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FLIP-FLOPS

New York Times, Sunday, February 22, 2015

Author: Patrick Berry
Editor: Will Shortz
Patrick Berry
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This puzzle:

Rows: 21, Columns: 21 Words: 140, Blocks: 80 Missing: {JQZ} This is puzzle # 195 for Mr. Berry. NYT links: Across Lite PDF
Jeff Chen notes: Complex concept today, so bear with me as I try to summarize it: pairs of answers flip-flopped; words that can precede 'up' moving up, and words that can precede 'down' moving down. Sigh. That probably still ... more
Jeff Chen notes:

Complex concept today, so bear with me as I try to summarize it: pairs of answers flip-flopped; words that can precede "up" moving up, and words that can precede "down" moving down.

Sigh. That probably still isn't clear, so an example:

  • END in TENDERHEARTED moves up ("END up" given an additional clue: [finally become])
  • LIE in SALIERI moves down (LIE down given an additional clue: [go to bed])

Standard microchip package

Neat concept, taking advantage of all the little words that can precede "up" or "down." A bit strange to see gobbledygook within the themers, but it overall is a tricky and innovative idea. It would have been incredibly cool if the answers, after flipping, actually formed real words. Given that there are SO many words that can precede "up" or "down," I wonder if it'd actually be possible.

The flip-flop is a basic unit of electronic logic, a simple circuit to keep track of one of two states. So I thought it was cool how the shaded rectangles sort of looked like microchips. (Boy oh boy would I LOVE a crossword employing a fully-functional circuit diagram. Yes, I realize I'm the only one.)


Some clue highlights, along with a few I had to look up to understand:

