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New York Times, Saturday, October 19, 2019

Author:
Byron Walden
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Byron Walden

This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 64, Blocks: 29 Missing: {JQ} This is puzzle # 95 for Mr. Walden. NYT links: Across Lite PDF
Byron Walden notes:
Solvers of last week's Saturday Stumper (Newsday) got a big hint for 56-Across. The clue for MR T. there referenced the cereal. ... read more

Solvers of last week's Saturday Stumper (Newsday) got a big hint for 56-Across. The clue for MR T. there referenced the cereal. Hopefully, everyone else has seen "Pee-Wee's Big Adventure," where the cereal has an appearance. It was Tim Burton's directorial debut, and I pity the fool who thinks he's made anything better since.

Jeff Chen notes:
Appropriate that the black squares form a yin-yang-ish pattern. For every EARWORM, there was an UMBRIEL (dark indeed!) CELESTA ... read more

Appropriate that the black squares form a yin-yang-ish pattern. For every EARWORM, there was an UMBRIEL (dark indeed!) CELESTA balanced by a STRIVER. THE LEFT countered by PAT HAND (a poker term for a hand you'd stand pat on.)

Construction is all about trade-offs.

This is even more the case for themelesses, and low-word-count themelesses take this to the nth degree. Too many long slots were neutral (OVER AGAIN, NONE TOO, GONE ALONG), and too many short slots ugly (TYRE, ORAMA, ONE D) to make this an exciting solve. Still, there's something to be said about giving the best solvers an incredible challenge every once in a while, one with virtually no toeholds anywhere.

If only someone could make a 64-word puzzle exciting, but that's like asking to make a treadmill fun.

Strenuous exercise is good for your health. You might not enjoy it during the workout, but you'll be better off for it in the long run.

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Across
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Common street food purveyor : TACOTRUCK
10
Big name in dining guides : ZAGAT
15
Port city built on a crater of an ancient volcano : ADENYEMEN
16
Make a slight correction? : ATONE
17
O.K. : TOLERABLE
18
Common treatment for anxiety and panic disorders : XANAX
19
Design credential : ARTDEGREE
20
Elaboration phrase : IDEST
21
Lo-___ : RES
22
C, as in coach? : AISLESEAT
24
Very far from : NONETOO
26
First name of two of the 12 astronauts who have walked on the moon : ALAN
28
Sex drive? : LOVERSLANE
31
10 milliliters, perhaps : DOSE
32
Commercial suffix akin to -apalooza : ORAMA
33
Bottled spirits? : GENII
34
Dance prop for Fred Astaire : CANE
35
Indian state of 90+ million bordering Bhutan : WESTBENGAL
40
Lab assistant in "Young Frankenstein" : INGA
41
Royal flush in draw poker, say : PATHAND
42
Long part of a longarm : GUNBARREL
44
Something to chew on : CUD
47
"If ___ Street Could Talk" (2018 film) : BEALE
48
Bacchanal : WILDPARTY
51
"Beavis and Butt-head" spinoff : DARIA
52
Once more : OVERAGAIN
53
Extra : ADDON
54
Go from variable to fixed-rate, say : REFINANCE
55
Binary response option : YESNO
56
Onetime Quaker offering based on a 1980s TV icon : MRTCEREAL
Down
1
Language whose alphabet went from Arabic to Latin to Cyrillic : TATAR
2
Can't get enough of : ADORE
3
Worshipers of the goddess Rhiannon : CELTS
4
Linear : ONED
5
Lebanese city on the Mediterranean : TYRE
6
First family with the dogs Lucky and Rex : REAGANS
7
Darkest moon of Uranus, whose name is related to the Latin for "shadow" : UMBRIEL
8
Keyboard instrument heard in "Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy" : CELESTA
9
Use, as a prie-dieu : KNEELON
10
Line of depth : ZAXIS
11
Hopelessly stuck : ATADEADEND
12
Cooperated (with) : GONEALONG
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Evil stepsister of Cinderella, in Disney : ANASTASIA
14
Word with book or box : TEXT
23
Nondiscriminatory hiring abbr. : EOE
24
Victim of Hercules' first labor : NEMEANLION
25
Mouths: Lat. : ORA
27
First name of the first man to walk on the moon : NEIL
28
Sets of points on graphs : LOCI
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Fruity refreshment : ORANGEADE
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Leaders of movements : VANGUARDS
33
Lead-in to X or Y : GEN
35
New Deal agcy. that helped build La Guardia Airport : WPA
36
The 1975 hit "Can't Get It Out of My Head" would be an appropriate one : EARWORM
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One really trying : STRIVER
38
Progressives : THELEFT
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Sword-bearing shoulder belt : BALDRIC
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Aid to digestion : BEANO
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Origami creation : CRANE
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Upstate New York college : UTICA
46
Synthetic fiber once used in wigmaking : DYNEL
47
Kind of card, familiarly : BDAY
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Part of a French door : PANE
50
Ice cream thickener : AGAR

Answer summary: 9 unique to this puzzle, 1 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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