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THAT GIRL

New York Times, Sunday, September 15, 2013

Author:
Joe DiPietro
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Joe DiPietro

This puzzle:

Rows: 21, Columns: 21 Words: 140, Blocks: 70 Missing: {QVW} Scrabble average: 1.71 This is puzzle # 118 for Mr. DiPietro. NYT links: Across Lite PDF
Jeff Chen notes:
Joe DiPietro is one of the NYT's most prolific crossword constructors, only 10 people having more Sunday-size puzzles than him (in the Shortz era). Amazing to see his creative output, ... read more

Joe DiPietro is one of the NYT's most prolific crossword constructors, only 10 people having more Sunday-size puzzles than him (in the Shortz era). Amazing to see his creative output, including such mind-bending beauties as I SURRENDER! and BYWORDS.

Today he brings us a more standard type of theme, wordplay changing HER sounds to the actual word HER. Note that he uses nine theme entries, higher than typical (seven or eight). He also interlocks some of the themers (CHECK HER BOARD and SHUT HER BUG; COUNT HER PARTS and LET HER BOMB), always an impressive feat. Adds a touch of elegance when a constructor is able to do that.

Thank you to Joe and Will for the way they clued LICK HER BOTTLE. That could have gone in a very different direction. Ahem.

Sundays are so difficult to fill because the relatively low word count maximum requires at least a few wide-open spaces. This means that a constructor usually can't become good at Sunday-sized puzzles until they gain proficiency at themelesses, and indeed, these are two of Joe's fortes. Today's NW and SE corners both have triple-stacked 7's intersecting sets of long answers, making them quite difficult to fill. Each corner contains a lesser-known proper name (OLEANNA and LOESSER) but Joe takes care to make each of the crossing answers fair. RADIX might be tough for some, but it's a valid mathematical term.

