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New York Times, Monday, September 1, 2014

Author: Allan E. Parrish
Editor: Will Shortz
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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, ... more
Will Shortz notes: 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 ... more
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 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 )
Across Down
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
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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