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New York Times, Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Author:
Duncan Kimmel and Clara Williamson
Editor:
Will Shortz
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This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 78, Blocks: 40 Missing: {FJQZ} This is the debut puzzle for Mr. Kimmel. This is the debut puzzle for Ms. Williamson. NYT links: Across Lite PDF
Jeff Chen notes:
More additions to the list of youngest constructors! Congrats to Duncan and Clara for having their first NYT puzzle published. ... read more

More additions to the list of youngest constructors! Congrats to Duncan and Clara for having their first NYT puzzle published.

Ah, the good old days where everyone played bridge ...

I liked how current the theme is. I've only watched two of the four shows, but they're all popular enough that I've heard a ton about each. It was entertaining to give all of them an alternative and valid interpretation. I was SO sure ["Mad Men"?] was going to lead to PITCH ___ when I uncovered P??CH*. I was confused when I finally turned up PSYCHOPATHS, and figuring out the literal interpretation gave me a nice a-ha moment.

HALLMARK STORE was perfect for ["House of Cards?"], too, the clue being an accurate description of the answer.

MUSICAL CHAIRS was a bit of a stretch, since this one was much less literal than the first two. Yes, a throne is a type of chair, but the literality is lost.

I didn't expect PALLBEARERS. It felt like an inconsistency, the lone themer where you really have to stretch your imagination to think of people who are "walking (the) dead." I'm not a fan of inconsistency.

Impressive grid for a debut. I was surprised to see ETUI, since that's a word that older constructors tend to lean on, but other than that, it's a nice clean product. And integrating six pieces of long fill is something experienced constructors rarely do — well done!

Man oh man I'm hoping that Duncan and/or Clara play bridge. It's making a comeback, I tell you! Bridge is great for the mind, emphasizes logical reasoning, teamwork, deduction … oh fine, I'm never going to convince anyone. Sigh.

(A SMALL SLAM is when you bid to get 12 of 13 tricks, and a grand slam is when you bid for 13.)

A fun idea, where three of the four themers worked well for me. Along with grid execution being well above average, I'm looking forward to more from this pair.

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Students & seniors
Across
1. Paris pyramid designer : IMPEI
6. "Style is an option. Clean is not" sloganeer : TIDE
10. "Wanna ___?" : BET
13. Charcuterie : MEATS
14. Stuffy site? : SINUS
15. Rage : IRE
16. "Mad Men"? : PSYCHOPATHS
18. Grp. on the range? : NRA
19. One easily duped : SAP
20. Ending with silver or soft : WARE
21. Freudian subjects : EGOS
22. "House of Cards"? : HALLMARKSTORE
27. Campfire treats : SMORES
29. In ___ of : LIEU
30. Division of a long poem : CANTO
31. Things determined by one's date of birth : STARSIGNS
36. Big feller? : AXE
37. One way to run : AMUCK
38. Be sick : AIL
39. Varied : DISPARATE
42. Orangish fruit : MANGO
44. The first to die : ABEL
45. It may be measured on a doorframe : HEIGHT
46. "Game of Thrones"? : MUSICALCHAIRS
51. "I'm ___ it" : OVER
52. Lip-puckering : SOUR
53. Symbol for torque : TAU
56. Latin word shared by the mottoes of Yale and Tufts : LUX
57. "The Walking Dead"? : PALLBEARERS
61. The "A" in I.P.A. : ALE
62. Parts of cribs : SLATS
63. Rid : PURGE
64. "Totally cool, man!" : RAD
65. Objectives : AIMS
66. Mexican money : PESOS
Down
1. Mischief-makers : IMPS
2. Tenis de ___ (Ping-Pong, in Spain) : MESA
3. Disappearing conveniences : PAYPHONES
4. And more: Abbr. : ETC
5. "Kinda" : ISH
6. Pageant princess's prize : TIARA
7. Weave together : INTERLACE
8. "Of course, you idiot!" : DUH
9. Part of a winding road : ESS
10. "You got it!" : BINGO
11. Autocorrect target : ERROR
12. Razz : TEASE
14. Unwanted emails : SPAM
17. Hogwarts' fifth-year exams, for short : OWLS
21. Small case : ETUI
23. Something famously impossible to define : ART
24. DiCaprio, in tabloids : LEO
25. Enterprise captain : KIRK
26. French possessive : SES
27. Multitude : SCAD
28. Skirt type : MAXI
31. "All but one" win, in bridge : SMALLSLAM
32. Steve Martin song subject : TUT
33. Capone and Corleone : GANGSTERS
34. Near : NIGH
35. 8:00-9:00 on a schedule, e.g. : SLOT
37. Space : AREA
40. Duo : PAIR
41. Disney subsidiary : ABC
42. ___ fun (noodle variety) : MEI
43. iPad ___ : AIR
45. Tortoise taunter : HARE
46. Wisdom tooth, e.g. : MOLAR
47. Palate part : UVULA
48. H.S. class in which contraception may be discussed : SEXED
49. Longtime team for Peyton Manning : COLTS
50. Centers of activity : HUBS
54. Jason's ship : ARGO
55. "101 ___ for a Dead Cat" (1981 best seller) : USES
57. Free TV ad, for short : PSA
58. "Aladdin" prince : ALI
59. Tinder or Grindr : APP
60. Regret : RUE

Answer summary: 3 unique to this puzzle, 3 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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