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New York Times, Wednesday, August 8, 2018

Author:
Andrew Kingsley
Editor:
Will Shortz
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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!

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Students & seniors
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.

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