It looks like you're using an Ad Blocker. Please consider supporting our site by purchasing an account.
This web browser is not supported. Use Chrome, Safari, Firefox, or Edge for best results.

New York Times, Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Author:
Jim Peredo
Editor:
Will Shortz
TotalDebutLatestCollabs
71/7/201311/16/20160
SunMonTueWedThuFriSat
1203100
ScrabbleRebusCirclePangram
1.60120
Jim Peredo

This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 78, Blocks: 38 Missing: {JQX} This is puzzle # 7 for Mr. Peredo. NYT links: Across Lite PDF
Jim Peredo notes:
I had a plan when I built this puzzle in March 2015. The 50th anniversary of the old TV show would be in January 2016, on a Tuesday, ... read more

I had a plan when I built this puzzle in March 2015. The 50th anniversary of the old TV show would be in January 2016, on a Tuesday, which I thought perfect for this theme. Hoping to avoid a multi-year wait to get published, I suggested it run on the anniversary.

But Will Shortz saw through my plan and … didn't run it. Oh well. It was worth a shot.

I am extremely proud of this grid. I think I had to work harder on this than any other I've made. No corner is safe from constraints so it took quite a while to get everything just so. Further, I made sure there were no NAs in the Down direction, adding to my difficulties.

My original grid only had 13 NAs (if you listen to the actual theme song, you'll only hear 13 of them at the end…and they sound more like DAs, not NAs). But Will rejected it since people are more familiar with the main part of the theme song and the Internet meme usually has 16. I had my doubts that I could pull off 16, but I had a go and am pleased with the result.

I had trouble cluing the revealer. I was trying to cross reference the starts of the long theme answers as well as the NAs, and the clue was so unwieldy. Will's solution is much cleaner: refer only to the NAs in the revealer and simply highlight the action sounds in the theme answer. Very nice.

For better or worse, I can't take credit for the NAE clue. It's cool that it's the first time it's being clued that way in the NYT, but crossing foreign word TABLAS, I wish the typical "Scottish no" clue was kept.

Until next (bat) time!

Jeff Chen notes:
I have a feeling some solvers will miss the trick here, so I highlighted the 16 critical letter pairs below. Think about it … ... read more

I have a feeling some solvers will miss the trick here, so I highlighted the 16 critical letter pairs below. Think about it …

Okay, if you've never seen the old BATMAN TV show, it might not make sense. But as a lover of all things Batman (maybe the campy Adam West stuff a tiny bit less), that opening song from West's old TV show brings me back. Singing NA-NA-NA-NA / NA-NA-NA-NA / NA-NA-NA-NA / NA-NA-NA-NA / BATMAN! is awfully fun.

Along with the bonus BANG, BAM, POW, WHAM — visuals often popping up in the old show — there is so much entertainment packed into the grid.

With such high theme density, Jim does a great job with his grid. It says something that I didn't even notice all the NAs until I got to the revealer. Well, it did seem suspicious that NITA Naldi made an appearance in what looked to be an unconstrained section, and IONA / ANEG seemed indicative of something — Jim wouldn't normally let these kinds by in flexible sections, given his strong gridding skills. And A BEAR near I MIND … okay, maybe I did know something was going on by that point. But packing in 16 NAs along with the four long themers with pretty darn good smoothness = excellent work.

There was so much about this that I really wanted to give it the POW! (how appropriate, given POWerNAp!) But 1.) there was something jarring about the random rhythm of the NAs spread through the grid — even though I know it would be near impossible from a construction standpoint, l would have loved a more regular spacing — and 2.) there's another puzzle I just adored coming up this week.

