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New York Times, Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Author:
Duncan Kimmel and Clara Williamson
Editor:
Will Shortz
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This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 78, Blocks: 40 Missing: {FJQZ} This is the debut puzzle for Mr. Kimmel. This is the debut puzzle for Ms. Williamson. NYT links: Across Lite PDF
Jeff Chen notes:
More additions to the list of youngest constructors! Congrats to Duncan and Clara for having their first NYT puzzle published. ... read more

More additions to the list of youngest constructors! Congrats to Duncan and Clara for having their first NYT puzzle published.

Ah, the good old days where everyone played bridge ...

I liked how current the theme is. I've only watched two of the four shows, but they're all popular enough that I've heard a ton about each. It was entertaining to give all of them an alternative and valid interpretation. I was SO sure ["Mad Men"?] was going to lead to PITCH ___ when I uncovered P??CH*. I was confused when I finally turned up PSYCHOPATHS, and figuring out the literal interpretation gave me a nice a-ha moment.

HALLMARK STORE was perfect for ["House of Cards?"], too, the clue being an accurate description of the answer.

MUSICAL CHAIRS was a bit of a stretch, since this one was much less literal than the first two. Yes, a throne is a type of chair, but the literality is lost.

I didn't expect PALLBEARERS. It felt like an inconsistency, the lone themer where you really have to stretch your imagination to think of people who are "walking (the) dead." I'm not a fan of inconsistency.

Impressive grid for a debut. I was surprised to see ETUI, since that's a word that older constructors tend to lean on, but other than that, it's a nice clean product. And integrating six pieces of long fill is something experienced constructors rarely do — well done!

Man oh man I'm hoping that Duncan and/or Clara play bridge. It's making a comeback, I tell you! Bridge is great for the mind, emphasizes logical reasoning, teamwork, deduction … oh fine, I'm never going to convince anyone. Sigh.

(A SMALL SLAM is when you bid to get 12 of 13 tricks, and a grand slam is when you bid for 13.)

A fun idea, where three of the four themers worked well for me. Along with grid execution being well above average, I'm looking forward to more from this pair.

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© 2015, The New York TimesNo. 1125 ( 24,123 )
Across
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Paris pyramid designer : IMPEI
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"Style is an option. Clean is not" sloganeer : TIDE
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"Wanna ___?" : BET
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Charcuterie : MEATS
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Stuffy site? : SINUS
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Rage : IRE
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"Mad Men"? : PSYCHOPATHS
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Grp. on the range? : NRA
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One easily duped : SAP
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Ending with silver or soft : WARE
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Freudian subjects : EGOS
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"House of Cards"? : HALLMARKSTORE
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Campfire treats : SMORES
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In ___ of : LIEU
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Division of a long poem : CANTO
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Things determined by one's date of birth : STARSIGNS
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Big feller? : AXE
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One way to run : AMUCK
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Be sick : AIL
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Varied : DISPARATE
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Orangish fruit : MANGO
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The first to die : ABEL
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It may be measured on a doorframe : HEIGHT
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"Game of Thrones"? : MUSICALCHAIRS
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"I'm ___ it" : OVER
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Lip-puckering : SOUR
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Symbol for torque : TAU
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Latin word shared by the mottoes of Yale and Tufts : LUX
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"The Walking Dead"? : PALLBEARERS
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The "A" in I.P.A. : ALE
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Parts of cribs : SLATS
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Rid : PURGE
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"Totally cool, man!" : RAD
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Objectives : AIMS
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Mexican money : PESOS
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Mischief-makers : IMPS
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Tenis de ___ (Ping-Pong, in Spain) : MESA
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Disappearing conveniences : PAYPHONES
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And more: Abbr. : ETC
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"Kinda" : ISH
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Pageant princess's prize : TIARA
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Weave together : INTERLACE
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"Of course, you idiot!" : DUH
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Part of a winding road : ESS
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"You got it!" : BINGO
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Autocorrect target : ERROR
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Razz : TEASE
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Unwanted emails : SPAM
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Hogwarts' fifth-year exams, for short : OWLS
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Small case : ETUI
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Something famously impossible to define : ART
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DiCaprio, in tabloids : LEO
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Enterprise captain : KIRK
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French possessive : SES
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Multitude : SCAD
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Skirt type : MAXI
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"All but one" win, in bridge : SMALLSLAM
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Steve Martin song subject : TUT
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Capone and Corleone : GANGSTERS
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Near : NIGH
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8:00-9:00 on a schedule, e.g. : SLOT
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Space : AREA
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Duo : PAIR
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Disney subsidiary : ABC
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___ fun (noodle variety) : MEI
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iPad ___ : AIR
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Tortoise taunter : HARE
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Wisdom tooth, e.g. : MOLAR
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Palate part : UVULA
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H.S. class in which contraception may be discussed : SEXED
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Longtime team for Peyton Manning : COLTS
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Centers of activity : HUBS
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Jason's ship : ARGO
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"101 ___ for a Dead Cat" (1981 best seller) : USES
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Free TV ad, for short : PSA
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"Aladdin" prince : ALI
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Tinder or Grindr : APP
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Regret : RUE

Answer summary: 3 unique to this puzzle, 3 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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