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New York Times, Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Author:
José Chardiet
Editor:
Will Shortz
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José Chardiet

This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 78, Blocks: 40 Missing: {JWYZ} This is puzzle # 3 for Mr. Chardiet. NYT links: Across Lite PDF
Jeff Chen notes:
Ambitious effort, packing in a whopping 14 instances of SQUARE ROOTS, i.e. the letters R O O T arranged into squares. Each one of ... read more

Ambitious effort, packing in a whopping 14 instances of SQUARE ROOTS, i.e. the letters R O O T arranged into squares. Each one of these appearances constrains the grid by reducing one's flexibility in the intersecting across and down answers. So to have 14 — some of them right next to each other! — is audacious indeed.

Just to get a grid like this filled is pretty impressive (from a constructor's standpoint), so I really appreciated José's incorporation of some nice entries. CABOOSES is already a pretty colorful word, and the clue is genius. [Ones back on track?] refers to that fact that CABOOSES are the last cars on trains. And PET DOOR is a beauty of an answer, especially considering 7-letter entries often come out neutral or blah. Loved the funny [What a dog might raise a flap about?] clue.

Going out for a while, BRB

I found the visual impact of the circles (on the Across Lite version) overwhelming, a bit like staring at a flashing neon sign in Vegas or staring into the sun. The shaded squares as seen in print (and below) are so much nicer — all those spots before my eyes felt jarring; making it difficult to simply enter letters.

It would have been great to have a rationale for 14 instances. I think I would have been more pleased if it had been nine instances, sort of spaced out in a 3x3 array. Although the number nine isn't special (in that every integer is the square root of something), a 3x3 grid feels more like it fits the theme concept.

Having fewer instances would have also allowed for cleaner fill. I really like the creativity of … OR IS IT? but the combination of so many three-letter words and quite a bit of gluey entries made for a choppy solve.

All in all though, it's hard to argue with a crossword involving a GOON TOUR.

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Across
1
North-of-the-border media inits. : CBC
4
Contribute to society : DOGOOD
10
Pit crew's canful : STP
13
___ point : TOA
14
Self-promotional autobiography, for its writer : EGOTRIP
16
Icky-___ (awful, in baby talk) : POO
17
Steal from : ROB
18
Like waves vis-à-vis the shoreline : EROSIVE
19
N.Y.C. subway line : IRT
20
Elsie the Cow's brand : BORDEN
22
Healthful herbal beverage : SAGETEA
24
Honey : TOOTS
25
Speaker in the Baseball Hall of Fame : TRIS
27
Cartoon character voiced by Nancy Cartwright : BART
28
Got off the ground? : ROSE
29
Locale for tarsals and metatarsals : FOOT
30
"Same here" : METOO
31
Take advantage of : USE
32
Night life setting : CLUB
33
Sisters' grp. : SOR
34
Math calculations exemplified 14 times in this puzzle : SQUAREROOTS
38
Kind of port : USB
39
2013 #1 Katy Perry hit : ROAR
40
Org. that might employ a climatologist : EPA
43
Busybody : SNOOP
46
"Hold it!" : STOP
47
Suffix with liquid : ATOR
48
Trespassing, for one : TORT
49
Dependent on subtitles, say : DEAF
50
Frequent flier : PILOT
51
Lured, as a potential customer : ROPEDIN
53
Minor seismic movement : TREMOR
55
"Yuck!" : UGH
56
What a dog might raise a flap about? : PETDOOR
58
The Senators, on sports tickers : OTT
60
"The Bourne Identity" org. : CIA
61
Poetic stanza : STROPHE
62
___ José : SAN
63
Author Kesey : KEN
64
Gets fresh with : SASSES
65
Abbr. after a telephone number : EXT
Down
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Point of convergence: Abbr. : CTR
2
Owies : BOOBOOS
3
Ones back on track? : CABOOSES
4
Monopoly pile : DEEDS
5
Fairy tale villain : OGRE
6
Hit the road, as a band : GOONTOUR
7
Exciting parts of games, for short : OTS
8
Question that leaves an opening for doubt : ORISIT
9
Spotlight seekers : DIVAS
10
Show utter contempt for : SPITAT
11
Entertainer with a cape : TORERO
12
Common gnocchi ingredient : POTATO
15
Good name for a baseball pitcher? : PEG
21
U.P.S. driver's assignment: Abbr. : RTE
23
"Your Movie Sucks" author : EBERT
24
___TV (Time Warner channel) : TRU
26
Vocalist Flack : ROBERTA
29
Exerciser's target : FLAB
30
Tie up, as a ship : MOOR
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Brink : CUSP
33
"The Young and the Restless," e.g. : SOAP
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Not a paraphrase : QUOTE
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Places to view fireworks : ROOFTOPS
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Release, as the hounds : SETLOOSE
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Chance card in Monopoly with a $15 fee : POORTAX
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Murals, e.g. : ART
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Smacked : STRUCK
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Painful bit of horseplay : NOOGIE
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James of "James and the Giant Peach," for one : ORPHAN
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Nissan model : SENTRA
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Adjust an arrow, say : AIM
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Demanding film role preparations : DIETS
50
Israel's Shimon : PERES
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Producers of two outs, for short : DPS
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Architect Ludwig Mies van der ___ : ROHE
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Cuban couple : DOS
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Stick with a fuse : TNT

Answer summary: 3 unique to this puzzle, 1 debuted here and reused later, 1 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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