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New York Times, Monday, August 19, 2013

Author: Jean O'Conor
Editor: Will Shortz
Jean O'Conor
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This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 76, Blocks: 36 Missing: {JQVZ} This is puzzle # 3 for Ms. O'Conor. NYT links: Across Lite PDF

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Jean O'Conor notes: In the beginning I was sending in so many puzzles and getting so many rejections, it's hard to remember the trials and ... more
Jean O'Conor notes: In the beginning I was sending in so many puzzles and getting so many rejections, it's hard to remember the trials and tribulations of each one. I thank Will, though, for considering my many attempts and offering helpful suggestions.

I think this puzzle has one of the few themes that came to me spontaneously - inspired by a roll of toilet paper. That roll didn't make the final cut, but there were many other theme entry possibilities to work with. By that time I had rounded up some family members to serve as testers and take the heat off my husband, a faithful NYT solver. That helped me to step back from the puzzle and get some perspective before my final edit.

Will Shortz notes: This is the first of four crosswords used last Saturday at the 4th annual Pittsburgh Crossword Tournament, where all proceeds go to ... more
Will Shortz notes: This is the first of four crosswords used last Saturday at the 4th annual Pittsburgh Crossword Tournament, where all proceeds go to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. You can read about the previous year's tournament.
Jeff Chen notes: Inspiring to see crosswords bring in so much money for a worthy cause! Raising $13,500 in three years is amazing. I really enjoyed ... more
Jeff Chen notes: Inspiring to see crosswords bring in so much money for a worthy cause! Raising $13,500 in three years is amazing.

I really enjoyed this puzzle's theme; fun to think about what disparate things come ON A ROLL. It's a shame to break up that great phrase, though. I might have tried to keep it as one entry, putting it either 1.) as the central across (or down) entry or 2.) as the very last across answer. The latter would be much harder, necessitating four triple-stacks of 7-letter answers, but could make for a wide-open grid (better for a later-week puzzle). The former might be more appropriate for a Monday puzzle, perhaps exchanging HONOR STUDENTS for A STUDENT or A STUDENTS (assuming another 8 or 9-letter theme entry could be found).

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© 2013, The New York TimesNo. 23,295
Across Down
1. Gabs, gabs, gabs : YAKS
5. One jumping to conclusions, say : LEAPER
11. Piece of gig gear : AMP
14. Eve's mate : ADAM
15. Like Swiss mountains : ALPINE
16. "___ whillikers!" : GEE
17. Prefix with potent : OMNI
18. Tiny bagel flavorers : POPPYSEEDS
20. Fairy tale bullies : OGRES
22. Pasture : LEA
23. Delete with a cross : XOUT
24. Two in craps : SNAKEEYES
26. Cycle after wash : RINSE
27. Christmas tree : FIR
28. Laudatory poem : ODE
29. Makeshift bookmark : DOGEAR
30. Spanish bears : OSOS
32. Put bubbles in : AERATE
35. Ones getting all A's : HONORSTUDENTS
40. Keynote address presenter : ORATOR
41. Adjust, as sails : TRIM
43. Like stencils and missing persons : TRACED
46. Happy ___ clam : ASA
49. Org. on a toothpaste box : ADA
50. 12-inch sandwiches : HEROS
51. Room decoration with a pattern : WALLPAPER
54. Subj. concerned with booms, crashes and panics : ECON
55. Sack : BAG
56. Music devices with earbuds : IPODS
57. Obsolescent Kodak product : CAMERAFILM
60. See 62-Across : ROLL
62. With 60-Across, doing great ... or where to find 18-, 24-, 35-, 51- and 57-Across? : ONA
63. Ultimatum words : ORELSE
64. "There's nothing ___!" : TOIT
65. 12 oz. and others : WTS
66. Special Forces caps : BERETS
67. Some Dadaist pieces : ARPS
1. Eight-time N.B.A. All-Star ___ Ming : YAO
2. Upbraid : ADMONISH
3. Old TV's Captain ___ : KANGAROO
4. Smile that's not a warm smile : SMIRK
5. Fell off the wagon, say : LAPSED
6. "Don't Bring Me Down" grp. : ELO
7. Fruit to bob for : APPLE
8. Plumbing, largely : PIPES
9. "Orinoco Flow" singer : ENYA
10. Hi-___ image : RES
11. Early toddlerhood : AGEONE
12. Gorgon with venomous locks : MEDUSA
13. Keep bothering : PESTER
19. Demanding immediate attention : EXIGENT
21. Help-wanted letters : EEO
24. Calif. air hub : SFO
25. It makes bread rise : YEAST
26. Learning by recitation : ROTE
29. Mom's mate : DAD
31. Shaved ice treat : SNOCONE
33. W.W. II command area: Abbr. : ETO
34. Opposite of urban : RURAL
36. Magnetite and others : ORES
37. "Totally awesome!" : RAD
38. Hidden exit : TRAPDOOR
39. Lose forward traction : SIDESLIP
42. Spoil : MAR
43. Moon jumper, in "Hey Diddle Diddle" : THECOW
44. Take back, as testimony : RECANT
45. Scents : AROMAS
47. Smears with gunk : SLIMES
48. Purchase from the iTunes Store : APP
51. Cracker : WAFER
52. Nimble : AGILE
53. Important blood line : AORTA
55. Unadorned : BARE
58. ___ blind : ROB
59. W.W. II vessel : LST
61. Sgts.' superiors : LTS

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

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