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ARTFUL THINKING

New York Times, Sunday, July 21, 2013

Author:
Tracy Bennett
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Tracy Bennett

This puzzle:

Rows: 21, Columns: 21 Words: 140, Blocks: 70 Missing: none – this is a pangram. This is the debut puzzle for Ms. Bennett. NYT links: Across Lite PDF
Tracy Bennett notes:

My favorite puzzles to solve are those with punny themes like those by Merl Reagle. The phrase FEET OF KLEE came to me, and though it didn't make the grid, it started the wheels turning. First I identified reasonably familiar names of artists that would lend themselves to punning. Eventually I pared the list down to only painters. The phrases played on had to be solidly in the language, especially as I'd be offering puns that were not quite sound-alikes (groaners). For a while I wanted only musical phrases, but there weren't enough for a Sunday grid.

The original cluing scheme featured a reference to the artist's period or style while giving a nod to the original sense of the underlying phrase. These clues weren't consistently clever — some were good, some were strained — and they weren't unified as a set. Will reworked the clues, making them more coherent stylistically and more accessible to solvers unfamiliar with the periods/styles of the artists.

My mentor, Vic Fleming, found a discouraging number of weak entries in the first fill I came up with; I reconfigured the entries and moved blocks until I got better fill. Will tweaked the opening NW corner, which happily provided the letters needed for a pangram. This was my debut puzzle for the Times. I studied every editorial change like it was a koan. I aim to make increasingly refined puzzles that are reliably well-conceived and well-clued. Still learning.

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© 2013, The New York TimesNo. 0721 ( 23,266 )
Across
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Whammy : JINX
5
Where les enfants might play : PARC
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Rendered speechless : AGHAST
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Female lobsters : HENS
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Every which way : AMOK
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Subject for a mariachi band : AMOR
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Insubstantial : MEAGER
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Like Voldemort : EVIL
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Artist's favorite spiritual? : WADEINTHEWATTEAU
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Ablution, e.g. : RITE
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Firefighter's need, maybe : AXE
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Summer Olympics host after London : RIO
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___ vu : DEJA
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Food item a cook might flip : OMELETTE
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Prescription pain medication : PERCOCET
35
Nos. in a directory : TELS
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Look for : AWAIT
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Several, in Seville : UNOS
40
Cool with what others are doing : ONBOARD
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Go (for) : VIE
43
Christmas song line from an artist? : TISTHECEZANNE
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Batman villain : PENGUIN
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What Mississippi cheerleaders ask for a lot : ANI
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How you might do something gross : ONADARE
53
Cagney or Lacey: Abbr. : DET
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Daughter of James II : ANNE
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Where there's Wi-Fi availability : HOTSPOTS
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Get ready to drive : TEEUP
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Former six-term senator from Indiana : LUGAR
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More yang than yin: Abbr. : MASC
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Monetary bribes, in slang : BOODLES
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What a star probably has : AGENT
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N.R.A. piece?: Abbr. : ASSOC
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Artist's favorite Broadway musical? : HELLODALI
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Revival meeting miracles : CURES
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___ Zulu (warrior dubbed Africa's Napoleon) : SHAKA
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Atlantean superhero of DC Comics : AQUAMAN
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___ Field : CITI
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Defrocked villain on "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" : CALEB
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Vista opener? : BUENA
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Roman of film : POLANSKI
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Michigan college : ALMA
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___ generis : SUI
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Part of an umpire's count : NOBALLS
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Put in writing : PEN
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Parts of an orrery : PLANETS
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Artist's expression for "Such is life"? : QUESERASEURAT
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Easter purchase : DYE
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Worth all the hype, as a film : MUSTSEE
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Snorkeling aids : FINS
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"Tsk!" : SHAME
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Finger : NAME
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Cuts some slack : ISEASYON
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"Zero Dark Thirty" locale : PAKISTAN
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Castaway's construction : RAFT
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Rough position? : LIE
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Sedona maker : KIA
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The Roman way : ITER
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How the expert artist passed her exam? : WITHFLYINGKAHLOS
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"The Cosby Show" boy : THEO
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Last word in the Torah : ISRAEL
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Rain man? : NOAH
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Inclination : BENT
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___ Club : SAMS
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River that "sweats oil and tar" in T. S. Eliot's "The Waste Land" : THAMES
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Predoctoral tests, for short : GRES
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Approximately : ORSO
Down
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Tatooine race in the "Star Wars" saga : JAWA
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What's big at the movies? : IMAX
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Like old unrecyclable bottles : NODEPOSIT
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Certain Jaguar : XKE
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Pre-exam feeling, maybe : PANIC
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Playground retort : AMTOO
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South Korea's ___ Tae Woo : ROH
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Buffet cabinet : CREDENZA
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Key of Schubert's "Trout" Quintet: Abbr. : AMAJ
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Bronze : GETATAN
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Topper : HAT
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Ancient : AGEOLD
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Patchwork quilts have lots of them : SEAMS
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"Good point" : TRUE
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Artist's line of weary resignation? : HEREWEGAUGUIN
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"On This Night of a Thousand Stars" musical : EVITA
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Capone's top henchman : NITTI
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Wintry mix : SLEET
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Flawed, as mdse. : IRR
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Party host's convenience : WETBAR
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Reposed : LAIN
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"Laborare ___ orare" (Freemasons' motto) : EST
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What Morehouse College lacks : COEDS
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Before, poetically : ERE
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Home of Kings Peak : UTAH
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Little muchacho : NINO
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What the tipsy artist had at the bar? : ONETOOMANET
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Liz of "Garfield," e.g. : VET
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Pay to cross town, maybe : HOPACAB
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First chimp to orbit Earth : ENOS
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Pay to cross town, maybe : CATCHABUS
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Pop icon? : PEPSICOLA
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"The Odd Couple" role : UNGER
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Daft : INANE
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"Phooey!" : NERTS
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Gauntlet thrower's challenge : DUEL
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What the artist confused people with? : SMOKEANDMIROS
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Norse source for Loki lore : EDDA
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Dash : ELAN
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Dairy consumer's enzyme : LACTASE
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Erotic : BLUE
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Good wife in "The Good Earth" : OLAN
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Org. protecting music copyrights : ASCAP
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"Congress ___ make no law ..." : SHALL
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Actress Hayek : SALMA
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Prefix with poise : EQUI
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Pain and suffering : ILLS
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"Gay" capital : PAREE
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Summer lawn sight : SPRINKLER
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New Jersey's ___ University : KEAN
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QB mistakes: Abbr. : INTS
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Holy mlle. : STE
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Turn to bone : OSSIFY
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Apiarist's woe : BEESTING
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Watchful ones? : EYES
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Holy city of Iran : QUM
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Access charge, of a sort : USERFEE
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Debatable sighting : UFO
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Words to live by : MANTRA
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Blurts (out) : SPITS
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___ yoga : HATHA
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Arabic name meaning "wise" : AKEEM
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J. Carrol ___, Oscar nominee for "Sahara" : NAISH
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Phycologist's study : ALGAE
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Some templegoers : SIKHS
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Pro vote : YEA
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Birdbrain : TWIT
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"___ fair ..." : ALLS
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Discoveries of Michael Faraday : IONS
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Regarding : ASTO
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Easter purchase : HAM
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___'easter : NOR
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"Boardwalk Empire" network : HBO

Answer summary: 12 unique to this puzzle, 1 debuted here and reused later, 4 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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