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YOU'RE GOING DOWN

New York Times, Sunday, October 21, 2018

Author:
Finn Vigeland
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Finn Vigeland

This puzzle:

Rows: 21, Columns: 21 Words: 140, Blocks: 72 Missing: {QX} This is puzzle # 17 for Mr. Vigeland. NYT links: Across Lite PDF
Finn Vigeland notes:
Given that my two favorite themers (BABY STEPS and JAZZ HANDS) were both nine letters, I imposed a cap of eight letters on the rest of the fill. That led to a lot more mid-length fill than ... read more

Given that my two favorite themers (BABY STEPS and JAZZ HANDS) were both nine letters, I imposed a cap of eight letters on the rest of the fill. That led to a lot more mid-length fill than usual, which was a nice challenge. I like the array of 5's and 6's in the center, which was the first section I filled (welcome to the Times crossword, CARDI B). I know the Z of the BRATZ/VADUZ crossing might be tough for some, but hopefully, the clue on 67A led you there! A fun feature of this puzzle—something I only noticed ex-post-facto — is the intersection of five words in the bottom-center that all end in an "oh" sound. Hope you got a few laughs out of this theme!

Jeff Chen notes:
Finn is one of the more avant-garde constructors out there. I especially like how he adds in color with mid-length or even short fill. Today, it was BRATZ, SNARKY, BIONICS, PANEM ... read more

Finn is one of the more avant-garde constructors out there. I especially like how he adds in color with mid-length or even short fill. Today, it was BRATZ, SNARKY, BIONICS, PANEM (fictional place in "The Hunger Games") – BADASS, indeed!

I'd feel sympathetic though, to those who got the PANEM / EGAN crossing wrong. As much as I admire Jennifer Egan as an author – she's earned her crossworthiness – I think she's still in a place where her crossings must be fair and gettable.

Just as Finn mentioned, I was also torn on VADUZ / CAR DIB, both new words to me. Er, CARDI B. Perhaps she's wildly famous, to the point where even this badass – er, bad ass – shouldn't even be bringing this up. World capitals are fair game, after all. (I sadly admit that I wasn't even sure that Liechtenstein was a country, much less had a capital city.)

(NOLITA? It derives from "North of Little Italy"? Huh. Probably much more familiar to New Yorkers.)

The theme felt too familiar at first, but it's kind of novel. Each one creates a kooky phrase by adding the word DOWN, with each base phrase appearing as is in the grid. Aye, THERE'S THE RUB (down). I like how Finn implied that final (down) by orienting all his themers in the vertical direction.

It gave Jim and me a dilemma. Do we fix up the answers so that they appear in our database as THERE'S THE RUBDOWN? And then mark them as bogus, never to be reused? We can't mark them bogus as is. But if we leave them as is, the clues won't match their entries. I enjoy it when constructors make us work!

PUPPET SHOW (down) was my favorite – so apt for Punch and Judy. It'd have been more fun with a clue about Bert and Ernie in an MMA cage match. I'd bet it all on Bert.

Most all the themers were pretty good, although I wish more of them had given me the same laugh as PUPPET SHOW (down). It's hard to make magic with just adding the word (down).

