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New York Times, Friday, January 13, 2017

Author: Andrew J. Ries
Editor: Will Shortz
Andrew Ries
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Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 72, Blocks: 34 Missing: {JQZ} This is puzzle # 6 for Mr. Ries. NYT links: Across Lite PDF

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Jeff Chen notes: Solid grid, featuring a good number of snazzy entries. I liked how Andrew spread his assets around, from STOLEN BASES to SKATE PARKS ... more
Jeff Chen notes:

Solid grid, featuring a good number of snazzy entries. I liked how Andrew spread his assets around, from STOLEN BASES to SKATE PARKS to BORN THIS WAY to COSA NOSTRA around the corners, and that beautiful middle triple of BUYERS REMORSE / PARODY ACCOUNT / MUSEUM EXHIBIT. I only counted about 11 assets in the puzzle, but it felt like more because they seemed to pop up everywhere.

COSA NOSTRA is one I love, but I remember my wife looking blankly at me when she first encountered it (in crosswords). I do think this term for the Mafia is interesting, literally meaning "our thing."

Smooth grid, too. There's an editor's STET and a weird TENK (10-K race), but what else? Maybe you could argue that ANN LEE and EFREM Zimbalist are a bit esoteric, but they're both crossworthy in my eyes. Andrew did well to make all the crossings fair, too.

Well, maybe you could say that the MARCH of BETH MARCH isn't fair, crossing EFREM. Hmm. Not having read "Little Women" (I know, heresy!), I did pause at the M. Thank goodness I know EFREM from crosswords! Otherwise, EFRED and DARCH might look plausible. Maybe I'm thinking of Mr. Darcy, from another one of those old British books I was supposed to have read. Bah humbug.

It's rare that I notice a great short entry, but SPANX! I love this, having seen the shapewear brand throughout O the Magazine and other sources. I often pooh-pooh marketing, but whoever came up with this name is a genius.

It's not easy to construct "stairstep" triples (BUYERS REMORSE / PARODY ACCOUNT / MUSEUM EXHIBIT) with both color and cleanliness. And sometimes this type of layout can make it tough to work in a lot of other extras throughout the puzzle. So Andrew does well to work in a good number of assets, plus very few liabilities.

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© 2017, The New York TimesNo. 0113 ( 24,538 )
Across Down
1. After the hour : PAST
5. Lou who wrote "Exporting America" : DOBBS
10. Plague, with "at" : GNAW
14. Instrument with a bent neck : LUTE
15. Key : ISLET
16. Defraud, in slang : HOSE
17. Very much : ATON
18. Recreational sites not designed for walkers : SKATEPARKS
20. Is a bad loser, say : SULKS
22. Family name in Sir Walter Scott's "The Bride of Lammermoor" : ASHTON
23. Fr. title : MME
24. Zimbalist of old TV : EFREM
26. One of the renters in Steinbeck's "Tortilla Flat" : PABLO
30. Founder of the American Shakers : ANNLEE
32. Sweet pitcherful : ADE
34. Important word to a marriage counselor : OUR
35. New homeowner's feeling, maybe : BUYERSREMORSE
39. @fakechucknorris, for one : PARODYACCOUNT
40. Diorama, maybe : MUSEUMEXHIBIT
41. Updated art? : ARE
42. Wrap (up) : SEW
43. Things to do after dinner : DISHES
46. Painter's primer : GESSO
48. President who said "If you want to see your plays performed the way you wrote them, become president" : HAVEL
51. Secret ending : IVE
52. Word before or after state : POLICE
54. Ricoh rival : EPSON
56. They're "family" : COSANOSTRA
60. Pride : lions : parliament : ___ : OWLS
61. God for whom a weekday is named : ODIN
62. Real stinker : SKUNK
63. All-nighter, maybe : RAVE
64. Like high school and college students of the '80s-'90s, e.g. : GENX
65. Competitive and outgoing, say : TYPEA
66. Views : EYES
1. Bank deposit : PLASMA
2. Fall : AUTUMN
3. Record stat for major-leaguer Rickey Henderson : STOLENBASES
4. Running event : TENK
5. Slam : DIS
6. Title role in a 1993 film ... which sounds like a prize the film won : OSKAR
7. Unimpressed : BLASE
8. Character who dies at the end of "Little Women" : BETHMARCH
9. Editorial reversal : STET
10. Burkina Faso neighbor : GHANA
11. Here-there connection : NOR
12. Require (of) : ASK
13. Jazzman Montgomery : WES
19. The first one was a modified Ford D-Series truck : POPEMOBILE
21. "Toodles" : SEEYOUSOON
25. What a meow may mean : FEEDME
27. Grammy-nominated 2011 Lady Gaga album : BORNTHISWAY
28. Aphrodisia : LUST
29. Dug stuff : ORE
31. Bonus upon signing, e.g. : LURE
33. Adjudicate : DECIDE
36. George Dickel product : RYEWHISKY
37. ___ and violins (music pun) : SAX
38. Some French votes : OUIS
39. Without any filler : PURE
40. Newsstand offering, informally : MAG
44. Change with the times : EVOLVE
45. Intuits : SENSES
47. Big name in shapewear : SPANX
49. Start to malfunction : ACTUP
50. Author with a restaurant at the Eiffel Tower named for him : VERNE
53. Like Hansel and Gretel in the forest : LOST
55. Bead producer? : PORE
56. Part of the works : COG
57. "How Sleep the Brave," e.g. : ODE
58. 28-Down, e.g. : SIN
59. Handle preceder : AKA

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

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