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New York Times, Thursday, April 28, 2016

Author:
Kurt Krauss
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Kurt Krauss

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Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 76, Blocks: 39 Missing: {KXZ} This is puzzle # 4 for Mr. Krauss. NYT links: Across Lite PDF
Notepad: In the print version of this puzzle, the black square in the center of the puzzle contains an image of a compass rose.
Jeff Chen notes:
Whoa. Entries going seemingly every-which-way! Even after finishing my solve, I had to stare at this to figure out the logic behind ... read more

Whoa. Entries going seemingly every-which-way! Even after finishing my solve, I had to stare at this to figure out the logic behind it. It goes like this:

  • Entries in the northern half go up (reversed).
  • Entries in the southern half go down, as normal.
  • Entries in the left half read left to right (reversed).
  • Entries in the right half read normally.
  • If an entry crosses halves of the puzzle, it's categorized into the half it mostly sits in.

Doesn't know if he's coming (STEGOSAUR) or going (RUASOGETS)

If you think about the puzzle in terms of quadrants, it makes more sense: answers mostly in the NW read totally messed up, while entries in the SE read totally fine. Answers in the other two quadrants are only half-messed-up, either reading normally vertically or horizontally, but not both.

Okay, that still is hard to wrap your mind around. Hatchi matchi!

There was a ton of outraged feedback on a similar puzzle a few years ago, so it'll be interesting to see what people say about this one. I personally enjoyed much of it — trying to figure out how to enter the beautiful STEGOSAUR upside-down — but overall, it was so confusing.

My biggest issue was the confusion involved with entries like ERGONOMIC stretching across the halfway mark ... but the entire entry being entered backward. Same went for STEGOSAUR and SALIVATE. I thought and thought and thought about some way of really defining the quadrants to make this not an issue? But you'd need two fairly solid lines of black squares across the middle row and center column, and that would split the puzzle into four pieces. No good.

Once I got the hang (more or less) of the logic, the puzzle did become more enjoyable. I wasn't super happy about trying to figure out if PARTAS was a real thing (and even SATRAP felt weird), along with PES and SCH in that corner, but overall, Kurt filled the grid pretty nicely given the extreme difficulty involved with the constraints.

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Students & seniors
Across
1. 50s president : GRANT
6. Rappeller's need : ROPE
10. Foot, to Flavius : PES
13. Goldfinger's first name : AURIC
14. French assembly : SENAT
15. Stand buy : ADE
16. "Return of the Jedi" villain : JABBA
17. See 27-Across : THESAURUS
19. Big brass : TUBAS
21. Online identity : AVATAR
22. Like some office furniture : ERGONOMIC
26. Writer Calvino : ITALO
27. With 17-Across, reference book for a writer : ROGETS
28. Like the heads of many hairbrushes : OVAL
30. Duke, e.g.: Abbr. : SCH
31. Morlock victims, in science fiction : ELOI
32. Spoilers? : NANAS
34. London theater district : WESTEND
38. Inventor of roll film : EASTMAN
42. Sorts (through) : SIFTS
44. Very light : AIRY
45. Go out : EBB
48. Cleveland Browns great Graham : OTTO
49. Manhattan eatery since 1927 : SARDIS
51. Resentment : PIQUE
53. Subway entrance : TURNSTILE
55. Teakettle parts : SPOUTS
57. Peals : TOLLS
58. Annual department store event : WHITESALE
60. Zip : OOMPH
64. Asian holiday : TET
65. Cut off : SEVER
66. Ones in cocoons : PUPAE
67. Oral hesitations : ERS
68. Topiary trees : YEWS
69. Word on an old gas pump : ETHYL
Down
1. Perform : ACT
2. Laundry container : BIN
3. Hidden means of support? : BRA
4. Extinct creature with armored spikes on its back : STEGOSAUR
5. Bingeing : ONAJAG
6. Arctic gale : NORTHER
7. Brian of ambient music : ENO
8. "Now!" : ASAP
9. Show real eagerness : SALIVATE
10. Persian ruler : SATRAP
11. Artist Monet : CLAUDE
12. Power measures, informally : HORSES
14. Fortitude : GUTS
18. Sigma follower : TAU
20. Rip off : ROB
22. Frisbee, e.g. : DISC
23. Cry of innocence : NOTI
24. He, for one: Abbr. : ELEM
25. Overhang : EAVE
29. Santa ___ : ANA
33. Commences : STARTSOUT
35. Plugs : STOPPERS
36. Pond young 'un : EFT
37. Katarina ___, two-time Olympic gold-medalist skater : WITT
39. Skirt style : MIDI
40. Seed covering : ARIL
41. Inits. at 11 Wall Street : NYSE
43. Contemporary of Wordsworth and Coleridge : SOUTHEY
45. Attacks from all sides : BESETS
46. Gable part : BUTLER
47. Think of as the same : EQUATE
49. TV home of "Weekend Update," in brief : SNL
50. Slanting : ASLOPE
52. Runner of many Apple devices : IOS
54. Spats : ROWS
56. Worry : STEW
59. "___ got it" : IVE
61. Nascar stat, for short : MPH
62. Remit : PAY
63. Daughter of Loki : HEL

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