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New York Times, Monday, November 2, 2015

Author:
Loren Muse Smith and Andrea Carla Michaels
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Loren Muse Smith
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Andrea Carla Michaels

This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 76, Blocks: 40 Missing: {JQVXZ} This is puzzle # 2 for Ms. Smith. This is puzzle # 51 for Ms. Michaels. Jeff Chen's Puzzle of the Week pick. NYT links: Across Lite PDF
Constructor notes:
LOREN: A couple of years ago, Andrea emailed me, telling me I should consider trying to construct. We started working on various ideas ... read more

LOREN: A couple of years ago, Andrea emailed me, telling me I should consider trying to construct. We started working on various ideas — man, she's a bundle of energy and enthusiasm! And patience.

It occurred to me that I could take some wordplay I'd been joking around with for years before constructing and translate them into themes. I've been maintaining for years that BOOBY TRAPS would be a fun name for a bra store. So then I thought it'd be a cool revealer. My thought on its execution was utterly pedestrian; Andrea is the one who suggested going the disguise-the-bra-type-in-another-phrase idea. We racked our brains coming up with kinds of bras — training, halter, Wonder, support, plunge — until we settled on this group.

It's cheeky, but I hope solvers will be good sports as Will continues to allow the Gray Lady to, well, to bust out of her more traditional confines of propriety and decorum.

ACME: I was impressed with Loren's unbridled enthusiasm and hysterical anecdotes on "another" blog and thought she'd make a fantastic constructrix, if given a bit of a nudge. This took 3 1/2 years to "develop"! It was quickly accepted 3 years ago but sat on for who knows why! By the time it was ready to publish, we were told the fill would no longer fly. We had five entries, some starting with the bra type, some ending, so in order to get a cleaner fill, we decided four would be the new five, and we would start all the theme phrases with types of bras.

Loren created a nice new grid with CHEST in the middle. But in the end, CLINT gave us the cleanest. We are thrilled that it's finally seeing the light of day … and yes, we would like a medal AND a chest to pin it on!

Jeff Chen notes:
As I solved, I picked up the theme pretty quickly from PADDED and MIRACLE, and I confirmed it upon hitting PUSH UP. I was expecting a ... read more

"It's a TRAP!" As I solved, I picked up the theme pretty quickly from PADDED and MIRACLE, and I confirmed it upon hitting PUSH UP. I was expecting a ho-hum BRA to be tucked in as a revealer somewhere, so what a pleasure to uncover the great punchline — I laughed out loud when I hit BOOBY TRAP. This is a puzzle where the theme alone (from two female authors) makes it an easy puzzle of the week choice for me.

I'd normally go into detail about how Loren and Acme could have incorporated more long fill as colorful as ODDSMAKER and avoided gluey bits like A STAR and SYM. But the laugh I got outweighed all those little details, so I'm not going to go into depth in analyzing the nits today. Such a fun and amusing crossword, exactly what I want out of my five minutes on a Monday.

It might have been a little icky if a male constructor(s) had made this one, but knowing both Loren and Acme (and really enjoying their senses of humor) made it even better. Great smile on my face after solving.

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© 2015, The New York TimesNo. 1102 ( 24,100 )
Across
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Place to swim : POOL
5
From County Clare, e.g. : IRISH
10
Poses questions : ASKS
14
Auto pioneer Ransom E. ___ : OLDS
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Finnish tech giant : NOKIA
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Unwanted mail : SPAM
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Place to put someone who might hurt himself : PADDEDCELL
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Schlep : TOTE
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The "S" in CBS: Abbr. : SYS
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2016 Olympics city, informally : RIO
22
Sharapova of tennis : MARIA
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1962 film about Helen Keller, with "The" : MIRACLEWORKER
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Stock unit : SHARE
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"Plan 9 From ___ Space" : OUTER
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Like oxen pulling a plow : YOKED
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Bopping on the head : CONKING
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Big name in faucets : MOEN
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Eastwood of Hollywood : CLINT
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"Little" heroine of Dickens's "The Old Curiosity Shop" : NELL
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Add more to, as someone's drink : FRESHEN
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Perfectly timed : ONCUE
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Maker of the Accord and CR-V : HONDA
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Cuts down on calories : DIETS
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Be dead and buried, in slang : PUSHUPDAISIES
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Facts collected by spies, informally : INTEL
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"Treasure Island" author's inits. : RLS
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Maple syrup source : SAP
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Mideast's Gulf of ___ : ADEN
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Dangers for the unwary ... or a hint to the starts of 17-, 23- and 47-Across? : BOOBYTRAPS
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In the neighborhood : NEAR
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Abominable : AWFUL
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Neighborhood : AREA
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Paris airport : ORLY
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On pins and needles : ANTSY
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Classic computer game set on an island : MYST
Down
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Daddy-o : POPS
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Skin care brand : OLAY
3
Betting parlor V.I.P. : ODDSMAKER
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'60s trip inducer : LSD
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Where rajahs once ruled : INDIA
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Overly ornate : ROCOCO
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"I Like ___" (1950s campaign button) : IKE
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The "S" in R.S.V.P. : SIL
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Computer in "2001" : HAL
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"When you wish upon ___ ..." : ASTAR
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Two-in-one eating implement : SPORK
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Actress Holmes : KATIE
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Bad-mouth : SMEAR
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Screwed up : ERRED
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Robin Williams role that was out of this world? : MORK
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"Goodnight" girl of song : IRENE
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Country singer Williams : LUCINDA
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Prep school for some English princes : ETON
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Departed : WENT
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Prefix with pathetic : SYM
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Clip-clop sound producer : HOOF
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Belly button type : INNIE
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Essential : NECESSARY
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Stuff to the gills : GLUT
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Karate move : CHOP
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Furnish temporarily : LEND
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___ États-Unis : LES
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Jewish temple : SHUL
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Shelley or Keats, poetically speaking : ODIST
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Alternative to a 747 : AIRBUS
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Baby grand, e.g. : PIANO
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Word before "the gun" or "the circumstances" : UNDER
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Run to second while the pitcher isn't looking, say : STEAL
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One of two Tudor kings : HENRY
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In a foxy way : SLYLY
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Gorillas : APES
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11th grader's exam, for short : PSAT
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Sheep's cry : BAA
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The "O" in M.Y.O.B. : OWN
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Frequently, to poets : OFT
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Symbol for Aries : RAM

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

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