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New York Times, Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Author: Brendan Emmett Quigley and Joel Fagliano
Editor: Will Shortz
Brendan Emmett Quigley
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1758/7/199610/18/201715
SunMonTueWedThuFriSatVariety
344152017452614
ScrabbleRebusCirclePangram
1.635213
Joel Fagliano
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5410/22/20097/16/20173
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12810610224
ScrabbleRebusCirclePangram
1.65351

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

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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 ... more
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 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 ... more
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 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!

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© 2015, The New York TimesNo. 1103 ( 24,101 )
Across Down
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
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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