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New York Times, Tuesday, November 5, 2019

Author:
John Guzzetta
Editor:
Will Shortz
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John Guzzetta

This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 76, Blocks: 38 Missing: {QVXZ} Spans: 1 This is puzzle # 25 for Mr. Guzzetta. NYT links: Across Lite PDF
John Guzzetta notes:
The original set included apple, tomato, lemon, and lime, but what sounded good for juices didn't come out so well in theme phrases, ... read more

The original set included apple, tomato, lemon, and lime, but what sounded good for juices didn't come out so well in theme phrases, and so the NYT editorial team came back with great suggestions in pear and mango. I appreciate their help with the set, and with polishing the grid. Hope solvers enjoy!

Jeff Chen notes:
Four fruits playing JUICY ROLEs today. What? JUICY PARTs? That does make more sense for this theme concept, but it doesn't hit my ear ... read more

Four fruits playing JUICY ROLEs today. What? JUICY PARTs? That does make more sense for this theme concept, but it doesn't hit my ear as strongly as JUICY ROLE. Checking the Googs … huh! Apparently JUICY PART is highly favored over JUICY ROLE. Shows what I know.

I appreciated that John found so many long fruits hidden within themers. ROMAN GODDESS is fantastic, both as a base phrase and as a delightfully fruitful find. LEMON across ANKLE MONITOR is wonderful, too. Those 5+ letter finds can seem so impossibly possible.

Usually, I'm not a fan of hidden words contained within other single words, but TOMATO in AUTOMATON is top-notch; what a cool discovery. TOMATO has no shared etymology with AUTOMATON, so that makes it even better.

Even with five themers, you should almost always be able to work in a couple of long bonuses. TANDEM BIKE and BEAUTY TIPS both hit the mark, totally worth the price of a minor ENDO. I always have a tough time with ENTO vs ENDO, but John made the crossing unambiguous.

Great themers, strong craftsmanship … so why didn't this strike me as POW! material? Perhaps I'm suffering from "hidden words" fatigue. Will mentioned a few months ago that he has too many hidden word themes on file, so it takes something incredible to pass his bar now.

The revealer didn't quite hit, either. JUICY PART more indicates that one word of the phrase is a fruit in disguise, like LEMON LAW or DATE NIGHT. It does work, but not as beautifully as if FRUITY MIDDLE had been a real phrase. Too bad that's not a thing. Come on, candy makers, make a FRUITY MIDDLE Starburst or something already!

Solid puzzle overall.

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Across
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Pop group whose name is also a rhyme scheme : ABBA
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Bit of dance instruction : STEP
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___ Xtra (soft drink) : PIBB
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Neighborhood neglected by local government : SLUM
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"Touched by an Angel" actress Downey : ROMA
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Calculations that may be given in square feet : AREAS
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Robot : AUTOMATON
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Needle : TEASE
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___ dish : PETRI
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Pioneering arcade game company : ATARI
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Capitalize on : USE
24
Object commonly worn by someone under house arrest : ANKLEMONITOR
27
Part of a buck : ANTLER
30
Pamper : BABY
31
Sheep's sound : BAA
32
Word before we or flush : ROYAL
36
Greek H's : ETAS
39
One making a scene outdoors : LANDSCAPEARTIST
43
Prefix meaning "inner" : ENDO
44
Golf club designed to achieve loft : WEDGE
45
School fund-raising grp. : PTA
46
Explorer ___ the Red : ERIK
49
Noted holder of 1,093 U.S. patents : EDISON
51
Venus, for one : ROMANGODDESS
56
Edwards or Ramstein: Abbr. : AFB
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Detest : ABHOR
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Lollipop-sucking character of 1970s TV : KOJAK
62
What aftershave can do : STING
64
Movie role with range ... or what 17-, 24-, 39- and 51-Across each have? : JUICYPART
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Black tea variety : PEKOE
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1993's ___ Accords : OSLO
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"The Grapes of Wrath" migrator : OKIE
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Contents of a Facebook feed : NEWS
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Source for restaurant reviews : YELP
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"What's the ___?" : DEAL
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"Stat!" : ASAP
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Pale ___ dot (Earth) : BLUE
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Ashtray item : BUTT
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Lacking a compass, say : AMORAL
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Spanish Mrs. : SRA
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A to Z : TOTAL
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Hardly underplay : EMOTE
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___ Games (quadrennial event) : PANAM
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Green outer layer of a statue : PATINA
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Fury : IRE
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Advice much seen in Cosmopolitan and Seventeen : BEAUTYTIPS
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Low voice : BASSO
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Fortuneteller : SEER
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Rock experts? : MINERS
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Burglarize : ROB
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McDonald's founder Ray : KROC
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"Yeah, right!" : IBET
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Qualified : ABLE
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Bread baked in a tandoor : NAAN
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Conveyance for two : TANDEMBIKE
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Rotate about an axis, as a plane : YAW
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Bone smasher in the opening scene of "2001: A Space Odyssey" : APE
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Directed : LED
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Regarding : ASTO
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Kyle and Kenny's friend on "South Park" : STAN
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"___ the Explorer" : DORA
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James who wrote "A Death in the Family" : AGEE
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Morning warning in a sailor's saying : REDSKY
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Since forever : INAGES
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Soviet spy agcy. : KGB
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Type of crustacean whose name means "equal-footed" : ISOPOD
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Hoarse voice : RASP
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Frequently : OFTEN
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"How great," sarcastically : OHJOY
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Put out, as a fire : DOUSE
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Fire ___ : DRILL
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TV anchor Tapper : JAKE
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Operatic highlight : ARIA
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Producer of many compilation records : KTEL
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"Immediately!" : NOW
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Steal, in slang : COP

Answer summary: 4 unique to this puzzle.

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