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NOTED ANNIVERSARY

New York Times, Sunday, March 1, 2015

Author:
Finn Vigeland
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Finn Vigeland

This puzzle:

Rows: 21, Columns: 21 Words: 140, Blocks: 92 Missing: {Q} Spans: 1 This is puzzle # 6 for Mr. Vigeland. NYT links: Across Lite PDF
Finn Vigeland notes:
The Sound of Music is, as it is for so many people, one of my most treasured movies. It never fails to put me in a good mood. It was such a staple of my childhood that I know the ... read more

The Sound of Music is, as it is for so many people, one of my most treasured movies. It never fails to put me in a good mood. It was such a staple of my childhood that I know the script—lyrics AND dialogue—by heart. So, for the many hours singing along to 31-Across that this movie gave me, I am thrilled to give back to it in the most minuscule of ways by recognizing, in the Times crossword, the 50th anniversary of one of the highest-grossing and most beloved films of all time.

Discovering that The Sound of Music was a grid-spanning 15 letters long was one of my earliest revelations as a constructor. Indeed, this puzzle started as a daily-sized 15x15 in 2009. To get to the final product you see today, it took five years of on-and-off construction, a few changes in grid dimension, and ditching several high-concept meta themes (for a while, the children's names were all hidden in the grid in the column number corresponding to their ages ... yeah, I got really deep into this).

Ultimately, I kept it as a straightforward anniversary puzzle with the twist of the do-re-mi rebus. That concept has been done before and done well, but I'm glad that Will agreed it merited an encore performance this time. I hope this puzzle makes you think of some of your favorite things!

Jeff Chen notes:
Tribute puzzle, celebrating the 50th anniversary one of the most popular films of all-time, THE SOUND OF MUSIC. Nice added touch to incorporate rebus squares of DO RE MI FA SOL LA TI DO in ... read more

Tribute puzzle, celebrating the 50th anniversary one of the most popular films of all-time, THE SOUND OF MUSIC. Nice added touch to incorporate rebus squares of DO RE MI FA SOL LA TI DO in an ascending scale. Tribute puzzles can be a bit dry if they simply list facts about the subject, so the additional layer is much appreciated.

I really enjoyed Finn's voice coming through in this puzzle. He's a recent grad who went back to work for his alma mater (Columbia), and his early 20's, much-hipper-than-me vibe shines through. There's fill representing that — GLAM UP, VEG OUT, MINAJ, EPIC! — but also the cluing. I doubt I'd ever think to clue OMG as "u r KIDDING!" And he does a great job of saving the partial OR IT with the meme of "pics or it didn't happen!"

I'm setting the over/under at 1.6 apples.

I had to research two clues to make sense of them, so hopefully I can shed some light:

PICA: apparently the PICA is a typographic unit, defined as containing "12 point units of measure." Huh. I wonder if PIKACHU is 12 points high? More importantly, how many apples high is PIKACHU?

CATARACTS: the "Cataracts of the Nile" are white water rapids in a section of that river. Having spent a long time in ophthalmic pharmaceuticals, it was hard for me to not see "cataracts" as the ocular impairment. But now I see! Cataracts can also mean "large waterfalls."

Beautiful clue for WINO, repurposing "port authority" for a completely different meaning. And some great trivia today. I've been to TAIPEI several times but never knew it was called the "City of Azaleas."

