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A TALE OF MANY CITIES

New York Times, Sunday, May 24, 2015

Author:
Kevin G. Der
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Kevin G. Der

This puzzle:

Rows: 23, Columns: 23 Words: 176, Blocks: 95 Missing: none – this is a pangram. This is puzzle # 33 for Mr. Der. NYT links: Across Lite PDF
Notepad: When this puzzle is completed, the circled letters will form a path (starting in the first circle of 93-Across) spelling out the puzzle's theme. Each long Down answer contains a hidden city, reading in order from top to bottom, not necessarily consecutively. The location of the city, and its number of letters, are indicated.
Jeff Chen notes:
'Around the World in 80 Days' amazed me as a kid. A book written over a century ago, capturing the attention and imagination of a ten-year old boy is a pretty good criteria for defining a classic. So it ... read more

Fogg at London's Reform Club "Around the World in 80 Days" amazed me as a kid. A book written over a century ago, capturing the attention and imagination of a ten-year old boy is a pretty good criteria for defining a classic. So it was great to see the book commemorated in a crossword. I really enjoyed how the letters A R O U N D … roamed up and down in their quest to circumnavigate the puzzle.

As Kevin and I discussed over email, some compromises. There's so much short fill that it's tough to avoid some clunkers. But for me, the biggest source of frustration was not being able to see the cities embedded in the theme answers. I had to look up Fogg's path in order to figure them out:

  • LETTING ONES HAIR DOWN: LONDON
  • LEMON SQUEEZERS: SUEZ
  • BORN TO BE MY BABY: BOMBAY
  • SPECIAL COURT MARTIAL: CALCUTTA
  • THE LONG KISS GOODNIGHT: HONG KONG
  • YOU KNOW WHAT IM SAYING: YOKOHAMA
  • SAINT FRANCIS COLLEGE: SAN FRANCISCO
  • THE NEW YANKEE WORKSHOP: NEW YORK

So, a really cool idea to 1.) trace Fogg's journey through different cities and 2.) circumnavigate the puzzle, but with some execution problems both in gluey bits and the ability to see Fogg's path. Made for a frustrating solving experience at times.

Overall though, a very fun concept, attempting to capture the magic of the book.

