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# New York Times, Thursday, January 5, 2017

 Author: Ed Sessa Editor: Will Shortz
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## This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 78, Blocks: 38 Missing: {GJQX} This is puzzle # 34 for Mr. Sessa. NYT links: Across Lite PDF

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Jeff Chen notes: Some black squares interpreted as JACK added to themers, i.e. what looks like YOU DON'T KNOW is actually YOU DON'T KNOW (JACK). Nice ... more
Jeff Chen notes:

Some black squares interpreted as JACK added to themers, i.e. what looks like YOU DON'T KNOW is actually YOU DON'T KNOW (JACK). Nice to pull it all together with both (JACK) BLACK the actor and BLACK (JACK) the card game hinting at those hidden JACKs — both of them in a single entry, BLACK!

We saw a "BLACK hidden in black squares" puzzles recently, so it would have been nice to get more separation between them. But this one did go an extra step, not just a BLACK addition, but a (black) JACK addition.

Nice pairing of YOU DON'T KNOW (JACK) and (JACK) OF ALL TRADES. Fortuitous that their lengths match.

Glad that the themers were starred — I would have glossed over PINE, which is actually (JACK) PINE. Although it's interesting to learn of another type of tree, I would have preferred something more snazzy, like (JACK)POTS. Maybe the (JACK)POT in the upper right could have been (JACK)ALS?

Speaking of the upper right, to have AMOI and MMI in one tiny region is not ideal. I wouldn't mind them as the price for ORTIZ, but with crossword glue already necessary to hold the rest of the puzzle together — O SOLE, WILE E, IN ICE, A CUT — it'd have been great to smooth all the tiny corners out as much as possible.

It's a shame to have four partials, making them all stick out for me. But those four partials are understandable, given all the extras Ed worked in: EMPTY SUIT, TITLE ROLE, TOY STORES. Bound to get some strain when so much good stuff is worked in. And I loved THE CROW. Brandon Lee got cut down in the prime of his life, just like his father, Bruce Lee. It's sad — that dude could have been the leading man that broke the Asian glass ceiling in Hollywood.

As with most of these types of puzzles, I wanted some rationale as to why certain black squares operated as black JACKs and others didn't. Still, an enjoyable solve with some strong theme phrases and bonuses.

 1S 2A 3C 4H 5S 6T 7I 8L 9E 10R 11E 12A 13R 14O P R A H 15I N I C E 16M M I 17Y O U D O 18N T K N O W 19P O T 20A L E 21W I L E E 22O 23R T I Z 24O L 25A N T E R N 26V E Y 27C U E R 28Y E A S 29T 30S 31A 32C 33T U P 34O 35R 36M A N 37U I E 38B O O T 39B L A C K 40P I N E 41E D Y 42F I E N D 43T E T O N 44L E S 45M I Z 46O 47S H A 48T A R 49M 50O N T E R 51E 52Y 53S 54N O W E 55I S A A C 56N I 57A 58C A R 59O 60F A L L T R 61A D E S 62A V E 63F E T E D 64O S O L E 65B Y S 66F E A R S 67W A N D A
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 Across Down 1. Half of a Wall Street firm since 1882 : SACHS6. One working on hands and knees : TILER11. Eye-level sensor : EAR14. She played Annie Lee in "Selma" : OPRAH15. How fish is shipped, often : INICE16. Copyright year for "Shrek" and "Monsters, Inc." : MMI17. *Put-down to an ignorant person : YOUDONTKNOWJACK19. *"Bingo!" : JACKPOT20. Irish red ___ : ALE21. ___ Coyote (toon) : WILEE22. Bosox slugger a.k.a. Big Papi : ORTIZ24. *Headless Horseman's prop : JACKOLANTERN26. Part of a Yiddish phrase of dismay : VEY27. Prompter? : CUER28. Brewing agents : YEASTS31. Throw a hissy fit : ACTUP34. Financial guru Suze : ORMAN37. It may be pulled on a road : UIE38. *Tool for removing heavy footwear : BOOTJACK39. *Comic actor / *Card game ... or a hint to the answers to the starred clues : JACKBLACKJACK40. *Slender tree of northern North America : JACKPINE41. Ice cream maker Joseph : EDY42. Enthusiast : FIEND43. Wyoming's ___ Range : TETON44. Musical set in France, informally : LESMIZ46. Govt. org. that gets tips from whistleblowers : OSHA48. Gob : TAR49. *Quesadilla cheese : MONTEREYJACK53. Former Maine senator Olympia : SNOWE55. Mizrahi of fashion : ISAAC56. Vardalos of "My Big Fat Greek Wedding" : NIA58. *Trunk item : CARJACK59. *Versatile worker : JACKOFALLTRADES62. N.Y.C.'s Third or Fifth : AVE63. Roasted, in a way : FETED64. "___ Mio" : OSOLE65. Ending with fly and drive : BYS66. Bases of nightmares : FEARS67. Stand-up comic Sykes : WANDA 1. Bean used to make tempeh : SOYA2. Speed skater Ohno : APOLO3. Like Vlad the Impaler : CRUEL4. Tricked : HAD5. Robbed of the spotlight : SHOWNUP6. Nixon in 1995 or Lincoln in 2012 : TITLEROLE7. Comics artist : INKER8. Tablecloths and napkins : LINEN9. Prefix with conscious : ECO10. Mended, as rugs : REWOVEN11. Ineffectual exec : EMPTYSUIT12. Mine, to Mimi : AMOI13. Scallop-edged cracker : RITZ18. Nick at ___ : NITE23. Stephen of "V for Vendetta" : REA25. ___ above : ACUT28. Gibble-gabble : YAK29. Nickname for Tony : TINO30. In public : SEEN31. ___ Tesfaye a.k.a. R&B's the Weeknd : ABEL32. "Longtime companion" for "same-sex partner," once : CODE33. They're good at drawing kids : TOYSTORES35. Directed : RAN36. Company for which about one in eight U.S. workers has worked : MCDONALDS39. Small enterprise? : BIZ40. Fruit that's sometimes poached : PEAR42. Write and send quickly, as a letter : FIREOFF43. 1994 Brandon Lee action film : THECROW45. Gaping mouth : MAW47. TKOs, e.g. : STAT49. Sporty two-seater : MIATA50. William ___, physician who championed bedside training : OSLER51. Stop at : ENDON52. Stock figure : YIELD53. Cut covering : SCAB54. Shade of blue : NAVY57. No longer at anchor : ASEA60. Figure on a rate sheet : FEE61. Fat ___ pig : ASA

Answer summary: 5 unique to this puzzle, 2 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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