It looks like you're using an Ad Blocker. Please consider supporting our site by purchasing an account.

New York Times, Friday, March 27, 2015

Author: David Kwong
Editor: Will Shortz
David Kwong
TotalDebutLatestCollabs
174/1/20066/28/20175
SunMonTueWedThuFriSat
2233421
ScrabbleRebusCirclePangram
1.59222

This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 62, Blocks: 40 Missing: {FJQVXZ} Spans: 2 This is puzzle # 11 for Mr. Kwong. NYT links: Across Lite PDF

Support XWord Info

Donation Amount

XWord Info is only possible when people like you choose to support it through donations.

Donate to get access to XWord Info for a year.

Benefits vary by donation level. Thank you!

David Kwong notes: This puzzle is a nod to cruciverbalists who have been thwarted by the ugly five-block monstrosity known as the 'Utah.' Who hasn't ... more
David Kwong notes:

This puzzle is a nod to cruciverbalists who have been thwarted by the ugly five-block monstrosity known as the "Utah." Who hasn't scrapped a puzzle or had one rejected because it contained too many of these? So I decided to face the problem head on. Enjoy! And go Aggies!

Jeff Chen notes: Very cool mini-themed themeless! Not only does David only use Utah-shaped blocks of black squares, but he incorporates three ... more
Jeff Chen notes:

Very cool mini-themed themeless! Not only does David only use Utah-shaped blocks of black squares, but he incorporates three Utah-related phrases, TABERNACLE CHOIR, UTAH STATE, and LATTER DAY SAINTS. All lively entries.

Recognize that shape?

I liked the mini-theme so much that I think it would have made more sense to run this on a Thursday. I had a great a-ha moment when I figured out why David used such chunky black square blocks. Perhaps the theme density isn't high enough to run it as a themed puzzle, but I think the visual's extra oomph puts it over the edge. Thursday puzzles are so difficult to innovate, and for me, this concept fell right into that sweet spot where I'm treated to a stroke of creativity.

I would have loved just a little more flow, more connectivity throughout the puzzle. Not sure if it's even possible to shift the Utah blocks around Tetris-style while still keeping the three themers, but I ended up getting stuck in the NW corner. If only some entries could have squeaked through where the adjacent Utah blocks are touching! Much harder to fill the puzzle that way, though.

We're getting ready to launch scored word lists (coming soon!), and many entries here are easy to evaluate. ITES and ISS are fairly clear; they ought to be avoided whenever possible. DEME is in a grayer zone. And surprisingly, HOI is too. The difficulty with HOI: how else do you clue it besides [___ polloi]? It's tough to assign hard numbers, but we're hoping that our simple system will help a lot of constructors in taking their first cut.

Great idea; beautiful use of the crossword grid as an artistic canvas.

1
B
2
I
3
G
4
M
5
A
6
C
7
R
8
E
9
P
10
E
11
A
12
L
13
S
14
E
N
R
I
C
O
15
O
P
E
N
S
U
P
16
A
L
A
M
O
R
17
T
18
L
E
A
D
S
T
O
19
T
A
B
E
R
N
A
20
C
L
E
C
H
O
I
R
21
S
T
S
22
N
E
B
O
23
H
O
R
S
E
24
M
I
A
25
L
I
N
26
P
U
T
T
S
27
E
N
T
28
I
T
E
29
S
30
I
S
S
31
U
32
T
A
H
S
T
33
A
T
E
34
I
S
A
35
A
T
M
S
36
S
37
H
38
H
39
T
40
A
S
E
S
41
O
A
S
42
H
O
I
43
I
P
O
D
S
44
G
R
I
45
M
46
A
S
P
47
L
A
T
T
E
48
R
49
D
A
Y
S
A
50
I
N
T
S
51
S
T
O
O
L
I
E
52
S
T
I
N
K
A
T
53
I
O
N
B
E
A
M
54
E
N
C
A
G
E
55
T
W
E
E
D
L
E
56
D
E
A
R
E
R
© 2015, The New York TimesNo. 0327 ( 23,880 )
Across Down
1. Sandwich introduced in 1968 : BIGMAC
7. The 21st Amendment and such : REPEALS
14. ___ Berlinguer, longtime Italian Communist leader : ENRICO
15. Becomes forthcoming : OPENSUP
16. Quite ill, in Lille : ALAMORT
18. Brings : LEADSTO
19. Temple Square group founded in 1847 : TABERNACLECHOIR
21. Francisco and California, in San Francisco: Abbr. : STS
22. Mount of Moses : NEBO
23. Mount : HORSE
24. Battle stat : MIA
25. ___ Biao, Mao Zedong confederate : LIN
26. Taps on the links : PUTTS
27. Otorhinolaryngology, familiarly : ENT
28. Followers: Suffix : ITES
30. One New Yorker, e.g.: Abbr. : ISS
31. University suggested by this puzzle's black squares : UTAHSTATE
34. "This ___ stickup!" : ISA
35. Where some people go through withdrawals? : ATMS
36. Theater reproof : SHH
39. Shocks, in a way : TASES
41. Hemispheric grp. : OAS
42. ___ polloi : HOI
43. Things you might enjoy with your best buds? : IPODS
44. Bad : GRIM
46. Subject for a toxicologist : ASP
47. Young followers : LATTERDAYSAINTS
51. Police reporter? : STOOLIE
52. Do poorly : STINKAT
53. Ray gun ray : IONBEAM
54. Lock up : ENCAGE
55. Entice with music : TWEEDLE
56. More close : DEARER
1. "I dunno" : BEATSME
2. Like traditional Masses : INLATIN
3. Tries to paw : GRABSAT
4. Some performance art : MIME
5. Symbol of potential strength : ACORN
6. First wife of Julius Caesar : CORNELIA
7. Sushi selection : ROLL
8. One guarded at the Olympics : EPEE
9. Part not used when making a cobbler : PEACHPIT
10. Agatha Christie's "Peril at ___" : ENDHOUSE
11. Classifies : ASSORTS
12. Minstrel, often : LUTIST
13. Future ferns : SPORES
17. "Bewitched" spinoff : TABITHA
20. Prairie transport : CONESTOGA
29. Title religious school in a classic Crosby/Bergman film : STMARYS
31. Was : USEDTOBE
32. Having some strings attached? : TASSELED
33. Kind of living : ASSISTED
34. One of a group of atoms having the same number of neutrons but a different number of protons : ISOTONE
36. Big name in Indian music : SHANKAR
37. One way to be held : HOSTAGE
38. Daddy-o : HIPSTER
39. Cheese made from pasteurized cow's milk : TILSIT
40. Judd who directed "Knocked Up" and "The 40-Year-Old Virgin" : APATOW
45. Big source of blueberries : MAINE
48. Balboa : Panama :: ___ : Iran : RIAL
49. Greek township : DEME
50. ___ Empire : INCA

Answer summary: 5 unique to this puzzle.

Found bugs or have suggestions?