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New York Times, Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Author:
Jim Holland
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Jim Holland

This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 78, Blocks: 38 Missing: {FJVWX} This is puzzle # 2 for Mr. Holland. NYT links: Across Lite PDF
Jeff Chen notes:
Add a 'T-' for kooky results. I liked that the base phrases (MOBILE HOME, SQUARE ROOT, etc.) had their meanings changed fairly well by ... read more

Add a "T-" for kooky results. I liked that the base phrases (MOBILE HOME, SQUARE ROOT, etc.) had their meanings changed fairly well by the addition of the initial T-. I also liked the consistency of always adding that T- to the first word.

Kobe the NBA STAR, about to miss yet another shot to destroy my fantasy team's FG%

For straightforward themes, I like to get some additional material as a solver. ALLEGORY, GOOD TO GO, LAST LEG, NBA STAR serve that purpose (although don't get me started on Kobe's terrible FG% and its effect on my fantasy bball team this year). It would have been so great to convert the other longish slots into that type of material — RE-EDITS feels neutral at best to me, and SNIPE AT isn't much different than SNIPE.

Hmm. BIMBO, really? I wonder if derogatory words like this have any place in a mainstream publication, especially when they target groups already facing societal disadvantages. Good for Will/Joel for cluing it as a bad movie stereotype, but how about not allowing it in the first place? Especially considering that section required an old-school gluey bit, ETUI, I would have liked a redo.

I would have also liked to see less sectioning of the grid. See the two black squares at the ends of OMIT and YET? If you shift the first one to the left, and the second to the right, you open up the grid, letting it breathe. Sure, that would have destroyed NBA STAR (like Kobe destroyed my first two fantasy weeks before I cut him), but it might have allowed for something awesome in place of SNIPE AT.

Overall, the "add-a-letter" theme was made more interesting with the "T + hyphen" consistently added to the front of base phrases, but there were some areas of fill I personally didn't care for.

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© 2016, The New York TimesNo. 0105 ( 24,164 )
Across
1
Marital ___ : BLISS
6
Food thickener : AGAR
10
Mineral spring : SPA
13
___ Burr, major role in "Hamilton" : AARON
14
Something to be settled : SCORE
15
___ Aviv : TEL
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Major telecom's corporate headquarters? : TMOBILEHOME
18
1950s presidential nickname : IKE
19
"Little red" animal in a children's tale : HEN
20
Intensely longed (for) : PINED
21
One listed in a fund-raising report : DONOR
23
Grazing grounds : LEAS
24
Dense grove : THICKET
26
Early history of a drafting tool? : TSQUAREROOTS
30
Force out of bed : ROUST
31
They're big among the stars : EGOS
32
Ending with web or spy : CAM
35
Skip over : OMIT
36
Dutch shoe : SABOT
38
Musical finale : CODA
39
Still : YET
40
Where baby Moses was found : NILE
41
Focused beam : LASER
42
Demeanor during a kid's outdoor game? : TBALLBEARING
45
Identify incorrectly : MISNAME
48
Part of a spider's description, in a children's song : ITSY
49
Gives off : EMITS
50
Entire range : GAMUT
52
Many a pre-med's major : BIO
55
Response to an Internet meme, maybe : LOL
56
Sending of invoices for removable car roofs? : TTOPBILLING
59
Ancient dynastic ruler, briefly : TUT
60
___-surface missile : AIRTO
61
Treacherous peak in the Alps : EIGER
62
Filthy place : STY
63
Tampa Bay ballplayers : RAYS
64
Final ceramic layer : GLAZE
Down
1
Room often next to a bedroom : BATH
2
Not cool, informally : LAME
3
Spinach is rich in it : IRON
4
[Boo-hoo!] : SOB
5
Hit with zingers : SNIPEAT
6
Ice pack target : ACHE
7
All set : GOODTOGO
8
Extension : ARM
9
Goes over again, as copy : REEDITS
10
Perform abysmally : STINK
11
Orange ___ (tea type) : PEKOE
12
It can be red or amber : ALERT
14
Have a feeling for : SENSE
17
Type who might say "The dog ate my homework" : LIAR
22
Where future mil. leaders are trained : OCS
23
One of the seven deadly sins : LUST
25
Highly amusing experience : HOOT
26
Movie in which Brad Pitt plays Achilles : TROY
27
Not all : SOME
28
Ctrl+Q function : QUIT
29
Refuse to conform : REBEL
32
"___ Fan Tutte" : COSI
33
Yemen seaport : ADEN
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Actress Helgenberger of "CSI" : MARG
36
Where Anna met the king : SIAM
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"Animal Farm," for one : ALLEGORY
38
Grant for moviemaking? : CARY
40
Kobe Bryant, e.g. : NBASTAR
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Final phase of a trip : LASTLEG
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Explosive initials : TNT
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Reductive film trope for a blonde : BIMBO
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Sewing accessory : ETUI
45
Gets all gooey : MELTS
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Poker declaration : IMOUT
47
Like river deltas : SILTY
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Bldg. units : APTS
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Nickname for New York's Aqueduct Racetrack : BIGA
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Don Juan's mother : INEZ
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Folklore villain : OGRE
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Aunt, in Andalusia : TIA
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Rapper ___ Wayne : LIL

Answer summary: 4 unique to this puzzle, 1 debuted here and reused later, 1 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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