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New York Times, Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Author:
James Tuttle
Editor:
Will Shortz
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James Tuttle

This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 78, Blocks: 38 Missing: {QXZ} Spans: 1 This is puzzle # 6 for Mr. Tuttle. NYT links: Across Lite PDF
James Tuttle notes:
I'm pretty sure that my inspiration for this puzzle was the 11/12/2012 offering by Randall J. Hartman. If you see him around, could ... read more

I'm pretty sure that my inspiration for this puzzle was the 11/12/2012 offering by Randall J. Hartman. If you see him around, could you tell him that I NODDED in appreciation towards his work? His contribution to crosswords MERITS at least that much.

There's no doubt that there were many a CELEB to choose from for the "-MONROE" entry. Despite the fact that gentlemen prefer BLONDEs, I naturally found the ultimate choice to have a better ring to it than MARILYN. (Confession: I just now noticed the DUMB BLONDE crossing. No offense intended.)

Probably had the most trouble with the "–ROT" entry. Every attempt to make ROSS PEROT a possible candidate was met with resistance left and right. For motivation, I turned to the musings of a wise, French philosopher: "There are things I can't force. I must adjust." In the end, DENIS DIDEROT won by a landslide.

And so with that, painful as it is, I must take my LEAVE. Parting is… hard to do. Hope to see you all again soon.

Jeff Chen notes:
Row, row, row (row, row) your themers today, row rhymers all with different spellings. Finding five of them must have been quite the ... read more

Row, row, row (row, row) your themers today, row rhymers all with different spellings. Finding five of them must have been quite the challenge.

President Monroe is feeling good, perhaps about his delightful wig

I like James' appropriate choice of JAMES Monroe. Gave me good feelings to see the man who presided over the Era of Good Feelings. Plus, the theme density is already so high – 11/12/15/12/11 creates high demands upon a 15x puzzle – that having MARILYN MONROE's awkward 13-letter length would have likely required a lot more gluey bits that we see now.

I love a clever wordplay clue, and I find it even better when it doesn't need a question mark. So to have one on a themer is pretty much ideal. [Group you can rely on when it counts] is brilliant for CENSUS BUREAU. Plus, it reminds me of one of the best SNL sketches ever.

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© 2015, The New York TimesNo. 0127 ( 23,821 )
Across
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White-tie event : FORMAL
7
Half-baked : DUMB
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Home of the Bulls, informally : CHI
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Lead zeppelins? : AVIATE
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Track shape : OVAL
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Darling : HON
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Africa's highest peak : KILIMANJARO
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One who gives a hoot? : OWL
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Starting point? : EDEN
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Son of Kanga : ROO
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Reason to wear earplugs : NOISE
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Noted French encyclopedist : DENISDIDEROT
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Scouts earn them : MERITS
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Like a 911 call: Abbr. : EMER
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Girl in a "Paint Your Wagon" song : ELISA
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Part of a televised movie review : CLIP
35
Letters after old dates : BCE
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Parting, to Juliet : SUCHSWEETSORROW
42
Hoppy brew : ALE
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Maker of the face cream Regenerist : OLAY
44
"Begone!" : LEAVE
45
German W.W. I admiral : SPEE
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Hunting dog : SETTER
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Group you can rely on when it counts : CENSUSBUREAU
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Unearthly : ALIEN
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California's Big ___ : SUR
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Not thought through : RASH
59
Recyclables container : BIN
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President who lived at Oak Hill : JAMESMONROE
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Polish airline : LOT
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Food thickener : AGAR
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Playwright Eugene : ONEILL
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Ordinal suffix : ETH
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Hospital capacity : BEDS
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Silently assented : NODDED
Down
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Like knockoff goods : FAKE
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Golden Age poet : OVID
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Tick off : RILE
4
Entree : MAINDISH
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Cash cache : ATM
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Gets the hang of : LEARNS
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Karate schools : DOJOS
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Cavaliers of the N.C.A.A. : UVA
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Vandalize, e.g. : MAR
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Mae West or Cheryl Tiegs : BLONDE
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Preaching to the ___ : CHOIR
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"In what way?" : HOWSO
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Puget Sound, e.g. : INLET
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"___ didn't!" : NOI
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Anthem contraction : OER
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O'Hare info, for short : ETAS
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Saturn or Mercury : DEITY
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Babysitters' challenges : IMPS
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Arizona's third-largest city : MESA
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Hebrew month : ELUL
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It might be wild or dirty : RICE
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A-lister : CELEB
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Open field : LEA
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Babysitter's challenge : BRAT
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Place to moor a boat : COVE
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Fancy pitcher : EWER
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Trials and tribulations : WOES
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Olive genus : OLEA
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Like a bad check : RETURNED
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Opposite of NNW : SSE
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Indian state whose name means "five rivers" : PUNJAB
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Church address : SERMON
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Not broadcast : CABLE
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Poet who wrote "This is the way the world ends / Not with a bang but a whimper" : ELIOT
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Inning for closers : NINTH
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Consumers : USERS
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St. Petersburg's home: Abbr. : RUS
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Like Death Valley : ARID
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One and only : SOLE
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Detained : HELD
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Digital ___ : AGE
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Magazine written by "the usual gang of idiots" : MAD
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John Lennon's middle name : ONO

Answer summary: 2 unique to this puzzle, 1 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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