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# New York Times, Tuesday, November 17, 2015

 Author: Paula Gamache Editor: Will Shortz
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## 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.

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.

 1A 2M 3I 4G 5O 6B 7R 8A 9V 10A 11F 12A 13A 14G A M E R 15R O L E X 16I C K 17E D D I E 18A R C A R O 19N I A 20N E O C O N 21S A N 22D E D 23T I N O 24G 25U 26N K 27D A H 28S 29S T E 30S U R F A 31C 32E A R E A 33P I L L 34A M Y T A N 35O 36R 37B 38R L S 39E S E 40S D S 41C H A 42P E L 43S C A N 44H O R S E A 45R O U N D 46H 47E 48P 49O D E S 50A L S O 51H E R A 52E A T 53I 54N G 55V 56I O L A S 57S S R 58F A L 59S 60E A R R E S T 61A I M 62I P A N A 63I N N E R 64G A S 65T E N O R 66S E E D Y
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 Across Down 1. Friend in a western : AMIGO6. Cry after a diva's performance : BRAVA11. Airport overseer, for short : FAA14. PlayStation user : GAMER15. Maker of the first waterproof and dustproof wristwatch : ROLEX16. "Ewww!" : ICK17. *Hall-of-Fame jockey who won the Triple Crown twice : EDDIEARCARO19. Vardalos of the screen : NIA20. Many a George W. Bush supporter : NEOCON21. Smoothed, as wood : SANDED23. Ex-Yankee Martinez : TINO24. Residue in a bathtub drain : GUNK27. Bits of Morse code : DAHS29. Sault ___ Marie : STE30. *Six times the length of one side squared, for a cube : SURFACEAREA33. Sweater ball : PILL34. "The Joy Luck Club" author : AMYTAN35. Heavenly ball : ORB38. "Treasure Island" author's inits. : RLS39. Suffix with legal : ESE40. Vietnam War protest grp. : SDS41. ___ Hill, N.C. : CHAPEL43. Read electronically : SCAN44. *Engage in boisterous play : HORSEAROUND46. Cool, in jive talk : HEP49. Keats collection : ODES50. "And another thing ..." : ALSO51. Mother of Ares and Hephaestus : HERA52. "What's ___ you?" : EATING55. "Brandenburg Concertos" instruments : VIOLAS57. Any of the Baltic states, once: Abbr. : SSR58. *Unauthorized detention : FALSEARREST61. Sharpshooter's skill : AIM62. Classic toothpaste brand : IPANA63. With 60-Down, what the answer to each starred clue has : INNER64. Subject of Boyle's law : GAS65. Barbershop quartet harmonizer : TENOR66. Run-down : SEEDY 1. Customer service workers : AGENTS2. Achieved one's goal : MADEIT3. "That's enough for me" : IMDONE4. Company advertised with the slogan "So easy a caveman can do it" : GEICO5. Cookie that outcompeted Hydrox : OREO6. "It's c-c-cold!" : BRR7. Miami Beach's Eden ___ resort : ROC8. State whose flag has eight gold stars : ALASKA9. Aloe ___ : VERA10. Neuron appendage : AXON11. *Painting, music, dance, etc. : FINEARTS12. Certain druggie : ACIDHEAD13. Letters before an alias : AKA18. Caribbean island whose name means "eel" : ANGUILLA22. Attack-launch time : DDAY25. Browser history listings : URLS26. Org. for Cardinals and Ravens : NFL28. ___ souci : SANS30. Shopping binge : SPREE31. Ladies' man : CASANOVA32. Correct, as text : EMEND35. Dos x dos x dos : OCHO36. Zimbabwe, formerly : RHODESIA37. *What wearers of sleeveless garments have : BAREARMS39. Old French coins : ECUS42. "Hey, mister" : PSST43. Note after fa : SOL45. Style of sleeve : RAGLAN46. ___ Curtis Industries (onetime cosmetics giant) : HELENE47. Cleared the blackboard : ERASED48. Danish or tart : PASTRY51. Singer Lena : HORNE53. "___ Makes You Happy" (Sheryl Crow tune) : IFIT54. What's exposed by a ponytail : NAPE56. Rainbow goddess : IRIS57. Droop : SAG59. ___-Cat : SNO60. 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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