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New York Times, Thursday, April 11, 2019

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

This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 72, Blocks: 36 Missing: {GJXZ} This is puzzle # 182 for Mr. Quigley. NYT links: Across Lite PDF
Jeff Chen notes:
I like it when a puzzle makes me feel smug. Of course, the poet who wrote 'Walden' isn't pronounced with a long O in the first ... read more

I like it when a puzzle makes me feel smug. Of course, the poet who wrote "Walden" isn't pronounced with a long O in the first syllable! Nor is "collide"! Of course, Clyde Barrow is the guy from Bonnie and Clyde! Of course, the sound added into these phrases is the "schwa"!

Ahem. Did I sell it?

Four consistent sound additions, contrary to my initial impression. Not sure why I imagined COLLIDE pronounced as in "colloid." Looks like I've taken too much chemistry for my own good.

Looks like I've also been pronouncing "colloid" wrong all these years. Sigh.

Here's a case where I'm okay with a constructor going down to 72 words in attempt to make the solving experience more interesting. A low word count allows for a whole lot of long slots, and that can mean "fresher" feeling fill. It's not every day that you run into DRAFT CHOICE, HAVE IN STORE, HORSE CAR. And since BEQ managed to keep his crossword glue to a minimum – IRAE, RTE, maybe MEADE too – it presents a not-your-every-day solving experience.

It's still not my preferred style, though, as "draft pick" sounds so much better than DRAFT CHOICE, and HAVE IN STORE is more neutral than exciting. Also, RELEARNS. I bet the grid would have been more colorful and fun at 74 or 76 words, each of the long slots used to more of its potential.

I enjoyed BAROQUE BREAD and THOREAU SHADE (from "throw shade"), but the other two didn't do much for me. PARADE FOR RAIN sounds so bizarre, as does COLLIDE BARROW. I did appreciate the consistency BEQ applied to each of the sound additions, even if that wasn't immediately obvious to this dunderhead.

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B
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O
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S
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S
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Y
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D
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I
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O
9
R
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H
11
A
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M
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Y
A
H
O
O
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I
R
A
E
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C
A
S
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E
T
H
Y
L
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D
A
H
L
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A
V
I
A
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B
A
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R
O
Q
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B
R
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A
D
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A
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R
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D
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A
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P
A
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F
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O
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R
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A
M
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I
W
O
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S
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I
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C
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R
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F
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M
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N
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S
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H
T
M
L
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T
N
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P
E
R
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S
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H
O
O
H
A
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C
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O
L
L
I
D
E
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B
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R
R
O
W
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A
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S
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P
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O
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U
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S
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H
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D
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L
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W
O
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O
C
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E
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R
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F
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© 2019, The New York TimesNo. 0411 ( 25,356 )
Across
1
Demanding : BOSSY
6
Who said "A woman's perfume tells more about her than her handwriting" : DIOR
10
Croque-monsieur ingredient : HAM
13
___ View (streaming site) : YAHOO
14
"Dies ___" : IRAE
15
Beer purchase : CASE
16
Kind of alcohol : ETHYL
17
"The Twits" author : DAHL
18
Nike rival : AVIA
19
Ornately decorated money? : BAROQUEBREAD
22
Perfervid : ARDENT
25
Snowcapped, say : ALPINE
26
March meant to end a drought? : PARADEFORRAIN
30
Oven handle? : AMANA
31
Adamant refusal : IWONT
32
Mistake indicator : SIC
35
Yellow card displayers : REFS
36
Lists of commands : MENUS
37
Building site code? : HTML
38
AC/DC single with the lyric "Watch me explode" : TNT
39
Israeli president who was the author of 11 books : PERES
40
Commotion : HOOHA
41
Bumper version of a cart? : COLLIDEBARROW
44
Fireplace receptacle : ASHPIT
46
Beginnings : ONSETS
47
What the trees by Walden Pond provided? : THOREAUSHADE
51
Frequently cosplayed sci-fi character : LEIA
52
Socially aware, modernly : WOKE
53
Yellowish color : OCHER
57
Bend over backward : ARCH
58
Some : AFEW
59
Member of an early 20th-century French art movement : FAUVE
60
Pick up : SEE
61
[Been there, done that] : YAWN
62
Let go : FREED
Down
1
A word before you go : BYE
2
___ milk : OAT
3
"I'm trying to work here" : SHH
4
Vegan source of protein : SOYBEANS
5
Four-time Grammy-winning gospel singer Adams : YOLANDA
6
Mischievous trick : DIDO
7
Modern locale of ancient Sumer : IRAQ
8
Home to Interstates H-1, H-2 and H-3 : OAHU
9
Takes a refresher course in : RELEARNS
10
Plan (for) : HAVEINSTORE
11
Like some elephants : ASIAN
12
George ___, general at the Battle of Chancellorsville : MEADE
15
Wrist bones : CARPI
20
Way on Waze: Abbr. : RTE
21
Sheep's cry : BLAT
22
Not with the group : APART
23
Noodle soup : RAMEN
24
New addition to the team : DRAFTCHOICE
27
Guy in a restaurant : FIERI
28
Didn't just rent : OWNED
29
Galvanize : ROUSE
33
"Could you turn on the A.C.?" : IMHOT
34
Weapons for the X-Man Wolverine : CLAWS
36
Dissolve : MELTAWAY
37
It was once drawn on the street : HORSECAR
39
Ballet move : PLIE
40
Quarterback's option : HANDOFF
42
She played Mrs. Which in 2018's "A Wrinkle in Time" : OPRAH
43
What might have a crush on you? : BOA
44
America's first ICBM : ATLAS
45
___ Khan, tiger in "The Jungle Book" : SHERE
48
Tucson school, informally : UOFA
49
Twist : SKEW
50
Cut : HEWN
54
Strawberry or peach : HUE
55
She was tempted : EVE
56
Visibly ashamed : RED

Answer summary: 7 unique to this puzzle, 2 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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