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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
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The sun's "10th planet," once : ERIS
104
Half of a Senate vote : NAYS
105
"This looks bad" : UHOH
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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
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Plantation machines : GINS
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Holes in Swiss cheese : EYES
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Grasps : KENS
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"The Night Circus" author Morgenstern : ERIN
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Chicago mayor Emanuel : RAHM
139
Yamaha Grizzly, e.g., for short : ATV
142
Trunk part : HASP
144
Pond or sand trap : HAZARD
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One of the Jackson 5 : TITO
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"___-haw!" : YEE
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Long-running event? : MARATHON
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"Et voilà!" : HEREITIS
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One following an order : FRIAR
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Countermanded : OVERRODE
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Verdi's "___ tu" : ERI
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Power play result, often : GOAL
159
Pope's vestment : FANON
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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
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Host of the first World Cup, 1930: Abbr. : URU
8
Michael of "Reservoir Dogs" : MADSEN
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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
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"Dig in!" : EAT
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___-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
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Send off : RADIATE
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Popular party feature : OPENBAR
45
Often-illegal turns, informally : UEYS
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"Hmm, gotcha" : OHOK
49
Wolfe of mystery : NERO
51
Sugar suffixes : OSES
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Benjamin : CSPOT
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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
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Ones pressed into service in the kitchen? [Egypt; 4] : LEMONSQUEEZERS
76
Spitball, e.g. : WAD
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Mens ___ (legal term) : REA
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Asseverate : VOW
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Ambulance destinations, for short : ERS
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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: 10 unique to this puzzle, 1 debuted here and reused later, 2 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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