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New York Times, Friday, November 13, 2015

Author: Patrick Berry
Editor: Will Shortz
Patrick Berry
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Puzzle of the Week

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Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 68, Blocks: 30 Missing: {JXZ} This is puzzle # 206 for Mr. Berry. Jeff Chen's Puzzle of the Week pick NYT links: Across Lite PDF

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Jeff Chen notes: In an effort to spread around Puzzle of the Week awards, I've recently held Patrick to an impossibly high standard. So many of his ... more
Jeff Chen notes:

In an effort to spread around Puzzle of the Week awards, I've recently held Patrick to an impossibly high standard. So many of his themelesses could have been a no-brainer POW choice — almost all of them are that good — but I can usually find some minor nit to pick, some point of critique that us mere mortals can learn from.

Not today. It's a great feeling to be able to gush over a PB puzzle, even as I compare it against his own lofty standards!

Good ol' HONES TA BE

What really sold me on this one was those daunting NW and SE regions. Almost no one quad-stacks entries these days, because it's so difficult to fill them cleanly and colorfully. Usually there's some crossing answer which causes a groan, or some answer within the stack which is pretty neutral at best.

Patrick doesn't just use a (quasi-)quad-stack today — he RUNS LONG ANSWERS THROUGH THEM. Not only that, but he DOESN'T SEGMENT THESE CORNERS FROM THE REST OF THE PUZZLE, which usually people need to do in order to pull this off. Such beautiful grid flow.

I never work with these sorts of gargantuan swaths of white space. They're just too hard to execute on. So it's stunning to see all the snazzy material, all pulled off with the usual PB uber-cleaninless. Take the bottom right. SHOULDER STRAP / WHITE FLAG / HONEST ABE / IN ESSENCE is great enough by itself. (So challenging to parse HONESTABE, which I thought was some football player #16, HONES ????) Run IT'S A PLANE through that all, along with no gluey crossing entries = amazing.

Same goes for the upper left. RICE A RONI, BLENDED IN, SAY CHEESE, DEEP SEA DIVERS, with ACEY DEUCY running through them (and no junky fill). Dang, that's incredible.

FILLIP was a tough word for me and I don't know I'd ever use it to replace "bonus," but I liked learning it. AQUIVER doesn't sound as good to me as ALL AQUIVER, but it's no problem.

The only complaint I had was that PB's puzzles as of late have been so wide-open, so difficult to start, that I've found them much harder than any other Friday puzzle. Maybe Saturday would be a better slot.

Some of my friends call PB the Crossword Jesus, and it's puzzles like this that justify that name.

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© 2015, The New York TimesNo. 1113 ( 24,111 )
Across Down
1. Snowman in 2013's "Frozen" : OLAF
5. Flamenco sound : CLAP
9. Observes the Muslim day of Ashura : FASTS
14. Product whose jingle was based on the 1923 hit "Barney Google" : RICEARONI
16. Cry often heard after "That's it!" : IQUIT
17. Fit well, so as hardly to be noticed : BLENDEDIN
18. Green-hatted Nintendo character : LUIGI
19. Words before taking a shot? : SAYCHEESE
20. Engine displacement unit : LITER
21. People who are under a lot of pressure : DEEPSEADIVERS
23. Wine of the palomino grape : SHERRY
25. Vicar of Christ, more familiarly : POPE
26. Gambling opponent : HOUSE
27. Hands-on sites? : HIPS
29. Arranges : RIGS
33. Soldier in the Battle of Helm's Deep : ORC
34. Bad : SPOILED
37. N.B.A. on ___ (sports staple since 1989) : TNT
38. Performer of the 2001 Oscar-nominated song "May It Be" : ENYA
40. The "E" of the old NY&E Rail Road : ERIE
41. Time unit : ISSUE
43. Sacks : CANS
45. More than surprised : AGHAST
46. Line of women's clothing? : SHOULDERSTRAP
51. Flat fish : MANTA
52. Standard of negotiation : WHITEFLAG
55. Pod : whale :: raft : ___ : OTTER
56. Moniker for #16 : HONESTABE
57. Sphere : REALM
58. At bottom : INESSENCE
59. Awards ceremony since 1993 : ESPYS
60. Garden interloper : PEST
61. Newsroom post : DESK
1. Orrery components : ORBS
2. Diane Sawyer's actual first name : LILA
3. Backgammon variant in which rolling a 1-2 is beneficial : ACEYDEUCY
4. Duelists of old : FENCERS
5. Unsettling : CREEPY
6. Valuable deposits : LODES
7. Ingredient in five-spice powder : ANISE
8. SpongeBob SquarePants lives inside one : PINEAPPLE
9. Nice extra : FILLIP
10. Visibly nervous : AQUIVER
11. Software package : SUITE
12. Animal symbolizing anger in Buddhism : TIGER
13. Shows signs of life : STIRS
15. Conforms (to) : ADHERES
22. Hospital meal accompanier : DOSE
23. Clodhopper, e.g. : SHOE
24. Road rage catalyst : HORN
27. Coachman's handful : HORSEWHIP
28. First Super Bowl to be called "Super Bowl" : III
30. Metropolis misidentification : ITSAPLANE
31. South African game : GNUS
32. Proofer's direction : STET
35. Await : PEND
36. Go from point A to point B? : DIGRESS
39. How devastating insults are felt : ACUTELY
42. Given a raw deal : SHAFTED
44. Ironic items to steal : ALARMS
45. Swear : ATTEST
46. Gooey treat : SMORE
47. Is repelled by : HATES
48. Ready if needed : ONTAP
49. "Starry Night Over the ___" (van Gogh painting) : RHONE
50. Trig ratios : SINES
53. Early lesson : ABCS
54. Sideshow oddity : GEEK

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

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