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New York Times, Monday, February 29, 2016

Author:
Joel Fagliano
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Joel Fagliano

This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 78, Blocks: 36 Missing: {FJQ} This is puzzle # 46 for Mr. Fagliano. NYT links: Across Lite PDF
Jeff Chen notes:
LEAP DAY commemoration, four holidays ending in DAY 'leaping' over a black square: MOT/HERS (day), LA/BOR (day), VETE/RANS (day), and ... read more

LEAP DAY commemoration, four holidays ending in DAY "leaping" over a black square: MOT/HERS (day), LA/BOR (day), VETE/RANS (day), and BOX/ING (day). It's tough to make long entries work in this fashion, so NAI(VETE) next to (RANS)OM is a great find. BON (MOT) next to (HERS)TORY is also nice. I wondered if HERSTORY is still in usage, as I haven't seen it in print in a while, but I like the concept (history as seen from a feminist perspective) a lot.

Did you know his first name is "Norville"? Zoinks!

BOXING (day) = "one of these is not like the others," as it's the only non-American holiday. I wasn't sure exactly what it was, so it was interesting to read up on — cool that it's a "second Christmas" in certain countries! When I was a kid, the day after Christmas was such a letdown, so every year my brother's family and mine celebrate a Second Christmas shortly after (first) Christmas. Almost better than Festivus!

I wondered why Joel would include an odd fourth "day," and it was easy to see that INDEPENDENCE, COLUMBUS, and PRESIDENTS would be tough (impossible?) to break in keeping with this theme. MEMO/RIAL is the only one that fit with the others — you could have TAKE A MEMO and RIALTO (or RIALS), but the RIALTO would be pretty unfamiliar to some Monday solvers. Always the trade-offs.

Cross-referenced clues often annoy me, breaking up the flow of my solve, but I really liked WAXES / WANE crossing, echoing each other. It's tough to make those kinds of things works so perfectly.

And I often dislike when a corner is isolated from the rest of the grid — note how the NW has only word connecting it to everything else — but that sort of layout often brings wonderful flexibility. Here, Joel uses it to great effect, with a beautiful triplet in SIMIAN / ICE AGE / BON MOT. And the opposite corner is even better, with SHAGGY running through IN GEAR / BIG EGO / MAYDAY! I'd take that trade-off any day.

Nice idea, well executed except for the inconsistency of BOXING (day). If only America would open its eyes to the joys of Second Christmas!

Jim Horne notes:

This is the sixth Leap Day puzzle in the Shortz Era.

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© 2016, The New York TimesNo. 0229 ( 24,219 )
Across
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Apelike : SIMIAN
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"Ah, gotcha" : ISEE
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4.0 is a great one, in brief : GPA
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Frigid time, climatically speaking : ICEAGE
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Repair : MEND
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Male sheep : RAM
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Witty remark : BONMOT
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The past, from a feminist standpoint : HERSTORY
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Social slight : SNUB
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Crafty Norse god : LOKI
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Loud laughs : YUKS
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"No more for me, thanks" : IMSET
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___ Crunch (Quaker cereal) : CAPN
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Milan opera house : LASCALA
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Reason to stare off into space : BOREDOM
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Mine find : ORE
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Finnish telecom giant : NOKIA
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Auto with the slogan "Zoom-zoom" : MAZDA
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___ populi : VOX
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2/29/16, e.g. ... or a hint to the circled squares in this puzzle : LEAPDAY
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German article : EIN
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Louvre pyramid architect : IMPEI
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"Well, I ___ hand it to you ..." : GOTTA
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Regret : RUE
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Gullibility : NAIVETE
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Kidnappers' demands : RANSOMS
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How to address a king : SIRE
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Area of a rectangle = length x ___ : WIDTH
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Tiny bit : IOTA
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"Quickly!," in an order : ASAP
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Helper: Abbr. : ASST
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Once-ubiquitous red fixture seen along London streets : PHONEBOX
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Out of neutral : INGEAR
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Feel sick : AIL
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Become less full, as the moon : WANE
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Quality of a diva : BIGEGO
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___ Equis (Mexican beer) : DOS
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Things dyed for Easter : EGGS
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Call for help : MAYDAY
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Kids in the fam : SIBS
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Clickable image : ICON
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Waiter's handout : MENU
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___ pentameter : IAMBIC
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Long, long ___ : AGO
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Ping-Pong table divider : NET
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"Can we turn on the A/C in here?!" : IMHOT
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Look for : SEEK
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Fermi of physics : ENRICO
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Newspaper staffers, in brief : EDS
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Where the 9/11 Memorial is : GROUNDZERO
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The "P" of PRNDL : PARK
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Schumer and Poehler : AMYS
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Highly competitive, as a personality : TYPEA
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Possible result of a cracked pipe : LEAKAGE
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More macho : MANLIER
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___ gin fizz : SLOE
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Tropical insect that "marches" : ARMYANT
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"I'm ___ it" (McDonald's slogan) : LOVIN
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Scent : AROMA
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Johnny Rotten's punk band, with "the" : SEXPISTOLS
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Scary experience for an LSD user : BADTRIP
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Intense hatred : ODIUM
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What male lions have that lionesses lack : MANES
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Wall St. debut : IPO
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Somewhat : ATAD
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Aquafina rival : EVIAN
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Lipton item attached to a string : TEABAG
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Scooby-Doo's pal : SHAGGY
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Becomes fuller, as the moon : WAXES
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Apple tablet : IPAD
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Its postal abbreviation is also an exclamation : OHIO
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Ballad, e.g. : SONG
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Edible part of a sunflower : SEED
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"Iliad," e.g. : SAGA
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"Iliad" locale : TROY
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Female sheep : EWE
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Tech giant with a striped blue logo : IBM
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Actress Vardalos : NIA

Answer summary: 1 unique to this puzzle, 1 debuted here and reused later.

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