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New York Times, Monday, December 3, 2018

Author:
Lynn Lempel
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Lynn Lempel

This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 78, Blocks: 36 Missing: {JQ} This is puzzle # 85 for Ms. Lempel. NYT links: Across Lite PDF
Lynn Lempel notes:
I'm a sucker for quirks of English, so a puzzle was clearly in the cards when I noticed there are several stand-alone, differently ... read more

I'm a sucker for quirks of English, so a puzzle was clearly in the cards when I noticed there are several stand-alone, differently spelled "do" rhymes. I think it was only when starting the grid that I thought of PAS DE DEUX, which purists will complain isn't quite the same pronunciation. For me, close enough. I would have loved to use DERRING-DO, but it just didn't work.

Nothing much to say about clues. They're mostly what I submitted, or at least the gist of what I submitted. Changes seemed generally to make them a bit easier. The 65-Across clue for ONE was definitely Will's. And he must have nixed my attempt to include a Monday question-mark clue at 7-D, with [Person going to court?] for WOOER.

I hope you all DO enjoy the puzzle.

Jeff Chen notes:
Anyone else humming 'Strangers in the Night' right now? Tight set of homophones, DOO DEW DO DUE DEUX. I bet fans of ... read more

Anyone else humming "Strangers in the Night" right now?

Tight set of homophones, DOO DEW DO DUE DEUX.

I bet fans of Hüsker Dü (the band) or Hūsker Dū? (the game) will be shouting THAT'S NOT A TIGHT THEME SET YOU JERKY JERK, HOW COULD YOU FORGET TO INCLUDE THE BEST BAND / GAME IN THE HISTORY OF BANDS / GAMES?

(You'd think I was joking, but I do get emails like this every once in a while.)

At the risk of enraging fans more, I like the decision to not include HUSKER DU, as this theme is so straightforward that it had to be run on a Monday. It'd be a rough ask to expect newer solvers to fill in the bizarre-looking HUSKERDU string. Hu skerdu?

It's tough for me to get excited about such a straightforward and simple theme. But the set is tight, the grid is solid, with just a bit of WOOER (is the other person the WOOEE?) and LECID (could be a turnoff for newer solvers). Along with solid bonuses in STONETOOL, STATE REPS, AVENGER, BIMODAL, it's a friendly offering for newbs.

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© 2018, The New York TimesNo. 1203 ( 25,227 )
Across
1. Expressions of amazement : GASPS
6. Amaze : AWE
9. Illegal motions by pitchers : BALKS
14. Houston player : ASTRO
15. Great Dane, e.g. : DOG
16. Notable happening : EVENT
17. Great Dane of animated cartoons : SCOOBYDOO
19. Happen again : RECUR
20. Immensely long stretches : EONS
21. Broke bread : ATE
22. Limited in number : FINITE
23. Escalator feature : STEP
24. Result of overnight condensation : MORNINGDEW
26. Lipton offerings : TEAS
28. "Bus Stop" dramatist William : INGE
29. Nut often squirreled away : ACORN
31. Basic trig ratio : SINE
33. Invitation request, in brief : RSVP
37. Sound on a dairy farm : MOO
38. "Impossible for me!" : NOCANDO
41. Harmful cigarette stuff : TAR
42. Equestrian's sport : POLO
44. Umpteen : MANY
45. Lessen : ABATE
47. Fee payer, often : USER
49. Londoner, e.g., informally : BRIT
50. Words on returned mail : POSTAGEDUE
55. Vegetarian's no-no : MEAT
58. Aviator Earhart : AMELIA
59. Cozy lodging : INN
60. Ricelike pasta : ORZO
61. Bring home, as a runner : BATIN
62. Couple's ballet dance : PASDEDEUX
64. Turn aside : SHUNT
65. Number replaced by "hup" by a drill sergeant : ONE
66. Resort island near Naples : CAPRI
67. Key Watergate evidence : TAPES
68. 72, maybe, on a golf course : PAR
69. Twin Mary-Kate or Ashley : OLSEN
Down
1. Oxygen and nitrogen : GASES
2. Racecourse near Windsor Castle : ASCOT
3. Implement for a Neanderthal : STONETOOL
4. Thrive : PROSPER
5. Break down in tears : SOB
6. Make larger : ADDTO
7. Swain : WOOER
8. Conscious self, to Freud : EGO
9. Explorer who lent his name to a strait off Alaska : BERING
10. Member of a Marvel superhero team : AVENGER
11. French play about a storied Spanish soldier : LECID
12. Gridiron legend Rockne : KNUTE
13. Spread here and there : STREW
18. Thanksgiving dishes : YAMS
22. Made to pay as punishment : FINED
25. Dingbat : NINNY
27. TV journalist Curry : ANN
29. Intensify, with "up" : AMP
30. Dove's sound : COO
31. Fright : SCARE
32. Knighted actor McKellen : IAN
34. Some down-ballot electees, informally : STATEREPS
35. Big tub : VAT
36. Lead-in to occupy : PRE
39. From alpha to ___ : OMEGA
40. Rowboat mover : OAR
43. Summary of key points : OUTLINE
46. Like a probability curve with two peaks : BIMODAL
48. New Orleans footballers : SAINTS
49. Flex : BEND
50. "Blue Ribbon" brew : PABST
51. Nebraska's largest city : OMAHA
52. Establish : SETUP
53. Princess mourned in 1997 : DIANA
54. Indy racer Al or Bobby : UNSER
56. Sky-blue : AZURE
57. Snake venom, e.g. : TOXIN
62. Champagne-opening sound : POP
63. Environment-related prefix : ECO

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

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