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New York Times, Monday, August 18, 2014

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

Answer summary: 5 unique to this puzzle, 5 debuted here and reused later.

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