  • Elaine NARDO! I watched every episode of "Taxi" as a kid, so I loved seeing her in the grid.
  • CHESS is the setting for a castle … like when a player moves his/her king and rook in the move known as "castling."
  • CPA reviews books, all right — company books! Beautiful clue.
  • TWIT apparently can be used as a verb. Huh.
  • Fantastic clue, [Lit group] making me think about a book club — no, it's a group of boozehounds getting lit.
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© 2015, The New York TimesNo. 0222 ( 23,847 )
Across Down
1. Furnishes : AFFORDS
8. Bit of body art, for short : TAT
11. "St. ___ Fire" (Brat Pack film) : ELMOS
16. Book reviewer? : CPA
19. Expel, as from a club : DRUMOUT
20. Historical chapter : AGE
21. Turnpike turnoffs [intimidate, in a way] : RESTAREAS
23. Narrator of "Amadeus" [go to bed] : SALIERI
24. Pet food brand [recover lost ground] : PURINACATCHOW
26. Compassionate [finally become] : TENDERHEARTED
28. City of Light creator at the 1893 World's Fair : TESLA
29. Welles of "The Third Man" : ORSON
30. Dunderhead : ASS
31. Attaches, in a way : SEWSON
32. Barbershop sound : SNIP
36. Dealer's enemy : NARC
38. Ridicule : TWIT
41. Country with the longest coastline : CANADA
44. Comic strip dog : ODIE
45. Skateboarder's safety item [salaam] : ELBOWPAD
51. Goodbyes [abate] : ADIEUS
52. Flagman? : REF
53. Point at the ceiling? [misbehave] : STALACTITE
55. She's not light-headed [amass] : BRUNETTE
57. Embarrassing putts to miss : TAPINS
59. Cosmic balance? : LIBRA
60. Lit group : SOTS
61. Film library unit : REEL
63. Guy's partner : GAL
64. Storied voyager : SINBAD
65. What each group of shaded words in this puzzle does : GOESUPANDDOWN
69. Dark looks : SCOWLS
73. Get some Z's : NAP
74. Subtle emanation : AURA
75. Concert poster info : DATE
79. Comic actress Catherine : OHARA
80. Four-legged orphans : DOGIES
83. Activity done in front of a mirror [clearly define] : PRIMPING
85. Office trash [resign] : WASTEPAPER
87. Start of many rapper names : LIL
89. Upset stomach [consume] : NAUSEA
90. Loud and harsh [start crowding the crotch] : STRIDENT
91. ___ Tree State (Maine) : PINE
92. Like March Madness teams : SEEDED
93. Contentment : EASE
95. Theater giant? : IMAX
96. Establishes : SETS
97. Release tension, possibly : EXHALE
102. Big tank : VAT
104. What sarongs lack : SEAMS
108. Finnish outbuilding : SAUNA
109. Control of one's actions [fall in great quantities] : SELFRESTRAINT
114. Granite dome in Georgia [moderate] : STONEMOUNTAIN
117. Converses à la Tracy and Hepburn [pay in advance] : BANTERS
119. Athens landmark [arise] : ACROPOLIS
120. Retro music collection : LPS
121. Do without a radiator : AIRCOOL
122. Over there : YON
123. Brought on : LEDTO
124. Stan of Marvel Comics : LEE
125. Lectures : TALKSTO
1. Super Bowl highlights, to some : ADS
2. House on campus : FRAT
3. Precamping purchase : FUEL
4. Luxury hotel chain : OMNI
5. Barrel racing venue : RODEO
6. Printmaker Albrecht : DURER
7. Mixes up : STIRS
8. Appetizer with puréed olives : TAPENADE
9. Fuego extinguisher : AGUA
10. Balustrade location : TERRACE
11. Physicist Rutherford after whom rutherfordium is named : ERNEST
12. Radiation shield material : LEAD
13. Hosts, for short : MCS
14. Muesli tidbit : OAT
15. Electoral map division : STATE
16. Setting for a castle : CHESS
17. Painter Uccello : PAOLO
18. City on the Nile : ASWAN
22. They're all in the same boat : CREW
25. "___ Late" (Ricky Nelson hit) : ITS
27. Banquet V.I.P.'s : HONOREES
31. Wild guess : STAB
32. Strikers' replacements : SCABS
33. "Taxi" character Elaine : NARDO
34. Greenlandic speaker : INUIT
35. Glazier's supply : PANES
37. Estrangement : RIFT
39. Detach (from) : WEAN
40. Misfortunes : ILLS
42. Fitting : DUE
43. Team with a mascot named Orbit : ASTROS
46. Firth of "The King's Speech" : COLIN
47. Mattress size : TWIN
48. Mr. ___ (soft drink) : PIBB
49. Gillette brand : ATRA
50. Like a dull party : DEAD
53. Go across : SPAN
54. Actress Swinton : TILDA
56. Hanes purchase, informally : TEE
58. Slack-jawed : AGAPE
62. Big leap forward : LUNGE
64. Courters : SWAINS
65. Woodsy picnic spot : GLADE
66. Brace : PAIR
67. Divided houses : DUPLEXES
68. #4 for the Bruins : ORR
69. Plants in a field : SOWS
70. I.M.'ing session : CHAT
71. Longship propellers : OARS
72. Summons, e.g. : WRIT
75. Bamboozles : DUPES
76. Brief digression : ASIDE
77. Fundamental principle : TENET
78. Quaint oath : EGADS
80. Writer Richard Henry ___ : DANA
81. Goes (for) : OPTS
82. Nickname for a lanky cowboy : SLIM
84. ___ Jemison, first African-American woman in space : MAE
86. Sport with double touches : EPEE
88. To one way of thinking : INASENSE
91. Unseen danger : PITFALL
94. Nevertheless : EVENSO
97. English assignment : ESSAY
98. Knife brand : XACTO
99. Iroquoian tribe : HURON
100. Before long : ANON
101. Boutonniere's place : LAPEL
103. Keyboard abbr. : ALT
105. Swinging occasion? : ATBAT
106. "West Side Story" heroine : MARIA
107. Unfriendly dog sound : SNARL
109. One of a bridge foursome : SUIT
110. Smelly : RIPE
111. Check mark : TICK
112. Book of Mormon prophet : ENOS
113. Brisk pace : TROT
115. Brother of Shemp : MOE
116. Getting on : OLD
118. ___-pitch : SLO

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

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