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New York Times, Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Author:
Adam G. Perl
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Adam G. Perl

This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 76, Blocks: 38 Missing: {JQZ} Spans: 1 This is puzzle # 30 for Mr. Perl. NYT links: Across Lite PDF
Adam G. Perl notes:
I woke up one morning one day after a night of heavy partying and just didn't feel RIGHT. I was groggy and feeling OBTUSE with an ... read more

I woke up one morning one day after a night of heavy partying and just didn't feel RIGHT. I was groggy and feeling OBTUSE with an ACUTE pain in my head. My REFLEX response was to examine every ANGLE and do a 180 to get myself out of this mood. So I decided to create a crossword puzzle – which finally put me STRAIGHT!

Jeff Chen notes:
This former mathlete was embarrassed to not know what a REFLEX angle was. Relieved to hear that Jim didn't recognize it either! And ... read more

This former mathlete was embarrassed to not know what a REFLEX angle was. Relieved to hear that Jim didn't recognize it either! And then when Jill (who's much brighter than me) screwed up her face … huh.

Good concept, visually representing the major types of angles, OBTUSE, RIGHT, ACUTE. REFLEX, bah!

I wanted the revealer to be KNEW ALL THE ANGLES. That would have been perfect. I wasn't sure if KNOWS EVERY ANGLE was as punchy, although it does seem to be in the language. It's a minor difference in wording, but it took away some of the impact for me.

For puzzles like these, it's so important to make your long fill shine. Without good bonuses, the puzzle can lack meatiness. Adam did well with NBA DRAFT, CASE FILE, GRATUITOUS, ANGIES LIST, MADE MAN. Even BASE TEN and SPONGES as [Moochers] helped out. Overall, meatiness achieved!

The drawback for puzzles like these is that there are almost always serious compromises around those shaded letters fixed into tight places. Throw on top of it the need to thread in a bunch of strong long fill, and smoothness is usually gonna get whacked.

I was all ready to say how amazed I was by Adam's execution around the toughest one, the densely-packed ACUTE. But then I hit NATANT. What an odd word.

REFLEX is tough because of the X, and ANGIES LIST running through it. See ALIENEE, ATNO, I GET.

ALINED was the worst for me, caused by the RIGHT constraints. Seems to be a variant of "aligned." Ick!

I could have overlooked these wonky trade-offs if the puzzle had felt a tad more spot-on to me. Just the three major angles would have made me feel like I truly did KNOW ALL THE ANGLES. Could have helped smoothify the puzzle, too.

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© 2018, The New York TimesNo. 0425 ( 25,005 )
Across
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As a result : ERGO
5
Dr.'s order : MRI
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Legal assistants, for short : PARAS
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Ripped the wrapping off : TOREOPEN
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Glass component : SILICA
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Kings' guards may be taken in it : NBADRAFT
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Haunted house feeling : FRIGHT
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QB's stat: Abbr. : ATT
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___ de toilette : EAU
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Moochers : SPONGES
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Young ___ : UNS
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Iota : SMIDGE
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Essence : GIST
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"Mangia!" : EAT
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Moscow's home : IDAHO
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Flat rate : SETFEE
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Pops : DAD
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Holiday quaff : NOG
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Is an expert on this puzzle's theme? : KNOWSEVERYANGLE
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Christian inst. in Tulsa : ORU
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Sleep stage : REM
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Plaza girl in kid-lit : ELOISE
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Amber, e.g. : RESIN
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It's a gift : GAB
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"___ that a lot" : IGET
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Place to change at the beach : CABANA
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Goddess of dawn : EOS
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Decimal system : BASETEN
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Novice, perhaps : NUN
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Big Apple subway line, for short : LEX
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Fills in for : ACTSAS
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Set of documents on a legal matter : CASEFILE
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Amounts paid to join poker games : BUYINS
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Like peaches around summer and early fall : INSEASON
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Totally wiped : SPENT
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Galley item : OAR
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Periodic table fig. : ATNO
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European smoker : ETNA
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Gen. ___ E. Lee : ROBT
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Provided but not asked for : GRATUITOUS
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Classic work originally in 10 vols. : OED
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Film-rating grp. : MPAA
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Decline : REFUSE
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QB's stat: Abbr. : INT
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Ravioli relative : PIROGI
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Trued up : ALINED
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Diana ___, 1969 Bond girl : RIGG
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Long : ACHE
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Concerns for many srs. : SATS
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Euripides tragedy : ORESTES
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Dirty Harry's org. : SFPD
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Instrument in "Norwegian Wood" : SITAR
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Office-inappropriate, briefly : NSFW
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Family guy? : MADEMAN
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Category : GENRE
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Online aid for finding a contractor : ANGIESLIST
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Gustav who composed "The Planets" : HOLST
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Curved molding : OGEE
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Toffee candy bar : SKOR
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Ending with auction : EER
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Indigo, e.g. : DYE
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One unlikely to order ham and eggs : VEGAN
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Heir, legally : ALIENEE
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Scrubbed : NOGO
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Strands at a ski chalet, say : ICESIN
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Swimming : NATANT
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One of a bunch : BANANA
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Gershwin heroine : BESS
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Streisand, familiarly : BABS
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Small bra size : ACUP
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Eyelid ailment : STYE
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Red letters? : USSR
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Musk of SpaceX : ELON
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Prefix with phobia : XENO
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A.F.L.-___ : CIO
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"Towering" regulatory grp.? : FAA

Answer summary: 3 unique to this puzzle.

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