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ESCAPE ROOM

New York Times, Sunday, November 11, 2018

Author:
Eric Berlin
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Eric Berlin

This puzzle:

Rows: 21, Columns: 21 Words: 142, Blocks: 70 Missing: {FQXZ} Spans: 1 This is puzzle # 41 for Mr. Berlin. NYT links: Across Lite PDF
Notepad: CROSSWORD CONTEST
This crossword represents an escape room, with four articles you'll need hidden inside. After you complete the grid, follow the directions at 41-, 70- and 99-Across to find what to do next. Working correctly will lead you to a four-word phrase with a total of 12 letters. That is your answer.
When you have it, send it by email to: crosswordcontest@nytimes.com. Twenty-five correct solvers, chosen at random, whose entries are received by 6 p.m. Eastern time on Tuesday, Nov. 13, will receive copies of The New York Times Crossword Puzzles 2019 Day-to-Day Calendar, from Andrews McMeel. Only one entry per person. The answer and contest solution will appear next week. The winners' names will appear in the issue of Dec. 2.
Jeff Chen notes:
My first escape room experience involved a former MBA classmate standing over me and my brother, yelling 'SOLVE IT, SOLVE IT FASTER, SOLVE IT NOW OR WE AREN'T GOING TO ESCAPE!' My ... read more

My first escape room experience involved a former MBA classmate standing over me and my brother, yelling "SOLVE IT, SOLVE IT FASTER, SOLVE IT NOW OR WE AREN'T GOING TO ESCAPE!"

My escape room experiences since then have gotten remarkably better.

There's something so alluring about having a fixed amount of time to get out, just you and your teammates' collective wits as your only tools.

Good luck to all who enter today's contest! (We've hidden the solution grid, to be revealed after the contest ends.) I can't emphasize enough how pleased I am to see another NYT crossword contest. They're such fantastic tools in engaging existing solvers even further, as well as drawing in new solvers too. Who doesn't love winning things?

I worry that the NYT has lost out on huge untapped potential here, with the WSJ and especially Matt Gaffney doing an amazing job of building a rabidly dedicated base of meta solvers. Thankfully though, it's never too late. I'm hoping that we see many, many more contests from the NYT going forward. How about a regular monthly feature, Will?

Jim Horne notes:
Now that the contest is over, we can reveal the answer. The rebus squares have KEY in one direction, and a single letter in the other. Collecting those four single letters, we get A, T, W ... read more

Now that the contest is over, we can reveal the answer. The rebus squares have KEY in one direction, and a single letter in the other. Collecting those four single letters, we get A, T, W and Y. Placing them in the correct corners and reading the updated Down words gives us YOU ARE OUT NOW.

