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New York Times, Thursday, November 15, 2018

Author:
Mary Lou Guizzo and Jeff Chen
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Jeff Chen

This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 78, Blocks: 36 Missing: {JKQX} This is puzzle # 22 for Ms. Guizzo. This is puzzle # 91 for Mr. Chen. NYT links: Across Lite PDF
Constructor notes:
Mary Lou: This puzzle was originally submitted in March 2017. I heard back from Joel in June that Will liked the puzzle theme but ... read more

Mary Lou:

This puzzle was originally submitted in March 2017. I heard back from Joel in June that Will liked the puzzle theme but felt it needed a rebus square in the lower right corner (the original had five rebus squares too, but none were in the lower right corner of the grid) and less crosswordese. I asked Jeff for his assistance as my time to devote to puzzles then was limited. I had managed to come up with more IOU words but not a solution to the requests made. Fortunately, Jeff was willing to co-construct and together we came up with a grid in which the 5 IOU rebus squares were spread out more evenly around the puzzle. The resubmission was quickly accepted in July.

It was, as always, a pleasure to work with Jeff (IOU), and a thrill to get that Yes! from Will and crew. I hope you enjoyed solving the puzzle.

Jeff Chen notes:
I've been interested in MICROLOANS for a while now, and I still think that it's an interesting concept even though the research ... read more

I've been interested in MICROLOANS for a while now, and I still think that it's an interesting concept even though the research doesn't show great economic results. The jury's still out on whether the MICROLOAN industry will eventually provide wide-ranging financial lifts to the poor, but it was a fun enough crossword conceit that I put aside my rebus fatigue (I rarely work on them these days, considering how few editors take them) and agreed to hop on board.

Such a tall order, to spread out the five rebus squares. But I understood where Will was coming from — not a lot of fun to work through a rebus puzzle and then realize an entire region wasn't thematic.

Getting a fifth square around the MICROLOANS revealer was so tricky. Tucking it into VARIOUS / ENVIOUS didn't make for fantastic rebus entries (I prefer jazzy multi-word phrases like GRACIOUS ME or broken across words like WHY I OUGHTA), but it did end up working out.

Wish we could have worked in just a bit more spice in addition to STEINEM, ZINGERS, ALADDIN, IT HELP, but you can only do so much when working with a ton of constraints. Made for such a tough set of trade-offs. Hope it was enough to keep solvers happy!

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© 2018, The New York TimesNo. 1115 ( 25,209 )
Across
1. Real lifesaver : HERO
5. Cloned machine of old : IBMPC
10. Something to hold near a skunk : NOSE
14. Matty who once had a National League batting title : ALOU
15. Bit of regalia : TIARA
16. Repulsive : ODIOUS
17. Making a "Top Party Schools" list, e.g. : DUBIOUSHONOR
19. Precisely : TOAT
20. "Outrageous Acts and Everyday Rebellions" author : STEINEM
21. Iconographic image in Catholic art : MADONNA
23. One of the Kennedys : TED
24. Zeno's birthplace : ELEA
26. ___ anglais (English horn) : COR
27. Bounce : PEP
28. "Heavens to Betsy!" : GRACIOUSME
33. Comic strip reporter Brenda : STARR
36. Retainers, e.g. : FEES
37. Collar stiffener : STAY
38. Strike zones? : LANES
39. When credits roll : END
40. Invective, e.g. : ABUSE
41. Choice of juice? : ACDC
42. Rude dudes : CADS
43. Photo filters : TINTS
44. Catchphrase for Moe Howard : WHYIOUGHTA
46. 1990s game disk : POG
47. Plethora : SEA
48. Reindeer in "Frozen" : SVEN
50. Texting qualifier : IMO
53. Comments from quick wits : ZINGERS
57. Hit 1992 film with a 2019 live-action remake : ALADDIN
59. Wind in a pit : OBOE
60. Money to start small businesses ... or a hint to five squares in this puzzle : MICROLOANS
62. Bawl (out) : REAM
63. Going green? : ENVIOUS
64. What you might call a Friend : THEE
65. $$$ holders : ATMS
66. Martini & ___ (vermouth) : ROSSI
67. Word processing function : SORT
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1. Possessed, biblically : HADST
2. Wash out with a solvent : ELUTE
3. Like Druids : ROBED
4. "Certainement!" : OUIOUI
5. What the Genius Bar provides : ITHELP
6. Wetland or rain forest : BIOME
7. "Holy Toledo!" : MAN
8. Party that often has an after-party : PROM
9. Santiago de León de ___ (formal name of a world capital) : CARACAS
10. Noted artist on Bad Boy Records, with "the" : NOTORIOUSBIG
11. Take too much of, in brief : ODON
12. Winnebago, for one : SIOUAN
13. "Cómo ___ usted?" : ESTA
18. Shows of contempt : SNEERS
22. E.N.T., e.g. : DOC
25. Well-run meetings have them : AGENDAS
27. Contents of a treasure chest : PRECIOUSGEMS
29. 1970s N.L. powerhouse : REDS
30. Dumbfound : STUN
31. It may be rigged : MAST
32. Surveys : EYES
33. Deli dish : SLAW
34. Instrument with a needle, for short : TACH
35. First name in pop art : ANDY
36. Bowling a 300, e.g. : FEAT
40. Keyless : ATONAL
42. Many a con artist : CHARMER
45. "Is that so ..." : GEE
46. House speaker after Hastert : PELOSI
49. Sundry : VARIOUS
50. Home of Shoshone Falls : IDAHO
51. One who's gone underground? : MINER
52. It's a start : ONSET
53. Author ___ Neale Hurston : ZORA
54. "Likely story!" : IBET
55. Linguist Chomsky : NOAM
56. ___-Japanese War : SINO
58. Parts of colons : DOTS
61. ___ Health (corporate giant) : CVS

Answer summary: 4 unique to this puzzle.

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