It looks like you're using an Ad Blocker. Please consider supporting our site by purchasing an account.

New York Times, Saturday, December 5, 2015

Author:
David J. Kahn
Editor:
Will Shortz
TotalDebutLatestCollabs
1813/15/199412/12/20185
SunMonTueWedThuFriSat
4451224571326
ScrabbleRebusCirclePangram
1.5514211
David J. Kahn

This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 70, Blocks: 28 Missing: {QWXZ} This is puzzle # 162 for Mr. Kahn. NYT links: Across Lite PDF
Jeff Chen notes:
Neat mini-theme in JIMINY CRICKET crossing PINOCCHIO. After reading the [His first major screen appearance was in 1940], I was worried ... read more

Neat mini-theme in JIMINY CRICKET crossing PINOCCHIO. After reading the [His first major screen appearance was in 1940], I was worried that it'd be an old-timey actor whose name I'd need every cross to piece together, so it was doubly fun to finally crack it. For my money, we don't get nearly enough of these mini-themed themelesses — they add so much to my solving enjoyment.

15th Fed Chair, JANET Yellen

With not a lot of long material, David had to rely on his 7-letter entries for color. I love stuff like SHOT PAR as entries on their own, and entries like MINARET are made even better with a piece of trivia like [The world's oldest one is in Tunisia]. PRIVATE and CAPABLE are, well, capable entries, but they didn't add much spice to my solve. ILL USES … is that something anyone actually uses? Googling (in quotes) turns up only 16K hits.

I can see why something like ILL USES is in the grid — the SES ending facilitates filling a big chunk of space in the lower right. But struggling with an isolated corner and turning up something like that is such a hollow victory.

JANET Yellen shout-out! As the first woman to hold the Fed chair, she's perhaps one of the most influential people in the country.

My gut was that UMA THURMAN is very gridworthy (iconic "Pulp Fiction" role, famous actress), but after making a bad assumption about OLIVIA POPE a few weeks ago (about 800K Google hits), I wanted to double-check my assumption. Thankfully, Uma gets 10M Google hits. Oddly enough, Zooey DESCHANEL (another proper name I recently commented about) also gets about 10M. I knew Deschanel was popular, but I didn't know quite the extent of it. Curious.

I didn't know the AVESTA, but the clue made me want to look it up. Interesting to read about Zoroastrianism, one of the world's oldest religions. Thank goodness each of the crossing words made AVESTA easy to piece together!

Some great clues:

  • Funny to tie John Cleese and Richard Gere together, as they both played LANCELOT.
  • [Position papers?] referred to the positions job seekers are looking for, and the RESUMES that are thusly required.
  • SECT is something that comes out of a split decision, or a decision to split.
Jim Horne notes:
1
R
2
A
3
M
4
A
5
D
6
A
7
S
8
H
9
O
10
T
11
P
12
A
13
R
14
E
L
I
C
I
T
15
J
O
E
T
O
R
R
E
16
S
A
N
E
S
T
17
I
N
N
O
T
I
M
E
18
U
M
A
T
H
U
19
R
M
A
N
20
E
V
E
N
21
M
O
R
E
Y
22
A
I
R
E
23
D
24
A
N
A
25
E
D
E
N
26
R
M
N
27
R
U
28
S
T
I
C
29
S
E
T
30
M
A
R
Y
31
S
32
B
L
E
A
T
33
P
I
N
O
C
C
34
H
I
O
35
C
36
O
37
N
A
N
38
D
R
A
I
N
39
F
40
I
41
B
42
A
V
E
S
T
43
A
44
I
R
S
45
R
O
L
O
46
P
E
P
47
S
P
48
I
C
E
49
J
E
L
L
O
50
A
R
T
51
S
52
R
F
K
S
53
T
A
D
I
U
M
54
B
L
U
E
55
L
I
N
E
56
U
N
E
A
S
E
57
L
A
N
C
E
L
O
T
58
M
E
A
G
E
R
59
E
Y
E
T
E
S
T
60
S
T
R
E
S
S
© 2015, The New York TimesNo. 1205 ( 24,133 )
Across
1. Company whose name paradoxically means "shelter with no walls" : RAMADA
7. Was consistently in the hole? : SHOTPAR
14. Pull out : ELICIT
15. Co-author of "The Yankee Years" : JOETORRE
16. Least likely to be out to lunch? : SANEST
17. Tout de suite : INNOTIME
18. "Be Cool" co-star, 2005 : UMATHURMAN
20. Flush : EVEN
21. Amsterdam of "The Dick Van Dyke Show" : MOREY
22. Not kept secret : AIRED
24. Tennis's Ivanovic : ANA
25. Dreamland : EDEN
26. Vice President Alben Barkley's successor's inits. : RMN
27. Arcadian : RUSTIC
29. Adjust : SET
30. St. ___ parish (Crosby/Bergman movie setting) : MARYS
32. Speak plaintively : BLEAT
33. His first major screen appearance was in 1940 : PINOCCHIO
35. Daily show filmed in Burbank, Calif. : CONAN
38. Deplete : DRAIN
39. Casual invention : FIB
42. Sacred text of Zoroastrianism : AVESTA
44. Longtime record label that shares its inits. with a major government agcy. : IRS
45. Chocolate candy brand : ROLO
46. Zip : PEP
47. Zip : SPICE
49. ___ shot : JELLO
50. They may be endowed : ARTS
52. Field near the Anacostia River : RFKSTADIUM
54. Part of Boston's subway system that runs under Boston Harbor : BLUELINE
56. Funny feeling : UNEASE
57. Role played by Richard Gere and John Cleese : LANCELOT
58. Slim : MEAGER
59. What all the answers to should be clear? : EYETEST
60. Make clear, say : STRESS
Down
1. Position papers? : RESUMES
2. In : ALAMODE
3. The world's oldest one is in Tunisia : MINARET
4. Winning blackjack combo : ACETEN
5. Full of gossip : DISHY
6. Island whose battlefield area is a U.S. National Historic Landmark : ATTU
7. Marine detector : SONAR
8. Actress Marilu : HENNER
9. Fox neighbor : OTO
10. ___ board : TOTE
11. Not to be shared with anyone : PRIVATE
12. Neighbor of Georgia : ARMENIA
13. Put on something old? : REENACT
15. Partner of 33-Across : JIMINYCRICKET
19. Cannon loader : RAMROD
23. Substitute, as words : DUBIN
26. Headed up : RAN
28. Warning in a school zone : SLO
30. Some hotel offerings : MINTS
31. Cows : SCARES
33. Step on French soil : PAS
34. ___ Honor : HIS
35. Up to, with "of" : CAPABLE
36. Gold leaf, e.g. : OVERLAY
37. Triton's locale : NEPTUNE
39. Fall ___ : FOLIAGE
40. Handles badly : ILLUSES
41. Sixtysomethings, say : BOOMERS
43. Rainy times : APRILS
45. Colored sunfish : REDEAR
48. Otherwise : IFNOT
49. Economist Yellen : JANET
51. Result of a split decision? : SECT
53. Over-the-counter antacid : TUMS
55. Victor at Fussell's Mill : LEE

Answer summary: 1 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

Found bugs or have suggestions?