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New York Times, Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Author: Paula Gamache
Editor: Will Shortz
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Paula Gamache

This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 76, Blocks: 37 Missing: {JQWZ} This is puzzle # 99 for Ms. Gamache. NYT links: Across Lite PDF
Jeff Chen notes: I always learn a little something from a Paula puzzle, as we travel in very different circles. Things like RAGLAN, ANGUILLA, EDDIE ... more
Jeff Chen notes:

I always learn a little something from a Paula puzzle, as we travel in very different circles. Things like RAGLAN, ANGUILLA, EDDIE ARCARO, even BRAVA (apparently I've been insulting women everywhere by saying "Bravo!") are unfamiliar to me, and I'm glad to pick up tidbits I really ought to know. I like that I can count on Paula to expand my horizons.

Hall-of-Famer EDDIE ARCARO

Straightforward "word hidden inside phrases," INNER / EAR describing the word EAR going across two-word phrases. I loved the SURFACE AREA clue, making me really think about that long calculation involving squaring the edge length of a cube. Yay for math! FALSE ARREST is also a colorful answer, and although EDDIE ARCARO was only vaguely familiar to me, it's pretty fun to pair him with HORSE AROUND.

Not a fan of the broken-up revealer, though. Cross-referenced answers force me to jump around the grid, chopping up my flow enough for me to ignore them most of the time. Stuffing in short words is much easier than adding a fifth long themer (INNER EAR all together), but it's much less elegant. Even something like INNER crossing EAR at the terminal R at the very SE of the puzzle ... that would have been harder to do (and perhaps caused some compromises), but I would have much preferred it.

The "parallel down" arrangement is difficult to execute cleanly and snazzily on, and today gives us a perfect example. Paula chooses some great fill in FINE ARTS (ADDED NOTE: actually a themer, I missed that) and ACID HEAD, but what can you do with SD? at the end except SDS? That by itself is fine by me, but when you add in DAHS and NIA (please, do another great movie already so constructors can use you all the time!), it's so close to perfect … but not.

Same goes with the pairing of RHODESIA / BARE ARMS (also a themer I missed). Most of the crossings are easy to work through, but ?SR leaves only ISR or SSR. Again, it generally really strong work, but getting to squeaky clean perfection with this parallel down structure is very difficult.

Nice shout out to crosswordy HELENE Hovanec (who organizes the ACPT) and Jim HORNE, my partner in crime.

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© 2015, The New York TimesNo. 1117 ( 24,115 )
Across Down
1. Friend in a western : AMIGO
6. Cry after a diva's performance : BRAVA
11. Airport overseer, for short : FAA
14. PlayStation user : GAMER
15. Maker of the first waterproof and dustproof wristwatch : ROLEX
16. "Ewww!" : ICK
17. *Hall-of-Fame jockey who won the Triple Crown twice : EDDIEARCARO
19. Vardalos of the screen : NIA
20. Many a George W. Bush supporter : NEOCON
21. Smoothed, as wood : SANDED
23. Ex-Yankee Martinez : TINO
24. Residue in a bathtub drain : GUNK
27. Bits of Morse code : DAHS
29. Sault ___ Marie : STE
30. *Six times the length of one side squared, for a cube : SURFACEAREA
33. Sweater ball : PILL
34. "The Joy Luck Club" author : AMYTAN
35. Heavenly ball : ORB
38. "Treasure Island" author's inits. : RLS
39. Suffix with legal : ESE
40. Vietnam War protest grp. : SDS
41. ___ Hill, N.C. : CHAPEL
43. Read electronically : SCAN
44. *Engage in boisterous play : HORSEAROUND
46. Cool, in jive talk : HEP
49. Keats collection : ODES
50. "And another thing ..." : ALSO
51. Mother of Ares and Hephaestus : HERA
52. "What's ___ you?" : EATING
55. "Brandenburg Concertos" instruments : VIOLAS
57. Any of the Baltic states, once: Abbr. : SSR
58. *Unauthorized detention : FALSEARREST
61. Sharpshooter's skill : AIM
62. Classic toothpaste brand : IPANA
63. With 60-Down, what the answer to each starred clue has : INNER
64. Subject of Boyle's law : GAS
65. Barbershop quartet harmonizer : TENOR
66. Run-down : SEEDY
1. Customer service workers : AGENTS
2. Achieved one's goal : MADEIT
3. "That's enough for me" : IMDONE
4. Company advertised with the slogan "So easy a caveman can do it" : GEICO
5. Cookie that outcompeted Hydrox : OREO
6. "It's c-c-cold!" : BRR
7. Miami Beach's Eden ___ resort : ROC
8. State whose flag has eight gold stars : ALASKA
9. Aloe ___ : VERA
10. Neuron appendage : AXON
11. *Painting, music, dance, etc. : FINEARTS
12. Certain druggie : ACIDHEAD
13. Letters before an alias : AKA
18. Caribbean island whose name means "eel" : ANGUILLA
22. Attack-launch time : DDAY
25. Browser history listings : URLS
26. Org. for Cardinals and Ravens : NFL
28. ___ souci : SANS
30. Shopping binge : SPREE
31. Ladies' man : CASANOVA
32. Correct, as text : EMEND
35. Dos x dos x dos : OCHO
36. Zimbabwe, formerly : RHODESIA
37. *What wearers of sleeveless garments have : BAREARMS
39. Old French coins : ECUS
42. "Hey, mister" : PSST
43. Note after fa : SOL
45. Style of sleeve : RAGLAN
46. ___ Curtis Industries (onetime cosmetics giant) : HELENE
47. Cleared the blackboard : ERASED
48. Danish or tart : PASTRY
51. Singer Lena : HORNE
53. "___ Makes You Happy" (Sheryl Crow tune) : IFIT
54. What's exposed by a ponytail : NAPE
56. Rainbow goddess : IRIS
57. Droop : SAG
59. ___-Cat : SNO
60. See 63-Across : EAR

Answer summary: 1 unique to this puzzle, 1 debuted here and reused later, 1 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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