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New York Times, Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Author:
David J. Kahn
Editor:
Will Shortz
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David J. Kahn

This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 78, Blocks: 40 Missing: {Q} This is puzzle # 155 for Mr. Kahn. NYT links: Across Lite PDF
David J. Kahn notes:
The anniversary of the Gettysburg Address is what inspired the puzzle but deciding how to do it was a challenge. Originally, I wanted ... read more

The anniversary of the Gettysburg Address is what inspired the puzzle but deciding how to do it was a challenge. Originally, I wanted to have the first six and last six words of the address read as Across answers, along with ABRAHAM LINCOLN. That approach would have worked but I felt it was too straightforward and easy (even for a Tuesday) and didn't leave enough room in the grid for GETTYSBURG. The challenge of the puzzle as I finally did it was to be able to fit in six fairly long Across answers, in addition to ABE LINCOLN and GETTYSBURG, which I wanted to be Down answers.

Fun Facts: 1) The actual address was only about two minutes long and 2) Ken Burns, the documentary maker who was featured in "Wordplay", has been trying to get kids to memorize the address (as I did when I was a kid!).

Will Shortz notes:

David is a master at theme interlock. 3D and 31D each cross two other theme entries — very elegant. R E LEE (56D) is a happy thematic bonus. The fill is pretty clean, too.

Jeff Chen notes:
I really enjoyed David's comments about having to memorize the Gettysburg Address. I recently finished 'Across the Universe' by Beth ... read more

I really enjoyed David's comments about having to memorize the Gettysburg Address. I recently finished "Across the Universe" by Beth Revis, where a girl is awoken from a cryogenic deep freeze aboard a ship where the history books have largely been altered. She attempts to recite the Gettysburg Address in order to prove that Lincoln was a good guy, but can't remember more than FOUR SCORE AND SEVEN YEARS AGO. This is why we need to memorize it, people! Is no one preparing for deep space multi-century exploration but me?

Really? That's weird.

Six full theme entries today, along with ABE LINCOLN and GETTYSBURG. Talk about a packed house! Smart that David gave himself a lot of flexibility, placing the key words in locations that work best. Look where GRAND OPERA and SALES EVENT overlap. Easy breezy 3x3 chunk right in the middle, right? Different story if SEVEN is moved one space to the right, making A?V, giving you only the ATV option. Smart placement.

At first I tried to jam ABRAHAM LINCOLN into 3-down, and then liberally spread LINCOLN into the ten spaces. I even thought this might be a crazy trick where in an alternate universe President ROBERT E LEE delivered the Gettysburg address. (Man, I read too much wacky "what-if" lit.) Funny that having ABE Lincoln bothered me a little, because I'm about as informal a person as they come.

For all the layers upon layers of constraints, the fill turned out better than I expected. Sure, there's the crazy ERDE and a TOSIR crossing ESSE, but nothing really bugged me too much. And David even segmented parts of his grid so that we get some chunks of real goodness. Even though the NE is somewhat partitioned from the rest of the puzzle, I liked all the Scrabbly action plus a shout-out to Geraldine FERRARO, who makes only her third appearance in the Shortz era. I was only 12 when she ran for VP, but it made a big impression on me that maybe a minority could also run one day. I'm lifting a glass to both her and LINCOLN today.

Get to work memorizing, people!

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© 2013, The New York TimesNo. 1119 ( 23,387 )
Across
1
Schmooze : CHAT
5
Tanning lotion letters : SPF
8
Discombobulates : FAZES
13
Bum : HOBO
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Chimney feature : FLUE
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Praise to the skies : EXALT
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1922 Willa Cather novel that won a Pulitzer : ONEOFOURS
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Email option : REPLY
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Prefix with lateral : MULTI
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"___, With Love" : TOSIR
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Jazz instrument : SAX
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Next-to-last Greek letter : PSI
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Bridge or Scrabble need : SCOREPAD
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Classic pop brand : NEHI
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Darwin's "On the ___ of Species" : ORIGIN
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PC alternatives : MACS
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Verdi's "Don Carlos," e.g. : GRANDOPERA
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Very much : ALOT
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University address ender : EDU
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Class boosters, for short : PTAS
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Big attraction for bargain hunters : SALESEVENT
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Site of an occasional outbreak in Sicily : ETNA
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Musical incompetence : TINEAR
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Light and breezy : AIRY
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Some school exams : MIDYEARS
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Mrs., in Monterrey : SRA
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With 35-Down, a court game : JAI
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Discover : LEARN
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Innocent ones : BABES
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Texas monument, with "the" : ALAMO
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Maximum loads of hay or vegetables : WAGONFULS
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B-ball player : CAGER
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Worry, worry, worry : STEW
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Word with family or shoe : TREE
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Speed units for seafarers : KNOTS
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Flamenco shout : OLE
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A really long time : AGES
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Bite from Pac-Man : CHOMP
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Baseball Hall-of-Famer Wagner, one of the first five inductees : HONUS
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Prez who delivered a famous address on Nov. 19, 1863 : ABELINCOLN
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Blow a whistle : TOOT
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Bay Area airport, briefly : SFO
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Dwarf planet whose moons include Charon and 12-Down : PLUTO
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Big to-do : FUROR
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Mondale's 1984 running mate : FERRARO
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Log cutter : AXE
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Hits with a Taser : ZAPS
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Fitzgerald who sang duets with Louis Armstrong : ELLA
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Moon of 6-Down named for a mythological river : STYX
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To be, to Tiberius : ESSE
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Take the bait? : FISH
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Music lover's carry-along : IPOD
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Short smoke? : CIG
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Big ___ (group of stars in Ursa Major) : DIPPER
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High regard : ESTEEM
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Where 3-Down's address was delivered : GETTYSBURG
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1979 revolution site : IRAN
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2011 launcher of Curiosity : NASA
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Crow's-nest site : MAST
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See 58-Across : ALAI
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Sun. sermonizer : REV
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Summer cooler : ADE
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One with a regular habit? : NUN
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Seafarers : SAILORS
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Our planet, to a German : ERDE
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Seafarer, informally : TAR
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Library ID : ISBN
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Swerves at sea : YAWS
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Muse of poetry : ERATO
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Anaheim ballplayer : ANGEL
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31-Down general's signature : RELEE
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Complete jerks : ASSES
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Hike, with "up" : JACK
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Country singer Jackson : ALAN
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Shakespearean villain : IAGO
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Shaving lotion brand : AFTA
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Came across : MET
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Have creditors : OWE

Answer summary: 1 unique to this puzzle.

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