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New York Times, Friday, April 5, 2019

Author:
Ryan McCarty
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Ryan McCarty

This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 66, Blocks: 36 Missing: {QVXZ} Grid has both 90- and 180-degree symmetry. This is puzzle # 10 for Mr. McCarty. NYT links: Across Lite PDF
Ryan McCarty notes:
Excited to have my 10th New York Times puzzle published today! I reused this elegant grid pattern from a Patrick Berry puzzle I loved ... read more

Excited to have my 10th New York Times puzzle published today! I reused this elegant grid pattern from a Patrick Berry puzzle I loved from back in 2016. Starting out as a constructor several years ago, I took a lot of my inspiration from wide open grids like this, and would attempt to fill some of them myself as practice. Not all of my attempts turned out well, but some (like this one) I liked enough to submit.

My goal for making the puzzle was to get six lively and varied answers in the intersecting staggered stacks in the middle. Overall—and after a lot of iteration—I'm pretty satisfied with the end result, KNEECAPPING's general unpleasantness notwithstanding. Other than those center stacks, it was fun to get a food stack in the SW with SNOW CONE, NEST EGG, and OREO O'S, and I was also happy to use IRRUPT, which is such a cool little word that needs more love. Hope you enjoy!

Jeff Chen notes:
This type of pyramid pinwheel grid is so tough to work with. Just as with the last one and almost all the ones before it, trade-offs ... read more

This type of pyramid pinwheel grid is so tough to work with. Just as with the last one and almost all the ones before it, trade-offs will be necessary. In usual themeless grids, trade-offs often come in the form of short gluey bits. But this type of grid, with not that many short slots, will usually show its strain in the form of mid-length entries that make you tilt your head and squint.

I love so much about that middle section. HIPSTER CRED is so apt for Seattle, a town full of software engineers and BETA RELEASEs galore. How many better team names are there besides the RAJIN' CAJUNS? TRIAL JUDGES as ones "going through the motions" is fantastic.

But IRRUPT ... huh. Sorry, Ryan!

SNERD?

And KNEECAPPING is no doubt colorful. I'd prefer for my 15 minutes of entertainment not to be so red, though.

The assets more than offset the liabilities. But how many times have I heard a solver grumbling, judging a puzzle by its oddest word?

I appreciate that Ryan left his grid wide-open, multiple ways to work into each corner. That does make filling more technically challenging, though. See: AKEELAH SO RARE SICARIO ALINER HEW TO.

Overall, there were many feature entries that made me smile – so many great long phrases in that middle section! And I've learned to tamp down that part of me that discounts a puzzle because of its worst entry/entries. But it does take effort.

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© 2019, The New York TimesNo. 0405 ( 25,350 )
Across
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Order to stop the presses? : GAGLAW
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In this manner : LIKESO
13
Michael of "Caddyshack" : OKEEFE
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Went berserk : RANAMOK
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Resolve : SETTLE
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Sore loser : BADSPORT
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___ Virtue, 2018 Olympic ice dancing gold medalist : TESSA
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Tap sites : KEGS
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Brightly colored fish : OPAH
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According to : ALA
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"Pretty please?" : CANTI
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Promised : SWORE
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Gangland weapons, quaintly : GATS
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Prepare to divulge a secret, maybe : LEANIN
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Clink : PEN
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Bona fides from fellow cool people : HIPSTERCRED
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Luxury car of the early 20th century : PIERCEARROW
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Ones going through the motions? : TRIALJUDGES
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___ Miguel, largest of the Azores : SAO
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Post on a wall, say : TAPEUP
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Beam : GRIN
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Series opener : ALPHA
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Slacks : PANTS
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Prefix with car or conscious : ECO
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"Holy moly!" : YIPE
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Poor reception? : HISS
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Fanfare : ECLAT
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Cold carnival treat : SNOWCONE
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Title for Eva Perón : SENORA
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Little something to help later on : NESTEGG
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Mate's response : AYESIR
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Chocolaty Post cereal : OREOOS
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Ball of yarn, maybe : CATTOY
Down
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Attend without a partner : GOSTAG
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2006 film "___ and the Bee" : AKEELAH
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Is rewarded for service : GETSATIP
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"___ party!" : LETS
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Big insurance acronym : AFLAC
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With 7-Down, Scottish boys : WEE
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See 6-Down : LADS
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Entry points : INS
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Comic book sound effect : KAPOW
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Genre for Fall Out Boy : EMOPOP
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1957 Jimmy Dorsey hit : SORARE
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"Well, that was weird" : OKTHEN
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Athletes at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette : RAGINCAJUNS
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Early distribution of a piece of software : BETARELEASE
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Punishment used by some hit men : KNEECAPPING
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Parent company of Philip Morris : ALTRIA
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Radio-era dummy : SNERD
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Hot rod? : SPIT
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Intrude suddenly : IRRUPT
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Alternative to Tempur-Pedic : SERTA
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Snoop ___ : DOGG
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Worrisome comment from a navigator : WERELOST
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2015 crime film with Emily Blunt and Benicio del Toro : SICARIO
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Refuses : SAYSNO
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Camper manufacturer : ALINER
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Challenge : OPPOSE
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Worker with a seal : NOTARY
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Uphold : HEWTO
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"Ta-ta!" : SEEYA
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Selfish sorts : HOGS
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Website with gadget reviews : CNET
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Board appointee, for short : CEO
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___ fly : SAC

Answer summary: 10 unique to this puzzle, 1 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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