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New York Times, Monday, February 2, 2015

Author: Jeffrey Wechsler
Editor: Will Shortz
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Jeffrey Wechsler

This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 76, Blocks: 38 Missing: {KQXZ} This is puzzle # 10 for Mr. Wechsler. NYT links: Across Lite PDF

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Jeff Chen notes: Great selection of themers today, phrases containing NYC to celebrate THE BIG APPLE. DESTINY CALLS is so colorful and vivid, making ... more
Jeff Chen notes:

Great selection of themers today, phrases containing NYC to celebrate THE BIG APPLE. DESTINY CALLS is so colorful and vivid, making for a great entry. COMPANY CAR and FELONY CHARGE sing, too. (Sing Sing, in the latter's case.)

I would have been so tempted to stick in KENNY CLARKE, the great jazz drummer known as "Klook," but TONY CURTIS plays to a much bigger audience. Sigh.

As an 11-letter entry, THE BIG APPLE smack dab in the middle of the grid sure makes things hard. Interesting layout today; I like how Jeffrey smooshed pairs of themers together to separate them as much as possible from that troublesome THE BIG APPLE. This can be tough feat to do, but Jeffrey wisely chooses theme pairs with easy letter combinations, making the north and south regions nice and smooth.

It does leave big swaths of white space in the SW and NE, roughly 4x6 chunks which are rarely easy to fill, especially when fill needs to be Monday-smooth. Jeffrey does an impressive job in the NE, featuring Jerry STILLER and JON SEDA, the latter thankfully done with easy crosses.

Turns out that "bitter almonds" ARE poisonous!

The SW does have the fun ALL EARS and FLY ROD but overall doesn't come off quite as nicely, needing some glue to hold it together. I might have considered breaking up ALMONDS with a black square at the O, which would have given more flexibility in filling. (My wife, who loathes ALMONDS to the point where she accused me of poisoning her with an almond cookie, would approve.)

Then again, that would create even more 3-letter words, and the current count (25) is already on the high side. So many trade-offs in construction.

It sometimes just takes a single clue or entry to make me want to high-five someone, and BIDS did that for me. As a huge bridge fan, this very bridge-specific clue made me wistful for the time when bridge ruled American culture. It's tough to make a puzzle cover a huge range of topics, from bridge to WAFFLES to TONY CURTIS to BALI, and that effort is much appreciated. Something for everyone.

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© 2015, The New York TimesNo. 0202 ( 23,827 )
Across Down
1. Egg size larger than large : JUMBO
6. Remove, as a potato peel : PARE
10. Big inits. in financial news : WSJ
13. French ___ soup : ONION
14. Prime draft classification : ONEA
15. Inflict upon : DOTO
16. "Some Like It Hot" actor : TONYCURTIS
18. The Parthenon or Machu Picchu : RUIN
19. "I must do this" : DESTINYCALLS
21. "How adorable!" : AWW
24. Key for exiting full-screen mode : ESC
25. Item on a birthday cake : CANDLE
26. Wool variety : MOHAIR
29. Permitted : ALLOWED
30. What a baker gets a rise out of? : YEAST
31. Indonesian tourist destination : BALI
33. Notable time : ERA
34. Empire State Building locale ... or a hint to three letters in 16-, 19-, 52- and 57-Across : THEBIGAPPLE
38. Existed : WAS
40. Thick Japanese noodle : UDON
41. Get tangled up : RAVEL
44. Marzipan nuts : ALMONDS
47. Aioli, mostly : VOWELS
48. Bit of sports equipment with a reel : FLYROD
49. King or queen beater : ACE
51. Clear (of) : RID
52. Indictment for a serious offense : FELONYCHARGE
56. "This skull has ___ in the earth ...": "Hamlet" : LAIN
57. Executive's free "wheels" : COMPANYCAR
61. Rubik who invented Rubik's Cube : ERNO
62. Margarine : OLEO
63. Enticing smell : AROMA
64. NNW's opposite : SSE
65. Bottoms of paws : PADS
66. Given to crying : WEEPY
1. Write quickly : JOT
2. Tre minus due : UNO
3. 60 secs. : MIN
4. William who played Hopalong Cassidy in old westerns : BOYD
5. "I'll only say this ___ ..." : ONCE
6. Places with wharves : PORTS
7. Bit of tomfoolery : ANTIC
8. Bridle strap : REIN
9. Unhurried pace : EASYCLIP
10. Eager reply to "You guys want to come?" : WOULDWEEVER
11. Meara's partner in comedy : STILLER
12. Actor on "Homicide: Life on the Street" and "Chicago P.D." : JONSEDA
15. Brand for clearing a clogged pipe : DRANO
17. Druggie : USER
20. Home to L.A. and S.F. : CAL
21. Tan who wrote "The Joy Luck Club" : AMY
22. "___ is me!" : WOE
23. TV show that popularized the phrase "Is it bigger than a breadbox?" : WHATSMYLINE
27. Cigar residue : ASH
28. Suffix with Manhattan : ITE
29. Turing who was portrayed in "The Imitation Game" : ALAN
31. "Two no-trump" and others : BIDS
32. In the past : AGO
35. Kind of film exemplified by "Lethal Weapon" : BUDDYCOP
36. Expert : PRO
37. Statute : LAW
38. Dimpled breakfast items : WAFFLES
39. Hanging on every word : ALLEARS
42. QB Manning : ELI
43. "Turn on, tune in, drop out" drug : LSD
45. University of Maine's home : ORONO
46. Oui's opposite : NON
47. Wang of fashion : VERA
49. Arabic man's name meaning "highly praised" : AHMED
50. Mob bosses : CAPOS
53. Pepsi-___ : COLA
54. Chew like a rat : GNAW
55. Brontë's "Jane ___" : EYRE
58. British runner Sebastian : COE
59. Increase, with "up" : AMP
60. Beam of light : RAY

Answer summary: 7 unique to this puzzle, 1 debuted here and reused later.

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