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New York Times, Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Author: Jim Holland
Editor: Will Shortz
Jim Holland
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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 ... more
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 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 )
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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
16. 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
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
34. Actress Helgenberger of "CSI" : MARG
36. Where Anna met the king : SIAM
37. "Animal Farm," for one : ALLEGORY
38. Grant for moviemaking? : CARY
40. Kobe Bryant, e.g. : NBASTAR
41. Final phase of a trip : LASTLEG
42. Explosive initials : TNT
43. Reductive film trope for a blonde : BIMBO
44. Sewing accessory : ETUI
45. Gets all gooey : MELTS
46. Poker declaration : IMOUT
47. Like river deltas : SILTY
51. Bldg. units : APTS
52. Nickname for New York's Aqueduct Racetrack : BIGA
53. Don Juan's mother : INEZ
54. Folklore villain : OGRE
57. Aunt, in Andalusia : TIA
58. Rapper ___ Wayne : LIL

Answer summary: 4 unique to this puzzle, 1 debuted here and reused later, 2 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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