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New York Times, Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Author:
Brendan Emmett Quigley
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Brendan Emmett Quigley

This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 78, Blocks: 42 Missing: {GW} Scrabble average: 2.01 This is puzzle # 164 for Mr. Quigley. NYT links: Across Lite PDF
Brendan Emmett Quigley notes:

When you rip someone else off, it's called plagiarism. When you rip yourself off, it's called style.

Will Shortz notes:
I've noticed that the crossword blogs often comment on constructors jamming in the high-value Scrabble letters (J, Q, X and Z). It's a ... read more

I've noticed that the crossword blogs often comment on constructors jamming in the high-value Scrabble letters (J, Q, X and Z). It's a good point that these shouldn't be used to the overall detriment of the fill. However, by virtue of their rareness, they tend to increase the freshness of a puzzle's vocabulary. So all things being equal, I like them. Case in point: the upper-left corner in Brendan's puzzle, which has two J's and an X.

Jeff Chen notes:
Befuddled by the theme today? Try reading BBQ as an order: 'B, be Q!' Took me a while to figure out that clue, but it provided for a ... read more

Befuddled by the theme today? Try reading BBQ as an order: "B, be Q!" Took me a while to figure out that clue, but it provided for a nice a-ha moment.

Q's are very hard to work with. Typically they force you to employ more U's than you might want, and they often beg to go in top left corners (how many words end in Q?). There's a reason why so many puzzles don't use them. The six Q's here are nowhere close to the record for most Q's but six Q's still is still no mean feat. BEQ does well to work them in through nice answers like SHAQ, BASQUE, QUID, and QUICK.

Those Q's do force some layout issues. Often you have a lot of flexibility to place black squares, but not today. Typically we wouldn't see sectioned-off corners like the NW and SE, but do you see where the Q of QBS lies? The black square atop that entry allows for high flexibility in word choice, because without it, you have to deal with a Q in the middle or at the end of a word. And once you place that particular black square, it's pretty difficult to avoid cutting off the NW corner.

A couple of bumpy spots in the fill. For example, the SE corner looks like it should be easy to fill without needing MES, ICBM, COS and ESQS, right? Nope. Once you fix UPDIKE into place and have to include BBQ somewhere, you hit high constraints. There's not much that fits the "I?B?" pattern except ICBM or ISBN, so options are limited. I would have liked BBQ to be in the very corner (where MES is), as I would find that more elegant, but the "I??B" pattern is equally constrained (only IAMB and IMDB fit).

Fun solve, with a few bumpy spots forced by those Scrabbly letters.

Jim Horne notes:

In this puzzle by BQ we change B to Q. Probably just coincidence.

1
J
2
U
3
J
4
U
5
B
6
L
7
O
8
T
9
F
10
R
11
A
12
S
13
E
V
A
N
14
R
O
T
H
15
C
L
O
T
H
16
T
A
X
I
17
R
I
T
A
18
A
E
T
N
A
19
C
20
O
R
N
O
N
21
T
H
E
C
O
Q
22
A
23
S
24
H
E
N
25
K
A
N
T
26
T
H
E
F
A
27
Q
28
F
29
O
U
R
30
E
31
S
32
T
33
A
34
M
I
A
35
T
B
A
R
36
B
R
O
I
L
37
O
F
T
38
I
S
A
D
39
O
40
R
A
41
I
N
C
42
S
T
U
43
M
P
44
E
R
A
S
45
T
K
O
46
T
Y
P
O
47
J
48
E
R
R
Y
Q
49
U
I
L
T
50
D
51
O
R
M
52
U
P
S
E
T
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Q
54
U
55
E
E
N
S
I
56
Z
57
E
58
Q
E
D
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U
T
I
L
E
60
N
O
N
U
61
I
62
C
63
B
64
M
65
I
N
N
E
R
66
E
L
O
I
67
K
O
B
E
68
D
E
E
D
69
M
A
S
K
70
E
S
Q
S
© 2014, The New York TimesNo. 0806 ( 23,647 )
Across
1
Tribal symbol of luck : JUJU
5
Printout problem : BLOT
9
Some brothers : FRAS
13
Actress ___ Rachel Wood : EVAN
14
Singer David Lee ___ : ROTH
15
Dust collector : CLOTH
16
Where business is picking up? : TAXI
17
Memorable 2005 Gulf hurricane : RITA
18
Prudential rival : AETNA
19
French chicken dish garnished with kernels? : CORNONTHECOQ
22
Whitish : ASHEN
25
Philosopher who asked "What is enlightenment?" : KANT
26
Quartet on an online help page? : THEFAQFOUR
30
This: Sp. : ESTA
34
Rapper with the 2008 hit "Paper Planes" : MIA
35
It can give you a lift : TBAR
36
Lie in the hot sun : BROIL
37
Frequent, in odes : OFT
38
Dancer Duncan : ISADORA
41
Company's end? : INC
42
Totally puzzle : STUMP
44
Key periods : ERAS
45
M.M.A. decision : TKO
46
Bad character? : TYPO
47
What Ben stitched for his business partner? : JERRYQUILT
50
Quad part : DORM
52
Jets' victory over the Colts in Super Bowl III, famously : UPSET
53
Royal ending to a mathematical proof? : QUEENSIZEQED
59
Functional : UTILE
60
Lower-class, in Leeds : NONU
61
Warhead carrier, for short : ICBM
65
Central : INNER
66
The Time Traveler's hosts : ELOI
67
Longtime teammate of 12-Down : KOBE
68
Something good for a scout, say : DEED
69
Trick-or-treater's wear : MASK
70
Ones working on a case-by-case basis?: Abbr. : ESQS
Down
1
Black : JET
2
Cavalier's sch. : UVA
3
Florida port, briefly : JAX
4
Trick-or-treater's cause : UNICEF
5
"It's f-f-freezing!" : BRRR
6
Choice cut : LOIN
7
"Smoke Gets in Your Eyes" lyricist Harbach : OTTO
8
1998 Alanis Morissette hit with a slangy misspelling : THANKU
9
Swifter : FLEETER
10
Big source of coll. scholarships : ROTC
11
53 for I, e.g. : ATNO
12
Longtime teammate of 67-Across : SHAQ
15
"High Hopes" lyricist Sammy : CAHN
20
How the police might investigate someone : ONATIP
21
Driveway topper : TAR
22
Not more than : ATMOST
23
Deceitful : SHIFTY
24
Intensify : HEATUP
27
Play callers, for short : QBS
28
Drone regulator, in brief : FAA
29
"Atten-TION!," e.g. : ORDER
31
"You're right about that" : SOITIS
32
Cat collar sound : TINKLE
33
Literary giant from Concord, Mass. : ALCOTT
36
Like the sport of jai alai : BASQUE
39
"Catch-22" character who "hasn't got brains enough to be unhappy" : ORR
40
Flat fish : RAY
43
Patterned (after) : MODELED
47
Yearbook sect. : JRS
48
Rapper with the autobiography "The Way I Am" : EMINEM
49
John who won two Pulitzers for fiction : UPDIKE
51
British pound, informally : ONER
53
British pound, informally : QUID
54
___ Reader : UTNE
55
Article in Arnsberg : EINE
56
Dreyfus Affair chronicler : ZOLA
57
Book of Mormon prophet : ENOS
58
Classic Nestlé drink : QUIK
62
Trig. function : COS
63
Summer event, briefly ... or a phonetic hint to 19-, 26-, 47- and 53-Across : BBQ
64
Año part : MES

Answer summary: 4 unique to this puzzle, 1 debuted here and reused later.

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