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New York Times, Wednesday, January 2, 2019

Author:
Jacob Stulberg
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Jacob Stulberg

This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 78, Blocks: 42 Missing: {JQXZ} This is puzzle # 30 for Mr. Stulberg. NYT links: Across Lite PDF
Jacob Stulberg notes:
Today's puzzle owes its inspiration to my fifth-grade health class, where we spent several days learning about dinner-party etiquette ... read more

Today's puzzle owes its inspiration to my fifth-grade health class, where we spent several days learning about dinner-party etiquette from the the 1961 volume Tiffany's Table Manners for Teenagers. (Years later, I still remind myself to not hold my soup spoon like a mashie niblick.)

A few theme answers that didn't make the cut: CH[EF][ICKEN] and WHI[TERUSSIAN][SKEYSOUR].

Jeff Chen notes:
Look at all those shaded squares! They're so orderly — made me eager to find out what was going on. Neat concept, with different ... read more

Look at all those shaded squares! They're so orderly — made me eager to find out what was going on. Neat concept, with different types of forks literally forking into two directions. A salad fork forking into a GREEN or a GREEK salad — perfect!

All this forking talk reminds me of "The Good Place" and the brilliant Megan Amram! If you haven't seen it, holy shirt, why not?

I'm not one for proper table settings, but it was interesting to learn that there are such things as a dessert fork, a fish fork, a cocktail fork, a fruit fork.

(Heck, the concept of a salad fork is forking foreign to me too.)

At first, I thought that classifying a shark as a fish was complete bullshirt. Apparently not! Not a mammal; not even close.

With these diagonal-entry puzzles, I usually expect the worst — they're so hard to fill cleanly. They're even harder when you have connected themers, which mean that there are serious constraints within close proximity.

Pleasantly surprised to get not that much crossword glue. Jacob is such a pro. Not a fan of EEE or BENE, but to escape with just those and ETHNO is incredibly strong work, considering the five pairs of themers. There must have been dozens of iterations.

I don't always feel on Jacob's wavelength, what with his higher-class notions sometimes going over this Three-Stooges-lover's head — forks are made for poking, not for eating! But I always appreciate seeing his byline.

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Students & seniors
Across
1. Gloomy atmosphere : PALL
5. Mess up : MUFF
9. Subject of some youth sports fraud : AGE
12. What inventions start as : IDEAS
14. Actor Morales of "The Brink" : ESAI
15. Toot one's own horn : BRAG
16. *Fish fork : SHARK
17. *Cocktail fork : MARGARITA
19. Vice president who became ambassador to Japan : MONDALE
21. Swapped : TRADED
22. It ends rather spookily: Abbr. : OCT
23. Last ruler of the United Kingdoms of Sweden and Norway : OSCARII
26. Often-prewritten news article, for short : OBIT
29. Regret : RUE
30. Wide-eyed sort : NAIF
34. Unrealized : LATENT
36. Draw (out) : EKE
37. Leslie in the Women's Basketball Hall of Fame : LISA
38. *Salad fork : GREEK
39. Flashlight inserts, perhaps : AAS
40. Soldier's topper : BERET
41. Well, in old Rome : BENE
42. Loos : WCS
43. Some rock coverings : MOSSES
44. "Bye!" : TATA
45. Wide shoe spec : EEE
46. ___ Village (Manhattan neighborhood) : EAST
47. Russia, once : TSARDOM
50. Preschool group? : ROE
53. Estate sharer : COHEIR
56. Bespectacled canine of comics : DOGBERT
59. *Dessert fork : CHERRYPIE
62. *Fruit fork : PEACH
63. Haberdasher's array : TIES
64. "Yikes!" : OHNO
65. TV's Don Draper, for one : ADMAN
66. Abbr. on a remote : VOL
67. Fictional boy who rafted down the Mississippi : FINN
68. Big brand of petrol : ESSO
Down
1. ___ Beach, Calif. : PISMO
2. Makeshift : ADHOC
3. Makeshift shelter : LEANTOTENT
4. Kosher bakery no-no : LARD
5. They might go viral : MEMES
6. "Mr. Robot" network : USA
7. Partner of wide : FAR
8. What Buddha is said to have meditated under : FIGTREE
9. Barren : ARID
10. Boarding pass datum : GATE
11. "Heavens to Murgatroyd!" : EGAD
13. Genre of the band Less Than Jake : SKA
15. Idiotic : BRAINLESS
18. The Cards, on scoreboards : ARI
20. 1980s-'90s N.F.L. great Ronnie : LOTT
24. Like envelope flaps : CREASED
25. Relatives of puffins : AUKS
27. Relatives of kingfishers : BEEEATERS
28. India ___ : INK
31. Wind tunnel currents : AIRSTREAMS
32. "Got it!" : ISEE
33. They can be saturated : FATS
34. Pride parade letters : LGBT
35. Rest ___ : AREA
39. Big name in laptops : ACER
40. Fashion accessory that may be six feet long : BOA
42. No longer interested in : WEARYOF
43. An assistant might take one : MEMO
48. Follower of yes or no in the military : SIR
49. Ancient arts venue : ODEON
51. Black-and-white mammals : ORCAS
52. Prefix with musicology : ETHNO
53. Security guard's viewing, for short : CCTV
54. River originating in Pittsburgh : OHIO
55. Shoe part : HEEL
57. Figure on a résumé, in brief : GPA
58. Monk known as "The Father of English History" : BEDE
60. Upsilon follower : PHI
61. Stop on a trip : INN

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

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