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New York Times, Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Author: Tracy Gray
Editor: Will Shortz
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Tracy Gray

This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 76, Blocks: 38 Missing: {JKQVXZ} This is puzzle # 12 for Ms. Gray. NYT links: Across Lite PDF
Tracy Gray notes: Surfing through the tv channels one summer 2013 night, I passed by an old rerun of the soap opera 'AS THE WORLD TURNS' and a ... more
Tracy Gray notes:

Surfing through the tv channels one summer 2013 night, I passed by an old rerun of the soap opera "AS THE WORLD TURNS" and a crossword idea was hatched. I then looked for other phrases where something was rolling, spinning, rotating, revolving, or going around. I was initially surprised at the constraints I ran into when filling the grid, especially since I only had four theme entries, but that was due to the four or five letters "rolling" 360 degrees beneath each theme entry (and I use the term "rolling" in quotes as it's impossible to make a perfect circle in crossword construction). However, with the exception of a few unsavory fill words including everybody's favorite crossword washstand vessel (EWER) and coastal inlet (RIA), I am satisfied with how the puzzle turned out.

Jeff Chen notes: Curious that this wasn't run on a Thursday! Given how hard it is to come up with new gimmicks, methinks this would have slotted in ... more
Jeff Chen notes:

Curious that this wasn't run on a Thursday! Given how hard it is to come up with new gimmicks, methinks this would have slotted in well.

This theme plays on "spinning" or "rolling," where part of the answer (loosely) circles around. SPINNING WHE(ELS) was really nice, evoking an image of the WHEELS actually spinning. Actually, all of them are pretty appropriate, the MERRY going round, the WORLD turning, and the STONES rolling.

I always wanted some Reuleaux triangle wheels on my bike as a kid

It's so difficult to pull something like this off. Each of those little circles causes difficulty in filling, as so many answers have to cross through those tough sections where multiple letters are fixed in stone. It's impressive that Tracy worked POWER NAP and YELLOW SEA around the SPINNING WHEELS. That did make OCH and OSTEAL and OSS necessary, but that seemed a reasonable trade-off given how difficult it is to fill around that section.

And Tracy did a nice job spreading out the esoteric bits. I struggled with IRENEE, MAISIE, YARROW — all names I hadn't heard before — but at least they were weren't concentrated into one region so that I didn't get completely stuck anywhere.

Hilarious clue for LSU. I wondered if they really shouted "Geaux Tigers!" … and apparently they do! Check out the "Geaux" button (groan) on the link.

Overall, I would have liked a more circular shape in the things that circled — the poor STONES chunk down and cut across instead of smoothly circling around, for example. Reminded me of an invention called "Shark Wheels." They look impossible and there's no way they could give a smooth ride, but they do.

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© 2015, The New York TimesNo. 0610 ( 23,955 )
Across Down
1. Newswoman Curry : ANN
4. Un-debugged software version, perhaps : BETA
8. Words on a check : PAYTO
13. Some Eurasian deer : ROES
15. Set in place : LAID
16. Cookies in "Wonderfilled" ads : OREOS
17. Ride on which to try for a brass ring : MERRYGOROUND
19. Reminders of a lashing : WELTS
20. Peter of Peter, Paul and Mary : YARROW
21. Bone-related : OSTEAL
23. Decompose, as a stump : ROTOUT
25. The Bruins' Bobby : ORR
26. Glaswegian "Gee!" : OCH
29. Textile machinery of old : SPINNINGWHEELS
32. Siesta times: Abbr. : AFTS
36. Rue ___-Catherine (main commercial street of Montréal) : STE
37. Williams of "Game of Thrones" : MAISIE
38. Dendrologists' concerns : TREES
40. Words of surprise : OHS
42. Shampoo introduced by Procter & Gamble in 1947 : PRELL
43. Precisely : TOATEE
45. Coastal inlet : RIA
47. Head table's place : DAIS
48. Once-popular TV serial set in Oakdale, Ill. : ASTHEWORLDTURNS
51. P, on campus : RHO
52. To God, in hymns : DEO
53. "Hogan's Heroes" setting : STALAG
57. Tusker in a Beatles title : WALRUS
60. The "I" in E. I. du Pont : IRENEE
62. Academy newbie : PLEBE
64. "Gimme Shelter" band : ROLLINGSTONES
66. Checks out, in a way : OGLES
67. Classic roadside logo name with red lettering in a blue oval : ESSO
68. Referential words : ASTO
69. Histories : PASTS
70. Flutie of football : DOUG
71. Important number on Downing Street : TEN
1. Ant horde : ARMY
2. Lack of musical ability : NOEAR
3. Rio ___ (Amazon feeder) : NEGRO
4. Angry outbursts : BLOWUPS
5. Île surrounder : EAU
6. Martinez of the 1996-2001 Yankees : TINO
7. Builds a wing, say : ADDSON
8. Revitalizing snooze : POWERNAP
9. ___ rug : AREA
10. Waters off the Korean Peninsula : YELLOWSEA
11. Onesie wearer : TOT
12. Covert W.W. II org. : OSS
14. Word processing command : SORT
18. Bipedal Aussies, informally : ROOS
22. Skirt embellishment : TRIM
24. One of the Jackson 5 : TITO
27. Dish in many a cook-off : CHILI
28. Footwear sometimes carried to work : HEELS
30. Faddish 1960s jacket style : NEHRU
31. Encircle with a belt : GIRD
32. Oil from rose petals : ATTAR
33. Campus newbies : FROSH
34. Dish-drying cloths : TEATOWELS
35. Rogen of "The Interview" : SETH
39. Like some rye : SEEDLESS
41. McCartney and Jagger, for two : SIRS
44. Washstand vessel : EWER
46. Scientific calculator function : ANTILOG
49. Promoted a new CD, say : TOURED
50. Bollywood garment : SARI
54. Dunham of "Girls" : LENA
55. Unease, Woody Allen-style : ANGST
56. "Beau ___" : GESTE
58. Aid in a scam, e.g. : ABET
59. Not that great : SOSO
61. Regatta foe of Radley : ETON
62. A lot of Top 40 music : POP
63. Queens airport inits. : LGA
65. Sch. whose sports fans shout "Geaux Tigers!" : LSU

Answer summary: 3 unique to this puzzle, 2 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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