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Puzzle of the Week

LOVE AT FIRST SITE

New York Times, Sunday, May 13, 2018

Author: Neville Fogarty and Erik Agard
Editor: Will Shortz
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Neville Fogarty
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Erik Agard

This puzzle:

Rows: 21, Columns: 21 Words: 140, Blocks: 75 Missing: {QX} This is puzzle # 8 for Mr. Fogarty. This is puzzle # 17 for Mr. Agard. Jeff Chen's Puzzle of the Week pick. NYT links: Across Lite PDF
Constructor notes: NEVILLE AND ERIK: We don't really know what to say. Our hearts are very full at this moment. It's an honor and a privilege to work with the Times team, who pushed us to improve on our original fill and ... more
Constructor notes:

NEVILLE AND ERIK: We don't really know what to say. Our hearts are very full at this moment.

It's an honor and a privilege to work with the Times team, who pushed us to improve on our original fill and preserved our constructorial voice through the edit.

P.S. To all those competing in next month's Indie 500 Crossword Tournament: may God guide you in your quest.

Jeff Chen notes: It's incredibly rare that I enjoy a Sunday puzzle so much that I don't want it to end. A great majority of the time, I get bored halfway through and finish just for the sake of finishing. I was tickled by how ... more
Jeff Chen notes:

It's incredibly rare that I enjoy a Sunday puzzle so much that I don't want it to end. A great majority of the time, I get bored halfway through and finish just for the sake of finishing. I was tickled by how funny RUBBER MATCH, ORGANIC CHEMISTRY, and OPEN FLAMES were as names for dating sites. Awesome theme, and so many great finds!

Along with a solid grid — lovely bonuses like NBAJAM, COCONUT as a person's head, EVIL GRIN, Picard's MAKE IT SO, etc., and just a bit of ignorable ASI, NEB, IN LA – an easy POW! pick. Very strong gridwork.

My favorite Sunday of the year so far, from two of my favorite people in the crossworld.

