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MIXED FEELINGS

New York Times, Sunday, February 26, 2017

Author:
Josh Knapp
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Josh Knapp

This puzzle:

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 ... read more

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
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
Down
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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