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SHUNNED

New York Times, Sunday, July 3, 2016

Author:
Samuel A. Donaldson
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Samuel A. Donaldson

This puzzle:

Rows: 21, Columns: 21 Words: 138, Blocks: 69 Missing: {Q} This is puzzle # 23 for Mr. Donaldson. NYT links: Across Lite PDF
Samuel A. Donaldson notes:
As the first person ever to publish an 'add-a-sound' theme puzzle in the NYT, I want to take this chance to thank... Wait, what? You mean this gimmick isn't entirely novel? Oh. ... read more

As the first person ever to publish an "add-a-sound" theme puzzle in the NYT, I want to take this chance to thank...

Wait, what?

You mean this gimmick isn't entirely novel?

Oh.

Well, then.

Ahem.

Um, I hope you liked it. The "add-a-SHUN" idea came to me when I heard the phrase "tricky diction" on the radio. I thought for sure it was a play on "Tricky Dick," a political nickname familiar to those in my age cohort. It wasn't. So I figured someone needed to run with the idea.

My favorite parts of the grid are the northeast and southwest corners. All that open real estate looks nice.

I still need to get better at writing clues. Only 40% of the clues (55 of the 138) are entirely mine. Another 21 (or 15%) are essentially what I submitted, but with slight changes to diction or syntax — hopefully mostly for space constraints and not for content. That means 64 of the clues (45%!) come from Will and Joel (and maybe others from the testing process).

Jeff Chen notes:
Some fun results in Sam's sound changes. I particularly like the ones involving 1.) an interesting spelling change, 2.) a strong base phrase, and 3.) a humorous result. TRICKY DICTION is ... read more

Some fun results in Sam's sound changes. I particularly like the ones involving 1.) an interesting spelling change, 2.) a strong base phrase, and 3.) a humorous result. TRICKY DICTION is my favorite, hitting all three criteria. ("Tricky Dick" is one of Nixon's nicknames.) BONUS TRACTION (from "bonus track") works great as well — the resulting phrase makes me picture a group of MBAs at a tire company, brainstorming new ad campaigns.

SWEET N LOTION is a fun spelling change with a good base phrase ("Sweet ‘N Low"), but the result feels stilted, as it feels like it should be "sweets" (plural) in order to make it work. BASE TENSION is a funny phrase, but simply adding SION to BASE TEN feels a bit simple.

Some nice gridwork, those big NE / SW corners containing some colorful answers. It's tough enough to execute on a triple stack of eight-letter answers, but when you "turn the corner" and have to work with three more long answers intersecting the stack, it's even harder. I love NOT UP TO IT, and AND SO DO I is pretty good. I wonder if NORA DUNN's career has really made her gridworthy? And STAYS MAD felt a touch arbitrary at first, but upon further thought, it seems legit — not nearly as strong as HOLDS A GRUDGE, but it works.

In the opposite corner, I love CINERAMA and CHATROOM. NET INCOME and ROSSANO felt more neutral than positive to me, but executing on such a big space without resorting to a bunch of crossword glue is pretty darn good. ELOAN is marginal, but it is a real company.

A few dabs of crossword glue here and there, but it's all pretty minor — the usual ALC, LEROI, ENDY, SHA, UNAS kind of stuff. And Sam does a nice job of incorporating some bonuses throughout the grid: TANK TOP, TIMESINK, the cool name TRE COOL, even the fun (and tough to spell) ABSCISSA.

All in all, it's enough for me to give Sam a ten (tion).

