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DOUBLE QUOTE

New York Times, Sunday, July 10, 2016

Author: Patrick Berry
Editor: Will Shortz
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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 incorporate the quote ... more
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 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 Down
1. 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
23. 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
61. First secretary of homeland security : TOMRIDGE
62. Tank tops? : GASCAPS
64. Make noise while asleep : SAWWOOD
66. Corresponding expense? : POSTAGE
67. First-chair violinist, perhaps : SOLOIST
68. Person with an account : NARRATOR
71. Political org. dating to 1854 : GOP
74. Bear witness : ATTEST
75. Painkiller first sold in 1950 : PERCODAN
76. Unable to continue : DONE
77. Nameless network user : GUEST
78. Some dumps : ASHHEAPS
80. Image Awards org. : NAACP
81. Hall of announcing : EDD
82. Pan's home, in myth : ARCADIA
84. Minority branch of Islam : SHIITES
86. Longtime Texas politico Phil : GRAMM
87. Free throws, e.g. : SETSHOTS
91. ___ horn : ALTO
94. Judges to be : DEEMS
97. Use as a bed : LIEON
98. Mom-to-aunt term : SIS
101. Actress Mason : MARSHA
103. Journalist/columnist Carl : HIAASEN
105. France : madame :: Italy : ___ : DONNA
107. Request for permission : BYYOURLEAVE
109. Showing few lights, as cities during W.W. II : DIMMEDOUT
112. Follow : ENSUE
113. Beeper from "a long time ago," informally : ARTOO
114. Speaker of this puzzle's "double quote" : YOGIBERRA
115. Have another crack at : RETRY
116. Long : YEARN
117. Humorist Bombeck : ERMA
118. Spotted (containing the last part of the "double quote") : SEEN
1. Like vindaloo : SPICY
2. Golfer Palmer, to fans : ARNIE
3. Health care giant : AETNA
4. Disputed North Pole visitor : BYRD
5. Sir, in Surrey : GUV
6. Emulate : APE
7. Head guy in "Hamlet"? : YORICK
8. Draw in : ENTICE
9. Difficult duty : ONUS
10. Market problem : PANIC
11. Technology eschewers : AMISH
12. Not secured, as a gate : LEFTOPEN
13. Reagan-era program, in brief : SDI
14. Went over : READ
15. Crosses the sill : ENTERS
16. Pernod flavoring : ANISE
17. Crowd scenes? : RIOTS
18. "Woman With a Parasol" painter : MONET
20. Kikkoman product : SOY
25. "Oliver!" director Reed : CAROL
28. "___ any drop to drink": Coleridge : NOR
31. Repent of : RUE
32. Consents to : OKS
34. "Bearded" flower : IRIS
36. Celebrate gloatingly : CROW
37. Grown-up pullet : HEN
38. Deceptive police op : STING
40. Freight train component : FLATCAR
41. Delicately applies : DABS
42. Be deserving of : EARN
43. Treated with a preservative, as telephone poles : CREOSOTED
45. Teen spots : ACNE
46. Michael's wife in "The Godfather" : KAY
47. One who seems responsible but isn't : SCAPEGOAT
48. Faux sophistication : AIRS
49. Slam : DIS
51. Reform Party founder : PEROT
52. "Idylls of the King" woman : ENID
53. Shaver : LAD
55. Without a date : STAG
57. Explicitly : TOWIT
58. Med. care options : HMOS
59. ___ Villa (English football club) : ASTON
61. Like major generals : TWOSTAR
62. Pushes : GOADS
63. Nonhuman 1930s film star : ASTA
65. Draft picks : ALES
66. Gun full of blanks, maybe : PROP
67. Shirt ornament : STUD
68. Fanta competitor : NEHI
69. Quarters : AREAS
70. Record label owned by Sony : RCA
72. As soon as : ONCE
73. Fires (up) : PEPS
74. "We are always the same ___ inside": Gertrude Stein : AGE
75. Nth degree? : PHD
76. Place for a throne : DAIS
78. It's all downhill from here : ACME
79. "I feel that way, too" : SAMEHERE
80. Hairsplitter's objection : NIT
83. Storm shower? : RADAR
84. "Homeland" network, for short : SHO
85. Darling : HON
86. Take a turn for the worse : GOSOUR
88. High rollers? : ELS
89. Add color to, in a way : TIEDYE
90. Lead-in to -itis : SENIOR
91. It may contain bugs : AMBER
92. Football Hall-of-Famer Bobby : LAYNE
93. Private meeting : TRYST
95. Mazda two-seater : MIATA
96. Fully enjoy : SAVOR
98. [Bo-o-oring!] : SNORE
99. Harden : INURE
100. Underworld figure : SATAN
102. Vietnam War copter : HUEY
104. "___ Flux" (1990s animated series) : AEON
105. Cotillion attendee : DEB
106. Horatian collection : ODES
108. Put : LAY
110. "Gone With the Wind" studio : MGM
111. 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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