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New York Times, Thursday, November 16, 2017

Author:
Alex Eylar
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Alex Eylar

This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 76, Blocks: 34 Missing: {JKQX} Spans: 1 Grid has repeated answers This is the debut puzzle for Mr. Eylar. NYT links: Across Lite PDF
Alex Eylar notes:
I dedicate this puzzle to the early morning Logic 101 class I took for a course requirement, that I totally didn't fall asleep in ... read more

I dedicate this puzzle to the early morning Logic 101 class I took for a course requirement, that I totally didn't fall asleep in every single week.

You're welcome, Prof. Clifford.

Jeff Chen notes:
Fun stuff! I love the concept of self-referential clues. I seem to remember a crossword years back that featured SELF REFERENTIAL, ... read more

Fun stuff! I love the concept of self-referential clues. I seem to remember a crossword years back that featured SELF REFERENTIAL, with a clue to the effect of [Like this entry]. Still makes my head spin!

For those of you non-programmers (read: infidels), RECURSION is a common principle in coding. Man oh man, the first time I learned about a function that calls ITSELF = *mind blown*. Seemed like that should break a law of physics. But no, just as long as you write in a condition so that the function stops itself at some point, it can be so elegant. (Jim tells me that it's rarely used in real code though, as it's not as effcient as iterative solutions.)

At first, I wondered why TAUTOLOGY was listed twice. Couldn't you just have one instance of it, and have it clued to itself (in the same vein of SELF REFERENTIAL)? But one definition of TAUTOLOGY is "needless repetition," so this is a perfect reason to add this puzzle to our list of puzzles with duplicated answers.

I was thrown off by A WILD GOOSE CHASE since I was stuck on the SELF REFERENTIAL concept. (Also, because the "A" felt weird. Okay, it did make it a crossword-friendly 15 letters, but still…) I did like how it referred to 66-Across, though — that's the non-existent 66-Across!

And AMBIGUITY rounded out the theme, referring to ??-Across. Ambiguous, indeed!

Nice gridwork, especially for a debut. It's rare for me to fly through a novice grid so smoothly. Even upon second glance, I couldn't find much to point out besides the odd EGESTS. (Maybe ZOD? Big Superman fan, but General ZOD seems esoteric.) Along with some nice bonuses in COUNT ON IT, CABIN BOYS, BUM DEAL, SAFARI with a great clue about seeing "the big game," I thought Alex walked the delicate line between colorfulness and smoothness extremely well.

Overall, I liked the mix of ideas in the theme, although I would have loved it if all the themers had been purely self-referential. Fun stuff! [See 1-Across]

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Across
1. Almanac entry : FACT
5. Shoots the breeze : GABS
9. What " " contains : SPACE
14. Click it : ICON
15. Be against : ABUT
16. Frequent van Gogh setting : ARLES
17. See 58-Across : TAUTOLOGY
19. Thwarts : FOILS
20. Calculator button : SIN
21. Burst of laughter : PEAL
22. Say blah blah blah blah blah : BABBLE
23. Not just any old : THE
25. See 25-Across : RECURSION
27. Was affected by too heavy a weight, say : GROANED
30. Strike out : OMIT
31. Paid (up) : PONIED
32. General ___ ("Superman" villain) : ZOD
33. Prefix with gendered : CIS
36. See 66-Across : AWILDGOOSECHASE
40. 22+ pages of the Oxford English Dictionary : SET
41. Kind of look with bangs and eye shadow : EMO
42. Like good farmland : ARABLE
43. City light : NEON
45. More untrustworthy : SLIMIER
46. See ??-Across : AMBIGUITY
50. Application fig. : SSN
51. Something that might be settled over drinks : BARBET
52. ___ Rohmer, French New Wave director : ERIC
54. "Pow!" : BAM
57. Grad students' hurdles : ORALS
58. See 17-Across : TAUTOLOGY
60. Transfix : RIVET
61. Gig gear : AMPS
62. All those in favor : AYES
63. Snookums : TOOTS
64. Liable to peep : NOSY
65. Alternative to an elbow, maybe : PSST
Down
1. Partner of starts : FITS
2. Smoothie fruit : ACAI
3. "You bet!" : COUNTONIT
4. Wile E. Coyote prop : TNT
5. Burst of laughter : GALE
6. On : ABOARD
7. Wake-up call? : BUGLE
8. What a mess! : STY
9. What you might see the big game on : SAFARI
10. "Survivor" host Jeff : PROBST
11. Often-questionable account : ALIBI
12. Quartet member : CELLO
13. German steel city : ESSEN
18. Bid first : OPENED
22. Short end of the stick : BUMDEAL
24. Come down hard? : HAIL
26. Parrots a pigeon? : COOS
27. Application figs. : GPAS
28. Host Mike of "Dirty Jobs" and "Somebody's Gotta Do It" : ROWE
29. Narrowly defeat : EDGEOUT
32. Madhouse : ZOO
33. Some yacht assistants : CABINBOYS
34. Yacht destination, maybe : ISLE
35. One who has a ball at work? : SEER
37. Upscale hotel chain : OMNI
38. Brand trusted by "cooks who know" : CRISCO
39. Christmas purchases : HAMS
43. Corn kernel, e.g. : NIBLET
44. Discharges : EGESTS
45. Options on an IHOP table : SYRUPS
46. Call off : ABORT
47. Celeb chef Batali : MARIO
48. Exclamation that's also the name of a cable channel : BRAVO
49. Latin lover's phrase : TEAMO
53. Teeny : ITSY
55. Seemingly forever : AGES
56. Pioneering 1990s computer game : MYST
58. Get some sun : TAN
59. Something you have in a chair : LAP

Answer summary: 2 unique to this puzzle, 2 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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