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New York Times, Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Author:
Elizabeth C. Gorski
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Elizabeth C. Gorski

This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 78, Blocks: 40 Missing: {JQXZ} This is puzzle # 219 for Ms. Gorski. NYT links: Across Lite PDF
Jeff Chen notes:
My wife and I are obsessed with 'The Great British Bake-Off,' so I enjoyed this puzzle. There's something so soothing, so comforting ... read more

My wife and I are obsessed with "The Great British Bake-Off," so I enjoyed this puzzle. There's something so soothing, so comforting about seeing people create pieces of art, and seeing the judges take such care to be both tactful and supportive in their constructive criticism. It's neat to see contestants flourish in that environment.

I've had this strange craving for tea and crumpets for ages now ...

I particularly enjoyed the topmost of the LAYER / CAKES, the imagery of a CHEESEcake atop a layer of MARBLE cake = mouth-watering. And a CARROT cake layered on a SPONGE cake? I'd try that too.

A PATTY (cake) sandwiched in between a CRUMB cake and a SHEET cake, though? I can't decide which is more disturbing, the idea of a hamburger PATTY inside cake, or the inconsistency of having a sole PATTY cake which is not an actual cake like the others.

Whenever you stack two or more entries, you're bound to need a little crossword to hold things together. The bottom stack for example has CRO (prefix), ERN (suffix) and ETE (crosswordy bit of French). That's passable, but not ideal.

I've found that filling a section like this can actually be easier by expanding it. Counterintuitive, right? Turns out that a little 6x3 section has such little flexibility, that you can't really play around much. If that area had been 6x4, ETE could be BETE, FETE, PETE, etc. Then you can further play around with the EOCENE slot.

I did like Liz's work in the middle — any sort of triple-stack is tough, no matter how short the words are. Liz does very well to escape with just the awkward plural PCPS. I'd bet she tried all sorts of combinations there, even cycling in ANGEL, CREAM, FRUIT, POUND, SPICE, etc. in an effort to create clean crossings. It's just too bad that PATTY is such an outlier.

If you haven't tried GBBO, you're in for a treat. The peace and delightful calm I get from watching that show is similar to that which I get from doing Liz's generally delightful puzzles.

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© 2016, The New York TimesNo. 0223 ( 24,213 )
Across
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It's often said with a smile : CHEESE
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Madrid-to-Lisbon dir. : WSW
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Black & Decker competitor : SKIL
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Medium for Michelangelo : MARBLE
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Characters on a wanted poster : AKA
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Bone parallel to the radius : ULNA
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Remove from practice : DISBAR
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Loved, as archaeological work? : DUG
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Forbid : DENY
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"Gentlemen Prefer Blondes" blonde : LORELEI
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Word with cream or cutie : PIE
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Volley : SALVO
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Inquires about : ASKSAFTER
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Come out on top : TRIUMPH
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Call on a dairy farm : MOO
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Non-pro? : ANTI
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Tiniest leftover : CRUMB
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Ones watching their plates? : UMPS
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2012 election name : MITT
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One of two in a Big Mac : PATTY
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___ land : LALA
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Bombard : PELT
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Makeshift ghost costume : SHEET
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One for Caesar? : UNUM
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Countless centuries : EON
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Bowling : TENPINS
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Pink shade : CARNATION
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One terminus of a Japanese bullet train : OSAKA
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Former ember : ASH
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Aids for some urban commuters : BUSMAPS
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Evil "Get Smart" group : KAOS
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Office PC setup : LAN
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Epoch when modern mammals arose : EOCENE
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It's a small whirl after all : EDDY
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Sundial three : III
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Stick : punishment :: ___ : reward : CARROT
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Simon ___ : SAYS
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BlackBerry, e.g., briefly : PDA
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Freeloader : SPONGE
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Military authority: Abbr. : CMD
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Beijing's river basin : HAI
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Nurse settings, briefly : ERS
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Flow back : EBB
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Skiing event with gates : SLALOM
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Dulles airport designer Saarinen : EERO
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Goes in up to one's knees, say : WADES
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Hide in the shadows : SKULK
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Fights, as war : WAGES
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Direction opposite nord : SUD
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Problem with lifting? : KLEPTOMANIA
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Belly button type : INNIE
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With 51-Down, description of the shaded answers? : LAYER
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Enthusiastic : RAHRAH
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Sam-___ (Seuss character) : IAM
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Passport certification : STAMP
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Golfer Palmer, informally : ARNIE
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Another nickname for the Ocean State : LITTLERHODY
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Big name in luxury bags : VUITTON
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Bunglings : FOULUPS
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H.M.O. doctor designations : PCPS
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Southwest Indian : UTE
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Virgil described its eruption in the "Aeneid" : MTETNA
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Tiny storage unit : BYTE
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Drop heavily : PLUNK
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"The Metamorphosis" protagonist : SAMSA
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Slap handcuffs on : NAB
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"Can't do it" : NOSOAP
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See 13-Down : CAKES
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Carne ___ (Mexican restaurant order) : ASADA
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Black flower in a Dumas title : TULIP
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"Let me repeat ..." : ISAID
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In ___ paratus (ready for anything) : OMNIA
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Muscles above the abs : PECS
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Part of DOS: Abbr. : SYS
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___-Magnon man : CRO
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Suffix with north : ERN
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Nutmeg-topped drink : NOG
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Summer on the Seine : ETE

Answer summary: 4 unique to this puzzle, 1 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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