It looks like you're using an Ad Blocker. Please consider supporting our site by purchasing an account.
This web browser is not supported. Use Chrome, Safari, Firefox, or Edge for best results.

New York Times, Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Author:
Fred Piscop
Editor:
Will Shortz
TotalDebutLatestCollabs
15111/22/19936/6/20190
SunMonTueWedThuFriSatVariety
1424262552946
ScrabbleRebusCirclePangram
1.55102
Fred Piscop

This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 76, Blocks: 36 Missing: {Q} This is puzzle # 150 for Mr. Piscop. Jeff Chen's Puzzle of the Week pick. NYT links: Across Lite PDF
Jeff Chen notes:
Loved this puzzle. I've seen dozens of anagram puzzles, so it takes something special for one to stand out. I honestly groaned a bit ... read more

Loved this puzzle. I've seen dozens of anagram puzzles, so it takes something special for one to stand out. I honestly groaned a bit when I read the clue [What NOTICING can anagram to], preparing for a slog of rearranging letters. But something odd happened — I realized that there were more letters in the grid slot than in the anagrammed word! Took a couple of crossings to finally realize that NOTICING had become GIN + TONIC separately, which of course combine to form the common GIN AND TONIC. Great idea!

The JAZZ SINGER, featuring songs by Al Jolson

Each of the four themers worked so beautifully. KISS AND TELL was my second favorite, KISS + TELL anagrammed to the common word, SKILLETS. Fred laid out the themers so nicely, hitting us with his best one first, and ending the puzzle with his second-best to make sure we came away with a strong final impression.

Great bonus fill, too. JAZZ SINGER is a colorful phrase that also includes three rare letters, and WORKAHOLIC is snappy too. Nice also to see EVIL EYES and STORM OUT, along with KEYTAR (a keyboard/guitar combo), even some SMOLDER (crossing KISS AND TELL!), MAN MADE, Dorothy LAMOUR.

All this with virtually no crossword glue? RES and INST are minor offenders, and maybe you could argue that ENID is a bit esoteric, but that's not much at all in total.

Fun PAN AM clue. Some might say that this is an outdated entry since PAN AM is no longer around, but it's a historically important company. And having "flying boats" is pretty interesting. EMBED's clue felt a little strange — a foreign correspondent is really called an EMBED? — but it does appear to be valid usage.

All in all, such an enjoyable solve; a memorable twist on the anagramming theme type.

1
P
2
A
3
N
4
A
5
M
6
E
7
M
8
B
9
E
10
D
11
J
12
O
13
N
14
E
B
O
L
A
15
T
O
I
L
E
16
A
H
A
17
G
I
N
A
N
18
D
T
O
N
I
C
19
Z
I
N
20
S
T
O
R
M
O
U
T
21
K
22
A
Z
O
O
23
M
A
R
24
L
25
I
E
N
S
26
H
27
O
28
W
29
D
A
30
T
31
E
A
N
D
T
I
32
M
33
E
34
E
V
O
35
K
E
36
R
I
M
S
37
E
N
I
D
38
M
I
R
E
39
B
E
G
O
T
40
U
G
L
I
41
I
N
K
Y
42
O
A
H
U
43
S
P
E
N
T
44
N
E
A
T
45
A
N
D
T
R
46
I
M
47
R
E
S
48
H
A
W
K
S
49
M
O
50
T
51
F
52
L
O
R
A
53
E
54
V
I
L
E
55
Y
56
E
57
S
58
O
I
L
59
K
60
I
61
S
S
A
N
D
T
E
L
L
62
U
P
I
63
E
V
I
A
N
64
E
R
A
S
E
65
R
O
C
66
N
E
X
U
S
67
R
A
R
E
D
© 2016, The New York TimesNo. 0622 ( 24,333 )
Across
1
Airline with "flying boats" in the 1930s-'40s : PANAM
6
Certain war zone correspondent : EMBED
11
Rock's Bon Jovi : JON
14
Virus in 2014 news : EBOLA
15
Decorative fabric : TOILE
16
Cry with an epiphany : AHA
17
What NOTICING can anagram to : GINANDTONIC
19
California wine, for short : ZIN
20
Leave in a huff : STORMOUT
21
Hummer's instrument : KAZOO
23
Scratch up : MAR
24
Creditors' holdings : LIENS
26
Question a magician won't answer : HOW
29
What MEDITATE can anagram to : DATEANDTIME
34
Bring out : EVOKE
36
Optician's display : RIMS
37
Geraint's beloved, in Arthurian legend : ENID
38
Mucky ground : MIRE
39
Sired, biblically : BEGOT
40
Wrinkly citrus : UGLI
41
Pitch-black : INKY
42
Home of the first Dole plantation : OAHU
43
Pooped out : SPENT
44
What MARTINET can anagram to : NEATANDTRIM
47
___ judicata : RES
48
"Boots on the ground" advocates : HAWKS
49
Witty rejoinder : MOT
51
Botanist's study : FLORA
53
Talismans, or the curses they protect against : EVILEYES
58
Source of the Beverly Hillbillies' wealth : OIL
59
What SKILLETS can anagram to : KISSANDTELL
62
Headline-delivering org. : UPI
63
Bottled water brand : EVIAN
64
Remove from memory : ERASE
65
Predator of elephants, in myth : ROC
66
Hub : NEXUS
67
Stood on the hind legs, with "up" : RARED
Down
1
Cribbage markers : PEGS
2
Not very much : ABIT
3
Taboo : NONO
4
Function under "Clock" on an iPhone : ALARM
5
Like Lake Mead : MANMADE
6
Ides rebuke : ETTU
7
Not worth debating : MOOT
8
Recyclables holder : BIN
9
Peyton's gridiron brother : ELI
10
Knocked to the canvas : DECKED
11
Groundbreaking Al Jolson title role : JAZZSINGER
12
Neil Young song about Kent State : OHIO
13
Billionth: Prefix : NANO
18
"David Copperfield" wife : DORA
22
Poker order : ANTEUP
24
Dorothy of "Road" movies : LAMOUR
25
Smithsonian, e.g.: Abbr. : INST
26
Leave no escape for : HEMIN
27
Like a merino : OVINE
28
Sleep-deprived employee, maybe : WORKAHOLIC
30
Pirelli patterns : TREADS
31
Arachnid leg count : EIGHT
32
Pooh's creator : MILNE
33
Cuts and pastes : EDITS
35
Shoulder-slung synthesizer : KEYTAR
39
Knock on the noodle : BONK
43
Do a slow burn : SMOLDER
45
Come alive : AWAKEN
46
Poker announcement : IMIN
50
Prefix meaning 51-Down : TETRA
51
Near-impossible N.F.L. point total : FOUR
52
Fat removal, briefly : LIPO
53
Twin of Jacob : ESAU
54
U-Haul rentals : VANS
55
Orbital period : YEAR
56
Choice word : ELSE
57
Flexible Flyer, e.g. : SLED
60
"___ been had!" : IVE
61
Henry VIII wife count : SIX

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

Found bugs or have suggestions?