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© 2015, The New York TimesNo. 0524 ( 23,938 )
Across
1. Exactly : JUST
5. Obama vis-à-vis Columbia : ALUM
9. Deg. from Columbia : MBA
12. Much-anticipated nights out : HOTDATES
20. Company with a fleet : UHAUL
22. Prefix with watt : TERA
23. Window shopper's cry : OOH
24. Like the roots of democracy : ATHENIAN
25. Mario's brother, in gaming : LUIGI
26. Breeding ground : STUDFARM
28. Eventually became : GREWINTO
29. Relative of a kite : ERN
30. Proofer's mark : STET
32. "O, never say that I was false of heart ...," e.g. : SONNET
34. "Not only that ..." : ALSO
35. Used a pouffe : SAT
36. Some spicy cuisine : THAI
37. Once, old-style : ERST
38. Competitor of Petro-Canada : ESSO
40. Laura who wrote and sang "Wedding Bell Blues" : NYRO
44. Join : FUSE
46. "That's a ___" : NONO
48. Stuck in a mess? : ONKP
50. "Ain't gonna happen" : NOSOAP
52. Heart : CORE
54. Imminent : NIGH
56. Local theater, slangily : NABE
58. Ones in an annual hunt : EGGS
60. Ulan-___ (capital of a Russian republic) : UDE
61. Vehicle with a folding top : SHAY
62. Suffix with stink : EROO
63. Fulda tributary : EDER
64. Jack's partner : COKE
65. Cousins : KIN
66. Goes for the gold? : PANS
67. Not quite right : WONKY
69. Alternative to metal : EMO
70. Goddess in "The Tempest" : IRIS
71. Win at auction, say : NAB
72. Warrior in the "Discworld" fantasy books : ORC
73. Small force : DYNE
74. Form a coalition : ALLY
76. Jokesters : WAGS
77. Personnel list : ROTA
78. ___ chi ch'uan : TAI
79. Travelers at the speed of light : RAYS
80. Former Jets coach Ewbank : WEEB
81. Tavern menu heading : ALES
82. One with a stiff upper lip? : EWER
83. Speed-skating champion Kramer : SVEN
85. Captain's spot : HELM
87. Kind of adapter : ACDC
89. Act the rat : GNAW
91. It's folded before a meal : TACO
93. Dodge Aries, e.g. : KCAR
95. "Walk ___" (1964 hit) : ONBY
97. Red Rock dweller : OTOE
99. Magazine mogul, familiarly : HEF
102. "Pretty Maids All in ___" : AROW
103. The sun's "10th planet," once : ERIS
104. Half of a Senate vote : NAYS
105. "This looks bad" : UHOH
106. Singer ___ Rose : AXL
107. Barber's supply : GEL
108. Routine response? : JEER
109. Kyrgyz province : OSH
110. Trite : TIRED
112. Needle holder : ETUI
113. ___ Paradise of "On the Road" : SAL
114. Was bankrupt, say : OWED
115. Blue shade : AQUA
117. Stupefy : STUN
118. Like some missed pitches : WIDE
119. Stupefy : AWE
120. Baritone in "The Mikado" : KOKO
121. Dyspepsia reliever : TUMS
122. All at the start? : OMNI
123. Home of the Big 12's Cyclones : AMES
124. One who's behind : LAGGER
126. Solomonic : WISE
128. ___ colada : PINA
130. Plantation machines : GINS
132. Holes in Swiss cheese : EYES
133. Grasps : KENS
135. "The Night Circus" author Morgenstern : ERIN
137. Chicago mayor Emanuel : RAHM
139. Yamaha Grizzly, e.g., for short : ATV
142. Trunk part : HASP
144. Pond or sand trap : HAZARD
146. One of the Jackson 5 : TITO
147. "___-haw!" : YEE
148. Long-running event? : MARATHON
152. "Et voilà!" : HEREITIS
154. One following an order : FRIAR
156. Countermanded : OVERRODE
157. Verdi's "___ tu" : ERI
158. Power play result, often : GOAL
159. Pope's vestment : FANON
160. They're blown at some weddings : BAGPIPES
161. Yahoo! alternative : MSN
162. Do a body scan? : OGLE
163. Meanie : OGRE
Down
1. With 141-Down, author whose work is the basis of this puzzle's theme : JULES
2. Shipmate of Spock : UHURA
3. Brooklyn Heights school [U.S.; 3,9] : SAINTFRANCISCOLLEGE
4. Yank : TUG
5. En route, as a tanker : ATSEA
6. Relaxing [U.K.; 6] : LETTINGONESHAIRDOWN
7. Host of the first World Cup, 1930: Abbr. : URU
8. Michael of "Reservoir Dogs" : MADSEN
9. Spooky sounds : MOANS
10. 1988 Bon Jovi hit [India; 6] : BORNTOBEMYBABY
11. Words said with a sigh : AHME
12. Witchy woman : HAG
13. Others, in Oaxaca : OTRAS
14. 1996 Geena Davis thriller [China; 4,4] : THELONGKISSGOODNIGHT
15. Mountain ___ (soft drinks) : DEWS
16. What chemists find attractive? : ANIONS
17. Cookie holder : TIN
18. "Dig in!" : EAT
19. ___-Cat : SNO
21. Leans : LISTS
27. As an example : FORONE
31. PBS craft show for 21 seasons [U.S.; 3,4] : THENEWYANKEEWORKSHOP
33. Sci-fi narcotic : TEK
39. Military trial for a misdemeanor [India; 8] : SPECIALCOURTMARTIAL
41. "Get it?" [Japan; 8] : YOUKNOWWHATIMSAYING
42. Send off : RADIATE
43. Popular party feature : OPENBAR
45. Often-illegal turns, informally : UEYS
47. "Hmm, gotcha" : OHOK
49. Wolfe of mystery : NERO
51. Sugar suffixes : OSES
52. Benjamin : CSPOT
53. Mitchell heroine : OHARA
55. Firehouse catching fire, e.g. : IRONY
57. "Someone Like You" singer, 2011 : ADELE
59. Overdo it at dinner : GORGE
68. Two-masted craft : YAWL
73. Dr. of hip-hop : DRE
75. Ones pressed into service in the kitchen? [Egypt; 4] : LEMONSQUEEZERS
76. Spitball, e.g. : WAD
77. Mens ___ (legal term) : REA
84. Asseverate : VOW
86. Ambulance destinations, for short : ERS
88. Anatomical sac : CYST
90. Book before Esth. : NEH
91. Event often in a front yard : TAGSALE
92. Passage between buildings : AREAWAY
94. Stream : CREEK
96. ___ Tate, onetime English poet laureate : NAHUM
98. Secretariat's org. : THEUN
100. Send off : EXUDE
101. Pilots : FLIES
108. One-liner, e.g. : JOKE
109. Stable bagful : OATS
111. Gets broadcast : ISON
112. McGregor of "Big Fish" : EWAN
116. Dream : ASPIRE
125. A neighbor : GSHARP
127. "Kind of" ending : ISH
129. Rainbow color : INDIGO
131. "Ta-ta" : IMOFF
134. Lyric poem : EPODE
136. Eager, informally : RARIN
138. Overflow seating area : AISLE
140. "Coffee, ___ Me?" : TEAOR
141. See 1-Down : VERNE
143. Longfellow bell town : ATRI
145. "Um, pardon ..." : AHEM
148. Rabble : MOB
149. A.I. woman in 2015's "Ex Machina" : AVA
150. Std. : REG
151. Old game console inits. : NES
153. Dress (up) : TOG
155. 1990s Indian P.M. : RAO

Answer summary: 11 unique to this puzzle, 2 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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