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New York Times, Monday, October 8, 2018

Author:
Jacob Stulberg
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Jacob Stulberg

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 ... read more

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 ... read more

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

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

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