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STATE LINES

New York Times, Sunday, September 24, 2017

Author: Alan Arbesfeld
Editor: Will Shortz
Alan Arbesfeld
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This puzzle:

Rows: 21, Columns: 21 Words: 138, Blocks: 66 Missing: {Q} This is puzzle # 117 for Mr. Arbesfeld. NYT links: Across Lite PDF
Jeff Chen notes: State abbreviations have been mined for crossword themes over and over, but I can't remember this exact implementation. I enjoyed a few, CATCH ME (Maine) IF YOU CAN a potential tourist slogan for the Pine Tree ... more
Jeff Chen notes:

State abbreviations have been mined for crossword themes over and over, but I can't remember this exact implementation. I enjoyed a few, CATCH ME (Maine) IF YOU CAN a potential tourist slogan for the Pine Tree State. EVERYTHINGS OK (Oklahoma) might be another one. Amusing to imagine a bunch of marketing folks brainstorming slogans like these.

Many others didn't work for me, though. LETS KEEP THIS IN (Indiana) HOUSE felt made-up, weak for a central feature base phrase. For as many IN phrases as there are, why not go with one more spectacular? Not to mention, it was weird to get IN in OH (Ohio) TO BE IN ENGLAND, but not have it stand for Indiana.

MA (Massachusetts) and PA (Pennsylvania) KETTLE felt like it should be pluralized; tortured grammar.

HIT OR (Oregon) MISS gave me an uncomfortable picture of physical violence. I hope that's just me.

ONE MO TIME … is that something people say? Seems to be an MC Hammer song?

I appreciated that the grid was smooth(ish). I ticked off about ten dabs of crossword glue, not terrible considering how difficult it is to construct a 21x21.

But I think it's important to avoid too much glue of one type. Notice anything in common between ETUI ENOL ETE EERO ESME EDH? Reminded me of another puzzle I helped a friend out with.

I would have much preferred to go up from 138 words to the maximum of 140, by breaking up GATEWAY at the E. That would have allowed Alan to remove ETUI in the top, and OSS, EERO, ROUE, ETE in the south. GATEWAY is a nice bonus, but it doesn't make up for all those dabs of glue.

Overall, I liked the idea here, and the couple of nice bonuses too, in PAST LIVES / AA MEETING, IM BROKE, MADE SENSE. I think it had the potential to be a really strong puzzle, if it had been spun as "marketing slogans for states."

