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New York Times, Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Author: Wren Schultz
Editor: Will Shortz
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This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 78, Blocks: 39 Missing: {QVZ} This is the debut puzzle for Mr. Schultz NYT links: Across Lite PDF
Wren Schultz notes: Did you know ANO in Spanish means something very different than AÑO? Like kind of a big deal difference. When I learned ... more
Wren Schultz notes:

Did you know ANO in Spanish means something very different than AÑO? Like kind of a big deal difference. When I learned that, I realized I'd been entering a dirty word in crossword puzzles for a long time without knowing it. Hence was born the idea for this puzzle: what if a puzzle treated letters with diacritic marks distinctly from the same letter without? What followed was an in depth dive into English words with diacritic marks and what subtleties they carry (like whether the Ä in HÄAGEN DAZS is an umlaut or a diaeresis). The result, my first NYT crossword and a life goal achieved!

Jeff Chen notes: Debut! I really enjoyed corresponding with Wren, who wondered if his pic would be too odd for me, or if his writeup would be too ... more
Jeff Chen notes:

Debut! I really enjoyed corresponding with Wren, who wondered if his pic would be too odd for me, or if his writeup would be too risqué. I loved both — so fun to see a constructor's personality come through. (But don't look up ANO without the TILDE while you're at work. Ahem.)

The Blue ÖYSTER Cult

I had a feeling something with diacritical marks was going on when I hit OYSTER right off the bat. Fun way to kick off the theme, launching it with a metal umlaut. Nice assortment of diacritics, from the UMLAUT to a CIRCUMFLEX (the little hat) to the CEDILLA to the TILDE. I highlighted those four answers below so they're a little easier to pick out.

An impressive amount of theme material crammed in. It might not seem like it, but check out where the four blue words are plus everything that has to work with the four special squares marked in red. Although they're all relatively short words, there are a ton of them. That's always tough to deal with, each successive word stressing a grid more and more.

I thought Wren did a pretty nice job considering the level of difficulty. I'm not hot on Random Roman Numerals, so CMIX at the top center felt awkward. Hard to avoid though, given TILDE and CEDILLA crammed next to each other, constraining things. And the FAROE/SABU crossing … oof. Very tough if not unfair. Otherwise though, not bad to have a few minor ENE SLO ILO bits strewn about.

It's a shame that there's no crossword symmetry in the grid. It's impossible to achieve with the four themers of course, but it would have been nice to at least get the four special squares in symmetrical spots.

And the real shame? I was so hoping for Wren to cleverly work in ANO … without the TILDE. How fun would that have been, to secretly use the subversive definitions! That would never have slipped past Will. But a guy can hope.

Looking forward to more from the juggler.

JimH notes: The marks in question have been added to the four letters below although, depending on the device you're reading this on, they can be hard ... more
JimH notes: The marks in question have been added to the four letters below although, depending on the device you're reading this on, they can be hard to see. Patrick Merrell had a similar idea in 2010 with tilde Ns and David Kahn crossed acute Es in 2012.
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© 2016, The New York TimesNo. 0601 ( 24,312 )
Across Down
1. Screwed up big-time : BLEWIT
7. Early 10th-century year : CMIX
11. Fit to be tied : MAD
14. Dickinson with a modeling agency : JANICE
15. Leisure : EASE
16. Fire truck accessory : AXE
17. Rock's Blue ___ Cult : OYSTER
18. Scott in 1857 news : DRED
19. ___ de la Cité : ILE
20. Triple Crown stat : RBI
21. Eventually : INTIME
23. Orch. section : STR
24. Supreme Court justice who replaced Stevens : KAGAN
26. U.N. agcy. that promotes "decent work for all women and men" : ILO
27. ___ Islands (autonomous part of Denmark) : FAROE
29. G.O.P. org. : RNC
30. Well-wisher's wish : ALLTHEBEST
32. Erik of "CHiPs" : ESTRADA
34. Gives the slip : ELUDES
35. Ariz.-to-Kan. direction : ENE
36. ___-mo replay : SLO
37. Odin's realm : ASGARD
41. Muscle builder for Popeye : SPINACH
45. Mark in the intersection of 19-Across and 11-Down : CIRCUMFLEX
47. Coffeehouse combo, often : DUO
48. Lightning Bolt : USAIN
49. "Footloose" hero ___ McCormack : REN
50. To a degree, informally : SORTA
52. Denouement : END
53. Awaited a tongue depressor, maybe : SAIDAH
55. Tempe sch. : ASU
56. 12 meses : ANO
57. "You ___?" (butler's line) : RANG
58. French waiter : GARCON
60. E-guffaw : LOL
61. Advance slowly : INCH
62. Mark in the intersection of 17-Across and 1-Down : UMLAUT
63. Part of a financial portfolio, for short : IRA
64. Greet's partner : MEET
65. "___ Fables" : AESOPS
1. One-named singer from Iceland : BJORK
2. Expose for all to see : LAYBARE
3. Midshipmen, after commission : ENSIGNS
4. Jokester : WIT
5. Strand at a ski lodge, maybe : ICEIN
6. Migratory seabird : TERN
7. Mark in the intersection of 58-Across and 43-Down : CEDILLA
8. Rocky Mountains rodent : MARMOT
9. "Gotcha" : ISEE
10. Struck (out) : XED
11. Restaurant V.I.P. : MAITRED
12. Frontman of the "Welcome to the Jungle" band : AXLROSE
13. Poor grade : DEE
22. Mark in the intersection of 56-Across and 38-Down : TILDE
23. "Elephant Boy" boy : SABU
25. Don't just sit there : ACT
27. Arsonist, e.g. : FELON
28. Alf and Mork, for short : ETS
30. The N.C.A.A.'s Aggies, informally : AANDM
31. DNA strand shape : HELIX
33. Any airing of "Friends," now : RERUN
36. Pass, as time : SPEND
37. Prefix with pressure : ACU
38. Opposite of "No way, José!"? : SISENOR
39. What may be in a breakfast bar : GRANOLA
40. Pepto-Bismol target : ACID
41. Deceptive dexterity : SLEIGHT
42. Hoopla : ADO
43. Neighbor of Aruba : CURACAO
44. Steaming bowlful : HOTSOUP
46. Champagne's place : FRANCE
50. "Tsk, tsk!" : SHAME
51. Em and Polly, in literature : AUNTS
53. Mentally together : SANE
54. Contents of un lago : AGUA
56. Boxing's "Louisville Lip" : ALI
57. Backboard attachment : RIM
59. "Treasure Island" monogram : RLS

Answer summary: 5 unique to this puzzle, 1 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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