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DOUBLE DIGITS

New York Times, Sunday, September 6, 2015

Author:
Patrick Berry
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Patrick Berry

This puzzle:

Rows: 21, Columns: 21 Words: 142, Blocks: 76 Missing: {QZ} This is puzzle # 202 for Mr. Berry. NYT links: Across Lite PDF
Jeff Chen notes:
Patrick uses double-digit numbers from phrases and titles for a rebus. I particularly liked 54 40 OR FIGHT — for some reason, my high school friends and I took to yelling it around ... read more

Patrick uses double-digit numbers from phrases and titles for a rebus. I particularly liked 54 40 OR FIGHT — for some reason, my high school friends and I took to yelling it around school. It has a nice rhythm to it.

54° 40′ or fight!

Not easy to find pairs of theme entries famous enough to be crossworthy. 48 HRS is a big hit movie, and Patrick does so well to pair it with THE LOWER 48. What a nice phrase that we'll otherwise never see in crosswords.

I also liked how Patrick kept all his across theme answers symmetrical. Other constructors might have willy-nilly strewn themers around without any regard to pairing up the lengths — 54 40 OR FIGHT and THE LOWER 48, for example — but not Patrick.

Paired double-digit numbers couldn't have been easy to find. There must be so many like 76 TROMBONES which don't have a useable match. I thought Patrick chose well for eight out of his nine, CENTURY 21 / 21 GRAMS the one I guessed (wrongly) on.

I'm sure I've seen CENTURY 21 signs around, but I remembered it as CENTURY 50 for some reason. And not having seen 21 GRAMS, that was a random guess. Doesn't 50 GRAMS seem more metric? That's what I'm saying! Anyhoo, seems like 21 is ripe for something a little snazzier and memorable, perhaps 21 JUMP STREET or a 21 GUN SALUTE. I have a feeling it's a compromise he made to keep symmetry in his themers — always the trade-offs.

Surprising to see PB go to 142 words, past the usual max of 140. Rebus puzzles are tough to create, especially when you don't have much flexibility in themers, but I've gotten used to seeing Patrick pull off the impossible. Also a bit odd to see AGIN in a Berry 1-Down.

Overall a nice, entertaining solve, perhaps a little more straightforward than I've come to expect from a PB. I spent way too much time trying to figure out where the extra layer was hidden — did the numbers all relate in some way? Or if you connect them sequentially, they form a shape?

Alas, no.

