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PAPER JAM

New York Times, Sunday, October 2, 2016

Author: Zhouqin Burnikel
Editor: Will Shortz
Zhouqin Burnikel
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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 entries and ... more
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 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. But quick searching ... more
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. 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 Down
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
84. Line part: Abbr. : SEG
87. Extends, in a way : RENEWS
88. Black mark uncovered in a background check : PRISONRECORD
90. Trees used for making furniture : TEAKS
91. Agreement preceding a kiss : IDO
92. Flat need? : TENANT
93. 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
101. "Sure thing!" : NOPROB
104. Elec., e.g. : UTIL
105. She betrayed Samson : DELILAH
107. Like a simple-majority voting system : FIRSTPASTTHEPOST
110. Con : SWINDLE
111. Two-time N.L. batting champ Willie : MCGEE
112. Banks that are too important to fail? : LEVEES
113. "What are the chances of seeing you here?!" : SMALLWORLD
114. "The ___ the limit!" : SKYS
115. It'll never reach its destination : DEADMAIL
1. Hit band heard on the soundtrack of "Back to the Future" : HUEYLEWISANDTHENEWS
2. "Am not!" rebuttal : ARESO
3. PBS's "___ the Science Kid" : SID
4. The so-called "path of virtue" : TAO
5. Trees associated with the underworld in Celtic myth : ELMS
6. ___-mouthed : POTTY
7. Throb : ACHE
8. Summertime coffee order : ICEDLATTE
9. Weigh down : DEPRESS
10. Like flip phones, now : BEHINDTHETIMES
11. Things to settle : OLDSCORES
12. Word before strike or ball : AIR
13. Mmes., to Don Juan : SRAS
14. Commotion : TODO
15. Commotion : STIR
16. Orthodontist's recommendation : BRACES
17. Key next to A : BFLAT
19. Plot turner : HOE
20. Darts about : FLITS
21. Rest spots for camels : OASES
25. Amount ___ : DUE
28. It'll give you a lift : UBER
29. Big name in medical scales : DETECTO
32. Con : ANTI
33. "Hold on there!" : HEY
36. Start over : REDO
37. "To be clear ..." : JUSTFORTHERECORD
38. Classic lie : THECHECKISINTHEMAIL
39. Rear end : PATOOTIE
40. Final performance : SWANSONG
43. Grilling site : PATIO
47. Like Comic-Con attendees vis-à-vis the general public : NERDIER
48. Bow tie topper : PESTO
49. Short rest : CATNAP
50. Much organic matter : BIOMASS
51. Topping station at a Mexican restaurant : SALSABAR
52. Three before seven? : AREACODE
54. Part of LIFO, to an accountant : LASTIN
58. Took courses : ATE
60. Target : AIMAT
61. Solo in space : HAN
64. Golf resort known for its Blue Monster course : DORAL
65. Canadian hockey team : CANUCKS
67. Shocked cry : WHATINTHEWORLD
71. "If memory serves ..." : ASIRECALL
72. Dancer's boss : SAINTNICK
73. Another, in Aragón : OTRA
77. Ending with Jumbo : TRON
79. Comedy Central host Daniel : TOSH
81. Suitable : APT
83. One writing about "hare loss"? : AESOP
85. Water whirls : EDDIES
86. Upright : GOALPOST
89. ___ Diego : SAN
90. French pastry : TARTE
93. Basilica recesses : APSES
95. No longer in the closet : OUTED
96. OB/GYNs, e.g. : MDS
97. Trees used for making wands : YEWS
98. Like some chances : SLIM
99. Weymouth of Talking Heads : TINA
102. Rowdy revelry : ORGY
103. Like Sir Ben Kingsley : BALD
106. "Bad" cholesterol, for short : LDL
107. Most music radio stations : FMS
108. "Understand?" : SEE
109. 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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