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# New York Times, Wednesday, May 18, 2016

 Author: Zhouqin Burnikel Editor: Will Shortz
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## This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 76, Blocks: 34 Missing: {JQUX} Spans: 3 This is puzzle # 30 for Ms. Burnikel. Jeff Chen's Puzzle of the Week pick NYT links: Across Lite PDF

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Zhouqin Burnikel notes: I normally avoid 3/6/4 edge breakup, but the theme intersection in this grid made the design necessary. It gave me the smoothest fill.
Jeff Chen notes: This one triggered a smile in my heart, as one of my very first puzzles used a similar pronunciation twist. I liked C.C.'s ... more
Jeff Chen notes:

This one triggered a smile in my heart, as one of my very first puzzles used a similar pronunciation twist. I liked C.C.'s interpretation, FORESEES describing the four letter Cs in ANTARCTIC CIRCLE, FORTIES = four Ts in THAT'S A MOOT POINT, and FORAYS = four As in FANTASY BASEBALL. Nice touch to have each "descriptor" cross its theme answer.

C.C. does a very nice job today with her grid. Not easy to work with crossing theme pairs, and to use three sets is tricky. FORESEES is particularly challenging, since it's so long. Good work in incorporating FORESEES, so it crosses both ANTARCTIC CIRCLE and THAT'S A MOOT POINT.

Even with those constraints, C.C. still worked in some bonuses. STRIKE TWO and STREET ROD were much appreciated bonuses during my solve.

I've noticed that C.C. has really been cleaning up her grids. It used to be that I'd notice a good handful of gluey bits here and there, but today's grid is very nice. Not even much minor SRS or TOR kind of stuff — well done. Some might balk at the OORT cloud, but it's a huge "object" in astronomy, and the crossings are fair.

Well, KESHA / VEDA and AVA / VONAGE might be tough for some. Even I've heard of KESHA (not that I could tell you if she's an actress, singer, or dancer), but I paused for a long moment before typing in that V of AVA / VONAGE. I wonder if VONAGE is more ubiquitous in other regions of the country.

And I did wonder why these particular theme phrases. There are a ton of phrases containing exactly four Cs in no particular order, same with T and A. It would have been nice to get more tightness, like if there were two words with pairs of Cs, or phrases with four Cs spaced every other letter apart, or something.

But it was really fun to see how a different constructor started with the same seed idea, and took it in such a different and interesting direction. This puzzle is my favorite of the week, so congrats to C.C. for her fifth POW!

 1A 2V 3A 4F 5A 6M 7I 8N 9E 10S 11A 12M 13E 14M O C 15O C E L O T 16T R A Y 17A N T 18A R C T I C C 19I R C L E 20Z A I R E 21H A H 22R E S T S 23E G O I S 24M 25D E 26F O E 27D E N 28E E 29L 30O N T 31A 32P 33E 34S E N A 35T 36O R 37R H E A 38T 39H 40A T S A M O O T 41P O I N T 42H A I R 43C A R R I E D 44E N D I 45V E 46T E N 47F 48A 49T 50K E S 51H 52A 53S I 54M O N E 55I 56R 57K E D 58O R 59E 60T O R T S 61F A N T A 62S Y B A 63S E B A L L 64S N O W 65P A Y S I N 66Y E A 67O T T O 68A S S E R T 69S R S
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 Across Down 1. DuVernay who directed "Selma" : AVA4. Cause of 1840s-'50s emigration from Ireland : FAMINE10. "___ difference!" : SAME14. Comfy shoe : MOC15. Spotted wildcat : OCELOT16. Airline seat part : TRAY17. Where the midnight sun can be observed : ANTARCTICCIRCLE20. African nation renamed in 1997 : ZAIRE21. "As if!" : HAH22. Chills out : RESTS23. Diva's problem : EGOISM25. Daniel who created Friday : DEFOE27. Place for a trophy case : DEN28. ___ pie (old British dish) : EEL30. Like early audiobooks : ONTAPE34. One out of 100 : SENATOR37. Actress Seehorn of "Better Call Saul" : RHEA38. "No need to discuss it" : THATSAMOOTPOINT42. It may be put in a bun : HAIR43. Won, as a voting demographic : CARRIED44. Bitter salad green : ENDIVE46. Decimal base : TEN47. "___ chance!" : FAT50. Singer with the #1 hit "TiK ToK" : KESHA53. Nina of jazz : SIMONE55. Ticked off : IRKED58. Great Lakes freighter load, perhaps : ORE60. Grounds for lawsuits : TORTS61. Rotisserie League game : FANTASYBASEBALL64. Pre-cable TV problem : SNOW65. Contributes, as to a pool : PAYSIN66. Roll call vote : YEA67. "The Simpsons" bus driver : OTTO68. State confidently : ASSERT69. Most univ. applicants : SRS 1. Bowled over : AMAZED2. Internet-based phone provider : VONAGE3. Kung fu movie genre : ACTION4. What 17-Across has, phonetically : FORESEES5. Georgia Tech's athletic org. : ACC6. Crystal ___ : METH7. Tale of Troy : ILIAD8. Night, in Nicaragua : NOCHE9. And more, briefly : ETC10. Souped-up vintage auto : STREETROD11. Jump shot paths : ARCS12. Brewer's ingredient : MALT13. Some glass prostheses : EYES18. Singer Grande, to fans : ARI19. Pitching wedge, for one : IRON24. Poses a danger to : MENACES26. What 38-Across has, phonetically : FORTIES29. Mantra-chanting priest : LAMA31. Tuna at sushi bars : AHI32. Word with pig or play : PEN33. Absorb, as a loss : EAT34. Worrisome call at home : STRIKETWO35. Only non-U.S. M.L.B. team, on scoreboards : TOR36. ___ cloud (source of comets) : OORT38. Article with no equivalent in Russian : THE39. Chinese dynasty after the Qin : HAN40. Rescuer's offering : AID41. Showing sorrow : PENITENT45. Hindu sacred writing : VEDA47. What 61-Across has, phonetically : FORAYS48. Half a rack, to a hunter : ANTLER49. Cars since 2006 : TESLAS51. Georgetown athletes : HOYAS52. "We have the meats" fast-food chain : ARBYS54. Unruly bunch : MOB55. "In that case ..." : IFSO56. Go on a tirade : RANT57. Macramé feature : KNOT59. Stress-free state : EASE62. Place to wear a wrap : SPA63. Elton John title : SIR

Answer summary: 3 unique to this puzzle, 1 debuted here and reused later, 4 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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