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New York Times, Monday, August 18, 2014

Author:
Ian and Katie Livengood
Editor:
Will Shortz
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This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 76, Blocks: 38 Missing: {GJQXZ} Spans: 1 This is puzzle # 42 for Mr. Livengood. This is the debut puzzle for Ms. Livengood. NYT links: Across Lite PDF
Constructor notes:
Although TOUCAN SAM makes for some great xword fill, Froot Loops doesn't crack our top-5 favorite breakfast cereals. Here's our ... read more

Although TOUCAN SAM makes for some great xword fill, Froot Loops doesn't crack our top-5 favorite breakfast cereals. Here's our unsolicited rankings:

  1. Honey Nut Cheerios
  2. Cheerios
  3. Honey Bunches of Oats
  4. Golden Grahams
  5. Raisin Bran

Honorable Mention: Alpha-Bits, Kix

Also, this puzzle is dedicated to all the local fishermen around 96th St. We often run at East River Park and hash out puzzle ideas!

Jeff Chen notes:
All this time I've been sitting on my laurels, thinking that Jill Denny and I would be the most prolific married couple constructing ... read more

All this time I've been sitting on my laurels, thinking that Jill Denny and I would be the most prolific married couple constructing pair (we have two more accepted, in the queue for publication). Ruh-roh. Enter the newlywed Livengoods (congrats!), a good bet to become a force in constructing power. Today they bring us a clever juxtaposition, with A FISH OUT OF WATER tied to the actual fishng process: BAIT, CAST, BITE, REEL. Not being a fisherman, I was a little confused why you need to bite the fish before reeling it in. Fishing is much more violent than I imagined.

Excellent grid work, with no less than eight pieces of long fill. Note how the long downs are spread out across the width of the puzzle (i.e., TOUCAN SAM hardly interacts with POLICE VAN)? That's a beautiful way to do it, as one set won't affect the next too much. Good spacing and little overlap makes it much easier to achieve clean fill.

Interesting, that NE corner. The rest of the puzzle is so clean and lively, that POOLE stuck out for me. It's absolutely reasonable to put in a not well-known entry into a Monday puzzle (as long as the crossings are fair), but POOLE strikes me as one of those entries that might not be crossworthy. Perhaps if it had been clued to something historically relevant? This is a good example of trade-offs. TOUCAN SAM is such a nice answer. When it and COLORCAST are fixed into place though, sometimes a POOLE-ish answer is required.

I like seeing a glimpse of the constructor's lives in a puzzle, and it was fun to see ASSET clued with a bschool definition (Ian's starting at Drexel in the fall). Learning how to properly record depreciation and amortization in an accounting ledger... less fun. Sorry, man. It gets better.

Bring it on, Livengoods! Dr. and Mr. Denny are in the trenches, working away.

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© 2014, The New York TimesNo. 0818 ( 23,659 )
Across
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Rude dude : CAD
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Trash-hauling boat : SCOW
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Rigid : STIFF
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"___ wide" (dentist's directive) : OPEN
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Skye of "Say Anything ..." : IONE
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English Channel port town : POOLE
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Film designed to attract Academy Awards consideration : OSCARBAIT
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BMW and VW : AUTOS
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"Orange" tea : PEKOE
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Like most TV shows starting in the 1960s : COLORCAST
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War-torn part of Russia : CHECHNYA
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Ninny : ASS
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Fireplace residue : ASH
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Go out, as a fire : DIE
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Cable TV's Heartland, formerly : TNN
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Relative of a frog : TOAD
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"Now!," on an order : ASAP
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Liability's opposite : ASSET
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Misfit ... or what you get after the sequence described by the ends of 17-, 21-, 57- and 63-Across? : AFISHOUTOFWATER
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Pub game : DARTS
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___ Grant (college financial aid) : PELL
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Like him but not her : MALE
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Colorado tribe : UTE
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"___ so-o-o-o sleepy!" : IAM
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"For shame!" : TSK
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Feeling blue : SAD
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Shiner : BLACKEYE
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Problem with teeth alignment : UNDERBITE
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Jobs to do : TASKS
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River flowing beneath Paris's Pont Neuf : SEINE
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Projection room item : MOVIEREEL
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Swimming competitions : MEETS
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Country whose name sounds like a Jamaican's cry : OMAN
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Hamlet, for one : DANE
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Pizza part often eaten last : CRUST
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I.R.S. IDs : SSNS
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Quiet fan setting : LOW
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Home for hens : COOP
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Vaulted church area : APSE
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Piece of patio furniture : DECKCHAIR
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Brother or sister, for short : SIB
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Instructs, informally : COACHESUP
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Chopping one might bring a tear to your eye : ONION
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How sloppy kisses are given : WETLY
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Practice boxing : SPAR
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Avian Froot Loops mascot : TOUCANSAM
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Specks : IOTAS
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Dental string : FLOSS
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Suffix with Oktober or Ozz : FEST
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Chemical formula for sodium hydroxide : NAOH
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Bassoon, e.g. : REED
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Quaker cereal grain : OAT
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Informal goodbye : CIAO
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Only minimally : ATAD
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Furniture item that might seat three : SOFA
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Opposite of "Yep!" : NAW
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Pupils who score in the 60s : DSTUDENTS
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Chowed down : ATE
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Paddy wagon : POLICEVAN
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Louisiana's has a nesting pelican with three chicks : STATESEAL
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Morays, e.g. : EELS
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Long, long hike : TREK
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D.D.E.'s predecessor : HST
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___ jacket (protective wear) : FLAK
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Recede, as the tide : EBB
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Pass (out) : METE
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Villain's look : SNEER
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Formal goodbye : ADIEU
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Wheels for big wheels : LIMOS
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Molecular bits : ATOMS
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One of 10 in a series of football downs : YARD
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"Semper Fi" org. : USMC
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A little shuteye : REST
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Gambling game whose name spells a gambling town when the first letter is changed : KENO
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Killed, as a dragon : SLEW
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Tie-___ (commercial promotions) : INS

Answer summary: 3 unique to this puzzle, 7 debuted here and reused later.

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