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New York Times, Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Author:
Andrew J. Ries
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Andrew Ries

This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 78, Blocks: 38 Missing: {JKQWZ} This is puzzle # 7 for Mr. Ries. Jeff Chen's Puzzle of the Week pick. NYT links: Across Lite PDF
Andrew Ries notes:
Grateful acknowledgment to my good friend Victor Barocas, as this puzzle was based on a puzzle that Victor wrote for the Minnesota ... read more

Grateful acknowledgment to my good friend Victor Barocas, as this puzzle was based on a puzzle that Victor wrote for the Minnesota Crossword Tournament. I originally wrote a version of this that had all Ivy League schools doing the turning. Will thought using only Ivy League schools was "myopic," so I came up with the version you see today, using a variance of well-known universities from around the country.

I think I like my original grid a little better – some flash with I WARNED YOU next to SAKE BOMBS, etc., but I think that this final version is more Tuesday-friendly*, plus I like the bonus of NOTRE DAME "bending" in the south part of the grid, considering Notre Dame's South Bend, Indiana location.

*Which was the whole point of this puzzle, to run it on a Tuesday. According to my research, no one in the Shortz Era has "hit for the cycle" in their first seven Times puzzles, and once my Friday puzzle ran in January, I set my sights on completing the "natural cycle" with a Tuesday. I have to say, it's tough to come up with a Tuesday puzzle! You have to keep the theme mechanism accessible but you're also afforded a little more challenge than a Monday puzzle traditionally offers.

Anyway, I'm happy with the results and thrilled to complete the cycle!

Jeff Chen notes:
I must admit, when I got to UTURN, I shrugged. Answers making UTURNs (and other turns) have been done a ton. Will has mentioned that ... read more

I must admit, when I got to UTURN, I shrugged. Answers making UTURNs (and other turns) have been done a ton. Will has mentioned that he's not taking as many of them these days because they've become overdone.

Man, was I glad to think about the puzzle some more! They aren't just UTURNS. They're U-TURNS!

Okay, that was clear as mud.

The U-turning answers are Us … and (U)niversities, as in Clemson U! Great double-interpretation of those UTURNS. This is one of my favorite types of a-ha moments, when you see two disparate ideas pulled together in a surprising way.

And the execution. If there's not an emoji for *kissing the tips of your fingers like at an Italian restaurant* there ought to be. A grid like this is so tough to make. Not only do you have short, bendy themers, constraining the grid in all sorts of inconvenient places, but you have to work in long fill that sparkles enough, to give solvers some wow.

AND you have to keep your crossword glue to a minimum? Level of difficulty = through the roof, at least if you're aiming to make your puzzle sing. And wow, did it sing. EVIDENCE BAG. PARIS METRO. TRADE ROUTES. ADULTERANT. Adulterant? Wha?

Well, three for four in the long slots ain't bad at all. This sort of construction is usually hard enough to pull off with resorting to ADULTERANT-ish neutral fill. To get such nice longies without compromising elsewhere, c'est Magnifique!

Only a bit of ISS, ESE, MIO, that's pretty good for a normal puzzle. To achieve such a low level of crossword glue on a much tougher than normal construction … just goes to show how good Andrew is.

Okay, GOTYE / COMEY / HESSE will be tougher for some newer solvers. But given the news these days, you gotta know COMEY. (sadly enough)

Enjoyed the unexpected a-ha moment, and loved it when studied under a constructor's lens.

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© 2017, The New York TimesNo. 1128 ( 24,857 )
Across
1. Molded jelly : ASPIC
6. Pitch a tent : CAMP
10. Snoozes : NAPS
14. / : SLASH
15. Dell competitor : ACER
16. Spoken : ORAL
17. Charley ___ : HORSE
18. Actress Taylor of "Mystic Pizza" : LILI
19. Tidbit at a Spanish bar : TAPA
20. Music conglomerate that broke up in 2012 : EMI
21. Receptacle carried from a crime scene : EVIDENCEBAG
24. Cosa ___ : NOSTRA
26. List-ending abbr. : ETAL
27. Kind of pork on a Chinese menu : MOOSHU
30. On fire : AFLAME
34. Appropriate for all audiences, as humor : CLEAN
36. Piano teacher's assignment : ETUDE
38. Fort ___, N.J. : DIX
39. Neighbor of an Estonian : LETT
40. Coat for a cat : FUR
41. "No shoes, no shirt, no service," e.g. : RULE
42. Stick in a lake? : OAR
43. "Ad ___ per aspera" (motto of Kansas) : ASTRA
45. Light purple : LILAC
46. Wallace's partner, in claymation : GROMIT
48. Div. that manager Bobby Cox won every year from 1995 to 2005 : NLEAST
50. Actor Driver of "The Force Awakens" : ADAM
52. Crowd chant to an award honoree : SPEECH
55. The Silk Road and others : TRADEROUTES
60. Fish eggs : ROE
61. Morning TV co-host : RIPA
62. Lawn mower brand : TORO
63. Mosque V.I.P.s : IMAMS
65. ___ smasher : ATOM
66. City that's home to the Viking Ship Museum : OSLO
67. To the ___ (one way to dress) : NINES
68. Odorous Le Pew : PEPE
69. Beginning point for a first flight : NEST
70. Singer of the 2012 #1 hit "Somebody That I Used to Know" : GOTYE
Down
1. Wan : ASHEN
2. Lovers running to each other may be shown in it : SLOMO
3. Way to get from Gare du Nord to Gare de Lyon : PARISMETRO
4. Magazine unit: Abbr. : ISS
5. Root for : CHEERON
6. Colombian metropolis : CALI
7. Tums target : ACID
8. Free-for-all : MELEE
9. Paid part of a magazine : PRINTAD
10. Kind of motel : NOTELL
11. Spirited steed : ARAB
12. "Come to ___!" (gambler's cry) : PAPA
13. Refinery waste : SLAG
22. Some military hospitals, for short : VAS
23. Establishment with a brunch rush, maybe : CAFE
25. Precisely : TOAT
28. Weight : HEFT
29. Often-forbidden maneuver ... as hinted at four times in this puzzle : UTURN
31. Substance that decreases purity : ADULTERANT
32. Kunis of "Friends With Benefits" : MILA
33. One high up on the corporate ladder, informally : EXEC
34. Pipe problem : CLOG
35. Shakespearean king : LEAR
37. River to the Caspian : URAL
41. Opposite of set : RISE
43. Congressional worker : AIDE
44. Begin, as a task : STARTON
45. Running out : LAPSING
47. Title for Tussaud : MADAME
49. 112.5° on a compass: Abbr. : ESE
51. Costume that might involve two people : MOOSE
53. Former F.B.I. director James : COMEY
54. German state or novelist : HESSE
55. Sand, in golf : TRAP
56. Having your first shave or buying your first bra, e.g. : RITE
57. Each : APOP
58. Website links, for short : URLS
59. Blow on a horn : TOOT
64. "O Sole ___" : MIO

Answer summary: 3 unique to this puzzle, 1 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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