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New York Times, Tuesday, January 2, 2018

Author:
Zhouqin Burnikel
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Zhouqin Burnikel

This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 78, Blocks: 37 Missing: {FJQX} This is puzzle # 51 for Ms. Burnikel. NYT links: Across Lite PDF
Jeff Chen notes:
Plays on '___ orders' today, TAKE IT SLOW disobeying a rush order, MOVE AHEAD disobeying a stop order (a stock trading term), etc. My ... read more

Plays on "___ orders" today, TAKE IT SLOW disobeying a rush order, MOVE AHEAD disobeying a stop order (a stock trading term), etc. My favorite was HAVE A SEAT disobeying a "standing order," because there's fun wordplay involved — standing order has nothing to do with physically standing.

STEAL A KISS disobeying a pecking order also involved wordplay, which was nice. But a pecking order isn't something that's "disobeyed." Maybe it's broken, or circumvented, or reorganized, but not really disobeyed. I appreciate the effort to get every themer consistently into the "disobeyed" mold, but this one didn't work for me.

C.C. gives us the usual assortment of great bonuses that's become her trademark. ROOKIE YEAR, EMAIL ALERT, I HAD A BLAST, NAPA VALLEY = what I expect out of a four-themer puzzle. But then to add in STANZA, CALL NOW, NAIVETE, that went above and beyond. Beautiful work in that regard.

Short fill ... I'm being ultra-picky now because C.C. has long since reached the upper echelon of constructors. I don't mind some CST, LDS, ISPS, DSL. (AHL is worse, as it doesn't feel as familiar to me as the others.)

But notice how each of the five is in that "initialism" category of crossword glue. That concentration makes it all stick out glaringly. Will has a sore spot for initialisms (constructors, take note!), especially ones that aren't well-known. And for good reason! If you're a newer solver, how are you supposed to infer AHL if you don't know it?

Overall, today's theme is a good idea, with some fun wordplay on various "orders." I appreciated the consistency, each one riffing on a well-known "___ order." I wished fewer of them had been so literal, though — if only they had been as spot-on and funny as HAVE A SEAT disobeying a "standing order"!

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© 2018, The New York TimesNo. 0102 ( 24,892 )
Across
1. Food ___ (Thanksgiving drowsiness) : COMA
5. Ocean predators : ORCAS
10. Get ready, casually : PREP
14. Insult : SLAM
15. Writer Zora ___ Hurston : NEALE
16. "Follow me!" : COME
17. Disobey a rush order? : TAKEITSLOW
19. What prices do during hyperinflation : SOAR
20. Longest river in Europe : VOLGA
21. Cataract site : LENS
23. Word after drum or press : KIT
24. How some solve crosswords : INPEN
26. Vessel for Jack and Jill : PAIL
28. Red Sea peninsula : SINAI
31. Disobey a stop order? : MOVEAHEAD
35. "Now I get it!" : AHA
36. Where Ang Lee was born : TAIWAN
38. Singer Lovett : LYLE
39. Genre for 21 Savage and 50 Cent : RAP
40. Frittata ingredient : EGG
41. The Mormons, for short : LDS
43. Fish with more than 100 vertebrae in its spine : EEL
44. First lady's man : ADAM
46. Author Hemingway : ERNEST
48. Sculptures, e.g. : ART
49. Disobey a standing order? : HAVEASEAT
51. Large artery : AORTA
53. Cave residents : BATS
54. Amazon IDs : ISBNS
56. Nothing but : ALL
57. Ukraine's capital : KIEV
60. Maestro Seiji : OZAWA
63. Like a person who might be called "chrome dome" : BALD
65. Disobey a pecking order? : STEALAKISS
68. Plays with : USES
69. Setting for an outdoor party : PATIO
70. Vegas hotel with a musical name : ARIA
71. "Gotta run," in a text : TTYL
72. Downhill rides : SLEDS
73. Like a half-moon tide : NEAP
Down
1. Winter hrs. in Lake Wobegon : CST
2. Patron saint of Norway : OLAV
3. Fast-swimming shark : MAKO
4. 2009 aviatrix biopic : AMELIA
5. Alternative to bottled : ONTAP
6. High-___ monitor : RES
7. Exhortation after "Supplies are limited!" : CALLNOW
8. Salve ingredient : ALOE
9. In stitches : SEWN
10. Some Toshiba products : PCS
11. 2003, for LeBron James and Dwyane Wade : ROOKIEYEAR
12. Smartphone notification : EMAILALERT
13. Jaunty : PERT
18. Light : IGNITE
22. Mud wrap site : SPA
25. New citizenship seeker : EMIGRE
27. Calder Cup org. : AHL
28. White House press secretary ___ Huckabee Sanders : SARAH
29. "Wow, that was fun!" : IHADABLAST
30. Locale for a West Coast wine tour : NAPAVALLEY
32. "Key" hotel personnel : VALETS
33. Wraps up : ENDS
34. Airline whose in-flight magazine is Sky : DELTA
37. A long, long time : AGES
42. One of four for "The Star-Spangled Banner" : STANZA
45. Bumped into : MET
47. Wide-eyedness : NAIVETE
50. Make inquiries : ASK
52. Native of Japan's "second city" : OSAKAN
55. Cowboys' ties : BOLOS
56. Touch : ABUT
58. AOL and MSN, for two : ISPS
59. Abbr. after a list : ETAL
61. Police informant's wear : WIRE
62. Where most Buddhists reside : ASIA
64. Broadband letters : DSL
66. A helping hand : AID
67. Maple product : SAP

Answer summary: 6 unique to this puzzle.

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