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HEARD AT THE MOVIES

New York Times, Sunday, August 31, 2014

Author: Joel Fagliano
Editor: Will Shortz
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Puzzle of the Week

This puzzle:

Rows: 21, Columns: 21 Words: 136, Blocks: 70 Missing: {KQX} This is puzzle # 30 for Mr. Fagliano. Jeff Chen's Puzzle of the Week pick NYT links: Across Lite PDF
Joel Fagliano notes: I love themes that make me laugh as I come up with them. Something about the 'aha' moment that comes from saying a group of words over and over until the hidden movie magically appears really appealed to me. ... more
Joel Fagliano notes: I love themes that make me laugh as I come up with them. Something about the "aha" moment that comes from saying a group of words over and over until the hidden movie magically appears really appealed to me. I'm not even sure all of these work that well, but after repeating them to myself approximately 500 times, I talked myself into them. I hope solvers get the same kick out saying these aloud to themselves that I did (and don't look too crazy in public while they're doing so.)
Will Shortz notes: My assistant Joel and I edited this puzzle together over a large pizza at a local pizzeria a few weeks ago. There wasn't a lot to edit, actually, as Joel writes good clues.
Jeff Chen notes: Really nice Sunday puzzle, featuring BEST PICTURE WINNERs sounded out through strung together words. I enjoyed sussing out the titles, WARDEN HAIRY PEEPHOLE my favorite. It's too bad the themers weren't clued ... more
Jeff Chen notes: Really nice Sunday puzzle, featuring BEST PICTURE WINNERs sounded out through strung together words. I enjoyed sussing out the titles, WARDEN HAIRY PEEPHOLE my favorite. It's too bad the themers weren't clued wackily, as that one could have been hilarious. Since it took me a long time to suss out CHALLAH BOWED HEAVE = ALL ABOUT EVE, here's the list:
  • ALL ABOUT EVE
  • ON THE WATERFRONT
  • 12 YEARS A SLAVE
  • THE GODFATHER
  • WAR DENARII PEEP-PULL (about the black market trade, fighting over Easter treats. Or maybe ORDINARY PEOPLE)
  • OUT OF AFRICA

Note the wide variety, chosen over a multitude of film eras. Joel picks a couple early ones, a recent winner, and a few scattered in between. Nice that there's something for everyone.

And as I'd expect out of a Joel puzzle, it's expertly crafted. Very little glue, which is so tough to do in a Sunday puzzle, and even harder to do in a 136 word Sunday puzzle. Not many people dip into that range, and very few come out with a puzzle as clean as this. Just a bit of EMAG, OSS, ELEM, ESE kind of stuff is well worth the price of strong fill as DRUG LAWS, WATER RAT, MEL TORME, APPIAN WAY, SEASHELLS, etc.

The sheer volume of good long fill is incredible. Hit the "Analyze" button below the grid to see just how many non-theme long answers he's incorporated. As a point of reference, many Sunday puzzles are successful if they incorporate just two pieces of good long fill. I'm still not quite sure how he made it look so easy, but a big part of it is that Joel was very careful to spread out his white space so not one section was vast and thus hard to fill.

Speaking of ESE, it took me forever to understand the clue even after I finished the puzzle. [Tip of the tongue?] refers to ESE getting added to words to form a dialect, i.e. BROOKLYN becomes BROOKLYNESE. Took me a while, but I like the playful repurposing of a common phrase to add spice to an otherwise blah entry.

