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New York Times, Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Author:
Jules P. Markey
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Jules P. Markey

This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 78, Blocks: 38 Missing: {JQZ} Spans: 3 This is puzzle # 15 for Mr. Markey. NYT links: Across Lite PDF
Jules P. Markey notes:
The idea for this puzzle came during the election season of 2016, the revealer was heard and seen quite often at many campaign ... read more

The idea for this puzzle came during the election season of 2016, the revealer was heard and seen quite often at many campaign rallies, and it's 15 letters long! It was quite natural then to try to turn it into a puzzle theme.

I first thought to use the names of some banks in phrases but found that really wasn't working so I quickly settled on types of banks instead. What you see are the theme entries I first came up with, I'm pretty happy with the 4-1; 1-2-1; 1-4; 1-2-1 break patterns.

After acceptance I sent Will a version with all the theme entries spanning the grid, but he felt the fill had been too compromised, so he stayed with this version. Thanks to Will, Joel and team for polishing it up. I hope it was a pleasurable solve.

Jeff Chen notes:
Such a horrible time, back in 2008 during the financial crisis. I only vaguely remember the BREAK UP THE BANKS movement, but I do ... read more

Such a horrible time, back in 2008 during the financial crisis. I only vaguely remember the BREAK UP THE BANKS movement, but I do recall thinking how pointless it was — finance people always tend to find ways around whatever new regulation is introduced. Sigh.

Anyhoo, Jules "breaks up" four banks today across words in phrases: RIVER bank across DRIVE RECKLESSLY, SNOW bank across ITS NO WONDER, etc. Amusing that DATA bank got split across SOLD AT A LOSS, a stock-related phrase all too common during 2008.

Well, amusing if you didn't sell at a loss back then.

DRIVE RECKLESSLY didn't feel as in-the-language as "reckless driving." And GIVES PERMISSION … it works, but it's a little dull, not something I'd strive to work into another puzzle.

Jules had to work with high theme density, difficult to fill around themers of length 15 / 11 / 15 / 11 / 15. ITS NO WONDER there was some AGA, KAN, SST, ILIA kind of crossword glue necessary to hold everything together, but that's less than I was expecting. Solid gridwork, especially considering he went out of his way to incorporate CRIME WAVE (nice dig at the finance people behind CDOs!) and FIRE DANCE, some great bonuses.

Overall, I enjoyed the puzzle despite BREAK UP THE BANKS being only vaguely familiar to this finance wonk — granted, I try to ignore politics these days — and it hearkens back to a dark time in recent history.

Maybe still a little too soon, Jules and Will …

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© 2017, The New York TimesNo. 1025 ( 24,823 )
Across
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Scotland's ___ Lomond : LOCH
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Well-put : APT
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Eggs on : GOADS
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Bollywood attire : SARIS
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MGM roarer : LEO
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Canvas supporter : EASEL
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Weave or tailgate, say : DRIVERECKLESSLY
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Old TV's ___ Griffin Productions : MERV
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Response to "All in favor" : AYE
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Constitution, in D.C. : AVE
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Grammy-winning "Dr." : DRE
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"I'm not at all surprised" : ITSNOWONDER
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Big to-do : ROW
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Jimi Hendrix do, for short : FRO
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The Eurythmics were one : DUO
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Annual checkup, e.g. : EXAM
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Pelvic bones : ILIA
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Biathlete's need : RIFLE
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Allows : GIVESPERMISSION
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Take care of : SEETO
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Tattooist's canvas : SKIN
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Baroque and Romantic, for classical music : ERAS
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Organ on a crustacean's stalk : EYE
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Org. concerned with Common Core : NEA
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Bird raised on a ranch, perhaps : EMU
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Bailed out on some stock, say : SOLDATALOSS
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Batiking need : DYE
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Actuarial table datum : AGE
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Air marshal's org. : TSA
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Most Iranian Muslims : SHIA
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Wall Street reformer's urging ... or a hint to this puzzle's shaded squares : BREAKUPTHEBANKS
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Urban pigeon's perch : LEDGE
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Barely manage, with "out" : EKE
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Some rec centers : YMCAS
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Many a Slate article : ESSAY
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Still learning the ropes : NEW
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Like a pole-vaulter's pole mid-vault : BENT
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Drug referenced in "The Joyous Cosmology" : LSD
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Crew implement : OAR
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Reason to summon Batman : CRIMEWAVE
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Bustling place : HIVE
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Many a draft selection : ALE
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Nut on a sticky bun : PECAN
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2020 Olympics host : TOKYO
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"I didn't know that!" : GEE
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Western Hemisphere grp. : OAS
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Syria's Bashar al-___ : ASSAD
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Dig deeply : DELVE
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More artful : SLYER
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Feature of a letter in the Times Roman typeface : SERIF
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Vacation in a Winnebago, say : RVTRIP
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Like the lyrics to Lil Wayne's "Lollipop" or 50 Cent's "Candy Shop" : LEWD
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Bottom of the barrel : DREGS
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"Chicago" murderess : ROXIE
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Cobbler's supply : SOLES
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What we share : OURS
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Some urban pollution : NOISE
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Apportioned, with "out" : METED
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Bug : IRK
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Essential ___ acids : AMINO
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Burning Man performance : FIREDANCE
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Like good farm soil : LOAMY
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Follow as a result : ENSUE
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Source of protein in veggie burgers : SOYA
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Existing, to a lawyer : INESSE
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Ides of March rebuke : ETTU
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Hal who directed "Shampoo" : ASHBY
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Dark brown fur : SABLE
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Meanies : OGRES
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City of Yorkshire : LEEDS
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___ Institute (nonpartisan D.C. think tank) : ASPEN
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Something eaten during Hanukkah : LATKE
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Two-syllable poetic foot : IAMB
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Ottoman honorific : AGA
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Hotel desk handout : KEY
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Take an ax to : HEW
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"The Wizard of Oz" state: Abbr. : KAN
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Air travel option until '03 : SST

Answer summary: 5 unique to this puzzle.

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