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New York Times, Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Author:
Elizabeth C. Gorski
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Elizabeth C. Gorski

This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 76, Blocks: 36 Missing: {JXYZ} This is puzzle # 215 for Ms. Gorski. NYT links: Across Lite PDF
Jeff Chen notes:
'Word hidden in phrases' theme today, from an old Prego commercial that sounded vaguely familiar. Given how frequently my bachelor ... read more

"Word hidden in phrases" theme today, from an old Prego commercial that sounded vaguely familiar. Given how frequently my bachelor dinners used to be 1.) get jar of spaghetti sauce 2.) open said jar 3.) drink, I'm sure that tagline must be laced in the back of my head somewhere.

I like the quality of Liz's themers today. Since ITS is a relatively easy word to work into phrases, she does well to increase theme density, giving us five themers in addition to the revealer. Nice layout to accommodate that — a pair of crossing 7's in the middle is made possible by the "pinwheel" layout. And such a beautiful clue for one of the themers, PIT STOP. It took me a while to figure out why a PIT STOP was a "time to retire?" Made more sense when I parsed it as a time to "re-tire." Love it.

In that vein, today brings us so much of the cluing goodness I've come to love. Our old friend OLEO, a totally fine entry in my book but questionable according to others, gets a bang-up clue, repurposing the Beatles' "Yellow Submarine." Yellow sub(stitute) indeed! And although I've seen POET clued in relation to poetic feet (iambs) before, I got tripped up yet again by [Foot specialist?]. Just a handful of these great clues adds so much to a puzzle.

I wasn't wild about seeing the variant EGIS, and the REATAS and DONEE kind of stuff aren't great, but overall Liz does well to keep the puzzle pretty smooth, while kicking in a pair of long entries (SESAME OIL and KNEE BENDS) to boot. The ARIOSO / ORAN / ASSAM section might get people in a bother, but it does reflect Liz's more cultured and artistic bent, which I like seeing in her puzzles. Fun to see a constructor's personality shine through.

Overall, I would have liked a more recognizable phrase as a revealer and a bigger challenge given the standard theme and easy letters of ITS, but it's such a nice execution that I enjoyed the solve. The extras helped a lot for me.

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© 2014, The New York TimesNo. 1029 ( 23,731 )
Across
1
Actress Ward : SELA
5
Church bell location : SPIRE
10
Shade at the swimming pool : AQUA
14
Skating competition entry, maybe : PAIR
15
Barkin of "The Big Easy" : ELLEN
16
Void : NULL
17
*Chilled appetizer or dessert : FRUITSALAD
19
Actress Lollobrigida : GINA
20
Port of Algeria : ORAN
21
Like one side of Mount Everest : TIBETAN
23
State that borders Bangladesh : ASSAM
25
Comic strip makeup : PANELS
26
Brand in a bowl : ALPO
27
Sponsorship: Var. : EGIS
29
Illustrious : FAMED
32
Baseball great Hodges : GIL
33
Foot specialist? : POET
34
Its capital is Pristina : KOSOVO
35
Geisha's sash : OBI
36
*Billboard listing : HITSONG
38
He's a real doll : KEN
39
Holy Communion, e.g. : RITUAL
41
Very, in Vichy : TRES
42
Temper : IRE
43
Grps. : ASSNS
44
Part of a planet : CORE
45
Pay (up) : ANTE
46
Ruin, as a dog might shoes : CHEWUP
48
Stoners' purchases : BONGS
50
Reasons for some street closures : PARADES
52
One being strung along? : BEAD
53
Dentist's instruction : OPEN
54
Longtime Prego slogan ... with a hint to the answers to the five starred clues : ITSINTHERE
59
Safe-deposit box item, maybe : DEED
60
Surface anew, in a way : RESOD
61
Yellow sub? : OLEO
62
Payroll IDs : SSNS
63
Bottom of the barrel : DREGS
64
Something to match : WITS
Down
1
Tanning lotion letters : SPF
2
Canal zone? : EAR
3
Actress Lucy : LIU
4
Bach composition : ARIOSO
5
Ingredient in much Asian cooking : SESAMEOIL
6
___ B : PLAN
7
Feeling fluish, say : ILL
8
Rodeo ropes : REATAS
9
Culminate with : ENDIN
10
Frank McCourt's "___ Ashes" : ANGELAS
11
*Kick the habit, say : QUITSMOKING
12
Forearm bone : ULNA
13
Ex-Fed head Greenspan : ALAN
18
Part of a chorus line? : TRA
22
Obscures : BEFOGS
23
Excuses, excuses : ALIBIS
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*Feature of many a TV interview : SPLITSCREEN
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*Time to retire? : PITSTOP
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Ancient market : AGORA
28
Follow : GET
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Turns inside out : EVERTS
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Gifted person? : DONEE
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Gradually introduced, with "in" : PHASED
34
Leg strengtheners : KNEEBENDS
37
Canadian-born hockey great : ORR
40
Lets go of : UNHANDS
44
Big name at Little Bighorn : CUSTER
45
"You said it!" : ANDHOW
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Remarkable, as a coincidence : WEIRD
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Bran name? : OAT
50
Acacia features : PODS
51
Copiers : APES
52
Bookstore sect. : BIOG
55
Seattle-to-L.A. direction : SSE
56
Yalie : ELI
57
Part of AARP: Abbr. : RET
58
Canon camera : EOS

Answer summary: 1 unique to this puzzle.

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