44D. The final letter I wrote into the puzzle was the “H” on the crossing of Priyanka CHOPRA and Philip AHN. That was the one “Natick” within the puzzle for me. For many who are simply becoming a member of us, a Natick is a crossing of two correct names which are each tough to determine, and is called for Natick, Mass. It was coined by the crossword blogger Rex Parker.
As we speak’s Theme
Mr. Bornstein gives us a primary but essential lesson in ECONOMICS (13D). Relying on the place you remedy, there needs to be a thick line operating down the left aspect of the grid body and one other operating throughout the underside of the body. These signify the “X-axis” (62A) and the “Y-axis” (1D) of a graph, and these axes themselves signify QUANTITY and PRICE.
In ECONOMICS, one of many primary classes we be taught is that as the availability of an merchandise goes up — producing a glut — demand goes down. Mr. Bornstein’s graph illustrates that, if you happen to look rigorously. In case you learn the circled squares, which crisscross diagonally, you may see SUPPLY rising whereas DEMAND falls.
I instructed you this was a cool one.
There may be some bonus theme materials in his puzzle as nicely. At 17A, we’ve INDUSTRY, the “Manufacturing of manufacturing facility items, e.g.,” in addition to ADAM SMITH (32D), the “father” of ECONOMICS.
I wrote this puzzle whereas taking an economics course in faculty. The category was largely partial derivatives, however I’d say this makes a greater crossword theme.
I used to be fairly fortunate that SUPPLY and DEMAND each include six letters; most different lengths wouldn’t actually work. The theme largely dictated how the grid was constructed, with PRICE and QUANTITY forcing black squares alongside the sting. With that in place, there was just one great place for ECONOMICS and ADAM SMITH. QUANTITY is certainly not the best phrase to have on the backside of a stack of three lengthy solutions, so I needed to begin developing in that part of the grid.
I respect the Instances editorial workforce taking my suggestion of placing axes on the puzzle. I believe it’s enjoyable and would possibly make the theme a bit clearer.
Constructors used to (perhaps some nonetheless do) use graph paper to make crosswords. It’s humorous to me that that is type of the other, a puzzle that makes a graph.
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