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New York Times, Thursday, November 26, 2015

Author: Ed Sessa
Editor: Will Shortz
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Edward Sessa

This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 78, Blocks: 38 Missing: {JQX} This is puzzle # 29 for Mr. Sessa. NYT links: Across Lite PDF
Jeff Chen notes: Mispellings! Er, misspellings. We've seen a few puzzles where entries in the grid were actually misspelled, so I liked Ed's ... more
Jeff Chen notes:

Mispellings! Er, misspellings. We've seen a few puzzles where entries in the grid were actually misspelled, so I liked Ed's interpretation, using Schrodinger squares where both the correct spelling and the common misspelling work fine in the crossing entry. An example: CALENDER, with A (correct) or E (incorrect) is okay either way in GRAY or GREY.

A PHAROAH ... er, PHARAOH

My favorite by far was the second A in PHARAOH. While on the surface it worked exactly the same as the others — BALD-faced lie and BOLD-faced lie are both in usage — it triggered a thought for me. What if another word commonly spelled with either an A (correct) or an O (incorrect) had been the down crossing answer? It would have been such a coup to have every crossing be two tough-to-spell words, both with the same correct letter and commonly incorrect letter!

I liked the execution as it is, but since we've seen so many Schrodinger puzzles now, it feels a bit overdone. Also, while this particular execution is somewhat innovative, it did remind me of another one playing on a common mistake.

Not sure why there were ten misspelled words in the clues, but I suppose that added a little color to the theme. It wasn't enough to make me want to go back and find them all though, and the common gimmick of misspelling the word misspell (as mispell) fell flat.

It is difficult to find good Schrodinger answers — where one entry isn't much way more plausible than the other — so Ed did a nice job there. PATS and PETS a dog, DRAW and DREW playing on "set" being either present or past tense, OHS and AHS both sounds of surprise = good stuff.

Given that Ed needed to fix some of these Schrodinger entries into place in the grid, it's no surprise that there are some rough spots around those crossings. STILLE / ILA / IF AT around that CLICK / DEFINITELY section is a prime culprit.

Loved the clue for UNZIP. [Drop, like (pants) flies], tee hee.

So, an interesting idea which triggered some brainstorming for me. I like it when a puzzle does that.

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© 2015, The New York TimesNo. 1126 ( 24,124 )
Across Down
1. Health-promoting org. : CDC
4. One of a pair of grillers : BADCOP
10. H.S. exam : PSAT
14. Major American Spanish-language newspaper : HOY
15. Revolt : UPRISE
16. It might be needed for a new job, informally : RELO
17. Incident : OCCURRENCE
19. "Odyssey," for one : EPOS
20. Where firings take place : KILNS
21. Watery, say : WEAK
22. Gently strokes, as a dog : PATS
23. Musical character who sings "Wouldn't it be loverly?" : ELIZA
24. Perception, figuratively : RADAR
26. Numerical prefix : DECI
27. Long March leader : MAO
30. Lead-in to "boom-de-ay" : TARARA
33. Beer can feature : POPTAB
36. Whale constellation : CETUS
37. Kindergarden song beginning : ABC
40. Exodus figure : PHARAOH
42. 911 responder, for short : EMS
43. Very indignent : IRATE
45. New York's ___ Bay Park : PELHAM
47. Meat grinders : MOLARS
49. One concerned with 47-Across, for short : DDS
50. Trans-Siberian Railway hub : OMSK
54. Web discount : EBATE
56. Benjamin : CNOTE
57. Carom : BANK
59. Tel ___ : AVIV
62. "Rosemary's Baby" author : LEVIN
63. Secretery, e.g. : AIDE
64. Without a doubt : DEFINITELY
66. Neutral hue : GRAY
67. "Be there shortly!" : INASEC
68. Dockworkers' grp. : ILA
69. Moldova and Belarus, once: Abbr. : SSRS
70. Go on the offensive : ATTACK
71. Number of mispelled words in this puzzle's clues (oh, by the way, watch out for those tricky circled squares!) : TEN
1. Lost an easy win : CHOKED
2. Lamblike : DOCILE
3. Like economic booms and busts : CYCLIC
4. Fluid-filled sac near a joint : BURSA
5. Showery mo. : APR
6. Set pencil to paper, in a way : DREW
7. Film : CINE
8. Film award : OSCAR
9. Eye quickly : PEEKAT
10. Put together : PREPARE
11. Disconnect : SEPARATE
12. Much : ALOT
13. Give the boot : TOSS
18. Drop, like flies? : UNZIP
25. Accomodations along the Black Sea : DACHA
27. Speed trap datum: Abbr. : MPH
28. Give ___ on the shoulder : ATAP
29. Propelled, as a boat : OARED
31. Pirate's swig : RUM
32. Kiester : ASS
34. "What's ___, Doc?" (classic Bugs Bunny short) : OPERA
35. ___-faced lie : BALD
37. Charge before firing? : AIM
38. Old buddy, old pal : BRO
39. It's good for 12 months : CALENDAR
41. Exclamations of surprise : OHS
44. Computer cursor advancers : TABKEYS
46. Claude who painted "Water Lillies" : MONET
48. Coloseums : STADIA
51. Words to a slowpoke : MOVEIT
52. "___ Nacht" (German carol) : STILLE
53. Many a New York City Marathon winner : KENYAN
55. Occassion : EVENT
56. Quick, sharp sound : CLICK
57. Luggage : BAGS
58. Broadcasts : AIRS
60. "___ first you don't succeed ..." : IFAT
61. Foriegn traveler's need : VISA
65. Japanese tech giant : NEC

Answer summary: 1 unique to this puzzle, 2 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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