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New York Times, Sunday, February 14, 2016

Author: Mary Lou Guizzo
Editor: Will Shortz
Mary Lou Guizzo
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This puzzle:

Rows: 21, Columns: 21 Words: 137, Blocks: 77 Missing: {JQ} Spans: 1 Grid has mirror symmetry There are unchecked squares This is puzzle # 11 for Ms. Guizzo. NYT links: Across Lite PDF
Mary Lou Guizzo notes: On December 31, 2012, shortly after submitting THE DESCENT OF MAN puzzle, I sent Jeff another idea. It was a 15x grid with the heart you see in today's puzzle. Jeff immediately realized my heart was too big ... more
Mary Lou Guizzo notes:

On December 31, 2012, shortly after submitting THE DESCENT OF MAN puzzle, I sent Jeff another idea. It was a 15x grid with the heart you see in today's puzzle. Jeff immediately realized my heart was too big for the 15x grid and placed it in a 21x adding one black square to the inside tip of the heart for two descending black squares instead of one. I suggested a HEART rebus but Jeff was not keen on this idea at all, noting Will has too many rebus puzzles. After several more emails back and forth I conceded defeat.

The idea lay dormant until this summer. Jeff and I were on a BINGE having just finished a few other holiday-themed puzzles. I remembered this grid and realized it would be perfect for 2016 with VALENTINES DAY falling on Sunday. I sent him the resurrected 21x grid using a LOVE rebus this time. He still wasn't buying it and was headed off on a family trip. So, I persisted with this labor of LOVE on my own.

I did not like having 4 REs and 4 TOs in the fill but after spending quite a bit of time trying to eliminate some of them, I decided they would have to do. I hope you can DEAL WITH IT. I laughed out loud as I plopped HOT MESS in close proximity to LOVE TRIANGLE.

I appreciate Jeff's help with the grid as well as his advice and encouragement. As always, I appreciate Will and Joel's acceptance and editing of this puzzle. Their cluing changes ramped up the difficulty. I'm not sure I would have gotten 40-Down "Kirk Douglas, Robert Wagner and Gregory Peck for Frank Sinatra" for EULOGISTS or 53-Down "What's the point of marking things?" for FELT-TIP!

I hope you've enjoyed your solving experience and have a VALENTINES DAY filled with even more LOVE.

Jeff Chen notes: I really enjoy brainstorming with ML. Sometimes we both LOVE an idea so much that we pursue it as co-collaborators, and sometimes only one of us feels strongly enough to put the work in. It's always fun. In ... more
Jeff Chen notes:

I really enjoy brainstorming with ML. Sometimes we both LOVE an idea so much that we pursue it as co-collaborators, and sometimes only one of us feels strongly enough to put the work in. It's always fun.

"Shot through the heart, and you're too late!" er, "and you're to blame!"

In this case, I wasn't super interested in a LOVE rebus, but perhaps interested in doing an anti-Valentine's Day puzzle, with SHOT THROUGH THE HEART piercing the heart. For most of my 30s, I was single and pretty sick of hearing all the schmoopy-schmoopy talk around VALENTINES DAY, so I thought it would be fun to give a shout-out to all those kindred spirits out there bombarded by the pressure of the artificial holiday.

Needless to say, I doubt many editors would have gone for it. Ahem.

I enjoyed finding those seven LOVE rebus squares. It's fun to get songs with catchy lyrics like IS THIS LOVE and LOVE ME DO (and You Give Love a Bad Name — just sayin').

I remember being worried about how difficult it would be to fill the great big chunky section inside the heart. Impressive that ML did it fairly cleanly — while incorporating TWO rebus squares! CAN YOU FEEL THE LOVE TONIGHT crossing TOUGH LOVE and ART LOVERS already constrains that section tremendously, so it's nice work to weave FELT TIP and CAREENS in there. CMD and DSO (distinguished service … order?) are crossword glue, and BLU is hard to clue any other way than [___-Ray], but that's not bad at all for such a giant white space.

There are also some biggish areas necessitated by the grid design, and long answers like AMOUNTS TO and SAMMY CAHN intersecting IS THIS LOVE will almost always necessitate some trade-offs like RIN / RESAND / ESE. But there was enough bonus fill — DEAL WITH IT!, OMICRON, and my favorite, HOT MESS — along with colorful themers, that I didn't mind.

Entertaining VDay solve, one that hopefully even the singles of the world can enjoy.

