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New York Times, Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Author:
Patrick Berry
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Patrick Berry

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 ... read more

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.

Jim Horne 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 ... read more

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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Students & seniors
Across
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
Down
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, 1 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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