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# MOVING PARTS

## New York Times, Sunday, July 20, 2014

 Author: Eric Berlin Editor: Will Shortz
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## This puzzle:

Rows: 23, Columns: 20 Words: 151, Blocks: 78 Missing: {JQZ} This is puzzle # 38 for Mr. Berlin. NYT links: Across Lite PDF
Notepad: The answer to each starred clue must have two consecutive letters removed before it is written into the grid. These letters will move to a pair of circles elsewhere in the puzzle. (In all cases, new words will be formed.) The nine letter pairs, when properly arranged, will spell an appropriate answer at 72-Across.
Jeff Chen notes: A big welcome back to Eric! After a three-year hiatus from constructing, he comes back with a brain bender of a Sunday. Eric is the author of the Winston Breen series, a neat trilogy ... more
Jeff Chen notes: A big welcome back to Eric! After a three-year hiatus from constructing, he comes back with a brain bender of a Sunday. Eric is the author of the Winston Breen series, a neat trilogy about a kid obsessed with puzzles. A fourth grade teacher friend of mine recently sent me a list of her district's "Best Books List" and asked if I could recommend any of them for read-alouds in her class. I chose maybe ten great ones for her… including "The Puzzling World of Winston Breen"!

Back to the puzzle. How to explain this one? If you look at the grid below, you'll see the central entry, A LITTLE GIVE AND TAKE, parsed into two-letter chunks. Each of these chunks are "removed" from one word and then "added" to another, in every case forming valid words or phrases. As an example, the first two letters, AL, can be taken out of FALLOUT to form FLOUT. They then can be added to HERD to form HERALD.

It was pretty hard for me to figure out and remember where each bigram was added. Jim and I discussed "fixing up" the database so that the answers accurately reflected the clues, but that seemed like it would take away the cleverness of the concept. For instance, if you were perusing this puzzle a few years down the road and hit the clue [*Royal messenger] and saw HERALD, you wouldn't think twice. In one sense that's great, as it's not confusing at all. On the other hand, if the answer reads HERD (as it does), it'd make you scratch your head. I personally like it when people scratch their heads. So instead of the fix-ups, here's a listing of the answers where the bigram was added:

• AL: HER(AL)D (53-Across: [Royal messenger])
• IT: GRAV(IT)Y (115-Down: [Newton subject]):
• TL: GEN(TL)E (90-Down: [Gentle])
• EG: L(EG)ION (14-Down: [Great in number])
• IV: TR(IV)IAL (88-Across: [Piddling])
• EA: PA(EA)N (43-Across: [Words of praise])
• ND: BA(ND)IT (86-Down: [Old West robber])
• TA: RO(TA)TE (8-Across: [Turn, as a wheel])
• KE: REBU(KE)S (8-Down: [Upbraids])

Considering that just took me 15 minutes to search out and piece together, I can only imagine how rough it's going to be on some solvers. REBU(KE)S and L(EG)ION in particular had wicked clues. I like a challenge, and really enjoyed figuring out several of the "added-on" words. Those two… whoo! "Upbraids" apparently means "rebukes" (not "does one's hair up"?), who knew? And LEGION felt like a noun to me, but the dictionary says by golly it's an adjective, too. Learn something new every day.

It would have been nice to have the bigrams in order somehow, since all the jumping around broke up the flow of my solve a bit. And it might have even been nicer to not have the central revealer; instead, asking the reader to read across the bigrams in order to read the final reveal (something akin to Patrick Berry's recent puzzle). But overall, it's an innovative idea, one I haven't seen before. I always appreciate the creativity.