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© 2013, The New York TimesNo. 0915 ( 23,322 )
Across
1
Monopolizer : HOG
4
Isn't well : AILS
8
The people vs. us : THEM
12
When repeated, spirited : RAH
15
Fiscal exec : CFO
18
Hot and bothered : ALLUPSET
20
Luxury hotel amenity : ROBE
21
Where to buy clubs at a club : PROSHOP
23
Confiscate a chef's appetizer? : SEIZEHERSALAD
25
"Count me in!" : IMTHERE
26
10, for the base 10 number system : RADIX
27
Charles Nelson ___, old game show staple : REILLY
28
Spill catcher : SAUCER
29
Quick round of tennis, maybe : ONESET
31
Pulitzer winner James : AGEE
32
Lewis with 12 Emmys : SHARI
35
Rondo maker : KIA
36
Performance artist with a palindromic name : ONO
37
Conk a coach's team member? : SOCKHERPLAYER
40
Driver's lic. info : HGT
41
Furnishes with soldiers : MANS
43
Clueless : LOST
44
Graduate from Barnard, say : ALUMNA
45
Old Roman well? : BENE
46
Disney dog : LADY
48
HVAC measures, for short : BTUS
49
Certain radio user : CBER
51
Like most fish : SCALY
53
View from Long Is. : ATL
55
Close a VW Beetle owner's car door? : SHUTHERBUG
60
Like much rush-hour traffic : STOPGO
61
Bud : CHUM
63
Abbr. of politeness : PLS
64
You suffer when you're in it : AGONY
65
Feu fighter? : EAU
66
Put a spice mix on a cook's piece of poultry? : RUBHERCHICKEN
70
Point : AIM
71
Immortal P.G.A. nickname : ARNIE
73
Island where Homer is buried, by tradition : IOS
74
Exclusive : SOLE
75
Cancels, as a mission : ABORTS
77
Keep a bad comedian onstage? : LETHERBOMB
80
Poetic preposition : OER
81
Not prompt : TARDY
82
Perfect : HONE
83
Wrathful : IRED
85
Some sports cars, informally : JAGS
86
Bit of choreography : STEP
88
The "g" in e.g. : GRATIA
91
"Baby" singer's nickname, with "the" : BIEB
93
Off-white shade : OPAL
97
Canadian N.B.A. team, on scoreboards : TOR
98
Find out what a baby's milk tastes like? : LICKHERBOTTLE
101
"True Blood" network : HBO
102
___ store : APP
103
Apples introduced in 1998 : IMACS
104
Asian holidays : TETS
105
Full : ENTIRE
107
Magician David : BLAINE
109
Latin dance : CHACHA
111
Valleys : DALES
112
Observation of cardinals, say : BIRDING
114
Hop over an electrician's wires? : JUMPHERCABLES
116
Alliance between nations : ENTENTE
117
Crate & Barrel rival : IKEA
118
Not magnified or reduced : REALSIZE
119
Paris's Parc ___ Princes : DES
120
Setting at 0 degrees long. : GST
121
U.S.A.F. V.I.P. : GENL
122
Jimmy Carter's middle name : EARL
123
A pop : PER
Down
1
Isn't cramped : HASROOM
2
1992 David Mamet play : OLEANNA
3
Smoothly applied, as eye makeup : GLIDEON
4
Tips : APEXES
5
Suffix of imprecision : ISH
6
Creepy look : LEER
7
Barely moves? : STREAKS
8
Irish city near Killarney : TRALEE
9
Loudly dress down : HOLLERAT
10
uBid competitor : EBAY
11
___ school : MED
12
N.Y. engineering school : RPI
13
Grabbing distance : ARMSREACH
14
Windbag's output : HOTAIR
15
Ensure a surfer's safety? : CHECKHERBOARD
16
Like many accents : FOREIGN
17
Run : OPERATE
19
Commando movie accessories : UZIS
22
___ mai (dim sum dish) : SHU
24
Rifle attachment : SIGHT
30
"See?!" : TOLDYOU
32
Group of unsolicited manuscripts : SLUSHPILE
33
___ radio : HAM
34
"We the Living" author Rand : AYN
38
Like a coquette : COY
39
Besides : PLUS
42
[You cad!] : SLAP
45
Sea lane danger : BERG
47
"Love and Happiness" singer, 1972 : ALGREEN
48
Vague memory : BLUR
50
Squishy seat : BEANBAG
51
Goggle : STARE
52
Take a mechanic's inventory? : COUNTHERPARTS
53
Allergic reaction : ACHOO
54
Band with a 1985 U.K. #1 album titled "Meat Is Murder" : THESMITHS
56
Gut wrencher? : ULCER
57
"Such a pity" : TSK
58
Agreement : UNITY
59
Rooms with high ceilings : GYMS
60
Security feature : SEAL
62
Ones making intros : MCS
67
Shore dinner handout : BIB
68
Part of Obi-Wan Kenobi's costume : HOOD
69
Fit to be consumed : EATABLE
72
Blue-roofed chain : IHOP
76
"___ I hear" : ORSO
78
Groups of troops : REGIMENTS
79
Relative of Camembert : BRIE
84
One side in "The War of the Worlds" : EARTHMEN
85
Shade of black : JET
86
Like Julius Caesar : STABBED
87
Where to write your name on an I.R.S. form : TOPLINE
89
Zenith competitor : RCA
90
Org. that registers pointers : AKC
91
Muff : BOTCH
92
"Just arrived!" : ITSHERE
94
N.B.A. Hall-of-Famer nicknamed Handy Andy : PHILLIP
95
Something easy as pie : ABREEZE
96
"Luck Be a Lady" composer/lyricist : LOESSER
98
Jacket part : LINING
99
"C'mon, help me out" : BEAPAL
100
Ultimate purpose : ENDALL
106
They make indents : TABS
108
Suffix with fluor- or chlor- : IDE
109
Pickled veggie : CUKE
110
Discipline : AREA
113
High-profile interviewee : GET
114
Fiddler's tune, maybe : JIG
115
Sleeper, for one : CAR

Answer summary: 16 unique to this puzzle, 1 debuted here and reused later, 1 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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