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THREE IN ONE

New York Times, Sunday, July 29, 2018

Author:
Will Nediger
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Will Nediger

This puzzle:

Rows: 21, Columns: 21 Words: 136, Blocks: 62 Missing: {QZ} This is puzzle # 24 for Mr. Nediger. NYT links: Across Lite PDF
Will Nediger notes:
I almost never go below 140 words on a Sunday, but this one's only 136, thanks to the theme being relatively light. Hopefully, this allowed for some fun fill. I originally had SEX SWING ... read more

I almost never go below 140 words on a Sunday, but this one's only 136, thanks to the theme being relatively light. Hopefully, this allowed for some fun fill.

I originally had SEX SWING at 6-Down, which was just a bit too graphic for the editors. (In my last puzzle, I tried to sneak F THAT into the grid, so I guess it's becoming a recurring theme.)

Jeff Chen notes:
Word breakups, single words parsed kookily into three-word phrases. I laughed at PROPAGANDA changed to PRO PAGAN DA – made me wonder why I'd never seen that before. Same goes for ... read more

Word breakups, single words parsed kookily into three-word phrases. I laughed at PROPAGANDA changed to PRO PAGAN DA – made me wonder why I'd never seen that before. Same goes for PERPETRATE into PER PET RATE and MANHATTAN to MAN HAT TAN. Those are great discoveries!

Some of the others didn't do as much for me, like REINFORCEMENT to REIN FOR CEMENT. It's interesting that it breaks so neatly into three common words, but the resulting phrase is too nonsensical for my taste, and it doesn't bring up any funny images.

Will has such strong gridwork that I didn't even notice that he went down to 136 words. He's one of the (very, very, very) few people I'd issue a sub-140 license. Such a clean and smooth grid, filled with juicy bits like ARMANI SUIT, NEAR BEER, WILD ROSE, READY SET GO. Now that's some SEXY TIME! (said in a Borat accent, of course)

I didn't enjoy the solve as much as I would have hoped, though. I pondered this oddity for a few hours and couldn't figure it out. I asked Jim why this might be, and one of his thoughts was that it was a difficult puzzle to solve overall, without a lot of wordplay clues.

As usual, Jim was spot-on. I would have loved a handful of wickedly clever clues to spice up the solve. I enjoyed the reference of FANDANGO in "Bohemian Rhapsody," but it felt like for 99% of the clues, I was grinding through an SAT exam. As good as Will is with his gridwork – no GALUMPHing or ending ON A SAD NOTE to his craftsmanship! – I'd like to see more effort placed into working toward Waldean clue-writing skills.

Overall, a fun idea, with perfect consistency of always breaking a single word into three. If there had been a title that was more clever than workmanlike (not sure what that would be, admittedly – any ideas?), and a lot more fun in the cluing, it could have made POW! consideration.