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A
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L
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R
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W
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H
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40
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110
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R
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48
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N
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A
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D
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L
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G
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A
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B
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M
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© 2015, The New York TimesNo. 0906 ( 24,043 )
Across
1
One raised in church? : ALTAR
6
Beltmaking tool : AWL
9
Emailer's need: Abbr. : ACCT
13
Hand-made percussion : CLAPS
18
Assembly line track : GUIDERAIL
20
Word of parting : CIAO
21
Ability to borrow : CREDIT
22
On edge : ILLATEASE
23
Something saved for a rainy day : TARP
24
Caribbean capital : HAVANA
25
Nog topper : NUTMEG
26
Vessel with a spout : EWER
28
Rallying cry during the Polk administration : 5440ORFIGHT
30
1957 film set almost entirely in one room : 12ANGRYMEN
33
Unimportant flaw : NIT
34
Payment promise : IOU
35
Master : ACE
38
Lessen the value of, maybe : MAR
39
Changes to the bill? : NOSEJOBS
42
Infiltrator : MOLE
43
Hawk on the street : VEND
45
Blotto : LIT
47
Fab Four surname : STARR
48
Becomes one : FUSES
49
"Young Frankenstein" assistant : INGA
50
Degrees of magnitude? : PHDS
53
"Kinsey" star, 2004 : NEESON
55
Early manufacturer of home computers : ATARI
57
Court figure Williams : SERENA
60
Return date? : APRIL15
63
Ted with a guitar : NUGENT
65
Moving day need : BOXES
66
0%, in a way : SKIM
67
Economic org. in D.C. : IMF
69
Italian religious figure : CRISTO
70
Game that people rarely agree to play twice : 52PICKUP
72
Zach's old flame in "A Chorus Line" : CASSIE
74
First name in Objectivism : AYN
75
Historical topics : ERAS
77
Make a point : SCORE
78
Byproduct in petroleum refining : ETHANE
79
Alejandro G. Iñárritu film with the tagline "How much does life weigh?" : 21GRAMS
81
Hunts, as a house cat might : MOUSES
83
Glass raiser's word : SALUD
84
"___ Arrives" (1967 soul album) : ARETHA
87
It "teaches you when to be silent," per Disraeli : TACT
88
Wee bit : MITE
89
Growing businesses : FARMS
92
Lively comedies : ROMPS
95
Nomadic conqueror : HUN
97
Dealer's customer : USER
98
Trust eroders : LIES
99
Kid-lit's Eloise, e.g. : CITYGIRL
102
Parts of many passwords: Abbr. : NOS
104
Imbecile : ASS
105
Ornament shape : ORB
106
"Oh wow!" : GOD
107
2004 rom-com in which a middle schooler is transformed into an adult overnight : 13GOINGON30
110
Contiguous U.S. states, colloquially : THELOWER48
114
Org. with conferences : NCAA
115
At the back : DORSAL
119
Bee, e.g. : SOCIAL
120
Cry of dismay : OHNO
122
Routine-bound : INAGROOVE
124
Beau Brummell accessories : ASCOTS
125
___ Rabbit : BRER
126
Car chase sounds : SCREECHES
127
Ability : MEANS
128
Morales of "NYPD Blue" : ESAI
129
Hieroglyphic symbol : EYE
130
L.P.G.A. garment : SKORT
Down
1
"I'm ___ it!" (hick's nix) : AGIN
2
Doozy : LULU
3
Use a lance : TILT
4
1960s-'70s police drama : ADAM12
5
Make another movie together, say : RETEAM
6
Roadside assistance org. : AAA
7
Harder to fool : WISER
8
"Inside ___ Davis" (Coen brothers film) : LLEWYN
9
Adams, Monroe or Grant : ACTRESS
10
The Company, in govt. lingo : CIA
11
1960s buddy cop sitcom, informally : CAR54
12
Pop group? : TOP40
13
Pottery, e.g. : CRAFT
14
Israelite tribe progenitor : LEVI
15
Slow movements : ADAGIOS
16
Simple camera's aperture : PINHOLE
17
Square figures : STATUES
19
Pertaining to a sovereign : REGNAL
21
Rock or Pine : CHRIS
27
Broody rock genre : EMO
29
Not working, say : ONBREAK
31
Film set assistants : GRIPS
32
Stocking fabric : NET
35
Colombia's national airline : AVIANCA
36
Re/Max competitor : CENTURY21
37
Instantly likable : ENGAGING
40
"The Brady Bunch" kid : JAN
41
Resource in the board game The Settlers of Catan : ORE
42
Tax-exempt bond, for short : MUNI
44
Has the temerity : DARES
46
Rock band from Athens, Ga. : THEB52S
48
Modern rock and news/talk, for two : FORMATS
51
Bit of rain : DROP
52
Title IX target : SEXISM
54
Liven (up) : SPICE
56
Visibly moved : INTEARS
58
Maker of candy wafers : NECCO
59
Invite to dinner, say : ASKOUT
61
Singer with the band Cult Jam : LISALISA
62
Figurative duration of short-lived fame : 15MINUTES
64
Mel who co-wrote "The Christmas Song" : TORME
66
Filibuster feature : SPEECH
68
Birdseed containers : FEEDERS
71
Minor predecessor? : URSA
73
SeaWorld performer : SHAMU
76
On both sides of : ASTRIDE
80
Colorado State's team : RAMS
82
Deeply offended : STUNG
85
Selling well : HOT
86
First name of Dickens's Little Dorrit : AMY
89
Clues to a sunken ship's location : FLOTSAM
90
Diving helmet attachment : AIRHOSE
91
Hitchcock film with a nameless heroine : REBECCA
93
Rating first used for "Red Dawn" : PG13
94
Italian gentlemen : SIGNORI
96
Relentless faultfinder : NOODGE
99
Religious outfits : COWLS
100
"Arabian Nights" predator : ROC
101
Serve as a go-between : LIAISE
103
Siesta sounds : SNORES
106
Bearded ones : GOATS
108
Drew in books : NANCY
109
NBC sitcom set at NBC : 30ROCK
111
Symbol of England : LION
112
Spa wear : ROBE
113
Eddie Murphy's big-screen debut : 48HRS
116
West End district : SOHO
117
Maintain : AVER
118
For fear that : LEST
121
Sponsor of some PBS programs : NEA
123
Word often shortened to its middle letter in texts : ARE

Answer summary: 18 unique to this puzzle, 2 debuted here and reused later, 2 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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