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ATTENDING PHYSICIANS

New York Times, Sunday, June 12, 2016

Author:
Finn Vigeland
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Finn Vigeland

This puzzle:

Rows: 21, Columns: 21 Words: 140, Blocks: 72 Missing: {Q} Scrabble average: 1.72 This is puzzle # 10 for Mr. Vigeland. NYT links: Across Lite PDF
Finn Vigeland notes:
This is my first add-a-letter-and-create-a-wacky-phrase puzzle in the Times, and my 10th Times puzzle overall. Considering my penchant for puns, I'm surprised it took this long! ... read more

This is my first add-a-letter-and-create-a-wacky-phrase puzzle in the Times, and my 10th Times puzzle overall. Considering my penchant for puns, I'm surprised it took this long! DRWHOSYOURDADDY is definitely my favorite themer. (DRWHOSONFIRST was another contender for the Dr. Who entry, but this one fit better... and made me laugh more.)

Sundays can be a slog to solve sometimes, but they are certainly a lot of fun to construct given the larger canvas to play with. I really enjoyed fitting in entries like SUPERBOWLMVP (so many consonants!), SETHROGEN, SANFRANCISCO, FRATBROS, HUGITOUT, and OHBOOHOO, as well as introducing shorter stuff like JDATE and JLAW (and who doesn't love those J's?).

Pleased that Will and Joel kept probably 90% of my clues. I've always preferred gridwork to cluing, so it's a nice affirmation to see that I'm getting more on track with variety, difficulty and length of clues.

Jeff Chen notes:
A great example of a simple theme executed well. Plenty of constructors have played on DR, by adding it, subtracting it, putting it outside the grid (Doctors Without Borders), etc. But I ... read more

A great example of a simple theme executed well. Plenty of constructors have played on DR, by adding it, subtracting it, putting it outside the grid (Doctors Without Borders), etc. But I like Finn's take, which I haven't quite seen before. The title is perfect — ATTENDING PHYSICIANS indicating to add DR for kooky results — and it was great to get a bonus revealer in THE DOCTOR IS IN. That last phrase fills me with good memories, reading "Peanuts" strip for hours as a kid. Maybe as an adult too. Ahem.

Which DR WHOS YOUR DADDY?

Not all the themers made me laugh, but DR WHOS YOUR DADDY was awesome. Great base phrase, and the image of DR WHO biting his nails while awaiting a paternity test = comedy gold.

What made the puzzle stand out amongst the various DR puzzles is Finn's gridwork. Since the theme concept has the potential to become repetitive and lose solvers' attention, it was really important for Finn to work in a lot of snazzy fill. He did not disappoint, with so many strong entries that he pointed out above.

And that beautiful NE corner! It's tough to fill such a large chunk of white space; so many mid-to-long answers intersecting each other. Finn gave himself the advantage of only one themer constraining that region, and he was able to work in so much — HUG IT OUT, TEAM USA, PSYCHIC my favorites — with no trade-offs. Some say that YASIR ought to be YASSER, but both seem to be in prevalent usage.

The only place I thought was a little rough was the SW corner. READ ONLY, OH BOO HOO, yes! LA NOTTE crossing SYOSSET … not so much. SYOSSET is probably obvious for New Yorkers, but the NYT puzzle is done all across America. I would have liked to see all fair crossings for it, and LA NOTTI or LA NOTTA both seemed plausible.

Otherwise though, some freshness in FRAT BROS (I'm too square to have heard this, but it seems interesting) and a lack of gluey entries besides OSA is a great result. A really strong puzzle I'd happily point novices to.