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© 2016, The New York TimesNo. 0703 ( 24,344 )
Across
1. Carol opening : ADESTE
7. Unable to make a mess? : AWOL
11. "Yeah, same here" : ANDSODOI
19. Crankcase base : OILPAN
20. Rib-eye alternative : TBONE
21. "S.N.L." cast member, 1985-90 : NORADUNN
22. Emmerich who directed "Independence Day" : ROLAND
23. Portrayer of Buffett in "Too Big to Fail" : ASNER
24. Doesn't cool down : STAYSMAD
25. What's involved in a tongue twister? : TRICKYDICTION
28. Alternative to "la" : UNE
29. School leader? : PRE
30. Good looks or a nice personality : ASSET
31. Who said "If you even dream of beating me, you'd better wake up and apologize" : ALI
32. Very, very top of the earth's crust? : DIRTPORTION
35. Outback baby : JOEY
37. ___ Na Na : SHA
39. Subject of many an internet meme : CAT
40. Did some housecleaning : SWEPT
41. Internet annoyances : POPUPS
44. Handler of many trays, for short : TSA
45. Unit of bricks, so to speak : TON
47. Beryl and bornite : ORES
48. Mary Kay rival : AVON
49. First home of the three rich little pigs? : STRAWMANSION
55. Sporty Spice of the Spice Girls : MELC
56. We all do it : AGE
57. Recently retired Laker great, to fans : KOBE
58. Green Day drummer : TRECOOL
63. Gussying up : PRETTYING
66. Wally's bro, on '50s-'60s TV : BEAV
68. Raw footage? : PORNO
69. Counting rhyme start : EENIE
70. Bank window letters : FDIC
72. Donald Duck's nephews, e.g. : TRIO
74. ___ Barkley, Truman's vice president : ALBEN
75. Sing about? : RATON
76. Dixie term of address : YALL
78. Curt ___, 2001 World Series M.V.P. : SCHILLING
80. Suffragist Elizabeth Cady ___ : STANTON
83. Polish site : NAIL
85. Entrance requirements, informally : TIX
86. The first step : ATOB
87. Two things the candy lover took to the beach? : SWEETNLOTION
90. Going ___ : RATE
91. Still quite red : RARE
95. Abbr. on a copier tray : LTR
96. Every leader of North Korea so far : KIM
97. Like supermarkets, theaters and planes : AISLED
99. Sci-fi-inspired toys of the 1980s : EWOKS
101. Suffix with Darwin : IAN
103. Point : AIM
104. Peer onstage : GYNT
105. What an overbearing sergeant causes? : BASETENSION
108. Green org. : EPA
110. Actress Hayek : SALMA
114. ..., to Samuel Morse : ESS
115. Spirits: Abbr. : ALC
116. What improved tire tread produces? : BONUSTRACTION
119. Something you might have a handle on : CHATROOM
122. New Mexico natives : ZUNIS
123. Ruin, as a parade : RAINON
124. IMAX predecessor : CINERAMA
125. Cousin of an impala : ELAND
126. Seinfeld's "puffy shirt," e.g. : BLOUSE
127. Painkillers : ANODYNES
128. Spine part : DISK
129. Detects : SENSES
Down
1. It helps get the blood flowing : AORTA
2. Some gowns : DIORS
3. "American Psycho" author : ELLIS
4. The cantina in "Star Wars," e.g.? : SPACEJUNCTION
5. Bit of summer wear : TANKTOP
6. Onetime Expos/Mets outfielder Chávez : ENDY
7. X-coordinate : ABSCISSA
8. Custom : WONT
9. New York native : ONEIDA
10. "Vive ___!" : LEROI
11. Response: Abbr. : ANS
12. Too tired for the task, say : NOTUPTOIT
13. Product that works, and is stored, under the sink : DRANO
14. Mystery writer Dorothy : SAYERS
15. "___ bodkins!" : ODS
16. More run-down : DUMPIER
17. Like some soap : ONAROPE
18. Shifts to the right : INDENTS
20. Follow : TAIL
26. Appointment book page : DAY
27. Fed. reactor monitor : NRC
33. Ink : TATS
34. Wee hour : TWO
36. Will work : ESSAY
38. Peddle : HAWK
41. Coddles : PAMPERS
42. Have thirds, say : OVEREAT
43. Cornmeal dish : POLENTA
44. Hot : TRENDY
46. Winter Olympics powerhouse: Abbr. : NOR
50. "Glad the week's almost over!" : TGIF
51. Pitchfork-wielding group : MOB
52. Help illegally : ABET
53. Narrows the gap with : NEARS
54. Only country with a nonrectangular flag : NEPAL
59. Where they sell accessories at a pet shop? : COLLARSTATION
60. Like a satellite's path : ORBITAL
61. Unvarying in tone : ONENOTE
62. Kind of truck : LONGBED
64. Red Cross setup : TENTS
65. Humongous : GIANT
67. Mark : VICTIM
71. Group sharing a tartan : CLAN
73. Only state with a nonrectangular flag : OHIO
77. Rap epithet : LIL
79. "Nope, huh-uh" : IXNAY
81. Night ___ : OWL
82. Bottom-line figure : NETINCOME
84. Villain in "The Avengers" : LOKI
88. Historic blocks : ERAS
89. Internet surfing, often : TIMESINK
91. Daphne du Maurier novel made into a Best Picture : REBECCA
92. Flooded with : AWASHIN
93. "South Pacific" star ___ Brazzi : ROSSANO
94. Squeak (by) : EKE
98. Proportionate : INSCALE
100. Like a clear night sky : STARRY
102. Quill tip : NIB
103. Yearly tree growths : ANNULI
104. Long-nosed fish : GAR
106. Online finance firm : ELOAN
107. Moved like sap : OOZED
109. Concern for vets : PTSD
111. "Peanuts" thumb-sucker : LINUS
112. North Woods denizen : MOOSE
113. Queen ___ lace : ANNES
117. Some, to Spaniards : UNAS
118. Some Wall St. traders : ARBS
120. "Ideas worth spreading" grp. : TED
121. "Live ___" (Taco Bell slogan) : MAS

Answer summary: 10 unique to this puzzle, 1 debuted here and reused later.

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