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SLEEP ON IT

New York Times, Sunday, September 30, 2018

Author:
Natan Last
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Natan Last

This puzzle:

Rows: 21, Columns: 21 Words: 142, Blocks: 79 Missing: {J} This is puzzle # 26 for Mr. Last. NYT links: Across Lite PDF
Jeff Chen notes:
I'll admit, I was underwhelmed when I finished the puzzle. Just a PEA under four MATTRESSes? Seemed like an awfully thin premise to carry an entire Sunday puzzle. I'm super glad ... read more

I'll admit, I was underwhelmed when I finished the puzzle. Just a PEA under four MATTRESSes? Seemed like an awfully thin premise to carry an entire Sunday puzzle.

I'm super glad that blogging these puzzles forces me to take a second look! PEA under four MATTRESSes … under four PRINCESSes! These triple-stacked answers make for a much more satisfying concept.

(We've highlighted the theme answers below, in case you missed some of them, too.)

(What, you didn't?)

(Fine, be that way!)

I liked the matched lengths on PRINCESSes and MATTRESSes – five-letter QUEEN to five-letter BELLE, and the rest of them four letters. It's all so tidy.

I still did wonder about certain aspects of this idea, the first pairing in particular. BELLE is a princess? Really?

What, she is?

You knew that?

Fine, wise guy! I thought she was a studious young woman who loved books but wasn't born to nobility.

Oh right, she broke Beast's curse, thus turning him into a prince, and then she married him, thus becoming a princess.

And she is listed as one of the official "Disney Princesses."

FINE!

Still, she doesn't strike me as the type to care whether she lies on a PEA or not. No "Princess and the Pea"-type whining from Belle, nuh-uh!

What's more curious is that she's lying on a QUEEN.

What, that means a QUEEN bed, not an actual …

Never mind. Ignore me.

Triple-stacking answers is rarely easy, so I appreciated Natan's great gridwork. It's especially hard to run good bonuses through triple-stacks, so GREENPEACE stood out, as did ASIAN PEARS. And I like how open he kept the rest of the grid, allowing corners full of greatness: HIT COUNTER / IN REAL TIME / HOW TRUE, ROLL WITH IT / SET THE TONE / VOLTRON! So even when I didn't get the full theme, I still enjoyed the themeless-quality fill.

Overall, it felt a bit wonky to me that PRINCESSes LEIA, XENA, and BELLE would care about lying on PEAs, so I think this would have made for a better weekday puzzle with just a single instance, maybe PRINCESS atop MATTRESS atop PEA. Enough goodies in the fill though, to help keep my attention.

