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BP STATION

New York Times, Sunday, November 2, 2014

Author:
Brendan Emmett Quigley
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Brendan Emmett Quigley

This puzzle:

Rows: 21, Columns: 21 Words: 140, Blocks: 70 Missing: none – this is a pangram. This is puzzle # 165 for Mr. Quigley. NYT links: Across Lite PDF
Brendan Emmett Quigley notes:

I'm pretty sure I pitched something like 18 theme answers for Will. He's a tough guy to please, but he eventually liked what we ran here.

Jeff Chen notes:
Sound change puzzle today, Bs morphing into Ps, thus a 'BP STATION.' What I really like about BEQ's execution is the surprising nature of the word changes. It would be easy to replace Bs ... read more

Sound change puzzle today, Bs morphing into Ps, thus a "BP STATION." What I really like about BEQ's execution is the surprising nature of the word changes. It would be easy to replace Bs for Ps straight up (in the vein of BERTH to PERTH), but BEQ gives us a selection of complex changes. BLACK HEART becomes PLAQUE HEART, BLAZE OF GLORY becomes PLAYS OF GLORY, etc. Excellent way to give a traditional type of theme a little extra zing. Birch beer still

I nearly didn't finish the puzzle, due to the wide-open NE and SW corners. Sometimes I cringe at Sunday puzzles with such big swaths of white, because they're so difficult to fill cleanly. More often than not, they'll need a crazy –ER (RECEDER = one who recedes) or something to make them work. What beautiful work in those corners today. 7x4 blocks are rough enough to fill cleanly, but BEQ gives us extras: TINY TOT, HEMLINE, SHOP FOR, GIRL SHY, and the full IDI AMIN. That's the kind of extra meat that gives heft to a puzzle.

It did feel a bit odd to me that PERCH PIER was the only themer with a double change (BIRCH BEER), but if you're going to have one stand out, that final theme position is a good one to utilize. Sort of stamp of finality on the puzzle: a SportsCenter "boo-yah!" if you will.

And with most constructors, I'd be perfectly fine with non-theme Bs floating around the puzzle. I'm sure it would have been even harder to achieve a clean fill with the constraint of using no Bs, period. If I could pick a handful of people who could pull off this nice bonus though, BEQ's name would be on that short list. Ah, the onus of high expectations brought on by consistent excellence.

Good, solid Sunday puzzle which will likely appeal to a wide range of NYT solvers due to its accessibility and its strong execution.

