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New York Times, Monday, February 9, 2015

Author:
Lynn Lempel
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Lynn Lempel

This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 76, Blocks: 38 Missing: {JKQZ} This is puzzle # 70 for Ms. Lempel. NYT links: Across Lite PDF
Lynn Lempel notes:
I can't come up with a whole lot to say about this one, which I submitted almost exactly a year ago. Maybe I was specifically ... read more

Carmen Sandiego would have been just a tiny bit harder to "hide" ... I can't come up with a whole lot to say about this one, which I submitted almost exactly a year ago. Maybe I was specifically thinking about a word to "hide" in a puzzle — with Carmen Sandiego being out of the running! Or maybe the idea just came out of the blue, who knows. Regardless, I played with various letter combinations that seemed like possible candidates for answers, making sure that all of the letter sequences were different. And voila, a puzzle was born.

No clue changes stand out particularly. Some are slight rewordings, and others seem roughly parallel, like "Loathe" instead of my "Abominate" for HATE, or "Breathe hard, as after running" to replace "Gasp for breath" for PANT. For the COLD WATER clue, I do like "What may be poured on a bad idea" as opposed to my more pedestrian "Wash cycle option." On the other hand, my FALSIES and WIG clues survived intact. I mean, what else was I to do with falsies for a Monday?

When Will accepted the puzzle, he said he might leave off the circles, which surprised me because other times he's added them in. But as you can see, the circles remained so Waldo is perhaps disguised if not quite hiding here (I'd used "camouflaged" in the clue). Much easier to spot than in those books!

Jeff Chen notes:
Beautiful construction today. Parker Lewis and I had coffee the other day, and he mentioned how tough it is to cleanly incorporate ... read more

Beautiful construction today. Parker Lewis and I had coffee the other day, and he mentioned how tough it is to cleanly incorporate five longish theme answers into a 15x. So true, especially when the middle one is 9, 11, or 13 letters long, forcing awkward black square patterns.

Where's Wally? (oh, those kooky Brits)

Lynn if known for her smooth Monday grids, but this one is a cut above. I'd happily hand it to beginner friends as a gateway puzzle. It's got an ESE, plus a MER and a USTA (which could be hard for novices), but the crossings are very fair.

And on top of that, check out how colorful her corners are, typically very tough to get clean in this type of arrangement. COVETOUS, MAHLER, FALSIES, UPSURGE. Not at all FRUMPY!

The connection between WHERES WALDO and anagrammed W-A-L-D-O sequences seems tenuous to me, as I would have imagined more a WALDO hiding diagonally or behind black squares or having red herring W-A-D-L-O and W-A-L-O type strings to hide him. Putting that aside though, Lynn chooses a great assortment of theme answers. SUPER BOWL AD is so timely (although we Seattleites don't need any reminders).

So maybe the theme didn't do much for me, but I found the execution to be DREAMY. (Pete Carroll's slant pass call, not so much.)

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© 2015, The New York TimesNo. 0209 ( 23,834 )
Across
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Recently : OFLATE
7
Loathe : HATE
11
E.R. procedure : CPR
14
Like many white gowns : BRIDAL
15
Animals in a yoke : OXEN
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___-Ida (frozen potato brand) : ORE
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Expensive annual commercial : SUPERBOWLAD
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Get-up-and-go : VIM
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One trained in 11-Across, for short : EMT
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Breathe hard, as after running : PANT
22
Note from a co-worker : MEMO
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Feature of a Dalmatian's coat : SPOT
25
What may be poured on a bad idea : COLDWATER
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Gap crossed by a nerve impulse : SYNAPSE
32
Eloquent speakers : ORATORS
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Harper who wrote "To Kill a Mockingbird" : LEE
34
Cassini who was dubbed Jackie Kennedy's "Secretary of Style" : OLEG
35
"___ your head!" : USE
36
New Jersey home to two New York teams : MEADOWLANDS
39
Alien's transport, for short : UFO
41
Valentine's feeling : LOVE
42
Debussy's "La ___" : MER
43
Big name in hair care : PANTENE
45
Resting place for a pharaoh : PYRAMID
49
Typical prom concluder : SLOWDANCE
51
Cross a shallow stream, say : WADE
52
Org. for the Williams sisters : USTA
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Landed : ALIT
56
"Get ___ to the Greek" (2010 comedy) : HIM
57
___ de Janeiro : RIO
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Popular children's book series ... whose protagonist is "hiding" in the circled letters : WHERESWALDO
62
Title for Powell or Petraeus: Abbr. : GEN
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"Othello" evildoer : IAGO
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Like some help and boyfriends : LIVEIN
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Opposite of WNW : ESE
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Gunky lump : GLOB
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Applies, as pressure : EXERTS
Down
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Preoccupy and then some : OBSESS
2
Dowdy : FRUMPY
3
World's top-selling brand of 9-Down : LIPTON
4
Fruity drink suffix : ADE
5
Rainproof cover : TARP
6
Italian site of Napoleon's exile : ELBA
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Book genre for do-it-yourselfers : HOWTO
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Rock's ___ Rose : AXL
9
Earl Grey, e.g. : TEA
10
Bottom of the ninth, usually : END
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Greedy : COVETOUS
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Books for beginning readers : PRIMERS
13
Guilty feeling : REMORSE
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In the past : ONCE
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Yoga surface : MAT
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Offering from the Brothers Grimm : TALE
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Lounge lazily : LOLL
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Utterly marvelous : DREAMY
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German composer of "Tristan und Isolde" : WAGNER
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Rang out : PEALED
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Arizona city known for its red sandstone : SEDONA
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Have to fork over : OWE
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Droning speech quality : MONOTONE
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Pizzeria fixture : OVEN
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Take from the deck : DRAW
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Rapid increase : UPSURGE
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Part of Tootsie or Mrs. Doubtfire's costume : FALSIES
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Onetime carrier with a hub at JFK : TWA
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Retired Brazilian soccer sensation : PELE
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Composer Gustav : MAHLER
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Exultant cry : IDIDIT
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Fiends : DEMONS
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Tree that yields a chocolate substitute : CAROB
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Capri, for one : ISLE
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Chocolate-and-caramel candy bar : TWIX
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Part of Tootsie or Mrs. Doubtfire's costume : WIG
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"2001" computer : HAL
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Freudian "I" : EGO
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Madison in N.Y.C., e.g. : AVE

Answer summary: 2 unique to this puzzle, 3 debuted here and reused later, 1 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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