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New York Times, Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Author: Patrick Berry
Editor: Will Shortz
Patrick Berry
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This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 74, Blocks: 40 Missing: {Q} This is puzzle # 201 for Mr. Berry. NYT links: Across Lite PDF
Jeff Chen notes: Curious! PB has 201 puzzles in the NYT Shortz era now, but this is just his fourth Wednesday. He takes phrases synonymous with 'in ... more
Jeff Chen notes:

Curious! PB has 201 puzzles in the NYT Shortz era now, but this is just his fourth Wednesday. He takes phrases synonymous with "in jail" and gives them amusingly apt interpretations on "crimes" that led the person to jail. Merely going to yoga class, you got arrested and are now DOING A STRETCH? Funny! I had heard variants of the UP THE RIVER one before, but serving beer -> BEHIND BARS and buying a McMansion -> IN THE BIG HOUSE gave me smiles.

Carefully picking his work

Some good clues in this one, a trademark of PB puzzles. When it comes to generating amusing clue/answer combos providing strong a-ha moments, he might be the best constructor out there.

  • [Person who picks his work?] is a MINER. You can pick your friends, you can pick your nose, and of course you can pick your work if you have a pick-axe.
  • I was baffled by [Savior of lost souls, for short?]. GPS indeed rescues we poor souls continually getting lost. (At least, those of us not so cheap that we eschew GPS for good ol' paper maps. Ahem.)

I found it inelegant to have SHIV in the grid. Some might see it as a bonus answer, but randomly placed answers which relate to a theme feel like they detract from the final product.

I also got a somewhat old-timey feeling in this one, pretty surprising for a PB grid. I'm fine with OLEO and EPEE — sometime you just need a dab of glue to hold a grid together — but getting ASTA, OSSIE, LAHR, Tommy AGEE of the Miracle Mets, and old CBS News chief FRED Friendly seemed like a blast from generations ago. Huh. Perhaps this was intentional, throwing a bone to older solvers; counterbalancing some of the more modern themes we've recently seen.

Neat theme idea, but the grid perhaps not up to the (immensely elevated) PB bar.

JimH notes: Yes, only the 4th Wednesday for Mr. Berry. The only reason he has even one Monday and Tuesday is that he needed six consecutive days for ... more
JimH notes: Yes, only the 4th Wednesday for Mr. Berry. The only reason he has even one Monday and Tuesday is that he needed six consecutive days for his 2011 "Cross" word meta challenge. If you somehow missed this terrific puzzle set, try them.
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© 2015, The New York TimesNo. 0805 ( 24,011 )
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1. King of rhyme : COLE
5. Antelope with twisty horns : ELAND
10. Crunched material : DATA
14. Name shared by five Norwegian kings : OLAV
15. Lowest field rank : MAJOR
16. It's big in movies : IMAX
17. "I merely agreed to serve beer at some pubs, and now I'm ___!" : BEHINDBARS
19. Corresponding : SAME
20. Where the biennial Vinexpo is held : BORDEAUX
21. Fruits at an oasis : DATES
22. China and environs, with "the" : EAST
23. Shade similar to lilac : MAUVE
25. "I merely bought myself a McMansion, and now I'm ___!" : INTHEBIGHOUSE
29. Epic poem segment : CANTO
31. Helpfulness : USE
32. Stop shooting : WRAP
33. Cannes confirmation : OUI
34. "I merely went skating at Rockefeller Center, and now I'm ___!" : ONICE
36. Name on a collectible campaign button : IKE
37. Dying rebuke : ETTU
39. Inside-the-Beltway expert : POL
40. Actor Davis of "Get on the Bus" : OSSIE
42. "I merely went to my yoga class, and now I'm ___!" : DOINGASTRETCH
46. Put in one's name (for) : APPLY
47. The Charleses' pet : ASTA
48. Brother of Prometheus : ATLAS
50. Giving voice to : UTTERING
54. Pen knife? : SHIV
55. "I merely paddled my canoe against a current, and now I'm ___!" : UPTHERIVER
57. Slimy mud : OOZE
58. Person who picks his work? : MINER
59. Prefix meaning "billionth" : NANO
60. Former CBS News chief Friendly : FRED
61. Looks searchingly : PEERS
62. What rats may do to baseboards : GNAW
1. Kind of salad : COBB
2. Fleischmann's offering : OLEO
3. Bert of "The Wizard of Oz" : LAHR
4. Unmistakable : EVIDENT
5. Linear punctuation mark : EMDASH
6. Film director Neil : LABUTE
7. Sophocles play set during the Trojan War : AJAX
8. Negative connector : NOR
9. Advanced deg. holders : DRS
10. Claim no knowledge of : DISAVOW
11. Ineptly done : AMATEURISH
12. Spiritless : TAME
13. Plane dividers : AXES
18. "Boss!" : NEATO
21. Response to an obvious statement : DUH
23. Category for leftovers: Abbr. : MISC
24. Miracle Mets player Tommie : AGEE
25. Format, as a disk : INITIALIZE
26. Assembled : BUILT
27. H. H. Munro's pen name : SAKI
28. Sport played on a piste : EPEE
29. Open to everyone, in a way : COED
30. Road runner : AUTO
34. Aunt in the "Judy Moody" book series : OPAL
35. Curious to a fault : NOSY
38. Just dirt, say : UNPAVED
40. Web-footed creature : OTTER
41. Unnerving : SCARING
43. Savior of lost souls, for short? : GPS
44. To some extent : RATHER
45. Aromatic compounds in wine : ESTERS
48. Since : ASOF
49. Red-bearded god : THOR
50. Magazine founder Eric : UTNE
51. Novelist Turgenev : IVAN
52. Singer of "99 Luftballons" : NENA
53. Mushroom : GROW
55. Chest protector wearer : UMP
56. Messy missile : PIE

Answer summary: 4 unique to this puzzle, 2 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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