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New York Times, Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Author:
Molly Young
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Molly Young

This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 78, Blocks: 37 Missing: {JKQUXZ} This is puzzle # 2 for Ms. Young. NYT links: Across Lite PDF
Molly Young notes:
My top three apple products are, in order: apple crisp, apple strudel, and apple pie. My top three Apple products are…none, ... read more

My top three apple products are, in order: apple crisp, apple strudel, and apple pie. My top three Apple products are…none, actually. I have a pretty hate-hate relationship with my iPhone, which has ruined my attention span and made it possible for my office to contact me at any hour. This Apple-themed puzzle is an exercise in (mild, mischievous) revenge.

I tend to have a lot of fun coming up with themes and a lot of difficulty constructing the actual grids, which I do by hand. Thankfully this one passed muster!

Jeff Chen notes:
Anyone remember the outcry when Apple unveiled the name 'iPad'? People cracked derogatory tampon-related jokes, but those quickly went ... read more

Anyone remember the outcry when Apple unveiled the name "iPad"? People cracked derogatory tampon-related jokes, but those quickly went away after the product became a huge success. Molly gives us a fun play on Apple's naming convention — iPod, iPhone, iPad, iMac, etc. — by twisting regular EYE- into i- phrases.

I enjoyed many of them, with iSHADOW my favorite. Not hard to imagine Apple releasing some sort of Google Glass type of espionage device! And the iDROP as a skydiver's device was amusing too.

Actually, my favorite was iSTRAIN, but not as it was clued (as a colander). Imagine, if you will, a toddler who goes under the table to take care of — ahem — some, er, tough business. The hilariously strained faces she makes!

I'm a terrible parent, I know. But I take the pooping-face pictures anyway.

A remarkably smooth grid, given Molly's comments about gridwork. There's not a ton of fill that's exceptional — BEDREST, BLOOPER, and RAPPORT are pretty good — but there's a lack of crossword glue that I would have expected after reading Molly's comments. Just some minor IN A, ARIL, TWEE stuff that many would consider passable or even perfectly fine.

Well, there's BOTA. After trying to cram WINESKIN into those four squares, I gave up and let the crossings work for me ... except that they led me to B O T A, which had to be incorrect. Apparently not! According to several sources, BOTA bag is another name for a wineskin. Curious inclusion — I wonder if Molly had to knit some sections together in the middle, or if BOTA is special to her in some way.

Speaking of bags, the HOBO purse was another curious one. I was sure that had to be some niche fashion term, but millions of sites disagreed with me. They're also called "hobo bags." After seeing pictures of them, I realized how common they are. Fun trivia that they're so named because they're saggy and slouchy, like the bundles hobos sling over their shoulder in cartoons.

I'm also not a huge fan of Apple products, but I enjoyed the wordplay, regular EYE- words twisted in an amusing way.

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© 2016, The New York TimesNo. 1130 ( 24,494 )
Across
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Rings up? : HALOS
6
In good physical condition : TRIM
10
Footnote abbr. : IBID
14
New push-up bra from Apple? : ILIFT
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___ purse : HOBO
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In addition : ELSE
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Preceder of Barbara or Clara : SANTA
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Gather : REAP
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What Pac-Man eats : DOTS
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Ambrose who wrote "The Devil's Dictionary" : BIERCE
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Groovy things, for short? : LPS
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Miners dig it : ORE
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Thomas who wrote "Buddenbrooks" : MANN
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Great Dane? : HAMLET
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Golf goal : PAR
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"Get. Out. Of. Here!" : OMG
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Leather bag for wine : BOTA
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Perfidy : DECEIT
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Like some albums and skills : MASTERED
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Merits : EARNS
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British P.M. between Churchill and Macmillan : EDEN
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Goes out for a bit? : NAPS
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Contract add-on : RIDER
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Predicted : FORETOLD
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Some mutterings : ASIDES
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Hard-core : AVID
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Scones go-with : TEA
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Acidity measures : PHS
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Gleams : SHINES
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Slightly : ATAD
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___ smear : PAP
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Kind of talk : TED
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Numerous : LEGION
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What might make a nose wrinkle : ODOR
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Seed cover : ARIL
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Lover : ROMEO
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Like some cheeks and outlooks : ROSY
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Writer Jaffe : RONA
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New whip from Apple? : ILASH
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So, so cute : TWEE
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Massage joints : SPAS
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Money makers : MINTS
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Casual greetings : HIS
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First state to declare Christmas a legal holiday : ALABAMA
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Insides of coats : LININGS
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Many a time : OFTEN
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Celebrity : STAR
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Jeopardize : THREATEN
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Eggs rich in omega-3 fatty acids : ROE
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New sports equipment from Apple? : IBALL
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Swabbed : MOPPED
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Iraq war danger, for short : IED
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Funny outtake : BLOOPER
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New colander from Apple? : ISTRAIN
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Leaves high and dry : DESERTS
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Tedious task : CHORE
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Like 49-Across : STEEPED
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Having a baby makes one : MOM
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Magazine with a fold-in back cover : MAD
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Doctor's order for recuperation : BEDREST
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List in movie credits : CAST
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Plenty angry, with "off" : TEED
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Orwell's "Animal Farm" and Kafka's "The Metamorphosis," for two : NOVELLAS
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Get up : ARISE
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Friendly relationship : RAPPORT
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New tracking device from Apple? : ISHADOW
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Scrap, with "of" : DISPOSE
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Season ticket holder, e.g. : FAN
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It can help you get a leg up : OTTOMAN
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Having the least fat : LEANEST
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Having a baby makes one : DAD
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Pruning tools : SHEARS
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New parachute from Apple? : IDROP
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Garlicky mayonnaise : AIOLI
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Not looking good at all : GRIM
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Ham on ___ : RYE
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___ pinch : INA
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Cries of surprise : OHS

Answer summary: 5 unique to this puzzle, 1 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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