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MIXED FEELINGS

New York Times, Sunday, February 26, 2017

Author: Josh Knapp
Editor: Will Shortz
Josh Knapp
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Rows: 21, Columns: 21 Words: 136, Blocks: 75 Missing: {QZ} This is puzzle # 22 for Mr. Knapp. NYT links: Across Lite PDF
Jeff Chen notes: MIXED FEELINGS explains it all, various feelings like WOE and WONDER anagrammed within phrases for kooky effect. I usually am not hot on this theme type, as the lack of flexibility in anagram pairs often makes for ... more
Jeff Chen notes:

MIXED FEELINGS explains it all, various feelings like WOE and WONDER anagrammed within phrases for kooky effect. I usually am not hot on this theme type, as the lack of flexibility in anagram pairs often makes for unfunny theme phrases. But I enjoyed many of Josh's. DOWNER WOMAN (from "Wonder Woman") would make for one sad superhero. MY SIRE LOVES COMPANY gave me a funny image of a king just looking for someone to play with. It's also a fun anagram find (misery to MY SIRE).

My favorite was CURB YOUR ENTHUSIASM — hilariously uncomfortable show to watch — to CURB YOUR SUN ATHEISM! Great anagram and a chuckle-worthy result.

Now that I look at the answers again, I'm surprised at how many amused me. TINY AXE ATTACK makes me think of little one-inch high dwarves raging en masse. Good stuff.

My main issue sticking point was that I had a hard time figuring out what the base phrases were. I had to put TINY AXE into an anagramming website to figure out it was ANXIETY. Same with UPRISERS and SURPRISE. Even HAVE NO FARE and STRUTWORTHY baffled me for a while.

Maybe I'm just terrible with anagrams. (HAVE NO FEAR, TRUSTWORTHY.)

Josh usually does themelesses — really well — and his expertise there shines through. I didn't even notice it was a 136-worder, an incredibly tough construction task because it was so smooth, so pretty. He features some great bonus fill: ROAD BIKES, WAIT FOR IT …, SAKE BOMB (extremely potent!), MOM JEANS, BIGWIG, TEA TIME.

And he does that with just a tad of crossword glue: ORO and ATS. ALEATORY (risky) is an oddball of a word, too, but these are all minor infractions. A typical 140-word Sunday puzzle has maybe 10 dabs of crossword glue. To keep a 136-worder to low single-digits is amazing.

Anagrams are often mined for crossword ideas, but I liked how Josh kept his idea tight, mixing up only types of feelings. If it hadn't been so hard to figure out some of these base phrases, this anagram-skill-deficient-solver would have considered it for the POW! But as it was, I had to struggle a little too much to grok the connections.

