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New York Times, Saturday, February 18, 2017

Author: Steve Overton
Editor: Will Shortz
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This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 70, Blocks: 29 Missing: {HQ} This is the debut puzzle for Mr. Overton. NYT links: Across Lite PDF
Jeff Chen notes: Yet another debut this week! Very cool; I'm hoping that the NYT does a full 'new constructors' theme week in the future. It'd be ... more
Jeff Chen notes:

Yet another debut this week! Very cool; I'm hoping that the NYT does a full "new constructors" theme week in the future. It'd be especially cool if a few of them were female, or from diverse backgrounds. (Newbies, feel free to contact me if you're interested, have a theme idea, and/or would like some help!)

Steve uses his mid-length slots so well. Love that intersection of DREAM ON and NO CAN DO. Along with SIX GUN, RATED X, FREE DVD, TV GUIDE, ain't no BAD NEWS here. Steve's ON A TEAR! I don't remember the last time a puzzle's mid-length material stood out so well for me.

Some nice longer entries, too. Love the German DER RINGDO … er, DERRING DO. And SWEATSUIT, LET US PRAY, DEWEY EYED, NOBLEMAN, yes! Good work, putting at least one strong entry in each of the corners.

Not as much a fan of ALIENATE, SENTENCE, OVERTONE, BORDERED, as they're more neutral entries in my eyes, words I hear every day in workmanlike usage. They also carry slightly negative-ish OVERTONEs, which wasn't super uplifting. Not that I need or even want every crossword to lift my spirits, but as a form of entertainment, I'd rather come away with a sense of fun than a feeling of having my buzz harshed.

A bit of crossword glue holding everything together, ENERO a constructor's crutch what with its friendly letters and vowel/consonant alternation. Minor SASE, DTS (although I heard someone use that term the other day!). DO NOT was the lone entry that bugged me, a partial in disguise. A cutesy clue, without a question mark, in [Prohibition's beginning], just made it worse.

And tough entry in SANGAREE. It's definitely a thing, and I like having learned it (although it sounds slightly to incredibly disgusting). During my solve, though, it wasn't satisfying to be forced to piece together every single letter, just to wonder what this thing was.

LIEGE apparently can either mean the person in charge … or the person working for that person. Interesting tidbit of info.

Great use of mid-length slots, and if the longer slots had been used to that level, this would have been a POW! candidate. Given the standard-ish themeless pattern, I think that might have been possible, especially in the NE/SW.

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© 2017, The New York TimesNo. 0218 ( 24,574 )
Across Down
1. Was almost, with "on" : BORDERED
9. New England staple : SCROD
14. Owing : INARREARS
16. Brand with a "PM" variety : ALEVE
17. "Bow your heads ..." : LETUSPRAY
18. Strength : SINEW
19. Loyal subject : LIEGE
20. Can : TIN
21. Hacker's success : ENTRY
22. Things are unlikely when they are long : ODDS
23. Prohibition's beginning : DONOT
25. Prince George's mom : KATE
26. Day spa treatment : WAX
27. Many a promotional media giveaway : FREEDVD
29. Not as shy as one might think : COY
30. Bad feeling : DREAD
31. Title nickname of filmdom's Lt. Jordan O'Neil : GIJANE
33. Raising hell : ONATEAR
36. In stitches : SUTURED
37. Prison in which Timothy Leary was housed next to Charles Manson : FOLSOM
38. Asks a loaded question, say : BAITS
39. Antipiracy grp. : FBI
40. "Ain't gonna happen" : NOCANDO
42. Lame : SAD
45. One may make tracks : SLED
47. Alternative to a "Psst!" : NUDGE
48. They click : MICE
49. Barbershop part : TENOR
51. Transcription product : RNA
52. "Silence is golden," e.g. : MAXIM
53. Floor : AMAZE
54. Exploits : DERRINGDO
56. Like some communities : GATED
57. Something to work out in : SWEATSUIT
58. When to wish someone un prospero año nuevo : ENERO
59. 10 years, for example : SENTENCE
1. Puff out : BILLOW
2. The so-called "People of the Standing Stone" : ONEIDA
3. Like "Last Tango in Paris," initially : RATEDX
4. Therapy group? : DRUGS
5. Cousin of Manx : ERSE
6. Single curl or crunch, in the gym : REP
7. Beam's path? : EARTOEAR
8. Really ready to rest : DRAINED
9. Aid for an ed. : SASE
10. Sound heard shortly after "Here's to ..." : CLINK
11. Dollar, for one : RENTACAR
12. Suggestion : OVERTONE
13. Innocent : DEWYEYED
15. Diocesan assembly : SYNOD
23. "Ain't gonna happen" : DREAMON
24. Desi Arnaz Jr. was on its first cover : TVGUIDE
27. It has a chilling effect : FREON
28. "That makes two of us" : DITTO
30. Danger while drying out : DTS
32. ___ d'orange : JUS
33. Like many lines fed to actors : OFFSTAGE
34. Lady's counterpart : NOBLEMAN
35. Put off : ALIENATE
36. Cold wine-and-nutmeg drink : SANGAREE
38. "You'd better brace yourself for this ..." : BADNEWS
41. Rennin results in them : CURDS
42. Western heat? : SIXGUN
43. Cutting : ACIDIC
44. Bump down : DEMOTE
46. Demolition site sight : DOZER
48. Shepherd's home : MANSE
50. Fresh styling : REDO
52. Something catching? : MITT
55. Led : RAN

Answer summary: 2 unique to this puzzle, 3 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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