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New York Times, Monday, September 1, 2014

Author:
Allan E. Parrish
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Allan E. Parrish

This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 78, Blocks: 34 Missing: {FVX} This is puzzle # 37 for Mr. Parrish. NYT links: Across Lite PDF
Will Shortz notes:
The published puzzle today looks quite different from what the constructor sent me. Allan had the theme answers running vertically, ... read more

The published puzzle today looks quite different from what the constructor sent me. Allan had the theme answers running vertically, which I didn't see any reason for. So I switched the Acrosses and Downs, so the main theme entries would read the usual way. A couple of corners were polished, too. The thing I probably like most about this puzzle is the bonus, "explainer" theme entry, TAMES, at 30D, crossing the "M" of DELI MEATS. A very elegant touch.

Jeff Chen notes:
Anagramming theme today, the letters in TAMES rearranged at the end of five themers. This one took me much longer than an average ... read more

Anagramming theme today, the letters in TAMES rearranged at the end of five themers. This one took me much longer than an average Monday, as I got held up at PERLE MESTA, needing every cross to figure out this baffling entry. I enjoyed looking her up though — someone nicknamed "the hostess with the mostest" is bound to be interesting.

I liked how Allan worked in his Scrabbly letters today. Too often a J or a Q feels shoehorned in, with compromises galore. But not only is SUSIE Q a really fun entry with an unusual Q ending, it's worked in so smoothly with QUALM. Well done. Same goes for the J up at JAPES / JIM. Those relatively unconstrained areas make for great opportunities to integrate one of these rare letters.

The puzzle has an older feel to it, what with PERLE MESTA, ADLAI, EGAD, DECO clued to the '30 style, ODAY with an "Old..." clue, ZOOT suit. I understand Will's desire to cater to different subsets of his broad audience, and this one will no doubt play better to the older market segments than the younger ones. I personally would like to see less concentration; a wider variety of old and new entries in a single puzzle. Personal preference.

I liked the fact that Allan kept his glue bits to a minimum. It would have been nice if they didn't come from the same category, though — MSGS, SSGTS, SYNS all feel a little too similar, so they stuck out in my mind.

Finally, nice extra effort put in with the revealer, TAMES, helping to explain the theme to novice solvers. It's awfully difficult to find a nice phrase ending in TAMES (LION TAMES feels awkward) so it's a good way to put that final anagram permutation to work.

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© 2014, The New York TimesNo. 0901 ( 23,673 )

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Students & seniors
Across
1
Pyramid city close to Cairo : GIZA
5
Mocking remarks : JAPES
10
"Yikes!" : EGAD
14
Achieved a perfect score on : ACED
15
Obstinate reply : IWONT
16
African country bordering 12-Down : MALI
17
Socialite who inspired 1950's "Call Me Madam" : PERLEMESTA
19
Texts, e.g.: Abbr. : MSGS
20
Fossil fuel : COAL
21
Sulu and Uhura, e.g., on the Enterprise : SHIPMATES
23
1957 hit covered by Creedence Clearwater Revival in 1968 : SUSIEQ
25
First word in many newspaper names : THE
26
"___ you for real?" : ARE
27
___ Dhabi : ABU
28
Stale-smelling : MUSTY
31
Like Old Norse writing : RUNIC
33
Workplace communication : MEMO
35
Letters before an alias : AKA
36
Not eat eagerly : PICKAT
37
Pastrami and salami : DELIMEATS
40
Vietnam War weapon : NAPALM
43
Make a goof : ERR
44
Sea of Tranquillity, for the Apollo 11 astronauts : BASE
48
Car fuel additive : ETHYL
49
Army NCOs : SSGTS
51
Site of a church kneeler : PEW
52
___-la-la : TRA
53
McKellen who played Magneto in the "X-Men" films : IAN
55
One of a 1980s demographic : YUPPIE
57
Run out of energy : LOSESTEAM
61
Martinique et Guadeloupe : ILES
62
Many a car on the autobahn : OPEL
63
Groups hired for high-profile cases : LEGALTEAMS
66
Carpentry spacer : SHIM
67
Sky-blue : AZURE
68
Where Vietnam is : ASIA
69
Roget's listings: Abbr. : SYNS
70
Theater reservations : SEATS
71
1930s art style, informally : DECO
Down
1
Clothing chain with a "Baby" division : GAP
2
Drink cooler : ICECUBE
3
Like a game with equal winners and losers : ZEROSUM
4
Old politico Stevenson : ADLAI
5
"Garfield" cartoonist Davis : JIM
6
Leaves dumbstruck : AWES
7
Deluxe : POSH
8
It's really something : ENTITY
9
___ infection : STAPH
10
Jane Austen heroine : EMMA
11
What's filled up in a fill-up : GASTANK
12
African country bordering 16-Across : ALGERIA
13
Cut up, as a frog : DISSECT
18
Kind of school after nursery school: Abbr. : ELEM
22
Boy Scout ___ badge : MERIT
23
Uncle ___ : SAM
24
Hesitation about something : QUALM
29
Slalom, say : SKI
30
Breaks ... or an anagram of the ends of five Across answers in this puzzle : TAMES
32
Golden State school up the coast from L.A. : UCSB
34
Old jazz icon Anita : ODAY
36
The "P" of G.O.P. : PARTY
38
Perry of fashion : ELLIS
39
Part of a joule : ERG
40
Business setback recorded on Schedule C : NETLOSS
41
Wither away : ATROPHY
42
Add by degrees : PHASEIN
45
Mollify : APPEASE
46
Earth-shaking : SEISMIC
47
Animal whose name sounds like a pronoun : EWE
49
It goes "Ah-h-h-choo!" : SNEEZE
50
Zoot ___ : SUIT
54
Mythical strong man : ATLAS
56
Beg : PLEAD
58
State trees of North Dakota and Massachusetts : ELMS
59
Spanish water : AGUA
60
Many a service station adjunct : MART
64
"___ Misérables" : LES
65
___ Paulo : SAO

Answer summary: 3 unique to this puzzle, 2 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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