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New York Times, Thursday, May 14, 2015

Author:
Kameron Austin Collins
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Kameron Austin Collins

This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 76, Blocks: 37 Missing: {JQXZ} This is puzzle # 2 for Mr. Collins. NYT links: Across Lite PDF
Kameron Austin Collins notes:
The grid had to look exuberant. Wouldn't anything fewer than 10 HA's, split four ways, look too polite to be an outburst? I wanted to ... read more

The grid had to look exuberant. Wouldn't anything fewer than 10 HA's, split four ways, look too polite to be an outburst? I wanted to match the revealer in spirit and not simply in meaning. So: 12, because 10 would lack symmetry. They had to intersect — children from large families must sometimes share beds — but I was otherwise content to keep the theme entries random. HAIRY LEGS notwithstanding, the resulting grid isn't exactly my idea of sexy; given the constraints, I'm not sure it needed to be. HAIRY LEGS, GOD NO, ART BRUT, ETAGERE, HALCYON, TOP KNOT, and the ARAL SEA are enough for me.

Jill Denny notes:
It's unusual for me to print out a puzzle, but due to circumstances too boring to describe here, I ended up with a paper version ... read more

The massive Big Bertha drill in Seattle, stopped by a ... tiny steel pipe. It's unusual for me to print out a puzzle, but due to circumstances too boring to describe here, I ended up with a paper version of this grid. Surprisingly, that transformed it into something much livelier than the screen version. The puzzle is laughing at and/or with you!

YOU BETCHA was my breakthrough, a folksy phrase immortalized by Sarah Palin and Marge Gunderson. It was only after I completed the grid and counted up the HAngers-on that I realized Big Bert was not a WWI weapon. My apologies to BERTHA. I only know her as a golf club and a stalled megadrill.

Jeff Chen notes:
Speaking of APOCRYP(HA) — fantastic entry and clue by the way, with the confusing 'texts' plural not matching the crazy ... read more

Speaking of APOCRYP(HA) — fantastic entry and clue by the way, with the confusing "texts" plural not matching the crazy perceived -RYP ending within the grid — huge congrats to Mike Selinker and his team at Lone Shark Games for their tremendous success with their APOCRYPHA card game Kickstarter campaign.

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© 2015, The New York TimesNo. 0514 ( 23,928 )
Across
1. Flag position : HALFMAST
7. Go from a grape to a raisin, e.g. : SHRIVEL
14. Body that's now a fraction of its former self : ARALSEA
16. "Sure thing!" : YOUBETCHA
17. Co-star of "Grown Ups," 2010 : SANDLER
18. By hook or by crook : SOMEWAY
19. Lead-in to haw : YEE
20. Schleps : TOTES
22. I, to Claudius : EGO
23. Coatrack item : HANGER
25. Westminster, e.g. : ABBEY
26. Figures in 2011's "J. Edgar" : GMEN
27. Santa ___ : ANA
28. Almost spilling over : ABRIM
29. 1930s heavyweight champ : BAER
30. With 37-Across, lose it ... or what 12 answers in this puzzle appear to do : BURSTOUT
32. América del ___ : NORTE
33. Sullen look : POUT
34. Pyrénées peak : MONT
35. Plotz : FAINT
37. See 30-Across : LAUGHING
41. ___ du combat : EPEE
42. "Heaven forbid!" : GODNO
43. Company exec : COO
44. Stepped : TROD
45. They're not hard to catch : COLDS
46. Big ___ (W.W. I weapon) : BERTHA
47. Bow : ARC
48. Country home : VILLA
49. Shostakovich symphony "Babi ___" : YAR
50. Longtime firearm manufacturer : BERETTA
52. Moving like trees in the wind : SWAYING
56. Hindrances for a competitive swimmer : HAIRYLEGS
57. Bases for basses : HOMONYM
58. Stylish bun : TOPKNOT
59. Wisconsin city near Lake Michigan : WAUKESHA
Down
1. Things sung when you don't know the words : LAS
2. Brother (but not a bro) : FRA
3. Unit of work : MANYEAR
4. Tree with catkins : ALDER
5. Headache : HASSLE
6. Timeout signal : TEE
7. Alphabetization, for one : SYSTEM
8. Nonsense : HOOEY
9. Captain Morgan and others : RUMS
10. The Everlys' "When Will ___ Loved" : IBE
11. Potentially awkward question at an introduction : HAVEWEMET
12. Stand against the wall? : ETAGERE
13. Idyllic, like a past time : HALCYON
15. Paintings outside the mainstream, per Jean Dubuffet : ARTBRUT
21. "Late" news item : OBIT
23. Catch : NAB
24. Animal whose head makes no sound? : GNU
25. On : ABOUT
26. "Wayne's World" weirdo : GARTH
28. When some people meet for lunch : ATONE
29. Part of a Cuban combo : BONGO
31. Invaded someone's privacy : SPIED
32. All but the fifth and sixth words in "Buffalo buffalo Buffalo buffalo buffalo buffalo Buffalo buffalo" : NOUNS
34. Scramble : MADDASH
35. Noted Italian chocolatier : FERRERO
36. Noncanonical texts : APOCRYPHA
37. Laze : LOLL
38. Winter installation in New York's Central Park : ICERINK
39. Neither's partner : NOR
40. Caught : GOT
42. Defer to everyone else, say : GOLAST
44. "Bewitched" spinoff : TABITHA
45. Gas brand with a triangular logo : CITGO
46. Marshy outlet : BAYOU
48. Powerful engine : VTEN
49. Kawasaki competitor : YAMAHA
51. Member of an organization with an Exalted Ruler : ELK
53. "Where do I even begin ..." : WOW
54. Largest county in Nevada : NYE
55. Baseball V.I.P.s : GMS

Answer summary: 3 unique to this puzzle, 2 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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