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New York Times, Monday, August 8, 2016

Author:
Zhouqin Burnikel and Don Gagliardo
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Don Gagliardo

This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 76, Blocks: 34 Missing: {FJKQWX} This is puzzle # 32 for Ms. Burnikel. This is puzzle # 10 for Mr. Gagliardo. NYT links: Across Lite PDF
Constructor notes:
When I sent this idea to Don, there was no TITANIC. Don is always looking for ways to enhance a theme, and one is to cross theme ... read more

When I sent this idea to Don, there was no TITANIC. Don is always looking for ways to enhance a theme, and one is to cross theme answers in the center. He realized soon after GIANT was proposed for the center by me that TITANIC could cross it. Creating puzzle themes works well with our collaboration, because it encourages much exploration of ideas, which leads to creative thought. We draw inspiration from the process.

Joel redid our lower right corner, as it had a few unfriendly Monday entries.

Jeff Chen notes:
C.C. and Don try to see the BIG PICTURE today, interpreting the phrase literally to hint at 'movies with a synonym for BIG in their ... read more

C.C. and Don try to see the BIG PICTURE today, interpreting the phrase literally to hint at "movies with a synonym for BIG in their title." SUPER-SIZE ME is perfect (and a great movie!), and although I wasn't familiar with the 1932 GRAND HOTEL, it sure fits. TITANIC and GIANT are two bonuses right in the middle of the grid, neatly crossing each other.

The GREAT ESCAPE is one of my favorite movies — just one of 25 or so on my Top Tier list — but it did give me slight pause as I solved. My first thought was that the word GREAT here means more "excellent" or "skillful" than "immense," whereas the other movie titles meant the latter.

But thankfully I'm a GREAT ESCAPE aficionado and remembered that GREAT does actually refer to the fact that our band of heroes plans an "immense" escape, trying to break out not just a few people from the prison camp ... but every single one of them! So I think the theme is consistent.

C.C. and Don are known for their ability to work in fresh-feeling bonus entries, and ET VOILA! fits. CALL A CAB has a less contemporary feel to it, since Uber seems to be taking over these days. But I did like how the clue, [Eschew Uber, say], recognizes that. Along with some interesting words in MANDATE, LASAGNA, IGNOBLE — with just a few dabs of IRR (is this abbr actually used?), STET (editorial jargon), ATRA (one of dozens of razor names), the fill is pretty good.

I'm not sure it was worth putting GIANT in the grid, as it's not nearly as a box-office success as TITANIC, and it felt sort of strange to have such a short themer. But it was kind of neat that it intersected TITANIC.

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© 2016, The New York TimesNo. 0808 ( 24,380 )

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Across
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Home of the N.F.L.'s Dolphins : MIAMI
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iPhone purchases : APPS
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Objects of an Easter hunt : EGGS
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Of the city : URBAN
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"Shoot!" : DARN
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Squirrel's home : TREE
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*1932 Greta Garbo classic : GRANDHOTEL
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___ diagram : VENN
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It acquired Lucasfilm in 2012 : DISNEY
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Squirrel away : HOARD
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Garfield's favorite food, in the comics : LASAGNA
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Upscale business accommodations : SUITES
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Like the accent in "é" : ACUTE
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Dishonorable : IGNOBLE
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Apologize for one's sins : REPENT
32
007 creator Fleming : IAN
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Pale as a ghost : ASHY
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Contend : VIE
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*Winner of 11 1997 Oscars : TITANIC
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Iowa's ___ College : COE
41
Sister brand of Gillette's Sensor : ATRA
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Sportscaster Berman : LEN
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Jewish mysticism : CABALA
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Sidewalks line them : STREETS
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Easy runs : LOPES
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Ear trouble : OTITIS
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Like the Burj Khalifa among all the buildings in the world : TALLEST
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Seeing stars : DAZED
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Orchestra section next to the cellos : VIOLAS
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City near Provo Peak : OREM
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Long view ... or what the answer to each starred clue is? : BIGPICTURE
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Easy win : ROMP
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Amoeba's shape : BLOB
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"The Tortoise and the Hare" fabulist : AESOP
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Editor's "Let it stay" : STET
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Leading man Grant : CARY
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Temper tantrum throwers : BRATS
Down
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Root beer container : MUG
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Like the verb "to be": Abbr. : IRR
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Attorneys' org. : ABA
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What a landslide political victory confers : MANDATE
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Poor : INDIGENT
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God, in the Torah : ADONAI
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Fancy party spread : PATE
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Flies, to spiders : PREY
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"Weekend Update" show, for short : SNL
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"There you have it!" : ETVOILA
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*1963 Steve McQueen epic, with "The" : GREATESCAPE
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Rom-com or horror : GENRE
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Drops off at the post office : SENDS
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QVC alternative : HSN
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Airline's base of operations : HUB
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Immature stage : LARVA
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Nail the test : ACEIT
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*2004 documentary about fast food : SUPERSIZEME
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___ boom (what a jet may create) : SONIC
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*1956 James Dean western : GIANT
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Bert's sister in "The Bobbsey Twins" : NAN
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Scrabble rackful : TILES
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What colanders and Swiss cheese both have : HOLES
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Brewer's fermenting agent : YEAST
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Perch for a golf ball : TEE
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Eschew Uber, say : CALLACAB
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Have a go at : ATTEMPT
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Strengthen : BOLSTER
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Get ___ of (throw away) : RID
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Visit : STOPBY
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Dump emanations : ODORS
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Deck with 78 cards : TAROT
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"___ Baba and the 40 Thieves" : ALI
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Bob of TV's "This Old House" : VILA
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Hunchbacked assistant of film : IGOR
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TV channel established under a royal charter : BBC
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Springsteen's "Born in the ___" : USA
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Go beyond ripe : ROT
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Short albums, for short : EPS

Answer summary: 1 unique to this puzzle, 1 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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