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New York Times, Thursday, July 28, 2016

Author:
Adam G. Perl
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Adam G. Perl

This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 78, Blocks: 36 Missing: {JQUXZ} This is puzzle # 27 for Mr. Perl. NYT links: Across Lite PDF
Adam G. Perl notes:
Like most crossword constructors, I am always looking for a way to break a word in two or add or subtract one or more letters from a ... read more

Like most crossword constructors, I am always looking for a way to break a word in two or add or subtract one or more letters from a word or phrase to get something new. I started with the idea of "LOST ART" and had a great time searching for words that could be altered by the removal of the letters ART.

It's particularly satisfying — and hopefully fun for the solver — when the altered words bear so little resemblance to the originals, e.g. CAR THIEF becomes CHIEF, MARTINIS becomes MINIS, THE ARTIST becomes THEIST. Squeezing in eight symmetrical themers plus a reveal without compromising the fill was a challenge. I was happy to get in "TAKE THAT" and "FEEL FREE."

Ideally, the revealing phrase would come at the end of the puzzle, i.e. the Southeast corner, but with a seven-letter reveal, it fit better in the center.

Jeff Chen notes:
Will once rejected one of my puzzles because all the themers were short — 7 letters or less — and thus didn't stand out ... read more

Will once rejected one of my puzzles because all the themers were short — 7 letters or less — and thus didn't stand out enough. I didn't totally get his reasoning, but seeing today's puzzle made it more clear. I liked the idea, LOST ART used to transform C(AR T)HIEF to CHIEF, P(ART)IES to PIES, etc. It was hard to see where the themers were, though. I've highlighted them below to make them stand out more.

Although the themers are short, working in eight of them is no walk in the park. Adam does well to spread them around so they don't need to interact with each other.

Some neat findings, C(AR T)HIEF to CHIEF, M(ART)INIS to MINIS and B(ART)ENDER to BENDER my favorite. That last one feels so appropriate too, a BARTENDER someone who might facilitate someone going on a BENDER. And MINIS is so close to MUNIS, which are also [Bond orders] — I was so confused, desperately wanting MUNIS to work but knowing that EDWARD U couldn't be correct.

A few of the others didn't do as much for me. REST(ART)ED to RESTED … neither word is particular snazzy. Similarly, P(ART) ONE to PONE. And I like THE (ART)IST as a phrase, but having ART so blatantly in there didn't feel as tricky.

The ENFIELD rifle is apparently an early 20th century British rifle. All the crossings seem fair, but with so many proper names crossing it — YANNI, LORI, ESTEFAN — it seems ripe for some solver frustration. I liked some of the other fill better, like POLARIS, MR TOAD, and as Adam mentioned, FEEL FREE and TAKE THAT!

It would have been great to get a few long answers — 7 letters or longer after losing ART — since you could lay them out in a traditional way. But that may not have been possible.

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© 2016, The New York TimesNo. 0728 ( 24,369 )
Across
1. Auto booster : CARTHIEF
6. It lends a smoky flavor to Scotch : PEAT
10. Has a ball : PARTIES
14. One-named musician who has performed at the Egyptian pyramids and the Taj Mahal : YANNI
15. Kind of chat : IDLE
16. ___ Accords : OSLO
17. Like the rock in "Rock of Ages" : CLEFT
18. River across the French/German border : SAAR
19. Composer Schifrin : LALO
20. Singer of "Footloose" : LORI
21. Spray in a kitchen : PAM
22. Patronize, as a hotel : STAYAT
24. Gloria of Miami Sound Machine : ESTEFAN
26. Sweetums : DEAR
27. Releases : LETSGO
29. Plains tribe : KIOWA
33. One making the rounds? : BARTENDER
36. Tangles up : ENMESHES
38. Day of planning : EVE
39. Letter writing, they say ... or a hint to eight answers in this puzzle : LOSTART
41. Bklyn. ___ : HTS
42. One of the carriers in the SkyTeam alliance : AEROFLOT
44. Black-and-white Best Picture winner : THEARTIST
46. Big name in soup : KNORR
47. Secondary route : BYROAD
49. They're out of service : VETS
51. Have a healthy diet : EATWELL
55. Cheating student : COPIER
58. Subtext of Jefferson Airplane's "White Rabbit" : LSD
59. Reebok competitor : AVIA
60. Like some hygiene : ORAL
61. Bickering : ATIT
63. Orbitz bookings : TRIPS
64. Whimper : MEWL
65. Musical with the song "It's Today" : MAME
66. Evolve : ADAPT
67. Series opener : PARTONE
68. Spur : PROD
69. Bond orders : MARTINIS
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1. New moon to new moon, e.g. : CYCLE
2. Celestial rings : HALOS
3. Unmoving : INERT
4. W.W. I rifle : ENFIELD
5. Honda offering : FIT
6. Ones taking sides : PARTISANS
7. Cheese used in Babybels : EDAM
8. Like : ALA
9. Not windy : TERSE
10. Guiding light : POLARIS
11. British interjection : ISAY
12. Scatter? : ELLA
13. Shade of black : SOOT
21. Keep the beat? : PATROL
23. "So there!" : TAKETHAT
25. "Help yourself" : FEELFREE
26. Lady of Brazil : DONA
28. L.A.'s ___ Museum : GETTY
30. "Didn't think you'd be here" : OHHI
31. Dips in a bucket, say : WETS
32. Second hand: Abbr. : ASST
33. Schnozz : BEAK
34. What people who are hurt may try to get : EVEN
35. Enemy of the early Christians : NERO
37. Squire of "The Wind in the Willows" : MRTOAD
40. Breaks down : SOBS
43. First name in popcorn : ORVILLE
45. King nicknamed Longshanks : EDWARDI
48. Went back to square one : RESTARTED
50. Vagabond : TRAMP
52. Fiji alternative : EVIAN
53. Florentine painter : LIPPI
54. Holds up : LASTS
55. Give gratis : COMP
56. Ice cream flavor : OREO
57. Get some quick money for, say : PAWN
58. Member of a motorcade : LIMO
62. Besmirch : TAR
63. Skye cap : TAM

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

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