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New York Times, Tuesday, April 19, 2016

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

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 76, Blocks: 36 Missing: {JQX} This is puzzle # 166 for Mr. Kahn. NYT links: Across Lite PDF

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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 ... more
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 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, ... more
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), 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 Down
1. Practice boxing : SPAR
5. Dr. who's done 19-Down for Dr Pepper : DRE
8. Tree houses? : NESTS
13. Auricle's site : OUTEREAR
15. Produced, as coins : MINTED
16. Breadwinner : PROVIDER
17. Kitchen covers : APRONS
18. Former House leader Nancy : PELOSI
19. "The Fox and the Crow" storyteller : AESOP
20. Cheerleader's cheer : YELL
21. 2011 World Series champs, informally : CARDS
24. Office V.I.P. : BOSS
27. Pageant winners' wear : TIARAS
29. Alternative to Enterprise : HERTZ
30. Call letters? : ATT
33. Tizzy : STEW
34. Navy student, informally : MIDDIE
35. Be rough with, in a way : PAW
36. Warning appropriate for this puzzle? : HEADSUP
38. 90° turn : ELL
39. Moon of Mars : PHOBOS
41. Tombstone lawman : EARP
42. Father's study: Abbr. : REL
43. Go ___ for (defend) : TOBAT
44. Agreed : SAIDOK
46. Circus performer with a ball : SEAL
47. Veil material : TULLE
48. Jodie Foster and Meryl Streep, collegiately : ELIS
52. Reason to use a visor : GLARE
54. Opera's Tebaldi : RENATA
56. Name repeatedly sung in Rossini's "Largo al factotum" : FIGARO
58. One of the "E's" in E.E.C. : ECONOMIC
60. Stranded due to frigid weather : ICEDIN
61. Shoal : SANDBANK
62. Anatomical pouch : BURSA
63. Christmas ___ : EVE
64. Some savings, for short : IRAS
1. Too sentimental : SOPPY
2. Food processor setting : PUREE
3. Bikini, for one : ATOLL
4. Not take it anymore : REVOLT
5. Names in someone's honor : DEDICATES
6. Girl's name that's a homophone for a boy's name : RAE
7. Make a goof : ERR
8. Barely beats : NIPS
9. Attired, as a judge : ENROBED
10. "Buy" or "sell" directive at a specified price : STOPORDER
11. Start of a countdown : TEN
12. 1960s protest grp. : SDS
14. Sue Grafton's "___ for Ricochet" : RIS
15. Fannie ___ (securities) : MAES
19. Commercials : ADS
22. Locality : AREA
23. Unfair treatment : RAWDEAL
25. Arena entrance feature : STILE
26. George ___, longtime maestro of the Cleveland Orchestra : SZELL
28. "___ the Sheriff" (1974 #1 hit) : ISHOT
29. Land animal whose closest living relatives include whales : HIPPO
30. Data in a daily planner: Abbr. : APPTS
31. North America's largest alpine lake : TAHOE
32. Double, in baseball lingo : TWOBAGGER
34. Certain homicide, in police lingo : MURDERONE
37. Something that may be trimmed or rigged : SAIL
40. "Oh! Susanna" and others : BALLADS
44. Take to court : SUE
45. Obi-Wan ___ : KENOBI
47. High-tech 1982 Disney movie : TRON
49. Tennessee senator ___ Alexander : LAMAR
50. Turner autobiography : ITINA
51. Fires : SACKS
53. Rossini's "Largo al factotum," e.g. : ARIA
55. Not continue : END
56. Lie a little : FIB
57. Hosp. locale : ICU
58. Suffix with Japan : ESE
59. Cleveland cager, for short : CAV

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

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