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MIXED FEELINGS

New York Times, Sunday, September 9, 2018

Author:
Hal Moore
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Hal Moore

This puzzle:

Rows: 21, Columns: 21 Words: 140, Blocks: 80 Missing: {JKQXZ} Spans: 1 This is puzzle # 4 for Mr. Moore. Jeff Chen's Puzzle of the Week pick. NYT links: Across Lite PDF
Hal Moore notes:
I'm pleased to publish my first NYT Sunday – thanks to Sam and Will for their nice edit, especially their clues for 37- and 54-Across, and 59-Down. This puzzle is special to me ... read more

I'm pleased to publish my first NYT Sunday – thanks to Sam and Will for their nice edit, especially their clues for 37- and 54-Across, and 59-Down.

This puzzle is special to me for two reasons. Firstly, by sheer coincidence, it appears on the final day of the U.S. Open tennis tournament. With respect and affection for the golf competition held in the UK each July, in New York, The Open only means one thing.

I started out going with my mom when Sampras and Agassi were in their pomp, although I idolized Patrick Rafter, the Australian who relentlessly attacked the net and said "sorry, mate" when he had to catch his serve toss. I have had some of the best sports moments of my life at the Open, including a memorable night match in 2000 when my mom and I saw my hero Rafter (by then a two-time Open champion) lose dramatically in the first round. Though it wasn't the result I wanted, the atmosphere was electric, and I was hooked.

In recent years, I have been making the annual pilgrimage to Flushing with my soon-to-be-wife Laura – my solving partner on Sundays and my everything partner every day. She has been encouraging me in my constructing since we first met, and I am always bouncing ideas off her. I thought "love-hate relationships" could make for an interesting Sunday concept and revealer, and first tried a "switch" idea (answers like love speech and hate handles), as well as conventionally hiding "love" and "hate" inside longer answers. But I was struggling with the execution until Laura suggested a rebus element which could operate differently in the across and down directions.

After a lot of trial and error, I found the "H-A-T-E" strings hiding in those two longer answers, and realized I could intersect them both with the centrally placed revealer (It seemed logical for the "L-O-V-E" strings all to operate horizontally because Across clues appear first in print). This led to a somewhat unusual grid with lots of options for long non-theme material, and I'm happy with the bonuses I was able to include. It's a real challenge to stay at or under the 140-word limit, so I hope the tradeoffs, including more short plurals than I'd prefer, were worth it, and that solvers enjoy my interpretation of mixed feelings.

Jeff Chen notes:
LOVE HATE RELATIONSHIP is exactly 21 letters? Apparently the crossword gods had no HATE, only LOVE! Great puzzle idea + solid execution = POW! Oh, you poor pen / pencil solvers out ... read more

LOVE HATE RELATIONSHIP is exactly 21 letters? Apparently the crossword gods had no HATE, only LOVE! Great puzzle idea + solid execution = POW!

Oh, you poor pen / pencil solvers out there, you have my sympathies. How in heck are you supposed to write LOVE and HATE in the same little box all at the same time? Cramming in eight letters – yikes!

Actually, not easy for e-solvers, either. Hopefully, the picture below is worth a thousand words. More like two thousand, given the duality of those squares.

Apparently the NYT web app can accept all these as correct answers: H, L, HATE rebus, LOVE rebus, L/H, H/L, LOVE/HATE, HATE/LOVE. Something for everyone!

Setting those qualms aside, I loved the way Hal interpreted that LOVE HATE RELATIONSHIP into the rebus squares. Sort of Schrödinger, but not really, a bit of LOVE and a bit of HATE. Spot on.

And some great theme phrases. In particular, ROL(LOVE)R IRA / WORDS TO T(HAT E)FFECT used such nice, long entries. S(LOVE)NIA wasn't as fantastic, but W(HAT E)LSE IS NEW was awesome.

Check that – I almost fell into a devious trap, putting in SOFIA for [Neighbor of Hungary]. I know, SOFIA isn't a country, it's a city. (Okay, maybe I didn't know that! Bah!) Finally sussing out S(LOVE)NIA made for a great click.

Not a ton of special squares – Hal could have worked in one or two more, perhaps – but that did allow him to weave in a ton of great long fill. Man oh man, TOTAL RECALL, MAO SUIT (Blofeld wearing one = great clue!), HUNTER GATHERER, THE FAR SIDE with the cows declaring that THEY'RE JUST EATING GRASS! So much goodness. And not that much short glue, either.

It all played out for me like a best of all worlds: an idea worthy of a Sunday-size palette, plus so much themeless-like goodness. POW!