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© 2018, The New York TimesNo. 0513 ( 25,023 )
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1. Arcade hoops game : NBAJAM
7. Some TV ads, for short : PSAS
11. Went through channels? : SWAM
15. Hitter's hitter : BAT
18. "The Simpsons" or "Futurama" : SATIRE
19. Litter's littlest : RUNT
20. To whom Brabantio says "Thou art a villain" : IAGO
21. Singular : SOLE
22. Good name for a deep kissers' dating site? : FRENCHCONNECTION
25. Vittles : EATS
26. A shroud of secrecy, idiomatically : WRAPS
27. Endlessly starting over : ONREPEAT
28. Performances at Paris's Palais Garnier : OPERAS
30. Manning with the second-longest QB starting streak in N.F.L. history : ELI
31. Numerical prefix : OCTA
32. "Ish" : ORSO
34. Monster slain by Hercules : HYDRA
35. North Carolina university : ELON
36. Victor's shout : BOOYAH
39. It's all in the head : DREAM
41. Member of a southern colony : PENGUIN
43. Actor whose first and last names look like they rhyme, but don't : SEANBEAN
47. Slice of a timeline : ERA
50. Fruit drink : ADE
51. Good name for a dating site full of hot dudes? : STUDFINDER
54. Obsolescent high school course, informally : HOMEEC
56. Number one pal : BESTIE
57. Good name for a dating site of massage therapists? : RUBBERMATCH
59. In amazement : AWED
61. Emerald or aquamarine : BERYL
63. Revolting sorts : NASTIES
64. Kitty-cat, e.g. : PET
65. Carbo-loading dish : PASTA
67. Patty alternative? : TRISH
70. IV checkers : RNS
71. 1988 top 10 hit for Tracy Chapman : FASTCAR
73. George ___ University : MASON
75. Swamps : BOGS
76. Good name for an extreme sports dating site? : ACTIONITEMS
79. Be traitorous to : FLIPON
82. Burger topper : CHEESE
83. Good name for a non-monogamist dating site? : OPENFLAMES
85. Big Apple cultural site, with "the" : MET
88. Alway : EER
89. Southernmost of the Lesser Antilles : TRINIDAD
91. Napa Valley vintner Robert : MONDAVI
93. Grannies : NANAS
95. Previous name for an athletic conference now with 12 members : PACTEN
98. Comparable (to) : AKIN
99. Sky-blue : AZURE
101. Performer in makeup, typically : MIME
105. Certain layers : HENS
106. ___ Aviv : TEL
107. UTEP team : MINERS
109. First things to go into jammies : TOOTSIES
112. "Trading Spaces" host Davis : PAIGE
114. Neat as ___ : APIN
115. Good name for a dating site for lovers of natural foods? : ORGANICCHEMISTRY
118. Ad : SPOT
119. Big loss : ROUT
120. John of the Velvet Underground : CALE
121. Tot's wear : ONESIE
122. Junior : SON
123. Lincoln Logs and such : TOYS
124. Something taken on a field? : KNEE
125. Ones passed on a track : BATONS
1. [Avoid watching this in front of the boss] : NSFW
2. Sped (along) : BARRELED
3. Had a table for one : ATEALONE
4. Chinese leader Xi : JINPING
5. Rainbows, e.g. : ARCS
6. "That doesn't impress me much" : MEH
7. Immediately : PRONTO
8. Natural light beam : SUNRAY
9. One of the Brontës : ANNE
10. Group dance with stomps and claps : STEP
11. Instrument plucked with a mezrab : SITAR
12. Cools one's heels : WAITS
13. Back in time : AGO
14. Like early Elvis recordings : MONO
15. Good name for a carpentry dating site? : BOARDMEETING
16. The rite place? : ALTAR
17. Thompson of "Selma" : TESSA
21. "Toodles!" : SEEYA
23. Noggin : COCONUT
24. Chairman and ___ (common title) : CEO
29. Ones to watch : PHENOMS
31. Back-of-newspaper section : OBITS
33. Poetic tribute : ODE
35. Org. with a flower logo : EPA
37. "Just ___ suspected" : ASI
38. 1940s vice president Wallace : HENRY
40. Enthusiastic : RAHRAH
42. Not new : USED
44. Chaperones, usually : ADULTS
45. Lincoln's home: Abbr. : NEB
46. "I'll return shortly," in a text : BRB
48. Swing time? : RECESS
49. German interjections : ACHS
52. "That's mine!" : DIBS
53. ' : FEET
55. Dignified lady : MATRON
56. Model Page known as "The Queen of Pinups" : BETTIE
58. Naval officer: Abbr. : ENS
59. Geronimo, for one : APACHE
60. Good name for a "High Noon"-themed dating site? : WESTERNUNION
62. Hit hard : RAMMED
65. ___ Bread (cafe chain) : PANERA
66. NPR host Shapiro : ARI
68. "2 funny!!!" : ROFL
69. "To Live and Die ___" : INLA
71. Visage : FACE
72. Player of Robin Hood in 1991 : COSTNER
74. Like child's play : ASNAP
75. Nautical title, informally : BOSN
77. Whole lot : TON
78. Prefix with center : EPI
80. Ginormous : IMMENSE
81. Lowly workers : PEONS
84. O.T.C. O.K.'er : FDA
85. Command of Captain Jean-Luc Picard : MAKEITSO
86. Satanic look : EVILGRIN
87. Cookie holder : TIN
90. Movement : ISM
92. Statistician's grouping : DATASET
94. "___ you the clever one!" : ARENT
96. Gum ingredient : CHICLE
97. Titter : TEEHEE
99. Stockpile : AMASS
100. Nada : ZIPPO
102. Certain computer whiz : ITGUY
103. Deep defenses : MOATS
104. Long span : EON
108. Put in order : SORT
110. Camping menace : TICK
111. Digitize, in a way : SCAN
112. ___ colada : PINA
113. Real lookers? : EYES
116. Down Under hopper : ROO
117. Gather around, as an idol : MOB

Answer summary: 9 unique to this puzzle, 1 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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