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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
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They're pumped to compete in a race : ROADBIKES
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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
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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
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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
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"The king really wants to be around people right now"? : MYSIRELOVESCOMPANY
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Professor's goal, one day : TENURE
88
Marvel role for Chris Hemsworth : THOR
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Yazidis, e.g. : SECT
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Go in (for) : SUB
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Actor Curry : TIM
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Go all in : COMMIT
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What many 100-Across do in the spring : SHED
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See 98-Across : ANIMALS
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Certain earring : HOOP
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Trader ___ : JOES
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Baseball league for the Salt Lake Bees : AAA
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"Yeah, let's do it!" : IMGAME
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Celebration after a coup? : UPRISERSPARTY
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Negative Nancy? : DOWNERWOMAN
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Words before a punch line : WAITFORIT
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Muddies : SOILS
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2% alternative : WHOLE
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Moving line on a tree trunk : ANTS
119
Orange-and-white Pixar title character : NEMO
120
Wild revelry : ORGY
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So, so awful, with "the" : WORST
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Rapper with the most-viewed YouTube video of all time : PSY
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P.M. after Churchill : EDEN
Down
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Weapon usually fired between a 45° and 90° angle : MORTAR
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Ducked : AVOIDED
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Go wherever : MEANDER
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With 41-Down, first tennis player to win two Olympic singles gold medals : ANDY
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Potent sushi bar cocktail : SAKEBOMB
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Dependent on chance : ALEATORY
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Against the jet stream : WEST
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French region around Strasbourg : ALSACE
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Tray of brownies, e.g. : BATCH
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Philosopher who said "The people never give up their liberties but under some delusion" : BURKE
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Christian school in Okla. : ORU
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Skin art, informally : TAT
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Character resembling a hat : CARET
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Drawer, say : ARTIST
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Flower named for a Swedish botanist : DAHLIA
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All done up, as hair : STYLED
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Den mother : VIXEN
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Like original Buddy Holly and the Crickets recordings : MONO
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Turned : BAD
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Detergent brand with a fabric in its name : WOOLITE
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Gets back on base : TAGSUP
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"And that's it!" : TADA
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Abbr. on a pay stub : FICA
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God: It. : DIO
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Thoughtful : PENSIVE
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So-ugly-it's-cute pooch : PUG
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See 4-Down : MURRAY
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One-named singer once married to Xavier Cugat : CHARO
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Letter feature : SERIF
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Take back, in a way : REPO
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CD or DVD follower : ROM
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"___ is life" : SUCH
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"We're on!" : ITSAGO
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Muslim official : SHERIF
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I, personally : MYSELF
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E-business : DOTCOM
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By voice : ORALLY
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One side in a pool game : SOLIDS
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Subject of a tinfoil hat theory : UFO
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Peak physical condition : TOPFORM
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Veer : SWERVE
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Put up stakes : BET
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Stop seeing each other : ENDIT
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Box on a mall map : STORE
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Former tribe in western New York : ERIE
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Singer Simone : NINA
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@@@ : ATS
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Less stormy : GENTLER
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Sea creatures with remarkably high I.Q.s : OCTOPI
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Turn-___ (thrills) : ONS
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Congo red and gentian violet : DYES
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San ___, Argentina : LUIS
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Volt/ampere : OHM
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High-waisted, shamelessly unfashionable garment : MOMJEANS
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Chief concern : PRIORITY
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Way overcooked : CHARRED
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4:00 p.m., maybe : TEATIME
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Made a declaration : SAIDSO
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Set adrift : UNMOOR
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V.I.P. : BIGWIG
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Instrument for Louis Armstrong : CORNET
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Doctors' orders : TESTS
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National Aviation Hall of Fame city : DAYTON
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Macho : MANLY
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NASA's ___ Research Center : AMES
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Comedy : HUMOR
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Crown insets : OPALS
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Letters on some lotion : SPF
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It's a deal : SWAP
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Unbeatable : AONE
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Net letters : WWW
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"Well, look at that!" : OHO

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

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