTICHE, SALSA BAR, ICED LATTE, SANTA HAT (crossing SAINT NICK!), all long, vivid entries. Hugely elevated my solving experience. (I wasn't sure what ICLOUD, DETECTO, or HD RADIO were, but sure enough, they are real things.)

She also did a nice job with her theme entry choices, THE CHECK IS IN THE MAIL and WHAT IN THE WORLD particularly strong. The only one I wasn't sure of was FIRST PAST THE POST. Apparently it's so common it even goes by FPTP.

I would have liked the grid to flow a little better, the NW and SE corners only connected to the middle by a pair of answers apiece. This sort of segmentation does make grid filling much easier — much easier to tackle a Sunday-sized grid section by section. The flow would have been much better if a couple of black squares had been shifted or eliminated to open up one of the long diagonal lines of black squares, but that would have made it much harder to just work on those corners in isolation.

It's a common trade-off. Given how juicy C.C. made those big corners, chock-full of great material like PATOOTIE, SWAN SONG, BIOMASS, CANUCKS, NO PROB, I think it's a reasonable choice.

And SHONDA Rhimes! I just finished "Year of Yes," very interesting read. I do wish the crossings had been easier — if you don't know that unusual name already, you might end up with SPONDA / TOSP or SKONDA / TOSK. I'd much rather people get that square undoubtedly correct and then have the interest to look her up, rather than get an incorrect square and come away with a sour first impression.

Overall, I would have liked a stronger "hey, these are all newspaper names!" moment, but the great long entries made my solve fun.

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© 2016, The New York TimesNo. 1002 ( 24,435 )
Across
1
Waste generator? : HASTE
6
Bookkeeper's stamp : PAID
10
Talks a big game : BOASTS
16
Time capsule ceremony : BURIAL
17
Lawn game that's in the Special Olympics : BOCCE
18
Director of the "Hostel" films : ELIROTH
20
First Amendment guarantee : FREEDOMOFTHEPRESS
22
Digital technology that provides higher-quality sound : HDRADIO
23
Big name in chips : LAYS
24
Like most 23-Across chips : SALTED
25
Bad-mouth : DIS
26
In need of an ice bath, say : SORE
27
Dropbox competitor : ICLOUD
30
Not just imply : SAY
31
Send into space : LAUNCH
34
It's not used in miniature golf : TEE
35
French topper : BERET
37
Miss in court? : JANEDOE
38
Pulls a yard prank on, briefly : TPS
41
Duluth-to-St. Paul dir. : SSW
42
"Vous ___ ici" : ETES
43
Last shot, often : PUTT
44
Give it a go : TRY
45
"Yee-___!" : HAW
46
How Chinese brides are often dressed : INRED
48
Hodgepodge : PASTICHE
50
It may be full of bugs : BETA
51
Business reply encl. : SASE
53
"Gigi" author, 1944 : COLETTE
55
D.D.E.'s two-time presidential rival : AES
56
App image : ICON
57
Biblical landing site : ARARAT
59
"Yeah, right!" : ASIF
60
Now and then : ATTIMES
61
Alternatives to Twinkies : HOHOS
62
Give for a bit : LENDTO
63
Pinch-hit (for) : STOODIN
65
Totaled : CAMETO
66
Beatles girl who "made a fool of everyone" : SADIE
67
International commerce assn. : WTO
68
Fontana di Trevi locale : ROMA
69
Aleve shelfmate : ANACIN
70
Entr'___ : ACTE
71
Tuna variety : AHI
72
Attach, as a seat belt : STRAPON
74
Surfboard stabilizer : SKEG
75
Physicist who said "Anyone who is not shocked by quantum theory has not understood it" : BOHR
76
What may go to your head around Christmas? : SANTAHAT
78
Tribe under attack in "Hotel Rwanda" : TUTSI
80
Fruity drink : ADE
81
Islet in the Thames : AIT
82
Tip of Cambodia? : RIEL
83
West Coast gas brand : ARCO
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Line part: Abbr. : SEG
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Extends, in a way : RENEWS
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Black mark uncovered in a background check : PRISONRECORD
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Trees used for making furniture : TEAKS
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Agreement preceding a kiss : IDO
92
Flat need? : TENANT
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Little batteries : AAS
94
Rhimes who created "Grey's Anatomy" and "Scandal" : SHONDA
96
Hit 1990s computer game : MYST
100
U.P.S. delivery: Abbr. : CTN
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"Sure thing!" : NOPROB
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Elec., e.g. : UTIL
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She betrayed Samson : DELILAH
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Like a simple-majority voting system : FIRSTPASTTHEPOST
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Con : SWINDLE
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Two-time N.L. batting champ Willie : MCGEE
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Banks that are too important to fail? : LEVEES
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"What are the chances of seeing you here?!" : SMALLWORLD
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"The ___ the limit!" : SKYS
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It'll never reach its destination : DEADMAIL
Down
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Hit band heard on the soundtrack of "Back to the Future" : HUEYLEWISANDTHENEWS
2
"Am not!" rebuttal : ARESO
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PBS's "___ the Science Kid" : SID
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The so-called "path of virtue" : TAO
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Trees associated with the underworld in Celtic myth : ELMS
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___-mouthed : POTTY
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Throb : ACHE
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Summertime coffee order : ICEDLATTE
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Weigh down : DEPRESS
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Like flip phones, now : BEHINDTHETIMES
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Things to settle : OLDSCORES
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Word before strike or ball : AIR
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Mmes., to Don Juan : SRAS
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Commotion : TODO
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Commotion : STIR
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Orthodontist's recommendation : BRACES
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Key next to A : BFLAT
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Plot turner : HOE
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Darts about : FLITS
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Rest spots for camels : OASES
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Amount ___ : DUE
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It'll give you a lift : UBER
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Big name in medical scales : DETECTO
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Con : ANTI
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"Hold on there!" : HEY
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Start over : REDO
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"To be clear ..." : JUSTFORTHERECORD
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Classic lie : THECHECKISINTHEMAIL
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Rear end : PATOOTIE
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Final performance : SWANSONG
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Grilling site : PATIO
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Like Comic-Con attendees vis-à-vis the general public : NERDIER
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Bow tie topper : PESTO
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Short rest : CATNAP
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Much organic matter : BIOMASS
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Topping station at a Mexican restaurant : SALSABAR
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Three before seven? : AREACODE
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Part of LIFO, to an accountant : LASTIN
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Took courses : ATE
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Target : AIMAT
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Solo in space : HAN
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Golf resort known for its Blue Monster course : DORAL
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Canadian hockey team : CANUCKS
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Shocked cry : WHATINTHEWORLD
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"If memory serves ..." : ASIRECALL
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Dancer's boss : SAINTNICK
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Another, in Aragón : OTRA
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Ending with Jumbo : TRON
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Comedy Central host Daniel : TOSH
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Suitable : APT
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One writing about "hare loss"? : AESOP
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Water whirls : EDDIES
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Upright : GOALPOST
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___ Diego : SAN
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French pastry : TARTE
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Basilica recesses : APSES
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No longer in the closet : OUTED
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OB/GYNs, e.g. : MDS
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Trees used for making wands : YEWS
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Like some chances : SLIM
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Weymouth of Talking Heads : TINA
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Rowdy revelry : ORGY
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Like Sir Ben Kingsley : BALD
106
"Bad" cholesterol, for short : LDL
107
Most music radio stations : FMS
108
"Understand?" : SEE
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Rural power org. : TVA

Answer summary: 12 unique to this puzzle, 1 debuted here and reused later, 2 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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