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New York Times, Saturday, February 21, 2015

Author: Doug Peterson and Brad Wilber
Editor: Will Shortz
Doug Peterson
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Brad Wilber
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Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 70, Blocks: 30 Missing: {FJQWZ} This is puzzle # 37 for Mr. Peterson. This is puzzle # 41 for Mr. Wilber. NYT links: Across Lite PDF

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Constructor notes: DOUG: Remember the recent kerfuffle about whether or not HELLO KITTY is actually a cat? I've done some research on the topic, ... more
Constructor notes:

Charmmykitty is to Hello Kitty's left DOUG: Remember the recent kerfuffle about whether or not HELLO KITTY is actually a cat? I've done some research on the topic, and she is indeed a cat. But here's where it gets weird: Hello Kitty has a pet cat named Charmmy Kitty. Charmmy Kitty basically looks like a smaller, more catlike version of Hello Kitty. Somehow this is even more disturbing than the Goofy/Pluto dichotomy.

BRAD: I don't know what Doug's talking about; I've kept a couple of smaller versions of myself as pets for years. One of them actually edits the Chronicle of Higher Education puzzles.

This puzzle went through a couple of drafts before we arrived at this fill. Between versions, I actually pulled one of my seeds to use in a different collaboration with Doug, which you'll see here eventually. But we preserved Doug's nice seeds at 33D and 17A. His HELLO KITTY clue is great, as well.

Jill Denny notes: Lots of gems in this challenging puzzle. My first pass gave me SALTI, CIA, EMMY, AUDI, INDY, and STEELE, followed by a tentative ... more
Jill Denny notes:

Lots of gems in this challenging puzzle. My first pass gave me SALTI, CIA, EMMY, AUDI, INDY, and STEELE, followed by a tentative PAPYRI on my next pass. And then ... nothing. Not my best start. I finally clawed my way into the NW corner with CLOCK and CLASSTRIP, but the rest of the puzzle involved false starts, lucky guesses, mental time-outs, and a Google search or two. An admirable grid with thorny cluing — just what I like on a Saturday.

I tumbled down several rabbit-holes, chasing proper nouns and quotes through wikipedia and the like. Some of my favorite discoveries:

- HELLO KITTY is so much taller than I realized. At five apples high, she towers over the Smurfs, who are only three apples high. Using an average-appearing Honeycrisp as standard, I am just shy of 19.8 apples high. RALPH NADER is almost 21.5 apples high.

- Welcome to the database, Anastasia STEELE. I was surprised to find myself pleased by this reference for its lack of snobbishness. I've been guilty of rolling my eyes at 50 Shades mania, but if it gets people reading, then I'm all for it. If it helps women communicate their desires, even better.

- This was the first time that DEV was clued with a reference to HUD. As much as I enjoy the Cabinet departments, I'll always prefer a nod to Dev Patel, one of the more charming actors on the planet. Jai ho!

- Un crime de LESE-humanité was new to me. Lèse-majesté refers to high treason (literally, injury to the king), which makes un crime de lèse-humanité the crime of injuring humanity, or rather, a crime against humanity. I love learning this kind of thing from a crossword, even when the phrase is as somber as this one.

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© 2015, The New York TimesNo. 0221 ( 23,846 )
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1. It's usually taken on a bus : CLASSTRIP
10. Pact signed by Nixon : SALTI
15. Nancy Drew never left hers behind : LATETEENS
16. Saw : AXIOM
17. Needing no prep, in a way : OVENREADY
18. Bait : TEMPT
19. Org. in "Argo" : CIA
20. It depicts a winged woman holding an atom : EMMY
21. Beyond that : MORESO
22. Not mussed : KEMPT
24. Loads, for many: Abbr. : SYN
25. Constellation near Ursa Major : LEO
26. Art film? : ACETATE
30. Unleashes (on) : SICS
31. Who said "Power has to be insecure to be responsive" : RALPHNADER
34. Brute : OGRE
35. Observe : OBEY
36. Tip-offs : CLUES
37. It may be thrown in the mix : CHEX
38. Take off : SOAR
39. Animated character who's five apples tall : HELLOKITTY
41. "Truth in engineering" sloganeer : AUDI
42. Where the waves come in? : ANTENNA
43. Dairy case units: Abbr. : PTS
44. Was taken in : BIT
45. Stay a step ahead of : ELUDE
49. Secure : ATTAIN
51. Place for a rivulet : DALE
54. Part of HUD: Abbr. : DEV
55. Diamond, e.g. : RHOMB
56. Triton, to Neptune : SATELLITE
58. Reisz who directed "The French Lieutenant's Woman" : KAREL
59. Crowd : CLOSEINON
60. "Make Someone Happy" composer : STYNE
61. It connects two pages : HYPERTEXT
1. Slug : CLOCK
2. Allegorical painting from Picasso's Blue Period : LAVIE
3. Field standouts : ATEAM
4. Paul, for one: Abbr. : SEN
5. Exhibit plasticity : STRETCH
6. Be present in large quantity : TEEM
7. Widen, as a gun barrel : REAM
8. Ark finder, familiarly : INDY
9. University course, for short : PSY
10. Delayed, in a way : SATON
11. Woodcutter, e.g. : AXER
12. Star's spot : LIMELIGHT
13. Phrase often stamped in red : TOPSECRET
14. #1 hit on the soundtracks for "Grumpy Old Men" and "Beverly Hills Chihuahua" : IMTOOSEXY
21. Former Miss America who ran for the U.S. Senate in 1980 : MYERSON
23. Early writing materials : PAPYRI
24. "Fifty Shades of Grey" protagonist Anastasia : STEELE
27. Fetter : ENCHAIN
28. Facility : TALENT
29. Mature : ADULT
30. Bee, e.g. : SOCIAL
31. She wouldn't take an affront sitting down : ROSAPARKS
32. "Since you asked ..." : ABOUTTHAT
33. It gets attention when it runs : LEADSTORY
40. Prie-dieu feature : KNEELER
44. ___ Belt : BIBLE
46. Italian city near the Slovenian border : UDINE
47. Users may enter it : DETOX
48. 1-Across, for one : EVENT
50. Famous last word : AMEN
51. New Year's Eve ball-drop commentator beginning in 2003 : DALY
52. Crowning : ATOP
53. Un crime de ___-humanité : LESE
56. Duke, e.g.: Abbr. : SCH
57. University course, for short : LIT

Answer summary: 2 unique to this puzzle, 1 debuted here and reused later.

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