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FRAME JOB

New York Times, Sunday, November 1, 2015

Author:
Zhouqin Burnikel
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Zhouqin Burnikel

This puzzle:

Rows: 21, Columns: 21 Words: 140, Blocks: 74 Missing: {Q} This is puzzle # 23 for Ms. Burnikel. NYT links: Across Lite PDF
Zhouqin Burnikel notes:
Will changed quite a bit of the 88A/93A area, which was also the part I fought the hardest in the filling process. Elsewhere, 26A & 70D have new answers also. I admire those ... read more

Will changed quite a bit of the 88A/93A area, which was also the part I fought the hardest in the filling process. Elsewhere, 26A & 70D have new answers also.

I admire those constructors who go low on Sunday puzzles. I still struggle with 144-word grids for Rich & Patti. I try my best not to waste long slots and avoid those wobbly fill, but sometimes the grid won't cooperate.

Jeff Chen notes:
Jobs 'framing' themers, split so they appear at the beginning and end of the phrase. Nice finds with ACTUARY framing ANIMAL SANCTUARY and BARBER framing BARBARA BOXER. It's cool to see ... read more

Jobs "framing" themers, split so they appear at the beginning and end of the phrase. Nice finds with ACTUARY framing ANIMAL SANCTUARY and BARBER framing BARBARA BOXER. It's cool to see these longish professions at the ends of these in-the-language phrases.

BARBARA BOXER, the boxer from CA. Er, barber. Er, senator!

I always admire C.C.'s inclusion of colorful long fill, and I'm impressed at how many modern entries she chooses. I'm not sure that AMAZON ECHO will last — will it go the way of the AMAZON FIRE phone? — but in Seattle, we hear a lot about what Amazon (and Microsoft and Google) are up to.

WTA TOUR (Women's Tennis Association) isn't as modern, but what a great entry that highlights women's tennis. Serena is such an incredible athlete. SILLY GOOSE isn't modern at all, but it's a fun entry that added to my solve.

At first I thought the shorter professions like MAID and COOK weren't as interesting because the MA___ID or CO___OK patterns are easy to fill. To my surprise, I couldn't find that many on first glance. So kudos for these finds.

Some of the themers felt forced though — PLATE NUMBER and PRIOR ARREST in particular. I see that these are real terms, but they don't feel nearly as zippy as CLEAN AND JERK or MAIL FRAUD. People more write down a "license plate" and talk about "priors," right? I can see a case for PRIOR ARREST, but "he has one prior" seems much more colorful than "he has one prior arrest."

Would have been nice to get a few modern professions, too. Maybe a CODER? A QUANT?

Pretty clean puzzle, although I would like to see C.C. continue to reduce her number of gluey bits like BAR OF, I LET, AS I. REMS and GEDS are pretty awkward plurals too. It's so tough create a super-smooth Sunday 140-word puzzle.

Jim Horne notes:

I love my Amazon Echo. (47 Down)

