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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
67. Following behind : INTOW
69. Subject of the mnemonic "My very eager mother just served us nachos" : PLANETS
71. Message board thread : TOPIC
72. When Prospero makes his entrance : SCENETWO
75. "All right already!" : LETITGO
78. Billy of "Titanic" : ZANE
79. 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
96. Brother's home : CLOISTER
99. Jane of "Frasier" : LEEVES
103. Foreshadowing : OMEN
104. Quisling : RAT
105. Classic glam band named for an extinct creature : TREX
107. Part of some fusion cuisine : ASIAN
108. Buzzer beaters and game-winning catches? : PLAYSOFGLORY
113. Dramatic ending? : CEE
115. ___ Major : URSA
116. Like some sheets : FITTED
117. Chaplin of "Game of Thrones" : OONA
118. Place to reel in some freshwater game fish? : PERCHPIER
120. Low draw : ONEONE
121. Electric Chevy : VOLT
122. Love, love, love : ADORE
123. "Well, I'd love to keep talking ...," probably : LIE
124. Have as a tenant : RENTTO
125. ___ terrier : SKYE
126. Meeting point : NEXUS
127. Discontinue : END
Down
1. Breakfast cereal pioneer : CWPOST
2. Mrs. Madison : DOLLEY
3. Old Navy work site : SEALAB
4. French vineyard : CRU
5. Sax, e.g. : REED
6. Like ___ to the slaughter : ALAMB
7. Hunting dog : BORZOI
8. Pepper, for one : SGT
9. PG-rated : TAME
10. Apple offering : IMAC
11. Teatime, maybe : FOUR
12. Relief work : FRIEZE
13. Go off : ERUPT
14. ___ Point, Calif. : DANA
15. Afraid to ask for a dance, maybe : GIRLSHY
16. 1970s president : IDIAMIN
17. Astronomical body after which element #93 is named : NEPTUNE
18. Doorman, e.g. : GREETER
24. Like Al Jazeera : QATARI
29. Place for a massage : SCALP
30. Come out even : TIE
32. Not get carried evenly, say : SLOSH
34. Politician's downfall : SCANDAL
38. Channing of "22 Jump Street" : TATUM
40. Common Core org. : NEA
41. Rare birth : TRIPLET
42. Fish often prepared with a meunière sauce : SOLE
43. Rake : TOMCAT
45. Puccini seamstress : MIMI
47. Facilities : JOHN
48. Picasso, e.g. : CUBIST
49. Horse's hindquarter : HAUNCH
50. Mellow, faintly sweet hot beverage : REDTEA
51. Cook without oil, as some corn : AIRPOP
52. One snapping a ball to the QB: Abbr. : CTR
56. Club roll : ROSTER
57. Fully : ATOZ
58. Many a Sherpa : NEPALI
59. Big name in campers : ALINER
60. Schools after collèges : LYCEES
62. Terse caution : DONT
64. Show tune with the repeated line "Come to me, come to me!" : BALIHAI
65. Phoenix-to-Albuquerque dir. : ENE
68. Certain terrier, informally : WESTIE
70. More friendly : TIGHTER
73. Laundering investigator, for short : TMAN
74. Its motto is "Equal rights": Abbr. : WYO
76. "Oh ... come ... on!" : GEEZ
77. William ___ + Co. (brokerage) : ONEIL
80. Sancho's other : OTRO
82. It's breath-taking : APNEA
86. One-striper: Abbr. : ENS
87. Cheap-looking : TATTY
88. Hand with two bullets and two deuces, e.g. : ACESUP
89. Try to buy : SHOPFOR
90. End of a shift? : HEMLINE
91. Like food waste : UNEATEN
92. Toddler : TINYTOT
96. School lunchroom, informally : CAF
97. State vices?: Abbr. : LTGOVS
98. Ebb : RECEDE
100. Manly : VIRILE
101. Enter gently : EASEIN
102. Roped in : SNARED
104. Roping event : RODEO
106. Duplicate : XEROX
109. Posted : SENT
110. "Attention!" : LOOK
111. Kind of child : ONLY
112. Bit of info on the side of a taxi : RATE
114. Neutral color : ECRU
118. Greek god of the wild : PAN
119. Billie Holiday's "___ Funny That Way" : HES

Answer summary: 13 unique to this puzzle, 2 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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