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New York Times, Thursday, August 4, 2016

Author: Jonathan M. Kaye
Editor: Will Shortz
Jonathan M. Kaye
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This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 74, Blocks: 36 Missing: {JMZ} This is puzzle # 2 for Mr. Kaye. NYT links: Across Lite PDF
Jonathan M. Kaye notes: This was my first crossword accepted by the New York Times — so exciting! (TOP OFF was accepted second, but published ... more
Jonathan M. Kaye notes:

This was my first crossword accepted by the New York Times — so exciting! (TOP OFF was accepted second, but published first.) Will and Joel liked the "wacky theme" of my submission, and saw it as "a fun change of pace for solvers."

I hope this puzzle's new perspective on the Q provides for a satisfying a-ha moment!

Jeff Chen notes: This puzzle got the BOOT! Neat to see the Os in various cars become Qs, that little diagonal line looking like an actual boot — ... more
Jeff Chen notes:

This puzzle got the BOOT! Neat to see the Os in various cars become Qs, that little diagonal line looking like an actual boot — if you write the Q in uppercase, that is. I imagine the people scribbling a lowercase "q" didn't have much of an idea of what was going on.

Very cool visual. I especially liked the NAVIGATQR, as the Q was in the back tire spot, where you usually see boots. In contrast, it felt odd to see the wheel and boot in the middle of EXPLQRER and CHERQKEE. Still, I appreciated Jonathan's effort of choosing four well-known car models from four well-known car makers, and tightening his choices by only using models with exactly one O.

Fun to get PRIVATE EYES, TRIFECTA, and DRONE BEE, too; all nice bonuses. I wasn't as much a fan of PRACTICABLE. It is a real word, but that 11-letter space is such prime real estate. It's a bit like a prized piece of land going into a bidding war … and the winner turns it into a parking lot.

As with his debut puzzle, there were a few rough spots in the fill. It's perfectly passable to have a bit of minor N DAK, TOITY (can only be clued one way), DIAS, since most grids — especially ones with so many hard-to-work-with Qs — will require some compromises. It's less elegant to have ASLANT and ASWIRL crossing each other, which makes them stand out even more. (They are real words, but especially ASWIRL has an old-timey feel that personally makes me wince.)

All in all, I would have preferred more car-like visuals, as with a previous Gorski puzzle. I did like the fact that each themer getting the boot was an actual car, but I would have loved the puzzle if each themer had exactly two Os, one at the second slot and one at the penultimate, with the latter getting the boot.

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© 2016, The New York TimesNo. 0804 ( 24,376 )
Across Down
1. Like the Miller beer logo : ASLANT
7. Cred : REP
10. Big dogs in dogfights : ACES
14. ___ salad : CAESAR
15. Lever used in propulsion : OAR
16. Malarkey : BOSH
17. Almost out : DROWSY
18. Jai alai bet of 1-3-7, e.g. : TRIFECTA
20. Cat : felid :: dog : ___ : CANID
21. Incapacitated Chevy? : SILVERADQ
22. Captivated : RAPT
24. Smooth, in a way : SAND
25. Incapacitated Ford? : EXPLQRER
29. Sub-Saharan sucker : TSETSE
33. Saints are part of it, for short : NFL
34. Mountain ridge : ARETE
36. Fancy pitcher : EWER
37. Lunes y martes : DIAS
39. Whoopi's breakout role in "The Color Purple" : CELIE
40. "Das ist verboten!" : NEIN
41. "East of Eden" director Kazan : ELIA
42. Hoity-___ : TOITY
43. "Star Wars" nickname : ANI
44. Landmark sometimes called "The Great One" : DENALI
46. Incapacitated Jeep? : CHERQKEE
49. Predators of elephants, in myth : ROCS
51. His brother was given the name Israel : ESAU
52. Incapacitated Lincoln? : NAVIGATQR
56. Offering from an urban street cart : KEBAB
60. Queen's mate : DRONEBEE
61. Roosevelt predecessor? : DELANO
62. Before, when placed before : ANTE
63. Aromatic neckwear : LEI
64. "Gotcha, I'm on it" : WILLDO
65. Eager : KEEN
66. Man's name that's an anagram of 63-Across : ELI
67. Not take no for an answer : INSIST
1. Hard rock band formed by Malcolm and Angus Young : ACDC
2. Poet Teasdale : SARA
3. Historic kingdom in Spain : LEON
4. Like a vortex : ASWIRL
5. Big Board competitor : NASDAQ
6. Go for it : TRY
7. Indian flatbread : ROTI
8. Robert Crawley and his father before him, on "Downton Abbey" : EARLS
9. Tails, of a sort : PRIVATEEYES
10. North Sea oil port : ABERDEEN
11. Natural stimulant : COCA
12. Founded: Abbr. : ESTD
13. N.B.A. star-turned-sports analyst, familiarly : SHAQ
19. Marshes : FENS
21. Standard auto feature : STEREO
23. Realistic : PRACTICABLE
25. Wrapped up : ENDED
26. Sci-fi case : XFILE
27. Geographical feature in "America the Beautiful" : PLAIN
28. Shroud of Turin, e.g. : RELIC
30. Refinement : TWEAK
31. It flows into the English Channel at Le Havre : SEINE
32. Children's TV character with a fondness for baths : ERNIE
35. Devout Mormon, e.g. : TITHER
38. Dulles terminal designer : SAARINEN
45. Theater box : LOGE
47. Earn, as big bucks : RAKEIN
48. Puts down : QUELLS
50. Toughness : STEEL
52. Home to Theo. Roosevelt Natl. Park : NDAK
53. ___ Saknussemm, discoverer of the center of the earth in "Journey to the Center of the Earth" : ARNE
54. Word on a political button : VOTE
55. Longest-reigning British monarch, informally : QEII
57. East Indies tourist destination : BALI
58. They make connections : ANDS
59. Result of a parking violation ... as illustrated four times in this puzzle? : BOOT
61. Motorist's offense, for short : DWI

Answer summary: 5 unique to this puzzle, 2 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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