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© 2017, The New York TimesNo. 0226 ( 24,582 )
Across Down
1. Word before "Ooh, didn't mean to make you cry" in Queen's "Bohemian Rhapsody" : MAMA
5. Maxim : SAW
8. Brother with a cross : ABBOT
13. Unfaithful sorts : CADS
17. Roasting place : OVEN
18. Land between hills, poetically : VALE
19. ___ Palmer ("Twin Peaks" victim) : LAURA
20. Jacobin revolutionary who was stabbed in a bathtub : MARAT
21. They're pumped to compete in a race : ROADBIKES
23. Fashionable enough for a runway model? : STRUTWORTHY
25. Assault involving a hatchet? : TINYAXEATTACK
27. Broadway's Eugene ___ Theater : ONEILL
28. Throw in : ADD
29. ___ relief : DEBT
30. Post-run feeling : ACHE
31. 1982 Dustin Hoffman film : TOOTSIE
32. Place for a sponge : REEF
34. Annoying sort : NOODGE
36. Bro : PAL
37. Little bit : TAD
38. Coffee brewing style : DRIP
40. Some scans, for short : MRIS
41. Lifesaving team : MEDICS
44. "Stop insisting Ra doesn't exist!"? : CURBYOURSUNATHEISM
51. Pill bottle info : DOSAGE
54. Really comes down : POURS
55. A bit crude : EARTHY
56. Andean gold : ORO
57. Places : PUTS
61. Fast-food sandwich not available in Muslim countries : MCRIB
63. Goes up : RISES
64. Stories from bankruptcy court? : TALESOFOWE
68. Be too broke to take the bus? : HAVENOFARE
70. Country singer Black : CLINT
71. Grammy category : OPERA
73. Beast in rare "sightings" : YETI
74. Poet/musician ___ Scott-Heron : GIL
75. One who can't learn new tricks, they say : OLDDOG
77. ___-Lay : FRITO
79. Doze : NODOFF
82. "The king really wants to be around people right now"? : MYSIRELOVESCOMPANY
87. Professor's goal, one day : TENURE
88. Marvel role for Chris Hemsworth : THOR
89. Yazidis, e.g. : SECT
92. Go in (for) : SUB
95. Actor Curry : TIM
96. Go all in : COMMIT
98. What many 100-Across do in the spring : SHED
100. See 98-Across : ANIMALS
103. Certain earring : HOOP
105. Trader ___ : JOES
107. Baseball league for the Salt Lake Bees : AAA
108. "Yeah, let's do it!" : IMGAME
109. Celebration after a coup? : UPRISERSPARTY
112. Negative Nancy? : DOWNERWOMAN
115. Words before a punch line : WAITFORIT
116. Muddies : SOILS
117. 2% alternative : WHOLE
118. Moving line on a tree trunk : ANTS
119. Orange-and-white Pixar title character : NEMO
120. Wild revelry : ORGY
121. So, so awful, with "the" : WORST
122. Rapper with the most-viewed YouTube video of all time : PSY
123. P.M. after Churchill : EDEN
1. Weapon usually fired between a 45° and 90° angle : MORTAR
2. Ducked : AVOIDED
3. Go wherever : MEANDER
4. With 41-Down, first tennis player to win two Olympic singles gold medals : ANDY
5. Potent sushi bar cocktail : SAKEBOMB
6. Dependent on chance : ALEATORY
7. Against the jet stream : WEST
8. French region around Strasbourg : ALSACE
9. Tray of brownies, e.g. : BATCH
10. Philosopher who said "The people never give up their liberties but under some delusion" : BURKE
11. Christian school in Okla. : ORU
12. Skin art, informally : TAT
13. Character resembling a hat : CARET
14. Drawer, say : ARTIST
15. Flower named for a Swedish botanist : DAHLIA
16. All done up, as hair : STYLED
18. Den mother : VIXEN
20. Like original Buddy Holly and the Crickets recordings : MONO
22. Turned : BAD
24. Detergent brand with a fabric in its name : WOOLITE
26. Gets back on base : TAGSUP
31. "And that's it!" : TADA
33. Abbr. on a pay stub : FICA
35. God: It. : DIO
36. Thoughtful : PENSIVE
39. So-ugly-it's-cute pooch : PUG
41. See 4-Down : MURRAY
42. One-named singer once married to Xavier Cugat : CHARO
43. Letter feature : SERIF
45. Take back, in a way : REPO
46. CD or DVD follower : ROM
47. "___ is life" : SUCH
48. "We're on!" : ITSAGO
49. Muslim official : SHERIF
50. I, personally : MYSELF
51. E-business : DOTCOM
52. By voice : ORALLY
53. One side in a pool game : SOLIDS
58. Subject of a tinfoil hat theory : UFO
59. Peak physical condition : TOPFORM
60. Veer : SWERVE
62. Put up stakes : BET
65. Stop seeing each other : ENDIT
66. Box on a mall map : STORE
67. Former tribe in western New York : ERIE
69. Singer Simone : NINA
72. @@@ : ATS
76. Less stormy : GENTLER
78. Sea creatures with remarkably high I.Q.s : OCTOPI
80. Turn-___ (thrills) : ONS
81. Congo red and gentian violet : DYES
83. San ___, Argentina : LUIS
84. Volt/ampere : OHM
85. High-waisted, shamelessly unfashionable garment : MOMJEANS
86. Chief concern : PRIORITY
90. Way overcooked : CHARRED
91. 4:00 p.m., maybe : TEATIME
92. Made a declaration : SAIDSO
93. Set adrift : UNMOOR
94. V.I.P. : BIGWIG
96. Instrument for Louis Armstrong : CORNET
97. Doctors' orders : TESTS
99. National Aviation Hall of Fame city : DAYTON
101. Macho : MANLY
102. NASA's ___ Research Center : AMES
103. Comedy : HUMOR
104. Crown insets : OPALS
106. Letters on some lotion : SPF
110. It's a deal : SWAP
111. Unbeatable : AONE
113. Net letters : WWW
114. "Well, look at that!" : OHO

Answer summary: 12 unique to this puzzle, 2 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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