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EXHIBIT A

New York Times, Sunday, May 15, 2016

Author: Patrick Berry
Editor: Will Shortz
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Patrick Berry

This puzzle:

Rows: 21, Columns: 21 Words: 138, Blocks: 76 Missing: {JQX} This is puzzle # 211 for Mr. Berry. NYT links: Across Lite PDF
Jeff Chen notes: Some really neat sound changes today, words starting in A reimagined so that the A acts as an article. APACHE HELICOPTER to A PATCHY HELICOPTER, how cool is that? THAT'S AMORE to THAT'S A MORAY, ALONE AT LAST to A ... more
Jeff Chen notes:

Some really neat sound changes today, words starting in A reimagined so that the A acts as an article. APACHE HELICOPTER to A PATCHY HELICOPTER, how cool is that? THAT'S AMORE to THAT'S A MORAY, ALONE AT LAST to A LOAN AT LAST, and my favorite — AGGRAVATED ASSAULT to AGGRAVATED A SALT — these all are genius! That last one is particularly strong, given the huge spelling change involved plus the kooky visual of one sailor needling another.

EUDORA. I wonder if those are supposed to be dreadlocks?

The others didn't do as much for me, especially the ones where a letter was simply dropped. A RIVAL DATE gives a funny mental picture of two suitors jockeying for position, but ARRIVAL to A RIVAL isn't nearly as clever as APACHE to A PATCHY, in my eyes.

As usual, a grid that's clean as a whistle from the master. Especially impressive since he went down to 138 words, a tough construction challenge in itself, plus he squeezed in nine themers. It's unusual to see even an AFORE in a PB grid, but that's about it in terms of gluey bits. I did think AFORE was especially unusual, given that it sounds like it could be part of the theme.

Also as usual, some great clues to spice up the solve:

  • An EPITAPH often contains "lies" … as in "Here lies …"
  • How is a "Colonial home" a HIVE? If the bee colony is described as "colonial." (insert groan here)
  • I love it when colorful phrases are repurposed for kooky definitions. "Land line" describing a COAST is beautiful.

Some clues I had to really think about:

