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New York Times, Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Author:
Paul Hunsberger
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Paul Hunsberger

This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 74, Blocks: 40 Missing: {FJQVXZ} Spans: 2 This is puzzle # 7 for Mr. Hunsberger. Jeff Chen's Puzzle of the Week pick. NYT links: Across Lite PDF
Paul Hunsberger notes:
The idea for this puzzle may, just may, have evolved during a quieter day at the office. Sometimes you don't have to look too far for ... read more

The idea for this puzzle may, just may, have evolved during a quieter day at the office. Sometimes you don't have to look too far for inspiration, I guess.

What's hopefully fun about this one is the sense of motion it implies. I'm particularly excited though about the graphical elements introduced in 48-Across; nothing wrong with good ol' reliable circles and shaded grey squares, but I'm very happy that Will Shortz was up for something different here.

Originally KNOBANDTUBE, as in the old style of electrical wiring, was the first theme entry in this puzzle but that was deemed too obscure. Anybody overly disappointed to see it go? (If you've ever had to replace knob and tube wiring for real, you probably weren't disappointed at all to see it go).

Enjoy the puzzle, but kids, don't try this at home.

Jeff Chen notes:
I had the good fortune to meet Paul at the ACPT this year; what a nice guy. When everyone was giving me dirty looks about my difficult ... read more

I had the good fortune to meet Paul at the ACPT this year; what a nice guy. When everyone was giving me dirty looks about my difficult Puzzle #5 (Will said he needed a "bastard puzzle" and thought of me. Thanks … I think?), Paul smiled and said he was looking forward to it. (Then again, I didn't see him after the puzzle session ...)

I don't know much about art, but a docent once mentioned how some famous painting did an amazing job of capturing kinetic motion. Not being able to recall the painting or even the artist, I obviously wasn't paying attention, but the idea stuck with me. Paul's puzzle reminded me of it today. What a neat concept, representing an ELASTIC BAND (that's what they call rubber bands in Canada, eh?) stretching, stretching, and then SNAPping. Cool to see something actually "moving" in the puzzle.

When that perfect hand comes along, you bet and you bet big, then you take the house!

And Paul's longer fill added so much to my solving experience. BET IT ALL and SWINDLED, both colorful entries. There's a reason I've seen "Ocean's 11" 21 times. And ISOMERS ... I'm awed by at nature's persnickety behavior, like when the R-isomer of a drug is active in a molecular target, while the L-isomer is inactive or even toxic. Crazy stuff.

Totally confused by [Big prune?]? Clever clue; "prune" and "lop" being synonymous verbs. And for those of you WHIPPERSNAPPERS, "Three's Company" was one of the many sitcoms I watched as a latchkey kid. It's such an offensive show! But man oh man did I love it.

I would have preferred not to have CASITA cross ITA. Yes, ITA got disguised as IT A, but it strikes me as inelegant, since CASITA is a Spanish CASA + diminutive ITA. And REEARN by itself is passable — REEARNing someone's trust is almost as good as "earning back" trust — but adding in RESALE made it feel like too much. Finally, seeing a DRAGON in the lower left isn't quite worth getting both an AGR and ENS.

But today is a case where Jim's viewpoint won me out; a really neat theme far obscuring the little nits I had to pick. Great solve today.

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© 2015, The New York TimesNo. 0512 ( 23,926 )
Across
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Slow Wi-Fi woe : LAG
4
House smaller than a villa : CASITA
10
Italian wine city : ASTI
14
Big lug : APE
15
Ran amok : RIOTED
16
Word before dive or song : SWAN
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"Wait Wait ... Don't Tell Me!" network : NPR
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Layout of city streets, parks, etc. : URBANDESIGN
20
"Oh heavens!" : DEARME
22
The "A" of E. A. Poe : ALLAN
23
It's so crazy it just might work : HAREBRAINEDIDEA
28
Ye ___ Shoppe : OLDE
29
Winter hrs. in Calgary : MST
30
Cariou who played Sweeney Todd : LEN
31
Cardiologist's procedure, for short : ANGIO
34
With wisdom : SAGELY
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Tolerant : BROADMINDED
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In vogue : TRENDY
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Ostentatious display : ECLAT
42
Bran source : OAT
43
Slangy pal : BRO
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Language of Pakistan : URDU
48
Presumptuous sorts : WHIPPERSNAPPERS
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Dress-up item for a little girl : TIARA
55
Capital of the Bahamas : NASSAU
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Office item suggested visually by this puzzle : ELASTICBAND
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The "A" of U.S.D.A.: Abbr. : AGR
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Dancer in "a club down in old Soho" : LOLA
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Desisted : CEASED
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Big prune? : LOP
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City NW of München : KOLN
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___ Wilkes, obsession of Scarlett O'Hara : ASHLEY
66
Coast Guard rank: Abbr. : ENS
Down
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Cry from a crow's-nest : LANDHO
2
What some losers in court do : APPEAL
3
Actor Butler or Depardieu : GERARD
4
Remnant : CRUMB
5
Broadcaster : AIRER
6
Melodramatic sound : SOB
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"Let's call ___ day" : ITA
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Any one of the company in "Three's Company" : TENANT
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Mix up : ADDLE
10
Allegro ___ (very quick, in music) : ASSAI
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Hornswoggled : SWINDLED
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Chasing game : TAG
13
Stopover : INN
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Ancient times, in ancient times : ELD
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Win back : REEARN
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In the thick of : AMID
25
Chemical cousins, in a way : ISOMERS
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___ eyes (potion ingredients at Hogwarts) : EEL
27
Some : ANY
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Pitch-selecting gesture : NOD
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Like the apparel in a certain Christmas carol : GAY
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Pre-Letterman gig for Paul Shaffer, for short : SNL
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Nabokov heroine : ADA
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Costumes : GETUPS
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Go for broke : BETITALL
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Compass for the web browser Safari, e.g. : ICON
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What tugboats do : TOW
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Big cheer : RAH
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Orthodontist's recommendation : BRACES
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Many a flea market transaction : RESALE
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"Game of Thrones" menace : DRAGON
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Takes over : USURPS
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Galileo, for one : PISAN
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Bit of butter : PAT
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Author Jong : ERICA
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"Bonne ___!" (cry on le premier janvier) : ANNEE
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Rice ___ : PADDY
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Big bugler : ELK
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Place to go in England? : LOO
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Cousin of "Harrumph!" : BAH
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What might be seen in the corner of a TV screen: Abbr. : ASL

Answer summary: 1 unique to this puzzle, 2 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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