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New York Times, Monday, August 19, 2019

Author:
Peter Gordon
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Peter Gordon

This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 16 Words: 83, Blocks: 40 Missing: {FJQXZ} This is puzzle # 115 for Mr. Gordon. NYT links: Across Lite PDF
Peter Gordon notes:

My suggested title for when it's collected in a book: S±1.

Jeff Chen notes:
At first, I thought Peter had given me notes for a different puzzle, one where theme answers either added or subtracted an S. It took some ... read more

At first, I thought Peter had given me notes for a different puzzle, one where theme answers either added or subtracted an S. It took some puzzling to figure out "S±1" was alphanumeric code: S + 1 = T and S – 1 = R. Every theme phrase has no consonants besides R and T. Clever!

Great change of pace. ARTIE typically would hint at themers starting with R and T, like RORSCHACH TEST, RAINBOW TROUT, RETURN TICKET, and RAT TERRIER.

Wait a second. RAT TERRIER is in the grid. Neat that it could fit either criterion, today's "no consonants besides R and T" and the more typical initialisms approach.

Peter focuses on ultra-hard puzzles for his Fireball subscripTION service, and sometimes I wonder if that makes him not ideal for creating early-week NYTs. It's one thing to have a couple of toughies in EULER and TAHINI – two entries I'd expect most educated NYT solvers to know – but to cross ERNO and ARAMIS?

Along with some RPI and ORNE, I wouldn't give this puzzle to a newer solver for fear of turning them off crosswords.

It might strike me more strongly if the two consonants were less common, but I'm not sure how doable that would have been. Maybe something like ON THE DL could have been fruitful? Let's see ... ADELAIDE, DID A DEAL, LOADED DIE ... darn it, needs another 9-letter entry. And good luck with ON THE QT!

All in all, though, a refreshing take on double-initials, with some colorful finds like TEETER TOTTER and TRATTORIA.


Added note from this anal engineer who can't leave something alone: EQUATE TO, ETIQUETTE, I QUOTE, TAQUITO. QUIT IT? I wish I could!

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© 2019, The New York TimesNo. 0819 ( 25,486 )
Across
1
Greek philosopher who was a student of Socrates : PLATO
6
Disparaging remark : SLUR
10
Some bake sale groups, for short : PTAS
14
___ box (computer prompt) : DIALOG
15
With 52-Down, home of the Leaning Tower : PISA
16
French river to the English Channel : ORNE
17
Parish leader : RECTOR
18
"Yeah, sure" : IBET
19
Fill to excess : SATE
20
Took in takeout, say : ATE
21
*Seesaw : TEETERTOTTER
24
What a spin doctor might be called on to take care of : BADPR
26
Hair stiffener : GEL
27
Prepare to be published : EDIT
28
Coin that's been legal tender since New Year's Day in 2002 : EURO
30
*Bring forward for display : TROTOUT
33
Island near Java : BORNEO
36
Bandmate of McCartney, Lennon and Harrison : STARR
38
Tech school on the Hudson, for short : RPI
39
Harbinger : OMEN
40
Falafel sauce : TAHINI
42
Noun-forming suffix : TION
43
Singer DiFranco : ANI
44
Birds symbolizing peace : DOVES
45
Component of natural gas : ETHANE
47
*British hitmaker on Iggy Azalea's "Black Widow" : RITAORA
49
"It's c-c-c-cold!" : BRRR
50
"Cubist" Rubik : ERNO
51
Science class, for short : BIO
53
Mathematician once pictured on Swiss money : EULER
57
*1970 war film about the attack on Pearl Harbor : TORATORATORA
61
Genesis woman : EVE
62
Genesis man : ADAM
63
Forum garment : TOGA
64
"The Handmaid's Tale" author Margaret : ATWOOD
66
___ Field (home to the Mets) : CITI
67
Stuntman Knievel : EVEL
68
Freshens, as a stamp pad : REINKS
69
White Monopoly bills : ONES
70
Depend (on) : RELY
71
*Clarinetist Shaw ... or, when said aloud, the only two consonants in the answers to the starred clues : ARTIE
Down
1
Michelangelo masterpiece : PIETA
2
Like sneakers but not slippers : LACED
3
PC key : ALT
4
*"Sadly, you're right" : TOOTRUE
5
Fairy tale meanie : OGRE
6
Desire to harm : SPITE
7
Defame in print : LIBEL
8
Computer operator : USER
9
*Vermin-hunting dog : RATTERRIER
10
Stickie : POSTIT
11
*Pasta-serving cafe : TRATTORIA
12
The "a" of a.m. : ANTE
13
Palm reader, e.g. : SEER
14
Lacking brightness : DRAB
22
Part of the psyche : EGO
23
Febreze target : ODOR
25
Ivy League school in Philly : PENN
29
*Plumbing company whose jingle says "away go troubles down the drain" : ROTOROOTER
30
Suede shade : TAN
31
Second word of fairy tales : UPON
32
Fork prong : TINE
33
Wild pig : BOAR
34
Prefix with potent or present : OMNI
35
*Say again : REITERATE
36
Pronoun for a ship : SHE
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"___ the season to be jolly" : TIS
41
Actress Gardner : AVA
42
No ___ traffic : THRU
44
Word of warning : DONT
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*Trick-or-___ (kid on Halloween) : TREATER
48
One of the Three Musketeers : ARAMIS
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Halloween shout : BOO
51
Doughnut-shaped roll : BAGEL
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See 15-Across : ITALY
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Téa of "Madam Secretary" : LEONI
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Bring to mind : EVOKE
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Only M.L.B. team that Johnny Bench played for (1967-83) : REDS
57
Part of a Chipotle order : TACO
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Chief Norse god : ODIN
59
Wander : ROVE
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___ avis : RARA
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Jokester : WIT

Answer summary: 2 unique to this puzzle.

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