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New York Times, Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Author: Michael Torch
Editor: Will Shortz
Michael Torch
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This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 76, Blocks: 34 Missing: {JQXZ} Spans: 1 This is puzzle # 19 for Mr. Torch. NYT links: Across Lite PDF
Michael Torch notes: After taking some time off from construction to tend to some family matters, this was my first venture back in to the fray. This ... more
Michael Torch notes:

After taking some time off from construction to tend to some family matters, this was my first venture back in to the fray. This puzzle was absolutely an outgrowth of the middle 15 theme LORDGIVEMEASIGN — I had heard this many times but it finally dawned on me that it was a 15. Then I started to think of how it could be part of a theme. I eventually came upon the progression of the words SEINE, SCENE, SIGN, SEWN, SOON.

I had decided a while ago that if I ever did one of these that I didn't just want it to be a simple replacement of vowels. The less similar the words was better in my book.

Jeff Chen notes: Been a while since we've seen a vowel progression, and I liked this one. Neat that there are five words that 1.) start with an S ... more
Jeff Chen notes:

Been a while since we've seen a vowel progression, and I liked this one. Neat that there are five words that 1.) start with an S sound, 2.) end with an N sound, and 3.) have a long vowel in between. Creative to use RIVER SEINE — I wonder if Mike tried to fine something fitting ___ SANE, but that must have driven him insane.

Ah, Leia's buns ...

At first LORD GIVE ME A SIGN felt odd, as I usually think of it just as GIVE ME A SIGN. (Who else would people be asking for a sign from?) But some Googling shows that the preceding LORD is quite common.

I also wasn't a huge fan of CUT AND SEWN, as it felt like the one phrases which felt contrived in order to make the theme work.

But Google again proved me wrong. Shows what I know. GOOGLE GIVE ME A SIGN!

I appreciate Mike's extra mile efforts in giving us parallel downs, and great ones at that. SOVIET ERA, RICE A RONI, and EGREGIOUS? BRING IT ON, excellent stuff. This arrangement is very tough to get clean, and both upper left (UNI, ANA, ENE) and lower right (who ever types out ONE D? and SNO) show strain typcial for this layout. Still, I don't mind the minor glue, considering how much vivacity the long downs add.

One clarification for people confused with the RHYME clue: [Hot to trot, e.g.]. I like the idea here, repurposing the phrase "hot to trot," but it seems to me that "hot for trot" might have been more accurate. Destroys the wordplay, of course.

Finally, the puzzle had me at PLEA: [Help me, Obi-wan Kenobi," e.g.]. My daughter, a "Y is for Yoda" onesie she has.

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© 2015, The New York TimesNo. 0901 ( 24,038 )
Across Down
1. Buddy of "The Beverly Hillbillies" : EBSEN
6. Small combo : TRIO
10. Music and dance, for two : ARTS
14. Witchy sort : CRONE
15. Foam on a beer : HEAD
16. Spring event : THAW
17. Locale of the Île de la Cité : RIVERSEINE
19. Rug rat : TYKE
20. Prefix with brow : UNI
21. "___ Yankees" : DAMN
22. Pointed : AIMED
23. "Well, I'll be!" : GEE
25. Highway investigation site : CRASHSCENE
28. Goal of exercise : FITNESS
30. It's a laugh : HAHA
31. Had home cooking : ATEIN
32. 30 minutes, in the N.F.L. : HALF
33. Classic car inits. : REO
36. Request from one seeking help from above : LORDGIVEMEASIGN
40. Santa ___ winds : ANA
41. 90-degree angle iron : LBAR
42. Riches : LUCRE
43. Street one block over from Second, maybe : MAIN
44. Castor bean, for one : OILSEED
46. Like clothing customized from raw fabric : CUTANDSEWN
50. Show age, in a way : SAG
51. Steer clear of : AVOID
52. Lotion additive : ALOE
54. 2016 Olympics city : RIO
56. Little pup : RUNT
57. Phrase over a movie poster : COMINGSOON
60. "Help me, Obi-Wan Kenobi," e.g. : PLEA
61. Wows : AWES
62. Invalidate : ANNUL
63. Draped dress : SARI
64. Work well together : MESH
65. Clamorous : NOISY
1. Shade of many a lampshade : ECRU
2. Them's fighting words : BRINGITON
3. Like the name "Leningrad" : SOVIETERA
4. Suffix with ethyl : ENE
5. One scoring 100% on Sporcle quizzes, say : NERD
6. One's wife, informally : THEMRS
7. Madrid's ___ Sofia Museum : REINA
8. Hotelier Schrager who co-founded Studio 54 : IAN
9. Dedicated poem : ODE
10. Prison riot town : ATTICA
11. Hot to trot, e.g. : RHYME
12. Spoken for : TAKEN
13. Alfred Nobel, for one : SWEDE
18. Beneficial baseball outs, for short : SACS
22. Post-eruption phenomenon : ASHFALL
24. Oklahoma city : ENID
26. Hoax : SHAM
27. Sound in body : HALE
28. F.D.R.'s dog : FALA
29. Winner (and host) of the 1966 FIFA World Cup : ENGLAND
32. Pronoun for a ship : HER
33. Grocery item known as "The San Francisco Treat" : RICEARONI
34. Flagrant : EGREGIOUS
35. Linear, for short : ONED
37. Footnote abbr. : IBID
38. Movers' trucks : VANS
39. Figure (out) : SUSS
43. Cocktail often served with a pineapple garnish : MAITAI
44. Wise-looking : OWLISH
45. Wise to : INON
46. Complains : CARPS
47. Throat dangler : UVULA
48. Contents of an HP cartridge : TONER
49. Chair designer Charles : EAMES
53. Former New York archbishop : EGAN
55. Title word before "You," "U" or "Yesterday" in hit songs : ONLY
57. Engine part : CAM
58. "You ___ me one" : OWE
59. ___-cone : SNO

Answer summary: 5 unique to this puzzle, 2 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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