It looks like you're using an Ad Blocker. Please consider supporting our site by purchasing an account.
This web browser is not supported. Use Chrome, Edge, Safari, or Firefox for best results.

FOUR BY FOUR

New York Times, Sunday, September 28, 2014

Author:
Todd Gross
Editor:
Will Shortz
TotalDebutLatestCollabs
179/13/20097/23/20185
SunMonTueWedThuFriSat
4211513
ScrabbleRebusCirclePangram
1.54130
Todd Gross

This puzzle:

Rows: 21, Columns: 21 Words: 136, Blocks: 68 Missing: {QZ} This is puzzle # 11 for Mr. Gross. NYT links: Across Lite PDF
Todd Gross notes:
I sent Will the initial version of Four By Four in early June. I heard back in late July, saying he liked the puzzle but wanted me to change two entries that repeated words: BADA BING BADA ... read more
Jeff Chen notes:
After finishing the puzzle, I was itching for BADA BING BADA BOOM to be in there, so I was glad to see Todd's notes (this is partially why I run constructors' notes above my own). Too bad, ... read more
1
M
2
A
3
H
4
A
5
R
6
A
7
J
8
A
9
I
10
M
11
A
12
R
13
E
14
T
15
S
16
H
17
T
18
T
19
P
20
A
N
A
B
O
L
I
C
21
C
A
L
O
R
I
E
22
O
H
H
I
23
S
A
M
E
T
I
M
E
24
N
E
X
T
Y
E
A
R
25
L
E
O
N
26
S
C
A
L
I
A
27
R
E
F
I
28
C
R
I
29
E
D
O
U
T
30
E
T
S
31
N
S
32
A
33
G
A
L
34
L
35
T
A
N
E
Y
36
T
I
E
S
37
O
L
L
I
38
E
39
L
O
40
I
41
N
42
S
43
S
44
A
45
N
E
46
S
A
47
L
T
L
A
K
E
48
C
49
I
50
T
Y
U
T
A
H
51
A
R
E
A
52
S
53
M
I
I
54
E
R
O
D
E
55
R
O
S
E
56
C
O
U
R
T
57
I
S
A
58
A
59
C
60
O
P
E
N
61
S
H
O
T
S
62
H
O
R
D
E
63
S
64
A
T
L
A
65
S
66
E
N
S
U
E
67
S
M
O
O
T
H
68
S
69
E
G
G
O
70
N
71
T
E
N
A
72
C
73
R
74
E
75
W
H
O
M
76
E
77
A
E
S
O
78
P
79
R
O
D
H
A
M
80
J
81
O
82
A
N
O
F
A
R
83
C
84
R
O
G
E
85
T
86
C
H
I
V
E
87
A
B
U
T
88
A
R
G
O
89
T
90
O
R
E
91
O
I
L
E
R
92
W
I
T
H
93
A
R
M
S
W
I
94
D
95
E
O
P
E
96
N
97
G
E
N
Y
98
S
T
O
I
C
99
S
P
E
N
D
100
T
E
101
S
H
102
S
T
103
R
104
E
105
P
106
S
P
A
N
107
H
U
H
108
F
109
R
110
A
111
I
112
N
113
A
W
H
I
L
E
114
R
B
I
115
S
116
T
I
117
T
L
E
S
118
H
E
R
A
119
L
E
S
120
S
121
T
A
L
K
M
122
O
R
E
R
O
C
K
123
O
R
A
L
124
E
N
C
L
A
V
E
125
E
V
A
L
A
R
U
E
126
P
O
L
L
127
D
A
I
R
I
E
S
128
W
I
L
D
C
A
R
D
© 2014, The New York TimesNo. 0928 ( 23,700 )
Across
1
Bygone potentate : MAHARAJA
9
Ottoman inns : IMARETS
16
Web starter : HTTP
20
Kind of steroid : ANABOLIC
21
Small thing to burn : CALORIE
22
"Fancy meeting you here!" : OHHI
23
1975 Tony-nominated play about an extended affair : SAMETIMENEXTYEAR
25
Spanish province : LEON
26
Rehnquist's successor on the high bench : SCALIA
27
New home loan deal, in short : REFI
28
Exclaimed : CRIEDOUT
30
"Guardians of the Galaxy" title characters, informally : ETS
31
Org. implementing the Protect America Act : NSA
33
Audacity : GALL
35
Chief justice during the Civil War : TANEY
36
Relationships : TIES
37
Skateboard jump : OLLIE
39
Private parts : LOINS
43
Clear-minded : SANE
46
The Crossroads of the West : SALTLAKECITYUTAH
51
Fields : AREAS
53
Early-millennium year : MII
54
Undermine : ERODE
55
Prop on "The Bachelor" : ROSE
56
What a bachelor might do : COURT
57
___ Watts, English hymnist who wrote "Joy to the World" : ISAAC
60
Uncontested basketball attempts : OPENSHOTS
62
Swarms : HORDES
64
Rockefeller Center statue : ATLAS
66
Go after : ENSUE
67
Irons, say : SMOOTHS
69
Encourage : EGGON
71
Like a good-sized estate, maybe : TENACRE
75
"Wait, you can't possibly think ...?" : WHOME
77
Writer painted by Velázquez : AESOP
79
