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New York Times, Monday, October 9, 2017

Author: Joe Deeney
Editor: Will Shortz
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This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 74, Blocks: 39 Missing: {JPQXZ} Spans: 2 This is the debut puzzle for Mr. Deeney NYT links: Across Lite PDF
Joe Deeney notes: I'm very excited to have my first puzzle published in the NEWYORK Times! This started out as a puzzle about satirical news ... more
Joe Deeney notes:

I'm very excited to have my first puzzle published in the NEWYORK Times!

This started out as a puzzle about satirical news — that idea hit a SNAG and didn't end go anywhere, but I liked LASTWEEKTONIGHT as a grid-spanning entry and thought this could be another way to use it if I could identify additional theme entries. EIGHTDAYSAWEEK came easy, AMONTHOFSUNDAYS was less forthcoming.

This puzzle was submitted in February 2017 and accepted in June 2017 after being edited ATAD in the middle-right for the quality of the fill. Will and team further changed the bottom right corner from OWEN/RARE/MRED to OWIE/RAID/MRIS. About 15% of my clues survived intact and another 25% with some wording changes – looks like my clue-writing skills still need to MATURE. I very much appreciate the improvements from the EDS, particularly to the wording of the revealer.

Jeff Chen notes: I wasn't sure what CALENDAR REFORM was, but interesting to read up on it. Sure covers a ton of possible changes to a calendar system! ... more
Jeff Chen notes:

I wasn't sure what CALENDAR REFORM was, but interesting to read up on it. Sure covers a ton of possible changes to a calendar system!

Today, Joe gives us "impossible" time events that would require CALENDAR REFORM to make them happen. Ah, what I wouldn't give for EIGHT DAYS A WEEK … although I'd probably spend the eighth day goofing off and then wish for a ninth.

I wasn't as keen on LAST WEEK TONIGHT, as it's not the same type of time impossibility as EIGHT DAYS A WEEK. To me, it's simply describing that tonight, we'll go over what happened last week. Yeah?

It was also jarring to get WEEK repeated between two themers. I don't personally mind when a short word, like ONE or IT or UP is repeated in a grid, but to have a key component in the theme duplicated … hmm.

I hadn't heard of A MONTH OF SUNDAYS, but I enjoyed learning about it. Apparently, it means "a very long time," as in a long, boring stretch of days of rest? Heck, I'd take 30 straight days of rest, thank you very much!

Some nice bonuses worked in, WAGES WAR, REVERSI, NAIL GUN, Toni Morrison's incredible "BELOVED" all standouts. I appreciated all these extras, helping hold my attention through the solve.

The short fill … too much crossword glue for my taste. A Monday puzzle ought to be welcoming to novices, sucking them in. TMS for multiple trademarks isn't really used, and EDS, ELOI, AMIE, BLDG, ISO, NON, ETH. The one I object to most is ELOI, as the others are mostly figure-out-able by normal folks. ELOI is more a Maleskan-era throwback to where you could only do crosswords if you memorized these bizarro short answers.

I'd much rather have sacrificed a couple of the long bonuses in order to clean up the fill. Sorry ROD CAREW, but I think it would have been better to break you up into two answers. (I'm sure Twins / Angels fans will disagree!)

The theme reminded me of Mercury, whose day is longer than its year. Would have been awesome to work that into the theme somehow!

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© 2017, The New York TimesNo. 1009 ( 24,807 )
Across Down
1. Civil rights pioneer Du Bois : WEB
4. Shade of blue : CYAN
8. Rant : TIRADE
14. Chicago's home: Abbr. : ILL
15. Racer with the tortoise : HARE
16. Like a show with a single performer : ONEMAN
17. Only major-league player to enter the 3,000-hit club in the 1980s : RODCAREW
19. Ranting : RAVING
20. 1965 Beatles hit that starts "Ooh, I need your love, babe" : EIGHTDAYSAWEEK
22. Donkey : ASS
23. Final bubble on a questionnaire, maybe : OTHER
24. Something a barber has to work around : EAR
26. Maidenform product : BRA
27. Catch, as on a thorn : SNAG
31. HBO show hosted by John Oliver : LASTWEEKTONIGHT
36. And so on: Abbr. : ETC
37. Home for the Hawks and Braves: Abbr. : ATL
38. Equal: Prefix : ISO
39. Pal of Pooh : ROO
40. 1974 John Updike novel : AMONTHOFSUNDAYS
44. Greek cheese : FETA
45. Winery container : VAT
46. Verbal stumbles : UMS
47. Tattoo artist : INKER
50. Bug spray brand : OFF
52. The change from Julian to Gregorian ... or what would be needed to make 20-, 31- and 40-Across possible? : CALENDARREFORM
58. A snake has a forked one : TONGUE
59. Engages in military conflict : WAGESWAR
60. Acting grown-up : MATURE
61. Barely : ATAD
62. Three on a grandfather clock : III
63. Dictation experts : STENOS
64. Hankerings : YENS
65. Newspaper staffers, for short : EDS
1. Electronic money transfer : WIRE
2. "The Time Machine" people : ELOI
3. Edifice: Abbr. : BLDG
4. Informal talks : CHATS
5. Gridiron gains : YARDS
6. Bay ___ (San Francisco, Oakland, etc.) : AREA
7. When repeated, Frank Sinatra title city : NEWYORK
8. Holy Jewish scroll : TORAH
9. Wowed : INAWE
10. Classic game with black-and-white discs : REVERSI
11. Female friend for François : AMIE
12. Cold and damp, as a dungeon : DANK
13. Main lang. of the Commonwealth countries : ENG
18. Nautical map : CHART
21. Believer in a strong federal government : STATIST
24. Message on a cake in "Alice in Wonderland" : EATME
25. Fancy tie : ASCOT
26. Pulitzer-winning Toni Morrison novel : BELOVED
28. Google ___ Viewer (tool for charting word frequency over time) : NGRAM
29. Ship-to-ship communications? : AHOYS
30. Classic Pontiacs : GTOS
31. Flip (through) : LEAF
32. Angkor ___ (Cambodian site) : WAT
33. Biblical verb suffix : ETH
34. The Beavers of the Pac-12, for short : OSU
35. The "N" of NCO : NON
41. Carpenter's tool that's faster than a hammer : NAILGUN
42. Very distant : FARAWAY
43. Homer Simpson's favorite beers : DUFFS
48. Prefix with science : NEURO
49. Crawling on hands and ___ : KNEES
50. Church instrument : ORGAN
51. Supplies with meals : FEEDS
52. Jacket : COAT
53. Upfront bet : ANTE
54. Give stars to : RATE
55. Little injury, in baby talk : OWIE
56. Antipest spray : RAID
57. Some hospital pics : MRIS
58. Things with ® symbols: Abbr. : TMS

Answer summary: 3 unique to this puzzle.

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