It looks like you're using an Ad Blocker. Please consider supporting our site by purchasing an account.
This web browser is not supported. Use Chrome, Safari, Firefox, or Edge for best results.

New York Times, Friday, October 5, 2018

Author:
Robyn Weintraub
Editor:
Will Shortz
TotalDebutLatestCollabs
213/28/20115/11/20190
SunMonTueWedThuFriSat
02320113
ScrabbleRebusCirclePangram
1.58000
Robyn Weintraub

This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 70, Blocks: 30 Missing: {JQVXZ} This is puzzle # 17 for Ms. Weintraub. Jeff Chen's Puzzle of the Week pick. NYT links: Across Lite PDF
Robyn Weintraub notes:
Both the first and last across entries/clues are my favorites in this puzzle. AND WE'RE OFF fell into the 'gee, I sure hope I can keep ... read more

Both the first and last across entries/clues are my favorites in this puzzle. AND WE'RE OFF fell into the "gee, I sure hope I can keep this here at 1 Across" category, and fortunately it remained despite a number of grid revisions.

As for GENERAL TSO, the clue came to me immediately, but I second guessed it a few million times — it was so groan-worthy, and, I think, a rather obvious clue. Eventually I gave up trying to find an alternative, because none of them made me smile the way this clue does. I figured if Will hated it, he'd find a suitable replacement. I am very pleased that it made it to print, and it is my sincere hope that solvers also find it both smile-inducing and groan-worthy.

Jeff Chen notes:
There's a cookie shop that Jill and I go to on our weekly date night, called 'Hello, Robin.' Even if the line is out the door and down ... read more

There's a cookie shop that Jill and I go to on our weekly date night, called "Hello, Robin." Even if the line is out the door and down the block, we wait, rain or shine, for the fresh-baked birthday cake cookies. The "Macklesmores." And the ice cream sandwiches: premium, small-batch chocolate ice cream, between two chocolate chip cookies? There are plenty of other dessert places around, but Jill and I think this one is the tops.

Hard to say whether I'd prefer a Hello, Robin ice cream sandwich, or a Robyn Weintraub themeless. Such sweet tastes in PERIWINKLE, GOLD COIN, GENERAL TSO, OPEN SOURCE, WORKER BEES. Hidden nuggets in clues like CLUBS innocently described as a [Dark suit].

It's like Robyn does a MIND MELD with me. (Yes, I'm typing while holding my fingers in a Vulcan salute.)

I admit I didn't get the clue for AND WE'RE OFF at first. It's self-referential, which must mean … there's a horse named AND WE'RE OFF? D'oh [Exclamation appropriate for 1-Across] doesn't mean [Exclamation appropriate for "And We're Off"]. It's simply appropriate for the first clue of the puzzle!

Now I'm brainstorming entries that would be appropriate for themselves … thinking …

I liked this puzzle so much that I somehow got past the fact that I got a square wrong (HAB instead of DAB). Usually, I'd cry foul, seeing as HEADLINE and DEADLINE are both newsroom concerns, and why am I supposed to know some dance move from the 2010s?

But Robyn got me to laugh at myself and shrug it off. It takes an incredibly pleasurable solving experience to make that happen. To make me ignore the gluey bits, too. Normally, I'd cringe at the excess of ARIL ATTN ISON RTE TALI in a non-challenging 70-word grid. But because of how tasty everything was overall, I didn't care one bit today.

Say "Hello, Robyn" … to yet another POW!

Jim Horne notes:
I enjoyed this crossword too. The best clues are poetic gems, and this puzzle has plenty. Two clues cleverly separate ... read more

I enjoyed this crossword too.

The best clues are poetic gems, and this puzzle has plenty. Two clues cleverly separate normally-combined compound words. "King maker" (you expect to see kingmaker) and "Honey bunch", (not honeybunch.) Those innocuous extra spaces point to SERTA and WORKER BEES. Brilliant.

"Protector of the heart" is a romantic clue for RIBCAGE; the image here was hand drawn by da Vinci. AND WE'RE OFF might be my favorite 1-Across ever. "Crux of 'The Crucible'" is fun.

"One who's got game ... but shouldn't" for POACHER is outstanding. That clue alone makes this puzzle memorable.

