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ENRICH

New York Times, Sunday, June 15, 2014

Author:
Tony Orbach
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Tony Orbach

This puzzle:

Rows: 21, Columns: 21 Words: 140, Blocks: 64 Missing: {QX} This is puzzle # 22 for Mr. Orbach. NYT links: Across Lite PDF
Tony Orbach notes:
As with other puzzles that I've done with seemingly random added letters, this one came from having one of the phrases pop into my head — in this case, it was 32-Across (LEAVENING ... read more

As with other puzzles that I've done with seemingly random added letters, this one came from having one of the phrases pop into my head — in this case, it was 32-Across (LEAVENING LAS VEGAS). That the added letters formed a spelled-out letter, and could also be a word or a symbol, presented some nice possibilities for titles and other theme angles, but I decided to just have fun with some silly phrases and leave it at that. I did happen on 90-Down (ENDASH) while filling and thought that would be a nice nod to the theme.

The only theme clue Will changed was 99-Across (ENSIGN OF THE ZODIAC), in which I'd originally referenced the motorized rubber raft brand. It probably is too obscure, but I did enjoy the image of a naval officer being relegated to the command of a rubber raft.

Some other clues were tweaked by Will for the better and for the benefit of the solver. One of the harder ones, my initial AGNEW clue was [Veep who called some opponents "an effete corps of impudent snobs"] — the fact that I'm old enough to remember that event fairly vividly (as well as my mother's pin proclaiming she was "An effete snob for peace" — groovy, baby!) is consistent with the equally mind-blowing fact that I am the proud father of two kids who've gone through college: well, Happy Father's Day to me — and to all you solvers!

Jeff Chen notes:
An experienced constructor and fellow CrosSynergy member, Tony gives us a straightforward 'add-a-letter(s)' type theme today, ENRICH being construed as 'add richness by adding an EN.' Some ... read more

An experienced constructor and fellow CrosSynergy member, Tony gives us a straightforward "add-a-letter(s)" type theme today, ENRICH being construed as "add richness by adding an EN." Some funny resulting phrases, LET ER RIPEN being my favorite. Beautiful base phrase (LET ER RIP!) and an amusing image of a fruit picker maniacally stripping green apples off a tree. CAN I BE FRANKEN also gave me a chuckle.

LEAVENING LAS VEGAS has a nice base phrase (LEAVING LAS VEGAS, possibly the most depressing movie of all time), and I got a kick out of someone sprinkling leavening all over Sin City. So the clue confused me. There is one dictionary definition for "leaven" that goes: "to permeate with an altering or transforming element." But that doesn't seem like a comic's job as much as a city planner's? Perhaps too nit picky on my part. I suppose I shall have to prolong my wait for the leavening fairy's arrival.

Ah, the "breakfast test." This term is bandied about by editors, as to whether or not an entry (or a clue, for that matter) will cause distress for a person doing the crossword over breakfast. Even though Preparation H was disguised within PREPARATION HEN, it gave me a bit of an ick factor. I'm not really a fan of picturing that yellow and blue container, people in ads making all sorts of pained faces as they point at their... apparently this commentary doesn't pass the breakfast test. Sorry about that!

Some nice fill today. P B AND J, now that's a way to start a puzzle. And PONIED UP is good stuff, as is TAKES AIM, and PERFECT TEN is, well, a perfect ten. At first I wondered if it would have been better if there were no other ENs in the puzzle (especially not in the long entries like PERFECT TEN which could possibly be mistaken for themers)? But that seems pretty picky. Silence, stupid constructor's brain!

As with most every Sunday puzzle, there will be compromises. They're just so much harder to create than 15x's. It's a bit unfortunate to see two (var.) tags in one puzzle, one on ALINING (aligning) and the other on ASANTE (Ashanti). And woo-wee, did I have trouble with the ASANTE/SHEREE crossing. Apparently I'm not watching enough "Real Housewives" (okay, so there is a show more depressing than "Leaving Las Vegas"). And ARE NOT/CAN TOO felt a bit much. It's tricky. You want to give the solver great stuff like SHINBONE, but not at too great a price. Very tough to balance, even going up to Will's maximum word count of 140. Tony's grid skeleton is pretty good, lots of space between themers. It's just tough to fill a 21x cleanly with a lot of zest.

Finally, I loved the cluing on [It comes as a shock]. Similar sorts of wordplay have been done before on TREMOR, but I still got fooled, thinking about surprise announcements. But OH NO HE DIDNT didn't fit. Okay fine, I watch "Real Housewives"!

