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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
1. 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
103. 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
111. 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
1. Some haircuts : BOBS
2. C.O.O., e.g. : EXEC
3. Communion spot : ALTARRAIL
4. Fate : KISMET
5. Sleeper, maybe : SPY
6. Takes part in a joint session? : SMOKESPOT
7. Kaiser, e.g., for short : HMO
8. Jabbers : YAKS
9. Beethoven's Third : EROICA
10. Whitewater enthusiast : RAFTER
11. Herr's heirs? : SOHNE
12. Humans' cousins : APES
13. Brooder : HEN
14. Irregular : ANOMALOUS
15. Adjust at Moody's, say : RERATE
16. Not so conventional : ARTIER
18. Petruchio's task vis-à-vis Katharina : TAMING
19. ___ sense : INONE
21. Herring relatives : SHADS
24. Mini mints : TICTACS
26. Take ___ off : ALOAD
30. Beautified : DONEUP
31. Sandpiper's domain : SHORE
33. Whom the witches deem "lesser than Macbeth, and greater" : BANQUO
34. "Hold on there, cowboy!" : EASY
35. Domain : AREA
36. American ___ : ELM
37. Shut out : BAN
42. Epitome of attention to detail : DOTTEDI
44. Passion : ZEAL
46. Opening on Broadway : ACTI
47. One might appear next to an article : NOUN
48. Tombstone figure : EARP
49. Something in a bookmarks tab : SITE
50. Image in the "Jurassic Park" logo, familiarly : TREX
52. "The Prodigal Son," for one : PARABLE
53. Screw up : ERR
57. Feature of the Nixon tapes : GAP
58. Wee, in Dundee : SMA
60. First lady McKinley : IDA
62. Guitar accessory : CAPO
63. "What a surprise to run into you!" : OHHI
64. Means : WAYS
66. Island that may have an apostrophe in its name : OAHU
67. Light amount? : WATT
68. Martial arts level : DAN
69. Plane-related : AERO
71. "Breakfast at Tiffany's" novelist : CAPOTE
74. Heads of staff? : GCLEFS
76. Archetypal postwar suburb : LEVITTOWN
78. ___ Janney, four-time "West Wing" Emmy winner : ALLISON
79. Theme : MOTIF
80. Coming from out of nowhere, as an insult : UNMERITED
82. Nourishment for a plant embryo : ENDOSPERM
83. Hessian river : EDER
84. Hide-and-seek no-no : PEEK
86. Be behind : OWE
87. Angel's opposite : IMP
88. Overarching : BROAD
91. Looks inside a house : DECORS
93. Subjects of some loans : HOMES
94. Teem : ABOUND
95. "The Prince and the Showgirl" co-star, 1957 : MONROE
97. Admits : COPSTO
98. Canine protector : ENAMEL
99. Bit of monkey business : CAPER
100. John who founded Methodism : WESLEY
102. "___ to break the news ..." : IHATE
105. Little nail : BRAD
106. Chinese dynasty of a thousand years ago : LIAO
109. ___-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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