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ALL YOU NEED

New York Times, Sunday, February 14, 2016

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

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 ... read more

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. ... read more

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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LOVE
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M
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E
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D
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O
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S
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H
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U
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N
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P
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A
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R
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B
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E
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M
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Y
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LOVE
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B
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C
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T
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P
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A
E
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O
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A
D
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I
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B
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G
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R
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D
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D
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W
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V
A
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Y
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A
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B
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A
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S
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D
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O
N
O
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C
A
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R
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E
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E
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R
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O
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A
S
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C
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M
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D
LOVE
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C
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A
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B
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Z
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B
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F
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D
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R
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D
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P
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L
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R
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L
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C
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Y
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O
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F
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H
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LOVE
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O
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M
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T
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D
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G
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S
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LOVE
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LOVE
L
E
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T
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R
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N
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O
N
A
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A
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L
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P
H
S
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S
T
A
R
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S
A
T
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C
E
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O
LOVE
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H
O
R
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LOVE
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T
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A
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K
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T
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R
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W
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LOVE
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I
L
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U
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L
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A
R
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B
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C
R
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N
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V
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N
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G
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L
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G
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B
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G
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M
A
L
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O
G
L
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L
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D
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S
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A
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N
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© 2016, The New York TimesNo. 0214 ( 24,204 )
Across
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
Down
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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