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New York Times, Thursday, February 16, 2017

Author: Keith Redwine
Editor: Will Shortz
Keith Redwine
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This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 73, Blocks: 42 Missing: {FJQWXZ} Grid is asymmetric This is the debut puzzle for Mr. Redwine NYT links: Across Lite PDF
Keith Redwine notes: I'm a 28-year-old PhD student in Baltimore, MD finishing up a degree in Astrophysics. I've been doing the NYT puzzle everyday for ... more
Keith Redwine notes:

I'm a 28-year-old PhD student in Baltimore, MD finishing up a degree in Astrophysics. I've been doing the NYT puzzle everyday for many years now, so it seemed like a natural jump to start writing them, and this puzzle was my first shot at it.

The constructors who play with the symmetry and the physical structure of the grid are always my favorite, and I had this idea for a rebus that (I think) I hadn't seen before. Hope to have my name keep showing up every once in a while here.

Jeff Chen notes: Yet another debut! That make four days in a row, as well as four Thursdays in a row. New voices and new ideas are a great thing. ... more
Jeff Chen notes:

Yet another debut! That make four days in a row, as well as four Thursdays in a row. New voices and new ideas are a great thing.

Love this particular idea, BLACK rebus squares helping to take away the perceived ASYMMETRY. (I've grayed out the rebus squares to better illustrate this point.) I saw this idea maybe seven years ago (in a different venue) and thought it was the coolest concept ever! Even though the novelty wasn't there for me this time, I still enjoyed the effect.

Some great entries, starting off with the themers. Particularly cool to get a BLACK box in the middle of a phrase, in THE BLACK KEYS. But even BLACK BEAR, which looks so close to BLACK BEARD (there's a crossword theme in there somewhere …), and the finance term IN THE BLACK are awfully fun.

Loved TERMINATOR in the fill, too. I hope this factoid — 100% positive rating on Rotten Tomatoes — doesn't prompt crossword trolls to go give it negative ratings. Don't do it, people!

Some mid-length MAMMOTH, CARNAGE, SHINTO also added to the quality of my solve. A singular SCRUPLE was a bit odd, but it does have dictionary support.

Just a little too much crossword glue for my taste today. I didn't start noticing it until I hit SES / TET, but then I started picking up OLEO (which admittedly some people think is fine), MAL, ARA, MTS. Nothing cringeworthy, but as a whole, just up against my threshold.

Two great clues:

  • [Needing salt, maybe] doesn't refer to seasoning, but salt for ICY snow conditions.
  • Nice misdirect in [Shoots in the jungle], making it look like "shoots" is a verb, not a noun, for BAMBOO.
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© 2017, The New York TimesNo. 0216 ( 24,572 )
Across Down
1. Menu holder at many a cafe : BLACKBOARD
7. Where Schwarzenegger was born: Abbr. : AUS
10. Body of water near Georgia : BLACKSEA
14. Shoots in the jungle : BAMBOO
15. Abbr. on a ticket : MPH
16. Composer Zimmer with four Grammys : HANS
17. Provoke : ELICIT
18. Grunts : PRIVATES
20. Cockpit reading: Abbr. : ALT
21. Book after Exod. : LEV
23. Erstwhile : ONETIME
24. Some campus marchers, briefly : ROTC
26. Overdo it, in a way : EMOTE
28. Show : AIR
29. 1984 movie with a 100% positive rating on Rotten Tomatoes, with "The" : TERMINATOR
32. Hanoi holiday : TET
33. End of an address : DOTCOM
34. French possessive : SES
35. Feature of this puzzle that's "fixed" by a literal reading of four squares : ASYMMETRY
39. Worry for the superstitious : BLACKCAT
42. The rest : OTHERS
44. Ill, in Lille : MAL
45. It's a matter of taste : AESTHETICS
49. Longtime Notre Dame coach Parseghian : ARA
50. Solvent : INTHEBLACK
51. Pan-___ : ARAB
53. Leak source : INSIDER
55. Film studio once owned by Howard Hughes : RKO
57. Take advantage of : USE
58. Maumee River outlet : LAKEERIE
60. Go by : ELAPSE
62. "Gosh!" : EGAD
63. A good one gets you on a list, briefly : GPA
64. Old ___ : YELLER
65. Cubs' home : DEN
66. Nevertheless : YET
67. Thick-___ shoes : SOLED
1. University of Maine mascot : BLACKBEAR
2. Tickets are found on it : BALLOT
3. Left out : OMITTED
4. "Modern Family" network : ABC
5. Stir up : ROIL
6. Coddle, with "on" : DOTE
7. Gig need : AMP
8. Displace : UPROOT
9. Religion with public shrines : SHINTO
10. Villain : BLACKHAT
11. Give plenty : SATIATE
12. Pakistan and India, e.g. : ENEMIES
13. Claim : ASSERT
19. Really go out of one's way? : VEER
22. Bile : VENOM
25. Hungarian's neighbor : CROAT
27. Animal found in the La Brea Tar Pits : MAMMOTH
30. Ski area locales: Abbr. : MTS
31. Needing salt, maybe : ICY
34. Civil war locale beginning in 2011 : SYRIA
36. It will put you to sleep : ETHER
37. Five-time Grammy-winning duo from the 2010s : THEBLACKKEYS
38. Abbr. in a military title : RET
39. Extorted from : BLACKMAILED
40. Result of war : CARNAGE
41. Like malamutes : ALASKAN
43. Small moral misgiving : SCRUPLE
45. Senate staffer : AIDE
46. Cabinet department : ENERGY
47. Feature of a credit card : STRIPE
48. Gave lip : SASSED
52. "Suds" : BEER
54. Mil. danger : IED
56. Butter substitute : OLEO
59. Snack, say : EAT
61. Word after a number in a score : ALL

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

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