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New York Times, Monday, February 27, 2017

Author: Zhouqin Burnikel
Editor: Will Shortz
Zhouqin Burnikel
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Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 78, Blocks: 38 Missing: {HJQZ} This is puzzle # 39 for Ms. Burnikel. NYT links: Across Lite PDF
Jeff Chen notes: I've seen a lot of homophone themes, and I've seen a lot of word swap themes, but I can't remember quite this combination. Neat finds ... more
Jeff Chen notes:

I've seen a lot of homophone themes, and I've seen a lot of word swap themes, but I can't remember quite this combination. Neat finds in STARES DOWN and DOWN STAIRS, PEACE TIME and TIME PIECE — I like that those create very different meanings.

PLAIN PAPER and PAPER PLANE wasn't as compelling for me, since you can make one out of the other; just not as interestingly transformational. Plus, PLAIN PAPER seems like an awfully plane answer. Er, plain.

Nice job of executing on six themers. C.C. wisely intersects two sets, i.e. runs PAPER PLANE through PEACE TIME, which helps maximize spacing throughout the grid. This arrangement — if interlocking is possible — is much easier to fill around, compared to running six themers all in the horizontal direction. That latter arrangement means you have to cram all the themers together with bad spacing.

It is missing some of the trademark C.C. long fill, though. It's to be expected given how much real estate the themers take up, but I always enjoy seeing what new phrase C.C. will introduce, like VIP ENTRANCE from her last one.

Ah, the spelling of Georgia O'KEEFFEE. Er, O'KEEFFE. Dang it. Up until a few years ago, I was sure it was O'KEEFE … sure enough to use it as fill in an easy crossword. Whoops. Glad for editors who catch that sort of idiocy!

Pretty darn smooth for a six-themer puzzle. INSP(ector) isn't great, but there's otherwise only minor bits such as EINE Kleine Nachtmusik (I suppose it's not so minor if you're an early-week solver who doesn't listen to classical music) and RTE. And it's neat to get MOANA, the Disney flick featuring some brown faces. Can't wait to see that.

It would have been incredibly awesome if C.C. could have found pairs where BOTH of the words changed to their homophone, with every theme answer being real phrases. (Matt Ginsberg did a variation on that a while back.) As it was, it was still entertaining.

ADDED NOTE: Sam Ezersky noted that there are actually two more themers — RED SEA and SEE RED. Drat, can't believe I missed those. Thanks, Sam!

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© 2017, The New York TimesNo. 0227 ( 24,583 )
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1. "No problem for me!" : CANDO
6. Peru's capital : LIMA
10. Omar of Fox's "House" : EPPS
14. Dickens's "___ House" : BLEAK
15. Per item : APOP
16. Hand lotion ingredient : ALOE
17. Intimidates, in a way : STARESDOWN
19. Crime scene barrier : TAPE
20. Goes to, as a meeting : ATTENDS
21. Not as hard : EASIER
23. Airport up the coast from LAX : SFO
24. Flash mobs, once : FAD
25. "Science Guy" Bill : NYE
26. Jean ___, father of Dadaism : ARP
29. "Oh, darn!" : FUDGE
32. Fired (up) : AMPED
34. Period between wars : PEACETIME
36. Goat's cry : MAA
37. World's fair, for short : EXPO
38. Circus animals that balance beach balls on their noses : SEALS
40. "When You Wish ___ a Star" : UPON
43. Manning who was twice Super Bowl M.V.P. : ELI
45. Watch or clock : TIMEPIECE
47. Showed in syndication, say : RERAN
49. Justice Kagan : ELENA
50. Numbered hwy. : RTE
51. Abbr. before a credit card date : EXP
52. Feeling blue : SAD
54. ___ card (cellphone chip) : SIM
56. Exercise in a pool : DOLAPS
58. Cross-reference for further information : SEENOTE
62. Male deer : STAG
63. On a lower floor : DOWNSTAIRS
66. "___ kleine Nachtmusik" : EINE
67. "Ars Amatoria" poet : OVID
68. Foe : ENEMY
69. Ones in suits? : ACES
70. Big name in pet food : IAMS
71. Aid in storm-tracking : RADAR
1. "2 Broke Girls" airer : CBS
2. Ski area near Salt Lake City : ALTA
3. "Cool!" : NEAT
4. Pub game : DARTS
5. Artist Georgia who is known for her flower canvases : OKEEFFE
6. Cheryl of "Charlie's Angels" : LADD
7. Wall St. debuts : IPOS
8. Trim the lawn : MOW
9. Sleeper's problem : APNEA
10. Has supper : EATS
11. Unlined sheets without any writing : PLAINPAPER
12. Sailor who's smitten by Olive Oyl : POPEYE
13. Get angry : SEERED
18. Pig noses : SNOUTS
22. Name first encountered in Genesis 2 : ADAM
24. "Understand?," slangily : FEELME
26. Big galoot : APE
27. Tyrannosaurus ___ : REX
28. Classroom missile : PAPERPLANE
30. Followed a weight-loss plan : DIETED
31. Alternative to AOL or Yahoo : GMAIL
33. Island ESE of Oahu : MAUI
35. Pepsi, for one : COLA
39. Just knows : SENSES
41. Month before Nov. : OCT
42. Born: Fr. : NEE
44. Police dept. figure : INSP
46. Van Gogh or Van Dyck : PAINTER
47. Moses parted it : REDSEA
48. Beautifully strange : EXOTIC
53. "Me, too" : ASDOI
55. 2016 Disney film set in Polynesia : MOANA
57. 10 and 8 for Bart and Lisa Simpson, respectively : AGES
58. Do the breaststroke, e.g. : SWIM
59. Terminals : ENDS
60. Like the score 7-7 : TIED
61. Humorous Bombeck : ERMA
64. Lab eggs : OVA
65. Damascus's land: Abbr. : SYR

Answer summary: 4 unique to this puzzle.

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