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© 2018, The New York TimesNo. 1021 ( 25,184 )
Across
1. Pinocchio, e.g. : FIBBER
7. Aphrodisiacs boost it : LIBIDO
13. Backpack feature : STRAP
18. Where cuneiform was discovered : AMARNA
19. Superhero outfits, typically : UNITARDS
22. Irritate : CHAFE
23. Give unsolicited advice : KIBITZ
24. Weapon for William Tell : CROSSBOW
25. Coming back in : RETRO
26. Popular singer born in County Donegal : ENYA
27. Like many wine casks : OAKEN
29. Lie low : HIDE
30. What starts with a spark of an idea? : ARSON
31. Snide and sassy : SNARKY
33. Portrayer of TV's Det. Fin Tutuola : ICET
35. Jefferson Memorial topper : DOME
37. Non-fish aquarium attraction : OTTER
39. Precalculator calculator : ABACUS
41. Where one might be well-suited : MENSSHOP
45. Clue weapon : WRENCH
47. "Give it a ___" : REST
48. Street crossing Hollywood in Hollywood : VINE
49. Conservative : TORY
50. Job for a plastic surgeon, for short : LIPO
51. Modern name in transportation : UBER
53. "Heavens!" : EGAD
55. Squared building stone : ASHLAR
57. Three short, three long, three short : SOS
58. Gnocchi ___ Romana : ALLA
59. Rapper with the 2017 #1 hit "Bodak Yellow" : CARDIB
61. Brought about : LEDTO
62. Kindle download : EBOOK
63. Chant at a political rally : USAUSA
64. First sign : ARIES
65. Manhattan neighborhood next to the Lower East Side : NOLITA
67. Popular line of dolls with "Kidz" and "Babyz" spinoffs : BRATZ
68. Hole foods? : DONUTS
70. Bundled, as hay : BALED
71. 1960s-'70s police drama : THEFBI
73. Medicare provision for nonhospital expenses : PARTB
74. Perch for pigeons : LEDGE
75. Plea to a superhero, maybe : SAVEUS
76. Employs : USES
77. Peter Pan rival : JIF
80. Trespass upon : INVADE
82. Seventh-year exam in Harry Potter : NEWT
83. Lhasa ___ : APSO
84. "Toodles!" : TATA
85. Positive market move : GAIN
86. Son of Adam : ABEL
88. Trigger, as an alarm : TRIP
90. Repossessed : SEIZED
92. Farm measures : HECTARES
94. Kind of humor : TOILET
96. "Cuz I told you to!" : SEZME
97. Like rain forests : LUSH
98. Fourth-down play : PUNT
99. Spasm : TWITCH
101. Fast-food chain with a hat in its logo : ARBYS
104. Jennifer who wrote "Manhattan Beach" : EGAN
106. Printer brand : EPSON
108. Spelunker's helmet attachment : LAMP
111. Springs : LEAPS
112. Five-time Emmy nominee for "Grey's Anatomy" : SANDRAOH
114. Key of Dvorák's "New World" Symphony : EMINOR
116. World-weariness : ENNUI
117. "Silly me, rambling again!" : THEREIGO
118. The Chainsmokers or Eurythmics : POPDUO
119. Declare : STATE
120. TV colleague of Hayes and O'Donnell : MADDOW
121. Didn't sleep well : TOSSED
Down
1. Embarrassment for an art curator : FAKE
2. "Sign me up!" : IMIN
3. Headline after a toddler C.E.O. resigns, literally? : BABYSTEPS
4. Coiner of the term "generative music" : BRIANENO
5. Certain med. specialist : ENT
6. It may be cutting things close : RAZOR
7. Car failure only a block from the mechanic, literally? : LUCKYBREAK
8. About, on memos : INRE
9. Mixture of nature and technology : BIONICS
10. "___ official" : ITS
11. Takes off in a hurry : DASHES
12. Eye socket : ORBIT
13. Takes off in a hurry : SCRAMS
14. "For a massage, go that way!," literally? : THERESTHERUB
15. "Darn it all!" : RATS
16. Do for Jon Batiste : AFRO
17. Drudge : PEON
20. Its HQ is the Pentagon : DOD
21. First country to legalize changing one's gender identity (1972) : SWEDEN
28. First African-American sorority : AKA
32. Part of a circle : ARC
34. Like the dress shirt that's just adorable, literally? : CUTEASABUTTON
36. Draftable : ONEA
37. "Wise" ones : OWLS
38. Chamber music group, often : TRIO
40. ___ Lingus : AER
41. Calf-length dresses : MIDIS
42. "Not so fast!" : HOLDIT
43. Addresses a crowd : ORATES
44. Firebugs : PYROS
46. Signature Jacques Tati role : HULOT
48. Capital of Liechtenstein : VADUZ
52. Puffs up : BLOATS
54. For nothing : GRATIS
56. Perspectives : SLANTS
58. Bore : ABIDED
59. Midnight, maybe : CURFEW
60. Total baller : BADASS
62. Dissed with flowery language, literally? : ELEGANTLYPUT
65. Hip-hop dance move : NAENAE
66. Classic London theater : OLDVIC
67. Angled edge : BEVEL
69. Snacks often paired with milk : OREOS
70. "Mutiny on the Bounty" captain : BLIGH
72. Underwear brand : HANES
73. Punch vs. Judy, literally? : PUPPETSHOW
77. One answer to the question "What's your favorite music genre," literally? : JAZZHANDS
78. Agenda entry : ITEM
79. Music outro effect : FADE
81. Prominent parts of goblins : EARS
83. Not do so well : AIL
84. Haberdashery buys : TIECLIPS
87. Directive : BEHEST
89. CVS rival : RITEAID
91. "Alea iacta ___": Caesar : EST
93. Barbie attendee : AUSSIE
94. About 10% of Russia : TUNDRA
95. Afternoon hour : TWO
98. Land in "The Hunger Games" : PANEM
100. Bumbling : INEPT
101. Orders at the Rose & Crown : ALES
102. Quote from a letter : RENT
103. Actor Eric : BANA
105. Frustrated cry : GAH
107. ___ stick : POGO
109. Pouty face : MOUE
110. Urge on : PROD
113. Bloody, say : RED
115. Barn greeting : MOO

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

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