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New York Times, Thursday, May 7, 2015

Author:
Tracy Gray
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Tracy Gray

This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 78, Blocks: 40 Missing: {JQX} This is puzzle # 11 for Ms. Gray. NYT links: Across Lite PDF
Tracy Gray notes:
Thank you bloggers for the inspiration for this puzzle which came to me in the summer of 2012 after reading one of your posts ... read more

Thank you bloggers for the inspiration for this puzzle which came to me in the summer of 2012 after reading one of your posts complaining about the overuse of certain 3 and 4-letter words in puzzles! I remember looking at the list of words and thinking it would be fun and a bit rebellious to take one of those words and include it as many times as possible in one puzzle — as a rebus. I figured, if a certain word had been used 800+ times in the past, then what's another 14 times more?!

I zeroed in on the overused prefix ECO from the list when I saw how many interesting words and phrases had imbedded ECO letters. (Yes, even KATI(ECO)URIC!). I also thought I could tie in the ECO words to some kind of an Earth Day-related revealer. It was only when I was writing my cover letter to Will, however, that I had the sick realization that Earth Day 2013 was going to fall on a Monday — not exactly a rebus friendly day! After my puzzle was accepted in January 2013, I looked ahead on a calendar to see when Earth Day would fall on a Thursday and was dismayed to see that Thursday got skipped altogether due to Leap Year in 2016 — so I wasn't really sure when I would see my puzzle published.

I was thrilled to get the email last week saying that my puzzle would be published today — not Earth Day — but just a typical Thursday in May. After all, "Going Green" is a practice we all should be adopting on a daily basis, not just on one day. Enjoy!

Jeff Chen notes:
Rebus today, the green ECO trigram getting 'reduced' into single squares. And if you squint, the ECO squares almost look like they're ... read more

Rebus today, the green ECO trigram getting "reduced" into single squares. And if you squint, the ECO squares almost look like they're in the shape of a footprint. The heel on the right side, the instep in the middle, the toes on the left? No? Squint harder!

I'm glad Will held onto this one for a while, as once I uncovered GOING GREEN, it made me think back to Liz Gorski's CARBON FOOTPRINT puzzle. Multiple constructors coming up with similar ideas happens all the time, so it was interesting to me to see how differently Tracy and Liz's implementations were.

Famishius Vulgaris Ingeniusi

I enjoyed how Tracy worked ECO into some of the longest entries. SECOND NATURE, DEUCE COUPE, and especially WILE E COYOTE are wonderful. Might have been nice to have the center ECO be similarly integrated into long answers, but 1.) that would make the construction much harder (not being able to separate the middle into a little pocket of its own) and 2.) ICE COLD is a pretty nice entry in itself.

[AA rival] was a head-scratcher for me. What sort of rival would Alcoholics Anonymous have? Is there such a group as Sots ‘R Us? Even when I filled in UA?, I wondered what issues the UAE (or the UAR) could possibly have against tee-totaling. Fun to finally uncover UAL — United Airlines, commonly known as UAL.

And EOLIC made squirm a bit at first, but looking up the word led to thousands of websites about wind power. "Applied eolics" is a neat term to learn.

I felt like the revealer was somewhat of a stretch, as I felt like the link from "reduce one's carbon footprint" to "squish the ECO trigram into a single square" was a bit too indirect for me. And I would have liked a slightly more wide-open grid for a Thursday puzzle. But all in all, some fantastic entries. Any time I get a WILE E COYOTE crossing the Ruy LOPEZ chess opening, I'm going to be pretty happy.

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© 2015, The New York TimesNo. 0507 ( 23,921 )
Across
1. Rishi, in Hinduism : SAGE
5. Farrier's tool : RASP
9. Dry streambed : WASH
13. ___ Perelman, prolific Russian science writer : YAKOV
14. Precollege, briefly : ELHI
15. Lollygag : IDLE
16. Submit taxes online : EFILE
17. It may be in a dish by the sink : SOAP
18. Animal on the Sri Lankan flag : LION
19. Swimming or riding a bike, for most people : SECONDNATURE
21. Workplace antidiscrimination agcy. : EEOC
22. [hic!] producer : SOT
23. 1932 Ford featured in "American Graffiti" : DEUCECOUPE
25. Contents of some six-packs : ABS
28. AA rival : UAL
30. Alter : SPAY
31. Hooey : CLAPTRAP
34. Ruy ___ (chess opening) : LOPEZ
38. One going bald over time? : TIRE
39. Gelid : ICECOLD
42. Well-kept : TIDY
43. Like some anteaters : SPINY
45. Shown at a theater : SCREENED
47. Last inch or so of a foot : TOES
50. Alabama's Wilson ___ : DAM
51. ___-Roman : GRECO
52. Miami area, informally : DADECOUNTY
56. Beat by a hair : NIP
58. La Sorbonne and others : ECOLES
59. Reducing one's carbon footprint ... or a hint to this puzzle's theme : GOINGGREEN
64. It's the geologist's fault : RIFT
65. Weapon in Clue : ROPE
66. Logs : RECORDS
67. Iris holder : UVEA
68. Venerable : AGED
69. Wind-related : EOLIC
70. European blackbird : MERL
71. Snafu : MESS
72. "I Wish" rapper ___-Lo : SKEE
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1. Seattle-based insurance giant : SAFECO
2. Related : AKIN
3. ___ Gym : GOLDS
4. Level off : EVENOUT
5. Doctor's prescription, often : REST
6. Audibly : ALOUD
7. Equities : SHARES
8. Interject : PIPEUP
9. Toon foil? : WILEECOYOTE
10. Bye at the French Open? : ADIEU
11. Knockabout, e.g. : SLOOP
12. Ergo : HENCE
13. Go-ahead : YES
20. Centipede creator : ATARI
24. Berkeley campus nickname : CAL
25. Shticks : ACTS
26. Lie indicator on a polygraph test : BLIP
27. "Slumdog Millionaire" costume part : SARI
29. Insect's resinous secretion : LAC
32. Fundamentalist Christian : PENTECOSTAL
33. River to the Rio Grande : PECOS
35. Worrisome engine noise : PING
36. Pulitzer-winning critic Richard : EDER
37. Some New Orleans music : ZYDECO
40. Certain readout, for short : LCD
41. Sturm und ___ : DRANG
44. Golden rule ender : YOU
46. Some political fugitives : EMIGRES
48. Memory imprint : ENGRAM
49. Slapstick trio member : STOOGE
52. Gentility : DECORUM
53. Full of energy : ALIVE
54. Put aside : DEFER
55. "Holy moly!" : YIPES
57. Make beforehand, as a dinner dish : PRECOOK
60. Actors Beatty and Sparks : NEDS
61. ___ Stanley Gardner (Perry Mason's creator) : ERLE
62. Emmy-winning Falco : EDIE
63. Foreign policy advisory grp. : NSC

Answer summary: 4 unique to this puzzle.

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