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Across Down
1. Halle Berry was once runner-up for this : MISSUSA
8. Foreheads : BROWS
13. Hanes competitor : BVD
16. Identify on Facebook : TAG
19. Ties up : ENLACES
20. French filmmaker who led the Cinéma Pur movement : RENECLAIR
22. When Earth Day is celebrated: Abbr. : APR
23. Jewish bread/Played, as a violin/Throw (1950) : CHALLAHBOWEDHEAVE
25. Tan line producer, maybe : BRA
26. Ring material : CANVAS
27. ___ cloud (source of comets) : OORT
28. Org. in "The Sopranos" : FBI
29. Spend time in idle reverie : MOON
30. One quarter of a quartet : ALTO
31. Toyota rival/Measure of power/Insult (1954) : HONDAWATTAFFRONT
36. Parisian possessive : SES
37. Sound units : BELS
38. Strip club fixture : POLE
39. Anagram - and synonym - of 71-Across : AYES
40. Peace in the Middle East : SALAAM
42. Forbes competitor : INC
44. Ca, Ce, Co or Cu : ELEM
47. Reside/Savage/Puzzle (out)/Wash (2013) : DWELLFIERCESUSSLAVE
53. Greatly desired objects : GRAILS
54. Any of the "South Park" characters : TOON
55. Strike concern : PAY
56. Kiss's partner : TELL
58. Bananas : NUTSO
59. Number by a door? : CAROL
61. Islamic spirit : JINN
62. Inner: Prefix : ENTO
63. Dating service datum : AGE
64. Hooligan/Strange/Silo contents (1972) : THUGODDFODDER
68. Only non-U.S. M.L.B. team: Abbr. : TOR
69. Some cameras, for short : SLRS
71. See 39-Across : YEAS
72. Like a milquetoast : WUSSY
73. Complete reversal : UTURN
75. Comedian Kevin : HART
76. Seed : PIT
77. Obama follower? : CARE
78. Sad news : ASHAME
79. Wildlife protector/Difficult/Hotel door feature (1980) : WARDENHAIRYPEEPHOLE
84. Have the lead : STAR
85. "Chances ___ ..." : ARE
86. Load bearer? : HAMPER
87. Memo opener : INRE
90. California roll ingredient : CRAB
93. "That's what she ___" : SAID
94. Road block? : JAM
97. "In what way?"/Like overcooked steak/Possess/European capital on a gulf (1985) : HOWTOUGHHAVERIGA
102. Get whipped : LOSE
103. British author who wrote "The Old Devils" : AMIS
104. "___ man!" : BEA
105. Oklahoma tribe : OTOE
106. Brave group, informally? : NLEAST
108. Kind of garden : ZEN
109. What you get when you say 23-, 31-, 47-, 64-, 79- or 97-Across out loud : BESTPICTUREWINNER
113. Meringue ingredient : EGG
114. P.O.W.'s, e.g. : INTERNEES
115. Rush-hour subway rider, facetiously : SARDINE
116. ___ Islas Filipinas : LAS
117. "Inglourious Basterds" org. : OSS
118. ___ nous : ENTRE
119. Holes in shoes : EYELETS
1. Shopping malls on Black Friday, e.g. : MECCAS
2. Scarf down : INHALE
3. Some wide receiver routes : SLANTS
4. Round of shots : SALVO
5. Campus attended by Elle in "Legally Blonde" : UCLA
6. Beach homes? : SEASHELLS
7. Kind of blond : ASH
8. Ponder, with "on" : BROOD
9. Prepare to put back in the fridge, say : REWRAP
10. Pair of socks? : ONETWO
11. Unite : WED
12. Duke, e.g.: Abbr. : SCH
13. Start of a children's rhyme : BAABAA
14. Make more intense, as colors : VIVIFY
15. Rap mogul, briefly : DRE
16. Prohibited : TABOO
17. Where a golf fairway transitions into a green : APRON
18. President after Johnson : GRANT
21. One half of a 10-Down : LEFT
24. Growing art form? : BONSAI
29. Fred Flintstone's boss : MRSLATE
32. Minnesota's St. ___ College : OLAF
33. Strange : ALIEN
34. Heavenly bodies? : TENS
35. Mood : FEEL
37. Plebiscite, e.g. : BALLOT
40. Número of Mexican states that border the U.S. : SEIS
41. Subway systems : METROS
43. Figures on some Valentine's Day cards : CUPIDS
45. Ultimate : EVENTUAL
46. "Careless Hands" crooner : MELTORME
47. Narcs enforce them : DRUGLAWS
48. Marsh rodent : WATERRAT
49. Cross : ROOD
50. It was satirized in "Dr. Strangelove" : COLDWAR
51. Kind of blond : SANDY
52. Last word of an annual holiday song : SYNE
53. Grind : GNASH
57. "S.N.L." producer Michaels : LORNE
59. Bring up to speed : CUEIN
60. First name in mysteries : AGATHA
61. Rachel's firstborn, in the Bible : JOSEPH
65. Build up : HYPE
66. Alecto, Megaera or Tisiphone : FURY
67. Made haste : RUSHED
70. Some shipping routes : STRAITS
74. One of the superheroes in 2012's "The Avengers" : THOR
77. Former Oldsmobile model : CIERA
78. Road starting at the Porta Capena : APPIANWAY
80. Film villain with prosthetic hands : DRNO
81. Cheeky : ARCH
82. Less puzzling : EASIER
83. Kindle purchase, in brief : EMAG
88. "Daniel in the Lions' Den" artist : RUBENS
89. Discharges : EGESTS
91. Long-legged shorebird : AVOCET
92. Surpass : BETTER
94. "Happy Days" girl : JOANIE
95. Green light : ASSENT
96. 96 for Big Ben, heightwise : METRES
97. Eye shade : HAZEL
98. Symbol for ohms : OMEGA
99. Common bar food : WINGS
100. Kind of mail : HATE
101. Get up : ROUSE
102. Three-time French Open champ : LENDL
107. Euros replaced them : LIRE
109. Work for Plutarch, informally : BIO
110. Not post- : PRE
111. Hog's Head, in the Harry Potter books : INN
112. Tip of the tongue? : ESE

Answer summary: 9 unique to this puzzle, 1 debuted here and reused later, 2 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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