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© 2015, The New York TimesNo. 1101 ( 24,099 )
Across
1. "I've heard enough" : SPAREME
8. Consequences of downsizing : JOBCUTS
15. 2014 Emmy-winning miniseries based on a 1996 film : FARGO
20. Relative of a bug : WIRETAP
21. Amu Darya outlet, once : ARALSEA
22. Pop-up, sometimes : ALERT
23. No-hunting zone : ANIMALSANCTUARY
25. Mete out : ALLOT
26. Certifications in some college apps : GEDS
27. Singular : LONE
28. Part of the neck? : FRET
30. Look shocked : GAPE
31. What might result from a minor hit : DENT
32. Longtime California senator : BARBARABOXER
36. Computer data acronym : ASCII
40. Part of the biosphere : FAUNA
42. Flowed : RAN
43. Mt. Olive offerings : DILLS
44. Get tough : HARDEN
45. Cursed : SWOREAT
49. "Helm's ___!" (nautical cry) : ALEE
50. Marsh birds : SORAS
51. World Series of Poker's Vegas home : THERIO
53. Order from a sports doc : MRI
55. Info on a parking ticket : PLATENUMBER
58. Something that doesn't follow the letter of the law? : MAILFRAUD
60. Mars : Roman :: ___ : Norse : TYR
61. Father figures : PAS
62. Expelled politely : LEDOUT
64. L. Frank Baum princess : OZMA
65. Kind of rock : GARAGE
67. Bar mitzvahs, e.g. : RITES
68. City from which Vasco da Gama sailed, to locals : LISBOA
71. Flower girl? : ROSE
72. It might be full of baloney : HOAGIE
74. "Try ___ might ..." : ASI
75. Taipei-to-Seoul dir. : NNE
77. It contains a lot of balloons : COMICBOOK
80. Rap sheet entry : PRIORARREST
84. Sun Devils' sch. : ASU
85. Cooperated with, e.g. : HELPED
87. Indie rock band Yo La ___ : TENGO
88. The black ball in el juego de billar : OCHO
89. Kerry's 2004 running mate : EDWARDS
91. "Aha!" : OHISEE
93. Capital of Minorca : MAHON
94. One-to-one, e.g. : TIE
95. Homes for Gila woodpeckers : CACTI
96. Boasts : CROWS
97. Weightlifting technique : CLEANANDJERK
103. Does in : OFFS
106. What a pitching wedge provides : LOFT
107. Tip of Italy, once? : LIRA
108. Catchall abbr. : ETAL
109. Google SafeSearch target : SMUT
113. Where Rigel is : ORION
115. Brazilian tourist destination : COPACABANABEACH
120. Algebraic input : VALUE
121. Honored academic retiree : EMERITA
122. First name in Disney villains : CRUELLA
123. Apply : EXERT
124. Force under Stalin : REDARMY
125. Spousal agreement : YESDEAR
Down
1. Goodie bag filler : SWAG
2. Long : PINE
3. Xeric : ARID
4. Sleep stages : REMS
5. Delta calculation, briefly : ETA
6. "Damage" director Louis : MALLE
7. Big name in printers : EPSON
8. Primatologist Goodall : JANE
9. Tolkien beast : ORC
10. Giant image in the sky over Gotham : BAT
11. Actor Gulager : CLU
12. Andrews or Dover: Abbr. : USAFB
13. Tertius planeta from the sun : TERRA
14. Leo with the 1977 #1 hit "You Make Me Feel Like Dancing" : SAYER
15. Evaluator of flight risks, for short : FAA
16. Used up : ALLGONE
17. "Chill!" : RELAX
18. Search blindly : GROPE
19. Furry frolicker : OTTER
24. Elementary school science class item : ANTFARM
29. Distilled coal product : TAROIL
31. Put-down : DIS
32. Fay Vincent's successor as baseball commissioner : BUDSELIG
33. Suffix with hex- : ANE
34. Hothead's response : RANT
35. ___ soap : BAROF
36. Follow the advice "When in Rome ..." : ADAPT
37. Foolish sort : SILLYGOOSE
38. Opaque : CLEARASMUD
39. "Before ___ you go ..." : ILET
41. Like many OPEC nations : ARAB
44. Survey unit : HOUSEHOLD
45. Junior in the Football Hall of Fame : SEAU
46. Plain to see : WRITLARGE
47. Voice-controlled device from the world's largest online retailer : AMAZONECHO
48. 1998 Jim Carrey comedy/drama, with "The" : TRUMANSHOW
50. Minor setback : SNAG
52. Managed care grps. : HMOS
54. Mrs. McKinley : IDA
56. Dump site monitor, for short : EPA
57. Fix, as a pool cue : RETIP
59. Stick up : ROB
63. Lyme disease transmitter : DEERTICK
66. Outdoor sports store : REI
67. Libertine : RAKE
69. Golfer Aoki : ISAO
70. What Marcie calls Peppermint Patty in "Peanuts" : SIR
71. Home theater option : RCA
73. "My mistake!" : OOPS
76. Some collars : ETONS
78. Macy's, e.g. : CHAIN
79. "Stop kidding yourself" : BEREAL
81. Hair extension? : IEST
82. The tiniest bit : ONEIOTA
83. Crowd sound : ROAR
86. 88-Across + cuatro : DOCE
90. Circuit for Serena and Venus Williams, in brief : WTATOUR
92. Derisive laugh sound : HAR
93. Ones putting on acts : MCS
97. Piece of garlic : CLOVE
98. Dr. Seuss environmentalist : LORAX
99. Paperless I.R.S. option : EFILE
100. More charming : NICER
101. Suffix with hippo- : DROME
102. Teased : JAPED
104. Like black-tie affairs : FANCY
105. Visible S O S : FLARE
108. "Buy it. Sell it. Love it" company : EBAY
109. Nut, basically : SEED
110. Like father, like son? : MALE
111. Home of the David Geffen School of Medicine, for short : UCLA
112. "___ she blows!" : THAR
114. After deductions : NET
116. Parseghian of Notre Dame : ARA
117. Street sign abbr. : CIR
118. Casino convenience : ATM
119. Staple of a rock band tour : BUS

Answer summary: 9 unique to this puzzle, 2 debuted here and reused later, 3 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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