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New York Times, Thursday, August 11, 2016

Author: Timothy Polin
Editor: Will Shortz
Timothy Polin
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Puzzle of the Week

This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 74, Blocks: 35 Missing: {JQX} This is puzzle # 25 for Mr. Polin. Jeff Chen's Puzzle of the Week pick NYT links: Across Lite PDF
Timothy Polin notes: Writing notes on this puzzle a month later, Jeff's got a very keen eye for picking out thorny patches. Interestingly, the ENERO / ... more
Timothy Polin notes:

Writing notes on this puzzle a month later, Jeff's got a very keen eye for picking out thorny patches. Interestingly, the ENERO / NOSES stack was an editorial change from EDEMA / NESTS. That corner was a real pain, as it can be difficult to navigate the trade-offs when there is no obvious best fill. Because I rated EDEMA and ENERO about equal—while favoring GMT / HAS over GRE / HOS—I opted for EDEMA (the medical term for fluid accumulation in body cavities); but that preference must have been incorrect.

"Inside pool?". No bueno?

Jeff Chen notes: I'm impressed at the range of creative ideas Tim comes up with. There have been a lot of plays on multiple Cs = seize, seas, sees, ... more
Jeff Chen notes:

I'm impressed at the range of creative ideas Tim comes up with. There have been a lot of plays on multiple Cs = seize, seas, sees, etc., but I haven't seen this implementation before. So cool that Tim found self-defining phrases … each one with exactly two of the letters in question! E E for "ease" = LIFE OF RILEY is genius; what a cool find. G G for "geez!" = GOOD GOLLY is also fantastic. FLIRT WITH = T T = tease is pretty nice too. Such cleverness.

I also liked CONFISCATES = C C = seize and SCRUTINIZES = I I = eyes, but those weren't quite as fun, being one-word entries. And RUN THROUGH for U U = use = a confused Jeff. I stared at that one, trying to figure out if I missed something. Even after thinking about it for a while, I couldn't equate the two. Finally, some dictionary searching turned up that "run through" can be defined as "use up," as in a person using up or running through all their cash. So that's legit.

With six themers, I'd be really happy with just a smooth grid and two good bonus pieces of fill. Tim goes above and beyond my expectations, with some delightful CANDY CORN, NIMROD, DRY WIT, IZZATSO, even tickling my mechanical engineer's brain with a PULLEY, one of the major tools giving mechanical advantage. EPILOGUES ain't bad either; nice to see that spelling, as opposed to "epilogs," which I don't often see in real life.

Okay, there's a dab of crunchiness in the lower right, with ENERO (deep Spanish, with too-easy vowel-consonant alternation) and HOS, but really, that's about it. Excellent work.

Neat idea, some great finds, excellent consistency (exactly two of the critical letter for each themer), high theme density, snazzy and clean fill. I couldn't ask for much more.

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© 2016, The New York TimesNo. 0811 ( 24,383 )
Across Down
1. Capital south of Lake Volta : ACCRA
6. Qdoba offering : TACO
10. J. K. Rowling, by residence : SCOT
14. Show in syndication, say : REAIR
15. Without restraint : AMOK
16. Something that may crash and break : WAVE
17. [See circled letters] : CONFISCATE
19. Like Antarctica : ARID
20. Passed out : DEALT
21. ___ Dantès, the Count of Monte Cristo : EDMOND
23. No one in particular : ANY
25. [See circled letters] : LIFEOFRILEY
28. Source of sake : RICE
30. Weight lifter : PULLEY
31. [See circled letters] : GOODGOLLY
33. Excites : WHETS
38. Winston's tormenter in "1984" : OBRIEN
39. "Lincoln" or "Nixon" : BIOPIC
40. "It is better to give than to receive," e.g. : TENET
41. [See circled letters] : FLIRTWITH
44. Irritation reaction : SNEEZE
46. Body ___ : SLAM
47. [See circled letters] : SCRUTINIZES
52. Longtime resident of New York's Dakota apartments : ONO
53. Standout : PHENOM
54. Missing nothing on : ACING
56. Wise guy : YOGI
57. [See circled letters] : RUNTHROUGH
62. Band of brothers? : FRAT
63. Score of a lifetime? : OPUS
64. When José Martí was born : ENERO
65. One way to stand by : IDLY
66. T. rex, e.g. : DINO
67. Trunks, of a sort : NOSES
1. A shooting star has one : ARC
2. Co. leader : CEO
3. Halloween handout : CANDYCORN
4. Bursting (with) : RIFE
5. Font akin to Helvetica : ARIAL
6. Possessed of savoir-faire : TACTFUL
7. No-holds-barred online Q&A : AMA
8. Disaster shelter sight : COT
9. Michael of "Caddyshack" : OKEEFE
10. Wise guy : SWAMI
11. Air when it's cold outside? : CAROL
12. Sheepish : OVINE
13. Purchase in a bear market? : TEDDY
18. Don, as a chemise : SLIPON
22. Stephen Colbert forte : DRYWIT
23. Cant : ARGOT
24. Mythical eponym of element #41 : NIOBE
26. Late start? : ELL
27. Northwest brew, familiarly : OLY
29. Singer Brickell who fronted the New Bohemians : EDIE
32. Exasperates : GETSTO
34. "___ tricks?" : HOWS
35. Storied endings? : EPILOGUES
36. Captain of industry : TITAN
37. Jerk : SCHMO
39. Back of a gun barrel : BREECH
41. Reedy area : FEN
42. Biodegradable neckwear : LEI
43. "Oh, really?!" : IZZATSO
45. Jerk : NIMROD
47. "Mission: Impossible" genre : SPYFI
48. Musical trio, often : CHORD
49. Uncommon? : REGAL
50. One of the seven principles of Kwanzaa : UNITY
51. Blue wail? : SIREN
55. Texting in a theater, e.g. : NONO
58. Reuters competitor : UPI
59. Creature of habit? : NUN
60. M.A. seeker's hurdle : GRE
61. Parts of a Santa Claus balloon : HOS

Answer summary: 4 unique to this puzzle, 1 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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