It looks like you're using an Ad Blocker. Please consider supporting our site by purchasing an account.
This web browser is not supported. Use Chrome, Edge, Safari, or Firefox for best results.

New York Times, Wednesday, August 8, 2018

Author:
Andrew Kingsley
Editor:
Will Shortz
TotalDebutLatestCollabs
164/29/20169/15/20193
SunMonTueWedThuFriSat
1213054
ScrabbleRebusCirclePangram
1.55020
Andrew Kingsley

This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 78, Blocks: 44 Missing: {FJQVXYZ} This is puzzle # 12 for Mr. Kingsley. Jeff Chen's Puzzle of the Week pick. NYT links: Across Lite PDF
Andrew Kingsley notes:
When I realized that the phrase 'great minds think alike' consists of four five-letter words, I knew I had to make a crossword around ... read more

When I realized that the phrase "great minds think alike" consists of four five-letter words, I knew I had to make a crossword around it. But what? Fortunately, Wikipedia has a whole page called the "list of multiple discoveries" which outlines all of the simultaneous inventions throughout history. I then built a grid around five discoveries that were commonly known. Thankfully, no one else had come up with a similar puzzle, although that would have been funny just for the irony of it.

Also, John Lieb and I just wrapped up the second year of Boswords, a crossword tournament in Boston. If you'd like to find out more about it, or if you're looking for even more puzzles to solve, check out boswords.org. There you can purchase the tournament's ten puzzles, many of which were made by NYT favorites!

Jeff Chen notes:
Day 3 of LAUGH AT MYSELF (LAM-poon) week! The old Jeff would scoff at the uber-long clue at 1-A and whine about how much ... read more

Day 3 of LAUGH AT MYSELF (LAM-poon) week! The old Jeff would scoff at the uber-long clue at 1-A and whine about how much cross-referencing is required out of the solver. But there's something neat about spreading out GREAT / MINDS / THINK / ALIKE through the grid. I choose today to see it as an artistic touch.

Neat examples of the competitive spirit driving these discoveries, too. I knew about Edison and the LIGHT BULB race, and Newton and Leibniz on CALCULUS, but it was neat to learn that the PERIODIC TABLE wasn't just hoggy ol' Mendeleev tootin' his own horn.

Muhammad ALI is crossword gold. You can pretty much quote anything he said, and it would be interesting.

Petty Jeff (PJ) would point out ANAP AWAR, TOD, harping on the two partials in particular. But you know what? While some constructors think partials are ugly, gloopy, inelegant, they're a heck of a lot friendly to solvers than esoterica or tough initialisms.

A couple of subpar short entries within a grid packed full of five themers, plus the spread-out revealer? Inconsequential!

I laughed with Andrew at how funny it would be if the NYT and the WSJ or LAT both ran similar puzzles today. Fingers crossed!

I was all set to end with a joke, that I HAD JUST FINISHED CONSTRUCTING A PUZZLE ABOUT THIS SAME CONCEPT!!! If only. Wish I'd have thought of it. Fun idea + interesting layout that made me rethink my criteria + strong craftsmanship = POW!

