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New York Times, Wednesday, February 12, 2020

Author:
Rich Proulx
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Rich Proulx

This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 74, Blocks: 38 Missing: {FJ} Spans: 2 This is puzzle # 4 for Mr. Proulx. Jeff Chen's Puzzle of the Week pick. NYT links: Across Lite PDF
Rich Proulx notes:
At age 9, my son seemed ready to write his doctoral thesis on Greek mythology. Our typical bedtime routine had morphed into him ... read more

At age 9, my son seemed ready to write his doctoral thesis on Greek mythology. Our typical bedtime routine had morphed into him delivering pop quizzes like "Name the 14 Olympian Gods and their areas of influence." (Thanks, Rick Riordan!) The questions became progressively harder. Hoping he'd start asking me some questions I could answer, I encouraged him to broaden his knowledge of other civilizations. It was then that I noticed "Thor" and "thunder" started with the same two letters. In developing theme entries, I tried to select gods from different mythos and whose realms of influence were well known to most.

This puzzle was originally submitted in December 2017, rejected with an invitation to revise in April 2018, and accepted in July 2018. The suggestion I received was to replace the original reveal [ACTOFGOD] with the more apt [GOD]. Fortunately for me, I was able to make that change with only a minor tweak to the SE corner of the grid.

Jeff Chen notes:
Oh, GROOOOOOOAN, yet another puzzle with gods hidden in phrases. And Rich Proulx couldn't even be bothered to locate them inside ... read more

Oh, GROOOOOOOAN, yet another puzzle with gods hidden in phrases. And Rich Proulx couldn't even be bothered to locate them inside phrases, lazily resorting to circles higgledy-piggledy scattered about?

AND he drew from a mish-mash of backgrounds, Roman, Greek, Norse, and then back to Greek? Come on, at least be consistent! Make more of an effort to ...

Wait.

Oh.

Oh!

OOOOOOOH!

I love being slapped upside the head with my ego and stupidity. This is a true WITT (Wish I'd Thought of That) theme, where LOVE CONQUERS ALL contains the god … are you ready for it … this is so awesome … oh my god(s)! … THE GODDESS OF LOVE, VENUS!

This might be my all-time favorite within the "circles spread throughout phrases" theme type.

CRUCIVERA EXTOLS SUCH WORK DEARLY, SIR!

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Across
1
Vegetable that can get slimy when overcooked : OKRA
5
Exhausted, with "up" : ATE
8
Basketball shots from beyond the arc : THREES
14
Frozen treats : SNOCONES
16
Locale in the Lord's Prayer : HEAVEN
17
Optimistic maxim from Virgil : LOVECONQUERSALL
19
"You ___ me one" : OWE
20
Chart topper : HIT
21
Fanfare : POMP
22
Jacob had 12 of them : SONS
23
Call to a toreador : OLE
24
Genre for Fall Out Boy : EMO
27
Reliable things, to Ben Franklin : DEATHANDTAXES
30
Business index, with "the" : DOW
31
Chi-Town or Beantown team : SOX
32
Team sharing an arena with the Flyers, informally : SIXERS
33
Means of control : REINS
35
Bit of Halloween décor : WEB
37
About : CIRCA
38
Mint in a tin : ALTOID
40
Research facility : LAB
42
Extra periods, in brief : OTS
43
They make loud noises during showers : THUNDERSTORMS
46
Nurse : SIP
47
Lead-in to a Pen used by nurses : EPI
48
Old Pontiacs : GTOS
49
Pasta ___ Norma : ALLA
50
Actress Hagen : UTA
51
Car rental add-on : GPS
54
Overly optimistic 1910s appellation : WARTOENDALLWARS
59
"Let me try that again ..." : IMEANT
60
Phrase on an egg carton : ONEDOZEN
61
Pest : NOODGE
62
What each set of circled letters is, relative to the first word in its answer : GOD
63
Tumbler turners : KEYS
Down
1
Where Edvard Munch's "The Scream" is displayed : OSLO
2
Apt radio station to air "Wait Wait ... Don't Tell Me!" (and it does!) : KNOW
3
Ramble : ROVE
4
Hole in one : ACE
5
Selects, as a successor : ANOINTS
6
Circus : TENTSHOW
7
Name ender for a lawyer : ESQ
8
Parents and grandparents, in teen lingo : THEOLDS
9
Airtight : HERMETIC
10
Scrape : RASP
11
"Me" in the Oscar-winning song "You Must Love Me" : EVA
12
Moray, e.g. : EEL
13
Where an artist works on a sketch, for short? : SNL
15
Lorena who was the #1 female golfer for 158 consecutive weeks : OCHOA
18
Atop : UPON
22
Affixed, like a patch : SEWNON
24
Puts forth, as effort : EXERTS
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Paid soldiers, informally : MERCS
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Mount near Olympus : OSSA
27
Throw a party grandly : DOITUP
28
Leaps on the ice : AXELS
29
Starts to geometric proofs : AXIOMS
30
Home to India's Red Fort and Lotus Temple : DELHI
33
"Shoot!" : RATS
34
Indirect, as a glance : SIDELONG
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Fertilizer found in caves : BATGUANO
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Use up : DEPLETE
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Alternative to canned : BOTTLED
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Director Johnson : RIAN
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Dahl who wrote "James and the Giant Peach" : ROALD
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Not much : ATAD
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Stare intensely : GAZE
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Hunted animals : PREY
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Entries on 1040s, for short : SSNS
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Come out ahead : WIN
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Start of a Latin conjugation : AMO
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Old auto with its founder's monogram : REO
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Follow relentlessly : DOG
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Pad Thai pan : WOK

Answer summary: 2 unique to this puzzle, 5 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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