It looks like you're using an Ad Blocker. Please consider supporting our site by purchasing an account.
This web browser is not supported. Use Chrome, Safari, Firefox, or Edge for best results.

New York Times, Friday, August 28, 2015

Author:
Samuel A. Donaldson
Editor:
Will Shortz
TotalDebutLatestCollabs
3210/2/20085/5/20199
SunMonTueWedThuFriSat
7256516
ScrabbleRebusCirclePangram
1.64130
Samuel A. Donaldson

This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 72, Blocks: 28 Missing: {Q} This is puzzle # 19 for Mr. Donaldson. NYT links: Across Lite PDF
Samuel A. Donaldson notes:
My first Friday! Friday is my favorite day for NYT crosswords as a solver, so I'm happy finally to publish a Friday puzzle. The ... read more

My first Friday! Friday is my favorite day for NYT crosswords as a solver, so I'm happy finally to publish a Friday puzzle.

The seed entries were LAWYER UP and WAIT WHAT. I had to resort to a 72-word grid in order to keep everything smooth, but I'm happy with how that played out.

I guess the original clues I submitted were too hard for a Friday. Only 13 of my clues (18%) were used without any changes, while 19 others (26%) retained the same gist but were edited slightly. That meant Will and company wrote 40 entirely new clues (56% of the total!), a percentage far higher than I would want to see.

Jeff Chen notes:
What a perfect start to the puzzle; a clever doubling up of the phrase 'court battle' in cluing two adjacent entries. LAWYER UP is a ... read more

What a perfect start to the puzzle; a clever doubling up of the phrase "court battle" in cluing two adjacent entries. LAWYER UP is a great enough answer in itself, but when paired with ONE ON ONE and a completely different meaning of "court battle," that duo becomes a real standout. The fact that Sam is a law professor is icing on the cake.

Anyone else intrigued by the "Who would have won a ONE ON ONE game in their prime, MJ or LBJ" debate?

Tough to fill those big 4x8 corners. I absolutely love what Sam did with the lower right, working in FIRE CODE, WAIT WHAT? and HAS A COW so smoothly. Very impressive.

Although I loved the LAWYER UP / ONE ON ONE pairing, I wasn't so hot on the LOGE / E STREET crossing, as I was unable to pull out the word LOGE from my addled brain. O STREET seemed reasonable enough. And ANOS certainly isn't terrible, but for a themeless grid, the singular ANO is minor and the plural ANOS is somewhat less minor.

Anyone else stymied by [Subject to a hissy fit]? I glossed over the clue, reading "subject" as a noun instead of a verb. FREAK OUT ON makes a lot more sense if you think of the latter meaning.

Some really strong entries, the colorful I DIDN'T DO IT, MASS EXODUS, even the shortie but goodie LES MIZ. I personally like to see the (assets - liabilities) quantity at 10 or more, so the appearance of some of the usual suspects (NES, DOA, ISAO, PSS, etc.) as well as the oddity of UNTAME brought that result to a level not quite as high as I like to see.

Still though, I find it a lot of fun to get a constructor's personality and tastes showing through, and that opening pair was a perfect example.

Jim Horne notes:

With this, his first Friday, Mr. Donaldson has now hit for the cycle.

