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Puzzle #34 "I less than three you"

By Philip ChowPublished 4 months ago

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  • Mike D 馃4:06聽路聽4 months ago
    Awesome puzzle Philip - so smooth! I think my favorite was SELFREFERENTIAL
    36A SELFREFERENTIALLike this clue
    • Emma Oxford 馃4:09聽路聽4 months ago
      Nice puzzle! This was fun.
      • Ben Zoon 馃7:03聽路聽4 months ago
        Loved it! (pun intended I guess) First time I've ever seen EROS
        39D EROSGreek god of love (whose name is an anagram of "rose")
        add to the theme!
        • Philip Chow constructor聽路聽4 months ago
          Thanks Ben! Yeah I wasn鈥檛 too crazy about having one unchecked letter in the grid for the sake of grid art, but I figure if I clue it as anagram of rose, then it is gettable
        • JeffPrug 馃6:28聽路聽4 months ago
          Really great puzzle! I love how a lot of the clues included other tidbits of information about the topic.
          • Philip Chow constructor聽路聽4 months ago
            Thanks Jeff! I like learning stuff from crosswords and in general so I usually try to inject extra info when I can, however a lot of editors do prefer brevity over long clues - personal preference I guess
          • Ben Shindel 馃5:33聽路聽4 months ago
            Congrats on your NYT debut from last week!
            • Philip Chow constructor聽路聽4 months ago
              Thanks Ben!! 鈽猴笍
            • FrankieHeck 馃3:48聽路聽about 2 months ago
              Great puzzle! Are you from 40D
              40D IOWA"Field of Dreams" setting
              ?
              • Philip Chow constructor聽路聽about 2 months ago
                Thanks Frankie. I am not, I'm from Queens, NY... Are you from Indiana? I really liked Sue's character... I think she made the show really fun
                • FrankieHeck 馃3:48聽路聽about 2 months ago
                  Nope. But my family always poked fun of my similarities with Frankie. I did a bunch of your puzzles in a row and I felt like I kept seeing 40D
                  40D IOWA"Field of Dreams" setting
                  in them...thought maybe it was something you tried to work into your puzzles intentionally!
                  • Philip Chow constructor聽路聽about 2 months ago
                    Haha - not intentional... It just has a really useful vowel pattern. Kind of like OREO... how many puzzles can you do without spotting an OREO?
                  • FrankieHeck 馃3:48聽路聽about 2 months ago
                    Though having said that I kept seeing it...I just went back and can't find it in any other puzzle. Maybe I'm losing my mind ;-)
                    • Philip Chow constructor聽路聽about 2 months ago
                      Oh I just checked, it's in the captain planet puzzle... I put that long-winded clue in there because one of my coworkers from Omaha was telling me how if you cross the river, you end up in Iowa and I never knew that, so that was for him...
                      • Philip Chow constructor聽路聽about 2 months ago
                        It's in the "emoji movie" puzzle too... so you are definitely not losing your mind :P
                1AAir traffic branch of the Department of Transportation: Abbr.
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                1. 1A
                  Air traffic branch of the Department of Transportation: Abbr.
                2. 4A
                  Organization whose approval is often sought: Abbr.
                3. 7A
                  Prison rooms
                4. 9A
                  Does a number two
                5. 11A
                  Starbucks employee
                6. 13A
                  Cues for the forgetful
                7. 15A
                  Cost an ___ and a leg (extremely expensive)
                8. 16A
                  Canola or castor bean, for example
                9. 18A
                  "To Kill a Mockingbird" author Harper
                10. 19A
                  Guevara who said "The revolution is not an apple that falls when it is ripe! You have to make it fall."
                11. 20A
                  Lustrous lip application
                12. 21A
                  Put the kibosh on
                13. 22A
                  It has a + or - charge
                14. 23A
                  Refined, as ore
                15. 25A
                  Group that might sponsor a school bake sale: Abbr.
                16. 26A
                  The heart that looks like it鈥檚 beating in this puzzle's cover pic, for example [press pause to see pic]
                17. 29A
                  House on the Hill
                18. 30A
                  Like haunted houses, compared to ordinary houses
                19. 31A
                  Pastrami purveyor
                20. 32A
                  Smokes that may be bummed, for short
                21. 33A
                  Discombobulate
                22. 35A
                  Promontory Point locale (where the First Transcontinental Railroad was completed)
                23. 36A
                  Like this clue
                24. 43A
                  Family ___ (genealogy chart)
                25. 44A
                  Instrument whose "Davidoff-Morini" version is reported on the FBI's top 10 stolen art list, for short
                26. 45A
                  "___ Power Rangers" (Theme song for the "Mighty Morphin Power Rangers")
                27. 46A
                  "The Very Hungry Caterpillar" author Carle
                28. 47A
                  Note between "fa" and "la" on a musical scale
                29. 48A
                  Military no-show: Abbr.
                30. 49A
                  Semifinalists in the National Merit Scholarship Program are determined by this exam: Abbr.
                31. 50A
                  "Bad Romance" singer Lady ___ (who refers to her fans endearingly as "Little Monsters")
                Down
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                  Like kimchi
                2. 2D
                  "___ Baba and the Forty Thieves" (Arabian Nights folktale that gave us the magic phrase "Open Sesame")
                3. 3D
                  "The Sun ___ Rises" (Hemingway's debut novel inspired by this trip to Spain and bullfighting)
                4. 4D
                  Word that can come after "junk" or "fast"
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                  ___ P茅rignon (high-end champagne)
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                  Slices of Americana? (you can get them at McDonald's for a dollar)
                7. 7D
                  Sonic employees
                8. 8D
                  Publicly disapproves, oftentimes unfairly
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                  Like contestants on some game shows
                10. 10D
                  Trojan War figure whose "voice was as powerful as fifty voices of other men"
                11. 11D
                  Italian word for "kiss" (and inspiration for a brand of chocolates in which each chocolate comes wrapped with a love note)
                12. 12D
                  Gene form that determines flower color
                13. 13D
                  Grinding tool used with a mortar
                14. 14D
                  It often has four doors
                15. 17D
                  Featured vocalists' selections
                16. 23D
                  Having magnitude, but no direction (vector's counterpart)
                17. 24D
                  Southeast Asian fruit that smells so bad it's often banned on public transport
                18. 27D
                  Essentially
                19. 28D
                  Visual joke, like a pie in the face or the Marx Brothers mirror routine
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                  Young terrestrial salamanders
                21. 35D
                  Mountain range between Europe and Asia
                22. 36D
                  Put one's foot down?
                23. 37D
                  Drops the ball
                24. 38D
                  Princess who says "This is some rescue! You came in here, but didn't you have a plan for getting out?"
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                  Greek god of love (whose name is an anagram of "rose")
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                  "Field of Dreams" setting
                27. 41D
                  On pins and needles
                28. 42D
                  Name repeated in "Whatever ___ wants, ___ gets" ("Damn Yankees!" song)
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