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# ONE BY ONE

## New York Times, Sunday, September 4, 2016

 Author: Tom McCoy Editor: Will Shortz
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## This puzzle:

Rows: 21, Columns: 21 Words: 140, Blocks: 72 Missing: {Z} This is puzzle # 22 for Mr. McCoy. NYT links: Across Lite PDF
Tom McCoy notes: [SPOILER ALERT FOR THE AUGUST 14 DIAGRAMLESS] Ever since I read 'Figgs and Phantoms' in elementary school, ampersands have been some of my favorite characters, so I'm glad to finally work a few into a puzzle. ... more
Tom McCoy notes:

[SPOILER ALERT FOR THE AUGUST 14 DIAGRAMLESS]

Ever since I read "Figgs and Phantoms" in elementary school, ampersands have been some of my favorite characters, so I'm glad to finally work a few into a puzzle. Excited as I am to show some ampersand love, I have to say that Sam Ezersky's insanely cool diagramless from a few weeks ago far outshines my ampersand-related efforts.

(Jeff: if you like diagramless puzzles, check out our thumbnails of all the diagramless grids listed together.)

Jeff Chen notes: Rebus variant from Tom today, two letters used as a straight rebus in the down direction, while an ampersand is inserted for the across direction. Example: B&O RAILROAD crosses EL(BO)WS. There have been a few ... more
Jeff Chen notes:

Rebus variant from Tom today, two letters used as a straight rebus in the down direction, while an ampersand is inserted for the across direction. Example: B&O RAILROAD crosses EL(BO)WS. There have been a few ampersand rebus puzzles before, but I don't remember anything exactly like this. We've fixed up the answers (see below) as best as possible (so the answers accurately make sense with the clues).

Tom is so good about introducing fun, fresh fill to his puzzles. This one doesn't have a ton of room for bonus fill, since it uses eight — really 16 — mostly longish theme answers, but Tom still manages to work in so much colorful material. NEED A LIFT? LAPEL PIN. HUMAN RIGHTS. YOU LOSE, with the famous anecdote about Coolidge's terseness. And that's on top of all the strong themers, like NOT TO WORRY, MOTORBIKES. AS PER USUAL, indeed! All those great entries really helped keep my attention through the solve.

However, at some point, all constructors must pay the piper. It's hard to imagine such a GOLIATH amount of sizzling themers and fill without some cost, and there was more than I usually see from a McCoy puzzle. A couple of SST, ANAT, A TEE, SEI is perfectly fine for a Sunday 140-worder. But there were a few head-scratchers today. Although it does appear to be a word, UNUSE stuck in my craw. DILATER did too — "dilator," as in a compound that dilates, would have been fine. IN A TUB feels like a six-letter partial. SEA RAT … I did find it by Googling, but it doesn't roll off my tongue.

I had a good laugh before fixing up the answers for our database — AW ROOT BEER feels like a seed for another puzzle. ["Dang it, do we have to have Barq's again?"]. BO RAILROAD might be [Stinky train option?].

I'm easily amused.

All in all, I would have liked something a little more different than the normal rebus or the play on ampersands, but Tom wove in enough really strong entries that I still was entertained.

 1E 2L 3A 4N 5S 6L 7A 8P 9I 10N 11F 12I 13R 14M 15S 16W 17A 18G 19L I V E 20A L O N E 21M O O M O O 22M A T E 23BO R A I L R O A D 24S T O P I T 25A S S T 26W A S N T 27S T I 28L E T T O 29O 30B L A T E 31S S T 32E 33Y E 34A T O M S 35RB A L B U M 36P R O S 37H 38O P 39W E E 40I S A I D 41K 42E A N U 43O P E 44N O N 45I K E 46G E T S A L 47I T T L E RR 48QA S E S 49S 50I 51O 52N 53R E C 54T O N S 55P E Y 56O T E S 57E N D O 58O L E 59M I S S 60M I D 61N A E 62H I V E S 63T O V E 64M A N A 65G E R 66T U N A 67T 68H E R E 69L A W 70L O S 71A I M E D 72A 73T 74A E R O 75S E T S 76A I L 77B A J A 78E T A 79P E A N 80U T MM S 81SP F I 82V E H U N 83D R E D 84N R A 85D E T A I L 86A R O S E 87S 88E 89G U E 90A I R 91T I T 92A N I C 93T E X A S AM 94S L U 95S H 96S A G 97E 98S 99T 100R A P P E L 101H A S A S 102H 103O T 104H 105A L L E 106E R I E 107I 108N A T U B 109AW R O 110O T B E E R 111S A R A 112N O D E A L 113K E R O S E N E S 114S T E T 115E D E R L E 116S O S O 117L A K E
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