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WHO'S LEFT?

New York Times, Sunday, October 27, 2013

Author:
Brendan Emmett Quigley
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Brendan Emmett Quigley

This puzzle:

Rows: 21, Columns: 21 Words: 142, Blocks: 75 Missing: {QZ} This is puzzle # 159 for Mr. Quigley. NYT links: Across Lite PDF
Brendan Emmett Quigley notes:
I solve a lot of cryptic crosswords, and words that go backward are featured quite heavily in their word play. Once the title for this puzzle came to me (mine was slightly different from ... read more

I solve a lot of cryptic crosswords, and words that go backward are featured quite heavily in their word play. Once the title for this puzzle came to me (mine was slightly different from Will's, same idea, but his was much better), the puzzle wrote itself. The challenge was trying to find suitable names that worked. I wanted to make sure to have five men's names and five women's, and have the names be at least 4 letters long. In short, it's a themed themeless Sunday-sized puzzle. Enjoy.

For those who aren't already regulars, I post two similar puzzles a week on my blog on Mondays and Thursdays. The puzzles are free, and I offer a 100% money back guaranteed if you hate any of them.

Jeff Chen notes:
One of my first memories of BEQ: we were talking about some (fair) entry of his that people were grousing about, and I asked if that sort of stuff bothered him. He shrugged and said ... read more

One of my first memories of BEQ: we were talking about some (fair) entry of his that people were grousing about, and I asked if that sort of stuff bothered him. He shrugged and said something to the effect of "haters gonna hate", but in fresher (and cruder) words. I pretty much knew instantly I was going to like him. One of my highlights of last year's ACPT was hanging with him, Mike Nothnagel, and Kevin Der amongst other constructors, drinking cold ones at the bar on Will's nickel while swapping stories. Good times (and a big bar tab; sorry Will, I'm not sure who drank so much*).

Easy breezy theme today, names hidden backward inside longer theme entries. Where BEQ shines is with one of his typical fortes: new entries. Not only does he give us debut entries in the long theme phrases, but he gives us three pieces of choice short fill in PC BOARD (I'm a electromechanical engineer by education so loved seeing this), PRE-WWI, and COULTER (all the entries that have never before been used in the NYT show up in red in the answers listed below the grid). I was stuck so badly on PREWWI, which looks like such a crazy string of letters but makes such an awesome entry. When I eventually figured it out and parsed it properly, I got a big rush, marveling at how neat it looks. I don't know how BEQ manages to do this so consistently, but I'm constantly impressed at all the fresh stuff he integrates.

Since BEQ does so much cool stuff in his indie crosswords (definitely check out his blog if you haven't already), I couldn't help but wonder if there was an extra level I was missing, perhaps if all ten names were tied together somehow. It was a bit of a disappointment that there was no extra layer, but that's more a matter of my high expectations due to BEQ's amazing body of work.

I was curious to ask him why he went with COHERER instead of COHERED, but I was pretty sure the answer would be 1.) something about why the COHERER was important in early radio (he's quite the music buff) and/or 2.) haters gonna hate.

Overall, this was a tough challenge with difficult clues, playing out more like a themeless than anything. Some very nice entries and a good long workout.

*It was Kevin.

