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THE CAPTAIN GOES DOWN WITH THE SHIP

New York Times, Sunday, April 5, 2015

Author:
Tom McCoy
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Tom McCoy

This puzzle:

Rows: 21, Columns: 21 Words: 140, Blocks: 75 Missing: {Z} This is puzzle # 10 for Mr. McCoy. NYT links: Across Lite PDF
Tom McCoy notes:
This puzzle was born out of a desire to make a crossword based on Moby Dick. While brainstorming possible Moby Dick-related themes, I had some music playing in the background, and the song ... read more

This puzzle was born out of a desire to make a crossword based on Moby Dick. While brainstorming possible Moby Dick-related themes, I had some music playing in the background, and the song "White Flag" by Dido came on. This song contains the line "I will go down with this ship / And I won't put my hands up and surrender," and the theme idea quickly followed.

My favorite Sundays usually have multiple layers, so I spent a lot of time debating whether to give this theme any more elements (An anchor made out of black squares? A revealer within the puzzle? Two unchecked squares, both containing the letter "i," for "Aye Aye, Captain?") However, I decided that the theme entries were disparate enough that adding more complexity might be distracting, so the current version prevailed.

Thanks to Mr. Morris and Professor Roffman, both of whom have guided me through the murky waters of Moby Dick.

Jill Denny notes:
This is a very nice puzzle whose theme just happens to touch on two of my worst nightmares: ALMONDS and being lost at sea. RIP, Captains AHAB and SMITH. Captain BLIGH, I can't tell from ... read more

The fovea is at the bottom of the pic, directly opposite the lens This is a very nice puzzle whose theme just happens to touch on two of my worst nightmares: ALMONDS and being lost at sea. RIP, Captains AHAB and SMITH. Captain BLIGH, I can't tell from your wikipedia entry whether you deserved the mutiny or not, though kudos on your extraordinary navigational skills. President LINCOLN, for you they call, the swaying mass, their eager faces turning. To the rest of you gents — KIRK, NEMO, CRUNCH, and HOOK — thanks for lightening the mood.

Setting aside my weird dislikes, this was a smooth, enjoyable, straightforward Sunday puzzle. Minimal glue, some lively fill, good feng shui in the grid, a happy medium in cluing difficulty — it hit the spot. A few answers that stuck with me:

