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New York Times, Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Author: Jacob Stulberg
Editor: Will Shortz
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Puzzle of the Week

This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 78, Blocks: 38 Missing: {KQ} This is puzzle # 7 for Mr. Stulberg. Jeff Chen's Puzzle of the Week pick NYT links: Across Lite PDF
Jacob Stulberg notes: When I first saw this puzzle's edited version, 57-Across (PIESPIESPIES) had me genuinely stumped until I figured out the twist ... more
Jacob Stulberg notes:

When I first saw this puzzle's edited version, 57-Across (PIESPIESPIES) had me genuinely stumped until I figured out the twist Will had added. (My clue: "Movie sequel in which a shipwrecked boy catches sight of baked goods?".)

Also new and welcome was the "Simpsons" reference in the clue for 33-Across (ABELABELABEL), originally the rather nonsensical "President Lincoln, put a nametag on Cain's brother!'?".

For the record, I briefly considered another sitcom-themed answer: IDERIDERIDER (Motto for one heckling "Boy Meets World" actor Strong?).

Jeff Chen notes: Loved this; themers that look like three repeated words but can be parsed in kooky ways. VIS A VIS VISA was readily apparent, as was ... more
Jeff Chen notes:

Loved this; themers that look like three repeated words but can be parsed in kooky ways. VIS A VIS VISA was readily apparent, as was ABE LABEL ABEL. But it took me a while to figure out what RIDERIDERIDE should become. What a fun division in RIDER I DERIDE. Similar hijinks in PIESPIESPIES, which I originally thought was the odd and repetitive PIE SPIES PIES. Not so! PI ESPIES PIES is brilliant.

Some strong clues too:

Twain sure had a lot of depth

Now, I would have liked some more long fill in this puzzle. This is a tougher task than for a typical four-theme entry puzzle, because of the themers' 12-letter lengths. Normally, you'd be able to take out the black square between DOG and JIBE to make an eight-letter slot, but no dice today since that square is necessary to finish off VISAVISAVISA. Same goes with the black square between CLASSY and ADAM.

There's room to explore blowing up the black square between MARSHAL and DONS, but that does make for a bigger space to fill in the west and east. And shifting black squares around in the center is a real possibility, but that would likely mean redoing the entire puzzle.

Still, the grid does contain a little zip with PRAIRIE / DOG, MARSHAL, even a SPLAT and a SPUME. And it is nice and bereft of gluey bits (aside from IRAE, maybe PSA too) — what a 78-word puzzle ought to be.

A trait of a great puzzle is that it makes me want to think about it further. So much fun to wrestle with these themers; I'd love to find more.

JimH notes: In only his seventh NYT crossword, Jacob Stulberg has already established himself as an extraordinarily creative constructor. His previous ... more
JimH notes:

In only his seventh NYT crossword, Jacob Stulberg has already established himself as an extraordinarily creative constructor. His previous puzzles have included Five Golden Rings and the clever two pints make a quart. He gave us a cubist Nude Descending a Staircase No. 2 and then cracked me up with a reference to the classic Who's on First. He even classed up the puzzle page with a lovely William Carlos Williams poem. Today's theme is yet another innovation. Bravo.

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© 2015, The New York TimesNo. 0520 ( 23,934 )
Across Down
1. Some bunts or flies, for short : SACS
5. Sound of thunder : PEAL
9. Cabinet member's title, maybe : MADAM
14. Throw a line to : HELP
15. Have merit : RATE
16. Came into being : AROSE
17. Like much tribal history : ORAL
18. Neck of the woods : AREA
19. "Of course!" : RIGHT
20. In relation to someone's travel document? : VISAVISAVISA
23. Holiday not widely observed by Quakers : EASTER
24. See-through material : MESH
25. Start of a one-two : JAB
28. Cunning : SLY
29. Drilling apparatus : RIG
31. Many a MundoFox watcher : LATINO
33. "Grampa Simpson, describe a Genesis figure"? : ABELABELABEL
36. Diamond defect : FLAW
39. Back when : AGO
40. Off-color, plus : LEWD
41. Jockey who's jeered by me? : RIDERIDERIDE
46. Paper Mate's Pink Pearl, e.g. : ERASER
47. Brian who produced U2 : ENO
48. Awareness-raising spot, for short : PSA
51. Cap named for a Robert Burns hero : TAM
52. Meadow cries : BAAS
55. Wordless harrumphs : SNORTS
57. Detective catches sight of bakery wares? : PIESPIESPIES
59. It might make a shadow disappear : RAZOR
62. Respond to a belly rub, say : PURR
63. Manner of speaking : TONE
64. Be : EXIST
65. Send off : EMIT
66. Mineral abundant in kale : IRON
67. "Mark twain" measure : DEPTH
68. Role for Costner or Stack : NESS
69. Dermatologist's concern : CYST
1. Pushes hard : SHOVES
2. Like most Google Earth views : AERIAL
3. Elegant : CLASSY
4. Paintball impact sound : SPLAT
5. With 11-Down, barking rodent : PRAIRIE
6. What barbers "lower" : EARS
7. First-stringers : ATEAM
8. Fleet Week break : LEAVE
9. Parade V.I.P. : MARSHAL
10. Bocelli piece : ARIA
11. See 5-Down : DOG
12. Makeup of some bats : ASH
13. "Miracle" player of 1969 : MET
21. What "is" is : VERB
22. Any of the Canaries : ISLE
25. Agree (with) : JIBE
26. From the top : ANEW
27. Font option : BOLD
30. Feeling pleased : GLAD
32. Chaucer piece : TALE
33. Bowls over : AWES
34. Actuarial figure : AGE
35. Barrel diameter : BORE
36. Get in a stew : FRET
37. Turkish currency unit : LIRA
38. "Paradise Lost" character : ADAM
42. Renaissance : REBIRTH
43. "Dies ___" (hymn) : IRAE
44. They often fall out of magazines : INSERTS
45. Mob summit figures : DONS
48. Home to monks or nuns : PRIORY
49. Notepad holders of old : STENOS
50. Nod of the head, say : ASSENT
53. Wood used in matchmaking : ASPEN
54. Surf froth : SPUME
56. ___ disc (blind spot) : OPTIC
57. Put on YouTube, e.g. : POST
58. "Bearded" bloom : IRIS
59. Power tie shade : RED
60. Send packing : AXE
61. Nada : ZIP

Answer summary: 4 unique to this puzzle.

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