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© 2016, The New York TimesNo. 0612 ( 24,323 )
Across
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Jump to conclusions : ASSUME
7
Off-guard : ABACK
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Medium : PSYCHIC
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Has reservations : DOUBTS
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It may be waved from the top of a pyramid : POMPOM
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Olympic group in red, white and blue : TEAMUSA
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Result of shaking a soda too hard before opening? : DRPEPPERSPRAY
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Parts of many modern addresses : ATSIGNS
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In ___ (gestating) : UTERO
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Homecoming giveaways : TEES
28
Herbert of the Pink Panther films : LOM
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Limited : FINITE
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5 is a high one : PAR
32
Busy Apr. workers : CPAS
34
Noted sexologist, in her infancy? : BABYDRRUTH
36
Yahoos : BOORS
38
Common tidbits in fried rice : PEAS
40
"Is That All There Is" singer Peggy : LEE
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Any day now : SOON
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Daniel ___ National Forest : BOONE
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Stocking stuffer : COAL
45
Heroine of "The Rocky Horror Picture Show" : JANET
47
Strike caller : UMP
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"The paternity results are in ... it's the protagonist of a long-running BBC sci-fi show!"? : DRWHOSYOURDADDY
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Bury : INTER
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Masseuse's stock : OILS
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Messages you don't want to send to your parents accidentally : SEXTS
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Nosy person's request : MAYISEE
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Watson's creator : IBM
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Element of one's inheritance : GENE
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Go to ___ : POT
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Cousins of gulls : TERNS
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Maiden name of Harry Potter's mother : EVANS
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1970s-'80s Sixers star and friends? : DRJCREW
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Take out to dinner : TREAT
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Area with R.N.s : PREOP
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Disorder that the Ice Bucket Challenge benefited, for short : ALS
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Certain Facebook reaction button : HAHA
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Collar : NAB
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One of Spain's Balearic Islands : MINORCA
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Ones fully agreeing with you, metaphorically : CHOIR
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Kind of pick : AFRO
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"P.U.!" : GROSS
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Controversial TV personality's magical sidekick? : THEWIZARDOFDROZ
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"I'm not overwhelmed" : MEH
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Overwhelms, as with humor : SLAYS
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Ironically, small Starbucks size : TALL
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"Two thumbs up!" : GREAT
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"Quién ___?" ("Who knows?": Sp.) : SABE
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QB's try: Abbr. : ATT
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"Primal Fear" star, 1996 : GERE
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Rimes of country : LEANN
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Hurt a Bond villain? : DODRNOHARM
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A little progress, idiomatically : DENT
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Quick smoke? : CIG
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Loving, as eyes : GOOGOO
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Inits. at Grand Central Terminal : MTA
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Feds : GMEN
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Fanny ___, Barbra Streisand role : BRICE
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Quickly : INHASTE
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Sign on Lucy's "Peanuts" booth ... or a hint to this puzzle's theme : THEDOCTORISIN
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Broccoli pieces : FLORETS
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Four Corners tribe : NAVAJO
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What's played mainly for kicks? : SOCCER
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Mid-Long Island community : SYOSSET
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Rahm Emanuel's post-White House title : MAYOR
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Not on board, say : ASHORE
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Make sense : ADDUP
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"Ish" : SORTA
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Sports bigwig every February : SUPERBOWLMVP
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Alternative to a cab : UBER
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Resort area in northeast Pa. : MTPOCONO
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12-Across's skill : ESP
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"___ moi le déluge" : APRES
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Big name in audio equipment : BOSE
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Audio equipment : AMPS
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Jump-start of sorts, in brief : CPR
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Eucalyptus lovers : KOALAS
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Our Children magazine org. : PTA
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Release : SETFREE
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The P.L.O.'s Arafat : YASIR
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Just below average : CMINUS
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Resolve a dispute in a modern way : HUGITOUT
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Detective's assignment : CASE
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"Butt out!," briefly : MYOB
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Certain airline alerts, for short : ETAS
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Knight's greeting : MYLADY
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Continues forward : PRESSESON
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Topless? : BALD
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Plead not guilty : DENYIT
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___ and aahs : OOHS
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Moue : POUT
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Good listeners : EARS
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"Ask Me Another" airer : NPR
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Suborn : BRIBE
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Directed the rowers : COXED
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Matchmaking site that asks "Do you keep kosher?" : JDATE
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Land in South America : TIERRA
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"You sure got me pegged!" : DOI
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Strong appetite : YEN
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Latin love : AMOR
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Bird so named because of its call : NENE
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Frequent James Franco collaborator : SETHROGEN
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Rock whose name sounds good? : GNEISS
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Certain notebooks : PCS
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Where "The Princess Diaries" is set : SANFRANCISCO
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With 65-Down, technological escalations : ARMS
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See 63-Down : RACES
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"The Hunger Games" star, in tabloids : JLAW
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Pattern for a forensic scientist : WHORL
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Future dealings? : TAROT
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Chip material : POTATO
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Financial ___ : AID
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Dickens nom de plume : BOZ
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Beat : RHYTHM
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Department head : CZAR
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In fine shape : HALE
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Yemeni seaport : ADEN
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Baseball V.I.P.s : GMS
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Like many uneditable files : READONLY
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"Cry me a river!" : OHBOOHOO
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Tabloid twosome : ITEM
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Stereotypically rowdy dudes : FRATBROS
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1961 Michelangelo Antonioni drama : LANOTTE
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Awards won by Stephen King and Agatha Christie : EDGARS
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Successor to South Carolina's Thurmond in the Senate : GRAHAM
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Time to give up? : LENT
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Kentucky Derby winner's wreath : ROSES
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Abbr. on a cover sheet : ATTN
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Furnishings : DECOR
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More dangerous in the winter, say : ICIER
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Comedy, e.g. : GENRE
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Loopy little films? : GIFS
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Down Under greeting : GDAY
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Bad thing to lose : MOJO
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Rolling in it : RICH
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Superlative finish : EST
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Longoria of "Telenovela" : EVA
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She-bear: Sp. : OSA

Answer summary: 11 unique to this puzzle, 2 debuted here and reused later, 1 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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