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New York Times, Monday, February 9, 2015

Author: Lynn Lempel
Editor: Will Shortz
Lynn Lempel
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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 ... more
Lynn Lempel notes:

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 ... more
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 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 Down
1. Recently : OFLATE
7. Loathe : HATE
11. E.R. procedure : CPR
14. Like many white gowns : BRIDAL
15. Animals in a yoke : OXEN
16. ___-Ida (frozen potato brand) : ORE
17. Expensive annual commercial : SUPERBOWLAD
19. Get-up-and-go : VIM
20. One trained in 11-Across, for short : EMT
21. Breathe hard, as after running : PANT
22. Note from a co-worker : MEMO
23. Feature of a Dalmatian's coat : SPOT
25. What may be poured on a bad idea : COLDWATER
29. Gap crossed by a nerve impulse : SYNAPSE
32. Eloquent speakers : ORATORS
33. 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
53. Landed : ALIT
56. "Get ___ to the Greek" (2010 comedy) : HIM
57. ___ de Janeiro : RIO
58. Popular children's book series ... whose protagonist is "hiding" in the circled letters : WHERESWALDO
62. Title for Powell or Petraeus: Abbr. : GEN
63. "Othello" evildoer : IAGO
64. Like some help and boyfriends : LIVEIN
65. Opposite of WNW : ESE
66. Gunky lump : GLOB
67. Applies, as pressure : EXERTS
1. 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
7. Book genre for do-it-yourselfers : HOWTO
8. Rock's ___ Rose : AXL
9. Earl Grey, e.g. : TEA
10. Bottom of the ninth, usually : END
11. Greedy : COVETOUS
12. Books for beginning readers : PRIMERS
13. Guilty feeling : REMORSE
18. In the past : ONCE
22. Yoga surface : MAT
24. Offering from the Brothers Grimm : TALE
26. Lounge lazily : LOLL
27. Utterly marvelous : DREAMY
28. German composer of "Tristan und Isolde" : WAGNER
30. Rang out : PEALED
31. Arizona city known for its red sandstone : SEDONA
34. Have to fork over : OWE
36. Droning speech quality : MONOTONE
37. Pizzeria fixture : OVEN
38. Take from the deck : DRAW
39. Rapid increase : UPSURGE
40. Part of Tootsie or Mrs. Doubtfire's costume : FALSIES
44. Onetime carrier with a hub at JFK : TWA
45. Retired Brazilian soccer sensation : PELE
46. Composer Gustav : MAHLER
47. Exultant cry : IDIDIT
48. Fiends : DEMONS
50. Tree that yields a chocolate substitute : CAROB
54. Capri, for one : ISLE
55. Chocolate-and-caramel candy bar : TWIX
58. Part of Tootsie or Mrs. Doubtfire's costume : WIG
59. "2001" computer : HAL
60. Freudian "I" : EGO
61. Madison in N.Y.C., e.g. : AVE

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

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