1
A
2
N
3
D
4
W
5
E
6
R
7
E
8
O
9
F
10
F
11
S
12
I
13
T
14
E
15
P
E
R
I
W
I
N
K
L
E
16
E
T
A
L
17
S
T
A
L
E
B
R
E
A
D
18
T
O
N
Y
19
E
S
M
E
20
C
A
D
S
21
M
A
L
E
S
22
L
A
G
23
H
24
A
I
R
D
Y
E
25
S
26
T
27
O
28
W
A
G
E
29
M
O
N
E
Y
30
C
A
P
O
N
E
31
G
O
L
D
C
O
32
I
33
N
34
A
L
E
R
T
35
D
A
B
36
M
O
U
S
E
37
T
I
N
K
E
38
R
E
D
39
P
E
R
S
O
N
40
S
E
R
T
A
41
C
O
L
D
O
N
E
42
S
43
C
O
R
N
E
D
44
L
A
D
45
C
L
U
B
S
46
L
47
A
I
C
48
A
49
L
50
B
51
A
52
H
E
R
E
53
W
I
T
C
H
54
T
R
I
A
L
55
M
A
C
E
56
I
N
T
H
E
W
I
N
G
S
57
O
R
E
S
58
G
E
N
E
R
A
L
T
S
O
© 2018, The New York TimesNo. 1005 ( 25,168 )

Support XWord Info today

Pay now and get access for a year.

1. Select account level
2. Choose how to pay
Across
1
Exclamation appropriate for 1-Across : ANDWEREOFF
11
It's where it's at : SITE
15
Purple-blue shade or the flower it's named after : PERIWINKLE
16
Series finale : ETAL
17
You might use it in dressing : STALEBREAD
18
Props for a Broadway play? : TONY
19
Salinger title teen : ESME
20
Heels : CADS
21
Bucks, e.g. : MALES
22
Not quite keep up : LAG
23
Salon supply : HAIRDYE
25
Cargo area : STOWAGE
29
Time, proverbially : MONEY
30
U.S.'s first so-called "Public Enemy No. 1" : CAPONE
31
Krugerrand, e.g. : GOLDCOIN
34
"Fore!," for one : ALERT
35
Dance move of the 2010s : DAB
36
Looney Tunes's Speedy Gonzales, e.g. : MOUSE
37
Fiddled (with) : TINKERED
39
V.I.P. section? : PERSON
40
King maker : SERTA
41
Brewski : COLDONE
42
Held in contempt : SCORNED
44
Young 'un : LAD
45
Dark suit : CLUBS
46
Of the flock : LAIC
48
Actress Jessica : ALBA
52
"Take this ..." : HERE
53
Crux of "The Crucible" : WITCHTRIAL
55
Medieval weapon : MACE
56
Waiting to come out : INTHEWINGS
57
Get a lode of these! : ORES
58
Military leader known for being chicken? : GENERALTSO
Down
1
Place for a shrine : APSE
2
Court equipment : NETS
3
Perfumery measure : DRAM
4
Craftiness : WILE
5
Pecorino Romano source : EWE
6
Protector of the heart : RIBCAGE
7
Bring to the boiling point : ENRAGE
8
Ratified : OKED
9
Seemingly spontaneous gathering : FLASHMOB
10
Supplied : FED
11
More than just won : SETARECORD
12
"See!" : ITOLDYOUSO
13
Roger ___, fifth chief justice of the Supreme Court : TANEY
14
"Family Ties" mother : ELYSE
21
Vulcan telepathy technique : MINDMELD
22
Some camping gear : LANTERNS
24
Verizon acquisition of 2015 : AOL
25
Jazzy style : SCAT
26
Anklebones : TALI
27
Like a code anyone can use : OPENSOURCE
28
Honey bunch? : WORKERBEES
31
Travel (about) : GAD
32
Will go ahead as planned : ISON
33
State bird whose name sounds like its call : NENE
35
Newsroom concern : DEADLINE
38
LAX to ORD or JFK: Abbr. : RTE
39
One who's got game ... but shouldn't : POACHER
41
Like a kid in a candy store, e.g. : CLICHE
42
Sap : SCHMO
43
Intelligible : CLEAR
47
Start of a subj. line : ATTN
48
Seed case : ARIL
49
Kind of trap : LINT
50
Captures : BAGS
51
It may precede second thoughts : ALSO
53
Lose it, with "out" : WIG
54
Eastern rival : TWA

Answer summary: 6 unique to this puzzle, 3 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

Found bugs or have suggestions?