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New York Times, Saturday, March 14, 2015

Author:
James Mulhern
Editor:
Will Shortz
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James Mulhern

This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 70, Blocks: 31 Missing: {JQXZ} This is puzzle # 12 for Mr. Mulhern. NYT links: Across Lite PDF
James Mulhern notes:
I constructed this puzzle partially (ok, fully...) while sitting in my office at the PRU in Boston about a year ago. As of this week, ... read more

I constructed this puzzle partially (ok, fully...) while sitting in my office at the PRU in Boston about a year ago. As of this week, I've moved from Boston to New York, so the timing is perfect for having a Times puzzle!

Looking back, I don't think I'd settle on this NW today — even great stacks can't really justify the ON ONE / ENT / REO / TAY and especially BSS (which I misguidedly tried to save with a risqué clue) pileup in the crosses. Squeaky-clean fill is more of a goal of mine today than it was when I made this. Still, the flipside is that it allows for what I think is a pretty cool stack.

I expect OCR to be divisive, but I'm a fan. It's fresh, (somewhat) modern, and quite common in a variety of circles. Seems like a fair Saturday entry.

Thanks as always to Will and his crew for the punch-up in the clues. I can take no credit for the brilliant clue for 1-Across.

Hope you enjoy!

Jill Denny notes:
James Mulhern, you had me at LOBSTER BIB. Some see it as the most dignity-destroying accessory ever invented; I prefer to see it as a ... read more

James Mulhern, you had me at LOBSTER BIB. Some see it as the most dignity-destroying accessory ever invented; I prefer to see it as a harbinger of deliciousness. Mr. Lagerfeld agrees.

The eastern hemisphere of this puzzle slid into place smoothly, thanks to the scaffolding of ERIC BANA, THE INSIDER, and BAHA MEN. I like the flow around the center black blocks — a nice balance between fluidity and structure. Despite my lobster love and Kendrick LAMAR admiration, the NW corner was the last to fall for me. I went down a blind alley with RES instead of REO, and ANIMANIACS was slow to emerge from the deep vaults of my brain.

REO means nothing to me without a Speedwagon in tow, but it turns out that it's the same REO of Diamond Reo Trucks. REO stands for Random Eli Olds, the founder of Oldsmobile. What a fantastic 19th-century name! I love it. Random's father was named Pliny Fiske Olds, which is also just grand, and Random married a woman named Metta Ursula Woodward, who later inspired NBA player Ron Artest to change his name to Metta World Peace (allegedly).

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Students & seniors
Across
1. Tie one on at dinner : LOBSTERBIB
11. Online heads-up : NSFW
15. 1990s TV cartoon produced by Steven Spielberg : ANIMANIACS
16. Home for the College of Wooster : OHIO
17. "Cash is king" : MONEYTALKS
18. Role for Ferrell on "S.N.L." : RENO
19. Dear : ANGEL
20. "The ___ Bridge Disaster" (McGonagall poem) : TAY
21. Runners' spot : SLED
22. Diamond ___ Trucks (bygone company) : REO
23. It's found on the toe of a boot : OMAN
25. Goes for the gold? : SMELTS
27. Yogi's title : SRI
28. Bolivian export : COCA
30. Stick in the mouth? : GUM
31. Subject of a Hoyle treatise : WHIST
33. Portrayer of Hector in "Troy" : ERICBANA
35. Infomercial product said to hold 12 times its weight in liquid : SHAMWOW
37. Band with a 2000 Grammy-winning hit that's on Rolling Stone's list of all-time "most annoying songs" : BAHAMEN
38. Ones pulling strings? : HARPISTS
40. Old-hat : TIRED
41. Text-interpreting technology used with PDFs : OCR
42. Duke : FIST
43. Halfway house? : INN
44. Hurdles : VAULTS
46. Step : PACE
48. Boston landmark, with "the" : PRU
51. George Knightley's love interest, in literature : EMMA
52. Fired (up) : HET
53. Some messages from messengers : WIRES
55. Truncates : LOPS
56. Mobbed by mosquitos : EATENALIVE
58. Not class-specific : ELHI
59. 1999 Crowe/Pacino film nominated for seven Oscars : THEINSIDER
60. Newspaper post : DESK
61. Things happy people do : CARTWHEELS
Down
1. Hip-hop's Kendrick ___ : LAMAR
2. Quick snap time, in football : ONONE
3. "Ding ding ding!" : BINGO
4. Mr. of "Peter Pan" : SMEE
5. Singer/songwriter whose name anagrams to ART OF SLY WIT : TAYLORSWIFT
6. Med. specialist : ENT
7. Gaucho gear : RIATA
8. Journalistic ideal : BALANCE
9. Like glop : ICKY
10. Some undergrad degs. : BSS
11. Language from which "litmus" comes : NORSE
12. Certain subterfuge : SHELLGAME
13. Well-calibrated : FINETUNED
14. Savior of Little Red Riding Hood : WOODSMAN
24. Division of biology : MITOSIS
25. Kind of nerve : SCIATIC
26. Put through cycles, in a way : MACHINEWASH
27. Boob : SIMP
29. Mars or Neptune : ORB
31. Metaphor for a tedious, futile effort : WHACAMOLE
32. Expresses grumpily : HARRUMPHS
34. Pottery ___ : BARN
35. Wolfed (down) : SHOVELED
36. Newborn stats: Abbr. : WTS
39. Figure in many New Yorker cartoons : STPETER
45. Kind of surgery : LASIK
47. Bit the dust : ATEIT
48. What the rainbow flag signifies : PRIDE
49. Go wild : REVEL
50. Web browsers : USERS
52. "That's a funny one" : HAHA
54. First name in the International Tennis Hall of Fame : ILIE
56. "And stuff" : ETC
57. Fort Myers-to-Tampa dir. : NNW

Answer summary: 5 unique to this puzzle, 4 debuted here and reused later, 3 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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