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New York Times, Sunday, July 12, 2015

Author:
Patrick Berry
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Patrick Berry

This puzzle:

Rows: 21, Columns: 21 Words: 140, Blocks: 76 Missing: {JQXZ} This is puzzle # 199 for Mr. Berry. NYT links: Across Lite PDF
Jeff Chen notes:
Classic Patrick Berry, a wordplay theme executed extremely cleanly. Interesting idea to 'double' the starts of common phrases, with some surprising results like COUP D'ETAT changing to ... read more

Classic Patrick Berry, a wordplay theme executed extremely cleanly. Interesting idea to "double" the starts of common phrases, with some surprising results like COUP D'ETAT changing to CUCKOO D'ETAT. I appreciated the complicated spelling change and the fact that the two syllables in CUCKOO sound alike but with have different spellings. COCOA CONSPIRATORS was nice too.

CHEOPS, aka Khufu, for whom the Great Pyramid was built

The others weren't as strong for me, as I've seen CHOO-CHOO ___ used in a few other wordplay themes. Having the repeated syllables spelled exactly the same also didn't seem as clever as the themers mentioned above.

I like how Patrick tends to stick to the maximum of 140 words in his Sunday puzzles. It's hard enough to fill a 21x21 grid with colorful, clean material, and going for a lower word count makes the task very rough. Here, he works in the neat PERFIDY and PLENITUDE, and SIMOLEON and SARCASM work well too. There isn't as much stellar fill as I'm used to seeing out of a PB grid, but there was enough to keep me interested. The 6-letter stuff like CHEOPS, GO-KART, MOSEYS helps out.

And of course, the cleanliness factor is through the roof. Sailed through this one without even noting a single entry I hitched on. AMVETS was new to me, but it's something I really ought to know more about. ALYDAR was also new, but such a neat piece of trivia — coming in second in each of the three 1978 Triple Crown races must have been heartbreaking.

I would have liked a little more zest, a little more zing in both the themers and fill, but it did exhibit that trademark PB smoothness.

