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New York Times, Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Author:
Molly Young and David J. Kahn
Editor:
Will Shortz
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This puzzle:

Rows: 16, Columns: 15 Words: 81, Blocks: 42 Missing: {FQ} This is the debut puzzle for Ms. Young. This is puzzle # 160 for Mr. Kahn. NYT links: Across Lite PDF
Constructor notes:
DAVID: Molly attended one of my crossword programs at the 92nd Street Y in NYC a few years ago and won the crossword-solving contest ... read more

DAVID: Molly attended one of my crossword programs at the 92nd Street Y in NYC a few years ago and won the crossword-solving contest at the end of the program. We've been brainstorming a bit since for good theme ideas and this puzzle is the result ... and Molly's first in the NYT!

MOLLY: I met David at the 92Y and he was kind enough to tutor me on my puzzlin'. A couple of previous submissions to Will Shortz on my part had been rejected (for sound reasons), so I thought it would be funny to submit a puzzle with the theme of rejection. (Har har.) In a confounding twist of events, this one was accepted. I'm grateful to Mr. Kahn for schooling me the dark arts of crossword puzzles!

Jeff Chen notes:
Debut! Fun facts about famous people who turned down awards, like I did with my Emmy Award and my Fields Medal. If anyone in Oslo is ... read more

Debut! Fun facts about famous people who turned down awards, like I did with my Emmy Award and my Fields Medal. If anyone in Oslo is listening, I'm pre-turning down my NOBEL / PRIZE too. So there.

I'll take Sartre's Nobel if he really doesn't want it ...

I didn't realize the brilliant JEAN PAUL SARTRE turned down a NOBEL / PRIZE. Or DAVID BOWIE a KNIGHTHOOD. Or GEORGE C SCOTT an ACADEMY AWARD. Crazy! And awesome.

The layout felt confusing to me, as all the cross-referencing discombobulated me. I finally realized that people and their turned-down awards were placed in symmetrical positions, so that helped ... until I got to JEAN PAUL SARTRE. I've color coded the answers below to help out.

It would have been helpful for the person and their award to be closer together in the grid, but I couldn't figure out how to make that happen with this set. Maybe if there had been a set of four people who had turned down the EGOT (Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, Tony)? But with this collection, the presented layout seems like the only possible execution.

With seven themers spread throughout the grid, there are many places where across answers have to run through two themers — causes all sorts of constraints. I really like upper right, with JALOPIES and EYEBALLS running through JEAN PAUL SARTRE and NOBEL with just an ESS as a minor blip. Strong work there.

The middle is a perfect example of trade-offs that must be evaluated. With so many across answers running through two of DAVID BOWIE, JEAN PAUL SARTRE, and KNIGHTHOOD, it's going to be tough to get that center perfectly smooth. The I??L pattern is tough, IDOL one of the few good choices. But UNSOWN is already in the way. So ICEL it is, crossing the not-as-well-known-as-it-should-be NCR.

Overall, a tough set of constraints, especially for a debut puzzle. And I quite enjoyed the factoids about rejection — I'm thinking about pre-rejecting Will for a few puzzles of mine he's now considering.

JUST A JOKE HA HA HA! Please accept my puzzles, grovel grovel.

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© 2015, The New York TimesNo. 0617 ( 23,962 )
Across
1. Pushed : URGED
6. Charming : WINSOME
13. Vacillate : SEESAW
15. Hardly luxury cars : JALOPIES
16. Develop over time : EVOLVE
17. Scrutinizes : EYEBALLS
18. 1921 play that introduced the word "robot" : RUR
19. Rombauer of cooking : IRMA
21. Struck (out) : XED
22. Part of a geom. line : SEG
23. ___ list : DEANS
25. Some jets : LEARS
29. Decline, as in popularity : EBB
31. Mother's Day destination, maybe : SPA
32. Riff, vocally : SCAT
33. Modern prefix with aggression : MICRO
35. Certain sealant : CAULK
38. Hot weather cooler : ADE
39. Like virgin soil : UNSOWN
41. Hot Japanese bowlful : UDON
42. Slight downturn : DIP
43. Yolk container : SAC
44. Home of the elves known as huldufólk: Abbr. : ICEL
46. Join the conversation : PIPEUP
48. "How was ___ know?" : ITO
49. Wipe, as a hard drive : ERASE
51. "I want that ... NOW!" : GIMME
52. Lousy eggs? : NITS
54. Easy April Fools' victim : SAP
55. Casual greeting : HEY
56. "Out of bed!" : GETUP
58. Dog biscuit, e.g. : TREAT
60. Surprising discovery at the Lascaux cave that's 17,000 years old : ART
63. Supporter of a sort : BRA
65. Programming pro, e.g. : TECH
66. Word with cry or crime : WAR
67. Quick quip : ONELINER
71. So far : TODATE
73. Vertical strip on a map : TIMEZONE
74. Grow tired of : SOURON
75. Takes up the slack? : TAUTENS
76. Failed to : DIDNT
Down
1. ___ manual : USERS
2. Stage offering : REVUE
3. Actor who refused a 26-Down in 1971 : GEORGECSCOTT
4. Class for a future citizen, for short : ESL
5. Rock star who refused a 37-Down in 2003 : DAVIDBOWIE
6. Direction : WAY
7. Holly tree : ILEX
8. See 15-Down : NOBEL
9. Black suit : SPADES
10. Big Alaska resource : OIL
11. With 67-Down, Polo Grounds star : MEL
12. Suffix with count : ESS
14. "___ back" : WERE
15. Playwright who refused an 8-/57-Down in 1964 : JEANPAULSARTRE
20. Like some Fr. nouns : MASC
24. Mideast royal house : SAUD
26. See 3-Down : ACADEMYAWARD
27. Bygone component in luminous paint : RADIUM
28. Onetime home of the Huns : STEPPE
30. Dude : BRO
33. Often-idle thought : MUSING
34. How about one in three pro soccer games ends : INATIE
36. Cut off : LOP
37. See 5-Down : KNIGHTHOOD
40. Big A.T.M. maker : NCR
45. Big ___ : EAST
47. Faceful for a clown : PIE
50. Poker game? : EPEE
53. Apartment hunter's option : SUBLET
57. See 15-Down : PRIZE
59. Pulls the trigger, so to speak : ACTS
61. Finger : RATON
62. Council site of 1545 : TRENT
64. Not long from now : ANON
67. See 11-Down : OTT
68. Long of Showtime's "House of Lies" : NIA
69. Bird with calf muscles : EMU
70. Type units : ENS
72. Some bad P.R. for a celeb : DUI

Answer summary: 1 unique to this puzzle, 2 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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