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New York Times, Monday, January 19, 2015

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

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 78, Blocks: 38 Missing: {QV} This is puzzle # 7 for Ms. O'Conor. NYT links: Across Lite PDF
Jean O'Conor notes: I came up with this theme in 2013 when I was brainstorming for the annual holiday crossword I send to family and friends. I had a ... more
Jean O'Conor notes:

I came up with this theme in 2013 when I was brainstorming for the annual holiday crossword I send to family and friends. I had a few ideas to choose from, so I decided to send this one to the NYT instead. There were a lot of words and phrases that started with "snow" and I was amazed at how many of them fit together. The theme fell into place quite easily. I wish all of my puzzles were like that!

Jeff Chen notes: Really nice example of the 'both words can follow X' theme type. Jean appropriately places her themers vertically so that each half ... more
Jeff Chen notes:

Really nice example of the "both words can follow X" theme type. Jean appropriately places her themers vertically so that each half is indeed SNOW CAPPED: (snow) WHITE, (snow)BOARD, (snow) PLOW, (snow)MAN, etc. This theme type is getting a bit long in the tooth, but I think this one works very well with the added twist of a sort of "snow fall."

A fun flick!

Some great themers, too. BANK JOB is a colorful phrase, one I'm always happy to see (except when I'm at the bank), and (snow) JOB is equally colorful. BUNNY SUIT also tickled me, as it both elicits a vivid image and works great with (snow) BUNNY and (snow) SUIT. Even though there are plenty of words that can follow snow, finding pairs that form normal phrases is hard work. I quite like Jean's results.

I understand the challenge of fitting in six themers, and I like how Jean laid them out, but I did experience some crunchiness, enough to note during my solve. So as much as I like a BREWSKI after a run, I'd be curious to see if BREWERS, BREW PUB, BREWERY, BREWING, etc. would have produced a smoother NE (without NOTER and EZEK). In the SW, the J of BANK JOB certainly reduces flexibility. But I scratched my head, wonder why IND / ITE wasn't made into AND / ATE? Gets rid of two little gluey bits, yeah?

Fun to see a bit of the constructor come through. I smiled at GUAC, reminding me of one of Jean's puzzles from last year. (I realize GUAC and pesto aren't technically interchangeable, but that doesn't stop me from doing it. Guacapesto is surprisngly edible.)

Overall, I enjoyed the twist Jean put on this theme type, a pleasant solve to start the week. Made me feel like I was in the (snow)CAT(snow)BIRD seat.

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© 2015, The New York TimesNo. 0119 ( 23,813 )
Across Down
1. Groundbreaking : NEW
4. After-bath powder : TALC
8. ___-ski : APRES
13. Sounds during a massage : AAHS
15. Gorbachev's land : USSR
16. New York hotel in "The Great Gatsby," with "the" : PLAZA
17. Smile : GRIN
18. Arctic seabird : SKUA
19. One paying close attention : NOTER
20. Kind of case for a lawyer : ATTACHE
22. Beer, slangily : BREWSKI
24. "A League of ___ Own" (1992 film) : THEIR
25. Skype necessity : WEBCAM
27. Howled, as the wind : BLEW
29. Faux ___ (social slip-up) : PAS
30. Tennis great Arthur : ASHE
34. Where you might see the sign "Do not feed the animals" : ZOO
36. Youngest "Downton Abbey" daughter : SYBIL
38. Building add-on : ANNEX
39. Get ___ on (ace) : ANA
40. Ruffles, as the hair : TOUSLES
42. Texter's "Wow!" : OMG
43. Basil and bay leaf : HERBS
45. Beaks : NOSES
46. Big name in video games : WII
47. Zilch : NADA
48. Neither Rep. nor Dem. : IND
49. Green dip, for short : GUAC
51. Disappointing response to "Is it ready?" : NOTYET
54. Hurdles for future docs : MCATS
57. Really bothers : RANKLES
60. Kind of barbecue or mine : OPENPIT
62. Mystic's device with letters and numbers : OUIJA
63. Home plate figures, informally : UMPS
65. Sporting sword : EPEE
66. :50 : TENOF
67. Finishes, as a cake : ICES
68. Big name in video games : SEGA
69. Big, thick slices : SLABS
70. Lemonlike : TART
71. Broadband letters : DSL
1. Bother persistently : NAGAT
2. Google ___ (map tool) : EARTH
3. Surface for a dry-erase marker : WHITEBOARD
4. Derrière : TUSH
5. Cockeyed : ASKEW
6. Baton Rouge sch. : LSU
7. Shellfish hors d'oeuvres : CRABBALLS
8. Sleeper's breathing problem : APNEA
9. Farmer with oxen : PLOWMAN
10. "Gosh darn it!" : RATS
11. O.T. book before Daniel : EZEK
12. Dress in Delhi : SARI
14. Escargot : SNAIL
21. Tops of waves : CRESTS
23. Some colas : RCS
26. Word in every "Star Wars" title : EPISODE
28. Home of Cheyenne: Abbr. : WYO
31. Like alpine peaks ... or what each half of 3-, 7-, 9-, 37- and 44-Down can be? : SNOWCAPPED
32. Prefix with sphere : HEMI
33. Vet : EXGI
34. Newswoman Paula : ZAHN
35. Fit for service : ONEA
37. Easter costume : BUNNYSUIT
38. Take for granted : ASSUME
41. Brain activity meas. : EEG
44. Heist of a sort : BANKJOB
48. Suffix with meteor : ITE
50. Teen skin ailments : ACNES
52. Five Norse kings : OLAFS
53. Souse : TOPER
55. Supermodel Cheryl : TIEGS
56. Sneak (in) : STEAL
57. Goes bad : ROTS
58. Jean who wrote "The Clan of the Cave Bear" : AUEL
59. Jazzy Simone : NINA
61. "Hey you!" : PSST
64. Old record label : MCA

Answer summary: 3 unique to this puzzle.

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