1
C
2
H
3
A
4
S
5
T
6
E
7
N
8
A
9
M
10
B
11
O
12
N
13
A
14
N
E
C
T
A
R
15
I
D
O
16
A
R
E
S
17
B
A
N
A
N
A
18
T
O
N
19
L
E
A
H
20
C
L
E
R
K
21
B
A
N
G
22
A
L
O
R
E
23
R
I
24
P
E
25
I
O
N
A
26
A
27
F
28
I
29
N
A
G
30
S
L
E
D
31
D
32
O
33
G
34
B
A
M
35
B
I
N
A
36
S
37
G
E
E
N
A
38
E
V
I
L
39
S
N
A
40
G
41
S
42
E
A
T
S
43
A
R
N
A
44
Z
45
P
O
W
46
E
R
N
A
P
47
R
E
D
C
O
48
A
49
T
50
F
A
N
51
E
P
S
52
K
O
N
A
53
A
B
C
54
S
55
W
56
H
57
A
M
M
Y
B
58
A
R
59
A
N
60
N
61
A
62
L
63
N
A
N
A
64
O
L
D
65
G
R
O
O
V
Y
66
B
U
N
S
67
N
A
E
68
A
T
R
A
I
N
69
A
L
E
S
70
E
S
S
71
B
A
T
M
A
N
© 2016, The New York TimesNo. 1116 ( 24,480 )
Across
1
Like a virgin : CHASTE
7
"Apocalypse Now" setting, familiarly : NAM
10
___ fides (credentials) : BONA
14
Bees collect it : NECTAR
15
Altar vow : IDO
16
Olympian war god : ARES
17
Easily bruised fruit : BANANA
18
"This weighs a ___!" : TON
19
Jacob's first wife : LEAH
20
Bob Cratchit's job in "A Christmas Carol" : CLERK
21
City called the "Silicon Valley of India" : BANGALORE
23
Like yellow 17-Acrosses : RIPE
25
College in New Rochelle, N.Y. : IONA
26
Org. with a "100 Years ... 100 Movies" list : AFI
29
Ask "Can I?" repeatedly, say : NAG
30
Musher puller : SLEDDOG
34
Little Italian girls : BAMBINAS
37
Actress Davis of "Beetlejuice" : GEENA
38
Bad to the bone : EVIL
39
Hang-ups : SNAGS
42
Chows down : EATS
43
Ball's partner : ARNAZ
45
Post-lunch pick-me-up : POWERNAP
47
British soldier in the Revolution : REDCOAT
50
Computer cooler : FAN
51
Mini-albums, informally : EPS
52
Hawaiian coffee region : KONA
53
Basics : ABCS
55
Hendrix famously used one in his Woodstock rendition of "The Star-Spangled Banner" : WHAMMYBAR
59
Record of the year : ANNAL
63
Granny : NANA
64
Like most knock-knock jokes : OLD
65
Cool, in the 1960s : GROOVY
66
Hamburger holders : BUNS
67
When doubled, a 2010s dance : NAE
68
Duke Ellington's "Take the ___" : ATRAIN
69
Pub orders : ALES
70
Tee preceder : ESS
71
1960s TV icon whose name follows a pair of letters found, appropriately, 16 times in this puzzle's Across answers : BATMAN
Down
1
News network with a stock ticker : CNBC
2
Get better : HEAL
3
Teen's affliction : ACNE
4
Bart or Ringo : STARR
5
Modest two-piece bathing suit : TANKINI
6
Time in history : ERA
7
Silent screen actress Naldi : NITA
8
Dreamboat : ADONIS
9
Genghis Khan, e.g. : MONGOL
10
Singer of love songs : BALLADEER
11
Cookie that started as a Hydrox knockoff : OREO
12
Close : NEAR
13
Tennis player who posthumously received a Presidential Medal of Freedom : ASHE
21
Kicked off : BEGAN
22
Rare blood type, for short : ANEG
24
Gives a bad review : PANS
26
Build-___ Workshop (toy retailer) : ABEAR
27
QB Brett : FAVRE
28
"Why should ___?" ("No, it doesn't bother me") : IMIND
31
Early American diplomat Silas : DEANE
32
Available from a keg : ONTAP
33
Crowd reactions to a daredevil : GASPS
35
2015 Whitey Bulger biopic : BLACKMASS
36
Maple syrup, essentially : SAP
40
Achieve great success : GOFAR
41
Mop, as a deck : SWAB
44
Quickly pan (in) : ZOOM
46
Microsoft's defunct digital encyclopedia : ENCARTA
48
Question repeatedly posed by Ferris Bueller's teacher : ANYONE
49
Indian drums similar to bongos : TABLAS
54
Embarrassing laugh accompanier : SNORT
55
Org. for the New York Liberty : WNBA
56
Lug : HAUL
57
Diarist Frank : ANNE
58
Citrus drinks : ADES
60
Chomsky who wrote "Syntactic Structures" : NOAM
61
Big name in sports shoes : AVIA
62
Country singer Loretta : LYNN
65
Gift of ___ : GAB

Answer summary: 3 unique to this puzzle, 1 debuted here and reused later.

Found bugs or have suggestions?