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New York Times, Tuesday, October 30, 2018

Author:
Jules Markey
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Jules P. Markey

This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 14 Words: 73, Blocks: 34 Missing: {JQWX} Spans: 1 This is puzzle # 18 for Mr. Markey. NYT links: Across Lite PDF
Jules P. Markey notes:
This puzzle and another one published in The Chronicle of Higher Education on 1/10/14, are the direct results of solving one ... read more

This puzzle and another one published in The Chronicle of Higher Education on 1/10/14, are the direct results of solving one of my all-time favorite NY Times crosswords. That puzzle was by Joel Fagliano published on 8/1/11. Joel's was a 15x15 with 8 10-letter theme entries and a 15-letter revealer, quite impressive. This puzzle's skeleton remained in my folder for years until 2017, when I finally fleshed it out ( both puns intended).

Thanks to Will and Sam for their editing, and to Joel for the inspiration. And, oh yeah…. BOO!

Jeff Chen notes:
Funny that Jules should mention Joel's puzzle! That was the first time I ever saw this type of theme; a trigram moving ... read more

Funny that Jules should mention Joel's puzzle! That was the first time I ever saw this type of theme; a trigram moving through a puzzle. I was so impressed with Joel's creation that it was one of the reasons I wanted to start blogging about puzzles. It's such a delight to be able to gush.

Big smile when I got to today's revealer, GRAVEYARD SHIFT, indicating that the RIPs are shifting down the diagonal. An apt concept for the day before Halloween.

I would have liked the gravestones to be spaced out a little bit more, though. Having two RIPs atop each other felt like something else was going on, like a commentary about cemeteries saving space by burying bodies atop each other. (My mind goes to gruesome places, doesn't it?) Placing the second RIP in row 4 instead of row 3 seems like it would have made for a better visual.

Alternately, I would have been happy with just four RIPs – once you fill in two of them, you get the sense that you're supposed to put in RIP for the rest. This would have also had the added benefit of allowing for better fill.

Don't get me wrong; I thought Jules did wonderfully on one of the two criteria I use to judge fill: color. GO FLY A KITE! STYLIZED. MYRIAD of nice bonuses.

The other criterion, smoothness, is where the puzzle suffered. Any time you need to use the "old-style" or "old" descriptor (RFD), it's probably a sign to go back and rework. Same goes for the "var" tag (EGIS). Toss in the tough LENAPE, both DAMA and SRA, some ERL EDA and you have a zombie apocalypse!

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Across
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Riding on : ATOP
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Place to get pampered : SPA
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Summoned on an intercom, say : PAGED
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Witty comebacks : RIPOSTES
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University town named for an Indian chief : ORONO
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Picture often used as an altarpiece : TRIPTYCH
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Combs (through) : SIFTS
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Oozing : SEEPY
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Word before status or studies : SOCIAL
21
Golfer Ernie : ELS
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Corruption from deep inside : ROT
24
Puppy's cry : YIP
27
"Talented" title character portrayed by Matt Damon : MRRIPLEY
30
Lady of Spain : DAMA
31
Assent at sea : AYE
32
Veer the other way : ZAG
33
Swell : AOKAY
34
Late night for a working stiff ... or a hint to the shaded squares : GRAVEYARDSHIFT
38
Came to the rescue : AIDED
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Help in finding buried treasure : MAP
40
"The ___ of Pooh," 1982 best seller : TAO
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It's prologue, they say : PAST
42
Put on a windowsill to mature, say : SUNRIPEN
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Author LeShan : EDA
46
Samovar, e.g. : URN
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Schubert's "The ___ King" : ERL
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Delaware Valley tribe : LENAPE
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Too, in Toulouse : AUSSI
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Like a river at its mouth, not at its head : BROAD
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Narcissists' excursions? : EGOTRIPS
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Coming in handy : OFUSE
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Care about something, in slang : GIVEARIP
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More curious : ODDER
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Government org. for retirees : SSA
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Microscope part : LENS
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Theater, dance, etc. : ARTS
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Firestone product : TIRE
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Member of the Sons of Anarchy on FX's "Sons of Anarchy" : OPIE
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Device used with corn kernels : POPPER
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Hog heaven? : STY
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Bench presser's pride, informally : PECS
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Off the main : ASHORE
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Put forth : POSIT
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Met solo : ARIA
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"Get lost!" : GOFLYAKITE
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"The Lord of the Rings" creature : ENT
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First of two lists in fashion advice : DOS
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Like the artists' names P!nk and Ke$ha : STYLIZED
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Playing hard to get, say : COY
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Neuter : SPAY
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"Your work is awesome!" : IMAFAN
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Words before a name on a check : PAYTO
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Big number : MYRIAD
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Says the words on the page : READSALOUD
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JFK alternative : LGA
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"Stupid me!" : DOH
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Slack-jawed : AGAPE
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Say the "h" in "historical," say : ASPIRATE
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Dog doc : VET
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J.F.K. alternative in 1960 : RMN
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Venture : DARE
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Lady of Spain: Abbr. : SRA
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Removes, as from a fixed rate : UNPEGS
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Like ghosts and goblins? : PLURAL
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Six feet ___ : UNDER
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Relaxation : EASE
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Protection: Var. : EGIS
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Beget : SIRE
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What a pool shark puts on a ball : SPIN
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Comcast Xfinity and others, in brief : ISPS
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Halloween cry : BOO
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Old postal letters : RFD
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In vitro fertility needs : OVA

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

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