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New York Times, Friday, January 6, 2017

Author: Jacob Stulberg
Editor: Will Shortz
Jacob Stulberg
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This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 72, Blocks: 30 Missing: {QXZ} This is puzzle # 16 for Mr. Stulberg. NYT links: Across Lite PDF
Jeff Chen notes: Love that OVER THE MOON and UNDER THE SUN mini-theme! So appropriately placed within the grid, too. Jacob uses the max ... more
Jeff Chen notes:

Love that OVER THE MOON and UNDER THE SUN mini-theme! So appropriately placed within the grid, too.

Jacob uses the max allowable words — 72 — in his grid. Although some constructors pooh-pooh this as not a big enough challenge (I fully own up to this), there's nothing wrong with it. In fact, my local Seattle friend Mike Hawkins mentioned that he and John Guzzetta have several themelesses accepted now, all by going up to 72 words and maximizing the long entries in the four corners (without resorting to crossword glue). Hard to argue with acceptances!

Beautiful triple-stack, OVER THE MOON / CAMERA READY / TIPS ONES HAT. Some ERE, RESOD, TRE holding it together, but those are three great entries. AGE OF REASON / BOWL A STRIKE / UNDER THE SUN are even stronger, especially considering there are no ugly gluey entries needed to hold it together! Standout work down in the lower right.

Since Jacob didn't have many long slots to begin with, he had to work hard at converting every one of them into great material. DC COMICS with a clue hinting at the Flash is great, and SEA SNAKE is fun too. MY PRETTY and ARMCHAIR (quarterback) are good too.

Add in some interesting mid-length material in HANS ARP, FLAGON, the JULIAN calendar, SUDOKU, and there was enough to keep me satisfied.

ODA MAE … I've considered this many times in my own puzzles, especially the oh-so-useful ODA. But this character from a pretty old movie doesn't seem completely crossworthy to me.

Overall, I liked this puzzle a lot. If there had been just a little bit more great material — closer to 15 assets rather than 10 — and/or fewer dabs of ERE-type crossword glue, it might have won my POW!

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© 2017, The New York TimesNo. 24,531
Across Down
1. Thrilled : OVERTHEMOON
12. Browsing inits. : DSL
15. Suitable for printing : CAMERAREADY
16. Fig. in annual reports : CEO
17. Shows respect, in a way : TIPSONESHAT
18. Quicken Loans Arena athlete, for short : CAV
19. Hydroxide and chloride : ANIONS
20. Line on a bill : SUM
21. "No way" man : JOSE
22. Brainiac, stereotypically : NERD
23. Lead-in to one or time : ANY
25. Group that grows every May : ALUMNI
27. Numero su un orologio : TRE
28. Master : PRO
29. Windblown : AEOLIAN
30. Lushes : DIPSOS
32. Targets of snuffers : WICKS
33. Home of a Big 12 school : AMES
35. Unhealthy : ILL
36. Rest : EASE
37. Place of rest : CRYPT
38. Singer Womack with the 2000 hit "I Hope You Dance" : LEEANN
40. Heighten : AMPLIFY
42. Depot info, for short : ETD
43. [That was bad of you!] : TSK
46. Synagogue holding : SCROLL
47. Lifeguard's concern, in brief : SPF
48. Elisabeth of "CSI" : SHUE
49. "___ shut me up in Prose" (Emily Dickinson poem) : THEY
50. Key on a keyboard : ALT
52. Block : IMPEDE
54. Frosted ___ Flakes (breakfast cereal) : OAT
55. Period following the Renaissance : AGEOFREASON
57. Healthy : FIT
58. Get 10 from one? : BOWLASTRIKE
59. Fish ___ : FRY
60. In this world : UNDERTHESUN
1. One eighth : OCTANT
2. More prideful : VAINER
3. Hit Fox drama starting in 2015 : EMPIRE
4. Maintain, in a way, as a lawn : RESOD
5. "___: Legacy" (2010 film sequel) : TRON
6. "Birds in an Aquarium" artist : HANSARP
7. "Thanks in old age - thanks ___ I go": Walt Whitman : ERE
8. Chaotic : MESSY
9. National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific locale : OAHU
10. Whoopi's "Ghost" role : ODAMAE
11. Weekly magazine publisher since 1896: Abbr. : NYT
12. Flash source : DCCOMICS
13. Venomous swimmer : SEASNAKE
14. Peaceful protests : LOVEINS
21. Kind of calendar : JULIAN
24. Without regard for privacy : NOSILY
26. Close to the bottom : LOWEND
28. Ovary's place : PISTIL
29. Out : ASLEEP
30. Place in battle formation : DEPLOY
31. Cry after a score, maybe : OLE
33. Critic's place, so to speak : ARMCHAIR
34. What the Wicked Witch of the West called Dorothy : MYPRETTY
37. Discard : CASTOFF
39. Originally : ATFIRST
41. Mead holder : FLAGON
43. Argument : THESIS
44. Numbers game? : SUDOKU
45. One of the Wayans brothers : KEENEN
47. Lifted : STOLE
48. Get 10 from two? : SPARE
51. Blue : LEWD
53. Kind of lab : METH
55. "Aladdin" character who's transformed into an elephant : ABU
56. Distant : FAR

Answer summary: 3 unique to this puzzle, 5 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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