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New York Times, Tuesday, October 23, 2018

Author:
Kathy Wienberg
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Kathy Wienberg

This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 76, Blocks: 38 Missing: {JQX} This is puzzle # 6 for Ms. Wienberg. NYT links: Across Lite PDF
Kathy Wienberg notes:
After I couldn't find the reveal (ATHLETIC CUP) ever appearing in any crossword, I wanted to use the 'holy grails ' awarded in hockey, ... read more

After I couldn't find the reveal (ATHLETIC CUP) ever appearing in any crossword, I wanted to use the "holy grails " awarded in hockey, tennis, golf and ping pong...oops, I mean soccer. When researching cups, I learned that there is a Table Tennis World Cup. (Perhaps that was a factor in this puzzle's acceptance. Only Will knows if it refers to ping pong or soccer.)

It wasn't difficult getting phrases containing DAVIS, RYDER, and WORLD. I was stuck on STANLEY until I remembered a book I read to my kindergarten classes...FLAT STANLEY. That resulted in the 11-10-11-10-11 themer length. Hope solvers don't mind the high 3-letter word count that this layout creates.

This week, my husband and I are moving to Asheville, NC. We are looking forward to seeing more of fellow constructor Lewis R. and his wife. Here's to Asheville!

Jeff Chen notes:
ATHLETIC CUP, amusingly interpreted as 'major sporting events in the form of ___ CUP.' I've followed sports less and less (as I've had ... read more

ATHLETIC CUP, amusingly interpreted as "major sporting events in the form of ___ CUP." I've followed sports less and less (as I've had to spend more and more time protecting myself from my toddlers trodding on my regions requiring ATHLETIC CUP protection), but all of these cups were somewhat familiar:

STANLEY CUP: Hockey. See how easy this is?!

DAVIS CUP: Uh. Maybe rugby? Golf? Snooker? Ha ha ha, just joking, of course I knew it was snooker! Er, tennis.

RYDER CUP: This one is tougher. The Ryder Cup is … polo? Tennis as well? What, golf, you say? Is the Ryder Cup the little white cylinder in the green that catches the golf ball? Ha ha ha, just joking again! Ahem.

WORLD CUP: We have French friends down the street, so their cheers from France winning the soccer title this year were oui oui tres bien!

Very cool that all these ___ CUP words can be so well disguised within phrases.

Being a middle grade book writer, FLAT STANLEY was a gimme. Pretty sure the general solving population won't have such an easy time as I did, but the crossings seem fair.

Well, there is GALENA. I suppose you could grumble if you put in FLAT STANDEY / GADENA. But then there's the theme … ah, right. No such thing as a STANDEY CUP. GALENA, what an oddball word (but so constructor-friendly with its vowel-consonant alternation!)

CROSSE, CRECHE, COULEES – should newer solvers know these? That's a tough call. At a minimum, I would have liked to see fewer of those in a Tuesday puzzle. Not super-welcoming for newbs.

Overall though, a solid theme, with well-disguised CUP types. Even looking back at them all, I'm still surprised that all those CUPs have hideable names. Great theme discovery.

Jim Horne notes:

Jeff's Kid-lit debut, Ultraball #1: Lunar Blitz is available January 15. You can pre-order now.

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© 2018, The New York TimesNo. 1023 ( 25,186 )
Across
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Bob Marley, e.g. : RASTA
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J. ___ Hoover : EDGAR
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Rainbow, for one : ARC
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Choir voices : ALTOS
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Band at a royal wedding : TIARA
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Elevator unit : CAR
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Kid-lit character who travels via envelope : FLATSTANLEY
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Ref's decision : TKO
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___ pad : STENO
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Communists and capitalists, e.g. : ENEMIES
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Hot couple : ITEM
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Thelma's portrayer in "Thelma & Louise" : GEENADAVIS
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Trumped-up : FALSE
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Lobster ___ Newburg : ALA
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Aloha State bird : NENE
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Mexican Mrs. : SRA
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Catastrophic : DIRE
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U.S.O. audience : GIS
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Co-star of "Stranger Things" : WINONARYDER
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Dapper fellow : DAN
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U.S. city connected to the outside only by airplane, boat and sled : NOME
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What debtors do : OWE
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"Piece of cake" : EASY
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Japanese garden fish : KOI
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Tops : ACMES
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"I can't believe we both know him" : SMALLWORLD
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Charlie Brown expletive : RATS
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Western ravines : COULEES
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Ideal places : EDENS
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What might bring you to a screeching halt : RED
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Protective sportswear ... or a hint to the ends of 17-, 24-, 36- and 51-Across : ATHLETICCUP
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Kimono tie : OBI
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Choice for a prom : DRESS
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His and her : THEIR
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"Now where ___ I?" : WAS
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French toast topper : SYRUP
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Having some kick : ZESTY
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U.K. flying grp. : RAF
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Standout player : ALLSTAR
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What a governor enforces : STATELAW
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Figures on poles : TOTEMS
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Org. : ASSN
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GPS display : ETA
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Racket : DIN
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Lead-bearing ore : GALENA
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Big concert venue : ARENA
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Like Lady Liberty's crown : RAYED
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Like the ingredient acetaminophen in Tylenol : ACTIVE
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Make hand over fist : RAKEIN
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Stick in a field game : CROSSE
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Dude (up) : TOG
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Cleric's house : MANSE
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Provisos : IFS
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Become worthy of : EARN
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Rigby who "waits at the window, wearing the face that she keeps in a jar by the door" : ELEANOR
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Poet ___ St. Vincent Millay : EDNA
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It's not free of charge : ION
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Trainer's workplace : GYM
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Brainstorm : IDEA
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Short narrative poem : IDYLL
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Stir up : ROIL
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Woos : ROMANCES
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Kayaker's attire : WETSUIT
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Double curve : ESS
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Money held by a third party : ESCROW
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Slide presentation? : AMOEBA
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Gulf War allies : SAUDIS
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On the up and up : KOSHER
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Nativity scene : CRECHE
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Performers who get top billing : LEADS
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Humble reply to "Great job, folks!" : WETRY
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The Pistons, on scoreboards : DET
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Airhead : DITZ
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The Fighting Tigers of the N.C.A.A. : LSU
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Subj. of a test that might involve identifying playing cards : ESP
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Get too personal : PRY

Answer summary: 4 unique to this puzzle.

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