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New York Times, Friday, March 28, 2014

Author:
David J. Kahn
Editor:
Will Shortz
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David J. Kahn

This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 72, Blocks: 28 Missing: {JQVZ} Spans: 5, (2 double stacks) This is puzzle # 157 for Mr. Kahn. NYT links: Across Lite PDF
Jeff Chen notes:
What a nice up-to-date central crossing to seed a themeless: CAPTAIN PHILLIPS crossed by SOMALI PIRATES. Great movie, fantastic cast, ... read more

What a nice up-to-date central crossing to seed a themeless: CAPTAIN PHILLIPS crossed by SOMALI PIRATES. Great movie, fantastic cast, unbelievable story. Neat to see it commemorated by being featured in the NYT crossword. I didn't originally notice Tom Hanks in the clue to 48-across, but after looking at the finished grid, it made me smile.

Unlike the movie, which although fantastically executed, made me utterly seasick (that's never happened before). I'm super, super glad this crossword wasn't printed using jarring camera techniques. (Don't you get any ideas, constructors.)

David takes it one step further, using four more grid-spanners, all of which are pretty decent. SOURCES OF INCOME isn't a snazzy answer in itself, even for this business-loving MBA, but its clue was fantastic. I kept on thinking about HOUSE PAINTING, DOOR TO DOOR SALES, but I was pleasantly misled. Nice a-ha moment when it came together. Now that's how you jazz up an otherwise ordinary grid entry.

Typically with such a heavily constrained grid, compromises will be present, and there's a reasonable assortment of A ROW, MTNS, UNI, ALL OR, NNE, ASCAP crossing the double-stacks. Normal, expected stuff, didn't really bother me too much. However, I did have a very hard time with TRILBY crossing INGE, ending with an error (TRELBY / ENGE).

Perhaps it's on me to know (or be able to infer) TRILBY, which I actually did enjoy looking up, but I have a feeling I won't be the only one with a mistake in that square. Even TRALBY / ANGE seemed plausible. Another crossing, KLEBAN / ABBIE, might be tough for some, but I'd argue that ABBIE Hoffman is important enough that a majority of NYT readers ought to know him.

Not that I think all squares should be gettable by every solver — I'm sure there are plenty of people for whom TREBLY is a gimme — AARGH IT'S TRILBY! Ahem. But I might have considered adding a cheater square to change INGE to ING, which could be clued as the Dutch bank or the –ING ending. Something gettable by a larger chunk of solvers, anyway.

Finally, my favorite clue/entry pair. Maybe it's a residual Harry Potter effect, but it was so much fun for me to see BLIMEY! in the grid. A fun, quaint exclamation not unlike GOR! That's a good crossword at work, making solvers smile.

Jim Horne notes:

Besides his iconic mobiles, Alexander Calder also created the beloved Eagle in Seattle's lovely Olympic Sculpture Park. Here's a sunset view.

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© 2014, The New York TimesNo. 0328 ( 23,516 )
Across
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Those who respond to pickup lines? : CABBIES
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Drags : BUMMERS
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Central Florida daily : ORLANDOSENTINEL
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Part-time jobs for college students, say : SOURCESOFINCOME
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Disbelieving, maybe : AWED
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Major-leaguer from Osaka who threw two no-hitters : NOMO
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Trap : SETUP
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Haddock relatives : CODS
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Constellation described by Ptolemy : ARA
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Part of 56-Across: Abbr. : EST
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Conductor with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame : MEHTA
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"A Chorus Line" lyricist Ed : KLEBAN
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Iran's Ayatollah ___ Khamenei : ALI
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Year the Angels won the World Series : MMII
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Brit's cry of surprise : BLIMEY
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See 16-Down : CAPTAINPHILLIPS
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Standard : ENSIGN
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Extreme piques : IRES
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"I'll ___" : SEE
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Old letter opener: Abbr. : MESSRS
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Upper regions of space : ETHER
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Org. of which Tom Hanks is a member : SAG
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Mauna ___ : KEA
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Shaving brand : ATRA
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Slip preventer : CLEAT
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Terminal announcements, for short : ETAS
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Writer William : INGE
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Mobile creator : ALEXANDERCALDER
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Go mad : LOSEONESMARBLES
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Demanded immediate action from : PRESSED
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Superlatively bouncy : SPRYEST
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___ Nostra : COSA
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Aligned, after "in" : AROW
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Relatively low-risk investments : BLUECHIPS
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Actress for whom a neckline is named : BARDOT
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___ 500 : INC
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Unspoiled places : EDENS
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Meh : SOSO
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First of two pictures : BEFORE
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Start to color? : UNI
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Range parts: Abbr. : MTNS
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Symbols of timidity : MICE
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Modern message : ENOTE
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Fictional teller of tales : REMUS
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Wasn't alert : SLEPT
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Hijackers who captured 38-Across : SOMALIPIRATES
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"What's the ___?" : DAMAGE
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First name in '60s radicalism : ABBIE
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Old club : MACE
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Flourish : ELAN
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Connected people : KIN
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Ready : ALLSET
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Nothing : NIL
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Eastern European capital of 2 million : MINSK
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Screw up : MISHANDLE
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Sport with automated scoring : EPEE
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River of W.W. I : YSER
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Dickens boy : TIM
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Ballpark dingers: Abbr. : HRS
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Positioned well : SEEDED
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English hat similar to a fedora : TRILBY
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Where flakes may build up : SCALP
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___ nothing : ALLOR
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Simple sorts : GEESE
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Musical grp. : ASCAP
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Fires : AXES
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Western setting for artisans : TAOS
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They may be heavy or open : ARMS
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Bee ___ : GEES
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Formerly, old-style : ERST
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Nautical heading: Abbr. : NNE
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Part of 56-Across: Abbr. : ARR

Answer summary: 8 unique to this puzzle, 3 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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