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# DON'T SUE US!

## New York Times, Sunday, March 13, 2016

 Author: Tom McCoy Editor: Will Shortz
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## This puzzle:

Rows: 21, Columns: 21 Words: 140, Blocks: 76 Missing: {QZ} This is puzzle # 18 for Mr. McCoy. NYT links: Across Lite PDF
Tom McCoy notes: Initially, I thought about making this a two-way rebus that was the letters OR in one direction and the registered trademark symbol in the other, with the idea being that solvers would have to figure out to write ... more
Tom McCoy notes:

Initially, I thought about making this a two-way rebus that was the letters OR in one direction and the registered trademark symbol in the other, with the idea being that solvers would have to figure out to write the R inside the O. It seemed like a bit of a stretch to have solvers figure out the writing-one-letter-inside-the-other part, though, so I changed it to the current version.

Jeff Chen notes: Clever idea, using the 'registered trademark' sign — a circled R — inside theme answers. It was a nice a-ha moment to realize that those circled Rs in the middle of themers were indeed ... circled Rs! ... more
Jeff Chen notes:

Clever idea, using the "registered trademark" sign — a circled R — inside theme answers. It was a nice a-ha moment to realize that those circled Rs in the middle of themers were indeed ... circled Rs! I couldn't remember anything quite like this idea. Unique and fun.

It's too bad that the grid didn't somehow reflect that the circled R symbol is always in superscript. It feels like there could have been something really cool done in the pdf, with boxes raised from their usual orderly positions? As it is, the conceit works pretty well, but it feels like it could have been really memorable if somehow the solver was forced to put those special Rs in as superscript.

I think most constructors should strive to make Sunday constructions like this one. Note that Tom doesn't push the boundaries, sticking with a 140-word puzzle (the max Will allows), giving us a little bit of bonus fill, but not so much that the grid is overly strained.

For almost any Sunday NYT puzzle, there's bound to be a little OSA, IT IS I, ATA kind of stuff, but if it's kept to pretty harmless stuff and spread throughout the grid, it doesn't really bog down the solving experience. And to get a few goodies like SUNDRIED TOMATO, LOOK WHAT I FOUND, ROMAN EMPERORS, TO BE FAIR is a nice bonus. I find that this balance makes for a pleasurable, quality solve.

That's not to say that this is the only type of fun solve — sometimes it's kind of nice to get 10+ great bonus entries, even if it means you have to slog through globs of crossword glue, sometimes it's cool to get a puzzle with ultra-high theme density, etc. — but today's puzzle is the type I think most constructors can realistically shoot for. Sometimes I get co-constructors trying to go big or go home on Sunday constructions, and too often the latter is the result.

Innovative idea that I might have absolutely loved if the superscripting had somehow been achieved.