 1E 2N 3W 4R 5A 6P 7S 8R 9O 10T 11E 12P 13A 14L 15M 16O 17I 18L 19D A R E N O T 20E X O N 21F R I E N D S 22W H I T T L E 23B E A D 24C O O L E S T 25T R E 26R 27O U N D U 28P 29U N D 30I 31C E E 32M E W S 33S P E 34C S 35S 36U 37C 38K 39N O T A 40T I O N 41S T A S H E 42S 43P A N 44D O O D A D 45G 46A R O T T E 47A 48S T R O 49R I 50S O T T O 51F 52A L L O U T 53H 54E 55R 56D 57S P A M A L 58O 59T 60M A O I S T 61A L I C 62K 63E L S 64S A 65M E 66G T O S 67G L A C I 68A L 69P 70A T R O N 71S 72A L I T T L 73E 74G I V E A N D T 75A 76K 77E 78T H E M A G I 79T E E T E R 80S 81S 82H 83E 84D 85E D I T 86B 87S A 88T R I A L 89M A L I 90G N 91R E 92C 93H A I N 94S 95A R T Y 96O V E R E A 97T 98A G I T A T 99E 100R A V E N 101S 102T 103R E T T O 104A S 105S 106A 107I 108L 109E N E 110E 111M P R E S S 112N 113E G A T I V E 114S A N 115G 116I S I T A 117F I X E 118L R O N 119R 120A N 121B U R 122R I T O 123P U P 124A 125F 126R A M E 127S 128R E A L 129D 130I E C A 131S 132T 133P R I V A T E 134N A V E 135U M P I R E S 136B A B Y S A T 137S N I T 138S P E A K E R
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 Across Down 1. Swaddles, e.g. : ENWRAPS8. *Turn, as a wheel : ROTE12. Edible plant extract : PALMOIL19. Be too fearful to : DARENOT20. Former Nebraska senator James : EXON21. Burger go-with : FRIENDS22. Yolk surrounder : WHITTLE23. Bit of sweat : BEAD24. Most hip : COOLEST25. Low numero : TRE26. Cowboys' activity : ROUNDUP29. Cologne conjunction : UND30. Slushy drink : ICEE32. Kitten sounds : MEWS33. Detailed plans : SPECS35. Use a straw : SUCK39. Idea : NOTATION41. Hides away : STASHES43. *Words of praise : PAN44. Thingamajig : DOODAD45. Strangle : GAROTTE47. Cartoon dog : ASTRO49. Italian dish that needs much stirring : RISOTTO51. Openly defy : FALLOUT53. *Royal messenger : HERD57. Tony-winning musical with the song "Find Your Grail" : SPAMALOT60. Long March participant : MAOIST61. Not ___ (none) : ALICK63. Raised transports : ELS64. Unchanged : SAME66. Classic muscle cars : GTOS67. Not just slow : GLACIAL69. Theater supporters : PATRONS72. See instructions : ALITTLEGIVEANDTAKE78. Wise men : THEMAGI79. Is on the brink : TEETERS81. Get rid of : SHED85. ___ menu : EDIT86. Eagle's org. : BSA88. *Piddling : TRIAL89. Smear : MALIGN91. Locks up again : RECHAINS95. Painterish : ARTY96. Plain to see : OVEREAT98. Stir up : AGITATE100. Trickster of American Indian mythology : RAVEN101. Close overlap of fugue voices : STRETTO104. Attack : ASSAIL109. K.C.-to-Detroit dir. : ENE110. She rules : EMPRESS112. Indigenous : NEGATIVE114. Caroled : SANG116. "___ deal?" : ISITA117. Prix ___ : FIXE118. Sci-fi's Hubbard : LRON119. Appeared in print : RAN121. Beast of burden : BURRITO123. Young seal : PUP124. Many ski lodges : AFRAMES128. Legitimate : REAL129. Formed from a mold : DIECAST133. Babble on : PRIVATE134. Cathedral area : NAVE135. Stay-at-home workers? : UMPIRES136. Tot-watched : BABYSAT137. Peevish state : SNIT138. Asparagus unit : SPEAKER 1. One of eight Eng. kings : EDW2. Informal turndown : NAH3. Email, say : WRITETO4. Used tire : RETREAD5. Pay to play : ANTE6. Glad-handing sort : POL7. Two-channel : STEREO8. *Upbraids : REBUS9. Field team : OXEN10. Mushroom : TOADSTOOL11. Reach, eventually : ENDUPAT12. Cpl.'s inferior : PFC13. Stir up : AROUSE14. *Great in number : LION15. Card combinations : MELDS16. Low number : ONE17. Checks at the door, say : IDS18. W.W. II craft : LST27. Soccer blooper : OWNGOAL28. Bother : PEST30. Neither blue nor red?: Abbr. : IND31. Say sweet words : COO32. Some dresses : MIDIS34. Saucier's boss : CHEF36. In the mood : UPTOIT37. Tenor from Naples : CARUSO38. Don of "The Andy Griffith Show" : KNOTTS40. Sticky stuff : TAR41. Mex. miss : SRTA42. 41-Down's room : SALA46. Convenience store sights : ATMS48. Slow, hard progress : SLOG50. Stepped in for : SPELLED52. French fine : AMENDE53. Witch : HAG54. "___ Enchanted" : ELLA55. Mideast currency : RIAL56. 701, once : DCCI58. Bone: Prefix : OSTE59. Fictional estate : TARA62. Chanteuse Eartha : KITT65. State with the motto "Oro y plata" : MONTANA68. Half sister of Ares : ATHENA69. Greedy sort : PIG70. Bird: Prefix : AVI71. "Undo" mark : STET73. Overseas prince : EMIR74. Box office : GATE75. ___ Plus : ATRA76. Actor Dullea : KEIR77. Latin "was to be" : ERAT80. Underhanded : SLY81. Three-ingredient treats : SMORES82. World capital where Monopoly is banned : HAVANA83. Football team : ELEVEN84. Terrible : DIRE86. *Old West robber : BAIT87. "Shaddup!" : SITONIT90. *Not rough : GENE92. Like the cry "Veni, vidi, vici" : CAESAREAN93. Abbr. in some city names : HGTS94. Old West transport : STAGE97. Shortening in recipes? : TSPS99. Spanish "that" : ESA102. Windy City paper, with "the" : TRIB103. Election night data : RETURNS105. One of the Windward Islands : STLUCIA106. Facility for small planes : AIRPARK107. Nobel-winning writer Andric : IVO108. N.F.L. Hall-of-Famer Dawson : LEN111. Former transportation secretary Norman : MINETA113. Large-scale evacuation : EXODUS115. *Newton subject : GRAVY117. Choice cut : FILET120. Latin "you love" : AMAS122. Sitarist Shankar : RAVI123. Nickname for José : PEPE124. P.D. alert : APB125. Brother's title : FRA126. Poke fun at : RIB127. Collection : SET130. Prankster : IMP131. Bishop's domain : SEE132. Classic fantasy game co. : TSR

Answer summary: 1 unique to this puzzle, 4 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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