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New York Times, Thursday, August 23, 2018

Author:
Kyle Dolan
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Kyle T. Dolan

This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 72, Blocks: 37 Missing: {JQXZ} This is puzzle # 7 for Mr. Dolan. Jeff Chen's Puzzle of the Week pick. NYT links: Across Lite PDF
Kyle T. Dolan notes:
I thought that CROP ROTATION would make a good revealer for a puzzle with answers going in multiple directions, and decided to use ... read more

I thought that CROP ROTATION would make a good revealer for a puzzle with answers going in multiple directions, and decided to use rebus squares for the ‘crops' so that both answers passing through the rebus square could ‘rotate'.

Grid design was of paramount importance. In fact, unlike the typical construction process, here I worked out the basic grid design first and then selected theme entries. I wanted the longest puzzle slots (not including the revealer) to contain rebus squares, while preserving good flow through the grid. After much trial and error, I finally hit on the pattern of long Acrosses in rows 4 and 12 (fixed by the 12-letter revealer) and long Downs in columns 3 and 13, which gave me a great deal of flexibility in black square placement. I breathed a sigh of relief when I confirmed that I could cross CROP ROTATION and STO{RY E}DITOR at the I, and DUCHESS OF {CORN}WALL and ELECT{RIC E}ELS at the C.

A fun etymology fact I learned during construction is that the place name ‘Cornwall' has nothing to do with maize or any other food: the 'corn' in the name derives from an ancient Celtic word meaning ‘headland'.

Jeff Chen notes:
I've had a few people tell me that I overly criticize rebus puzzles. It's true, I do. So many rebuses have been done over the years ... read more

I've had a few people tell me that I overly criticize rebus puzzles. It's true, I do. So many rebuses have been done over the years that a standard one feels uncreative and sometimes even lazy. So it's a real pleasure when I experience something new(ish) in the rebus arena, like today's CROP ROTATION idea. I enjoyed the combination of rebus + turning, with an apt revealer.

Such a tough puzzle, so hard to figure out what was going on, especially at the STO(RY E)DITOR / BETTE(R YE)T intersection. But working that hard to figure the tricksiness out made the a-ha moment super satisfying.

This is what I want out of a Thursday puzzle – the payoff to be worth the struggle.

Such strong clues, too:

ELECT(RIC E)ELS are indeed stunning, both figuratively and literally!

SCABS' work is indeed "strikingly" controversial. (groan)

Going hog wild on a Hog (slang for a Harley) is indeed what a BIKER does.

I would have loved one more CROP included, but I appreciated how snazzy and clean Kyle's grid was. I'd much prefer this end result than a puzzle with a fourth crop plus a whole lot of gloppy crossword glue.

Took me much longer than an average Thursday, but it was well worth the effort.

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© 2018, The New York TimesNo. 0823 ( 25,125 )
Across
1
Mount Rushmore figure, familiarly : ABE
4
Bit of camp gear : COT
7
Gave personally : HANDED
13
Setting for peak viewing? : VALE
15
"O ___" (greeting on many lolcat memes) : HAI
16
Kevin ___, one of the sharks on "Shark Tank" : OLEARY
17
"My goodness!" : IDECLARE
19
Alternative to plugs : TOUPEE
20
Title for Prince Charles's Camilla : DUCHESSOFCORNWALL
22
Lug : TOTE
23
This day and age : NOW
24
Biblical "father" : ABBA
28
General amount of money that something sells for : PRICERANGE
29
Some teasers : TRAILERS
31
"Lincoln in the ___" (2017 George Saunders best-selling novel) : BARDO
32
Young fowl : POULT
33
Winter festival : TET
34
Militant org. in a 1994 peace agreement : IRA
35
"Mona Lisa," e.g. : OIL
37
Org. for the Philadelphia Union and D.C. United : MLS
38
Sticky stuff : TAR
39
They're related : KIN
40
Ones whose work is strikingly controversial? : SCABS
42
"You ___ right!" : ARESO
44
Detective's asset : EAGLEEYE
46
Behind-the-scenes worker in TV news : STORYEDITOR
47
Large bird of the pampas : RHEA
48
Good name for a tort lawyer : SUE
49
Yank who retired with 2,086 R.B.I. : AROD
50
Common farming technique ... or a hint to solving this puzzle : CROPROTATION
55
Composer Mahler : GUSTAV
58
Chain with a pepper in its logo : CHIPOTLE
59
Make it : ARRIVE
60
Common female middle name : ANN
61
Scrubbed : NOGO
62
Piece of deli counter equipment : SLICER
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Serving often accompanied by a cinnamon stick : NOG
64
Went for a seat : RAN
Down
1
Ardent : AVID
2
Erykah of R&B : BADU
3
Stunning creatures of the Amazon : ELECTRICEELS
4
Staples of action films : CHASES
5
Crew gear : OARS
6
Hook up with, in a way : TIEONTO
7
Third base, in baseball lingo : HOTCORNER
8
Skin cream ingredient : ALOE
9
Kind of network : NEURAL
10
Alternative greeting to a high-five : DAP
11
Poetic preposition : ERE
12
Curl Up and ___ (punny salon name) : DYE
14
Mirrored : ECHOED
18
Delivered a rant : LETLOOSE
21
Debate settings : FORUMS
25
"Or even ..." : BETTERYET
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Fried chicken order : BREAST
27
2017 World Series champ : ASTRO
28
Friend to none : PARIAH
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"We've been fooled!" : ITSATRAP
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One who goes hog wild? : BIKER
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Emphasize : PLAYUP
36
Becomes slippery, in a way : ICESOVER
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Bit of trash around a fraternity house : BEERCAN
43
Back vocally : ROOTON
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Obtained from milk : LACTIC
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Fulfilling : SATING
51
Party that might have a bouncer : RAVE
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"That's really bad!" : OHNO
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First wife of Pablo Picasso : OLGA
54
Superbright : NEON
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Super time : GAS
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Modern citation info : URL
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Foreign title of respect : SRI

Answer summary: 5 unique to this puzzle, 3 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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