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New York Times, Tuesday, April 19, 2016

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

This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 76, Blocks: 36 Missing: {JQX} This is puzzle # 166 for Mr. Kahn. NYT links: Across Lite PDF
David J. Kahn notes:
I was trying to get as many HEADS in the Down answers as possible and, at the same time, keep answers consistent with a Tuesday ... read more

I was trying to get as many HEADS in the Down answers as possible and, at the same time, keep answers consistent with a Tuesday puzzle. When I found one answer (TWO BAGGER) that had two HEADS, I thought it would be nicer if another answer also had two; finding one that worked took some time but I like the result.

Jeff Chen notes:
HEADS UP! David uses words that can precede HEAD, running upward within grid entries. Very nice find in STOP ORDER (pothead, redhead), ... read more

HEADS UP! David uses words that can precede HEAD, running upward within grid entries. Very nice find in STOP ORDER (pothead, redhead), where two heads are better than one. TWO BAGGER didn't feel as nice, as BOWHEAD … is what? Seems to be a type of whale? For all the ___ HEAD entries in existence, this doesn't feel like a strong one.

The Flash Crash was a bad time to have STOP ORDERs in place (see the sudden drop and recovery in the blue line)

I usually am not too impressed by interlocking theme answers, but I like what David did today, running DEDICATES, RAW DEAL, and MURDER ONE through HEADS UP. To get four intersecting theme answers right in the middle of the puzzle is pretty neat, and the price of I SHOT seems worth it.

It's unfortunate that I SHOT intersects TO BAT though. Inelegant to have two long partials in one region, highlighting each other's existence.

The high theme density is pretty cool. To have 11 "words that can precede head" = an extremely tight packing. On the other hand, most of those hidden words are placed into short themers, i.e. PINhead in NIPS, which makes them less exciting. I might have preferred if there were fewer theme answers which packed in two heads, or where longer words were hidden across a phrase, like HIGH TIDES. (Edith Head, the famous costume designer.)

Speaking of high tides, SANDBANK is a curious word. It is in the dictionary, but I've never heard or seen it used before. MIDDIE was new to me as well, but that seems more inferable, a diminutive of "midshipman."

A neat find in STOP ORDER containing two well-known "heads." If you're not familiar with a STOP ORDER, it's very common in stock trading, although I usually hear it as a "stop-loss order." Stop loss orders got a lot of attention back in 2010 during the "flash crash," when prices of some stocks took a nose dive but rebounded nearly instantly. It was a bad time to have STOP loss ORDERs in force on your positions …

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© 2016, The New York TimesNo. 0419 ( 24,269 )
Across
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Practice boxing : SPAR
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Dr. who's done 19-Down for Dr Pepper : DRE
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Tree houses? : NESTS
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Auricle's site : OUTEREAR
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Produced, as coins : MINTED
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Breadwinner : PROVIDER
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Kitchen covers : APRONS
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Former House leader Nancy : PELOSI
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"The Fox and the Crow" storyteller : AESOP
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Cheerleader's cheer : YELL
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2011 World Series champs, informally : CARDS
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Office V.I.P. : BOSS
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Pageant winners' wear : TIARAS
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Alternative to Enterprise : HERTZ
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Call letters? : ATT
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Tizzy : STEW
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Navy student, informally : MIDDIE
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Be rough with, in a way : PAW
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Warning appropriate for this puzzle? : HEADSUP
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90° turn : ELL
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Moon of Mars : PHOBOS
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Tombstone lawman : EARP
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Father's study: Abbr. : REL
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Go ___ for (defend) : TOBAT
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Agreed : SAIDOK
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Circus performer with a ball : SEAL
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Veil material : TULLE
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Jodie Foster and Meryl Streep, collegiately : ELIS
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Reason to use a visor : GLARE
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Opera's Tebaldi : RENATA
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Name repeatedly sung in Rossini's "Largo al factotum" : FIGARO
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One of the "E's" in E.E.C. : ECONOMIC
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Stranded due to frigid weather : ICEDIN
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Shoal : SANDBANK
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Anatomical pouch : BURSA
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Christmas ___ : EVE
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Some savings, for short : IRAS
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Too sentimental : SOPPY
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Food processor setting : PUREE
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Bikini, for one : ATOLL
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Not take it anymore : REVOLT
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Names in someone's honor : DEDICATES
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Girl's name that's a homophone for a boy's name : RAE
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Make a goof : ERR
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Barely beats : NIPS
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Attired, as a judge : ENROBED
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"Buy" or "sell" directive at a specified price : STOPORDER
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Start of a countdown : TEN
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1960s protest grp. : SDS
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Sue Grafton's "___ for Ricochet" : RIS
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Fannie ___ (securities) : MAES
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Commercials : ADS
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Locality : AREA
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Unfair treatment : RAWDEAL
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Arena entrance feature : STILE
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George ___, longtime maestro of the Cleveland Orchestra : SZELL
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"___ the Sheriff" (1974 #1 hit) : ISHOT
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Land animal whose closest living relatives include whales : HIPPO
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Data in a daily planner: Abbr. : APPTS
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North America's largest alpine lake : TAHOE
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Double, in baseball lingo : TWOBAGGER
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Certain homicide, in police lingo : MURDERONE
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Something that may be trimmed or rigged : SAIL
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"Oh! Susanna" and others : BALLADS
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Take to court : SUE
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Obi-Wan ___ : KENOBI
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High-tech 1982 Disney movie : TRON
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Tennessee senator ___ Alexander : LAMAR
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Turner autobiography : ITINA
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Fires : SACKS
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Rossini's "Largo al factotum," e.g. : ARIA
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Not continue : END
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Lie a little : FIB
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Hosp. locale : ICU
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Suffix with Japan : ESE
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Cleveland cager, for short : CAV

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

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