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THAT'S A MOUTHFUL

New York Times, Sunday, February 10, 2019

Author:
Lee Taylor
Editor:
Will Shortz
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This puzzle:

Rows: 21, Columns: 21 Words: 140, Blocks: 72 Missing: {X} This is puzzle # 2 for Ms. Taylor. NYT links: Across Lite PDF
Lee Taylor notes:
My first puzzle was published in the Times in 2015, and it was only the fourth puzzle I ever constructed. Four years and 36 unsuccessful New York Times submissions later comes puzzle ... read more

My first puzzle was published in the Times in 2015, and it was only the fourth puzzle I ever constructed. Four years and 36 unsuccessful New York Times submissions later comes puzzle number two! Now I know my first puzzle was a fluke, total beginner's luck. I have learned a lot about constructing a good puzzle since then and hope that solvers will enjoy this one. I find language endlessly entertaining and favor themes that spotlight the fun of words. I enjoyed researching this puzzle and learned a lot of (spoiler alert) new tongue twisters along the way. I hope it will not take me another 36 tries to create a puzzle suitable for the Times!

PS I was able to find a home for 23 of those other puzzles.

Jeff Chen notes:
I struggled to figure out the commonality between all these random tongue twisters. It's kind of neat that FIVE TIMES FAST is a bit tongue-twisting in its own right. I wish there were some ... read more

I struggled to figure out the commonality between all these random tongue twisters. It's kind of neat that FIVE TIMES FAST is a bit tongue-twisting in its own right. I wish there were some unifying factor that tightened up the theme, though.

Been a long time since I've heard tongue-twisters, and I did appreciate that all of these were new to me. It was surprisingly fun to (try to) say REAL RARE WHALE five times fast. I thought I'd have no trouble, but boy was I wrong. Same with SHE SEES CHEESE SHEEZE SEIZE BAH!!!

Not sure why SHOE SECTION is tough, though. Seemed easy to say five times fast. Maybe it's because it's only two words to remember, while all the others are three?

Sunday 140-word constructions are tough, so I think Lee did pretty well. I like the cheater black square just before TIER, which makes filling that region so much easier. (Same with the one just after ANT.) I'd have welcomed two or even four more, helping to smooth out things like ADAR / ADORER, AN ACT, or COZ.

That last one probably is the product of the Z's allure – it wasn't worth it to me, as COZ feels bizarre, but I can see the other side of the argument, that rare letters spice up a solve.

I can't remember another tongue twister theme (is that a tongue twister in itself?), so points for the novelty. Sure would have been nice to have something to tighten things up though, improving the feeling of "a bunch of unrelated tongue twisters thrown together."

Jim Horne notes:

Jeff is better at tongue twisters than I am. I can't say SHOE SECTION even twice fast.

Two twisters here debuted in a 1997 puzzle with a similar theme by Brendan Emmett Quigley.