  • AFROS. Simply because they are beautiful.
  • FOVEA. The fovea is why stars appear dimmer when you stare straight at them.
  • GLOAMING. The first time I first saw this word was in a review of "The Blue Room", in which Nicole Kidman appeared nude on stage. A critic described the moment as "two fried eggs in the gloaming". Ugh. Remind me never to become an actress.
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© 2015, The New York TimesNo. 0405 ( 23,889 )
Across
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White's partner : SAJAK
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Religious journey : HAJ
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Queen's attendant : ANT
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Treasonous groups : CABALS
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Home of Faa'a International Airport : TAHITI
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Kindle, e.g. : EREADER
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Union union : AFLCIO
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Asian wild ass : ONAGER
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1/100 of a peseta : CENTIMO
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With formal properness : PRIMLY
25
Some Halloween decorations : WEBS
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Kit ___ bar : KAT
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"Leave!" : GONOW
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Book that needs to be read word for word? : ROGETS
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Picking up strength, for short? : ESP
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Sony video recorder : BETACAM
33
Relatively recent : NEWISH
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Postal abbr. : RTE
36
101, say : INTRO
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Corporate department : SALES
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Party time, for short : BDAY
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7/11 product? : QUOTIENT
45
Crime of those in Dante's second circle : LUST
46
When repeated, classic song with the lyric "Sayin' we gotta go, yeah yeah yeah yeah yeah" : LOUIE
47
Bully, at times : TAUNTER
49
Begin's opposite? : SADAT
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Word of regret : SHOULDA
53
"So what?" : WHOCARES
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One who aims to hit singles? : CUPID
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Quarters of a Quarter Pounder : OUNCES
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Walk quietly : PAD
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Keepers of appointments, for short : PDAS
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Deficit, informally : HOLE
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Went (for) : OPTED
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Scoundrel : CUR
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Baseball V.I.P.s : GMS
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Gist : NUB
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Crucial : KEY
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Ayatollah's speech : FARSI
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Afflicts : AILS
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Hist. or Eng. : SUBJ
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Flee : LAM
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Ne'er-do-wells : ROGUES
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In good ___ : STEAD
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Twilight, poetically : GLOAMING
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It could go either way : EVENBET
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Adhered (to) : HEWED
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Amaretto ingredients : ALMONDS
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Best-selling children's series "___ Jackson & the Olympians" : PERCY
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Common address start : HTTP
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Bugs someone? : MELBLANC
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See 97-Across : SASH
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Explorer Meriwether ___ : LEWIS
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___-breath : BABYS
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Japanese 94-Across : OBI
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Claymation dog : GROMIT
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Helpful household pets : RATTERS
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Cut (off) : LOP
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Appraises : VALUES
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Some 99-Down : NANOS
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___ Period (part of Japanese history) : EDO
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___ regni : ANNO
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Go by : ELAPSE
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Lightly pound : KNOCKON
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Coming or going, say : GERUND
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Moderate : TEMPER
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"No, you really must!" : IINSIST
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Takes marks off : ERASES
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Yellow-and-white flowers : OXEYES
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Prefix with system : ECO
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Letters in the Greek spelling of "Parthenon" : NUS
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Capital on the Atlantic : RABAT
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Least mad : SANEST
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Example from classic American literature : AHABPEQUOD
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Lively dances : JIGS
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Polished off : ATE
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Example from television : KIRKENTERPRISE
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Property unit : HECTARE
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"___ you even listening?" : ARE
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With 18-Down, structure that gets less stable with time : JENGA
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Deuce preceder, maybe : ADIN
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Example from sci-fi literature : NEMONAUTILUS
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Brick worker's tools : TROWELS
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Summer pants : CAPRIS
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Big dos : AFROS
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Example from 18th-century history : BLIGHBOUNTY
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Top : ACME
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Pleasant inflection : LILT
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Some beans : SOYS
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See 8-Down : TOWER
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Bond holder? : ATOM
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Clad : ATTIRED
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Flora and fauna : BIOTA
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Deceives : CONS
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Dampens : WETS
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Affix carelessly : SLAPON
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___ de leche : DULCE
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Cooperated with : AIDED
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Up side? : YEAS
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Duke rival, for short : UNC
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Game center? : TAC
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Watchmaker's tool : LOUPE
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County div. : TWP
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"I got it!" : AHA
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"I *finally* got it!" : DUH
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Example from fantasy literature : HOOKJOLLYROGER
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Some trilogies : SAGAS
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Get running smoothly, in a way : DEBUG
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Example from 20th-century history : SMITHTITANIC
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Example from advertising : CRUNCHGUPPY
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Words before a date : USEBY
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Is out : SLEEPS
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Point of sharpest vision : FOVEA
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Golden ___ : AGERS
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Cut (off) : SAW
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Told : BLABBED
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Metaphorical example from poetry : LINCOLNUSA
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As well as : AND
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"One ... two ... three ...," in a gym : REPS
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On the left, for short : DEM
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Get together : AMASS
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Many a fed. holiday : MON
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British Invasion band : THEM
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Kind of ceiling : DEBT
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Much-vilified food : TWINKIE
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Some fingerprints : LATENTS
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Schlemiels : LOSERS
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Louse's place, in Robert Burns's "To a Louse" : BONNET
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See 108-Across : IPODS
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Watch over : RESEE
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Fearsome birds : ROCS
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Welcome, perhaps : ASKIN
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Ixnay : VETO
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"A Clockwork Orange" protagonist : ALEX
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Unbelievable, say : LAME
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Talking during a movie, e.g. : NONO
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___ League : ARAB
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Michigan rival, for short : OSU
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Post-Civil War Reconstruction, e.g. : ERA

Answer summary: 9 unique to this puzzle, 2 debuted here and reused later, 2 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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