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© 2018, The New York TimesNo. 0930 ( 25,163 )
Across
1. Outlaw : BAN
4. Electrical systems : GRIDS
9. 2011 N.B.A. champs, for short : MAVS
13. Bahrain bigwigs : EMIRS
18. Flap : ADO
19. Up : RISEN
20. Jesus, for one : ALOU
21. Hawaiian island : LANAI
22. Tease : RIB
23. Nissan Leaf, e.g. : ECOCAR
25. "C'mon, we'll be fine" : ROLLWITHIT
27. 1991 Disney heroine : BELLE
29. Like many Rolex watches sold on the street : FAKE
30. Establish a mood : SETTHETONE
31. Epithet for Leona Helmsley : QUEENOFMEAN
34. Sunbeam : RAY
35. Persians, e.g. : RUGS
36. Fishing tool : SPEAR
37. Fishing tool : POLE
38. Lovey : HON
39. 100 centavos : PESO
40. Took the trophy : WON
43. Ear piece? : COB
45. Admiring words : IMAFAN
47. Gave drugs : DOSED
48. Accra-to-Khartoum dir. : ENE
49. Buildup during vacation : EMAIL
51. Fishing tool : ROD
52. Troubles : AILS
53. Daughter of Anakin and Padmé : LEIA
55. Right angle : ELL
56. Not on terra firma, say : ASEA
57. Makeup of many a veggie dog : SOY
58. Watch chain : FOB
61. Like merlot and zinfandel, typically : FULLBODIED
64. Equal chance : FAIRSHAKE
67. Kind of court : APPEALS
68. Back cover? : CAPE
69. Leather-clad TV warrior : XENA
70. In a footnote : CITED
71. Test that's done in ink : RORSCHACH
73. Mary-Kate, to Ashley : TWINSISTER
75. Fictional creature whose name is Old English for "giant" : ENT
76. Up on things : HIP
77. Grandiose : EPIC
80. Command to a dog : SPEAK
81. Heist target : SAFE
82. Tide detergent capsules : PODS
83. New Left org. : SDS
84. Basis for a raise : MERIT
86. Qualifiers : IFS
87. Paroxysm : THROE
89. Simba's father in a Disney musical : MUFASA
91. Jets can be found in one : SPA
92. Allow to : LET
93. Churn : ROIL
94. "Mamma Mia!" song that begins "Where are those happy days?" : SOS
95. British royal : ANNE
97. It's often served on toasted white bread, for short : BLT
99. Cut : SAWN
100. N.L. Central player : CUB
101. Builder of Israel's first temple : KINGSOLOMON
106. Website feature resembling an odometer : HITCOUNTER
110. Mate of a colorful bird : PEAHEN
111. Hooch : BOOZE
112. Live : INREALTIME
113. Western gas brand : TESORO
115. Popular fruit drink : POM
116. Debunk? : ROUST
117. Sixth of 24 : ZETA
118. He might provide assistance after a crash : ITGUY
119. French article : UNE
120. Bit of salon detritus : TRESS
121. Collapsed red giant? : USSR
122. Marina sights : MASTS
123. Item that disturbs sleep four times in this puzzle : PEA
Down
1. Backyard get-together, briefly : BARBQ
2. "So long" : ADIEU
3. Lofty : NOBLE
4. Environmental advocacy group : GREENPEACE
5. Documentarian Burns who's the brother of Ken : RIC
6. Has a vacation day : ISOFF
7. Leave suddenly : DECAMP
8. Bunkum : SNAKEOIL
9. Home to the 72,000-foot volcano Olympus Mons : MARS
10. Moisturizer ingredient : ALOE
11. 1980s cartoon robot : VOLTRON
12. Islamic sovereign : SULTAN
13. Nobelist Wiesel : ELIE
14. Item lain upon four times in this puzzle : MATTRESS
15. Not farmed out : INHOUSE
16. Chaac, to Mayans : RAINGOD
17. Places : SITES
24. Domain : REALM
26. "Who's on First?" left fielder : WHY
28. Jazz's McCann : LES
32. Start of the line that includes "wherefore art thou" : OROMEO
33. Approaches : NEARS
38. Tippled : HADAFEW
39. Government study, informally : POLYSCI
40. Government aid : WELFARE
41. Beating by a hole, in match play : ONEUPON
42. Rock star known for his 360-degree drum set : NEILPEART
44. Parts of Mr. Clean and Lex Luthor costumes : BALDCAPS
46. Antagonist : FOE
47. J'adore perfumer : DIOR
50. Concerning a pelvic bone : ILIAC
52. Certain Far Eastern fruits : ASIANPEARS
54. Shakespeare title starter : ALLS
56. Suffix with lime : ADE
58. Feature of a probability distribution where extreme events are more likely : FATTAIL
59. Georgia, in the art world : OKEEFFE
60. Doctor's orders, often : BEDREST
62. Future plan for many an econ major : BSCHOOL
63. Home of the ancient Temple of Artemis : EPHESUS
65. Flavoring in the Mideast drink arak : ANISE
66. Cat-meets-dog sound : HISS
69. "Skylarking" band : XTC
72. Command at a surprise party : HIDE
74. Popular game with 162 cards : SKIPBO
78. Common download : PDF
79. "Wicked Game" vocalist Chris : ISAAK
82. Any of the four people disturbed in this puzzle : PRINCESS
84. Where Karl Benz debuted the world's first auto : MANNHEIM
85. 16-ounce beers, slangily : TALLBOYS
87. Grammy winner Meghan : TRAINOR
88. "Yes, quite" : HOWTRUE
89. Unsavory connections : MOBTIES
90. Criticize snidely : SNIPEAT
94. Who wrote "The supreme art of war is to subdue the enemy without fighting" : SUNTZU
96. Discharged matter : EGESTA
98. Overly : TOO
99. Top : SHIRT
100. ___-de-sac : CUL
102. Canoodles, in Britain : SNOGS
103. Clean a spill : MOPUP
104. Air supply : OZONE
105. Setting of Hercules' first labor : NEMEA
107. Wild ___ : OATS
108. Grp. with a saving plan? : EMTS
109. Parent : REAR
114. Dead-end job, e.g. : RUT

Answer summary: 11 unique to this puzzle, 1 debuted here and reused later, 4 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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