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© 2013, The New York TimesNo. 1027 ( 23,364 )
Across
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Etched computer component : PCBOARD
8
Away for the summer, maybe : ATCAMP
14
Bar food? : SALADS
20
Author of "If Democrats Had Any Brains, They'd Be Republicans" : COULTER
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Fix : NEUTER
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Crown cover : ENAMEL
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McMansion's storage : THREECARGARAGE
25
Santa ___ : MONICA
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It may be stroked or crushed : EGO
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Difficulties : WOES
28
Remove the last drop from : WRINGDRY
30
Qualifier : PRELIM
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Test ___ : PREP
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Have a balance : OWE
36
Religious office : SEE
37
Attack on sacred custom : LESEMAJESTE
39
Dotty? : PIXELATED
43
Brief letter sign-off : YRS
44
___ Nashville Records : MCA
45
"___-haw!" : YEE
47
Greek characters : XIS
48
"Camelot" co-writer : LOEWE
50
Piece of road construction equipment : CONCRETEPUMP
56
Grassy expanse : SWARD
58
Exams with analytical reasoning parts: Abbr. : LSATS
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Grp. with the platinum album "Out of the Blue" : ELO
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Graf ___ : SPEE
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Look for : AWAIT
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Marshmallowy treat : SMORE
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Vodka with a Chocolat Razberi flavor : STOLI
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Keeps : HAS
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Lot : FAIRAMOUNT
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Badgering : HARASSMENT
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Great leveler : TNT
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Lawyer Davis who served in the Clinton and Bush administrations : LANNY
73
Marseille morning : MATIN
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Buenos ___ : AIRES
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Make a big stink : REEK
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Went undercover : HID
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New ID badge recipient : HIREE
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Gaffe : BONER
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What the Red Baron engaged in : AERIALCOMBAT
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Sly one : SNEAK
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Symbol of Horus : EYE
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Tic-tac-toe winner : OOO
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Big do : FRO
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TV series for which Quentin Tarantino has written and directed : CSI
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Generally speaking : ONAVERAGE
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Famous : WIDELYKNOWN
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"Sure" : YES
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Clear tables : BUS
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Jolly Roger pirate : SMEE
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Tropical vines : LIANES
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Jordan feature : SPACEJAM
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Barn seat : BALE
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___ Tour : PGA
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"Hot" dish : TAMALE
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They may keep you on your toes : BALLETSLIPPERS
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Pass : ELAPSE
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"You betcha!" : OHYEAH
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Four-star figure : ADMIRAL
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Dishwasher, at times : RINSER
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February forecasts : SLEETS
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Comes in behind : LOSESTO
Down
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Election results abbr. : PCT
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Primitive radio receiver : COHERER
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British novelist Anthony : BURGESS
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Chant after a soccer score : OLEOLE
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Gobbled : ATE
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___ center : REC
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Start of a Scrabble game : DRAW
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Tees off : ANGERS
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One may be doll-size : TEASET
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Biter, maybe : CUR
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___ loss : ATA
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One White of rock's White Stripes : MEG
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Like the time of Franz Ferdinand's reign : PREWWI
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Hard-to-turn vehicle : SEMI
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Before you know it : ANON
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Designer Helmut : LANG
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Surrounded by : AMIDST
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Order : DECREE
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Stood out at stand-up? : SLAYED
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One thrown at a rodeo : ROPE
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Ancient Roman king : REX
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Wield : PLY
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Any Mount Olympus dweller : IMMORTAL
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Like some rioters : MACED
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Provider of a trip across a desert? : PEYOTE
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Well-financed grp.? : OPEC
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Boxer's target : JAW
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Rhapsodizes over : EXTOLS
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Be flat : LIE
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Sources of some lethal injections : ASPS
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Second lt.'s equivalent : ENS
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Thieves' place : LAIR
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Major Spanish daily : ELMUNDO
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Icon on Amazon : CART
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Hears again, as a case : RETRIES
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Big name in online financial services : ELOAN
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Cry from a balcony, maybe : UPHERE
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Not so nice : MEANER
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Raccoons around campsites, e.g. : PESTS
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River of song : SWANEE
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Many an actor's second job : WAITER
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Vaio manufacturer : SONY
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SAG's partner : AFTRA
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Kind of boom : SONIC
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Make content : SATE
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Golfer nicknamed "Tower" : ISAOAOKI
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"Das Lied von der Erde" composer : MAHLER
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Antlered animal : HART
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Stole material : MINK
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Cat calls : MIAOWS
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Eastern European capital : KIEV
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"The Newsroom" channel : HBO
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Emerald, e.g. : BERYL
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"I agree" : AYE
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Springfield watering hole : MOES
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Lamar Hunt Trophy org. : NFL
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Some 99-Down : CONGERS
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Curse : SWEARAT
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Connections : INS
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Bar food? : OYSTER
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Indian neighbor : NEPALI
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One way to dress in drag : ASAMAN
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Court inits. : ABA
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Cajun dishes : GUMBOS
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"Whew, that wore me out!" : IMBEAT
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Video game losses : DEATHS
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88-Down, e.g. : EELS
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Brit's diaper : NAPPIE
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Pen parts : CAPS
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Different : ELSE
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Raspberry : JEER
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Carrier that owns the airline Sun d'Or : ELAL
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Rink org. : AHL
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Cleaning solution : LYE
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Daniels who directed "The Butler" : LEE
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Words said before a kiss : IDO
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Afts and eves : PMS
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___-mo : SLO

Answer summary: 7 unique to this puzzle, 3 debuted here and reused later, 5 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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