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New York Times, Monday, April 29, 2019

Author:
Andrew Kingsley
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Andrew Kingsley

This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 78, Blocks: 42 Missing: {JQVWXZ} This is puzzle # 15 for Mr. Kingsley. NYT links: Across Lite PDF
Andrew Kingsley notes:
PAST: Three years ago today, my first NYT crossword was published. Back then, I only made themelesses, but lately, as you can see ... read more

PAST: Three years ago today, my first NYT crossword was published. Back then, I only made themelesses, but lately, as you can see here, I've been experimenting with days of the week I've seldom tried. Look out for a Thursday (and maybe even a Sunday) from me soon!

PRESENT: I successfully presented my master's thesis in education at the University of Pennsylvania this past weekend. Because I'm concerned about how students think about their and others' identities, my thesis focused on how 9th-grade boys learn to think about aspects of identity such as gender, class, and race through literature.

FUTURE: I recently accepted a teaching position at the Riverdale School in the Bronx, so I'll officially be a New Yorker next year. But fret not, for I will still be hosting and running Boswords this summer with John Lieb. If you're in the Boston area on July 28th and want to compete in a crossword tournament, Boswords is for you. Registration and other information can be found at boswords.org. Hope to see you there!

Jeff Chen notes:
Ah, the eternal question— No, not the DINOSAUR or the egg! You're a long way from Jurassic Park, my friend. This is the ... read more

Ah, the eternal question—

No, not the DINOSAUR or the egg! You're a long way from Jurassic Park, my friend. This is the crossworld, where the most primal of queries is: once you've come up with a seed of an idea – might I say, an egg? – how do you build a crossword theme around it?

GET CRACKING is a great phrase, ripe with potential. I'd have considered making cute oval shapes out of circled squares, with OSTRICH, GOOSE, etc. popping their heads out the top. But that'd be tricky – and what would you put inside the circled squares? Repeating E G G or S H E L L isn't interesting.

Okay. How about representing EGGs being cracked, as for an omelet? According to today's puzzle ... you flatten them … and then poke up the middle? Sure!

No wonder my cooking is so terrible.

Then there's the old standby of breaking the animals across two entries, i.e., LOST and RICHARD. Overdone, but I'm Chinese. I like thousand-year-old eggs.

*rimshot*

What Andrew ended up with is a curious balance of trying to do something fresh, and trying to use interesting finds. There'd be no way to incorporate the cool DINOSAUR if you simply broke it into two pieces. So there's something to be said about popping up the S so that it could be included.

The visual doesn't work for me, but I appreciate the attempt to do break — dare I say, crack? — new ground.

Also appreciated was Andrew's gridwork, mostly Monday newb-friendly (albeit GAEA, which is usually GAIA, and RODINO are tough). That's not always easy to do with a "broken words" theme, since the black square separating the pieces takes away grid flexibility.

Check out that extra black square Andrew used, just before ANDY. Makes a huge difference in ease of filling that big NW corner. I wish more constructors would use "cheater squares" in this way. Some editors are strict about black square limits, but I don't care at all that this one has more than average (42, as opposed to usually a max of 36-38). Smoothness is a much higher priority.

Overall, I liked how Andrew scratched at the surface of doing something new. Including DINOSAUR was a nice touch (although Daenerys Targaryen has lodged a formal complaint about dragon-ism). The visual didn't all come together for me, feeling not quite GET CRACKING-ish, but I applaud the attempt to push the eggshell. Er, envelope.

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© 2019, The New York TimesNo. 0429 ( 25,374 )
Across
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Where pumpkins grow : PATCH
6
Count in Lemony Snicket books : OLAF
10
Apex : ACME
14
Snoozer's sound : SNORE
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Prefix with technology and second : NANO
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Greek earth goddess : GAEA
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Firefighter Red : ADAIR
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Class stars : ASTUDENTS
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Misplaced : LOST
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Suzuki with the M.L.B. record for hits in a single season (262) : ICHIRO
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To date : YET
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"The A-Team" actor with a mohawk : MRT
24
Initials meaning "I've heard enough" : TMI
25
Thread holder : SPOOL
27
___ Lanka : SRI
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Peter ___, Nixon impeachment hearings chairman : RODINO
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General vibe : AURA
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"Toy Story" boy : ANDY
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Serta competitor : SEALY
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Hop to it ... or what to do to the various eggs in this puzzle's shaded squares? : GETCRACKING
41
Hot drink sometimes served with a marshmallow : COCOA
42
Explorer Ericson : LEIF
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Neighbor of Ghana : TOGO
47
Cuban-born Grammy winner Jon : SECADA
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Little fellow : LAD
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Go halfsies on : SHARE
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Disney dwarf with the shortest name : DOC
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Pinocchio's undoing : LIE
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One of the Kardashians : KIM
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Spicy Korean side dish : KIMCHI
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Clark of the Daily Planet : KENT
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Triangular Swiss chocolate bar : TOBLERONE
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Coffee drink sometimes served with milk "art" : LATTE
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"Buy one, get one free" event : SALE
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The "A" of U.S.A.: Abbr. : AMER
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PC key above shift : ENTER
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Patella's joint : KNEE
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Polling expert Silver : NATE
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Monopoly cards : DEEDS
Down
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Biblical book of poems : PSALMS
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181-square-mile country in the Pyrenees : ANDORRA
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Honoring, as at a wedding : TOASTING
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Lit ___ (coll. course) : CRIT
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"On ___ Majesty's Secret Service" : HER
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Using LSD : ONACID
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Where mascara goes : LASH
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Adamantly against : ANTI
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Number of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles : FOUR
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Get older : AGE
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Words starting a request : CANYOU
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Shooting star : METEOR
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SoCal area bordering the neighborhoods of El Sereno and Boyle Heights : EASTLA
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Uno + uno : DOS
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Texter's "if you ask me" : IMO
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"___ see it my way" : TRYTO
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Alexander who directed "Nebraska" and "Sideways" : PAYNE
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Asimov or Newton : ISAAC
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Japanese electronics giant : NEC
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Sturdy wood : OAK
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Interior design : DECOR
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Light purple : LILAC
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Includes when sending an email : CCS
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___ v. Wade : ROE
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"The best a man can get" sloganeer : GILLETTE
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Blacked out : FAINTED
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"Naughty, naughty" : TSKTSK
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Buckeye : OHIOAN
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Play the slots, e.g. : GAMBLE
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Stick like glue : ADHERE
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Emphatic agreement : DOI
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Discourages : DETERS
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Scrape (by) : EKE
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Tehran's land : IRAN
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N.Y.C.'s home to Matisse's "The Dance" : MOMA
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Tech news site : CNET
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"Citizen ___" : KANE
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Ang who directed "Brokeback Mountain" : LEE
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Pioneered : LED

Answer summary: 2 unique to this puzzle, 2 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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