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New York Times, Thursday, February 6, 2014

Author:
Joe Krozel
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Joe Krozel

This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 16 Words: 77, Blocks: 34 Missing: {QVXZ} This is puzzle # 67 for Mr. Krozel. NYT links: Across Lite PDF
Joe Krozel notes:
Just some standard puzzle-making techniques today; placing the revealer (57-A) as the final theme entry and stretching the grid to 16 columns ... read more

Just some standard puzzle-making techniques today; placing the revealer (57-A) as the final theme entry and stretching the grid to 16 columns to accommodate the even-length center entry of an 8, 9, 10, 9, 8 layout.

Those who enjoy this form of word play should get a copy of the 1967 book Mots d'Heures: Gousses, Rames — The d'Antin Manuscript ... It has something to do with Mother Goose rhymes in French.

Jeff Chen notes:
Any time I see Joe Krozel's byline, I set aside extra time to solve (and go grab a beer). Perhaps more than any other constructor, Joe pushes ... read more

Any time I see Joe Krozel's byline, I set aside extra time to solve (and go grab a beer). Perhaps more than any other constructor, Joe pushes the boundaries of puzzle construction, sometimes coming up with ideas I would never have imagined if I had employed a million monkeys typing at a million workstations. No, I've never employed monkeys to generate crosswords for me. Yes, those are all my banana peels.

A phonetic puzzle today, phrases that sound like Japanese words: WASABI, ARIGATO, SUDOKU, and KARAOKE. Light, playful theme, one which actually helped me in my solve today because the rest of the puzzle played like a themeless. In fact, look how much themeless-type material he packs in, thanks to his unusual grid design: OH BROTHER, MOM AND POP, PHARAOHS, and an incredible amount of 7-letter fill. Typically 15x15 xws don't have much long fill due to theme constraints (this is 16x15, FYI), but Joe's shorter than average theme entries allow for more goodness in the fill.

Typically it's desirable to make grids easy to get from one subsection to the next, because it can be a little tricky if there's only one way into a particular area. That happens in the NW and SE regions today, so it's a good thing that the phrases OH BROTHER and MOM AND POP are both lively and clued easily. Still though, it would be nice to have a secondary way in (or out) of those sections.

One aspect of Thursday puzzles that make them slightly easier to fill is that one can use words and phrases that probably wouldn't fly on a Monday. Note ALAMORT in the NW, kind of a head-scratcher with just a couple thousand Google hits. I'm sure there will be some French scholars clapping their hands out there, but how big is the overlap in the Venn diagram of French scholars and Greek scholars (ELEA)?

Enjoyable solve with some fun linguistic play.

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© 2014, The New York TimesNo. 0206 ( 23,466 )
Across
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Report of a shooting : BANG
5
Brunch offerings, for short : OJS
8
Affected to a greater extent : ARTIER
14
Home of ancient Greek scholars : ELEA
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Google result : HIT
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Civic alternatives : SENTRAS
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*Blubbered? : WASSOBBY
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What a nod may mean : CONSENT
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"Wouldn't miss it!" : IMTHERE
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Cone origin : FIR
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Heartbreak, e.g. : ACHE
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Home of El Greco : TOLEDO
25
*What happened after Mr. Onassis contacted A.A.A.? : ARIGOTTOW
27
Reputation, on the street : CRED
28
Kind of sum : TIDY
30
Aero- completer : DROME
31
Washington ___ (N.Y.C. neighborhood) : HTS
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"That can't be good!" : UHOH
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Maligned : SMEARED
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*Imaginary overthrow of the government? : PSEUDOCOUP
37
Robin Hood and others : ARCHERS
40
"Mad Men" star Jon : HAMM
41
Jim Bakker's ___ Club : PTL
44
Place to get clean : REHAB
45
Title heroine described in the first lines of her novel as "handsome, clever and rich" : EMMA
46
Not at all chipper : BLUE
47
*Give a Dust Bowl migrant a ride? : CARRYOKIE
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Director Christopher and actor Lloyd : NOLANS
52
1998 Sarah McLachlan song : ADIA
53
First name in ice cream : BEN
54
Bank numbers : CDRATES
55
Not mind : DISOBEY
57
Language that gave us the words heard phonetically in the answers to the starred clues : JAPANESE
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Motivate : ENTHUSE
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Back : AGO
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Third person : CAIN
61
Prepared for a long drive, with "up" : GASSED
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Part of a gym set : REP
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Roman foes : HUNS
Down
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Enchant : BEWITCH
2
Gravely ill: Fr. : ALAMORT
3
Gets snug : NESTLES
4
Ripped with a knife : GASHED
5
"Here we go again!" : OHBROTHER
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Agree : JIBE
7
Messy spot : STY
8
PC data format : ASCII
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Major alteration of a business structure, for short : REORG
10
Old cable inits. : TNN
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Warning to the unwary : ITSATRAP
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Kind of set : ERECTOR
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Quickly sought safety, in a way : RANHOME
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Fretted : STEWED
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Multivolume set, for short : OED
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Get too much sun, colloquially : FRY
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Condition treated with Adderall, in brief : ADHD
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Theater : ODEUM
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Red state handouts? : IOUS
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Words always preceding a date : USEBY
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Source of ill-gotten gains : SCAM
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Kind of shop : MOMANDPOP
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Exodus figures : PHARAOHS
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"Alas!" : OHME
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Business establishment where customers can make a killing? : ARCADE
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Something taken from a meter : READING
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Teacher/astronaut McAuliffe : CHRISTA
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Level off : PLATEAU
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Catches on the radio : TUNESIN
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Eases : LESSENS
45
One from Berlin : EIN
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Boil for a short time : BLANCH
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Extra-large : OBESE
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Typed (in) : KEYED
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"... ___ close second" : ORA
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Zoo keeper? : CAGE
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Clear tables : BUS
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Shock : JAR

Answer summary: 5 unique to this puzzle, 2 debuted here and reused later, 3 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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