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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.

Jim Horne notes:
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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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