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New York Times, Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Author:
Joel Fagliano
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Joel Fagliano

This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 74, Blocks: 32 Missing: {KQX} This is puzzle # 25 for Mr. Fagliano. NYT links: Across Lite PDF
Will Shortz notes:

As with most of Joel's puzzles, this one has a super-tight theme and a very clean construction. Almost all the clues are his, too.

Jeff Chen notes:
Fun pre-Halloween puzzle today. Joel's constructions are always so nice, the time and care he takes in his work so readily apparent. ... read more

Fun pre-Halloween puzzle today. Joel's constructions are always so nice, the time and care he takes in his work so readily apparent. There's so much good fill packed into the grid today, from the awesome-looking CARLS JR (if only it tasted as good as it looks) to G STRING with its funny clue to a little Salt-N-Pepa PUSH IT. Even HAIRDOS, typically a fine but not snazzy answer, gets spiced up with a clue which seems to hint at an ugly pluralized name (BARKERS? UECKERS?). Excellent stuff.

Joel utilizes a 74-word grid, which typically allows for such nice fill. But it's not for the faint of heart constructor. Aiming for just four less words than the max 78 makes a construction a ton more difficult. This particular arrangement requires stacks of 7's in the four corners, each one a minefield of possible ugly fill. The NE and SW are the biggest hazards, since they aren't nearly as segmented-off as the NW and SE. Beautiful in the corners, ON AN the only blemish in an area packed with BORODIN of Polovtsian Dances fame.

I enjoyed the theme especially since it reminded me that I'll get to "borrow" candy out of my nephew and niece's stash in a few days. But I would have loved to see all five entries either be generic types of candy (JELLY BEANS and CANDY CORN matched perhaps with GUMDROPS, CHOCOLATE BARS, etc.) or all name brand (TOOTSIE ROLL and SWEDISH FISH grouped with you name it). Additionally, TOOTSIE ROLL being singular while the other four themers being plural felt inconsistent. Finally, REESES at the SW corner made me wonder if I had missed other theme answers? But these are minor nits to pick.

The work of a strong constructor today. I'd love to see every constructor take as much time and care in their work as Joel consistently demonstrates, eschewing each tiny bit of ugly fill in order to give the solver the smoothest experience possible.

ADDED NOTE: I completely missed that each theme phrase ends with an actual food that might be eaten at dinner. Ignore my previous inane suggestion two paragraphs above. Wow! Consider me even more impressed.

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© 2013, The New York TimesNo. 1030 ( 23,367 )
Across
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What quoth the raven? : CAW
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Moving well for one's age : SPRY
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1988 Salt-N-Pepa hit : PUSHIT
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Washington in D.C., e.g. : AVE
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Idiot : YOYO
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Country on el Mediterráneo : ESPANA
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Coastal inlet : RIA
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Part of a Halloween dinner? : SWEDISHFISH
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Girl in tartan : LASS
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Moisten, in a way : BASTE
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Upstate N.Y. college : RPI
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Soft-shell clam : STEAMER
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"Prince Igor" composer : BORODIN
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Part of a Halloween dinner? : JELLYBEANS
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"Me neither" : NORI
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Ways to go: Abbr. : RDS
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Breathtaking creatures? : BOAS
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Checks out : CASES
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Part of a Halloween dinner? : CANDYCORN
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Pricey violin : STRAD
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Icicle site : EAVE
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___ salad : EGG
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Bed size : TWIN
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Part of a Halloween dinner? : HOTTAMALES
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One pushing the envelope? : POSTMAN
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Something found on a chemist's table : ELEMENT
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Certain Halloween costumes, for short : ETS
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"Battling Bella" of '70s politics : ABZUG
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State : AVER
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Part of a Halloween dinner? : TOOTSIEROLL
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Man's name that's another man's name backward : ARI
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Recruit : ENLIST
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Stagehand : GRIP
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Part of the alloy britannium : TIN
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___ Peanut Butter Cups : REESES
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What a colon represents in an emoticon : EYES
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Heart chart: Abbr. : ECG
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Fast-food chain with a smiling star in its logo : CARLSJR
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Flew : AVIATED
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Deceitful sorts : WEASELS
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Part of GPS: Abbr. : SYS
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Punch line? : POW
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Deli loaf : RYEBREAD
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Jedi Council leader : YODA
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Basil-based sauces : PESTOS
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Walk down the aisle : USHER
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Lotion inits. : SPF
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Bob and others : HAIRDOS
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Give rise to : INSPIRE
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Pastes used in Middle Eastern cuisine : TAHINIS
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Publisher's ID : ISBN
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Pizzeria owner in "Do the Right Thing" : SAL
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"Whoops" : MYBAD
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Jet : EBON
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___ impulse : ONAN
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Heretofore : ASYET
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Thick, sweet liqueur : CREME
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Tilt : CANT
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"Jeopardy!" column : CATEGORY
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42-Across shape : OVAL
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First pope : STPETER
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Black and blue, say : TWOTONE
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Savory deep-fried pastry : RISSOLE
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Lift : ELEVATE
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Not brand-name : GENERIC
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Spare wear : GSTRING
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Nuns' wear : HABITS
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Dix + 1 : ONZE
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Org. with a snake in its logo : AMA
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Billiards trick shot : MASSE
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Impulse : URGE
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"___ So Sweet to Trust in Jesus" : TIS
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Say "I do" when you don't? : LIE
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Groovy music? : LPS

Answer summary: 3 unique to this puzzle, 2 debuted here and reused later, 2 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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