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New York Times, Saturday, October 22, 2016

Author: James Mulhern
Editor: Will Shortz
James Mulhern
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This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 72, Blocks: 31 Missing: {FHJQX} Spans: 2 This is puzzle # 22 for Mr. Mulhern. NYT links: Across Lite PDF
James Mulhern notes: This is actually a tribute puzzle, celebrating the world's greatest dog, Mickey, who passed away a few months before I ... more
James Mulhern notes:

This is actually a tribute puzzle, celebrating the world's greatest dog, Mickey, who passed away a few months before I constructed it. He was a one-dog breaker of stereotypes and melter of hearts, who had a hilariously expressive face, a special relationship with children, and a deep, loving loyalty. I miss him every day.

Please consider adoption for all your pet needs — shelter animals are the best!

Jeff Chen notes: Love the long entries anchoring this one: GRAVITY'S RAINBOW and YOU'RE DARN TOOTIN'! The latter is such a fun phrase to say, and ... more
Jeff Chen notes:

Love the long entries anchoring this one: GRAVITY'S RAINBOW and YOU'RE DARN TOOTIN'! The latter is such a fun phrase to say, and although I haven't read the former, what a great book title. If the fact that it won the National Book Award wasn't enough, apparently there's a mysterious device at the center of the plot called the "black device." And heck, I'll go read it just based on the catchy title alone.

Fun pairing up top of MICKEY D'S (slang for McDonald's) and IN AND OUT. The latter isn't that exciting a phrase to me — more of a space filler — but I enjoyed how it hinted at IN-N-OUT Burger. SURE, SURE was also good, although it felt a notch below YEAH, SURE or YEAH, RIGHT. (I'd also accept the heavily emphasized SUUUUUUUUUURE, which I use all the time.)

The bottom stack was fun as well, the colloquial GUESS NOT and DRUM SET framing the triple of EBB TIDES / CLOSE ONE / SEWER RAT. They're all thumbs-up answers, and there's nary a gluey bit in sight. EBB TIDES didn't excite me on its own, but what a clever clue to elevate it — [Rollback events] had me thinking about store sales where they roll back their prices.

A couple of other bonuses here and there, BOGART my favorite of the mid-length answers. A close second was IMBIBE, because of the amusing clue. ([Lift one's spirits?] refers to a literal lifting of a distilled spirit.)

Overall, a high level of smoothness, really just a LAN and a TSE (ERTE bothers some, but I think he's made a big enough mark in art to easy be crossworthy). Hardly a hiccup during my solve, and I really appreciated that. I would have been fine with a touch more glue, though — maybe one or two more bits — in order to get a few more entries that sizzled like MICKEY D'S. It would have been awesome if RINSE OUT and IN AND OUT had been swapped out for top-notch answers, for example.

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© 2016, The New York TimesNo. 1022 ( 24,455 )
Across Down
1. Rugby rival of Harvard : MCGILL
7. It operates Hamburger U. : MICKEYDS
15. Like many offshore rescues : AIRSEA
16. Visiting only a short time : INANDOUT
17. 1955 R&B hit for Bo Diddley : IMAMAN
18. "Ri-i-ight" : SURESURE
19. Buff : MAVEN
20. 17-Across, to the self-titled "Bo Diddley" : BSIDE
21. Took care of : RAN
22. Free of shampoo, say : RINSEOUT
24. Shut (up) : PENT
25. "Cleopatre" artist : ERTE
26. Directory listings: Abbr. : NOS
27. A place antelope lope : VELDT
29. Kittenish : COY
30. Maugham's title girl of Lambeth : LIZA
31. Suspicion : IDEA
32. Live : ONSTAGE
34. Uses without sharing, in slang : BOGARTS
37. What there often is for improvement : ROOM
38. Golfer nicknamed Long John : DALY
39. Interruption of service? : NET
40. Model material : BALSA
41. Translation material : RNA
42. Website used by a lot of artisans : ETSY
43. Breeze (along) : SAIL
44. "Huh ... never mind then" : GUESSNOT
46. One of "the highest form of literature," per Hitchcock : PUN
47. They're "made by fools like me," per Kilmer : POEMS
49. Parades, with "out" : TROTS
51. Rollback events : EBBTIDES
53. Start, in a way : BOOTUP
54. Squeaker : CLOSEONE
55. Lift one's spirits? : IMBIBE
56. Subterranean scurrier : SEWERRAT
57. Played first : OPENED
1. Unhand or disarm? : MAIM
2. Oscar winner before "Grand Hotel" : CIMARRON
3. 1974 National Book Award winner by Thomas Pynchon : GRAVITYSRAINBOW
4. Daughter and half sister of Oedipus : ISMENE
5. Shows a preference : LEANS
6. Shared computer syst. : LAN
7. One who goes on to try to conquer the Universe? : MISSUSA
8. Language akin to Yupik : INUIT
9. ID : CARD
10. End of a lap : KNEE
11. They may reduce sentences, for short : EDS
12. "And how!" : YOUREDARNTOOTIN
13. Four-time N.B.A. scoring champion in the 2010s : DURANT
14. Vessel opener : STENT
20. Still matter? : BOOZE
23. Tough nut to crack : ENIGMA
24. Court position : PLEA
25. Prefix with village : ECO
27. Front-and-center section : VIOLAS
28. Like fringe festival fare : EDGY
30. It has a Marxist-Leninist ideology : LAOS
33. Car payment? : TOLL
34. Bêtes noires : BANES
35. Aid in studying a culture : TESTTUBE
36. Dump : STY
38. Equipment for a rock band : DRUMSET
40. Gewgaw : BAUBLE
42. Coat : ENROBE
43. Design info : SPECS
44. Davis of film : GEENA
45. Really put one's foot down : STOMP
47. Berth place : PIER
48. Repute : ODOR
50. Was reckless, in a way : SPED
52. K'ung Fu-___ : TSE
53. 41-Across is a topic in it, briefly : BIO

Answer summary: 4 unique to this puzzle, 3 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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