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© 2015, The New York TimesNo. 0712 ( 23,987 )
Across
1. Hamlet : BURG
5. Possible cause of red eyes : FLASH
10. Collared one : PERP
14. Poker in a western : SPUR
18. College sports' ___ Valley Conference : OHIO
19. Disease spread by bats : RABIES
21. Nefarious : EVIL
22. "Casablanca" role : ILSA
23. Bird involved in French government affairs? : CUCKOODETAT
25. Fulminate : RAGE
26. Come together : MEET
27. Leading the pack : AHEAD
28. Glittering ballet costume? : TUTUOFDIAMONDS
31. Brings up : REARS
34. Was nosy : PRIED
35. "Prince ___" ("Aladdin" song) : ALI
36. Flipper? : SPATULA
39. Raced with runners : SKIED
41. "You can stop explaining" : IGETIT
44. Tree with samaras : ELM
45. "La Bohème" song in which Rodolfo regrets saying too much to his lover? : MIMIANDMYBIGMOUTH
49. Except for : SAVE
51. Site of Italy's Blue Grotto : CAPRI
52. Barclays Center player : ISLANDER
53. "I'll obey your medical advice!"? : AYEAYEDOCTOR
57. Bath bathroom : LOO
58. Prey for a dingo : EMU
59. Coat of arms element : MOTTO
60. 1969 Nabokov novel : ADA
61. Don Everly's singing brother : PHIL
63. Reaction to a slug : OOF
66. Guarantee : ENSURE
68. Harry's 1948 Dixiecrat opponent : STROM
70. Horror film featuring Ghostface : SCREAM
74. Collared one : PET
75. Miss Woodhouse of Hartfield : EMMA
76. Stand-up comic's need : MIC
79. Echo tester's word : HELLO
80. Car care brand : STP
83. Paul Newman title role : HUD
85. Lionel trains? : CHOOCHOOTOYS
88. Mesabi Range excavation : IRONMINE
91. Oscar winner Garson : GREER
92. Big butcher purchase : SIDE
93. Group planning a hostile takeover of Swiss Miss? : COCOACONSPIRATORS
98. "Here's an idea ..." : SAY
99. Facebook profile feature : STATUS
100. Plywood sheet : PANEL
101. Nail-removing tool : PINCERS
103. Driveway sealant : TAR
104. Become tainted : SPOIL
106. Former SAG president Ed : ASNER
107. "That's my last trip to the store, ever!"? : BYEBYEPRODUCTS
112. Indicates, as a gauge : READS
116. Letup : LULL
117. Reserve : BOOK
118. One who's pretentious as hell? : CHICHIDEVIL
121. Study too much, say : OGLE
122. No-show in Hubbard's cupboard : BONE
123. Fictional resort in a 1988 #1 hit : KOKOMO
124. Washed up, careerwise : DONE
125. Stands abuse? : BOOS
126. Flexible Flyer, e.g. : SLED
127. Climber's spike : PITON
128. Wet blanket? : SNOW
Down
1. Florida city, for short : BOCA
2. "Ain't gonna happen" : UHUH
3. "Dirty" dish : RICE
4. Track vehicle : GOKART
5. Back again : FRO
6. Youth : LAD
7. Provides a hideaway for, maybe : ABETS
8. Undisturbed, after "in" : SITU
9. Qualifying race : HEAT
10. Breach of trust : PERFIDY
11. Skirt : EVADE
12. Having no flex : RIGID
13. Entreaty : PLEA
14. Buck, in old slang : SIMOLEON
15. More-than-adequate supply : PLENITUDE
16. Like Goodwill wares : USED
17. "Dagnabbit!" : RATS
20. Half-witted : STUPID
24. Classical performance hall : ODEUM
29. Utah Valley University city : OREM
30. Soft rock? : MAGMA
32. Dennis the Menace's mom : ALICE
33. Holiday Inn rival : RAMADA
36. Oil source for Asian cooking : SESAME
37. Exploit : PLAYON
38. Lobbying org. formed in 1944 : AMVETS
39. "Yeah, I bet," e.g. : SARCASM
40. Intertwined : KNIT
41. Digs in the Arctic : IGLOOS
42. List entry : ITEM
43. "Whatever Gets You ___ the Night" (Lennon song) : THRU
46. Device once sold in a U2 Special Edition : IPOD
47. Unwelcome bit of mail : BILL
48. Prefix with metric : ISO
50. Consume : EATUP
54. The olden days : YORE
55. Actress in "Selma," familiarly : OPRAH
56. Chi-___ (Christian symbol) : RHO
62. Sinful : IMMORAL
64. Diez menos dos : OCHO
65. Neck lines? : FRETS
67. Law school course : ETHICS
69. Network owned by Showtime : TMC
71. Children's heroine with the dog Weenie : ELOISE
72. Runner-up in every 1978 Triple Crown race : ALYDAR
73. Perambulates, western-style : MOSEYS
75. Source of four great rivers, in the Bible : EDEN
77. "Law & Order: SVU" actor : ICET
78. Ruler entombed in the Great Pyramid : CHEOPS
80. Sets (on) : SICS
81. Dressage gait : TROT
82. Western city named after a Shoshone chief : POCATELLO
84. Card game from Mattel : UNO
86. Grimm figure : OGRE
87. Hatch in the Senate : ORRIN
89. Important people : NOTABLES
90. Tabloid show beginning in 1991 : MAURY
94. Given a start : SPOOKED
95. Not working as a volunteer : PAID
96. Favored by fortune : INLUCK
97. Radio-era dummy : SNERD
102. Religious doctrines : CREEDS
104. Cylindrical holder : SPOOL
105. Lying flat : PRONE
106. Berkshire racecourse site : ASCOT
107. Indistinct shape : BLOB
108. 1980s auto : YUGO
109. Dies down : EBBS
110. Blender setting : CHOP
111. Polynesian idol : TIKI
113. ___-by-the-Sea, N.J. : AVON
114. Rat Pack nickname : DINO
115. Multitude : SLEW
119. Coverage provider, for short : HMO
120. Particle in seawater : ION

Answer summary: 8 unique to this puzzle, 3 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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