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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
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Food ___ (Thanksgiving drowsiness) : COMA
5
Ocean predators : ORCAS
10
Get ready, casually : PREP
14
Insult : SLAM
15
Writer Zora ___ Hurston : NEALE
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"Follow me!" : COME
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Disobey a rush order? : TAKEITSLOW
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What prices do during hyperinflation : SOAR
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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
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"Now I get it!" : AHA
36
Where Ang Lee was born : TAIWAN
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Singer Lovett : LYLE
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Genre for 21 Savage and 50 Cent : RAP
40
Frittata ingredient : EGG
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The Mormons, for short : LDS
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Fish with more than 100 vertebrae in its spine : EEL
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First lady's man : ADAM
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Author Hemingway : ERNEST
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Sculptures, e.g. : ART
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Disobey a standing order? : HAVEASEAT
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Large artery : AORTA
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Cave residents : BATS
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Amazon IDs : ISBNS
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Nothing but : ALL
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Ukraine's capital : KIEV
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Maestro Seiji : OZAWA
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Like a person who might be called "chrome dome" : BALD
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Disobey a pecking order? : STEALAKISS
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Plays with : USES
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Setting for an outdoor party : PATIO
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Vegas hotel with a musical name : ARIA
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"Gotta run," in a text : TTYL
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Downhill rides : SLEDS
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Like a half-moon tide : NEAP
Down
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Winter hrs. in Lake Wobegon : CST
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Patron saint of Norway : OLAV
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Fast-swimming shark : MAKO
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2009 aviatrix biopic : AMELIA
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Alternative to bottled : ONTAP
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High-___ monitor : RES
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Exhortation after "Supplies are limited!" : CALLNOW
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Salve ingredient : ALOE
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In stitches : SEWN
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Some Toshiba products : PCS
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2003, for LeBron James and Dwyane Wade : ROOKIEYEAR
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Smartphone notification : EMAILALERT
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Jaunty : PERT
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Light : IGNITE
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Mud wrap site : SPA
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New citizenship seeker : EMIGRE
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Calder Cup org. : AHL
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White House press secretary ___ Huckabee Sanders : SARAH
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"Wow, that was fun!" : IHADABLAST
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Locale for a West Coast wine tour : NAPAVALLEY
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"Key" hotel personnel : VALETS
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Wraps up : ENDS
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Airline whose in-flight magazine is Sky : DELTA
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A long, long time : AGES
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One of four for "The Star-Spangled Banner" : STANZA
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Bumped into : MET
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Wide-eyedness : NAIVETE
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Make inquiries : ASK
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Native of Japan's "second city" : OSAKAN
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Cowboys' ties : BOLOS
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Touch : ABUT
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AOL and MSN, for two : ISPS
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Abbr. after a list : ETAL
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Police informant's wear : WIRE
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Where most Buddhists reside : ASIA
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Broadband letters : DSL
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A helping hand : AID
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Maple product : SAP

Answer summary: 6 unique to this puzzle.

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