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© 2018, The New York TimesNo. 0909 ( 25,142 )
Across
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No-goodnik : BUM
4
"So long, dear boy" : TATA
8
Soap scent : LILAC
13
Test for purity : ASSAY
18
Bullet ___ (1950s fashion fad) : BRA
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Hiding, with "up" : HOLED
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TD Garden, for one : ARENA
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Jordan who directed "Get Out" : PEELE
22
Overwhelm : SNOWUNDER
24
Result of a photographic memory : TOTALRECALL
26
Neighbor of Hungary : SLOVENIA
27
Harbinger : OMEN
29
Whopper inventor : LIAR
30
Tierra ___ Fuego : DEL
31
Minor's opposite : ADULT
33
Where the U.S. won its 1,000th Summer Olympic gold : RIO
34
Chooses : OPTS
35
Id restrainer : EGO
36
Sangfroid : POISE
37
Pair of diamonds? : BATTINGGLOVES
41
Swear : AVOW
42
Robin Williams role in a 1991 blockbuster : PETERPAN
44
Reasons to hold one's nose : ODORS
45
Fan sounds : WHIRS
46
Horror assistant : IGOR
47
Big name in water filters : BRITA
48
"I wish!" : IFONLY
50
Black brew : ASSAMTEA
53
Item at the end of a wizard's staff : ORB
54
Man just after kneeling? : SIR
55
Uncompromisingly direct : BLUNT
56
Classic Chevy : VETTE
58
Bunker : SANDTRAP
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They involve mixed feelings ... or a hint to four squares in this completed puzzle : LOVEHATERELATIONSHIPS
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2008 campaign slogan : YESWECAN
68
Major fashion capital : MILAN
69
Actress Thompson of "Thor: Ragnarok" : TESSA
70
___ league (amateur sports group) : REC
71
Efficiency stat : MPG
72
Payment to a building board : CONDOFEE
75
Dance in 3/4 time : BOLERO
78
Set of values : ETHOS
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"___ bien" : ESTA
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One smoothing the way? : PAVER
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Leaves in : STETS
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Option for moving an investment : ROLLOVERIRA
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Neighborhood : AREA
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Parts of many law firm names : AMPERSANDS
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Camera setting : FSTOP
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"___ out!" (ump's cry) : YER
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Hello or goodbye : CIAO
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___ long way : GOA
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Dukes : FISTS
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O'er and o'er : OFT
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Folkie Guthrie : ARLO
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Chocolate chip cookie starters? : CEES
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One of the Corleones in "The Godfather" : FREDO
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Symbol of luck : FOURLEAFCLOVER
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Public nudity or foul language : INDECENCY
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Place to chat : FORUM
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"Princess ___ Theme" (John Williams composition) : LEIAS
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Chocolatier since 1845 : LINDT
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Stooge with a bowl cut : MOE
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Checks : STEMS
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Certain break point : ADOUT
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Cries of approval : YAYS
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Division in geology : EON
Down
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Small balls : BBS
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Graveside container : URN
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Attire for the Bond villain Ernst Stavro Blofeld : MAOSUIT
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Author Morrison : TONI
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Director of the "M*A*S*H" finale : ALDA
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Simple top : TEE
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Skillful : ADROIT
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Delayed : LATE
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Weights, informally : IRON
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Court do-over : LET
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Parallels : ANALOGS
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Islamic state : CALIPHATE
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Copycats : APERS
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Short time, for short : SEC
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Manta ray, by another name : SEADEVIL
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"The Crucible," for McCarthyism : ALLEGORY
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Mustard and saffron : YELLOWS
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One living off the land : HUNTERGATHERER
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"Why am I not surprised?" : WHATELSEISNEW
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"Darn!" : RATS
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Drive : MOTOR
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___ Store : APP
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Mate for Bambi : DOE
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Supervised : RAN
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Milhouse's toon friend : BART
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Dashboard warnings, informally : IDIOTLIGHTS
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Imaginary : NOTREAL
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Partner of smash : GRAB
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"Kung Fu" actor Philip : AHN
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Fruit juice brand : POM
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Basically what was said : WORDSTOTHATEFFECT
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Boxer upset in the biopic "Cinderella Man" : BAER
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Golfer Aoki : ISAO
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Nordic native : FINN
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Soothing succulent : ALOE
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Explorers and Expeditions : SUVS
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Fair : EVEN
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Journalist Nellie : BLY
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The Great ___ (Satan) : TEMPTER
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___-Soviet : SINO
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Cartoon in which one cow says to another "Hey, wait a minute! This is grass! We've been eating grass!" : THEFARSIDE
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Climb : RISE
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View from a pew : APSE
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Free TV spot, for short : PSA
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Taiwanese computer giant : ACER
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It might be topped with guacamole : TACO
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Tic ___ (mints) : TACS
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Give (out) : METE
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Modernists, for short : NEOS
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Internet connection inits. : DSL
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Sandal-less, say : BAREFOOT
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Score starter : OVERTURE
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Shepherd's scene : LEA
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Great Plains tribe : OSAGE
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Bribes : PAYOFFS
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Sent up : SPOOFED
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Nutrition fig. : RDA
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"I'll cover this" : ITSONME
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Nonsense : ROT
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H.S. courses for college credit : APS
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Suffix with large numbers : AIRE
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17-year-old Peace Nobelist Yousafzai : MALALA
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In too curious a manner : NOSILY
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Composes : CALMS
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Fancy French home : CHATEAU
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Once, once : ERST
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The Bravest in the Big Apple, for short : FDNY
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N.L. Central squad : REDS
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Ingredient in a Bali Hai cocktail : RUM
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Certain tech exec : CIO
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Actress Long : NIA
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Tender sound : COO
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Currency with denominations of 1,000, 5,000 and 10,000 : YEN

Answer summary: 8 unique to this puzzle, 1 debuted here and reused later, 3 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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