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New York Times, Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Author:
Brendan Emmett Quigley and Joel Fagliano
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Brendan Emmett Quigley
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Joel Fagliano

This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 80, Blocks: 46 Missing: none – this is a pangram. This is puzzle # 167 for Mr. Quigley. This is puzzle # 43 for Mr. Fagliano. NYT links: Across Lite PDF
Notepad: In the print and web version of this puzzle, four arithmetic symbols appear in the grid following certain clue numbers (2÷, 5-, 11+, 42x).
Constructor notes:
JOEL: I came up solving Brendan's puzzles, so it was really cool to make one with him. Even though I'm listed as a co-constructor ... read more

JOEL: I came up solving Brendan's puzzles, so it was really cool to make one with him. Even though I'm listed as a co-constructor here, this was really 90% him. I just helped hone the placement of the themers (which was a tricky problem what with all of the constraints).

Jeff Chen notes:
A totally gonzo puzzle today, a crossword meant to evoke a KENKEN. It's been a while since I did a KENKEN puzzle, but it was fun to ... read more

A totally gonzo puzzle today, a crossword meant to evoke a KENKEN. It's been a while since I did a KENKEN puzzle, but it was fun to see the idea worked right into the grid numbers. For example, there's a tiny division sign next to the number "2" (look very carefully at the grid below), and that means that TWO (in shaded squares) divided by ONE (also in shaded squares) equals that number "2." Similarly, the multiplication sign by the number "42" in the grid means that the SIX times the SEVEN in shaded squares equals that 42.

Typical KENKEN

Whoo, that was hard to explain. Anyway, a creative use of the numbering seen in all crossword grids.

Even though there are numerous ways to link ONE and TWO in the grid, it's so tough to get them into an arrangement that makes for clean filling. I don't particularly care to see NAZI in any crosswords I do (others disagree, saying that it's fine if clued in historical context or referring to various recent movies), and I was glad for my high school French to recall ONZE as 11.

The constraints get even tougher when you're looking at arranging THREE and EIGHT in a link-up. Oof, that STS over PHU over REE is a pretty gluey result.

It's very unusual to see so many gluey entries in any Fagliano or BEQ grid, but it's understandable given how enormously difficult this idea is to execute on. It's too bad that "crazy ideas week" is over — seems like this one would have fit right in.

I'm not sure it accurately represents the feel of a KENKEN, but I do like the innovation here. Can't say that I've ever seen mathematical symbols next to digits in a grid!

1
G
2 ÷
O
3
N
4
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5 -
N
6
I
7
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8
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9
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10
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11 +
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B
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M
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N
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P
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W
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W
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G
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M
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X
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G
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© 2015, The New York TimesNo. 1103 ( 24,101 )
Across
1
Off the shelves : GONE
5
Boys in Baja : NINOS
10
Lines on a 64-Across: Abbr. : STS
13
Golfer Bob or his golfing son Kevin : TWAY
14
Pollute : BEFOUL
15
1954's Battle of Dien Bien ___ : PHU
16
Eleven en français : ONZE
17
Relative of euchre : ECARTE
18
Riddle-me-___ : REE
19
Christmas feature? : SILENTT
21
Mars or Neptune : DEITY
23
Letter after 11-Down : IOTA
24
"Why, I ___ ..." : OUGHTA
26
Actor Thomas of "Me and Earl and the Dying Girl" : MANN
28
Gets the family back together : REUNES
30
Surprisingly enough : NOLESS
32
Author Leon : URIS
33
Place to get a wrap : SPA
36
Open a tad : AJAR
37
Sausage served with kraut : WURST
39
Gainsborough's "The Blue Boy" and others : OILS
40
Came out on top : WON
41
Tool that raises a guitar's pitch : CAPO
42
Name used by five popes : SIXTUS
44
Rain boot : GALOSH
46
Appear : SEEM
47
Newspaper puzzle suggested by this crossword's shaded squares : KENKEN
49
All squared up : EVEN
51
Chef's hat : TOQUE
52
It's on the house : FREEBIE
55
___ de parfum : EAU
56
Subject of three laws of Newton : MOTION
59
"Yikes!" : EGAD
61
U.S. women's soccer star Krieger : ALI
62
Captured, as fish : INANET
63
Republican strategist Karl : ROVE
64
Uber app feature : MAP
65
Horizontal lines on graphs : XAXES
66
Increased : GREW
Down
1
Old Pontiac muscle car : GTO
2
Has : OWNS
3
Frequent enemy in comics set in the 1940s : NAZI
4
Bad thing to cry over? : EYELINER
5
Bee food : NECTAR
6
___ all possible : IFAT
7
Negative conjunction : NOR
8
Completely asleep : OUT
9
Tools used to break concrete : SLEDGES
10
Nautical pole : SPRIT
11
Letter before 23-Across : THETA
12
Chop ___ : SUEY
14
Crooked : BENT
20
Time since the Big Bang : EONS
22
Quizzical sounds : EHS
24
What we have : OURS
25
Syllabus divisions : UNITS
26
Magical power : MOJO
27
Singer Jackson with 26 #1 country hits : ALAN
29
French money : EUROS
30
Opposite of "Yer durn tootin'!" : NAW
31
Geographic depression : SWALE
33
Listing in a browser history : SITE
34
Professor ___, Clue suspect : PLUM
35
Fool : ASS
38
Agreed-___ : UPON
39
Actress Catherine of "Dynasty" : OXENBERG
41
Betty Crocker product : CAKEMIX
43
"That makes sense" : ISEE
44
Prey for a lion : GNU
45
Protagonists : HEROES
47
Australian "bear" : KOALA
48
Outfit : EQUIP
50
Volcano's opening : VENT
51
Pick in an office pool, maybe : TEAM
52
Not just a slap on the wrist : FINE
53
Frankenstein's aide : IGOR
54
Gutter locale : EAVE
57
"___ scale from 1 to 10 ..." : ONA
58
Subject for Grover Norquist : TAX
60
Morning moisture : DEW

Answer summary: 1 unique to this puzzle, 1 debuted here and reused later.

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