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© 2014, The New York TimesNo. 1102 ( 23,735 )
Across
1
Chase things, briefly? : CDS
4
Complainers : CRABS
9
Spat : TIFF
13
Landscaping task : EDGING
19
Ill : WOE
20
Mark down anew : RELOG
21
Baby with a bow : AMOR
22
Ruthless Wall Street sort : RAIDER
23
Engraving on an award? : PLAQUEART
25
Kahakuloa Head locale : MAUI
26
Green, say : UNRIPE
27
Cookware item : OLLA
28
Middle ground, for short : DMZ
29
Food critic's love of fast food, maybe? : SECRETPALATE
31
Stadium capacity : SEATS
33
Winter pear : BOSC
35
Embarrassing spot? : ZIT
36
James Joyce's "Ulysses," per a 1921 court decision : SMUT
37
Juliet's combative cousin in "Romeo and Juliet" : TYBALT
39
"Down in front!" : ICANTSEE
43
"___ Is the Glory" (hymn) : THINE
44
Go exploring, say : ROAM
46
Former G.M. compact : ALERO
47
Track star Al : JOYNER
48
Collector of offerings at a revival? : CHRISTIANPAIL
52
Part of an e-tailer's address : COM
53
Mideast land, for short : UAE
54
Sticky : HUMID
55
Waterway of Western Australia? : PERTHCANAL
61
Melville's "Billy ___" : BUDD
63
Montréal airport : MIRABEL
66
How the Taj Mahal is decorated : ORNATELY
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Following behind : INTOW
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Subject of the mnemonic "My very eager mother just served us nachos" : PLANETS
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Message board thread : TOPIC
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When Prospero makes his entrance : SCENETWO
75
"All right already!" : LETITGO
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Billy of "Titanic" : ZANE
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Admonishment to someone eating off your plate at a Polynesian restaurant? : THATSMYPOI
81
Actress Davis : GEENA
83
Jeans name : LEE
84
Eastern path : TAO
85
What's promising about a K-K-Q-Q-J-J-7 rummy hand? : THETHREEPAIRS
89
Quarantine : SHUTIN
93
Blitzed, e.g. : RANAT
94
Battery element : ZINC
95
Skater on the Hollywood Walk of Fame : HENIE
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Brother's home : CLOISTER
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Jane of "Frasier" : LEEVES
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Foreshadowing : OMEN
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Quisling : RAT
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Classic glam band named for an extinct creature : TREX
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Part of some fusion cuisine : ASIAN
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Buzzer beaters and game-winning catches? : PLAYSOFGLORY
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Dramatic ending? : CEE
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___ Major : URSA
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Like some sheets : FITTED
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Chaplin of "Game of Thrones" : OONA
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Place to reel in some freshwater game fish? : PERCHPIER
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Low draw : ONEONE
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Electric Chevy : VOLT
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Love, love, love : ADORE
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"Well, I'd love to keep talking ...," probably : LIE
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Have as a tenant : RENTTO
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___ terrier : SKYE
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Meeting point : NEXUS
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Discontinue : END
Down
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Breakfast cereal pioneer : CWPOST
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Mrs. Madison : DOLLEY
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Old Navy work site : SEALAB
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French vineyard : CRU
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Sax, e.g. : REED
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Like ___ to the slaughter : ALAMB
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Hunting dog : BORZOI
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Pepper, for one : SGT
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PG-rated : TAME
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Apple offering : IMAC
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Teatime, maybe : FOUR
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Relief work : FRIEZE
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Go off : ERUPT
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___ Point, Calif. : DANA
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Afraid to ask for a dance, maybe : GIRLSHY
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1970s president : IDIAMIN
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Astronomical body after which element #93 is named : NEPTUNE
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Doorman, e.g. : GREETER
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Like Al Jazeera : QATARI
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Place for a massage : SCALP
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Come out even : TIE
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Not get carried evenly, say : SLOSH
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Politician's downfall : SCANDAL
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Channing of "22 Jump Street" : TATUM
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Common Core org. : NEA
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Rare birth : TRIPLET
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Fish often prepared with a meunière sauce : SOLE
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Rake : TOMCAT
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Puccini seamstress : MIMI
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Facilities : JOHN
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Picasso, e.g. : CUBIST
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Horse's hindquarter : HAUNCH
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Mellow, faintly sweet hot beverage : REDTEA
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Cook without oil, as some corn : AIRPOP
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One snapping a ball to the QB: Abbr. : CTR
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Club roll : ROSTER
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Fully : ATOZ
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Many a Sherpa : NEPALI
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Big name in campers : ALINER
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Schools after collèges : LYCEES
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Terse caution : DONT
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Show tune with the repeated line "Come to me, come to me!" : BALIHAI
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Phoenix-to-Albuquerque dir. : ENE
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Certain terrier, informally : WESTIE
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More friendly : TIGHTER
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Laundering investigator, for short : TMAN
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Its motto is "Equal rights": Abbr. : WYO
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"Oh ... come ... on!" : GEEZ
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William ___ + Co. (brokerage) : ONEIL
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Sancho's other : OTRO
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It's breath-taking : APNEA
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One-striper: Abbr. : ENS
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Cheap-looking : TATTY
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Hand with two bullets and two deuces, e.g. : ACESUP
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Try to buy : SHOPFOR
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End of a shift? : HEMLINE
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Like food waste : UNEATEN
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Toddler : TINYTOT
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School lunchroom, informally : CAF
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State vices?: Abbr. : LTGOVS
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Ebb : RECEDE
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Manly : VIRILE
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Enter gently : EASEIN
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Roped in : SNARED
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Roping event : RODEO
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Duplicate : XEROX
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Posted : SENT
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"Attention!" : LOOK
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Kind of child : ONLY
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Bit of info on the side of a taxi : RATE
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Neutral color : ECRU
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Greek god of the wild : PAN
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Billie Holiday's "___ Funny That Way" : HES

Answer summary: 13 unique to this puzzle, 1 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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