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New York Times, Friday, March 22, 2019

Author:
Brendan Emmett Quigley
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Brendan Emmett Quigley

This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 68, Blocks: 30 Missing: {FGZ} This is puzzle # 181 for Mr. Quigley. NYT links: Across Lite PDF
Jeff Chen notes:
BEQ was one of the early legends in themeless crosswords. One of his featured entries, WHAT THE …, turned my world upside down. ... read more

BEQ was one of the early legends in themeless crosswords. One of his featured entries, WHAT THE …, turned my world upside down. I had never thought of implied punctuation within an entry. Not surprising that that puzzle got chosen for one of Will's "favorite puzzles" books!

It was MULTIVERSE that similarly wowed me today. I'm such a nerd, spending a disproportionate amount of my time thinking about parallel universes and alternate realities. I'd take the blue pill, thank you very much. No, not Viagra! Sigh.

I spent a couple of minutes mulling over WIIITIS — love or hate? On the one hand, it's got that crazy triple I string. And don't forget that neat implied punctuation, WII-ITIS. On the other, the WII is an old console by now, and I don't remember WII-ITIS being solidly in the language.

A lot to learn from this puzzle:

  • THIEU was a Vietnamese president.
  • CARLO PONTI was an Italian film producer, married to Sophia Loren.
  • CAR DIB is when you yell "I call shotgun!".
  • JUVENTUS is a soccer club, huge in Italy.
  • Easter Island statues are called MOAI. I think I once knew that. That's my story, anyway.
  • SKALDS are Icelandic toasts for when you're drinking Akvavit. What? They're Icelandic poets? Well, poets drink too, don't they? HA, I GOT YOU THERE!

Along with the gluey NTESTS, made-up feeling MISLAYER and a bit of ESSE SIPE, it wasn't my favorite of BEQ's puzzles. I like to learn something from a puzzle, but this was drinking from a firehose.

Still, a couple of great clues helped keep me entertained: PIE A LA MODE as being a dish being both hot and cold, and "can opener" repurposed for PAROLE. Good stuff.

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Across
1
Some toddler sizes : TWOS
5
Biblical city on the plain of Jordan : SODOM
10
Sarcastic response : IBET
14
Sound from a pen : OINK
15
President who resigned during the fall of Saigon : THIEU
16
Place for a medallion : TAXI
17
Dish that's both hot and cold : PIEALAMODE
19
Brian who was the 1980 N.F.L. M.V.P. : SIPE
20
Lousy floor contractor : MISLAYER
21
Climbed : SCALED
23
Fighting : ATODDS
24
Ex amount : ALIMONY
25
Unleashes (on) : SICS
26
Theory that many different realities are happening at once : MULTIVERSE
29
"You should know better" : TSK
30
___ discussion : PANEL
31
Auctor ___ (authorize, in legalese) : ESSE
32
Reasons for redos : BADSTARTS
34
Construction piece with wide flanges : HBAR
36
Certain gardening supplies : HOSES
37
"Facts First" sloganeer : CNN
40
Producer of 1965's "Doctor Zhivago" : CARLOPONTI
42
Easter Island statues : MOAI
43
Served : AVAILED
44
Some displays of power, for short : NTESTS
46
Brought (in) : REINED
47
Record-holding Italian soccer club whose name means "youth" : JUVENTUS
49
[mic drop] : DONE
50
Detective in an aloha shirt : ACEVENTURA
52
Santa ___ (virgin martyr in the Italian Catholic Church) : INES
53
Goes down : LOSES
54
"Couldn't agree more" : AMEN
55
Sainted English historian : BEDE
56
Leg exercise : SQUAT
57
Minus : LESS
Down
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Something sailors may see over the horizon : TOPMAST
2
Joint pain from playing too many video games : WIIITIS
3
Laundry leftover : ONESOCK
4
Old Scandinavian poets : SKALDS
5
Refuses to cool down : STAYSMAD
6
World-weary exclamation : OHME
7
Big name in handbags : DIOR
8
Masterwork in philology, for short : OED
9
Healthful bowlful for breakfast : MUESLI
10
"Everything's fouled up" : ITSAMESS
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Helps in getting out of jail : BAILORS
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___ report : EXPENSE
13
Article of apparel for a jam band : TIEDYE
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Fellow at a pub : LAD
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Old World animals sometimes called toddy cats : CIVETS
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After a long wait : ATLAST
27
Footloose? : UNSHOD
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Make public : LETON
30
Can opener? : PAROLE
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Long-haired cat with sapphire-blue eyes : BALINESE
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Put back into the market : REINVEST
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"Try it!" : HAVEONE
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Whopped on the head : BRAINED
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It's a put-on : COSTUME
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Dispositions : NATURES
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Rogue and Armada : NISSANS
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First woman to win a Grammy for Best Rap Album as a solo artist : CARDIB
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Bikes : PEDALS
42
Rational : MENTAL
45
Perfect representation : TEN
47
Figure in some hymns : JESU
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Pacific island that's also the name of part of the body : UVEA
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Brasserie entrée : COQ

Answer summary: 5 unique to this puzzle, 1 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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