1
L
2
A
3
W
4
Y
5
E
6
R
7
U
8
P
9
L
10
E
11
S
12
M
13
I
14
Z
15
O
N
E
O
N
O
N
E
16
U
N
T
A
M
E
17
G
O
P
U
B
L
I
C
18
A
Y
E
S
I
R
19
E
S
T
R
E
E
T
20
S
N
A
P
S
T
O
21
E
R
S
22
F
A
N
23
P
E
A
24
B
25
E
26
F
O
G
27
C
O
D
28
S
E
X
T
29
S
30
L
A
R
K
31
I
D
I
D
32
N
T
D
O
I
T
33
O
R
E
34
P
A
R
S
L
E
Y
35
D
O
A
36
C
L
A
37
S
S
M
A
T
E
S
38
H
U
N
K
39
S
Y
K
E
S
40
T
E
D
41
P
A
S
S
E
42
S
O
N
43
J
E
D
44
V
A
S
45
S
T
U
D
46
I
E
S
47
G
E
T
A
48
H
49
I
50
T
51
L
A
T
E
S
T
52
F
I
R
E
C
O
D
E
53
A
G
O
R
A
E
54
E
N
D
N
O
T
E
S
55
T
E
N
S
O
R
56
W
A
I
T
W
H
A
T
© 2015, The New York TimesNo. 0828 ( 24,034 )
Across
1
Prepare for a court battle : LAWYERUP
9
1987 B'way smash : LESMIZ
15
Common court battle : ONEONONE
16
Wild : UNTAME
17
Tell the world : GOPUBLIC
18
On-deck approval : AYESIR
19
Locale of the American Red Cross headquarters in Washington : ESTREET
20
Shapes up quickly : SNAPSTO
21
Places for life-and-death decisions, for short : ERS
22
Season ticket holder, presumably : FAN
23
Fried rice bit : PEA
24
Obfuscate : BEFOG
27
Cousin of a pollock : COD
28
Barely communicates on a smartphone? : SEXTS
30
Prankster's activity : LARK
31
Prankster's claim : IDIDNTDOIT
33
Rush target : ORE
34
Chimichurri ingredient : PARSLEY
35
___ good job : DOA
36
Group on a yearbook page : CLASSMATES
38
Many a bachelorette party hiree : HUNK
39
Star of the sitcom "Wanda at Large" : SYKES
40
___ talk : TED
41
Having no currency : PASSE
42
Result of labor half the time? : SON
43
Leo's advisee on "The West Wing" : JED
44
Anatomical tube : VAS
45
Writing rooms : STUDIES
47
Single or double : GETAHIT
51
Breaking news : LATEST
52
It sets occupancy limits : FIRECODE
53
Classical squares : AGORAE
54
Academic references : ENDNOTES
55
Stretching muscle : TENSOR
56
"Hold on ... did I hear that correctly?" : WAITWHAT
Down
1
Area between an upper and lower deck : LOGE
2
A long time in Barcelona : ANOS
3
Experienced lacrimation : WEPT
4
Reassuring words for a fallen tot : YOUREOK
5
Sportscaster Dick : ENBERG
6
They're filled for a production : ROLES
7
Fermi, for one : UNIT
8
Muscle mag subject : PEC
9
Comic strip character surnamed DeGroot : LUANN
10
"Trains and Winter Rains" singer, 2008 : ENYA
11
Like ziggurats and some mesas : STEPPED
12
Lots of outgoing people : MASSEXODUS
13
Results of knocking things off : IMITATIONS
14
Nonentity : ZERO
20
Imposed : SADDLED
22
Imposed (on) : FOISTED
24
Groups sharing views : BLOCS
25
Embryonic : EARLYSTAGE
26
Subject to a hissy fit : FREAKOUTON
27
Bank postings : CDRATES
28
Real mess : STY
29
Sum at risk : STAKE
31
Sum in English : IAM
32
Maniac Mansion console, for short : NES
34
Brief afterthoughts, in brief : PSS
37
Info on cover sheets : SENDERS
38
Wigs out : HASACOW
41
Item authorized by Article I, Section 8 of the Constitution : PATENT
43
Captain Clutch of baseball : JETER
44
One who made many Shakespeare characters sing? : VERDI
45
Blind part : SLAT
46
Aoki of the Champions Tour : ISAO
47
Actress Carano of "Fast & Furious 6," 2013 : GINA
48
Ice planet in "The Empire Strikes Back" : HOTH
49
Bean sprout? : IDEA
50
Follower of alpha and beta : TEST
52
Couple or so : FEW

Answer summary: 6 unique to this puzzle, 1 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

Found bugs or have suggestions?