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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 ... read more

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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Across
1
Friend in a western : AMIGO
6
Cry after a diva's performance : BRAVA
11
Airport overseer, for short : FAA
14
PlayStation user : GAMER
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Maker of the first waterproof and dustproof wristwatch : ROLEX
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"Ewww!" : ICK
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*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
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Read electronically : SCAN
44
*Engage in boisterous play : HORSEAROUND
46
Cool, in jive talk : HEP
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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
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*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
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Subject of Boyle's law : GAS
65
Barbershop quartet harmonizer : TENOR
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Run-down : SEEDY
Down
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Customer service workers : AGENTS
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Achieved one's goal : MADEIT
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"That's enough for me" : IMDONE
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Company advertised with the slogan "So easy a caveman can do it" : GEICO
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Cookie that outcompeted Hydrox : OREO
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"It's c-c-cold!" : BRR
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Miami Beach's Eden ___ resort : ROC
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State whose flag has eight gold stars : ALASKA
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Aloe ___ : VERA
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Neuron appendage : AXON
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*Painting, music, dance, etc. : FINEARTS
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Certain druggie : ACIDHEAD
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Letters before an alias : AKA
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Caribbean island whose name means "eel" : ANGUILLA
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Attack-launch time : DDAY
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Browser history listings : URLS
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Org. for Cardinals and Ravens : NFL
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___ souci : SANS
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Shopping binge : SPREE
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Ladies' man : CASANOVA
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Correct, as text : EMEND
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Dos x dos x dos : OCHO
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Zimbabwe, formerly : RHODESIA
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*What wearers of sleeveless garments have : BAREARMS
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Old French coins : ECUS
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"Hey, mister" : PSST
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Note after fa : SOL
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Style of sleeve : RAGLAN
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___ Curtis Industries (onetime cosmetics giant) : HELENE
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Cleared the blackboard : ERASED
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Danish or tart : PASTRY
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Singer Lena : HORNE
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"___ Makes You Happy" (Sheryl Crow tune) : IFIT
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What's exposed by a ponytail : NAPE
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Rainbow goddess : IRIS
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Droop : SAG
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___-Cat : SNO
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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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