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DOUBLE QUOTE

New York Times, Sunday, July 10, 2016

Author:
Patrick Berry
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Patrick Berry

This puzzle:

Rows: 21, Columns: 21 Words: 144, Blocks: 75 Missing: {JQXZ} This is puzzle # 213 for Mr. Berry. NYT links: Across Lite PDF
Jeff Chen notes:
Different take on a quote puzzle, YOGI BERRA's famous 'A nickel ain't worth a dime anymore' shown in double-letters. I liked the attempt to differentiate this from other quote puzzles by ... read more

Different take on a quote puzzle, YOGI BERRA's famous "A nickel ain't worth a dime anymore" shown in double-letters. I liked the attempt to differentiate this from other quote puzzles by incorporate the quote using doubled letters. Sort of references the quote itself, given that two nickels do equal a dime.

The quote of a quote puzzle has to have great humorous or thoughtful impact in order to make all the solving work worth it. The a-ha moment for me wasn't as strong as I would have liked, mainly because it felt like there wasn't a very strong connection between the Yogiism and the fact that it was presented in double letters. I wonder if a different quote about "seeing double" would have been better?

Very difficult to pull off this grid, considering how many doubled letters PB had to work with — and in order! I liked getting some SCAPEGOAT, GAS CAPS, INTROVERT answers, which helped to keep me interested during my solve.

I did hitch at the various SDI (Will has said he wants to phase this one out), REARM, ASTA, SNO, EDD entries, because this is PB we're talking about, the master of smooth grids. This assortment of crossword glue would go unnoticed if this were any other constructor, but Patrick's bar is so high that this felt like a letdown. And having to go to 144 words — four past Will's usual maximum — was even more unusual.

So I investigated. Is it really THAT tough to pull off this feat of so many doubled letters, in order? Turns out, yes — and in spades! I played around with a grid to see if I might be able to put some more space between double letters, deploy black squares differently, etc., but there are so many of those letter pairs to work with. This is a much, much, much more difficult task than I had originally thought.

Given that, I appreciated this puzzle more than my original impression. Still, it would have been nice to get a stronger a-ha punch connecting the quote and the execution.

