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New York Times, Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Author:
Zhouqin Burnikel
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Zhouqin Burnikel

This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 76, Blocks: 37 Missing: {JQZ} This is puzzle # 22 for Ms. Burnikel. Jeff Chen's Puzzle of the Week pick. NYT links: Across Lite PDF
Jeff Chen notes:
Today's puzzle gives us a SINKING / FEELING — four of them, actually. Fun to have four different feelings 'sinking,' i.e. ... read more

Today's puzzle gives us a SINKING / FEELING — four of them, actually. Fun to have four different feelings "sinking," i.e. positioned vertically. I really liked the themers, too, CARLOS SLIM my favorite. Pretty incredible that his net worth is estimated to be around 6% of Mexico's total GDP. And although he hasn't embraced philanthropic goals nearly as fully as Gates or Buffett, I do appreciate his efforts in that arena. Neat to see the wealthy giving back.

Hey, CARLOS SLIM is a fellow engineer!

As with most all of CC's puzzles, I really appreciate her long fill. Usually in puzzles with vertically oriented themers, you can't use much long across fill, for fear of confusing what's theme and what isn't. Today, the circles make it obvious what is theme, so CC takes full advantage, going hog wild with WENT TOO FAR, DANE COOK, STEAL A KISS, LET ME SEE = all very nice material. Even a little BUXOM and FEDEX add color.

For most constructors, this theme conceit would be good enough. But given how skilled CC is, I would have liked to see an extra element tying the four feelings together. How cool would it have been to have all of them from a famous quote? Or even if they were all synonyms of "sinking feeling," like LOSS, SORROW, etc. that would have been perfect. As it was, I found the inclusion of HOPE to be a bit strange. Shouldn't that one be rising?

I also would have liked SINKING FEELING to come toward the end of the puzzle. It was a bit disappointing to encounter it within the first minute of my solve, giving away the game. Perhaps a mirror symmetry arrangement would have been useful, allowing SINKING / FEELING to placed toward the bottom of the puzzle? Some themers would have had to intersect SINKING FEELING, but I bet that would have been possible.

Overall though, a nice early-week theme, and a very well-executed puzzle with added bonuses in sparkly and clean fill. I had to look up TSU — Texas Southern University — but that and RANI are awfully minor.

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© 2015, The New York TimesNo. 1006 ( 24,073 )
Across
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"For more ___ ..." : INFO
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Print collectors, for short : CSIS
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Lady and the Tramp, e.g. : DOGS
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Catherine who married Henry VIII : PARR
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All too familiar : TRITE
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Punjabi princess : RANI
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___ page : OPED
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Overreached : WENTTOOFAR
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Comedian with the double-platinum album "Retaliation" : DANECOOK
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"All right, you beat me" : ILOST
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Weep : CRY
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Soccer superstar Messi : LIONEL
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"Go team!" : RAH
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Incessantly : NOEND
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L.A. locale : SOCAL
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Outfielder's shout : IGOTIT
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WhiteHouse.___ : GOV
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Bouquet holder : VASE
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Massachusetts vacation destination : CAPECOD
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Flack who sang "The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face" : ROBERTA
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Deadlocked : EVEN
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Mogul with a Bunny : HEF
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Put in rollers : CURLED
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Ships out : SENDS
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"The World on Time" courier : FEDEX
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Scrubs areas, briefly : ORS
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Celebration with a bunny : EASTER
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Approves of : OKS
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Walk to impress : STRUT
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"Hmm ..." : LETMESEE
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Smack unexpectedly? : STEALAKISS
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Croat or Serb : SLAV
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Twinge : PANG
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Kind of knife once touted in infomercials : GINSU
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Bring on board : HIRE
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Pot grower? : ANTE
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Envelope-pushing : EDGY
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Stack at a rock concert : AMPS
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Device with earbuds : IPOD
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Big car-care chain : NAPA
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Tennis tournament played on red clay : FRENCHOPEN
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"Burger, medium, with fries," e.g. : ORDER
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Louisiana language : CREOLE
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With 44-Down, an "uh-oh" sensation ... or an apt title for this puzzle : SINKING
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"Ooky" family cousin : ITT
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Become established : SETIN
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Find incredibly desirable : DROOLOVER
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Stumblebums : OAFS
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Tiny nuisance : GNAT
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Knight's title : SIR
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Number of times the Twins have won the World Series, appropriately : TWO
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Flamenco cheers : OLES
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"Yeah, right" speaker : CYNIC
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Stink : ODOR
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Reduces to granules : RICES
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Desert bloomer : AGAVE
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Conversely, in texts : OTOH
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Mexican once ranked as the world's richest man : CARLOSSLIM
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Traditional flower for a 20th wedding anniversary : ASTER
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Shows the way : LEADS
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What 15, say, would be for leaving home : TENDERAGE
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Viva ___ (orally) : VOCE
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Nimble-fingered : DEFT
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Like women in Rubens paintings : BUXOM
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See 6-Down : FEELING
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First king of Israel : SAUL
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Like clothes at formal occasions : DRESSY
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Old West transport : STAGE
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One-named singer whose name used to be spelled with a dollar sign : KESHA
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Ending of several central Asian country names : STAN
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Carnival cover : TENT
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Houston sch. : TSU
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Wyatt of the Old West : EARP
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Nervous nights, maybe : EVES
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Luxury resort amenity : SPA
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Baby goat : KID

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

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