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MIXED FEELINGS

New York Times, Sunday, September 9, 2018

Author: Hal Moore
Editor: Will Shortz
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Puzzle of the Week

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 for two reasons. Firstly, ... more
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 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 there, you have my ... more
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 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 Down
1. No-goodnik : BUM
4. "So long, dear boy" : TATA
8. Soap scent : LILAC
13. Test for purity : ASSAY
18. Bullet ___ (1950s fashion fad) : BRA
19. Hiding, with "up" : HOLED
20. TD Garden, for one : ARENA
21. 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
63. They involve mixed feelings ... or a hint to four squares in this completed puzzle : LOVEHATERELATIONSHIPS
67. 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
80. "___ bien" : ESTA
81. One smoothing the way? : PAVER
82. Leaves in : STETS
83. Option for moving an investment : ROLLOVERIRA
87. Neighborhood : AREA
88. Parts of many law firm names : AMPERSANDS
91. Camera setting : FSTOP
92. "___ out!" (ump's cry) : YER
93. Hello or goodbye : CIAO
94. ___ long way : GOA
95. Dukes : FISTS
96. O'er and o'er : OFT
97. Folkie Guthrie : ARLO
98. Chocolate chip cookie starters? : CEES
100. One of the Corleones in "The Godfather" : FREDO
102. Symbol of luck : FOURLEAFCLOVER
105. Public nudity or foul language : INDECENCY
109. Place to chat : FORUM
110. "Princess ___ Theme" (John Williams composition) : LEIAS
111. Chocolatier since 1845 : LINDT
112. Stooge with a bowl cut : MOE
113. Checks : STEMS
114. Certain break point : ADOUT
115. Cries of approval : YAYS
116. Division in geology : EON
1. Small balls : BBS
2. Graveside container : URN
3. Attire for the Bond villain Ernst Stavro Blofeld : MAOSUIT
4. Author Morrison : TONI
5. Director of the "M*A*S*H" finale : ALDA
6. Simple top : TEE
7. Skillful : ADROIT
8. Delayed : LATE
9. Weights, informally : IRON
10. Court do-over : LET
11. Parallels : ANALOGS
12. Islamic state : CALIPHATE
13. Copycats : APERS
14. Short time, for short : SEC
15. Manta ray, by another name : SEADEVIL
16. "The Crucible," for McCarthyism : ALLEGORY
17. Mustard and saffron : YELLOWS
19. One living off the land : HUNTERGATHERER
23. "Why am I not surprised?" : WHATELSEISNEW
25. "Darn!" : RATS
28. Drive : MOTOR
31. ___ Store : APP
32. Mate for Bambi : DOE
33. Supervised : RAN
37. Milhouse's toon friend : BART
38. Dashboard warnings, informally : IDIOTLIGHTS
39. Imaginary : NOTREAL
40. Partner of smash : GRAB
41. "Kung Fu" actor Philip : AHN
43. Fruit juice brand : POM
45. Basically what was said : WORDSTOTHATEFFECT
47. Boxer upset in the biopic "Cinderella Man" : BAER
48. Golfer Aoki : ISAO
49. Nordic native : FINN
50. Soothing succulent : ALOE
51. Explorers and Expeditions : SUVS
52. Fair : EVEN
55. Journalist Nellie : BLY
57. The Great ___ (Satan) : TEMPTER
58. ___-Soviet : SINO
59. Cartoon in which one cow says to another "Hey, wait a minute! This is grass! We've been eating grass!" : THEFARSIDE
60. Climb : RISE
61. View from a pew : APSE
62. Free TV spot, for short : PSA
64. Taiwanese computer giant : ACER
65. It might be topped with guacamole : TACO
66. Tic ___ (mints) : TACS
71. Give (out) : METE
73. Modernists, for short : NEOS
74. Internet connection inits. : DSL
75. Sandal-less, say : BAREFOOT
76. Score starter : OVERTURE
77. Shepherd's scene : LEA
79. Great Plains tribe : OSAGE
81. Bribes : PAYOFFS
82. Sent up : SPOOFED
83. Nutrition fig. : RDA
84. "I'll cover this" : ITSONME
85. Nonsense : ROT
86. H.S. courses for college credit : APS
88. Suffix with large numbers : AIRE
89. 17-year-old Peace Nobelist Yousafzai : MALALA
90. In too curious a manner : NOSILY
93. Composes : CALMS
98. Fancy French home : CHATEAU
99. Once, once : ERST
100. The Bravest in the Big Apple, for short : FDNY
101. N.L. Central squad : REDS
103. Ingredient in a Bali Hai cocktail : RUM
104. Certain tech exec : CIO
106. Actress Long : NIA
107. Tender sound : COO
108. Currency with denominations of 1,000, 5,000 and 10,000 : YEN

Answer summary: 9 unique to this puzzle, 3 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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