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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
1. Scotland's ___ Lomond : LOCH
5. Well-put : APT
8. Eggs on : GOADS
13. Bollywood attire : SARIS
15. MGM roarer : LEO
16. Canvas supporter : EASEL
17. Weave or tailgate, say : DRIVERECKLESSLY
20. Old TV's ___ Griffin Productions : MERV
21. Response to "All in favor" : AYE
22. Constitution, in D.C. : AVE
23. Grammy-winning "Dr." : DRE
25. "I'm not at all surprised" : ITSNOWONDER
29. Big to-do : ROW
30. Jimi Hendrix do, for short : FRO
31. The Eurythmics were one : DUO
32. Annual checkup, e.g. : EXAM
34. Pelvic bones : ILIA
37. Biathlete's need : RIFLE
41. Allows : GIVESPERMISSION
44. Take care of : SEETO
45. Tattooist's canvas : SKIN
46. Baroque and Romantic, for classical music : ERAS
47. Organ on a crustacean's stalk : EYE
49. Org. concerned with Common Core : NEA
51. Bird raised on a ranch, perhaps : EMU
52. Bailed out on some stock, say : SOLDATALOSS
57. Batiking need : DYE
58. Actuarial table datum : AGE
59. Air marshal's org. : TSA
60. Most Iranian Muslims : SHIA
62. Wall Street reformer's urging ... or a hint to this puzzle's shaded squares : BREAKUPTHEBANKS
68. Urban pigeon's perch : LEDGE
69. Barely manage, with "out" : EKE
70. Some rec centers : YMCAS
71. Many a Slate article : ESSAY
72. Still learning the ropes : NEW
73. Like a pole-vaulter's pole mid-vault : BENT
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1. Drug referenced in "The Joyous Cosmology" : LSD
2. Crew implement : OAR
3. Reason to summon Batman : CRIMEWAVE
4. Bustling place : HIVE
5. Many a draft selection : ALE
6. Nut on a sticky bun : PECAN
7. 2020 Olympics host : TOKYO
8. "I didn't know that!" : GEE
9. Western Hemisphere grp. : OAS
10. Syria's Bashar al-___ : ASSAD
11. Dig deeply : DELVE
12. More artful : SLYER
14. Feature of a letter in the Times Roman typeface : SERIF
18. Vacation in a Winnebago, say : RVTRIP
19. Like the lyrics to Lil Wayne's "Lollipop" or 50 Cent's "Candy Shop" : LEWD
23. Bottom of the barrel : DREGS
24. "Chicago" murderess : ROXIE
26. Cobbler's supply : SOLES
27. What we share : OURS
28. Some urban pollution : NOISE
33. Apportioned, with "out" : METED
35. Bug : IRK
36. Essential ___ acids : AMINO
38. Burning Man performance : FIREDANCE
39. Like good farm soil : LOAMY
40. Follow as a result : ENSUE
42. Source of protein in veggie burgers : SOYA
43. Existing, to a lawyer : INESSE
48. Ides of March rebuke : ETTU
50. Hal who directed "Shampoo" : ASHBY
52. Dark brown fur : SABLE
53. Meanies : OGRES
54. City of Yorkshire : LEEDS
55. ___ Institute (nonpartisan D.C. think tank) : ASPEN
56. Something eaten during Hanukkah : LATKE
61. Two-syllable poetic foot : IAMB
63. Ottoman honorific : AGA
64. Hotel desk handout : KEY
65. Take an ax to : HEW
66. "The Wizard of Oz" state: Abbr. : KAN
67. Air travel option until '03 : SST

Answer summary: 5 unique to this puzzle.

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