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New York Times, Thursday, August 15, 2013

Author:
Jeff Chen
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Jeff Chen

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
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 ... read more

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 the ... read more

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. 0815 ( 23,291 )
Across
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
Down
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
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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
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"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
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Driver's license info : SEX

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

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