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New York Times, Thursday, August 11, 2016

Author:
Timothy Polin
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Timothy Polin

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 / ... read more

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, ... read more

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
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
Down
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
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Storied endings? : EPILOGUES
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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
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Jerk : NIMROD
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"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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