Pre-Bill Hillary : RODHAM
80
Historic figure with a reputation at stake? : JOANOFARC
84
Shelfmate of Bartlett's, maybe : ROGET
86
Onion relative : CHIVE
87
Go cheek-to-cheek with : ABUT
88
Lingo : ARGOT
90
Good source of iron? : ORE
91
Exxon Valdez, e.g. : OILER
92
Warm way to welcome someone : WITHARMSWIDEOPEN
97
Millennials, informally : GENY
98
Unflinching : STOIC
99
Be profligate, say : SPEND
100
Radio host John : TESH
102
Throat problem : STREP
106
Team of oxen : SPAN
107
"Say what?" : HUH
108
Brother : FRA
111
Not now : INAWHILE
114
Stats for Aaron and Gehrig : RBIS
116
Deeds : TITLES
118
Goddess of marriage : HERA
119
Common slogan for a music radio station : LESSTALKMOREROCK
123
Kind of cavity : ORAL
124
Vatican City vis-à-vis Rome : ENCLAVE
125
"CSI: Miami" actress : EVALARUE
126
Take in some views? : POLL
127
Some farms : DAIRIES
128
Unpredictable one : WILDCARD
Down
1
Pool stroke : MASSE
2
Put on ___ : ANACT
3
Gaza group : HAMAS
4
Biblical brother : ABEL
5
Corkscrew-shaped pasta : ROTINI
6
George Orwell and George Eliot : ALIASES
7
Parsons of "The Big Bang Theory" : JIM
8
Taiwanese computer giant : ACER
9
Flowing glacial feature : ICEFALL
10
Mandible's counterpart : MAXILLA
11
Not the main rte. : ALT
12
The natural in "The Natural" : ROY
13
Build : ERECT
14
Sparkly topper : TIARA
15
Relative of a canary : SERIN
16
"Don't be ashamed" : HOLDYOURHEADHIGH
17
Vincent van Gogh's brother : THEO
18
G : THOU
19
Pub order : PINT
24
Haggle : NEGOTIATE
29
Hard to grasp : EELY
32
"Ditto" : ASAMI
34
Valley girl's filler : LIKE
36
Reagan's challenge to Gorbachev : TEARDOWNTHISWALL
38
Architect Saarinen : EERO
40
Langston Hughes poem with the lines "They send me to eat in the kitchen / When company comes" : ITOO
41
Earliest-born member of the Cartoon Hall of Fame : NAST
42
"___ Mine, All Mine" (1920s tune) : SHES
43
Goldman's banking partner : SACHS
44
"___ of One's Own" (Woolf essay) : AROOM
45
Intro to science? : NEURO
47
___ Leslie, three-time W.N.B.A. M.V.P. : LISA
48
Get by : COPE
49
Driver's lic., e.g. : IDENT
50
Like overtime periods vis-à-vis regulation play : TENSER
52
Prefix with -scope : STETHO
58
Bit of seaweed : ALGA
59
Cav or Mav : CAGER
61
Brand with a red arrow through its logo : SUNOCO
63
Synagogue instrument : SHOFAR
65
Middlin' : SOSO
68
Some smug comments : SMARM
70
Bum : NOGOODNIK
72
It has almost 4,000 miles of coastline : CHILE
73
Lustrous black : RAVEN
74
It might be at your fingertips : EMERY
76
Work units : ERGS
78
One picked out of a lineup, informally : PERP
80
Classic movie shot on Martha's Vineyard : JAWS
81
Dead reckoning? : OBIT
82
Prefix with correct : AUTO
83
Sights at 127-Across : COWS
85
Baby ___ : TEETH
89
Bar jarful : TIPS
93
Pituitary gland output, briefly : ACTH
94
Corrupt : DEPRAVE
95
Activates, in computer lingo : ENABLES
96
No one can drive in this : NEUTRAL
101
Protect : SHIELD
103
All worked up : RILED
104
Justice Kagan : ELENA
105
Oscar-winning actor whose name is Italian for "fishes" : PESCI
108
Trees and shrubs : FLORA
109
Come back : RECUR
110
Posed : ASKED
111
2007 purchaser of Applebee's : IHOP
112
Nephew of Caligula : NERO
113
Asia's ___ Sea : ARAL
115
Duck that nests in tree hollows : SMEW
117
Gillette brand name : TRAC
120
Olympus OM-2, e.g. : SLR
121
___ chi : TAI
122
Egg: Prefix : OVI

Answer summary: 9 unique to this puzzle, 2 debuted here and reused later.

Found bugs or have suggestions?

See NYT Crosswords for info.