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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 at 6-Down, which was ... more
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 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 PERPETRATE into PER PET RATE ... more
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 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 Down
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
62. 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
76. Aplenty : GALORE
77. Ohio University team : BOBCATS
78. Informal expression of gratitude : THANX
79. Namesakes of Muhammad's daughter : FATIMAS
80. Brilliant debut : SPLASH
81. Ruffian : BRUTE
82. Miss : LASS
83. "Who ___?" : AMI
84. What a dog groomer might charge? : PERPETRATE
86. Result of wearing a fedora at the beach? : MANHATTAN
88. Pulled off : DID
89. Make an effort : STRIVE
90. T.S.A. agent's tool : WAND
91. Item smashed by the original Luddites : LOOM
92. Having a crisp picture, say : INHD
94. Leave gratified : SATE
95. Must, informally : GOTTA
96. "Death of a Salesman" salesman : LOMAN
98. Lead-in to phobia : AGORA
100. Result of accidentally throwing a Frisbee into a campground? : DISCONTENT
103. ___ California : BAJA
104. Plucked instruments : LUTES
105. Compound imparting a fruity smell : ESTER
106. Hence : ERGO
107. Oodles : ATON
108. Shoots out : SPEWS
109. Without much confidence : SHYLY
110. It falls quietly : SNOW
111. "Swiper, no swiping!" speaker of children's TV : DORA
1. Sound from a banshee : WAIL
2. Italian designer menswear since the 1970s : ARMANISUIT
3. Running start? : READYSETGO
4. Like kiddie rides among all amusement park rides : TAMEST
5. School opening? : PRE
6. Amorous play, in modern lingo : SEXYTIME
7. ___ Lavoisier a.k.a. the Father of Modern Chemistry : ANTOINE
8. Romantically involved with : SEEING
9. Light tennis shot : DINK
10. Reminiscent of : ALA
11. Iowa's state flower : WILDROSE
12. Move clumsily : GALUMPH
13. Charybdis's counterpart, in Greek myth : SCYLLA
14. Pharma watchdog : FDA
15. Part : ROLE
16. "This isn't very pleasant, but ..." : ONASADNOTE
17. Some calls to the police : COMPLAINTS
18. Norwegian money : KRONE
25. Genetics initials : RNA
28. Serving during Prohibition : NEARBEER
31. Diplomatic office below an embassy : LEGATION
35. Nose : AROMA
36. Gathering around a campfire? : TALES
38. One target of a childhood vaccine : MUMPS
39. Oven : KILN
40. Apple devoured by an elderly relative? : POMEGRANATE
41. Called : NAMED
44. United with : WEDTO
46. Look for : SEEK
48. Car ad no. : APR
49. Carol Ann ___, U.K. poet laureate starting in 2009 : DUFFY
50. Not superficial : INNER
52. Crave, with "for" : JONES
53. Try to hit : AIMAT
55. Stable parents : SIRES
56. Thoro cleansing : DETOX
59. "The Great" and "The Terrible" : EPITHETS
60. Lookalike : CLONE
61. "There's nothing else" : THATSALL
62. Blue alerts, in brief : APBS
63. Arising : CROPPINGUP
64. Meal with a set menu : TABLEDHOTE
65. Certain cleric : VICAR
69. Foe of Frazier : ALI
70. Egg-shaped item from a garden : ROMATOMATO
71. Performer in a campus production, often : DRAMAMAJOR
72. Sticky stuff : RESIN
74. Talks hoarsely : RASPS
75. "On the Beach" novelist Nevil : SHUTE
76. Nasty wound : GASH
78. Crime against good taste : TRAVESTY
79. Dance mentioned in Queen's "Bohemian Rhapsody" : FANDANGO
81. Like people who take lifts : BRITISH
82. Camper's light : LANTERN
85. Some winds for seafarers : TRADES
86. Non-shiny finishes : MATTES
87. "Sucks to be you" : TOOBAD
88. Speedometers, typically : DIALS
90. Korean money : WON
93. Tied : DREW
95. Like a lot of zombie movies : GORY
97. Mom's mom : NANA
99. Intensifying word add-on : ASS
101. Disney collectible : CEL
102. Request to Triple A : TOW

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

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