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New York Times, Thursday, August 15, 2013

Author: Jeff Chen
Editor: Will Shortz
Jeff Chen
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This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 73, Blocks: 41 Missing: none – this is a pangram Spans: 1 Grid has mirror symmetry This is puzzle # 17 for Mr. Chen. NYT links: Across Lite PDF

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Jeff Chen notes: This puzzle was written by one of my mother's favorite constructors. I had EYE OF THE TIGER and BEE IN ONES BONNET for the longest ... more
Jeff Chen notes: This puzzle was written by one of my mother's favorite constructors.

I had EYE OF THE TIGER and BEE IN ONES BONNET for the longest time, and it took me a great deal of digging to come up with two more consistent theme answers. Thankfully I SEIZED UPON SEE YOU IN COURT while digging deep into the xwordinfo database.

But even then, the grid layout was a bear, because the mismatched lengths (11, 13, 15, 13) not only required mirror symmetry but extra black squares, and I ended up having to stack two theme answers due to all the constraints. The west and east sections were remarkably difficult to fill, so I had to think a long time to come up with a good clue to rescue E FLATS as an answer (luckily I've listened to the 1812 Overture well over a thousand times!).

I wasn't sure if the overall construction was actually feasible, so after many iterations, I was simply pleased to escape with all my fingers still intact.

Will Shortz notes: I don't know how Jeff thought of the theme examples. They're very cute. My favorite, of course, was SEE YOU IN COURT. Because ... more
Will Shortz notes: I don't know how Jeff thought of the theme examples. They're very cute. My favorite, of course, was SEE YOU IN COURT.

Because the four long answers in the puzzle are essentially unclued, I tried to make the rest of the clues slightly easier than for the usual Thursday.

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© 2013, The New York TimesNo. 23,291
Across Down
1. Napkin, e.g. : WIPE
5. Licensing grp. : DMV
8. Like Goodwill goods : USED
12. Figure on the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel : ADAM
13. Oil vessel : CRUET
15. Warm, say : NEAR
16. Provider of two- and four-yr. scholarships : ROTC
17. Equaled altogether : RANTO
18. It may be "aw"-inspiring : PITY
19. What the circled letter in this answer represents, homophonically : SEAOFCORTEZ
22. What the circled letter in this answer represents, homophonically : EYEOFTHETIGER
24. Refrigerant inits. : CFC
25. Some football linemen: Abbr. : RTS
26. Cotillion V.I.P. : DEB
27. Traffic control org. : DEA
29. Final dramatic notes of the "1812 Overture" : EFLATS
31. Scopolamine and sodium pentothal, e.g. : SERUMS
33. Classic camera : LEICA
34. Joe : MUD
37. Some seizures, for short : REPOS
38. Typhon was trapped under it, in Greek myth : ETNA
39. Something a picker picks : BANJO
41. Table d'___ : HOTE
42. What the circled letter in this answer represents, homophonically : BEEINONESBONNET
45. Relief might follow it : BAS
46. Et ___ (footnote abbr.) : SEQ
47. What the circled letters in this answer represent, homophonically : SEEYOUINCOURT
54. Bryn ___ : MAWR
55. Bobby in a 1971 #1 hit : MCGEE
56. Chits : IOUS
58. One with a pretty strong hunch? : IGOR
59. Hoops great Baylor : ELGIN
60. Not loopy : SANE
61. Liable to clump : CAKY
62. Taylor who sang "Tell It to My Heart" : DAYNE
63. Prehistoric terror, informally : TREX
1. Hostilities : WAR
2. Simple vow : IDO
3. "Walkin' After Midnight" singer, 1957 : PATSYCLINE
4. Act opener : EMCEE
5. Bar offerings : DRAFTS
6. Chew (on) : MUNCH
7. Nixed : VETOED
8. Let float from the dollar, say : UNPEG
9. Suddenly took interest in : SEIZEDUPON
10. Take in : EAT
11. Like some humor : DRY
13. Seals's partner in 1970s music : CROFTS
14. Dense desserts : TORTES
20. Main line : AORTA
21. View from Vatican City : TIBER
22. Washed up : EFFETE
23. Like Timbuktu : REMOTE
24. Star : CELEB
28. Money in the bank, e.g. : ASSET
30. Trendy "superfood" : ACAIBERRY
32. Burger's successor : REHNQUIST
34. "Whew!" : MAN
35. French article : UNE
36. Dance club figs. : DJS
39. Big or full follower : BOSOMED
40. Disgustingly large, as an amount of money : OBSCENE
43. Bill blocker : NAY
44. Antipoverty agcy. created under L.B.J. : OEO
47. "Star Wars," e.g. : SAGA
48. "Star Wars" critter : EWOK
49. Where Troy Aikman was a QB : UCLA
50. Pop's ___ Pop : IGGY
51. Foreign refusal : NEIN
52. Big laugh : ROAR
53. Simple number : TUNE
54. 4-Down's item : MIC
57. Driver's license info : SEX

Answer summary: 4 unique to this puzzle, 1 debuted here and reused later.

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