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New York Times, Thursday, June 27, 2013

Author: Sean Dobbin
Editor: Will Shortz
Sean Dobbin
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This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 74, Blocks: 36 Missing: {JZ} This is puzzle # 2 for Mr. Dobbin. NYT links: Across Lite PDF

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Sean Dobbin notes: This puzzle was born from 20-Across. I noticed the alternate parsing of GIANTSQUID somewhere in my normal (non-crossword) life, and set out to make a puzzle based around it. I originally wanted to include one team from each of the four major sports, but could not for the life of me find a decent two-word term that included an NHL team's mascot with the appropriate number of letters. STARSTRUCK was close, but that's one word; DEVILSTICK was possible, but probably not well-known enough in this context. I eventually gave up that idea and concentrated on baseball teams. I was very worried that TIGERSTRIPE would be a puzzle killer, because the term seemed a little forced and not quite in the language enough, but everything worked out.

Will did ask for a revision to remove two entries: CELIAC at 22-Down and TAE GU at 48-Across. Getting rid of CELIAC was simple, but removing TAE GU meant a complete rework of the southwest corner. When I was finished, I had these entries:

DADD, ALIEN, FLAME, DAFT, DEMEAN, and NERF

…which were later edited to become:

DADA, OLINS, SLADE, DOST, ANDEAN, and SERF.

Pretty interesting stuff, if you ask me. I worked hard on the cluing for this puzzle, and am proud that a slight majority are mine (or very close to mine). However, I am not responsible for 5-Across, which is brutally brilliant.

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© 2013, The New York TimesNo. 23,242
Across Down
1. Kind of muffin : BRAN
5. Apple grower? : BEATLE
11. Interject : ADD
14. Wagon trails have them : RUTS
15. Boy who pulls the sword from the stone in "The Sword in the Stone" : ARTHUR
16. Barack Obama, for one : LEO
17. Women's soccer star Wambach : ABBY
18. Oceanus and Hyperion : TITANS
19. ___ Search (former name for Bing) : MSN
20. California ballplayer's pound? : GIANTSQUID
22. "A fickle food," to Emily Dickinson : FAME
23. Stadium recorder : SKYCAM
24. Día de los Santos Reyes month : ENERO
26. Missouri ballplayer's connection? : CARDINALSIN
31. Baby's word : DADA
35. Around : NEAR
36. Texas city that's headquarters for J. C. Penney : PLANO
37. Actors Ken and Lena : OLINS
39. Rap sheet abbr. : AKA
40. Corporate department : SALES
41. Band with the 1984 hit "My Oh My" : SLADE
42. Fires : CANS
44. Junk mail encl., sometimes : SASE
45. Michigan ballplayer's rubbish : TIGERSTRIPE
48. Total mess : SNAFU
49. "Time is money" and others : AXIOMS
54. Tae ___ do : KWON
55. Pennsylvania ballplayer's joint? : PIRATESHIP
59. Gaming inits. : NES
60. The Penguin's player in "Batman Returns" : DEVITO
61. There may be one for "8 items or less" : LANE
62. "The Book of ___" (2010 film) : ELI
63. 1974 foreign-language hit : ERESTU
64. Sons of ___ (ethnic pride group) : ERIN
65. Trains in Chicago : ELS
66. Out : ABSENT
67. Trial balloon : TEST
1. Crows : BRAGS
2. Father of a 1980s craze : RUBIK
3. Held in check : ATBAY
4. Popular quintet that included two former Mouseketeers : NSYNC
5. Cricket player : BATSMAN
6. La Salle of "Coming to America" : ERIQ
7. Aleutian island : ATTU
8. Spicy cuisine : THAI
9. Joan who once co-hosted "Good Morning America" : LUNDEN
10. Hosp. units : ERS
11. One way to prepare pollo : ALMARSALA
12. Where Ronald Reagan worked as a sports announcer : DESMOINES
13. Ready to serve : DONE
21. Washington's Sea-___ Airport : TAC
22. Guys : FELLAS
25. Drops off, maybe : NAPS
27. Not take it lying down : REACT
28. Westernmost city on the African mainland : DAKAR
29. Hassan Rowhani, for one : IRANI
30. Bad thing to pick : NOSE
31. Biblical verb : DOST
32. "No problems here" : ALLISWELL
33. Result of an exam : DIAGNOSIS
34. Like vicuñas : ANDEAN
38. One doing the lord's work : SERF
43. Said quickly : SPATOUT
46. Top-notch : SUPERB
47. Program file suffix : EXE
50. Exposed sandbar, maybe : ISLET
51. Airport named for a naval war hero : OHARE
52. Some BMW vehicles : MINIS
53. Tuckered out : SPENT
54. Attack at close range, maybe : KNEE
56. Composer Charles : IVES
57. Knoll : RISE
58. Memo abbr. : ATTN
60. Justice Department div. : DEA

Answer summary: 3 unique to this puzzle, 1 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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