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New York Times, Monday, October 9, 2017

Author:
Joe Deeney
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Joe Deeney

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 — ... read more

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! ... read more

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

Answer summary: 3 unique to this puzzle.

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