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New York Times, Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Author:
Erik Agard
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Erik Agard

This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 76, Blocks: 34 Missing: {JQXZ} Spans: 3 This is puzzle # 2 for Mr. Agard. NYT links: Across Lite PDF
Erik Agard notes:
This is a textbook quote puzzle. The textbook was Mankiw's 'Principles of Microeconomics'. It was my freshman year in college (go ... read more

This is a textbook quote puzzle. The textbook was Mankiw's "Principles of Microeconomics". It was my freshman year in college (go 32-Down!), and we were learning about inflation. Fun fact: in today's dollars, 1-/67-Across would be outearned by the average MLB player, whereas 38-Across would make more than twice as much as his current counterpart. Well, I say fun. I mean egregious. Hope you liked the puzzle.

Will Shortz notes:

Erik's a pretty good clue writer. I changed fewer clues in this puzzle (about a third) than I do in most. I look forward to more puzzles from him.

Jeff Chen notes:
I met Erik at the American Crossword Puzzle Tournament two years ago and immediately liked him. What a fun guy! I only wish he hadn't ... read more

I met Erik at the American Crossword Puzzle Tournament two years ago and immediately liked him. What a fun guy! I only wish he hadn't shaved his awesome afro recently. He's being mysterious about his picture, so I'll find a good Dick Cheney pic to use if he doesn't send in one soon, similar to the one of my wife.

I love what Erik has done with this theme. Quote puzzles have largely gone by the wayside due to the fact that the theme entries are essentially unchecked until the solve is almost done. This often gives solvers fits, so the payoff has to be high — a hilarious punchline, a bot mot, a witty turn of phrase — if it's to work. So Erik has broken up the themers and knitted them together at the very end, putting the pieces together nicely.

Erik's cluing is distinctive too. Leave it to a hip 20-something to come up with the clue for 3-down; I love it. I enjoy it when a puzzle's clues exhibits the constructor's vibe. Sam Donaldson, friend, tax professor, and cake-maker, is excellent at this too, as demonstrated in this puzzle.

I have a minor issue with the SE, the inclusion of TAIT. I'm a fan of topology and Martin Gardner's puzzle-related work, but that's a pretty esoteric name even for me. Having two parallel constraints in that corner (end of BETTER YEAR and RUTH) makes construction hard enough, but adding a third parallel constraint, an 8-letter across, forces a very difficult construction. The result is a blip in Erik's otherwise excellent work.

Speaking of work, if only Erik had clued SERENITY related to "SERENITY now, insanity later", a phrase I frequently use while writing at my local coffee shop.

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© 2013, The New York TimesNo. 0828 ( 23,304 )

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Across
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With 67-Across, man whose 1930 salary was $80,000 : BABE
5
Gives off : EMITS
10
Seventh anniversary ruiner? : ITCH
14
Treats, as a sprain : ICES
15
Like some sprays : NASAL
16
One's part? : SOLO
17
Nickname for 1-/67-Across : THESULTANOFSWAT
20
Peace and quiet : SERENITY
21
Injures : WOUNDS
22
Bro's sib : SIS
23
Whittle : PARE
24
Deerstalker, e.g. : HAT
27
It's the law : STATUTE
30
Eleanor : F.D.R. :: Bess : ___ : HST
33
Obama's birthplace : OAHU
35
School for James Bond : ETON
36
Be really annoying : GRATE
38
Man whose 1930 salary was $75,000 : PRESIDENTHOOVER
41
Snowy wader : EGRET
42
Writer James : AGEE
43
Faucet annoyance : DRIP
44
Kenny Rogers's "___ Believes in Me" : SHE
45
Battlers at sea : ARMADAS
48
Naval rank: Abbr. : ENS
49
Newcastle Brown and others : ALES
50
Pre-barbecuing mixture : RUB
52
Deplorable : HORRID
55
Repay : MAKEUPTO
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Quote from 1-/67-Across on why he outearned 38-Across : IHADABETTERYEAR
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One of the Jackson 5 : TITO
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It lights up when it's excited : ARGON
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Guitarist Clapton : ERIC
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Go into the wild blue yonder : SOAR
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Runs rampant : TEEMS
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See 1-Across : RUTH
Down
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Memory units : BITS
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Be sore : ACHE
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"Beauty is in the eye of the ___ holder": Kinky Friedman : BEER
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Bluegrass duo? : ESSES
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Up in arms? : ENLISTED
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QB Stafford : MATT
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"What can ___?" : ISAY
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Treat, as a hide : TAN
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Not adept in : SLOWAT
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Time piece? : ISSUE
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Go to ___ on : TOWN
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Attired : CLAD
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Sexual attraction, with "the" : HOTS
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One-piece garments, informally : UNIS
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Precede : FOREGO
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Gave up by giving up control : PUNTED
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Crosses one's fingers, perhaps : HOPES
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"Good grief!" : AARGH
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Word repeated when consoling someone : THERE
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Units of brilliance? : ATEAMS
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Its capital is Nuku'alofa : TONGA
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Le ___, France : HAVRE
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Rathskeller order : STEIN
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A.C.C. team, informally : TERPS
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Purpose : USE
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Surveyor's unit : ROD
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Vicina della Francia : ITALIA
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Listens up, quaintly : HEARKENS
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Chestnut-colored flying mammal : REDBAT
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Litigant : SUER
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Zeal : ARDOR
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The "emptor" in "caveat emptor" : BUYER
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Best sellers : HITS
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Home of the U.S.'s largest cities whose names start with X and Z : OHIO
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Pro ___ : RATA
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Lender's offering: Abbr. : MTGE
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It's elementary : ATOM
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Big silver exporter : PERU
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Mathematical physicist Peter who pioneered in knot theory : TAIT
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Philharmonic grp. : ORCH
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"Inconstancy falls off ___ it begins": Shak. : ERE

Answer summary: 3 unique to this puzzle, 4 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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