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New York Times, Thursday, October 26, 2017

Author:
Jacob Stulberg
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Jacob Stulberg

This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 78, Blocks: 38 Missing: {JQZ} This is puzzle # 24 for Mr. Stulberg. NYT links: Across Lite PDF
Jacob Stulberg notes:
Today's theme began as an attempt to create a 'meta-rebus' puzzle—i.e., a rebus puzzle in which every rebus square contained the ... read more

Today's theme began as an attempt to create a "meta-rebus" puzzle—i.e., a rebus puzzle in which every rebus square contained the letters REBUS. While searching for potential theme answers, I happened upon MT. EREBUS and realized that it could serve as a tricky revealer in its own right. Favorite answer: GROWUP, whose original clue, "Response to a playground insult," appropriately aged into "Response to a sophomoric joke" en route to publication.

Jeff Chen notes:
MT EREBUS parsed as MTE REBUS, giving a nice rationale for why M T E are squished into a square. I've long wondered why we use the ... read more

MT EREBUS parsed as MTE REBUS, giving a nice rationale for why M T E are squished into a square. I've long wondered why we use the term "rebus" to describe "multiple letters jammed into a square" — I'm used to "rebus" describing a picture — but it's just one of those insidery crossword things.

I knew what MT EREBUS was! Honest! What, you don't believe me? I must insist that I … okay, fine. Never heard of it. Glad to learn what it was — southernmost active volcano, that's a cool fact — but boy, was it hard to parse a weird MTEREBUS string when EREBUS sounded so unfamiliar.

Some great theme phrases, FORT SUMTER, FARM TEAM, WISDOM TEETH, ASSAM TEA, WILLIAM TELL, TIM TEBOW all beautiful. I would have liked one more pair of themers like this — just three rebus squares felt a bit miserly — but where would you stick another? I suppose Jacob could have made the revealer (MTE)REBUS with another MTE square, but that would have been plain old mean!

Generally clean gridwork, just some minor CTA, RAHS, RRS type stuff. Not easy to do when you have to work around crossing pairs of themers. But I did feel that the grid was choked-off, with so many narrow passageways. Would have been great to get more of an open feel to the puzzle, with a couple more pieces of bonus long fill. Perhaps by taking out the black square between FDA and FORE, or GMC and ASP?

This would no doubt have introduced some more crossword glue into the fill, but oddly enough, that might have made for a more pleasurable solving experience in places. For instance, I got horribly stuck in the north section, unable to determine what [Anterior] could be. Short answers like FORE and FRAT can be tough to clue in challenging ways, so in Thursday puzzles, they often end up being frustratingly and opaquely difficult, without much of an a-ha moment to reward all your head-banging. (Didn't help that I held onto WRAP party for the longest time; sigh.)

Clever concept to parse MT EREBUS into MTE REBUS. I wonder if it'll be too crossword-insidery for some solvers, though.

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© 2017, The New York TimesNo. 1026 ( 24,824 )
Across
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Doesn't lose : HAS
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Klutzes : OAFS
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Response to a sophomoric joke : GROWUP
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Tolkien creature : ORC
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___ party : FRAT
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Spot for a yacht : MARINA
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Grp. known as the Bureau of Chemistry from 1901 to 1927 : FDA
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Anterior : FORE
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Holders of toys : CHESTS
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Site of a famous opening shot : FORTSUMTER
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Debaters take them : SIDES
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See 60-Down : AREA
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Answer to "Who wears a long cap on his head?," in song : SANTA
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"You got it!" : DONE
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Asparagus, mostly : STEM
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Indian beverage : ASSAMTEA
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Unfamiliar with : NEWTO
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Be down : MOPE
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Go down : EBB
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Courageous and energetic sort, they say : ARIES
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"___ my first night beneath the Sun" (Dickinson poem) : TIS
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Featherweight champion of the world, e.g. : TITLE
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Weekly 90-min. TV show : SNL
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Heart : CRUX
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Pale : ASHEN
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"Bandstand Boogie" bandleader Larry : ELGART
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Black ___ (voodoo and such) : ARTS
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17+ million square miles of the earth : ASIA
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Certain Bach composition : SUITE
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Biblical preposition : UNTO
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Impress : STAMP
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Southernmost active volcano in the world ... or a cryptic hint to certain squares in this puzzle : MTEREBUS
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2007 Heisman winner who went on to play for the Broncos : TIMTEBOW
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Pointy-headed fish : PIKE
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Windy City rail inits. : CTA
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Squaring (with) : INLINE
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"The great binder and loosener," per Jung : EROS
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"For shame!" : TSK
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4 x 100 and others : RELAYS
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Split : LEFT
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Timetable word : VIA
Down
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Labor leader played by Jack Nicholson in a 1992 biopic : HOFFA
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Vim : ARDOR
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It might make you start : SCARE
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"Takes care of" : OFFS
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Vivify : AROUSE
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AA group : FARMTEAM
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Finger-wagging, say : STERN
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Sierra and Canyon maker : GMC
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Stadium sounds : RAHS
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Frozen food brand : OREIDA
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Ones down in the mouth? : WISDOMTEETH
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Like something that can't be defended : UNTENABLE
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Out of style : PASSE
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Sense of style : TASTE
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Southwestern ski resort : TAOS
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"Cleopatra" prop : ASP
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Opera that takes place in 1800 and premiered in 1900 : TOSCA
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Attack : SETAT
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"Cherry Wine" rapper, 2012 : NAS
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Lily Tomlin's "one ringy-dingy" character on old TV : ERNESTINE
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Apple employer, once? : WILLIAMTELL
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Not remain aloof : MIX
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Big thing in London? : BEN
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Frilly garment : TUTU
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Something to debate : ISSUE
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Norfolk Southern and others: Abbr. : RRS
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Its capital is an Atlantic port : GAMBIA
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Raiment : ATTIRE
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Smell like : REEKOF
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Bustling : ASTIR
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Drive : IMPEL
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42-Across airer : NBCTV
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East African people : TUTSI
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Home of Panasonic : OSAKA
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Kind of keg : PONY
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With 23-Across, picnic table locale : REST
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Director Anderson : WES

Answer summary: 2 unique to this puzzle.

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