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NON-STARTERS

New York Times, Sunday, May 3, 2015

Author:
Dan Schoenholz
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Dan Schoenholz

This puzzle:

Rows: 21, Columns: 21 Words: 140, Blocks: 72 Missing: {J} This is puzzle # 16 for Mr. Schoenholz. NYT links: Across Lite PDF
Dan Schoenholz notes:
Drop-a-letter and add-a-letter themes have been done so often that it's tough to get traction with editors for this type of puzzle. Consequently, I don't construct many of them. I made the ... read more

Drop-a-letter and add-a-letter themes have been done so often that it's tough to get traction with editors for this type of puzzle. Consequently, I don't construct many of them. I made the exception here because a) I liked that the title is a little tricky (it's meant to be parsed as "No 'N' starters") and b) I liked all the theme answers, with a couple (A NOOK OF THE NORTH and OISE POLLUTION) that particularly cracked me up.

On this admittedly flimsy foundation, I invested the many requisite evening and weekend hours it takes me to make a Sunday puzzle, and was thrilled when it was accepted for the New York Times. I hope solvers enjoy it.

Jill Denny notes:
A tidy Sunday grid with an eat theme. Er, rather, a neat theme. Ow, we're cooking with gas! Drop-a-letter themes are common enough, so the burden is on the constructor to choose clever, ... read more

A tidy Sunday grid with an eat theme. Er, rather, a neat theme. Ow, we're cooking with gas!

Drop-a-letter themes are common enough, so the burden is on the constructor to choose clever, colorful theme entries. ORMAN CONQUEST? A NOOK OF THE NORTH? Great stuff. OISE POLLUTION was the only outlier in my solve. Although it works visually, OISE is pronounced "wahz," like the first syllable of "lozenge", so the theme phrase clunked in my ear, like a tiny blip of noise pollution.

Other notables:

  • Virginia APGAR was a pioneering obstetric anesthesiologist who created a quick system for assessing the affects of anesthesia on newborns. Newborns are assigned points based on five criteria: Appearance, Pulse, Grimace, Activity, and Respirations ... very convenient parameters, Dr. APGAR.
  • CERES, the Roman goddess of the harvest, appropriately crosses with TESS, a dimunitive for Teresa, meaning 'to harvest or reap'. TESS also happens to be one of the most beautiful names in the world, according to an unbiased source.
  • Another apt crossing: WESLEY and HYMNS, with O LORD hanging off to the side. John Wesley was known for his efforts in writing and anthologizing poetry and hymns, elevating their importance in worship services.
  • Milton OBOTE makes far fewer crossword appearances than his successor in Uganda, Idi Amin.
Jeff Chen notes:

Even with his crossword-friendly vowel/consonant alternation, Milton OBOTE is vastly outnumbered by Idi AMIN in terms of Shortz-era appearances, at a score of 7 to 44. If only he had changed his name to BOTE. Or TESS.