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© 2019, The New York TimesNo. 0210 ( 25,296 )
Across
1
Parabolas, essentially : ARCS
5
Part of a wedding 9-Across : TIER
9
See 5-Across : CAKE
13
Trophy winner : CHAMP
18
He planned for a rainy day : NOAH
19
Sled dog with a statue in Central Park : BALTO
20
Jewish month before Nisan : ADAR
21
Corolla part : PETAL
22
*Result of a foul on a long basketball shot : THREEFREETHROWS
25
Bandleader Shaw : ARTIE
26
Start of Euripides' signature : EPSILON
27
Bargain-basement : CUTRATE
29
See 92-Across : LISA
30
Took off the board : ERASED
32
Popular jeans : LEES
33
Does, as an animated character : VOICES
35
A, B or C, in Washington : STREET
38
*Albino orca, e.g. : REALRAREWHALE
41
"You're on!" and others : CUES
42
Skedaddles : SCRAMS
45
Country singer Chesney : KENNY
46
"It was all ___" : ANACT
48
Chops down : HEWS
49
Places for toasters and roasters : DAISES
51
Word after sock or bunny : HOP
54
Subjects of some New Year's resolutions : BADHABITS
56
Deli order : SUB
57
Reddish : RUFOUS
59
When repeated, emergency cry to a fighter pilot : EJECT
60
Wise-looking : OWLISH
63
Pub orders : PINTS
64
On base, say : SAFE
67
*Part of a department store where people sit : SHOESECTION
70
Legally confer, as a power : VEST
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Opulent : PLUSH
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Kind of joke : INSIDE
74
Lilac color : MAUVE
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High regard : ESTEEM
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Certain intersection : TEE
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Andrew Jackson's Tennessee home, with "the" : HERMITAGE
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Family reunion attendee, informally : COZ
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One taking inventory? : LOOTER
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___ Pueblo (World Heritage Site) : TAOS
88
Polite : CIVIL
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Expensive outing : SPREE
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Philadelphia art museum, with "the" : BARNES
92
With 29-Across, source of a famous smile : MONA
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*Home of the world's only 14-lane suspension bridge : UNIQUENEWYORK
98
"Atonement" author Ian : MCEWAN
100
Old barracks decorations : PINUPS
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Catches up to : TIES
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Bollywood instruments : SITARS
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Man Ray's genre : DADA
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Ham it up : OVERACT
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Wine orders : CARAFES
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Good servers : ACERS
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*Timekeeper on the Emerald Isle : IRISHWRISTWATCH
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"Free ___" : TIBET
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Text message status : SENT
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Assists in a way one shouldn't : ABETS
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One getting the red-carpet treatment : STAR
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Diary passage : ENTRY
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Avant-garde : EDGY
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Father : SIRE
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Scottish caps : TAMS
Down
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Hill and tunnel builder : ANT
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Architect Mies van der ___ : ROHE
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Complain : CARP
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*What a dairymaid does all day long : SHESEESCHEESE
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Poi plants : TAROS
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Chaiken who co-created "The L Word" : ILENE
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Printemps follower : ETE
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Source of a deferment in the 1960s draft : ROTC
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Syndicate : CARTEL
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Big fan : ADORER
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Yamaha competitor : KAWASAKI
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Formerly, once : ERST
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Figurehead? : CPA
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Tim ___, frequent collaborator with Adam Sandler : HERLIHY
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Ancient Greek state with Athens : ATTICA
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"The Marvelous Mrs. ___" (award-winning Amazon series) : MAISEL
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"I beg of you" : PLEASE
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A sharps : BFLATS
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Aer Lingus destination : EIRE
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Performances for Hawaii tourists : HULAS
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Plane, e.g. : EVENER
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Column in soccer standings : DRAWS
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Confesses : OWNSUP
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Picket line crosser : SCAB
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Hobbes's favorite food in "Calvin and Hobbes" : TUNA
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Text message status : READ
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Leading characters in "Mad Max" : EMS
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Matter in court : RES
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Pretentious : CHICHI
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1984 Olympic gymnastics sensation : RETTON
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___ Boston (noted hotel) : TAJ
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___ de leche : DULCE
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Somewhat : ABIT
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Put an edge on : HONE
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Loopholes : OUTS
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"Hey you!" : PSST
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Wanna-___ : BES
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Writer Stieg Larsson, e.g. : SWEDE
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Hard way to say the answers to the starred clues in this puzzle (good luck!) : FIVETIMESFAST
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Willow twig : OSIER
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San ___, Calif. : SIMEON
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Having a frog in one's throat : HOARSE
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Building direction, briefly : SPEC
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What "btw" means : ALSO
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Mess (with) : FUTZ
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Spanish direction : ESTE
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Book before Deut. : NUM
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Extend a hand to after a fall, say : HELPUP
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London's Old ___ : VIC
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Beyond that : MORESO
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Listens attentively : HARKS
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Declare : AVOW
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"Jane the Virgin" actress Rodriguez : GINA
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Pizazz : ELAN
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Wine: Prefix : OEN
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Was on the verge of collapse : TEETERED
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What "light" cigarettes are lower in : TAR
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Not so hip : SQUARER
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"The Garden of Earthly Delights" painter : BOSCH
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Cleverness : SMARTS
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App release : UPDATE
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One of the B vitamins : NIACIN
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Underwater : INDEBT
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Electrician's concern : WIRING
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Like the smell of some bread : YEASTY
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Where something annoying might be stuck : CRAW
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Less welcoming : ICIER
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Sample : TASTE
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What a headache might feel like : VISE
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Start of a classic Christmas poem : TWAS
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James of jazz : ETTA
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Ponzi scheme, e.g. : SCAM
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Wilbur's home in "Charlotte's Web" : STY
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Box score inits. : RBI
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Time sheet units: Abbr. : HRS

Answer summary: 9 unique to this puzzle, 2 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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