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

Answer summary: 4 unique to this puzzle.

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