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New York Times, Saturday, October 4, 2014

Author:
Julian Lim
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Julian Lim

This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 70, Blocks: 30 Missing: {JQX} Spans: 1 This is puzzle # 16 for Mr. Lim. NYT links: Across Lite PDF
Julian Lim notes:
My big worry as I dropped this one into the mailbox was whether DURIANS were well-known enough to appear in a NYT crossword — I ... read more

My big worry as I dropped this one into the mailbox was whether DURIANS were well-known enough to appear in a NYT crossword — I don't recall ever seeing one in my time in the States. I'm glad they passed muster with Will! Curious to see in comments if anyone has had the pleasure of eating one.

The other thing I noted about the final version of this puzzle is that most of my "?" clues survived the edit. I'm fond of writing them, but I think they often come out a bit too crazy for editors' tastes. It's nice that [Mixer for losers?] made the cut — the image amused me when I thought it up (or perhaps I'm just very easily amused).

Jeff Chen notes:
Five things I think I think: 1.) Beautiful NW/SE corners. It's so hard to stack four long entries atop each other and keep them ... read more

Five things I think I think:

1.) Beautiful NW/SE corners. It's so hard to stack four long entries atop each other and keep them both lively and clean. BROMANCE / EASY POUR / NTH POWER / TEAR GAS with MY PRECIOUS is beautiful work, with just the tiny EER as a blemish. Just about the prettiest corner I've seen in a long time. How is it possible to pack so much great stuff into such a small area?

2.) Julian does deploy a lot of his black squares in order to segment those corners. Perfectly fine, but it does make filling the rest of the grid a bit harder. That central section is a biggie — awfully tough to fill an open area featuring a lot of 7's and 6's. He does well there, using a bit of neutral stuff like VARIED and SERIES to cement some nice answers in place.

3.) For those of you who don't know what DURIANS are, they're a divisive power in Asia. Some people (like Julian) go crazy for them, others (like me and the rest of the sane world) say they don't pass the breakfast test. They smell so horrifically bad (sorry Julian!) that some hotels in Malaysia have "NO DURIAN" signs. When Jill and I were there two years ago, a cabbie talked about how sad it was he couldn't eat his beloved DURIANS in his car because he would lose all his customers for the day. Go figure.

4.) Just EER / RTE / AGNI / A GOB felt like a fairly low price to pay for the sheer quantity of great entries — I count roughly 15 entries toward Julian's assets; a huge number. If it hadn't been for that pesky DRURY / IDY crossing, this would be POW material for me. Even for a Saturday puzzle where solvers are expected to know more, to be able to figure out crazy wordplay, I find this crossing unfortunate. Even if it might be deemed fair because Drury Lane is well-known enough in the theater community, I think this corner's going to detract from overall solver satisfaction.

5.) A shame that contract bridge isn't as wildly popular as it used to be. One very useful bidding convention is called "reverse DRURY." As I keep on telling anyone too slow to run away, bridge would solve all the world's problems.

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© 2014, The New York TimesNo. 1004 ( 23,706 )
Across
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Two-man band? : BROMANCE
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Blush-inducing : RIBALD
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Anti-spill, say : EASYPOUR
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Green machine : ECOCAR
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Exponential unknown : NTHPOWER
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"Anticipate the difficult by managing the easy" philosopher : LAOTZU
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Cause of a stinging breakup? : TEARGAS
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Less significant : DINKIER
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Sonnet extender? : EER
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Enjoyed muchly : DUG
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Mount ___, Charley Weaver's hometown : IDY
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See 41-Across : SAUCE
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Partner of many : VARIED
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Lambs, to Lucius : AGNI
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One being strung along? : MARIONETTE
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Decline dramatically : GOTORACKANDRUIN
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180s : ABOUTTURNS
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Title subject of a search in a 2003 film : NEMO
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"Twilight," e.g. : SERIES
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Gets a clue, with "up" : WISES
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With 24-Across, barbecue finger stainer : RIB
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"___ really help" : ITD
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Storm designation : SHE
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To whom Charles Darwin dedicated "Different Forms of Flowers" : ASAGRAY
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Bartending tool : STIRRER
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In-flight : MIDAIR
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Mixer for losers? : DIETCOKE
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Pioneer in literary realism : BALZAC
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"Servant of the Bones" author : ANNERICE
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"Really?" : OHYEAH
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Ditch : GETRIDOF
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Like some straws : BENT
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Have prestige : RATE
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Org. that, when spelled backward, is an old-timey exclamation : OSHA
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What Gollum calls the Ring in "The Lord of the Rings" : MYPRECIOUS
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Nadir's opposite : APOGEE
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Dove's dream : NOWAR
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Aids after blanking out : CUES
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Slip : ERR
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Service providers? : RELIGIONS
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Statement of confidence : ICAN
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Musical component : BOOK
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Last part of "Waiting for Godot" : ACTII
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Was a slug : LAZED
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___ Lane, London theater locale : DRURY
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Southeast Asian fruits with large, thick spines : DURIANS
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Burgundy or claret : DARKRED
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"Twilight," e.g. : SAGA
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Oodles : AGOB
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"Adventure most ___ itself": Emily Dickinson : UNTO
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Empty-headedness : VACUITY
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Word with deep or dead : END
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Newest fashion : DERNIERCRI
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Mother superior? : MATRIARCH
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It's named for a Scand. god of battle : TUES
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"Pencils down!" : TIME
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Nonhuman Earth orbiter of 1961 : ENOS
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Trip planner's option: Abbr. : RTE
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More like a sheet? : WHITER
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Fanatically militant sort : RAMBO
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"Veep" actor ___ Whitlock Jr. : ISIAH
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Very much : BADLY
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Widening agent in medicine : STENT
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Goggle : GAZE
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Gold-certifying grp. : RIAA
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0.5, for 30 degrees : SINE
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___ rage (result of juicing) : ROID
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Sister brand of CorningWare : EKCO
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Shipping hazard : REEF
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The U.N.'s ___ Hammarskjöld : DAG

Answer summary: 6 unique to this puzzle, 1 debuted here and reused later, 2 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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