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© 2017, The New York TimesNo. 0924 ( 24,792 )
Across Down
1. Tennis world since 1968 : OPENERA
8. St. Louis Arch, e.g. : GATEWAY
15. Something put out before an arrest warrant? : ARSON
20. Impersonated : POSEDAS
21. Performing, perhaps : ONSTAGE
22. Change of locks? : NEWDO
23. "Try not to miss Bangor and Lewiston"? : CATCHMEIFYOUCAN
25. "___ de Lune" : CLAIR
26. Player of TV's Det. Tutuola : ICET
27. Publication read by drs. : JAMA
28. Kind of torch on "Survivor" : TIKI
29. Private eye, slangily : SHAMUS
30. Where Spartacus was from : THRACE
32. Rite for a newborn Jewish boy : BRIS
34. 2:00 in New York vis-à-vis St. Louis? : ONEMOTIME
36. Chopper topper : ROTOR
38. "___ 'em, boy!" : SIC
40. Fifth wheel : SPARE
41. Part of a full house : PAIR
43. Haunted house sound : MOAN
45. Duds : ATTIRE
47. Be sociable, say : MIX
50. Whistler from two Eastern states? : MAANDPAKETTLE
53. Financial institution whose parent company is Canadian : TDBANK
55. Name in a Salinger title : ESME
56. Cheers after a go-o-o-oal! : OLES
57. Quaint store descriptor : OLDE
59. Just beat : EDGE
60. Put away : ATE
61. ___-equipped : ILL
62. "I'm such a klutz!" : OOPS
64. Sportscaster Al : MICHAELS
68. "We shouldn't sell our Fort Wayne home"? : LETSKEEPTHISINHOUSE
72. How a B.L.T. might come : WITHMAYO
73. Rice-A-___ : RONI
74. Public image, briefly : REP
75. Farm female : EWE
77. Reebok rival : AVIA
78. Navy commando : SEAL
80. It means "farmer" in Afrikaans : BOER
82. Hydroxyl compound : ENOL
83. Airbnb offering : RENTAL
86. "Sooner this, Sooner that ... can't you talk about any other subject?"? : EVERYTHINGSOK
89. Imparter of umami taste, in brief : MSG
90. Exact look-alike : DOUBLE
93. Resort near Snowbird : ALTA
94. Middle-___ : AGED
95. Big 2016 film set in Polynesia : MOANA
96. Cab alternative : ZIN
98. Follows : OBEYS
100. Deal another blackjack card to a young Salem woman? : HITORMISS
104. Take from the top : SKIM
106. "Consider it done" : ISHALL
110. Tomorrow : INADAY
111. Architect Saarinen : EERO
113. Some young 'uns : LADS
115. Grammy-winning singer of "Shepherd Moons" : ENYA
116. A-lister : CELEB
117. Midwest state secedes and will join the United Kingdom? : OHTOBEINENGLAND
120. Whale food : KRILL
121. Place : SITUATE
122. Direct route : BEELINE
123. Overused : STALE
124. Directed : STEERED
125. Having braids : TRESSED
1. Footnote abbr. : OPCIT
2. Take stock? : POACH
3. Fragrant compound : ESTER
4. Pitted fruit : NECTARINE
5. Icelandic letter : EDH
6. Powerful engine : RAMJET
7. Cruising : ASEA
8. Be successful : GOFAR
9. The slightest amount of : ANY
10. Oscar-winning foreign film of 2005 set in South Africa : TSOTSI
11. Tiny-scissors holder : ETUI
12. Nutsy : WACKO
13. Competing with : AGAINST
14. Thirst : YEN
15. Firmly in place : ANCHORED
16. Have a connection : RELATE
17. Turbaned teacher : SWAMI
18. Loathing : ODIUM
19. Like some myths : NORSE
24. "You'll have to pay for me" : IMBROKE
29. Stylish : SMART
31. Unit of firewood : CORD
33. "Freedom ___ free" : ISNT
35. Commercial lead-in to Pen : EPI
37. Walter ___, Dodgers owner who moved the team from Brooklyn to L.A. : OMALLEY
39. Submits, as a phone report : CALLSIN
41. Previous incarnations : PASTLIVES
42. Part of a recovery effort : AAMEETING
44. Writer of "The Gnat and the Bull" : AESOP
46. ___ Conference : TED
47. Added up : MADESENSE
48. City just east of LAX : INGLEWOOD
49. Vintage Jaguars : XKES
50. Apology start : MEA
51. Oktoberfest music : POLKA
52. First-rate, in British slang : TOPHOLE
54. Buyer of a dozen roses, maybe : BEAU
58. Former parent co. of Gramophone and Parlophone records : EMI
61. Ideology : ISM
63. Again, in Mexico : OTRAVEZ
65. Getting help getting clean : INREHAB
66. Dijon darling : CHERI
67. Avoid puddles, say : HOP
69. Pointer's pronoun : THAT
70. Sister of Helios : EOS
71. Ancient fortuneteller : SIBYL
72. In the 70s, say : WARM
76. Yellowstone grazer : ELK
79. Unadon fish : EEL
81. Armchair accompanier : OTTOMAN
82. Things painted in the spring : EGGSHELLS
84. So darn cute : ADORABLE
85. Like some fertile soil : LOAMY
87. Status : RANK
88. They may block passage : NAYS
91. Start to form? : UNI
92. Single, for one : BASEHIT
95. Art ___, longtime Cleveland Browns owner : MODELL
97. Pressure indicator on a map : ISOBAR
99. Iger's predecessor at Disney : EISNER
100. Hardly sophisticates : HICKS
101. Sluggish : INERT
102. Actress Shire : TALIA
103. Quattro + tre : SETTE
105. Fabulist's confession : ILIED
107. Diarist Nin : ANAIS
108. Jeff ___, leader of the Electric Light Orchestra : LYNNE
109. Got on board : LADED
112. Licentious sort : ROUE
114. Word with ceiling or financing : DEBT
117. C.I.A. forerunner : OSS
118. Tour de France time : ETE
119. "Who'da thunk it?!" : GEE

Answer summary: 10 unique to this puzzle, 1 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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