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# New York Times, Monday, November 21, 2016

 Author: John Lieb Editor: Will Shortz
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## This puzzle:

Rows: 16, Columns: 14 Words: 76, Blocks: 36 Missing: {JQ} Spans: 2 This is puzzle # 10 for Mr. Lieb. NYT links: Across Lite PDF

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John Lieb notes: My favorite part of this puzzle is the doubling of the clue numbers, and I'm excited to get something unusual into a Monday ... more
John Lieb notes:

My favorite part of this puzzle is the doubling of the clue numbers, and I'm excited to get something unusual into a Monday puzzle. I hope the high number values gave some solvers a minor jolt on first glance, perhaps like the one I had after coming back to watching Jeopardy! after a many-year hiatus and discovering the increased dollar values on the board.

I originally was just playing with a basic 0, 2, 4, 6, 8 progression and then the "Against All Odds" revealer came out of desperation, as having five theme answers was a pain to work with (the "four" entry having to be in the middle of the grid). It turned out having six theme answers gave me more flexibility. Then carrying the revealer to its logical conclusion led to the clue inflation. (It was unintentional, but fortuitous, that the grid is 16 rows by 14 columns – thank you 14-letter revealer!)

As a middle/high school math teacher, I'm on pretty friendly terms with the odd numbers, so I hope they don't take the puzzle personally…

Jeff Chen notes: Hey, a Monday featuring a trick! It's a lot of fun in print, where each clue number is doubled — thus getting even ... more
Jeff Chen notes:

Hey, a Monday featuring a trick! It's a lot of fun in print, where each clue number is doubled — thus getting even more at AGAINST ALL ODDS — but even without this customization, the puzzle works well.

At first I was a little confused why John worked in ZERO in addition to what I would have expected (just TWO FOUR SIX EIGHT), but then I remembered he's a math professor. There's some debate as to whether ZERO is an even number or not, but there is no doubt that it isn't odd — neat math factoid.

Going away from the usual 15x15 to 14x16 is also a nice touch, to continue avoiding ODDS. Neat that it happened to work out perfectly with that 14-letter AGAINST ALL ODDS! (A 14-letter revealer in a 15x15 is tough, since you end up having to put the revealer in row 12 instead of 13, thus squishing themers together.)

Strong themers (I wasn't familiar with EIGHT MEN OUT, but it was fun to learn that eight refers to the number of players involved in the Black Sox scandal), snappy long fill like SNOW TIRE and TURN SIGNAL, and not much crossword glue — just some IN SO, ENV, ADES minor bits — made for an enjoyable early-week puzzle. I even enjoyed PSYOP, an uncommon Monday piece of fill but very colorful and interesting.

The only hesitation I had was the SEGO / OSSA crossing. That might be a toughie for novice solvers. I think it's probably fair, but not ideal.

Three great extras — 1.) Woodsy OWL ("Give a hoot, don't pollute!" 2.) one of my favorite TEE shirt slogans ("I'm With Stupid") and 3.) DIAGON Alley of the Harry Potter world — helped win me even further over. I often find myself on John's wavelength, and today was no exception.

Really fun to see a kooky twist on what's often an unremarkable day of the week for the NYT puzzle.

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 Across Down 1. Taste or touch : SENSE6. What eyeglass lenses fit in : RIMS10. Drug also known as angel dust : PCP13. Ivy League sch. in Philly : UPENN14. Furry creature in "Return of the Jedi" : EWOK15. W. Hemisphere alliance : OAS16. Driving condition in a blizzard : ZEROVISIBILITY19. "Man, that smarts!" : YEOW20. Lucy's partner : DESI21. Not ___ many words : INSO22. Approval from Siskel and Ebert : TWOTHUMBSUP25. Loosen, as laces : UNTIE28. Go 4-0 in the Series, e.g. : SWEEP29. R&B group with the #1 hit "Reach Out I'll Be There" : FOURTOPS33. Cockpit info: Abbr. : ALT34. Fairy tale monster : OGRE35. Steinbeck's "The Grapes of ___" : WRATH37. Shirt that might say "I'm with stupid" : TEE40. ___ of a gun : SON41. Plant life : FLORA42. Mediterranean fruits : FIGS43. ___-pitch softball : SLO45. Amusement park with the Nitro roller coaster : SIXFLAGS47. Elton John's "Candle in the Wind" was rewritten to honor her : DIANA49. Rodeo rope : LASSO50. 1988 film about the Black Sox scandal : EIGHTMENOUT54. Tirade : RANT55. ___-friendly : USER56. Western lily : SEGO60. How an extreme underdog wins ... or this puzzle? : AGAINSTALLODDS63. Note between fa and la : SOL64. Fortuneteller : SEER65. What light bulbs represent in cartoons : IDEAS66. Naval officer: Abbr. : ENS67. Summer drinks : ADES68. Country music's Tucker : TANYA 1. ___ Q's (Hostess brand) : SUZY2. Fencing blade : EPEE3. Character in "I, Claudius" : NERO4. Michelin winter product : SNOWTIRE5. Letter holder: Abbr. : ENV6. Bowling alley button : RESET7. "If only!" : IWISH8. ___ strip (mathematical curiosity) : MOBIUS9. Compete in the Nordic combined, say : SKI10. Traditional Christmas plants : POINSETTIAS11. Heinz product : CATSUP12. "Hearts and minds" military maneuver, briefly : PSYOP17. Words at the altar : IDO18. Printed defamation : LIBEL23. Rainy : WET24. Air kiss sound : MWAH25. Supernatural tabloid fodder : UFOS26. Canceled, as a launch : NOGO27. Blinkers : TURNSIGNALS30. Bird that says "Give a hoot! Don't pollute!" : OWL31. Counterparts of amateurs : PROS32. Bollywood dress : SARI36. Word after income, sales or excise : TAX38. Custard base : EGGS39. Canadian gas brand : ESSO41. Times New Roman, e.g. : FONT42. Pop with no fizz : FLATSODA44. Actress Christine of "Chicago Hope" : LAHTI46. Focus of a yearly shot : FLU47. ___ Alley, shopping area for Harry Potter : DIAGON48. Made smile : AMUSED50. Wipe clean, as a blackboard : ERASE51. Cosmetician Lauder : ESTEE52. Approaches : NEARS53. N.B.A.'s Magic, on scoreboards : ORL57. The Bible's Garden of ___ : EDEN58. Aussie greeting : GDAY59. Greece's Mount ___ : OSSA61. Org. for which Edward Snowden once worked : NSA62. Ignited, as a match : LIT

Answer summary: 4 unique to this puzzle.

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