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New York Times, Monday, October 8, 2018

Author: Jacob Stulberg
Editor: Will Shortz
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This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 78, Blocks: 36 Missing: {JQUX} Spans: 2 This is puzzle # 29 for Mr. Stulberg. NYT links: Across Lite PDF
Jacob Stulberg notes: The Northern California mini-theme in today's puzzle is sheer coincidence. I couldn't pass up the chance to name-drop my adopted ... more
Jacob Stulberg notes:

The Northern California mini-theme in today's puzzle is sheer coincidence. I couldn't pass up the chance to name-drop my adopted hometown via CANNERY ROW, and GOLDEN GATE just happened to have a matching length.

Another coincidence: today's puzzle may be the first to contain the first names of both its constructor and its editor. (Neither was in the version I submitted: 34-Across was originally STILL, and 2-Down was clued as "Rebecca's daughter-in-law.")

Jeff Chen notes: Beautifully tidy, orderly puzzle. What do you look for when you're at the AIRPORT? Which TERMINAL you're leaving from, the GATE ... more
Jeff Chen notes:

Beautifully tidy, orderly puzzle. What do you look for when you're at the AIRPORT? Which TERMINAL you're leaving from, the GATE number, ROW number, and SEAT assignment — this sequence contains everything you need, laid out in perfect order. Ready for takeoff, captain!

BATTERY TERMINAL isn't going to win any awards for snazziness – it's often the clue for the common crossword entry ANODE – but it's decent. Thankfully, the other themers were strong, at least for this Bay Area native. The GOLDEN GATE logo on the Warriors' jerseys, woop woop!

I appreciate that Jacob didn't try to do too much with the grid. Since he needed five themers, it's a solid decision to work in two pieces of long fill – the excellent WINE COOLER (anyone else think of Bruce Willis singing that Seagram's song?) and the amusingly-named LIMP BIZKIT (rock group). After that, he kept his focus solely on making the grid super-smooth.

Uncomplicated Monday themes ought to have uncomplicated Monday grids, and this does the trick nicely. My my my my!

A couple of great clues, too. You have to be careful for a Monday puzzle, making sure that clues aren't so clever as to go over too many newbs' heads. But an ELBOW being something up one's sleeve? Yes! A great piece of trivia in TYLER referred to as "His Accidency"? That's the way to do it.

Tidy. Ordered. And a little interesting. Can't ask much more from a Monday puzzle. Well executed; up for POW! consideration.

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© 2018, The New York TimesNo. 1008 ( 25,171 )
Across Down
1. Something up one's sleeve? : ELBOW
6. To's opposite : FROM
10. Fool : TWIT
14. Fashion designer Geoffrey : BEENE
15. Four-star review : RAVE
16. "Lovely" Beatles girl : RITA
17. Anode or cathode : BATTERYTERMINAL
20. Onetime leader of Iran : SHAH
21. Former Disney C.E.O. Michael : EISNER
22. Antlered animal : ELK
23. Land for O'Connor or O'Casey : ERIN
25. Unspoken but understood : TACIT
27. Iconic San Francisco bridge : GOLDENGATE
33. Chanel of perfume fame : COCO
34. Response to "Who wants to go?" : IWILL
35. In order that one might : SOASTO
37. Jewel : GEM
38. Where to find the ends of 17-, 27-, 50- and 65-Across : AIRPORT
41. Vinyl records, for short : LPS
44. Hester of "The Scarlet Letter" : PRYNNE
46. "Water Under the Bridge" singer, 2016 : ADELE
48. Frozen dessert franchise : TCBY
50. Steinbeck novel set in Monterey : CANNERYROW
53. Admission of perjury : ILIED
55. Daytime store window sign : OPEN
56. Candy from a dispenser : PEZ
57. Urbana-Champaign students : ILLINI
61. Rock music boosters : AMPS
65. Letting others occupy the spotlight : TAKINGABACKSEAT
68. Roman poet who wrote "Ars Amatoria" : OVID
69. Hat's edge : BRIM
70. Pioneering name in video games : ATARI
71. Garfield and Odie, for two : PETS
72. Subdue through electric shock : TASE
73. 1800s president nicknamed "His Accidency" : TYLER
1. ___ and flows : EBBS
2. Jacob's first wife, in the Bible : LEAH
3. Software version for testing : BETA
4. Discreetly, informally : ONTHEDL
5. Tiny : WEE
6. Cooking in a pan with oil : FRYING
7. "Confound it!" : RATS
8. Place to cook a turkey : OVEN
9. Only : MERE
10. The first "T" of TNT : TRI
11. Relative of alcopop : WINECOOLER
12. Like tilted type : ITALIC
13. Address, as a listener : TALKTO
18. Bridle strap : REIN
19. Action star originally known as Laurence Tureaud : MRT
24. Team race : RELAY
26. Make a scene? : ACT
27. Band's booking : GIG
28. "You ___ me one" : OWE
29. Rap rock band with the 7x platinum album "Significant Other" : LIMPBIZKIT
30. "Quaking" tree : ASPEN
31. Excessively : TOO
32. Distinctive feature of Mr. Spock : EAR
36. Look that might "shoot daggers" : STARE
39. Abbr. ending a company name : INC
40. Genetic stuff : RNA
42. West Bank-based grp. : PLO
43. Make clothing : SEW
45. Ingredient in a manhattan : RYE
47. China's Ming or Manchu : DYNASTY
48. Pinnacle : TIPTOP
49. Synonym for both "adhere" and "split" : CLEAVE
51. Undistinguished : NONAME
52. "Beowulf," e.g. : EPIC
54. Loud noise : DIN
58. Pride parade inits. : LGBT
59. Actress ___ Flynn Boyle : LARA
60. Long-legged wader : IBIS
62. Offering now discontinued by most discount carriers : MEAL
63. Cut (down) : PARE
64. Keep the sauce from congealing, say : STIR
66. Passports et al. : IDS
67. Kit ___ bar : KAT

Answer summary: 1 unique to this puzzle, 1 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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