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New York Times, Monday, November 28, 2016

Author: Kristian House
Editor: Will Shortz
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This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 76, Blocks: 36 Missing: {FJQVX} This is puzzle # 17 for Mr. House. NYT links: Across Lite PDF
Kristian House notes: It's my first Monday puzzle in the New York Times! I've been trying to write a solid easy puzzle for a while, but it's not as ... more
Kristian House notes:

It's my first Monday puzzle in the New York Times! I've been trying to write a solid easy puzzle for a while, but it's not as simple as you'd think. I have a lot of respect for constructors who can write clean, easy puzzles so prolifically.

This is my second attempt at this theme. I submitted an earlier version with "SMEW" hidden instead of "EIDER." Will felt that SMEW was too obscure, so I tinkered with the grid, and this is the result. I actually like this one better than my original, so it all worked out. I really like GUSSIEDUP and its counterpart NOGOODNIK, even though they're both a bit old-timey. I hope you enjoyed the puzzle!

Jeff Chen notes: Back in 2012, there was another DUCK DUCK GOOSE puzzle, and I remembering being very surprised to hear from many people who didn't ... more
Jeff Chen notes:

Back in 2012, there was another DUCK DUCK GOOSE puzzle, and I remembering being very surprised to hear from many people who didn't know the game. Curious! Today, we get DUCK DUCK GOOSE as a revealer, making everything a little clearer. Still, I wonder how many people will be looking it up, wondering why the heck it's so much better to be a duck than a goose. (No idea!)

I had some idea of what was going on after uncovering TEAL and EIDER, as I've seen those in crosswords enough times clued as types of duck. Curious to see what kind of GOOSE Kristian could possibly use, I smiled a little to see the crosswordy NENE (very common letters with alternating vowel consonant pattern). Amusing nod to crossword insiders.

I really enjoyed Kristian's choice of themers, all of them strong. TRIBUTE ALBUMS is really fun, as is SWORN ENEMIES. And the APARTHEID ERA is not exactly the jolliest of topics, but what a nice find in a phrase that hides EIDER.

GUSSIED UP, NO-GOODNIK, and BRAT PACK are great bonuses, too. (Who you calling old-timey, Kristian?!)

Very good gridwork in general — EDUCE is kind of a funny word, TUM can't be without RUM and TUGGER, and PONES feels odd in the plural, but that's all that keeps it from being a perfectly smooth puzzle.

Well, there's ABORC, which looks so bizarre. I still can't decide if I love "A, B, OR C?" or detest it. Don't people usually offer two or four choices, not three?

Not sure that people will identify TEAL as a type of duck (my first thought is always to the color), but there's something fun about having three crosswordy hidden elements making up this theme.

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© 2016, The New York TimesNo. 1128 ( 24,492 )
Across Down
1. Taxis : CABS
5. Huffed and puffed : BLEW
9. Wiccan or Druid : PAGAN
14. Fit for the job : ABLE
15. Demolish : RAZE
16. Draw out : EDUCE
17. What lions and big engines do : ROAR
18. Razor brand : ATRA
19. Zapped with a stun gun : TASED
20. "Bowiemania" and "Come Together: America Salutes the Beatles" : TRIBUTEALBUMS
23. Be extremely frugal : SCRIMP
24. Bill with Hamilton's visage : TEN
25. McKellen who played Gandalf : IAN
28. 1948-94, in South Africa : APARTHEIDERA
32. I.S.P. with a butterfly logo : MSN
35. What a knife wound might leave : SCAR
36. Senate staffers : AIDES
37. "I know! I know!" : OHOH
39. Makes a blanket, e.g. : KNITS
42. Common play on fourth down : PUNT
43. Go ___ (no longer follow orders) : ROGUE
45. It may have 40, 60 or 75 watts : BULB
47. Shell out : PAY
48. Bitter rivals : SWORNENEMIES
52. That, in Tabasco : ESO
53. Chicken ___ king : ALA
54. Appear, as problems : CROPUP
58. Children's game ... or the circled words in 20-, 28- and 48-Across : DUCKDUCKGOOSE
62. Actress Kirsten of "Spider-Man" : DUNST
64. Part of an archipelago : ISLE
65. Letter-shaped metal fastener : TNUT
66. Chum, in Chihuahua : AMIGO
67. In close proximity : NEAR
68. "___ goes nothin'!" : HERE
69. Senegal's capital : DAKAR
70. Ice cream brand known as Dreyer's west of the Rockies : EDYS
71. Catch sight of : ESPY
1. Things pushed around a supermarket : CARTS
2. Multiple-choice options : ABORC
3. Tony ___, 1990s-2000s British P.M. : BLAIR
4. Balkan country once part of Yugoslavia : SERBIA
5. Group that included Demi Moore and Emilio Estevez : BRATPACK
6. After curfew : LATE
7. Klein of Vox.com : EZRA
8. What the Forbes 400 measures : WEALTH
9. Flower that's also a girl's name : PETUNIA
10. Economist Smith : ADAM
11. Dressed to the nines : GUSSIEDUP
12. Hole in one : ACE
13. Homer Simpson's neighbor : NED
21. Diamond officials, informally : UMPS
22. Buzzer : BEE
26. Venue for a rock concert : ARENA
27. Vile : NASTY
29. Sprinted : RAN
30. Shoshone or Sioux : TRIBE
31. Quick swim : DIP
32. Inventor of a "code" : MORSE
33. Broadway offerings : SHOWS
34. Baddie : NOGOODNIK
38. "Ben-___" : HUR
40. T. S. Eliot's Rum ___ Tugger : TUM
41. Rain jackets : SLICKERS
44. Legislator : ENACTOR
46. Floating block of ice : BERG
49. Majestic Yellowstone creature : ELK
50. Literature Nobelist Gordimer : NADINE
51. Allay, as fears : SOOTHE
55. Southern corn breads : PONES
56. Take forcibly : USURP
57. "Our Gang" dog : PETEY
59. Links org. : USGA
60. Like most consignment shop items : USED
61. Adobe material : CLAY
62. "Dear old" person : DAD
63. "___ Thurman" (Fall Out Boy song) : UMA

Answer summary: 4 unique to this puzzle.

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