MONDAY PUZZLE — At this point in my life, one of the only things I remember from my school years is being tested out the wazoo, as they call it in academia.
Most of these exams took the form of the kind of test that Bruce Haight highlights in his puzzle, and my friends and I spent most of our formative years wondering if the various rumors we’d heard about how to outwit our examiners without actually learning anything were true. It turns out that we had it wrong, but this article has some interesting ideas that seem logical.
20A: I would like to personally congratulate the artist Yoko ONO on her surname’s 358th appearance in the New York Times Crossword.
22A: In a kind of crossword “Inception,” the phrase WORD FOR WORD is appearing in the New York Times Crossword for the fifth time, and all of them use the same clue: “Verbatim.”
My first reaction when I was about halfway done with Mr. Haight’s puzzle was: “Huh. There are a lot of O’s in this puzzle. I wonder if that is the theme.” Because it has been done before, in a way.
I was half right. The O’s do figure into it. But if you look at the revealer at 58A, clued as “Kind of test … and a hint to a word hidden three times each in 16-, 22-, 38- and 48-Across,” the answer is MULTIPLE CHOICE.
What does that have to do with O’s?
Make that the word “OR.” OR is a word you use when offering a choice, as in “Would you like another in an endless series of agonizing, stressful, standardized MULTIPLE CHOICE tests OR would you like a smack in the head?” The answer, of course, is the smack in the head, because that is not nearly as painful. But I digress.
The reason that the revealer is MULTIPLE CHOICE is because Mr. Haight has found a set of theme entries that have multiple ORs in each of them. Three, to be precise. For example, at 16A, the answer to the clue “What M.B.A.s enter upon graduation” is CORPORATE WORLD.
Paradoxically, in a puzzle about lots of choices, theme entry lengths of 14, 14, 14, 11, 11 left me scrambling for options to make this work. I never like dropping down to a 14x15 grid because it makes for fewer words (and more shorter ones), but that seemed to be my best option here.
I tried adding REPORTS FOR WORK and going to 14x16 with six theme entries, but that was too clogged. My original puzzle was accepted with SERBO-CROAT vertically in the upper right, but after acceptance I played around with the three letters I had to cross and eventually came up with TURBO-BOOST, which was not in any word lists. Way more pop!
I emailed the idea to Will on a Sunday evening, and he wrote back an hour later:
“Thanks for the turbo-boosted version of your MULTIPLE CHOICE puzzle. I like it!
”As long as you’re revising the upper right, I’d suggest you also revise the upper left:
J I MA R EC O R PK N E E
“This avoids the weird and iffy BACO, the obscurish MARM, and the pileup of exclamations UH-OH, AHA, and OH ME.
“Also, to avoid the obscure GAR in the lower-right corner, I’d suggest making this TAR.”
So this puzzle was partly constructed by Will Shortz! Did he use any of that newfangled construction software? I’m betting not.
This puzzle might be a bit crunchy for Monday solvers, both in terms of theme and vocabulary, but to shade or circle the ORs would totally kill the “aha!” moment for more experienced solvers. If you had to check the reviews to find out the theme, I suspect you’re not alone.
The timing of this puzzle is nice, because the Toronto Raptors are finishing their best season ever, and last week beat the 76ers (Joel Fagliano’s favorite team) on a buzzer-beater in Game 7 of their playoff series. The final dramatic shot bounced four times on the rim before dropping through. Ouch. Sorry, Joel.
Almost finished solving but need a bit more help? We’ve got you covered.
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