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WHO'S LEFT?

New York Times, Sunday, October 27, 2013

Author: Brendan Emmett Quigley
Editor: Will Shortz
Brendan Emmett Quigley
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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 Will's, same ... more
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 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 something to the effect of ... more
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 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 Down
1. 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
21. Fix : NEUTER
22. Crown cover : ENAMEL
23. McMansion's storage : THREECARGARAGE
25. Santa ___ : MONICA
26. It may be stroked or crushed : EGO
27. Difficulties : WOES
28. Remove the last drop from : WRINGDRY
30. Qualifier : PRELIM
33. Test ___ : PREP
35. 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
60. Grp. with the platinum album "Out of the Blue" : ELO
61. Graf ___ : SPEE
62. Look for : AWAIT
63. Marshmallowy treat : SMORE
64. Vodka with a Chocolat Razberi flavor : STOLI
66. Keeps : HAS
67. Lot : FAIRAMOUNT
69. Badgering : HARASSMENT
71. Great leveler : TNT
72. Lawyer Davis who served in the Clinton and Bush administrations : LANNY
73. Marseille morning : MATIN
74. Buenos ___ : AIRES
75. Make a big stink : REEK
77. Went undercover : HID
78. New ID badge recipient : HIREE
79. Gaffe : BONER
80. What the Red Baron engaged in : AERIALCOMBAT
83. Sly one : SNEAK
85. Symbol of Horus : EYE
86. Tic-tac-toe winner : OOO
87. Big do : FRO
88. TV series for which Quentin Tarantino has written and directed : CSI
91. Generally speaking : ONAVERAGE
96. Famous : WIDELYKNOWN
101. "Sure" : YES
102. Clear tables : BUS
103. Jolly Roger pirate : SMEE
104. Tropical vines : LIANES
105. Jordan feature : SPACEJAM
109. Barn seat : BALE
111. ___ Tour : PGA
112. "Hot" dish : TAMALE
113. They may keep you on your toes : BALLETSLIPPERS
120. Pass : ELAPSE
121. "You betcha!" : OHYEAH
122. Four-star figure : ADMIRAL
123. Dishwasher, at times : RINSER
124. February forecasts : SLEETS
125. Comes in behind : LOSESTO
1. Election results abbr. : PCT
2. Primitive radio receiver : COHERER
3. British novelist Anthony : BURGESS
4. Chant after a soccer score : OLEOLE
5. Gobbled : ATE
6. ___ center : REC
7. Start of a Scrabble game : DRAW
8. Tees off : ANGERS
9. One may be doll-size : TEASET
10. Biter, maybe : CUR
11. ___ loss : ATA
12. One White of rock's White Stripes : MEG
13. Like the time of Franz Ferdinand's reign : PREWWI
14. Hard-to-turn vehicle : SEMI
15. Before you know it : ANON
16. Designer Helmut : LANG
17. Surrounded by : AMIDST
18. Order : DECREE
19. Stood out at stand-up? : SLAYED
24. One thrown at a rodeo : ROPE
29. Ancient Roman king : REX
30. Wield : PLY
31. Any Mount Olympus dweller : IMMORTAL
32. Like some rioters : MACED
34. Provider of a trip across a desert? : PEYOTE
35. Well-financed grp.? : OPEC
38. Boxer's target : JAW
40. Rhapsodizes over : EXTOLS
41. Be flat : LIE
42. Sources of some lethal injections : ASPS
46. Second lt.'s equivalent : ENS
48. Thieves' place : LAIR
49. Major Spanish daily : ELMUNDO
50. Icon on Amazon : CART
51. Hears again, as a case : RETRIES
52. Big name in online financial services : ELOAN
53. Cry from a balcony, maybe : UPHERE
54. Not so nice : MEANER
55. Raccoons around campsites, e.g. : PESTS
56. River of song : SWANEE
57. Many an actor's second job : WAITER
59. Vaio manufacturer : SONY
62. SAG's partner : AFTRA
63. Kind of boom : SONIC
64. Make content : SATE
65. Golfer nicknamed "Tower" : ISAOAOKI
68. "Das Lied von der Erde" composer : MAHLER
69. Antlered animal : HART
70. Stole material : MINK
73. Cat calls : MIAOWS
76. Eastern European capital : KIEV
78. "The Newsroom" channel : HBO
79. Emerald, e.g. : BERYL
81. "I agree" : AYE
82. Springfield watering hole : MOES
84. Lamar Hunt Trophy org. : NFL
88. Some 99-Down : CONGERS
89. Curse : SWEARAT
90. Connections : INS
91. Bar food? : OYSTER
92. Indian neighbor : NEPALI
93. One way to dress in drag : ASAMAN
94. Court inits. : ABA
95. Cajun dishes : GUMBOS
97. "Whew, that wore me out!" : IMBEAT
98. Video game losses : DEATHS
99. 88-Down, e.g. : EELS
100. Brit's diaper : NAPPIE
106. Pen parts : CAPS
107. Different : ELSE
108. Raspberry : JEER
110. Carrier that owns the airline Sun d'Or : ELAL
114. Rink org. : AHL
115. Cleaning solution : LYE
116. Daniels who directed "The Butler" : LEE
117. Words said before a kiss : IDO
118. Afts and eves : PMS
119. ___-mo : SLO

Answer summary: 8 unique to this puzzle, 2 debuted here and reused later, 5 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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