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New York Times, Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Author: Tony Orbach
Editor: Will Shortz
Tony Orbach
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This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 76, Blocks: 34 Missing: {JX} Spans: 2 This is puzzle # 24 for Mr. Orbach. NYT links: Across Lite PDF
Tony Orbach notes: As is sometimes the case, the idea for this one came from what would wind up being an unused entry: COLLISION CORSET. Not sure why ... more
Tony Orbach notes:

As is sometimes the case, the idea for this one came from what would wind up being an unused entry: COLLISION CORSET. Not sure why that popped into my head but, there it was! So, armed with/infected by that, I went in search of phrases that could work the same way — with the added ET sound, plus the change of spelling/meaning to the base words — and came up with these. Though I like them all enough, my favorite is VANITY FERRET — mostly because I could see myself strutting around with one of those, looking down my nose at the less fortunate, posh-pet-challenged passersby.

Not too many clue changes from my original submission, but, for vanity's sake, two worth noting. For WANDS, I'd wanted to give a nod to my daughter, Sarah Kate, and her love of all things Harry Potter, so had offered "Diagon Alley purchases." Then, for YOGI, I'd looked out the window and thought of my neighbor, NYT sportswriter Harvey Araton, and plunked down "'Driving Mr. ___' (Berra book by Harvey Araton)." Well, those didn't make the cut, but at least I get to mention friends and loved ones here!

Thanks again to Will and crew — and, happy puzzling!

Jeff Chen notes: Some funny results today involving a sound addition, Mountain Dew to MOUNTAIN DUET, Vanity Fair to VANITY FERRET (hilarious!), ... more
Jeff Chen notes:

Some funny results today involving a sound addition, Mountain Dew to MOUNTAIN DUET, Vanity Fair to VANITY FERRET (hilarious!), magazine rack to MAGAZINE RACQUET. I was never sure of the pronunciation of CRUET (crew-eht, not crew-ay). Huh. Now I know.

Ah, Bucky Katt and his hilarious schemes ...

Far and away, my favorite section was the lower left, with GET FUZZY crossing PLOTZ. I recently introduced my 11-year old nephew to the hilarity that is GET FUZZY, with Bucky Katt's poorly thought out evil schemes, and Satchel's innocent dunderheadedness. And PLOTZ is Yiddish slang to faint away in dramatic form, as in "that drama queen just plotzed!" Love, love, love that bonus fill. The L of PLOTZ is going to be tough for people who don't know that or NALA of "The Lion King," unfortunately. I can see an argument that it's not particularly fair.

I also liked entries such as SCHERZO, ASGARD, SNUCK UP ON, but overall, I felt there was too much crossword glue for my taste. The theme density is a little high, given that all four themers are long. But still, I noticed the little bits everywhere, from ETHNO / ENVIRO — two prefixes crossing each other — to a smattering of TAI, HTS, OPP, NEOS, ENNE, etc. Some of it is in the name of working in great fill, like NATCH, but man, the price to pay in that north region is steep.

Will has mentioned that he's trying to phase out SDI, Reagan's "Strategic Defense Initiative." I actually don't mind it that much since the so-called Star Wars defense system was a big topic of discussion when I was a kid, but I see where he's coming from — those acronyms are rough. It looks almost necessary given the layout, stuck in that highly constrained region between SNUCK UP ON and LACE INTO.

LACE INTO … dictionary says it's legit, as "attack, devour, or scold." Still, it's not my favorite use of a precious 8-letter slot.

Some amusing results generated off of solid base phrases, with some rocky points. Still, the image of Satchel Pooch PLOTZing away gave me a huge smile.

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© 2016, The New York TimesNo. 0413 ( 24,263 )
Across Down
1. "Oh, yeah ...," in a text : BTW
4. Prefix with musicology : ETHNO
9. Dogie-bagging rope : LASSO
14. "Of course!" : AHA
15. "Of course!" : NATCH
16. Sleep clinic concern : APNEA
17. Oil dispenser on a Food Network show? : TELEVISIONCRUET
20. Egypt's Mubarak : HOSNI
21. Brake plate : SHOE
22. Ones put on the rack? : CDS
23. Lively movement : SCHERZO
26. Hasbro board game in which armies conquer territories : RISK
28. Genre for "Dueling Banjos"? : MOUNTAINDUET
33. Vicious, as a fight : UGLY
36. Modernists, informally : NEOS
37. Slightly pickled : TIPSY
38. Highlands refusal : NAE
39. Armani with a plaque on the Rodeo Drive Walk of Style : GIORGIO
41. Vs. : OPP
42. Hit the bricks : LEAVE
44. Actress Drescher : FRAN
45. Cousin of -trix : ENNE
46. Weasellike animal kept as a fashion accessory? : VANITYFERRET
49. Dope : INFO
50. How black holes are packed : DENSELY
54. Massachusetts' Cape ___ : ANN
56. Fleecy boots : UGGS
59. Place for a bald-headed baby? : AERIE
60. Equipment endorsed by Inside Tennis? : MAGAZINERACQUET
64. What someone who is overly verklempt might do : PLOTZ
65. Big player on draft day : AGENT
66. Certain special FX : CGI
67. Hairy-chested, say : MANLY
68. They may be waved at concerts : WANDS
69. Your, in Paris : TES
1. Ancient Roman meeting places : BATHS
2. Former Fox series set in California : THEOC
3. Actress Kate of "Grey's Anatomy" : WALSH
4. Green person, for short : ENVIRO
5. "___-Pan" (James Clavell novel that preceded "Shogun") : TAI
6. Brooklyn ___, N.Y. : HTS
7. CBS military drama : NCIS
8. "Call on me! I know this!" : OHOH
9. Give an earful : LACEINTO
10. Loan letters : APR
11. Caught unawares : SNUCKUPON
12. Sow : SEED
13. Proverbial "wild" things that are sown : OATS
18. Other side : ENEMY
19. Seaweed at a sushi bar : NORI
24. Pueblo people of New Mexico : ZUNI
25. Something not repeated : ONEOFF
27. '80s missile shield plan : SDI
29. Former Yankee manager who also served as player-manager of the Mets : TORRE
30. One of the nine worlds of Norse mythology : ASGARD
31. World Series of Poker channel : ESPN
32. Class : TYPE
33. Silver State sch. : UNLV
34. Mother of Cronus and Rhea : GAEA
35. Pressuring : LEANINGON
39. Comic strip featuring Satchel Pooch and Bucky Katt : GETFUZZY
40. About : INRE
43. Car registration fig. : VIN
45. Bibliographical abbr. : ETSEQ
47. Eastern mystic : YOGI
48. Puts into effect : ENACTS
51. Burp : ERUCT
52. Feudal lord : LIEGE
53. Himalayan cryptids : YETIS
54. Around-the-clock, in a way : AMPM
55. "The Lion King" lion : NALA
57. Nibble (on) : GNAW
58. Its mascot is Sonic the Hedgehog : SEGA
61. N.L. East city, on scoreboards : ATL
62. Knights of ___, villainous group in "The Force Awakens" : REN
63. "What next?" : AND

Answer summary: 6 unique to this puzzle.

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