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New York Times, Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Author:
Scot Ober and Jeff Chen
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Scot Ober
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1.638252
Jeff Chen

This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 76, Blocks: 42 Missing: {FJQWX} This is puzzle # 2 for Mr. Ober. This is puzzle # 89 for Mr. Chen. NYT links: Across Lite PDF
Constructor notes:
SCOT: My inlaws were Jewish immigrants, and my wife and I bar mitzvahed three sons, so coming up with Yiddish expressions was not a ... read more

SCOT: My inlaws were Jewish immigrants, and my wife and I bar mitzvahed three sons, so coming up with Yiddish expressions was not a problem. My only concern was that I include only entries that were sort of mainstream. In my first submission, Will accepted the theme entries but was not satisfied with the fill. That was when I brought on Jeff Chen to partner with me, and his fill, as usual, had plenty of sparkle.

The timeline was, I think, pretty typical for the NYT; I submitted the puzzle on Sep 11, 2017; it was accepted on Dec 11, 2017, and it is published today, Sep 19—about a year from start to finish.

Jeff Chen notes:
Truthfully, I wasn't hot on the idea itself at first, as it felt like an unspecific hodgepodge of Yiddish words that have made their ... read more

Truthfully, I wasn't hot on the idea itself at first, as it felt like an unspecific hodgepodge of Yiddish words that have made their way into English usage. There are too many of those for me to feel like was a tight enough theme.

So initially, I politely declined. But Scot is persuasive, plus I like him a lot and wanted to help. We went back and forth, changing theme material from his original submission, i.e. deleting the oddly-spelled SHLEMIEL, adding SCHMALTZ, etc.

Finally, we added YIDDISH as a revealer — I felt strongly that at least this would tie things together a bit. It still wasn't a theme that delighted me, but at least it worked well enough for my taste with YIDDISH smack-dab in the center.

It's not the most innovative theme ever, but I hope we worked in enough fun YIDDISH words and bonus fill to keep solvers entertained. Who doesn't like saying OY GEVALT!

As I was filling the grid, I realized 38-Down could be YINGLISH, which seemed so fun! But ultimately, it would have been duplicative of YIDDISH. I also wasn't sure if that term was precise enough for this theme. Ah well, perhaps YINGLISH will find its way into another crossword.

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© 2018, The New York TimesNo. 0919 ( 25,152 )
Across
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Hosp. hookups : IVS
4
Sneaky scheme : RUSE
8
Two-by-four, for one : BOARD
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Part of XXX : TIC
14
Churchill prop : CIGAR
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Not so cordial : ICIER
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Knickknack : TCHOTCHKE
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Painter's primer : GESSO
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Accustom (to) : INURE
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Excessive sentimentality : SCHMALTZ
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The Falcons, on a scoreboard : ATL
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Some steak orders : TBONES
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Shameless audacity : CHUTZPAH
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Yes, to Yvette : OUI
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"Frank, ___ & Sammy: The Ultimate Event" (1989 documentary) : LIZA
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Response to an affront : SLAP
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Follower of "Twice-Told" or "old wives'" : TALES
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Sí, at sea : AYE
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Source of the six longest Across answers in this puzzle : YIDDISH
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One of the Gulf states: Abbr. : ALA
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Italian city known for its cheese : PARMA
43
Girl or boy intro : ATTA
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Rose Bowl, e.g. : OVAL
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Severe displeasure : IRE
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"Jeez!" : OYGEVALT
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Two- or three-ring holder : BINDER
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"Cool" amount of money : MIL
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Long, involved account : MEGILLAH
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Mount that Moses mounted : SINAI
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Suspect's out : ALIBI
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Choked up with emotion : VERKLEMPT
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Backless sofa : DIVAN
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Naïvely optimistic Muppet : ERNIE
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For whom the Edgar Award is named : POE
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John who invented the steel plow : DEERE
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Old TV's "Guiding Light," for one : SOAP
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W-2 datum: Abbr. : SSN
Down
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Cousin of Gomez Addams : ITT
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End of Caesar's boast : VICI
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Dog with a bearded muzzle : SCHNAUZER
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Crosstown rival of the University of Houston : RICE
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"That's disgusting!" : UGH
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Noted Fifth Avenue emporium : SAKS
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Standing tall : ERECT
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Sort who can't keep a secret : BIGMOUTH
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Locale of Tuvalu and Nauru : OCEANIA
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Separator of some rows : AISLE
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Snoozes, e.g. : RESTS
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Physician who was once a regular on "The Oprah Winfrey Show" : DROZ
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"Undo" shortcut in Microsoft Word : CTRLZ
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"I'm ___ here!" : OUTTA
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TV debut of 1972 : HBO
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Give someone a hand : CLAP
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Informal greeting : HIYA
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Tire gauge meas. : PSI
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Actor nominated for 34 Emmys : ALDA
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Couldn't help but : HADTO
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"Too bad!" : PITY
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1960s fad light sources : LAVALAMPS
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Alternative to Israir Airlines : ELAL
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What "S" may stand for on a dinner table : SALT
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Gridiron marker : YARDLINE
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Yield to gravity : SAG
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Fancy hotel room amenity : MINIBAR
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Sheeplike : OVINE
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Sushi roll fish : EEL
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Author Zola : EMILE
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Misrepresent : BELIE
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"Uncle!" : IGIVE
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Opposite of pans : RAVES
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Org. advocating highway safety : MADD
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Bolívar, in much of South America : HERO
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Problem with a 45-r.p.m. record : SKIP
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Major N.Y.S.E. events : IPOS
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Genetic inits. : RNA
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Half a score ... or a perfect score : TEN

Answer summary: 2 unique to this puzzle.

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