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Across
1. "u r KIDDING!" : OMG
4. Doesn't tread lightly : CLOMPS
10. Neighbor of a delt : PEC
13. 1958 space monkey : GORDO
17. Site of cataracts : NILE
19. Chillax : VEGOUT
20. Goof : ERR
21. "Conversely ...," online : OTOH
22. Pass : ENACT
24. Setting of 118-Across : SALZBURGAUSTRIA
27. Language from which "tattoo" comes : SAMOAN
29. Mens ___ (legal term) : REA
30. Required : ESSENTIAL
31. Star of 118-Across : JULIEANDREWS
35. "Roll Over Beethoven" group, briefly : ELO
36. Chemistry lab droppers : PIPETS
37. Luggage checker, for short : TSA
38. Hearing something? : LAWSUIT
43. Author LeShan : EDA
44. Botanist Carl Linnaeus, for one : SWEDE
48. With 65-Down, 160-year-old fraternity founded at Miami University of Ohio : SIGMA
49. Opening lyric of 118-Across : THEHILLSAREALIVE
57. Complaints : FLAK
58. Georgetown athlete : HOYA
59. Send : ELATE
60. Important factor in a crossword tournament : SOLVINGTIME
62. Eclipses, to some : OMENS
64. Raid target : ROACH
67. ___ Fridays : TGI
68. Duo behind 118-Across : RODGERSANDHAMMERSTEIN
77. Fútbol announcer's shout : GOL
78. See 130-Across : SIREE
79. Lightly hammered? : TIPSY
80. "Così Fan Tutte," e.g. : OPERABUFFA
86. "The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel" actress : DENCH
89. Do some roof work : TILE
90. Port authority? : WINO
91. Honor for 118-Across : BESTPICTUREOSCAR
95. Sports bar fixture : LCDTV
97. Narnia girl : SUSAN
98. Curmudgeon's review : UGH
99. Fish dish : SASHIMI
101. Prefix with city or centennial : TRI
103. Digressions : ASIDES
106. It ends in Nov. : DST
108. Family upon whom 118-Across is based : THEVONTRAPPS
111. Wynken, Blynken and Nod, e.g. : THREESOME
115. Whup : TAN
116. Recondite : ARCANE
118. Movie that opened on 3/2/1965 : THESOUNDOFMUSIC
122. Superdietary, informally : NOCAL
123. "Pics ___ didn't happen" (slangy challenge) : ORIT
124. "Wailing" instrument : SAX
125. Big export of Myanmar : RUBIES
126. Nine-month pregnancy : TERM
127. "Let's Make a Deal" features : DOORS
128. Figure in a Sunni/Shia dispute : ALI
129. Where the Potemkin Steps are : ODESSA
130. With 78-Across, "Righto!" : YES
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1. Two out of 11? : ONES
2. Nicki with the 2014 hit "Anaconda" : MINAJ
3. Dress to the nines : GLAMUP
4. Rite Aid rival : CVS
5. Picks up : LEARNS
6. Checked out : OGLED
7. "The culminating point that beauty has attained in the sphere of music," per Tchaikovsky : MOZART
8. ___ crawl : PUB
9. Guy's name that's an alphabet run : STU
10. Viola parts : PEGS
11. Remove any trace of : ERASE
12. 1961 Disney villainess : CRUELLA
13. Crime boss John : GOTTI
14. Not esta or esa : OTRA
15. Disturb : ROIL
16. 2022 World Cup city : DOHA
18. Food poisoning cause : ECOLI
23. Asian capital nicknamed the City of Azaleas : TAIPEI
25. Hi-___ : RES
26. Does a real number on, say : SNOWS
28. Something a trypanophobe fears : NEEDLE
32. In the slightest : ATALL
33. Latin 101 verb : ESSE
34. Trumpet sound : WAWA
39. Go (through) : SIFT
40. Citrus fruit : UGLI
41. Official in a turban : IMAM
42. Bit of filming : TAKE
45. ___ de México (Mexico City daily) : ELSOL
46. A.L. East, e.g.: Abbr. : DIV
47. Paperless party planner's option : EVITE
49. 2011 Marvel film : THOR
50. ___ neanderthalensis : HOMO
51. Checked out : EYED
52. "___ tight" : HANG
53. Singer Bareilles with the 2007 hit "Love Song" : SARA
54. Heaps : ATON
55. Interprets : READS
56. Many a Silicon Valley worker: Abbr. : ENGR
61. Heart : GIST
63. Maker of Dreamcast games : SEGA
65. See 48-Across : CHI
66. Cave opening? : HARDC
69. Eldest Stark child on "Game of Thrones" : ROBB
70. Pivots : SLUES
71. Rendezvous : MEET
72. File ___ : MENU
73. Little songbirds : TITS
74. Bigger than big : EPIC
75. Luzón, por ejemplo : ISLA
76. Manhattanite, e.g., for short : NYER
80. Hooters : OWLS
81. 12 points : PICA
82. Cuts off : ENDS
83. Senator William who pioneered a type of I.R.A. : ROTH
84. Seminoles' sch. : FSU
85. Part of the food pyramid : FATS
87. Sicilian border? : CRUST
88. Flight from danger : HEGIRA
92. Orbit, e.g. : PATH
93. About : INRE
94. "Rats!" : OHDARN
96. Smartphone capability : VIDEO
100. Crown since 1952 : MISSUSA
102. Hookup in bed? : IVTUBE
103. Annual awards in animation : ANNIES
104. Site of Spaceship Earth : EPCOT
105. Kevin of "House of Cards" : SPACEY
107. Unlike much Schoenberg music : TONAL
108. Formula One driver ___ Fabi : TEO
109. Haven : OASIS
110. Pitfall : SNARE
111. "Comin' ___ the Rye" : THRO
112. Prince, e.g. : HEIR
113. Lies : RESTS
114. Year that Cambridge's St. John's College was founded : MDXI
117. Stately trees : ELMS
118. Kind of list : TODO
119. To's partner : FRO
120. Joe : MUD
121. Civil War inits. : CSA

Answer summary: 7 unique to this puzzle, 2 debuted here and reused later, 2 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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