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New York Times, Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Author:
Amanda Chung and Karl Ni
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Amanda Chung
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Karl Ni

This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 76, Blocks: 36 Missing: {QX} This is puzzle # 5 for Ms. Chung. This is puzzle # 5 for Mr. Ni. Jeff Chen's Puzzle of the Week pick. NYT links: Across Lite PDF
Constructor notes:
Looking at the various ways to develop a theme, this seems to be a popular one — that is, the starting words of specific across ... read more

Looking at the various ways to develop a theme, this seems to be a popular one — that is, the starting words of specific across entries are all tied together with a revealer entry. We deliberately chose phrases where that starting word had a different meaning than that hinted to by the revealer, to try for that nice A-HA! moment. We like that the grid came out pretty clean and had some fun bonus fill.

Hope you enjoy our homage to the compost bin, it's out there doing great things for the environment!

Jeff Chen notes:
LOVED this one. I had no idea what was going on until I hit the COMPOST BIN revealer. Ah, of course, that's what SHELL / PEEL / ... read more

LOVED this one. I had no idea what was going on until I hit the COMPOST BIN revealer. Ah, of course, that's what SHELL / PEEL / GROUNDS / PIT have in common! Each of those four were so well disguised (in such colorful phrases, too!). What a nice experience; the veil of confusion being lifted to great effect.

Such standout gridsmanship, too. FILE CLERK, OREGON TRAIL, BIRD ON A WIRE, MAIN MAN, APE SUIT = great quantity and quality of color.

I especially loved NEGAWATTS. I hadn't heard of it before, but what a fun term.

I wondered why my reaction to this was different than BROGRAMMER. I think it's because NEGAWATTS makes immediate sense (to me at least), but it might not be apparent to the general solver that programmers sometimes have a "bro" culture.

Also sounds like something we energy-conscious Seattleites brag about. You better believe I'm going to start working NEGAWATTS into daily conversation whenever I can!

All that and minimal crossword glue? I rarely use the word "perfect," so it's a tremendous pleasure to be able to use it with glee. This pair of constructors is quickly becoming one of my favorite duos.

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© 2018, The New York TimesNo. 1211 ( 25,235 )

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Students & seniors
Across
1. [It's gone!] : POOF
5. Visit on a whim : POPBY
10. ___-relief : BAS
13. Folk singer Mitchell : JONI
14. Heart chambers : ATRIA
15. Accessory for Sherlock Holmes : PIPE
16. Combat trauma : SHELLSHOCK
18. Real estate measurement : AREA
19. Made more bearable : EASED
20. Center : MIDST
21. Exam monitor : PROCTOR
24. Leave quickly, as from a parking spot : PEELOUT
26. Comedian who said "In America, anyone can become president. That's the problem" : CARLIN
27. Offended : HURT
28. Zilch : NIL
29. Dutch painter Jan : STEEN
30. Indian wedding garb : SARI
31. "Great" boy detective : NATE
32. Baseball field maintainers : GROUNDSCREW
35. Run ___ : AMOK
37. What the Roman goddess Fortuna controls : FATE
38. Nimble : AGILE
41. Sweeping movie shot : PAN
42. Restaurant order specification : TOGO
43. Hank of "The Simpsons" : AZARIA
44. Casino V.I.P. : PITBOSS
46. Larghissimo, among all musical tempos : SLOWEST
47. "The Smartest Guys in the Room" company : ENRON
48. Tony winner McDonald : AUDRA
49. ___ Clooney, lawyer often seen in tabloids : AMAL
50. Place for kitchen scraps, such as those starting 16-, 24-, 32- and 44-Across : COMPOSTBIN
55. Apt rhyme for "invade" : RAID
56. Farewell in France : ADIEU
57. DVR pioneer : TIVO
58. Weekly show broadcast from Rockefeller Center, for short : SNL
59. Jury members : PEERS
60. Goulash, e.g. : STEW
Down
1. Sleepover attire, briefly : PJS
2. "Impressive!" : OOH
3. x's positive value in the equation 2x = 4x2 - 2 : ONE
4. Low-level law firm employee : FILECLERK
5. Forgo : PASSON
6. Questionnaire choice : OTHER
7. Egg on : PROD
8. Disposable lighter brand : BIC
9. Himalayan beast : YAK
10. Goldie Hawn comedy or Leonard Cohen documentary : BIRDONAWIRE
11. Hairy Halloween costume : APESUIT
12. Where Boeing was founded : SEATTLE
15. Water holder for a farm animal : PAIL
17. Like Senators Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz : LATINO
20. N.Y.C. museum, with "the" : MET
21. Mac competitors : PCS
22. Snitch : RAT
23. Path for Western settlers : OREGONTRAIL
24. Prize money : PURSE
25. Guitar legend Clapton : ERIC
27. Couldn't say no : HADTO
30. Slight problems : SNAGS
31. Units of power saved, in modern lingo : NEGAWATTS
33. E.T. vehicles : UFOS
34. Bathroom items that might be confiscated by the T.S.A. : RAZORS
35. Materializes : APPEARS
36. Go-to guy : MAINMAN
39. Fleur-de-___ : LIS
40. Break bread : EAT
42. Boatload : TON
43. "Brave New World" author Huxley : ALDOUS
45. Audacious : BOLD
46. "Terrific!" : SUPER
48. Female friend in France : AMIE
50. Upper limit : CAP
51. Words of praise : ODE
52. Fell for a joke : BIT
53. "___ Got You Under My Skin" : IVE
54. Parent's emphatic order : NOW

Answer summary: 4 unique to this puzzle.

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