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New York Times, Thursday, November 3, 2016

Author:
Mel Rosen
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Mel Rosen

This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 78, Blocks: 40 Missing: {KQX} This is puzzle # 38 for Mr. Rosen. NYT links: Across Lite PDF
Jeff Chen notes:
AG rebus, four long entries containing two rebi apiece. I must admit, I've thought about this for a few days, and I still can't come ... read more

AG rebus, four long entries containing two rebi apiece. I must admit, I've thought about this for a few days, and I still can't come up with the rationale behind the theme. AG is the elemental symbol for silver, but is there a reason to put two silvers into each theme answer? Perhaps there's some clever phrase, like TWO-AG or AG PAIR that I don't know about? Most curious.

My preference for rebi is to have some raison d'etre, a revealer to explain why certain letters have been rebusized. (Rebified?) CRUSHED ICE was one that stuck out to me a while back, for example. So I would have loved to have one of the answers somehow give me an a-ha moment of "oh, THAT'S why two AG boxes are shoved into each long across answer!"

Some nice "theme answers," my favorites ON AGAIN / OFF AGAIN and AGREE TO DISAGREE. Then again, there's something oppositional about these two entries that made me so badly want the others to be equally oppositional, for consistency's sake. Ah well.

I liked some of the fill, like FLORISTS and especially HASHT(AG), the latter even better since it incorporated one of the rebus squares. I really like when rebus squares get featured, both in the across and the down directions.

Conversely, I really don't like when rebus squares are integrated into subpar answers. Any sort of variant is generally to be avoided, so (AG)ISM (usually AGEISM) is unfortunate. Every has their own preference on what type of crossword glue is the worst — for me, variants are right up there. I'll usually do anything to avoid a variant.

There will probably be questions about ARNIE as a [Noted "army" leader]: that's Arnold Palmer's legion of fans in the old days, nicknamed "Arnie's Army."

The clue for FLORISTS was mystifying, too, at least until I figured out that the "glad" of [Glad handlers?] is talking about the gladiolus flower, which it seems is sometimes called a "glad."

I'm pretty sure there isn't a rationale for why there are two AGs in each theme answer, but I'm really curious now if anyone can come up a phrase that would have made for a perfect revealer. ADDED NOTE: I really like Matt Gaffney's suggestion: "FILL" SILVERS!

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© 2016, The New York TimesNo. 1103 ( 24,467 )
Across
1
___-foot jelly : CALFS
6
Draft : SWIG
10
Where to go "for the company," per Mark Twain : HELL
14
Full-price payer : ADULT
15
Prefix with -batics : AERO
16
Self-titled debut album of 1982 : ASIA
17
Carousel locale : BAGGAGECLAIM
19
E-con? : SPAM
20
"Was that so hard?!" : SEE
21
Give in to a gut feeling? : EAT
22
Didn't do anything, say : SATHOME
24
Noted "army" leader : ARNIE
26
Pixel, e.g. : DOT
27
Sporadic : ONAGAINOFFAGAIN
32
"Vissi ___" (Puccini aria) : DARTE
34
Drop ___ (moon) : TROU
35
Female rabbit : DOE
36
City whose name sounds like a surprised greeting : OJAI
37
Sea or way follower : FARER
39
Improve : HONE
40
Person not to be trusted : RAT
41
"What Women Want" actor : ALDA
42
Beat : TIRED
43
Leave a dispute unsettled : AGREETODISAGREE
47
Alternative to watching live, nowadays : DVR
48
Swimmer of myth : NAIAD
49
English king deposed in the Glorious Revolution : JAMESII
53
Fashion monogram : YSL
54
Beach lotion letters : SPF
57
State with emphasis : AVER
58
Role in "Our Town" : STAGEMANAGER
61
Fervency : ZEAL
62
Some sorority letters : TAUS
63
"Get yer hands off!" : LEGGO
64
Bit of planning board planning : ZONE
65
Blind spot? : SLAT
66
"In the dark backward and ___ of time?": Shak. : ABYSM
Down
1
Icons of New York City : CABS
2
Saying : ADAGE
3
Olympics racer : LUGE
4
Important Stratego piece : FLAG
5
Inexpensive way to go : STEERAGE
6
Carter/Brezhnev pact : SALTII
7
"Aren't ___ pair?" : WEA
8
It's all about the pupil : IRIS
9
Really, really dig : GOMADFOR
10
Part of a tweet : HASHTAG
11
Rink star Phil, to fans : ESPO
12
Actor Hemsworth of "The Hunger Games" : LIAM
13
Hardly adequate : LAME
18
Biblical miracle town : CANA
23
Staple of a vegan diet : TOFU
24
Not a fan of : ANTI
25
Board, in a way : ENTRAIN
27
Speak like Cicero : ORATE
28
Silver ___ : ORE
29
Verb in "O Come, All Ye Faithful" : ADORE
30
Skye of film : IONE
31
Triage criterion : NEED
32
Rapper's headwear : DORAG
33
Not shut tight : AJAR
37
Glad handlers? : FLORISTS
38
Ritalin target, for short : ADD
39
Got moving : HIED
41
Off-roaders, for short : ATVS
42
Lilting syllables : TRALALA
44
Gertrude of 1926 news : EDERLE
45
Utter, old-style : SAYEST
46
Issue of concern to the AARP: Var. : AGISM
49
Meaningless talk, in slang : JAZZ
50
Chevy that debuted in 2004 : AVEO
51
Signify : MEAN
52
Typographer's abbr. : ITAL
54
Like a well-used mattress : SAGGY
55
Violin tuners : PEGS
56
Email heading : FROM
59
Golfo contents : AGUA
60
Home of Creighton U. : NEB

Answer summary: 1 unique to this puzzle, 3 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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