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New York Times, Friday, August 18, 2017

Author:
Brendan Emmett Quigley
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Brendan Emmett Quigley

This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 70, Blocks: 32 Missing: {JQ} This is puzzle # 173 for Mr. Quigley. NYT links: Across Lite PDF
Brendan Emmett Quigley notes:
This is surreal. I only vaguely remember making this one. When I saw the grid, I almost didn't recognize it. I think I made this one ... read more

This is surreal. I only vaguely remember making this one. When I saw the grid, I almost didn't recognize it. I think I made this one back in December, but like I said my memory is extremely hazy. Is this what Alzheimer's is going to feel like?

Hey, if David Bowie can have no memory of recording one entire album ("Station To Station"), I think I'm allowed to have one puzzle I don't recall making.

Jeff Chen notes:
BEQ is one of the best out there when it comes to innovation in themeless grid patterns. I suppose making (at least) one themeless per ... read more

BEQ is one of the best out there when it comes to innovation in themeless grid patterns. I suppose making (at least) one themeless per week will develop that skill!

Some great feature entries in BABY DOLLS, SANDWICH BAGS, MADE NO SENSE, LAW CLERKS — all intersecting together in the same region! Along with the complete lack of crossword glue in that wide-open middle, it made for such a pleasurable solving experience. It's difficult to execute on a big section like this to end up with both sparkle and cleanliness, but BEQ did it. Bravo, sir!

I sometimes wonder if my bar for themelesses is too high these days. As much as I loved the middle section, the corners didn't do nearly as much for me, which pulled this one out of POW! contention.

Finishing with an error in CASAVAS / DIAVOLO didn't help, but that was my fault, not the puzzle's — I should have known that it's "cassava," and that a cassava is a root, not a melon. But I would sympathize with others who made the same mistake. DIABOLO vs. DIAVOLO … man, that's hard to keep straight.

Themelesses featuring mostly seven-letter entries ... they're so hard to pull off with the same color as you can more easily get in 8+ letter answers. Things like SUMATRA are interesting, but ACHIEVE, DEIGNED, UNNAMED, ONE GRAM didn't do much for me. THE AREA felt partial-ish, too. (I don't mind duplicated short words, but THE above THE felt wonky.)

And I had to debate re: AGRIBIZ. Such an interesting string of letters, ending with that Z, but the term didn't resonate with this MBA / WSJ reader. I wondered how many others it would feel similarly. It's a valid term, just not one I've personally heard much.

Similar feeling about SAD KEANU. I've been a big fan of his ever since "The Matrix," but this meme was new to me. I'm sure it hit some folks strongly, though — people who are on Instagram, Fb, Twitter more, perhaps?

So overall, a knockout solving experience for me in the middle, but not as strong in the corners.

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© 2017, The New York TimesNo. 0818 ( 24,755 )

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Across
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Island known for its coffee : SUMATRA
8
"So effective you can skip a day" sloganeer, once : MITCHUM
15
Weight of a U.S. banknote : ONEGRAM
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Be successful : ACHIEVE
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1942 Abbott and Costello musical comedy : RIORITA
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Thought fit : DEIGNED
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Frequent designation for Elizabeth Taylor : EXWIFE
20
Theologian called "The Father of English History" : BEDE
21
Carrier in the Star Alliance : SAS
22
Jazz/samba fusion popularized in the 1960s : BOSSANOVA
25
Computer programmer's need : LOGIC
28
Especially : ABOVEALL
31
Spouse of Alexander Hamilton : ELIZA
32
Home of "the bell," briefly : NYSE
33
Bucket of bolts : HEAP
35
Shaping device : ADZ
36
Level connectors in Donkey Kong : LADDERS
39
Stink : ADO
40
Damage control org. : FEMA
42
Exultant cry : IWON
43
Word ending many farm names : ACRES
45
They're just above a handlebar : NOSTRILS
47
Clotheshorse : DANDY
48
They write many opinions : LAWCLERKS
50
Platform for Siri : IOS
53
___ scale : MOHS
54
Very passionate : HEATED
58
Epithet for Jesus : THELAMB
60
Toy consisting of a spool on a string : DIABOLO
61
What you're in if you're nearby : THEAREA
62
Anonymous : UNNAMED
63
Joined forces? : YINYANG
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Bit of media self-promotion : HOUSEAD
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Miffed : SORE
2
System used by servers : UNIX
3
Cry around mealtime : MEOW
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Growing industry, informally? : AGRIBIZ
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Like some multiuse eyeglass lenses : TRIFOCAL
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$40/hour and others : RATES
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Health org. : AMA
8
Defied 25-Across : MADENOSENSE
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Became slippery, in a way : ICEDOVER
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Take things the wrong way : THIEVE
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One of a pack of 20, for short : CIG
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Farmyard females : HENS
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Layer below the sclera : UVEA
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Doc's orders : MEDS
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Toys that may open and close their eyes : BABYDOLLS
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Sometimes-zippered container : SANDWICHBAG
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"That's the spot!" : AAH
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Prominent part of Nestea's logo : LEAF
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Antique : OLDEN
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Whatchamacallit : GIZMO
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Gather : LEARN
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Put in a hold : LADED
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Fragrant prom present : POSY
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Amelia Earhart and others : AIRWOMEN
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Internet meme of the star of "The Matrix" looking sullen : SADKEANU
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Gallaudet Univ. system : ASL
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Cousins of honeydews : CASABAS
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Actress Taylor of "Bones" : TAMARA
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Safari sighting, informally : RHINO
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Minute, to a tot : ITTY
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"Surprising to run into you here" : OHHI
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Taken in : SEEN
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One might require an oversize jacket : TOME
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Birthplace of the philosopher Parmenides : ELEA
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___-Frank Act : DODD
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Often-misused irregular verb : LAY
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"Everybody knows that!" : DUH

Answer summary: 6 unique to this puzzle, 2 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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