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© 2018, The New York TimesNo. 1111 ( 25,205 )
Across
1. Shakespearean father of three : LEAR
5. "I agree!" : AMEN
9. Enjoys the sun : BASKS
14. Pants material : CHINO
19. Approximately : ORSO
20. Sycophant : LACKEY
21. Earth tone : OCHRE
22. Movie with a shootout at high noon, maybe : OATER
23. ___ Major : URSA
24. Band bookings : GIGS
25. Outside the city : RURAL
26. Any member of Abba : SWEDE
27. Automotive debut of 1957 : EDSEL
29. Some univ. hirees : TAS
31. Turkish inn : IMARET
33. Horror writer Peter : STRAUB
35. Stole, in slang : PINCHED
37. Cold treat : ICEPOP
41. What's needed in order to escape this crossword : LETTERSONTHEKEYS
44. Sandwich loaf : RYE
45. Pitcher Hershiser : OREL
46. Declares to be true : ATTESTS
47. Indie rocker with the 2009 #3 album "Middle Cyclone" : NEKOCASE
50. Not doing well : BADAT
52. A snap : EASY
53. ___ jure (law phrase) : IPSO
55. Tobacconist ___ Sherman : NAT
56. Virtuous ones : SAINTS
58. N.Y.C. subway org. : MTA
59. Words of denial : WASNTME
63. Round fig. : SPH
66. A little, musically : POCO
67. Charcuterie stock : MEATS
69. Lycées, e.g. : ECOLES
70. What to do with the items referenced in 41-Across : PLACETHEMINTHECORNERS
74. Natural light display : AURORA
75. Move smoothly to the next thing : SEGUE
76. Great ___ : DANE
77. Billy ___ Williams : DEE
78. Like Russia prior to 1917 : TSARIST
80. One of a couple : MRS
81. Neon and others : GASSES
83. Apollo, to Zeus : SON
84. Offshore : ASEA
86. Possesses, to the Bard : HATH
87. Kind of battery : NICAD
91. Final desperate effort : LASTGASP
94. Tickle the ___ : IVORIES
97. Prefix on some first-aid products : MEDI
98. "___ had it!" : IVE
99. After following the instructions at 70-Across, how to escape this puzzle : READNEWDOWNWORDS
102. Not as much : LESSSO
105. Ratings pioneer : NIELSEN
106. Edmonton athletes : OILERS
107. "Fine with me" : OKEYDOKE
109. German name component, often : VON
110. Uncool one : DWEEB
111. Unconventional : OUTRE
114. James of the West : JESSE
116. "Just foolin'" : IKID
118. Algerian port : ORAN
121. Get together : UNITE
122. "Give it ___!" : AREST
123. Verdi soprano : AIDA
124. Grp. founded by 12 countries : NATO
125. Luau, basically : ROAST
126. Brothers' name in R&B : ISLEY
127. Symbol of fire prevention : SMOKEY
128. Vehicle that requires no fuel : SLED
Down
1. Name one can "skip to" : LOU
2. Goof : ERR
3. Confidently said : ASSERTED
4. Pre-GPS staple : ROADATLAS
5. Subject with variables : ALGEBRA
6. Daily ___ (British paper) : MAIL
7. Part of some physicals: Abbr. : ECG
8. Attribute of many political ads : NASTINESS
9. Soup with a red color : BORSCHT
10. Prefix with pressure : ACU
11. React with fear or delight : SHRIEK
12. Ralph and Alice, on old TV : KRAMDENS
13. Actress Ward : SELA
14. Trig function : COSEC
15. Native Iowan : HAWKEYE
16. Citizen of: Suffix : ITE
17. Actor Beatty : NED
18. It's mined, all mined! : ORE
28. Common middle name for girls : SUE
30. Constantly fidgeting, say : ANTSY
32. Game with 42 territory cards : RISK
33. Slovenly type : SLOB
34. Prefix with byte : TERA
35. "Famous ___" (slogan on Idaho license plates) : POTATOES
36. Pause : HESITATE
38. Went on and on : PRATTLED
39. Yiddish cries : OYS
40. Second of April? : PEE
42. Wretched smell : STENCH
43. "Hey! That hurts!" : YEOW
48. Kind of Hollywood romance : ONSCREEN
49. Literary scholars debate what's in it : CANON
51. Getting to the point? : TAPERING
54. Solution to a maze : PATH
57. Specks : IOTAS
58. They might drop down : MENUS
60. Almost forever : AEONS
61. Nothing more than : MERE
62. Latin 101 word : ESSE
63. Petty disagreement : SPAT
64. Also : PLUS
65. Beleaguers : HARASSES
67. Horrible headache : MIGRAINE
68. Anesthesiologist's concern : SEDATION
71. "The Bridge at Narni" painter : COROT
72. Internet sensation : MEME
73. Nut whose name sounds like a sneeze : CASHEW
79. Shock, in a way : TASE
81. Flowering evergreen shrubs : GARDENIAS
82. Bucks : SIMOLEONS
85. Administrants of corporal punishment : SPANKERS
86. "Can you explain that further?" : HOWSO
88. Requiring intellect : CEREBRAL
89. It might end in a ZIP code: Abbr. : ADDR
90. Ph.D. requirement: Abbr. : DISS
91. Tiny "tiny" : LIL
92. Forum greeting : AVE
93. Former Yankee nickname : AROD
95. Soft and smooth : VELVETY
96. Happy wintertime news for schoolkids : SNOWDAY
100. Semi fuel : DIESEL
101. Golfer Michelle : WIE
103. Kinds : SORTS
104. "Awesome!" : SWEET
108. California city north of Ventura : OJAI
110. Mythical queen of Carthage : DIDO
111. Your and my : OUR
112. It has a big deck : UNO
113. Aunt: Sp. : TIA
115. Toledo-to-Columbus dir. : SSE
117. A Kardashian : KIM
119. Dined : ATE
120. Silent approval : NOD

Answer summary: 5 unique to this puzzle, 6 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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