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© 2018, The New York TimesNo. 0729 ( 25,100 )
Across
1
Flaw, metaphorically : WART
5
Antismoking spots, e.g. : PSAS
9
Cleveland Browns' defense, informally : DAWGS
14
Dress : FROCK
19
What a line doesn't have : AREA
20
Lévesque of Quebec : RENE
21
Pelvis-related : ILIAC
22
___ card (wallet item) : DONOR
23
___ Reza shrine (Iranian holy site) : IMAM
24
Former supporter of seabirds? : EXTERNALLY
26
Where the frontiersman Bowie died : ALAMO
27
Burdened (with) : LADEN
29
Snatcher's exclamation : YOINK
30
Yawn-inducing : DULL
32
Postgame shower? : ESPN
33
The Big Board, briefly : NYSE
34
Funny Fey : TINA
35
Jewelry worn above the elbow : ARMLET
37
What's brewing? : ALE
38
Spray the monarch to keep him cool? : MISTAKING
40
Prosecutor who's sympathetic to the defendants in a witch trial? : PROPAGANDA
42
Play with : USE
43
Winter coat : RIME
44
Sound of something rushing by : WOOSH
45
Singer Morissette : ALANIS
47
Not fixed : MUTABLE
49
Director Jonathan : DEMME
50
Agenda starter : ITEMONE
51
Hog's home : PIGPEN
52
Pontius Pilate's province : JUDEA
53
Liqueur akin to sambuca : ANISETTE
54
Place for a browser : STORE
55
First character in Genesis : SOFTG
56
T. rex, e.g. : DINO
57
Metro ___ : DESK
58
Bridle strap utilized only on sidewalk surfaces? : REINFORCEMENT
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When Macbeth delivers the "Tomorrow, and tomorrow, and tomorrow" soliloquy : ACTV
66
Potential dinner : PREY
67
Hitching spot : ALTAR
68
Rating that's on the cusp of NC-17 : HARDR
73
Manitoba, Saskatchewan and Alberta, with "the" : PRAIRIES
75
Stuck-up person : SNOOT
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Aplenty : GALORE
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Ohio University team : BOBCATS
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Informal expression of gratitude : THANX
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Namesakes of Muhammad's daughter : FATIMAS
80
Brilliant debut : SPLASH
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Ruffian : BRUTE
82
Miss : LASS
83
"Who ___?" : AMI
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What a dog groomer might charge? : PERPETRATE
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Result of wearing a fedora at the beach? : MANHATTAN
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Pulled off : DID
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Make an effort : STRIVE
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T.S.A. agent's tool : WAND
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Item smashed by the original Luddites : LOOM
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Having a crisp picture, say : INHD
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Leave gratified : SATE
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Must, informally : GOTTA
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"Death of a Salesman" salesman : LOMAN
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Lead-in to phobia : AGORA
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Result of accidentally throwing a Frisbee into a campground? : DISCONTENT
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___ California : BAJA
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Plucked instruments : LUTES
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Compound imparting a fruity smell : ESTER
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Hence : ERGO
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Oodles : ATON
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Shoots out : SPEWS
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Without much confidence : SHYLY
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It falls quietly : SNOW
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"Swiper, no swiping!" speaker of children's TV : DORA
Down
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Sound from a banshee : WAIL
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Italian designer menswear since the 1970s : ARMANISUIT
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Running start? : READYSETGO
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Like kiddie rides among all amusement park rides : TAMEST
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School opening? : PRE
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Amorous play, in modern lingo : SEXYTIME
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___ Lavoisier a.k.a. the Father of Modern Chemistry : ANTOINE
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Romantically involved with : SEEING
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Light tennis shot : DINK
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Reminiscent of : ALA
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Iowa's state flower : WILDROSE
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Move clumsily : GALUMPH
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Charybdis's counterpart, in Greek myth : SCYLLA
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Pharma watchdog : FDA
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Part : ROLE
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"This isn't very pleasant, but ..." : ONASADNOTE
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Some calls to the police : COMPLAINTS
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Norwegian money : KRONE
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Genetics initials : RNA
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Serving during Prohibition : NEARBEER
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Diplomatic office below an embassy : LEGATION
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Nose : AROMA
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Gathering around a campfire? : TALES
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One target of a childhood vaccine : MUMPS
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Oven : KILN
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Apple devoured by an elderly relative? : POMEGRANATE
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Called : NAMED
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United with : WEDTO
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Look for : SEEK
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Car ad no. : APR
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Carol Ann ___, U.K. poet laureate starting in 2009 : DUFFY
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Not superficial : INNER
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Crave, with "for" : JONES
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Try to hit : AIMAT
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Stable parents : SIRES
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Thoro cleansing : DETOX
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"The Great" and "The Terrible" : EPITHETS
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Lookalike : CLONE
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"There's nothing else" : THATSALL
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Blue alerts, in brief : APBS
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Arising : CROPPINGUP
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Meal with a set menu : TABLEDHOTE
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Certain cleric : VICAR
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Foe of Frazier : ALI
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Egg-shaped item from a garden : ROMATOMATO
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Performer in a campus production, often : DRAMAMAJOR
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Sticky stuff : RESIN
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Talks hoarsely : RASPS
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"On the Beach" novelist Nevil : SHUTE
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Nasty wound : GASH
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Crime against good taste : TRAVESTY
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Dance mentioned in Queen's "Bohemian Rhapsody" : FANDANGO
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Like people who take lifts : BRITISH
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Camper's light : LANTERN
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Some winds for seafarers : TRADES
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Non-shiny finishes : MATTES
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"Sucks to be you" : TOOBAD
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Speedometers, typically : DIALS
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Korean money : WON
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Tied : DREW
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Like a lot of zombie movies : GORY
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Mom's mom : NANA
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Intensifying word add-on : ASS
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Disney collectible : CEL
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Request to Triple A : TOW

Answer summary: 10 unique to this puzzle, 3 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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