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New York Times, Friday, January 25, 2019

Author:
Zhouqin Burnikel
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Zhouqin Burnikel

This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 72, Blocks: 31 Missing: {FJQX} This is puzzle # 59 for Ms. Burnikel. NYT links: Across Lite PDF
Jeff Chen notes:
Fairly standard 72-word layout from C.C. today. I loved that wombo-combo of ICE SCRAPER / SENATE RACE / LETS PARTY in the SE – ... read more

Fairly standard 72-word layout from C.C. today. I loved that wombo-combo of ICE SCRAPER / SENATE RACE / LETS PARTY in the SE – that's the way to make the most out of your triple-stacks!

Not as hot on the prices to pay of PARA, NO PAR, NEC, though. Minor offenders, all, but when working with a 72-word grid – the max allowable for a themeless – there's very little room for inelegance. The bar has been raised so high for 72-worders.

I'd be interested to see what C.C. could have done without the black square separating EMMA and SCAR. Both the SW and NE corners already have some crossword glue – RYNE / ADP, and ATTA – which I would have been more forgiving of, if there had been more quality and quantity in the long slots. Give me another ADOPT A PET or LEAD STORY and I'd happily look the other way at the tough crossing on CALPHALON / ADP and CALPHALON / RYNE.

Some great clues helped snazz up my solve:

  • Did [Ring in a coffee shop] make you think of a coffee ring, too? Brilliant misdirect.
  • [Stern competitor, once] disguises the capital S of Howard Stern.
  • The plural "arms" is a bit of a stretch, with an ESCORT being an [Arms provider?]. But that's the kind of stretch I'm fine with. Funny wordplay. (And Jim's favorite clue of the puzzle!)

Some great marquee entries in EAGLE SCOUT, RAN TRACK (or RANT RACK, where you store all your kvetches?), MALAPROP, ME AGAIN. But also some inelegance that's hard to accept in a 72-word themeless these days.

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Across
1
Warning about a racket : SCAMALERT
10
Stuff to collect and crunch : DATA
14
Not running small or large, in a clothing store : TRUETOSIZE
16
Uplifting works : ODES
17
Neil Armstrong or Steven Spielberg, as a teen : EAGLESCOUT
18
Possible reply to "Who's responsible?" : NOTI
19
Stern competitor, once : IMUS
20
Play date participant : TOT
21
Dummies : STUPES
23
"Planet Money" producer : NPR
24
Does nothing at all for : BORES
26
"___ way!" (words of congratulation) : ATTA
27
Covered some ground quickly? : RANTRACK
29
Bill producer, for short : ATM
31
Subject of several Spanish statues : ELCID
34
Darling : SWEETPEA
36
"I'm back" : MEAGAIN
39
Upper crust : SOCIETY
40
Language blooper : MALAPROP
42
Opening round at a game table : ANTES
43
Payroll service co. : ADP
44
Figures by a float : PARADERS
47
Writer/illustrator Silverstein : SHEL
49
Absurd : INANE
50
Tokyo-based tech giant : NEC
53
Held (off) : STAVED
55
Alternative to "?," in some listings : TBA
56
Short-sleeved shirt : POLO
57
Pez flavor : COLA
58
Windshield clearer : ICESCRAPER
61
Longtime Yankee teammate of Sandman : AROD
62
Sexennial event : SENATERACE
63
Sandberg at second base : RYNE
64
Reveler's cry : LETSPARTY
Down
1
Draft pick : STEIN
2
One might stop a marathoner : CRAMP
3
Predict : AUGUR
4
Where TV's Flo waitressed : MELS
5
Patronized 4-Down, say : ATE
6
Not registering with : LOSTON
7
Arms provider? : ESCORT
8
Revolting group : RIOTERS
9
Chinese philosopher Meng-___ : TZU
10
Ring in a coffee shop : DONUT
11
Shelter initiative : ADOPTAPET
12
"Just between us" talk : TETEATETE
13
Sales caveat : ASIS
15
Life on Mars? : ETS
22
"Watch yourself out there" : TAKECARE
24
Group spoiler : BADAPPLE
25
Parts of lumber mills : SAWS
27
Northern Europe's Gulf of ___ : RIGA
28
Org chart topper : CEO
30
#24 in 24 All-Star Games : MAYS
31
Top name in a Social Security Administration list every year from 2014 to 2017 : EMMA
32
Start of a newscast : LEADSTORY
33
Big name in cookware : CALPHALON
35
Mint holders : TINS
37
Glass on the air : IRA
38
Seaweed in a sushi restaurant : NORI
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Rival of L'Oréal : PANTENE
45
Gently touches : DABSAT
46
Passes : ENACTS
48
Get by : EVADE
50
Lacking face value : NOPAR
51
Word after president or governor : ELECT
52
1995 U.S. Open winner Pavin : COREY
53
Lasting mark : SCAR
54
Slight, informally : DIS
56
Law firm aide, informally : PARA
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Film picture not shot with a camera : CEL
60
Street cred : REP

Answer summary: 4 unique to this puzzle, 2 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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