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© 2016, The New York TimesNo. 0214 ( 24,204 )
Across Down
1. The Beatles' first single, 1962 : LOVEMEDO
6. Cold-shoulder : SHUN
10. Not fight all-out : SPAR
14. 1951 #1 Mario Lanza hit with lyrics written by 36-Down : BEMYLOVE
19. Containing element #56 : BARIC
20. Jerry-rigging material : TAPE
21. Musical lead-in to -smith : AERO
22. "See ya!" : ADIOS
23. Inappropriate : UNAPT
24. Kind of arch : OGEE
25. Pelvic bones : ILIA
26. Watch 10 episodes in a row, say : BINGE
27. Circulates : GETSAROUND
29. Comment accompanying "That's your problem, not mine" : DEALWITHIT
31. Romantic date : VALENTINESDAY
33. Belittled : ABASED
37. Scapegoat for the Fab Four breakup : ONO
38. ___ criminal : CAREER
43. "Enough!," in Ensenada : NOMAS
44. Mil. authority : CMD
47. One waiting in line at an airport? : CAB
50. Get back together, as 57-Acrosses : REUNE
51. Camera feature : ZOOM
52. Apprise : BRIEF
54. Took a chance : DARED
56. Make a splash : PLOP
57. See 50-Across : ALUM
58. Big dipper : LADLE
59. Some old Harper's Bazaar covers : ERTES
60. Bananas : LOCO
61. 1994 Oscar- and Grammy-winning song for Elton John : CANYOUFEELTHELOVETONIGHT
65. Cinephile's channel : TCM
66. Ones doing needlework? : TATTOOERS
67. Here, on une carte : ICI
68. Smooth over : RESAND
71. Much I.R.S. mail : RETURNS
72. 1990s-2000s tennis champ nicknamed "The Punisher" : AGASSI
75. Hit song title for Bob Marley, Whitesnake and Survivor : ISTHISLOVE
77. Symptoms : SIGNS
78. 2010 R. Kelly top 10 album : LOVELETTER
79. Like some care : NEONATAL
81. Basic ones are above 7 : PHS
82. Eyes impolitely : STARESAT
83. G.M.'s Mary Barra, for one : CEO
85. Opposite of vert. : HOR
86. 1990 #1 hit for Mariah Carey : LOVETAKESTIME
93. 1967 #1 hit for Lulu : TOSIRWITHLOVE
100. One of two circuit court characters? : SILENTU
101. Quiet coastal spot : INLET
103. Spirited horse : ARABIAN
104. Foreign currency unit worth about a third of a dollar : ONELIRA
105. Relative of ecru : CREAM
106. Where Pamplona is located : NAVARRE
107. Overrule : NIX
108. Breast implant filler : GEL
109. Inflate : RAISE
110. Former telecom giant : GTE
111. The pack in a six-pack : ABS
112. "Well, whaddya know!" : GEE
113. Bad beginning? : MAL
114. Eyes impolitely : OGLES
115. Court call : LET
116. Mars from the vantage point of Earth, e.g. : DOT
117. Hindu honorific : SRI
118. Comedian Poehler : AMY
119. Approximates : NEARS
120. Shogun capital : EDO
121. Where there may be openings in the medical field? : ERS
1. Insect also called a honeymoon fly : LOVEBUG
2. Stable locks? : MANE
3. Q.E.F. part : ERAT
4. Showy ballroom moves : DIPS
5. A piano has seven of them : OCTAVES
6. Bar fixture : STOOL
7. ___ Tribunal : HAGUE
8. Wharton's sch. : UPENN
9. Must : NEEDTO
10. Declined : SAIDNO
11. Martinique volcano : PELEE
12. Met expectations? : ARIAS
13. Explorer Amundsen : ROALD
14. Commemorative Yevtushenko poem : BABIYAR
15. Change one's story? : EDIT
16. Ho Chi ___ City : MINH
17. One seeking enlightenment : YOGI
18. 6-0 : LOVESET
28. "Sweet!" : RAD
30. Female W.W. II enlistee : WAC
32. Smitten : INLOVE
33. Soldier from Down Under : ANZAC
34. When doubled, an old college cry : BOOLA
35. Totals : AMOUNTSTO
36. See 14-Across : SAMMYCAHN
39. Copy : REPLICATE
40. Kirk Douglas, Robert Wagner and Gregory Peck, for Frank Sinatra : EULOGISTS
41. Methuselah's father : ENOCH
42. Transplant : REPOT
44. Skill : CRAFT
45. Like some stud piercings : MIDEAR
46. X's : DELETES
47. Turns at high speed : CAREENS
48. Aesthetes : ARTLOVERS
49. Borscht base : BEETS
52. ___-ray : BLU
53. What's the point of marking things? : FELTTIP
54. Renders harmless, as a bull : DEHORNS
55. Brit. honor : DSO
62. Amor vincit ___ : OMNIA
63. Sending a child to military camp, say : TOUGHLOVE
64. River to the Gulf of Guinea : NIGER
68. ___ Tin Tin : RIN
69. Reverse of WNW : ESE
70. Summer hrs. : DST
72. Resembling : ALA
73. Antarctica's Amundsen ___ : SEA
74. N.Y.C. subway line : IRT
76. 2003 Hugh Grant romantic comedy : LOVEACTUALLY
78. Rick, Ilsa and Victor, in "Casablanca" : LOVETRIANGLE
80. Hawaiian Airlines extra : LEI
82. It has three dashes in the middle : SOS
84. Head of Olympus? : OMICRON
85. Spectacularly disordered sort : HOTMESS
86. Serenades, e.g. : LOVESONGS
87. Like each line of an eye chart vis-à-vis the one above : TINIER
88. ___ Kosygin, longtime Soviet premier : ALEXEI
89. Nickelodeon's "Kenan & ___" : KEL
90. Perplexity : ENIGMA
91. Follower of live or down : STREAM
92. Bring to a boil : ENRAGE
93. Come-on : TEASER
94. Risqué, say : RRATED
95. Silently greet : WAVETO
96. Basketball Hall-of-Famer Hank : IBA
97. Rant : TIRADE
98. Hold, as secret feelings : HARBOR
99. Tryst sites : LOVENESTS
102. Bizet priestess : LEILA

Answer summary: 4 unique to this puzzle, 1 debuted here and reused later, 5 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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