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© 2015, The New York TimesNo. 0503 ( 23,917 )
Across
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Schnozzolas : BEAKS
6
More reserved : SHYER
11
Mali, mostly : SAHARA
17
Variety of primrose : OXLIP
18
New York Giants founder who's in the Pro Football Hall of Fame : TIMMARA
20
Jacks or better, say, in poker : OPENERS
22
Philadelphia's ___ Ross Bridge : BETSY
23
Arctic hideaway? : ANOOKOFTHENORTH
25
Take for a ride : SCAM
26
Higgledy-piggledy : AMOK
27
Nonviolent protests : SITINS
28
Mother of Hermes : MAIA
29
Strikes : REDLINES
32
R&B's Peniston : CECE
33
Restrained : BATED
34
Neck-stretching yoga position? : EARTOONESHEART
37
Haymakers? : BALERS
38
Constellation next to Scorpius : ARA
39
Hound : NAG
40
Many a candidate, briefly : POL
41
Hersey novel setting : ADANO
43
Took over : SEIZED
45
Big win for a prominent TV financial adviser? : ORMANCONQUEST
51
Where Bill and Hillary Clinton met, briefly : YALEU
52
___ Domenici, longtime New Mexico senator : PETE
54
Benefit offsetter : COST
55
Old carrier name : USAIR
56
___ score (newborn health measure) : APGAR
58
Original Beatles bassist Sutcliffe : STU
59
Padre's hermano : TIO
61
Something a GPS recalculates: Abbr. : RTE
62
Monk's hood : COWL
65
Like makers of one-way street signs? : ARROWMINDED
69
High point : APEX
70
Exclamation accented on the second syllable : AHA
71
Entry-level position, for short? : CPA
72
High-level, as a farm team : AAA
73
Bit of folk wisdom : ADAGE
75
Parts of a kingdom : PHYLA
77
Thai money : BAHT
79
Certain bond, for short : MUNI
81
Hardly Mr. Right : CREEP
85
Environmentalists' concern in northern France? : OISEPOLLUTION
88
Classic joke target : BLONDE
89
Either half of a diphthong : VOWEL
90
1970s sitcom production co. : MTM
91
Eminem producer, informally : DRE
92
Dead end? : DEE
93
Descendant of a son of Noah : HAMITE
96
Igloo, e.g.? : ICEPIECEOFWORK
101
Milton who led Uganda to independence : OBOTE
102
"The race ___!" : ISON
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Melees : FRACASES
104
State that borders three Can. provinces : MONT
105
Locale of a 1984 industrial disaster : BHOPAL
107
Shuffle, e.g. : IPOD
108
Lend, slangily : SPOT
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One sending money from France or Germany? : EUROTRANSMITTER
114
Bayer brand : ALEVE
115
Winter vehicle : SNOWCAT
116
Sneak previews : TEASERS
117
Roman harvest goddess : CERES
118
Completely strip : DENUDE
119
Starting words of some 120-Across : OLORD
120
See 119-Across : HYMNS
Down
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Some haircuts : BOBS
2
C.O.O., e.g. : EXEC
3
Communion spot : ALTARRAIL
4
Fate : KISMET
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Sleeper, maybe : SPY
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Takes part in a joint session? : SMOKESPOT
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Kaiser, e.g., for short : HMO
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Jabbers : YAKS
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Beethoven's Third : EROICA
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Whitewater enthusiast : RAFTER
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Herr's heirs? : SOHNE
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Humans' cousins : APES
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Brooder : HEN
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Irregular : ANOMALOUS
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Adjust at Moody's, say : RERATE
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Not so conventional : ARTIER
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Petruchio's task vis-à-vis Katharina : TAMING
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___ sense : INONE
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Herring relatives : SHADS
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Mini mints : TICTACS
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Take ___ off : ALOAD
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Beautified : DONEUP
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Sandpiper's domain : SHORE
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Whom the witches deem "lesser than Macbeth, and greater" : BANQUO
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"Hold on there, cowboy!" : EASY
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Domain : AREA
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American ___ : ELM
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Shut out : BAN
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Epitome of attention to detail : DOTTEDI
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Passion : ZEAL
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Opening on Broadway : ACTI
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One might appear next to an article : NOUN
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Tombstone figure : EARP
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Something in a bookmarks tab : SITE
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Image in the "Jurassic Park" logo, familiarly : TREX
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"The Prodigal Son," for one : PARABLE
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Screw up : ERR
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Feature of the Nixon tapes : GAP
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Wee, in Dundee : SMA
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First lady McKinley : IDA
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Guitar accessory : CAPO
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"What a surprise to run into you!" : OHHI
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Means : WAYS
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Island that may have an apostrophe in its name : OAHU
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Light amount? : WATT
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Martial arts level : DAN
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Plane-related : AERO
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"Breakfast at Tiffany's" novelist : CAPOTE
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Heads of staff? : GCLEFS
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Archetypal postwar suburb : LEVITTOWN
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___ Janney, four-time "West Wing" Emmy winner : ALLISON
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Theme : MOTIF
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Coming from out of nowhere, as an insult : UNMERITED
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Nourishment for a plant embryo : ENDOSPERM
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Hessian river : EDER
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Hide-and-seek no-no : PEEK
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Be behind : OWE
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Angel's opposite : IMP
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Overarching : BROAD
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Looks inside a house : DECORS
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Subjects of some loans : HOMES
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Teem : ABOUND
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"The Prince and the Showgirl" co-star, 1957 : MONROE
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Admits : COPSTO
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Canine protector : ENAMEL
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Bit of monkey business : CAPER
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John who founded Methodism : WESLEY
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"___ to break the news ..." : IHATE
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Little nail : BRAD
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Chinese dynasty of a thousand years ago : LIAO
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___-ready : OVEN
110
Hardy heroine : TESS
112
The Horned Frogs of the Big 12 Conf. : TCU
113
Original Dungeons & Dragons game co. : TSR
114
Berlin cry : ACH

Answer summary: 9 unique to this puzzle, 1 debuted here and reused later, 5 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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