  • [Hand makeup] describing CARDS? You'd think that this bridge player would have gotten that sooner.
  • I thought I was a "Peanuts" aficionado. EUDORA? Apparently she wears a purple knitted cap? Huh.
  • "Ex Machina" is a 2015 film featuring a robot named AVA. Turns out that having a one-year old toddler pretty much wipes out all my ability to keep up on films.
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© 2016, The New York TimesNo. 0515 ( 24,295 )
Across Down
1. Tired runner? : CAR
4. Hard to find : SCARCE
10. Production Code org. : MPAA
14. Prayer ___ : SHAWL
19. Singer with a palindromic name : ONO
20. Taphouse : TAVERN
21. Magazine with a palindromic name : ELLE
22. Out of bounds : TABOO
23. Repeatedly cried "Land ho!" with no land in sight, maybe? : AGGRAVATEDASALT
26. Inflames : RILES
27. Rains pellets : SLEETS
28. Fighting off drowsiness? : RESISTINGAREST
30. Like tweets : TERSE
31. One of the "cities of the plain" : SODOM
32. Internal pump : HEART
33. Belarussian capital : MINSK
35. Lose it : SNAP
37. "Peanuts" girl : EUDORA
42. 2016 campaigner : CRUZ
44. Jack ___ (member of the Royal Navy) : TAR
46. "Conger eel? Au contraire!" : THATSAMORAY
50. Stuck to the corkboard? : UNDERATACK
54. "Not with a bang but a whimper" poet : ELIOT
55. Tag line? : NAME
56. Inedible : BAD
57. La Scala premiere of 1887 : OTELLO
58. Show signs of age : WEAR
59. Associates : MATES
60. Erwin of 1950s TV : STU
61. Bring along : PACK
63. Pound : BEATON
65. Whirlybird whose paint job is flaking off? : APATCHYHELICOPTER
70. Christian in Hollywood : SLATER
71. Supply : GIVE
72. "___ All Too Much" (Beatles song) : ITS
73. Cuba ___ : LIBRE
74. Dethrone : OUST
78. Track down : LOCATE
80. "Something just occurred to me ..." : SAY
83. Correct copy : EDIT
84. Down-filled garment : PARKA
85. Adversary who shows up at romantic dinners? : ARIVALDATE
87. "Finally, I can buy that house!" : ALOANATLAST
90. Cut (off) : LOP
91. Scoffing reply : IBET
92. Company that sold Spirographs : KENNER
93. "Santa Baby" singer : KITT
96. "___ Body?" (first Peter Wimsey novel) : WHOSE
98. Its symbol is a star and crescent : ISLAM
102. Quarters : AREAS
104. Hand makeup : CARDS
107. What Carrie needed after the prom? : CHANGEOFADRESS
112. 1980s-'90s Olympian Jackie Joyner-___ : KERSEE
113. Maker of Caplio cameras : RICOH
114. "Major shopping centers aren't among the prizes!" : YOUCANTWINAMALL
116. Wild and woolly? : OVINE
117. Ligurian Sea feeder : ARNO
118. Stun with sound : DEAFEN
119. GameCube successor : WII
120. Signed over : CEDED
121. Lacking excess : LEAN
122. Divines : SENSES
123. Lose rigidity : SAG
1. Land line? : COAST
2. Trig term : ANGLE
3. Substitute anchor during Walter Cronkite's tenure at CBS : ROGERMUDD
4. ___ Island (home of Wagner College) : STATEN
5. Cleveland team, informally : CAVS
6. "Ex Machina" robot : AVA
7. Evocative of yesteryear : RETRO
8. Belief systems : CREEDS
9. Finishes with : ENDSON
10. Predicament : MESS
11. Poet who wrote "I took a deep breath and listened to the old brag of my heart. I am, I am, I am" : PLATH
12. Kate's partner of old TV : ALLIE
13. Hartford-based Fortune 100 company : AETNA
14. Layer : STRATUM
15. Head locks : HAIR
16. Good at one's job : ABLE
17. Reasons to despair : WOES
18. In need of a steer : LOST
24. Shrink or enlarge : RESIZE
25. Target : AIMAT
29. Highly regarded : GREAT
31. Glide effortlessly : SKATE
34. Act : STATUTE
36. "That was sure close!" : PHEW
38. Contributes to a GoFundMe campaign : DONATES
39. Stumper? : ORATOR
40. Food sometimes sold with a flavor packet : RAMEN
41. Those in favor : AYES
42. Predator-to-be : CUB
43. Codon carrier : RNA
45. "Lord of the Flies" protagonist : RALPH
47. Hoppy drink : ALE
48. Actress Carrere : TIA
49. Kevin who played Hercules on TV : SORBO
51. Exchange cyclically : ROTATE
52. Body, metaphorically : CLAY
53. Author of the 1984 memoir "Mayor" : KOCH
59. Owner of Fisher-Price : MATTEL
60. Lacking creature comforts : SPARTAN
62. Party purchase : KEG
64. It often contains "lies" : EPITAPH
65. Ireland : Erin :: Britain : ___ : ALBION
66. Dalmatian, e.g. : CROAT
67. Kedrova of "Torn Curtain" : LILA
68. ___ Novello Award (songwriter's honor) : IVOR
69. Rhodes of Rhodes scholar fame : CECIL
70. Move through a crowd, maybe : SIDLE
73. Ceiling stain's cause : LEAK
75. Browser bar text : URL
76. Jamaican genre : SKA
77. Undertaking : TASK
79. Affirms : AVOWS
80. Tools used for cutting curves : SABERSAWS
81. Put away : ATE
82. Even so : YET
84. Break down : PARSE
86. Take heat from? : DISARM
88. Spoke horsely? : NEIGHED
89. Something fit for a queen : TIARA
94. Fashion editor's predictions : TRENDS
95. Experiment subject : TESTEE
97. Continental divides? : OCEANS
99. Unswerving : LOYAL
100. Ere : AFORE
101. Start of several Hawaiian place names : MAUNA
103. City near Lake Nasser : ASWAN
105. Screenwriter Ephron : DELIA
106. Baseball commissioner after Giamatti and Vincent : SELIG
107. Shoe with holes : CROC
108. Colonial home, you might say : HIVE
109. Stomach stuff : ACID
110. Lowest possible turnout : NONE
111. Rodent control brand : DCON
112. Housemaid's ___ (bursitis) : KNEE
115. Hypotheticals : IFS

Answer summary: 8 unique to this puzzle.

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