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New York Times, Tuesday, October 9, 2018

Author: Natan Last, Andy Kravis and the J.A.S.A. Crossword Class
Editor: Will Shortz
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Natan Last
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Andy Kravis

This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 72, Blocks: 36 Missing: {JQXZ} Spans: 2 This is puzzle # 27 for Mr. Last. This is puzzle # 12 for Mr. Kravis. NYT links: Across Lite PDF
Constructor notes: ANDY: At the beginning of the semester, we set out to make a Monday puzzle (the only day of the week JASA hasn't yet had an NYT ... more
Constructor notes:

ANDY: At the beginning of the semester, we set out to make a Monday puzzle (the only day of the week JASA hasn't yet had an NYT puzzle run). Monday is possibly the toughest day to construct for: the theme has to be accessible to all solvers but also interesting to Will & co., plus the fill has to be squeaky clean. We ended up with a smooth, low-word-count puzzle that we think is very appropriate for Tuesday.

It's a joy to work with the JASA students. We always end up with an embarrassment of excellent clues, and it's a challenge to winnow them down for submission. We just started a new semester at the end of September, but anyone who wants to know more about the JASA class can get more information here.

Jeff Chen notes: Some deliciously youthful fill coming from the JASA class today! What's the DEALIO, you might ask, with YOSHI the dinosaur? I say Si ... more
Jeff Chen notes:

Some deliciously youthful fill coming from the JASA class today! What's the DEALIO, you might ask, with YOSHI the dinosaur? I say Si BUENO! (That should be as much a thing as NO BUENO if you ask me.)

HIDDEN FIGURES was a big, important movie in 2016. Nominated for Best Picture! I don't see many movies these days, considering my treading-water-with-two-raucous-toddlers-hood, but I have to see this one! I'm imagining a Holmes whodunit, with a geometry teacher suspected of foul play, a conoid murder weapon …

No?

Well, that's what it should be about.

Humph.

I like the concept of hiding various figures, but I had three issues with the implementation.

*WARNING WILL ROBINSON! Annoying OCD alert!*

1.) PRISM, CUBE, SPHERE are figures, yes. But why these three? Feels randomly selected from the huge number of geometric shapes. Not CONE? PYRAMID? Or, it sure would have been nice to get a progression. How about LINE to SQUARE to CUBE?

2.) These themers are all strong, but finding C U B E spread out inside a 15-letter string isn't very hard.

3.) If you mean HIDDEN as in "the circled letters jump right out at you," it's not really HIDDEN, is it?

Told you it was going to be annoyingly OCD.

All that aside, I think it's a pretty well-executed puzzle. NONPLUS felt odd since nonplussed seems so much more common, but that's just one entry in the puzzle.

Okay, putting ALL my ridiculosity aside now, it looks like the movie was indeed a must-see – I want to learn more about the black female mathematicians at NASA.

Hey! Today's FIGURES are all from math – neat! There you go, a clever link. I bet if I had seen the movie I would have connected more strongly with the theme.

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© 2018, The New York TimesNo. 1009 ( 25,172 )
Across Down
1. Sends to eternal punishment : DAMNS
6. Apple desktop : IMAC
10. Kind of tide : NEAP
14. Kindle purchase : EBOOK
15. Greek goddess of Earth : GAIA
16. "Free Willy" creature : ORCA
17. Easter hopper : BUNNY
18. Not mine alone : OURS
19. Platypus feature : BILL
20. Coined phrase? : EPLURIBUSUNUM
23. Bob who won the 2016 Nobel Prize in Literature : DYLAN
24. What a kitten is picked up by : NAPE
25. Something Linus carries in "Peanuts" : SECURITYBLANKET
31. Buds : PALS
32. What it takes to tango : TWO
33. Canine, e.g. : TOOTH
34. 2016 Best Supporting Actor winner Mahershala : ALI
35. Collections for afternoon socials : TEASETS
38. Reticent : SHY
39. Ballet dancer in "Fantasia" : HIPPO
41. Regal initialism : HRH
42. Physics prereq., maybe : CHEM
43. "Just as I expected!" : NOSURPRISETHERE
47. "The Giving ___" (Shel Silverstein title) : TREE
48. Civil rights leader Medgar : EVERS
49. 2016 Best Picture nominee ... or a hint to the circled letters in 20-, 25- and 43-Across : HIDDENFIGURES
54. Frozen yogurt mix-in : OREO
55. Item cut up for a salad, informally : CUKE
56. Dental care brand : ORALB
59. Tilt : SKEW
60. "That makes perfect sense now!" : ISEE
61. Crude carrier : OILER
62. "SportsCenter" airer : ESPN
63. Unauthorized disclosure : LEAK
64. "Be prepared," for example : MOTTO
1. One at a coming-out party, briefly : DEB
2. ___ Dhabi : ABU
3. Wallet alternatives : MONEYCLIPS
4. Puzzle : NONPLUS
5. Actor Astin of "Pitch Perfect" : SKYLAR
6. Composer Stravinsky : IGOR
7. Island east of Lanai : MAUI
8. Website with a lot of home pages? : AIRBNB
9. Laid-back : CASUAL
10. Mock Spanish expression of disapproval : NOBUENO
11. The Emerald Isle : ERIN
12. Rights org. : ACLU
13. It can be greased : PALM
21. Wed : UNITE
22. Footwear for a dandy : SPATS
23. "What's the ___?" (slangy "How's it going?") : DEALIO
25. Hall-of-Fame pitcher Warren : SPAHN
26. Onetime Pan Am rival : TWA
27. Dinosaur in the Super Mario world : YOSHI
28. Passover brisket seasoning : KOSHERSALT
29. Anesthetics of old : ETHERS
30. "Parsley, sage, rosemary and ___" ("Scarborough Fair" lyric) : THYME
35. Longtime Yankees manager Joe : TORRE
36. Triage sites, for short : ERS
37. What's exited in Brexit, for short : THEEU
40. Insult : PUTDOWN
42. "Ta-ta!" : CHEERIO
44. Tentatively schedule, with "in" : PENCIL
45. Say no to : REFUSE
46. Remote location? : TVROOM
49. It may wind up at the side of a house : HOSE
50. Annoys : IRKS
51. Profound : DEEP
52. Company whose how-to manuals lack words : IKEA
53. Tech whiz : GEEK
57. Tennis do-over : LET
58. "Dude!" : BRO

Answer summary: 6 unique to this puzzle, 1 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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