JimH notes: Circles in grids have referred to circular things in the past. Elizabeth C. Gorski did it with champagne bubbles and with car wheels. Mr. McCoy goes a step further. As Jeff points out, today, the circles represent circles. Nice.
 1D 2S 3T 4D 5E 6P 7T 8S 9O 10R 11E 12O 13A 14S 15K 16S 17T 18O 19R N A 20A P A R T 21P E T A 22S C O U R S 23P O P 24S I C L E R 25S T I C K 26N A R N I A 27H O P E S O 28S I E 29T 30H E R E D S 31I T E M 32T 33U P P E 34R 35W 36A R E R P A R T 37Y 38L Y R I 39C 40T A E 41O H Y E S 42I A M 43O 44P U S 45M I N E 46P 47E 48S E T A 49V 50E 51L 52C R O R S 53T 54R A P 55D E C O D E 56A S O F T E N 57R U N 58C 59H E R O O T 60S T O L E 61H E H E 62Y O L O 63T O 64E 65E E K 66X 67E 68R O X R M 69A C H I N 70E 71M A 72N 73E W 74S 75L O N E 76P O L O 77C 78E A S E 79H I 80J I N K S 81E K E 82S 83T A R T E R 84T A B O O S 85F R I S 86B E E R G O L F 87G O T S E T 88T 89O R O 90I D E D 91U B I 92B O R E R 93A T A 94S 95P 96A 97S 98M 99T E F 100L 101O 102N R P R E S 103I D E N 104T 105A L T O 106F O O T E R S 107M R I 108E 109S P I E D 110G A U C H E 111P 112I 113N 114G P O N 115G R T A B L E 116O I N K E D 117I D E A 118I T I S I 119I L L 120O R D E R S 121N O O B 122T O N E R 123S A T
© 2016, The New York TimesNo. 0313 ( 24,232 )
 Across Down 1. It returns just before spring: Abbr. : DST4. Univ. parts : DEPTS9. Black-and-white treat : OREO13. Sends an invitation for : ASKSTO19. Cell material : RNA20. Independently : APART21. Fur fighters? : PETA22. Combs : SCOURS23. Wooden arts-and-crafts piece : POPSICLESTICK26. Fantasy land : NARNIA27. "Fingers crossed!" : HOPESO28. "Sprechen ___ Deutsch?" : SIE29. Great American Ball Park team : THEREDS31. Collector's ___ : ITEM32. Quaint social occasion : TUPPERWAREPARTY38. Kind of poem : LYRIC40. ___ Bo : TAE41. "I almost forgot ..." : OHYES42. Positive response : IAM43. Work : OPUS45. "Hands off!" : MINE46. Pre-euro coin : PESETA49. Shoelace alternative : VELCROSTRAP55. Get the message, say : DECODE56. With equal frequency : ASOFTEN57. Streak : RUN58. Cigar type : CHEROOT60. "Borrowed" : STOLE61. Titter : HEHE62. Modern "Carpe diem" : YOLO63. Locale for phalanges : TOE65. Cry that's a homophone of 81-Across : EEK66. Tool for reproduction : XEROXMACHINE71. "Heaven and earth in miniature," per a Chinese proverb : MAN73. Expressions of disgust : EWS75. Sole : LONE76. Marco ___ (shirt sold on Rubio's website) : POLO77. Come to an end : CEASE79. Shenanigans : HIJINKS81. Barely make, with "out" : EKE82. Appetizer : STARTER84. Section of a foreign travel guide, maybe : TABOOS85. Hybrid outdoor game : FRISBEEGOLF87. Prepared : GOTSET88. Fatty cut of fish at a sushi bar : TORO90. Named, informally : IDED91. Where, to Cato : UBI92. Burrowing insect : BORER93. ___ glance : ATA94. Convulsion : SPASM99. Reagan, with "the" : TEFLONPRESIDENT105. Prefix with cumulus : ALTO106. Identifying lines at the bottoms of pages : FOOTERS107. Certain hosp. exam : MRI108. Caught sight of : ESPIED110. Ungraceful : GAUCHE111. Fixture in many a basement : PINGPONGTABLE116. Emulated one of Old MacDonald's animals : OINKED117. One that's out of one's head? : IDEA118. Response to "Who goes there?" : ITISI119. Poorly : ILL120. Brotherhood and sisterhood : ORDERS121. Neophyte, in modern slang : NOOB122. Cartridge filler : TONER123. Convened : SAT 1. Self-help guru who wrote "Life Code" : DRPHIL2. Hoity-toity : SNOOTY3. Jake of CNN : TAPPER4. Place for a throne : DAIS5. World Showcase site : EPCOT6. Hang (around) : PAL7. Take unwanted steps? : TRESPASS8. Line at the zoo : STRIPE9. Elect : OPT10. King, in Portugal : REI11. Series finale? : ETC12. Image on the Connecticut state quarter : OAKTREE13. Grant portrayer on TV : ASNER14. Line of cliffs : SCARP15. Land in two pieces? : KOREA16. Ingredient that's been left out? : SUNDRIEDTOMATO17. Pertaining to Pennsylvania, Ohio and West Virginia, e.g. : TRISTATE18. Spanish she-bear : OSA24. One for two of four : SEMI25. Show (out) : SEE30. "___ a real nowhere man ..." : HES33. Complete reversal : UTURN34. Source of the names of two months : ROMANEMPERORS35. Trounce : WHIP36. "Atlas Shrugged" author Rand : AYN37. Soprano Sumac : YMA39. Think piece? : CORTEX44. Writer of the line "Ah, distinctly I remember it was in the bleak December" : POE46. Leader elected in 1946 : PERON47. Prefix with tourism : ECO48. Fossil fuel residue : SOOT49. Still-life object : VASE50. First name in cosmetics : ESTEE51. Discoverer's cry : LOOKWHATIFOUND52. Org. of the Argonauts and the Alouettes : CFL53. Some natural history museum displays, for short : TREXES54. Tributary of the Rhine : RUHR55. Substation? : DELI58. The four seasons and others : CYCLES59. Brown-and-white treat : HOHO61. Start of many a bumper sticker : HONK64. Backing at a business meeting? : EASEL67. "Four Quartets" poet : ELIOT68. Two 1980s White House personages : RONS69. Isao of the P.G.A. : AOKI70. Online greetings : ECARDS72. Toy brand with soft sales? : NERF74. Genealogical grouping, informally : SIBS78. Bit of a joule : ERG80. Average guy : JOE82. French city said to have given its name to a car : SEDAN83. Bit of gymwear : TEE84. Start of a concession : TOBEFAIR85. Unoccupied : FREE86. Start eating : BITEINTO87. Inner feeling : GUT88. Court technique : TOPSPIN89. Bobby in skates : ORR92. "It's f-f-freezing!" : BRR93. Artful : ADROIT95. Daddy : PAPA96. Crime stories? : ALIBIS97. "Streetcar" call : STELLA98. You could have it in any color you wanted, as long as it was black : MODELT100. "Two Treatises of Government" philosopher : LOCKE101. Smallest slice of a pie chart, maybe : OTHER102. Must have : NEEDS103. Scapegrace : IMP104. Facetious response to "Describe yourself in three adjectives" : TERSE109. Recipe instruction : STIR110. Sticky stuff : GOO112. Line at a wedding : IDO113. Role for Keanu Reeves : NEO114. Chatter : GAB115. Ingredient in a white lady : GIN

Answer summary: 13 unique to this puzzle, 1 debuted here and reused later, 1 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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