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New York Times, Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Author: Steven E. Atwood
Editor: Will Shortz
Steven E. Atwood
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This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 76, Blocks: 38 Missing: {GJQVXZ} This is puzzle # 5 for Mr. Atwood. NYT links: Across Lite PDF
Steven E. Atwood notes: This was such an obvious idea for a theme, I was surprised to find on Cruciverb.com that it hadn't been done. Had some luck in ... more
Steven E. Atwood notes:

This was such an obvious idea for a theme, I was surprised to find on Cruciverb.com that it hadn't been done. Had some luck in making the grid when BRITISHISMS fit right in without needing too much crosswordese surrounding it. I had a few other possible theme entries:

  1. Bloke's cane?
  2. Car part with a built-in solar panel?
  3. Head on a boat?
  4. Rent money?
  5. Very small French fries?
  6. Coins exchanged for audio equipment?

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  1. CHAPSTICK
  2. SUN BONNET
  3. WATERLOO
  4. FLATBREAD
  5. MICROCHIPS
  6. MIKE PENCE

(The clue for 70-Across, "Beat people?", for COPS, was written by the editor.)

Jeff Chen notes: BRITISHISMS! Having just finished the latest season of 'The Great British Bake-off,' having all these American words Britishized ... more
Jeff Chen notes:

BRITISHISMS! Having just finished the latest season of "The Great British Bake-off," having all these American words Britishized tickled me. FLAT RATE, with FLAT Britishly defined as "apartment," POKER CHIPS, with CHIPS Britishificated into "fries," etc.

I wasn't sure what MACBOOK was meant to be. Took a little thinking to remember that a raincoat gets Britishagated into MAC.

(BOBBY = policeman and LIFT = elevator.)

Nice to have BRITISHISMS in the grid as a revealer, although it's in an odd place, up in the NE corner. One trouble with this sort of placement is that the game gets given away too quickly.

(Although it does stymie "clever" solvers who skip down to the bottom to where the revealer usually is.)

Not only did it feel out of place, but not having a symmetrical partner — LOW CARB DIET is a nice entry, but not thematic — gave the grid a wonky feel. Like tea without a scone. Or unrisen dough without a proving drawer.

Perhaps I've been watching too much GBBO…

Even given the relatively high theme density, I thought there was too much crossword glue. BSA, SEIS, ILE, NNW, ON THE, KAN, EPOS, and the duped ISM / BRITISHISMS. That's more than 10% of the entries in the grid; a bit SLOPPY. I would have preferred something like just five themers, with the first one 10 or 11 letters long to match BRITISHISM(S). Would have allowed for a more elegant final product.

Overall though, fun for me to get my Anglophilic fix. Now, back to my crisps and puddings…

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© 2017, The New York TimesNo. 1115 ( 24,844 )
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1. Man's name that means "king" : ROY
4. Taxpayers' IDs : SSNS
8. Verbal digs : BARBS
13. Palindromic farm animal : EWE
14. St. Patrick, for the Irish : ICON
15. Is a first-stringer : STARTS
17. *Monthly charge for a London apartment? : FLATRATE
19. Garb : ATTIRE
20. Targets : AIMSAT
22. Follower of the first intermission : ACTII
23. Mineral in bath powder : TALC
26. *French fries on a London card table? : POKERCHIPS
28. Mushroom used in sukiyaki : ENOKI
30. Arrives on time for : MAKES
31. 90° from ENE : NNW
32. Like a doctor's penmanship, stereotypically : SLOPPY
36. Sign of spring : THAW
39. First X, say : TIC
40. *Catalog from a London raincoat designer? : MACBOOK
42. Spot in la mer : ILE
43. Herd unit : HEAD
45. Learjet competitor : CESSNA
46. Cardinal ___ : SIN
47. What like-pole magnets do : REPEL
49. Johnny Appleseed, e.g. : NOMAD
51. *Part of a London police officer's uniform? : BOBBYSOCKS
56. Furtive "Hey, you!" : PSST
57. Home of the Ewoks : ENDOR
58. Perfectly : TOATEE
60. Add, per a recipe : STIRIN
62. *Conveyance in a multilevel London store? : SHOPLIFT
66. Place for a sword : SHEATH
67. Dagwood's bratty neighbor : ELMO
68. Message on an offstage card : CUE
69. Lucy's sitcom pal : ETHEL
70. Beat people? : COPS
71. What curtains may signify : END
1. TKO caller : REF
2. Harry Potter's Hedwig, e.g. : OWL
3. Roll-call call : YEA
4. Familiar voice since 2011 : SIRI
5. Rascal : SCAMP
6. "I beg to differ" : NOTSO
7. Weaselly sort : SNEAK
8. Character-building youth org. : BSA
9. What follows a cry of "Char-r-rge!" : ATTACK
10. Mechanism in a unidirectional wrench : RATCHET
11. Words found in the answers to this puzzle's starred clues : BRITISHISMS
12. Remove with a sandblaster, say : STRIP
16. Dos y cuatro : SEIS
18. Bulletin board item : TACK
21. Conductors set them : TEMPOS
23. Final frame in bowling : TENTH
24. Lennox of Eurythmics : ANNIE
25. Atkins plan, e.g. : LOWCARBDIET
27. Synthetic alternative to silk : RAYON
29. Suffix with sex : ISM
33. Gets ready to play basketball, say, with "up" : LACES
34. Cat once prized for its fur : OCELOT
35. Airer of Ken Burns documentaries : PBS
37. Many a rapper's name : ALIAS
38. George who played Norm on "Cheers" : WENDT
41. Ike's home state: Abbr. : KAN
44. ___ Harry, vocalist for the band Blondie : DEBORAH
48. Fool's gold : PYRITE
50. German automaker : OPEL
51. First lady after Eleanor : BESS
52. Words before double or take : ONTHE
53. Sine's reciprocal, briefly : COSEC
54. Frida who was portrayed in film by Salma Hayek : KAHLO
55. Crush, in a way, with "on" : STOMP
59. Some narrative writing : EPOS
61. Org. with the Original Six teams : NHL
63. What 61-Down teams play on : ICE
64. Amusement : FUN
65. Sen. Cruz : TED

Answer summary: 4 unique to this puzzle.

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