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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
1. As a result : ERGO
5. Dr.'s order : MRI
8. Legal assistants, for short : PARAS
13. Ripped the wrapping off : TOREOPEN
15. Glass component : SILICA
16. Kings' guards may be taken in it : NBADRAFT
17. Haunted house feeling : FRIGHT
18. QB's stat: Abbr. : ATT
19. ___ de toilette : EAU
20. Moochers : SPONGES
21. Young ___ : UNS
23. Iota : SMIDGE
25. Essence : GIST
26. "Mangia!" : EAT
27. Moscow's home : IDAHO
31. Flat rate : SETFEE
33. Pops : DAD
35. Holiday quaff : NOG
36. Is an expert on this puzzle's theme? : KNOWSEVERYANGLE
40. Christian inst. in Tulsa : ORU
41. Sleep stage : REM
42. Plaza girl in kid-lit : ELOISE
43. Amber, e.g. : RESIN
46. It's a gift : GAB
48. "___ that a lot" : IGET
49. Place to change at the beach : CABANA
51. Goddess of dawn : EOS
52. Decimal system : BASETEN
55. Novice, perhaps : NUN
57. Big Apple subway line, for short : LEX
60. Fills in for : ACTSAS
61. Set of documents on a legal matter : CASEFILE
63. Amounts paid to join poker games : BUYINS
64. Like peaches around summer and early fall : INSEASON
65. Totally wiped : SPENT
66. Galley item : OAR
67. Periodic table fig. : ATNO
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1. European smoker : ETNA
2. Gen. ___ E. Lee : ROBT
3. Provided but not asked for : GRATUITOUS
4. Classic work originally in 10 vols. : OED
5. Film-rating grp. : MPAA
6. Decline : REFUSE
7. QB's stat: Abbr. : INT
8. Ravioli relative : PIROGI
9. Trued up : ALINED
10. Diana ___, 1969 Bond girl : RIGG
11. Long : ACHE
12. Concerns for many srs. : SATS
14. Euripides tragedy : ORESTES
15. Dirty Harry's org. : SFPD
20. Instrument in "Norwegian Wood" : SITAR
22. Office-inappropriate, briefly : NSFW
24. Family guy? : MADEMAN
25. Category : GENRE
28. Online aid for finding a contractor : ANGIESLIST
29. Gustav who composed "The Planets" : HOLST
30. Curved molding : OGEE
31. Toffee candy bar : SKOR
32. Ending with auction : EER
34. Indigo, e.g. : DYE
37. One unlikely to order ham and eggs : VEGAN
38. Heir, legally : ALIENEE
39. Scrubbed : NOGO
44. Strands at a ski chalet, say : ICESIN
45. Swimming : NATANT
47. One of a bunch : BANANA
50. Gershwin heroine : BESS
52. Streisand, familiarly : BABS
53. Small bra size : ACUP
54. Eyelid ailment : STYE
56. Red letters? : USSR
58. Musk of SpaceX : ELON
59. Prefix with phobia : XENO
61. A.F.L.-___ : CIO
62. "Towering" regulatory grp.? : FAA

Answer summary: 3 unique to this puzzle.

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