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© 2016, The New York TimesNo. 0710 ( 24,351 )
Across
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Onetime Scandinavian automaker (containing the first part of the "double quote") : SAAB
5
Music's Prince of Soul : GAYE
9
Precious Australian exports : OPALS
14
Abandon détente : REARM
19
Victimizes : PREYSUPON
21
Like pets but not strays : NAMED
22
2015 Oscar winner Morricone : ENNIO
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Solitary sort : INTROVERT
24
Dream of many Koreans : UNIFICATION
26
Youngest "Brady Bunch" daughter : CINDY
27
"No, no, it's my treat!" : IINSIST
29
"___ Fideles" : ADESTE
30
Senatorial vote : YEA
31
"Key Largo" gangster Johnny : ROCCO
33
Church group : CHOIR
35
Break : REST
36
Time periods in a polo match : CHUKKERS
39
U people? : PROFS
41
Authoritarian announcements : DECREES
44
Catch something : TAKEILL
47
In the doldrums : SAD
50
Golden calf's maker : AARON
51
Birds with throat pouches : PELICANS
54
Comp-sci acronym : ASCII
56
Steep : BREW
57
Sitcom whose title character was Fran Fine : THENANNY
59
Perfumery oils : ATTARS
60
___-Cat : SNO
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First secretary of homeland security : TOMRIDGE
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Tank tops? : GASCAPS
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Make noise while asleep : SAWWOOD
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Corresponding expense? : POSTAGE
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First-chair violinist, perhaps : SOLOIST
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Person with an account : NARRATOR
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Political org. dating to 1854 : GOP
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Bear witness : ATTEST
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Painkiller first sold in 1950 : PERCODAN
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Unable to continue : DONE
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Nameless network user : GUEST
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Some dumps : ASHHEAPS
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Image Awards org. : NAACP
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Hall of announcing : EDD
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Pan's home, in myth : ARCADIA
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Minority branch of Islam : SHIITES
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Longtime Texas politico Phil : GRAMM
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Free throws, e.g. : SETSHOTS
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___ horn : ALTO
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Judges to be : DEEMS
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Use as a bed : LIEON
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Mom-to-aunt term : SIS
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Actress Mason : MARSHA
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Journalist/columnist Carl : HIAASEN
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France : madame :: Italy : ___ : DONNA
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Request for permission : BYYOURLEAVE
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Showing few lights, as cities during W.W. II : DIMMEDOUT
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Follow : ENSUE
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Beeper from "a long time ago," informally : ARTOO
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Speaker of this puzzle's "double quote" : YOGIBERRA
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Have another crack at : RETRY
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Long : YEARN
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Humorist Bombeck : ERMA
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Spotted (containing the last part of the "double quote") : SEEN
Down
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Like vindaloo : SPICY
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Golfer Palmer, to fans : ARNIE
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Health care giant : AETNA
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Disputed North Pole visitor : BYRD
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Sir, in Surrey : GUV
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Emulate : APE
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Head guy in "Hamlet"? : YORICK
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Draw in : ENTICE
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Difficult duty : ONUS
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Market problem : PANIC
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Technology eschewers : AMISH
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Not secured, as a gate : LEFTOPEN
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Reagan-era program, in brief : SDI
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Went over : READ
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Crosses the sill : ENTERS
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Pernod flavoring : ANISE
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Crowd scenes? : RIOTS
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"Woman With a Parasol" painter : MONET
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Kikkoman product : SOY
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"Oliver!" director Reed : CAROL
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"___ any drop to drink": Coleridge : NOR
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Repent of : RUE
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Consents to : OKS
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"Bearded" flower : IRIS
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Celebrate gloatingly : CROW
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Grown-up pullet : HEN
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Deceptive police op : STING
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Freight train component : FLATCAR
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Delicately applies : DABS
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Be deserving of : EARN
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Treated with a preservative, as telephone poles : CREOSOTED
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Teen spots : ACNE
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Michael's wife in "The Godfather" : KAY
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One who seems responsible but isn't : SCAPEGOAT
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Faux sophistication : AIRS
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Slam : DIS
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Reform Party founder : PEROT
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"Idylls of the King" woman : ENID
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Shaver : LAD
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Without a date : STAG
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Explicitly : TOWIT
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Med. care options : HMOS
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___ Villa (English football club) : ASTON
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Like major generals : TWOSTAR
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Pushes : GOADS
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Nonhuman 1930s film star : ASTA
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Draft picks : ALES
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Gun full of blanks, maybe : PROP
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Shirt ornament : STUD
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Fanta competitor : NEHI
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Quarters : AREAS
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Record label owned by Sony : RCA
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As soon as : ONCE
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Fires (up) : PEPS
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"We are always the same ___ inside": Gertrude Stein : AGE
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Nth degree? : PHD
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Place for a throne : DAIS
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It's all downhill from here : ACME
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"I feel that way, too" : SAMEHERE
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Hairsplitter's objection : NIT
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Storm shower? : RADAR
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"Homeland" network, for short : SHO
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Darling : HON
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Take a turn for the worse : GOSOUR
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High rollers? : ELS
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Add color to, in a way : TIEDYE
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Lead-in to -itis : SENIOR
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It may contain bugs : AMBER
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Football Hall-of-Famer Bobby : LAYNE
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Private meeting : TRYST
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Mazda two-seater : MIATA
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Fully enjoy : SAVOR
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[Bo-o-oring!] : SNORE
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Harden : INURE
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Underworld figure : SATAN
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Vietnam War copter : HUEY
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"___ Flux" (1990s animated series) : AEON
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Cotillion attendee : DEB
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Horatian collection : ODES
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Put : LAY
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"Gone With the Wind" studio : MGM
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Verdi's "O patria ___" : MIA

Answer summary: 10 unique to this puzzle, 2 debuted here and reused later, 3 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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