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New York Times, Saturday, October 8, 2016

Author: Julian Lim
Editor: Will Shortz
Julian Lim
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This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 68, Blocks: 33 Missing: {JQXZ} Spans: 2 This is puzzle # 22 for Mr. Lim. NYT links: Across Lite PDF

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Jeff Chen notes: Eye-catching grid pattern, all those black squares connected in geometric patterns. I was hoping the sideways Ts would relate to a ... more
Jeff Chen notes:

Eye-catching grid pattern, all those black squares connected in geometric patterns. I was hoping the sideways Ts would relate to a few entries somehow — ah well.

Nice grid-spanners in IM WAY AHEAD OF YOU and LIMOUSINE DRIVER, with its great clue, [One with a long stretch to go?]. Took me a while to realize that "stretch" was slang for "limo."

Some other colorful long answers, too: THE PIANO, FREEMIUM, and PAY AS YOU GO not far away. Nice duo, those last two!

It can be tough for single-word entries to shine (OVERLOUD, I'm looking at you), but I loved GENDARME. The clue tying it to "Les Miserables" puts it over the top for me, making me reminisce about all those crazy emotions I had when I first saw the musical. Great stuff.

Fun to have a French mini-theme, too, what with DÉTENTE, ROTISSERIE, and LE MONDE, all nice answers. And how cool that LEMONDE and LEMONADE are so similar! I sense a crossword theme in there somewhere …

Ah, if it hadn't been for the odd SMIT. NEET, REG, ANON, and ERNO (Rubik) feel pretty minor to me, and ONE NO is something I read about nearly every day in my beloved Bridge Bulletin. Okay, I admit that the last one is iffy (and that I wish we were back in the day when bridge was America's most popular game. sigh). SOR is … the Soroptimists? Took me almost ten search queries to figure that out. (Whoops, it's short for "sorority." Thanks to Nancy Shack and Dave Glasser for pointing this out!)

My first impression after solving was that there wasn't that much crossword glue, but when I count it up, it's a pretty high number. Julian does well to spread everything around, never concentrating too much in one spot, which helped to camouflage it all.

It'd have been nice to get more grid flow — that diagonal line tends to split the grid in half — but entries connecting the halves were pretty easy to get. And I liked how the grid presented so much great long material in concentration. To kick off the puzzle with STRAWMAN, THE PIANO, IM WAY AHEAD OF YOU, TOSS A COIN blaring like headlines was a neat effect.

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© 2016, The New York TimesNo. 1008 ( 24,441 )
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1. Eighty-sixes : SCRAPS
7. Rhetorical creation : STRAWMAN
15. Green : MOOLAH
16. First Palme d'Or-winning film directed by a woman (1993) : THEPIANO
17. "That thought already occurred to me" : IMWAYAHEADOFYOU
19. Let fate decide, say : TOSSACOIN
20. Subatomic particles with zero spin : PIONS
21. Kind of cabbage : SKUNK
22. Pillory : DECRY
26. Pump option, for short : REG
27. Marinara sauce ingredients : ROMAS
32. Structures with excellent insulation : IGLOOS
34. Telemarketing tactic : ROBOCALL
36. Try to find oneself? : EGOSURF
38. Warming : DETENTE
39. David Fincher thriller of 2014 : GONEGIRL
41. Had a list : TILTED
42. Bid on a hand unsuited for suit play, maybe : ONENO
43. Cusk-___ (deepest living fish, at 27,000+ feet) : EEL
45. Rockets : SOARS
46. Leaders in robes : EMIRS
48. Screens : SHOWS
53. Onetime Fandango competitor : MOVIEFONE
58. One with a long stretch to go? : LIMOUSINEDRIVER
60. Blaring : OVERLOUD
61. Fisher for compliments on one's dress? : EILEEN
62. "Les Misérables" extra : GENDARME
63. Managed : SEENTO
1. Infatuated, old-style : SMIT
2. Italian city where Pliny the Elder and Younger were born : COMO
3. Matrix specifications : ROWS
4. "Sob" : ALAS
5. Type of mobile phone plan : PAYASYOUGO
6. Take to living together, with "up" : SHACK
7. Austrian philosopher Rudolf : STEINER
8. "Phew!" : THANKGOD
9. One might turn on it : RED
10. Per : APOP
11. Modern flight amenity : WIFI
12. Main ingredient of rémoulade : MAYO
13. Composer of many limericks, for short : ANON
14. "À ___ la Liberté" (1931 René Clair film) : NOUS
18. Period of a revolution? : HOUR
22. San ___ : DIEGO
23. Urge : EGGON
24. It's all the same : CLONE
25. Einstein-___ bridge (wormhole) : ROSEN
27. Game's turning point? : ROTISSERIE
28. Brand of sponge : OCELO
29. Cousin of a skate : MANTA
30. Neuter : ALTER
31. Places for runners : SLEDS
33. First word in many temple names : SRI
35. Something odd in roulette? : BET
37. Pricing model for many apps : FREEMIUM
40. Newspaper name that becomes a beverage if you insert an "a" after its fifth letter : LEMONDE
44. "___ a little!" : LIVE
47. State fair attractions : RIDES
48. Uphill climb, say : SLOG
49. Drone's place : HIVE
50. Breaking a comb, in Japan, e.g. : OMEN
51. "I agree," in slang : WORD
52. Toni Morrison novel : SULA
54. Menu bar heading : FILE
55. Plot feature in "Hansel and Gretel" : OVEN
56. Old brand in the shaving aisle : NEET
57. Puzzle designer Rubik : ERNO
59. Young women's grp. : SOR

Answer summary: 3 unique to this puzzle, 3 debuted here and reused later, 3 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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