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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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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
1. Place to swim : POOL
5. From County Clare, e.g. : IRISH
10. Poses questions : ASKS
14. Auto pioneer Ransom E. ___ : OLDS
15. Finnish tech giant : NOKIA
16. Unwanted mail : SPAM
17. Place to put someone who might hurt himself : PADDEDCELL
19. Schlep : TOTE
20. The "S" in CBS: Abbr. : SYS
21. 2016 Olympics city, informally : RIO
22. Sharapova of tennis : MARIA
23. 1962 film about Helen Keller, with "The" : MIRACLEWORKER
28. Stock unit : SHARE
30. "Plan 9 From ___ Space" : OUTER
31. Like oxen pulling a plow : YOKED
32. Bopping on the head : CONKING
36. Big name in faucets : MOEN
37. Eastwood of Hollywood : CLINT
39. "Little" heroine of Dickens's "The Old Curiosity Shop" : NELL
41. Add more to, as someone's drink : FRESHEN
43. Perfectly timed : ONCUE
44. Maker of the Accord and CR-V : HONDA
46. Cuts down on calories : DIETS
47. Be dead and buried, in slang : PUSHUPDAISIES
52. Facts collected by spies, informally : INTEL
53. "Treasure Island" author's inits. : RLS
54. Maple syrup source : SAP
57. Mideast's Gulf of ___ : ADEN
58. Dangers for the unwary ... or a hint to the starts of 17-, 23- and 47-Across? : BOOBYTRAPS
62. In the neighborhood : NEAR
63. Abominable : AWFUL
64. Neighborhood : AREA
65. Paris airport : ORLY
66. On pins and needles : ANTSY
67. Classic computer game set on an island : MYST
Down
1. Daddy-o : POPS
2. Skin care brand : OLAY
3. Betting parlor V.I.P. : ODDSMAKER
4. '60s trip inducer : LSD
5. Where rajahs once ruled : INDIA
6. Overly ornate : ROCOCO
7. "I Like ___" (1950s campaign button) : IKE
8. The "S" in R.S.V.P. : SIL
9. Computer in "2001" : HAL
10. "When you wish upon ___ ..." : ASTAR
11. Two-in-one eating implement : SPORK
12. Actress Holmes : KATIE
13. Bad-mouth : SMEAR
18. Screwed up : ERRED
22. Robin Williams role that was out of this world? : MORK
24. "Goodnight" girl of song : IRENE
25. Country singer Williams : LUCINDA
26. Prep school for some English princes : ETON
27. Departed : WENT
28. Prefix with pathetic : SYM
29. Clip-clop sound producer : HOOF
33. Belly button type : INNIE
34. Essential : NECESSARY
35. Stuff to the gills : GLUT
37. Karate move : CHOP
38. Furnish temporarily : LEND
40. ___ États-Unis : LES
42. Jewish temple : SHUL
43. Shelley or Keats, poetically speaking : ODIST
45. Alternative to a 747 : AIRBUS
47. Baby grand, e.g. : PIANO
48. Word before "the gun" or "the circumstances" : UNDER
49. Run to second while the pitcher isn't looking, say : STEAL
50. One of two Tudor kings : HENRY
51. In a foxy way : SLYLY
55. Gorillas : APES
56. 11th grader's exam, for short : PSAT
58. Sheep's cry : BAA
59. The "O" in M.Y.O.B. : OWN
60. Frequently, to poets : OFT
61. Symbol for Aries : RAM

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

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