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New York Times, Saturday, November 2, 2019

Author:
Paolo Pasco and Erik Agard
Editor:
Will Shortz
TotalDebutLatestCollabs
157/17/201511/2/20194
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1300056
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1.62011
Paolo Pasco
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4811/6/201211/2/201922
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1056663111
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1.62170
Erik Agard

This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 70, Blocks: 30 Missing: {JVXYZ} This is puzzle # 15 for Mr. Pasco. This is puzzle # 48 for Mr. Agard. NYT links: Across Lite PDF
Constructor notes:
PAOLO: This one started with Erik's home-run clue/answer pair at 38A; from there, I filled the right half of the grid, and Erik worked ... read more

PAOLO: This one started with Erik's home-run clue/answer pair at 38A; from there, I filled the right half of the grid, and Erik worked his magic on the left. As always, Erik was a joy to work with. So many things I love about the finished puzzle are his, including the clues for 42A/60A/61D, and sliding the entry A MILLI into 1A. I really miss his clue for 48D: [Apt name for a fan of "Transformers?"].

Also! Hit up the Crossword Puzzle Collaboration Directory, especially if you're a person from an underrepresented group who's interested in writing crosswords.

ERIK: Pretty much everything that I pride myself on as a constructor/collaborator, Paolo is better at, including the being kind part. It would be infuriating if I didn't feel so lucky to be alive at the same time as him. If you haven't solved his puzzles at Grids These Days, fix that.

Jeff Chen notes:
A one-two punch of Paolo and Erik? If you listen closely, you can hear all us old-timers shivering, wondering what entries we won't be ... read more

A one-two punch of Paolo and Erik? If you listen closely, you can hear all us old-timers shivering, wondering what entries we won't be cool enough to know. Thankfully, 1-Across wasn't back-breaking! It took every single cross, but I finally cracked AM I LLI, where in Roman numerals, L + L + I = 50 + 50 + 1 = 101, cool-kid slang for lots of money.

Ha ha ha, I kid! Of course, it's AM I ILL, where ILL gets reversed, like backward baseball caps. Only those in the know will understand when I tell them I'm LLI. Boo-yah!

I was wondering when SEMORDNILAP was going to make its debut. Will Shortz once told a friend of mine that it was too tough a word to use as a revealer in an early-week puzzle. A Saturday – without a telltale clue – seems like the perfect place. Still confused to its etymology? Pretend you're a cool kid … or should I say LLI?

Curious choice to clue KIM to the nuclear-arsenal-possessing madman. Doubly curious to tell him to COME AT ME, bro. Not cool, guys! Seattle is not nearly far enough from North Korea for my taste.

Some fun clues, like ELECTRIC FAN being a "Cooler full of juice?" and DOMED using "Round up?" Both required telltale question marks, though, which took away from some of the entertainment. For my milli, Erik is one of the best cluers out there, so I was a little disappointed to not get a potential award-winner today. Just goes to show how high my bar is for him.

Overall, a great Saturday workout. It's such a relief to finish, after the initial scare of a potentially generationally inaccessible 1-Across.

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© 2019, The New York TimesNo. 1102 ( 25,561 )

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Across
1
2008 Lil Wayne hit whose title is slang for lots of money : AMILLI
7
Geographical features that Mexico City and Kathmandu are built on : LAKEBEDS
15
Weakness of note? : TINEAR
16
Emphatic refusal : IWILLNOT
17
Laffy Taffy flavor : BANANA
18
"You wanna fight, bro?!" : COMEATME
19
"That's my cue!" : IMON
20
Speedy, in adspeak : QUIK
22
Relative of a tweet : CHEEP
23
Puts through a sieve : RICES
25
Tool used in angioplasty : STENT
27
Ways: Abbr. : RDS
28
Others : THEREST
30
Middle of a bell curve : NORM
32
___ party (all-female get-together) : HEN
33
Like a milquetoast : MEEK
35
Rabid fan : FIEND
38
Commanding lead? : ACTORDIRECTOR
41
Pomme de ___ (potato: Fr.) : TERRE
42
Like the daughter in 2018's "A Quiet Place" : DEAF
43
After-dinner offering : TEA
45
Woman's name that's an anagram of two men's names : EDNA
47
Snowflake shape : FRACTAL
49
Shade of gray : ASH
52
Shell material : NACRE
54
Mourner in the Book of Ruth : NAOMI
55
Abu ___ : DHABI
57
Org. that operates the Large Hadron Collider : CERN
59
Shapes of some bacterial cells : RODS
60
They'll show you what's what : LABELERS
62
Try to counteract : COMBAT
64
Conspiring (with) : INLEAGUE
65
Use one's noodle, formally : IDEATE
66
Allen Ginsberg, e.g. : BEATPOET
67
Name over a return address : SENDER
Down
1
When Apgar tests are performed : ATBIRTH
2
Southernmost team in the N.B.A. : MIAMIHEAT
3
Purity : INNOCENCE
4
One-point throw in horseshoes : LEANER
5
Computer connection letters : LAN
6
Modern-day home of where the biblical Abraham was born : IRAQ
7
O.K. : LICIT
8
Disturbed, say : AWOKEN
9
Despot with a nuclear arsenal : KIM
10
Cooler filled with juice? : ELECTRICFAN
11
Low on the excite-o-meter : BLAH
12
Arrive on the scene : ENTER
13
Round up? : DOMED
14
Things that creak in haunted houses : STEPS
21
Spanish counterpart of the French "vous" : USTED
24
Reversible word : SEMORDNILAP
26
"Don't worry" : NOFEAR
29
___ Slam (sports feat) : SERENA
31
Congregated : MET
34
Josh : KID
36
"I've seen worse" : NOTTOOBAD
37
Best of all possible whirls? : DREAMDATE
39
Pope Francis III? : TRE
40
Point (to) : REFER
44
Celeb : ALISTER
46
Pile up : ACCRUE
48
1875 premiere at Paris's Opéra-Comique : CARMEN
49
Jack Nicholson's classic line "You can't handle the truth," for one : ADLIB
50
1949 Jack Schaefer novel made into an Oscar-nominated film : SHANE
51
"Se ___ español" : HABLA
53
Zero, in a way : RESET
56
Cardiologist's favorite vegetable? : BEET
58
Longtime CBS drama spinoff : NCIS
61
Word hidden in this clue that might hold up negotiations : EGO
63
Ben Jonson wrote one to himself : ODE

Answer summary: 7 unique to this puzzle, 1 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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