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© 2014, The New York TimesNo. 0615 ( 23,595 )
Across
1
Sack lunch staple, for short : PBANDJ
7
Bumbling sergeant on "Hogan's Heroes" : SCHULTZ
14
Like a universal recipient : TYPEAB
20
Night lights : AURORA
21
Wyoming people : ARAPAHO
22
Chief Theban deity : AMENRA
23
Episode title for a cooking show featuring chicken recipes? : PREPARATIONHEN
25
Alex of "Blazing Saddles" : KARRAS
26
Nixon's veep : AGNEW
27
"Get ___!" : HIM
28
Lighten : EASE
30
Grub : FARE
31
Certain petty officer: Abbr. : YEO
32
Goal for a comic working the Strip? : LEAVENINGLASVEGAS
38
Ballet and others : ARTS
40
Court grp. : NBA
41
Awed : AGOG
42
Gere's wife in "Dr. T & the Women" : FAWCETT
43
Bit of needlework? : TAT
45
What a 9-5 worker worked on? : SAAB
46
Caper movie plot piece : HEIST
47
Informal advice to an overeager picker? : LETERRIPEN
52
"O.K." from Tom Sawyer : YESM
53
Spot, maybe : TVAD
57
Warning : ALERT
58
Floor : WOW
59
German geographical name suffix : STADT
61
"___ Street Blues" : BEALE
62
Jane ___, Helen Mirren's "Prime Suspect" role : TENNISON
64
Roberto Benigni's Oscar-winning role in "Life Is Beautiful" : GUIDO
65
Writing tip : PENNIB
66
Ill. neighbor : IND
67
Request to represent a Minnesota senator's side of a debate? : CANIBEFRANKEN
70
Word shouted immediately before "Feliz Año Nuevo" : UNO
71
Without exception : FORALL
73
Journalist Pyle : ERNIE
74
Well-maintained : INREPAIR
76
Go for ___ : ARIDE
77
Additions and subtractions, of a sort : EDITS
78
Lao-___ : TSE
79
Health care company in the Fortune 100 : AETNA
80
Command : HELM
81
Like one saying "I told you so!" : SMUG
82
Tarzan's response when asked if the noodles are cooked? : RAMENTOUGH
84
"You dig?" reply : IMHIP
86
Murder : DOIN
88
Philip of "Kung Fu" : AHN
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Tries to hear better, say : LEANSIN
92
Either Abby or Martha in "Arsenic and Old Lace" : AUNT
93
Carrying one is part of a tour duty : AMP
95
Performer of tricks? : YOYO
99
Naval officer who's an expert in astrology? : ENSIGNOFTHEZODIAC
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"I'll pass" : NAH
104
Lupino and Tarbell : IDAS
105
Scottish hillside : BRAE
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Basketball goaltending locale : RIM
107
Nimble : LITHE
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"Oh no? I'll show you!" : CANTOO
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Religious ceremony for two Hollywood brothers? : COENORDINATION
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Rearward : ASTERN
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Portmanteau landmass : EURASIA
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It comes as a shock : TREMOR
119
Whitfield of "The Real Housewives of Atlanta" : SHEREE
120
Flower parts : STAMENS
121
Cause for burning at the stake : HERESY
Down
1
Fruit popular in Thai salads : PAPAYA
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Turkey ___ : BURGER
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Playground retort : ARENOT
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"I don't think so" : NOPE
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One might say "y'all" with one : DRAWL
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Rattle : JAR
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Cannabis ___ (marijuana) : SATIVA
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Fiction genre : CRIME
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Vietnamese coin : HAO
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Former "Veronica Mars" airer : UPN
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"Well, ___-di-dah" : LAH
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Option for "Which came first ...?" : THEEGG
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Like London Tube pricing : ZONAL
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Points : TAKESAIM
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Diva Sumac : YMA
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Beauty ideal : PERFECTTEN
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Incense : ENRAGE
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Genesis mount : ARARAT
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Like the lowest of low blows : BASEST
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Pequod captain : AHAB
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Most conservative : SAFEST
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___'acte : ENTR
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Indian bread : NAAN
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Supermarket chain : IGA
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Head : NOB
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Bugs, of a sort : VWS
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Severe : STERN
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A, but not B or C : ARTICLE
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Do some needlework : SEW
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Pleasure seeking : HEDONISM
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Queen of "Chicago" : LATIFAH
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Title girl in a 1968 hit by the Turtles : ELENORE
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Certain shoot : TENDRIL
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When repeated, a happy cry : IWON
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Forked over : PONIEDUP
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When tripled, blah, blah, blah : YADA
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South Pacific archipelago : VANUATU
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Truing: Var. : ALINING
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Kerr of "An Affair to Remember" : DEBORAH
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Muslim mystics : SUFIS
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Need spelling, say : TIRE
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Not worthy of : BENEATH
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Bando of baseball : SAL
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Fellow : GENT
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According to : PER
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Jolly Roger in "Peter Pan," e.g. : BRIG
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One might be brought up in a brawl : KNEE
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Supervise : ADMINISTER
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Showy bloom : PEONY
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Key of Dvorák's Symphony No. 9 : EMINOR
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M&M color replaced by blue : TAN
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Shank : SHINBONE
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Luxuriousness : RITZ
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River whose source is Mount Saint Helena : NAPA
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N.Y.C. sports venue : MSG
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[Forehead slap] : DUH
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1300 hours, to a civilian : ONE
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Classic German cameras : LEICAS
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- : ENDASH
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People of Ghana: Var. : ASANTE
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Paid for dinner, say : ATEOUT
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Title sneaker brand in a Run-D.M.C. hit : ADIDAS
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Food critic Sheraton : MIMI
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Punctually : ONTIME
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Bozos : YAHOOS
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Short story award : OHENRY
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Mugs : FACES
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Politico Hatch : ORRIN
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County near Limerick : CLARE
108
Ancient artery : ITER
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Iron ___ : ORE
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Disco ___ : ERA
113
'60s service site : NAM
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Sugar suffix : OSE
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Ultimate : NTH

Answer summary: 8 unique to this puzzle, 1 debuted here and reused later, 1 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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