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New York Times, Monday, October 28, 2019

Author:
Zhouqin Burnikel
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Zhouqin Burnikel

This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 78, Blocks: 38 Missing: {JQWXZ} This is puzzle # 66 for Ms. Burnikel. NYT links: Across Lite PDF
Jeff Chen notes:
Another buttery-smooth offering from C.C., who's challenging Lynn Lempel for the 'Queen of Mondays' title. Such a solver-friendly ... read more

Another buttery-smooth offering from C.C., who's challenging Lynn Lempel for the "Queen of Mondays" title. Such a solver-friendly grid, hardly a blip to trip anyone up. Along with enough bonuses in PAVLOV'S DOG, ONION BAGEL, ROAD RACE, TIME LAGS, I'd gladly offer this to a newer solver. Heck, I'd gladly offer it to anyone!

Have you ever wondered why there's no "King of Mondays"? I've noticed several constructors expressing notions of wanting to challenge themselves to create audacious grids, the quest to fashion something-that-should-be-impossible being the ultimate thrill — damn the solving experience!

And every single one of those have been men. (Sadly, including me.)

There's something to be said for constructors wanting to keep personally interested. Following the same darn recipe ad infinitum can get boring. Trouble is, this tried and true formula — no more than four themers, high word count, deliberate placement of a few snazzy vertically-oriented bonuses, extreme care with short entries — is a great way to give early-week solvers exactly what they need.

As far as the theme goes, it's hard for me to get excited about anagrams these days. However, the revealer makes a strong case for why D A N G E R should be mixed up. Words made OUT OF D A N G E R are indeed GANDER, GRANDE, GARDEN.

Pushing my biases aside, newbs won't have encountered as many anagrams as I have. Considering that it's tough to find anagrams for longish words, DANGER GANDER GRANDE GARDEN might even elicit a "wow!" from rookie solvers. Along with top-notch gridwork, this was in POW! territory for sure.

Jim Horne notes:

Outstanding puzzle.

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Across
1
Hollywood trophy : OSCAR
6
Paleo diet restriction, informally : CARB
10
Tiebreaker periods, for short : OTS
13
Pinterest posting : PHOTO
14
Skater Harding : TONYA
15
Minor criticism : NIT
16
Look (at) : TAKEAGANDER
18
"As I see things ...," in a text : IMO
19
Pronoun for a yacht : SHE
20
Facts and figures : DATA
21
Cook under a hot flame : BROIL
23
Singer with the 2018 #1 hit "Thank U, Next" : ARIANAGRANDE
26
Giant in test prep : KAPLAN
29
Fallback option : PLANB
30
Sir ___ Newton : ISAAC
31
All there mentally : SANE
33
Chutzpah : GALL
36
Reno's home: Abbr. : NEV
37
"Address" for Springsteen's band : ESTREET
40
Viscous substance : GOO
41
Black-tie affair : GALA
43
Sneaker named for a cat : PUMA
44
Like argon or neon : INERT
46
The Hunter constellation : ORION
48
Evil-repelling charm : AMULET
49
Locale for London's Royal Opera House : COVENTGARDEN
53
What a crying emoji means : IMSAD
54
Roald who created Willy Wonka : DAHL
55
Little mischief-maker : IMP
58
Senator Cruz : TED
59
Safe ... or how the last words of 16-, 23- and 49-Across are made? : OUTOFDANGER
63
Swellhead's problem : EGO
64
Mind-boggling designs : OPART
65
Barnyard honker : GOOSE
66
Droop, as an old couch : SAG
67
Ready for picking : RIPE
68
Wander off : STRAY
Down
1
Chooses, with "for" : OPTS
2
Ousted Iranian ruler : SHAH
3
Soft drink in a red can : COKE
4
Snacked on : ATE
5
Monaco Grand Prix, e.g. : ROADRACE
6
Late-night host O'Brien : CONAN
7
In addition : AND
8
Bread for a Reuben sandwich : RYE
9
10-time Grammy winner Streisand : BARBRA
10
Alternative to a bialy : ONIONBAGEL
11
Lacking courage : TIMID
12
Didn't ask before taking : STOLE
14
"See ya!," for a Brit : TATA
17
Pick up, as yards in football : GAIN
22
Tolled, as bells : RANG
23
Pie ___ mode : ALA
24
Sleeper's breathing problem : APNEA
25
Sheer delight : GLEE
26
Checker after reaching the other side of the board : KING
27
On the ocean : ASEA
28
Salivating animal in a classic conditioning study : PAVLOVSDOG
31
Attacked by hornets : STUNG
32
Elbow's place : ARM
34
Folk tales : LORE
35
Trent ___, former Senate majority leader : LOTT
38
Feature of a cheetah's coat : SPOT
39
Problems with glitchy livestreams : TIMELAGS
42
Carpet measurement : AREA
45
Mother Teresa, for one : NUN
47
Opposite of alfresco : INDOOR
48
Condition treated with Ritalin, in brief : ADHD
49
References, as prior court decisions : CITES
50
Luxury Swiss watch : OMEGA
51
Love to death : ADORE
52
Vessel in which to shoot the rapids : RAFT
55
Composer Stravinsky : IGOR
56
Flat-topped hill : MESA
57
Gazelles, for cheetahs : PREY
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News inits. since 1958 : UPI
61
Light touch : TAP
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"What's ___ to like?" : NOT

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