1
G
2
R
3
E
4
A
5
T
6
C
7
O
8
M
9
I
10
C
11
A
12
S
13
L
14
M
I
A
M
I
15
A
M
A
N
A
16
L
O
U
17
C
O
R
P
S
18
L
I
G
H
T
19
B
U
L
B
20
S
21
A
L
T
E
D
22
A
M
I
E
23
C
24
A
25
L
26
C
U
L
U
S
27
M
I
N
D
S
28
I
N
A
H
E
A
P
29
T
30
H
A
T
I
S
31
G
A
T
E
32
S
L
I
M
33
P
E
R
34
I
35
O
36
D
I
C
T
A
37
B
38
L
39
E
40
M
I
E
N
41
A
I
D
42
A
43
O
44
R
45
I
O
L
E
46
S
47
T
48
A
R
M
A
P
49
T
H
I
N
K
50
A
T
O
M
B
O
M
B
51
A
W
A
R
52
W
53
E
I
R
D
O
54
T
E
L
E
55
P
H
O
N
E
56
E
57
M
58
A
59
I
60
L
61
A
L
T
62
S
I
N
G
S
63
B
E
L
L
E
64
S
L
O
65
A
P
S
E
S
66
A
L
I
K
E
© 2018, The New York TimesNo. 0808 ( 25,110 )
Across
1
With 27-, 49- and 66-Across, phrase applicable to five innovations in this puzzle (as suggested by the starred clues) : GREAT
6
Newspaper strip : COMIC
11
System for the deaf, for short : ASL
14
Heat setting : MIAMI
15
Maytag alternative : AMANA
16
Teammate of Babe on the 1920s Yankees : LOU
17
Word with Peace or press : CORPS
18
*Thomas Edison and Joseph Swan : LIGHTBULB
20
Like margarita glasses : SALTED
22
Friend to a Frenchman : AMIE
23
*Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz and Isaac Newton : CALCULUS
27
See 1-Across : MINDS
28
Piled carelessly : INAHEAP
29
"In other words ..." : THATIS
31
Stadium attendance : GATE
32
Not very likely : SLIM
33
*Dmitri Ivanovich Mendeleev and Julius Lothar Meyer : PERIODICTABLE
40
Countenance : MIEN
41
Radames's love, in opera : AIDA
43
Camden Yards athlete : ORIOLE
46
Astronomer's aid : STARMAP
49
See 1-Across : THINK
50
*Leo Szilard and Joseph Rotblat : ATOMBOMB
51
Wage ___ of words : AWAR
52
Odd duck : WEIRDO
54
*Alexander Graham Bell and Elisha Gray : TELEPHONE
56
An ever-increasing amount of an office workday, it seems : EMAIL
61
Key also known as "Option" : ALT
62
Emulates a Disney princess : SINGS
63
Disney princess played in film by Emma Watson : BELLE
64
___-mo replay : SLO
65
Notre Dame nooks : APSES
66
See 1-Across : ALIKE
Down
1
Sierra maker : GMC
2
Carnival setting, informally : RIO
3
It's found behind a temple : EAR
4
Band aid? : AMP
5
Tear wiper : TISSUE
6
Bring to the majors : CALLUP
7
Fails to mention : OMITS
8
Dungeons & Dragons figure : MAGE
9
Very pixel-dense, as a TV picture : INHD
10
Felix or Fritz : CAT
11
Some college building dedicatees : ALUMNI
12
They go well with plaids : SOLIDS
13
Garage jobs : LUBES
19
Worms and flies : BAIT
21
In the style of : ALA
23
Smoke, for short : CIG
24
Take ___ (doze) : ANAP
25
How the fashionable are said to arrive : LATE
26
The Goddess of Pop : CHER
27
Papa's mate : MAMA
29
"Say Yes to the Dress" airer : TLC
30
Google search results unit : HIT
32
Eating the forbidden fruit, e.g. : SIN
34
"Don't worry about me!" : IMOK
35
Nigeria's biggest export : OIL
36
When repeated, one of the Ramones : DEE
37
Fishhook feature : BARB
38
Transport to a red carpet : LIMO
39
Big cheese in the Netherlands : EDAM
42
L.A.P.D. alert : APB
43
"C'est la vie" : OHWELL
44
Venetian marketplace : RIALTO
45
Concerning, to attorneys : INRE
46
Drive home : STRESS
47
Director Browning of the original "Dracula" : TOD
48
Blob on a slide : AMOEBA
49
Quaint farewells : TATAS
50
Longtime Boston Celtics executive Danny : AINGE
52
Congressional vote wrangler : WHIP
53
Ages and ages : EONS
55
"Don't drink and drive" ad, e.g. : PSA
57
Actor Gibson : MEL
58
Who said "Grass grows, birds fly, waves pound the sand. I beat people up" : ALI
59
Class : ILK
60
Second-most common Korean surname, after Kim : LEE

Answer summary: 1 debuted here and reused later.

Found bugs or have suggestions?