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New York Times, Thursday, October 25, 2018

Author:
Neville Fogarty
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Neville Fogarty

This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 76, Blocks: 34 Missing: {JXZ} This is puzzle # 9 for Mr. Fogarty. NYT links: Across Lite PDF
Neville Fogarty notes:
I submitted this puzzle to The New York Times at the end of April of this year, and I learned of its acceptance in early August. I'm ... read more

I submitted this puzzle to The New York Times at the end of April of this year, and I learned of its acceptance in early August. I'm grateful to Will Shortz and his team for accepting this puzzle and the work they put into editing it.

I think a 2011 puzzle by Henry Hook subconsciously inspired today's theme. In each puzzle, the solver is misled by a well established crossword cluing convention. I hope you enjoyed the twist on cross-referenced clues and don't feel too betrayed.

My original clue for TYPO was [Rocks for jocks, maybe], thinking about the usual nickname for Geology 101. I appreciate the musical reference in the revised clue, [Tears for Fears, e.g.], and I suspect more than one solver will write in BAND or TRIO here. Tricky! (Yes, I am aware that Tears for Fears has been a duo for some time, but DUO doesn't fit in the boxes.)

Jeff Chen notes:
Brilliant a-ha moment when I figured out how Neville had crossed-up the crossword cross-referencing convention [See ___-Across]. ... read more

Brilliant a-ha moment when I figured out how Neville had crossed-up the crossword cross-referencing convention [See ___-Across]. That's not [See 17-Across] – it's [SEE PAGE] ... or SEEPAGE!

I remembered a similar puzzle from years ago that used SEE (RED), SEE (STARS); something like that. But it was long enough ago that I couldn't find it. Plus, I like how Neville used all full words. SEE/KING was particularly dastardly.

I also liked how Neville strove to use colorful themers. I'd absolutely use DO A SLOW BURN, GO UP AND DOWN, IN SEARCH OF in another puzzle as fill.

LOST LIQUID, not so much. But hey, three out of four ain't bad.

The theme alone was strong enough to warrant POW! consideration. I also thought Neville laid out his themers (and faux themers) perfectly, minimizing the annoying jumping around that cross-referencing requires. Putting the two x-reffed answers right next to each other is the way to go.

So why didn't I give this the POW!? I struggled with the inelegance of the fill. For every ROULETTE there were HAR AERO. SNORKELS yes! MEER, no. Is SCREAMED / SNARFED worth CRO / SEN, with AGITA nearby? Not to me.

It's not to say that Neville made the wrong decision to push his grid so hard – I bet others will be perfectly fine with these trade-offs. For me though, I got bogged down with enough glueiness that my rigid constructor's brain couldn't let the puzzle as a whole get into POW! territory.

Overall though, a strong Thursday idea, forcing us to work hard for an a-ha moment that was well worth the effort.

Jim Horne notes:

Very clever, Mr. Fogarty. And very satisfying when I finally saw the light.

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© 2018, The New York TimesNo. 1025 ( 25,188 )
Across
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Actor Hemsworth : LIAM
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Where chapeaux go : TETES
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Greek house, for short : FRAT
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Rough spots? : ACNE
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___ Lodge : ECONO
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Top-notch : AONE
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Footnote info : PAGE
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See 17-Across : LOSTLIQUID
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Looks beneath the surface, in a way : SNORKELS
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Not real emergencies : DRILLS
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Night school subj. : ESL
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2010 health measure, in brief : ACA
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John who founded a Fortune 500 company : DEERE
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See 29-Across : DOASLOWBURN
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Common article : THE
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Something that's tailor-made : HEM
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Shooting game : LASERTAG
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Stage name of rapper Sandra Denton : PEPA
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Seasoning for un oeuf : SEL
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Prefix with nautical : AERO
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What may blossom from buds? : BROMANCE
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Worker in a chamber: Abbr. : SEN
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Oft-repeated words : SAW
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See 45-Across : GOUPANDDOWN
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That's an order : EDICT
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Trail : LAG
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German opposite of alt : NEU
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Pat who played filmdom's Mr. Miyagi : MORITA
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Vented, say : SCREAMED
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See 61-Across : INSEARCHOF
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Bed selection : KING
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Garden crawler : SLUG
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Not yellow : BRAVE
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Neighbor of a Jayhawker : OKIE
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Tears for Fears, e.g. : TYPO
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Disseminated : SOWED
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Have (to) : NEED
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Ran out : LAPSED
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Firm affirmation : ICANSO
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African country that's a member of OPEC : ANGOLA
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Dutch artist Jan van der ___ : MEER
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Verizon, e.g. : TELECOM
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Anti-fracking legislation, e.g. : ECOLAW
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Part of a tennis serve : TOSS
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Sinusitis treater, for short : ENT
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Bond producers : SOLDERS
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Muslim ascetic : FAQIR
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Rigged game in "Casablanca" : ROULETTE
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Deep blue dye : ANIL
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"Bill & ___ Excellent Adventure" : TEDS
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Adler in "A Scandal in Bohemia" : IRENE
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Popular smoothie ingredient : KALE
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Twofold : DUAL
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Fraud : SHAM
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Censor : BLEEP
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Sarcastic laugh syllable : HAR
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Freudian subject : EGO
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Cape Town coin : RAND
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"Masterpiece" network : PBS
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Slice of history : ERA
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Boots : POWERSUP
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Rabbit's tail : SCUT
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Result of stress, maybe : AGITA
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One dieting strategy : NOCARBS
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Gobbled (up) : SNARFED
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Lucky thing to get in Ping-Pong : EDGE
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Nook : ALCOVE
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Like a live radio announcer : ONMIKE
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Dog, slangily : WEENIE
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Physically prompted : NUDGED
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San ___, Calif. : DIEGO
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Waterfall feature : MIST
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Exclusively : ONLY
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"Saint Joan" playwright : SHAW
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One-named singer with the 2006 hit "Smack That" : AKON
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___-Magnon man : CRO

Answer summary: 2 unique to this puzzle, 3 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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