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New York Times, Thursday, December 1, 2016

Author: Timothy Polin
Editor: Will Shortz
Timothy Polin
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Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 71, Blocks: 35 Missing: {JQ} This is puzzle # 30 for Mr. Polin. NYT links: Across Lite PDF

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Jeff Chen notes: Three types of BEAN take a DIP today, inside LOADED BAKED POTATO, ANNE OF GREEN GABLES, and THE MAGIC SCHOOL BUS (highlighted below ... more
Jeff Chen notes:

Three types of BEAN take a DIP today, inside LOADED BAKED POTATO, ANNE OF GREEN GABLES, and THE MAGIC SCHOOL BUS (highlighted below to make the idea clearer.) I liked Tim's consistency, as 1.) all three phrases have the type of BEAN in the middle somewhere (not at the beginning or end), and 2.) all three types of BEAN are five letters long, allowing for the exact same pattern of scooching underneath a black square.

It was a little odd that BAKED bean and GREEN bean are actual types of bean, while MAGIC bean is not. Or is it? I just happen to have some with me, available for extravagant trade …

I also thought it was a little odd that the themers weren't quite symmetric. I guess you could make a case that the first and last are contained within symmetric rows (3/4 and 12/13), but the annoying engineer in me really wanted the bulk of those two themers in symmetric rows (4 and 12, whereas they're in 3 and 12 right now). I know, I'm so annoying! (My poor wife.)

Those three dips might seem like they're pretty easy to fill around, but don't underestimate them. Instead of working with just one long answer, now you have two long-ish answers plus three more crossings, i.e. LBAR, ADORN, and WADE around the first dip. I particularly liked how flashy the middle of the grid was, with AXIAL right in the thick of that second dip, along with OZZIE. Great stuff!

Some nice bonus fill, too, a bit of I, ROBOT, WET KISS and BASS LINE. I wasn't sure about PELAGIC, but what an interesting word when "in the sea" isn't fancy enough.

A couple of hitches in short fill — SCAD seeming weird in singular and SKEETS weird in the plural — but other than a CRAT, smooth results.

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© 2016, The New York TimesNo. 1201 ( 24,495 )
Across Down
1. Supershort skirts : MICROS
7. Sloppy smooch : WETKISS
14. Airport monitor datum : ARRIVAL
16. Welcomed at the doorstep : ASKEDIN
17. Dish topped with bacon, cheese and sour cream : LOADEDBAKEDPOTATO
19. Swiss tourist destination : INTERLAKEN
21. Winter respite : THAW
22. Trick out : ADORN
23. Bask (in) : GLORY
24. 2004 film about artificial intelligence : IROBOT
27. Football Hall-of-Famer Newsome : OZZIE
30. Cry feebly : MEWL
31. Like the rotation of the earth : AXIAL
32. Valedictorian's pride, for short : GPA
35. Classic novel about an orphan girl mistakenly sent to Prince Edward Island : ANNEOFGREENGABLES
40. Audiophiles' purchases : CDS
41. One filling out personnel forms, say : HIREE
43. Vibe : AURA
44. Seussian environmentalist : LORAX
45. Go slower : EASEUP
47. Gillette razors : ATRAS
50. Pulls down : EARNS
52. Edutainment cartoon featuring a teacher named Ms. Frizzle : THEMAGICSCHOOLBUS
58. Of the open sea : PELAGIC
60. Supermodel Lima : ADRIANA
61. Cardinals' home : ARIZONA
62. Nacho accompaniment ... or a feature of 17-, 35- and 52-Across? : BEANDIP
63. Withdrew : RECEDED
64. Trapshooting targets, informally : SKEETS
1. Neighbor of Burkina Faso : MALI
2. Smooth over : IRON
3. Suffix with klepto- : CRAT
4. Tamed, as a bronco : RIDEABLE
5. Lay on thick : OVERDO
6. Pitiful bunch : SADLOT
7. Not dive in, say : WADE
8. Subject of the 2011 book "These Guys Have All the Fun" : ESPN
9. Fight stopper, for short : TKO
10. One blowing off steam? : KETTLE
11. About 45 miles of it touch Canada : IDAHO
12. Stringed instrument usually played sitting down : SITAR
13. White out : SNOWY
15. Beam bent at 90° : LBAR
20. Kentucky's Fort ___ : KNOX
23. Sonoran Desert river : GILA
24. Yosemite runner : IMAC
25. Tear violently : REND
26. Dominates, informally : OWNS
28. Ending with fan : ZINE
29. Make a sudden turn : ZAG
31. Home to a famous mausoleum : AGRA
32. Word with stick or gun : GLUE
33. South American territory in the game Risk : PERU
34. "On the double!" : ASAP
36. Surprised exclamations : OHOS
37. Growth along a ski run : FIR
39. Low-pitched part of a song : BASSLINE
42. Suit : EXEC
44. Labor day class? : LAMAZE
45. Deteriorates : ERODES
46. Skimobiler's wear : ANORAK
47. How some bonds are sold : ATPAR
48. "___ goes the neighborhood" : THERE
49. Museum piece : RELIC
51. Fictional character who says "I'd strike the sun if it insulted me" : AHAB
53. Field of Jean-Luc Godard : CINE
54. Slew : SCAD
55. Instructed : BADE
56. Soldier's assignment : UNIT
57. Drains (from) : SAPS
59. Quetzalcoatl, e.g. : GOD

Answer summary: 2 unique to this puzzle, 2 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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