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New York Times, Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Author: Julian Lim
Editor: Will Shortz
Julian Lim
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This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 76, Blocks: 33 Missing: {JQVZ} Spans: 2 This is puzzle # 17 for Mr. Lim. NYT links: Across Lite PDF
Jeff Chen notes: Fun interpretation of phrases containing OUT today. TAKE OUT ORDER stood OUT for me, as the base phrase is solid and the resulting ... more
Jeff Chen notes:

Fun interpretation of phrases containing OUT today. TAKE OUT ORDER stood OUT for me, as the base phrase is solid and the resulting kooky definition is surprising. Interesting take on breaking the "dupe" rule of crosswords, where an answer ought not be duplicated elsewhere in the grid. (Will plays a bit looser with this rule than other editors, which is completely in his right, as the editor gets to make the rules.)

CPR kit

I personally like "clue echoes," so seeing [Letters on some kits] in sequential acrosses was neat. I wasn't sure at first if a CPR kit was a thing, but some Googling shows it to be fine.

Loved the clue for MACS. For those of us PC users, "Safari" is an internet browser widely used on Macs. And an interesting clue in [They may be paddled], which wasn't CANOES or KAYAKS or BOATS. I wonder if this might stir a little controversy, especially given all the recent NFL violence issues. It is a clever misdirection in the clue, though.

Finally, I bet there will be grousing about LIEF. I doubt I would ever choose to use LIEF, but that's personal preference – although it's not a terribly current word, it does have literary value. I did hesitate when I got there, especially since LAEF (Et ALIA felt equally correct to me) seemed as good as LAEF. Er, LIEF. Perhaps an easier or less ambiguous crossing would have been better there.

Oh, let's not forget HOT PINK! Great entry worked into the fill. Not totally sure it's a super-popular Victoria's Secret color, but this clue is bound to spark some discussion.

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© 2015, The New York TimesNo. 0204 ( 23,829 )
Across Down
1. Muck : MIRE
5. Hilton competitor : HYATT
10. Overlord's domain : FIEF
14. Green card issuer, informally : AMEX
15. Specks : MOTES
16. Word repeated in ___ City, ___ : IOWA
17. Eye an election official? : CHECKOUTCOUNTER
20. Bulgaria's capital : SOFIA
21. "Fie!" : BAH
22. They may be paddled : REARS
23. Laid-back : TYPEB
25. Tennis champion with the 2009 memoir "Open" : AGASSI
26. Decimate a monastery's occupants? : TAKEOUTORDER
30. "Ready when you are!" : ALLSET
31. Formal vote : YEA
32. Desk jockey's happy yell : TGIF
36. Prevarication : LIE
37. Letters on some kits : DIY
39. Letters on some kits : CPR
41. "The Prague Cemetery" author, 2010 : ECO
42. Happily, old-style : LIEF
44. Many Ph.D. candidates : TAS
46. Capital about 60 miles from the Caspian Sea : TEHRAN
48. Warning shouted to a lacrosse defenseman? : LOOKOUTPOINT
51. Heavenly ring bearer? : SATURN
54. High-and-mighty sort : SNOOT
55. Unique : ALONE
56. ___ sauce : SOY
57. Let's say, informally : SPOSE
61. Develop one's comedy acts? : WORKOUTROUTINES
64. ___ Modern (London museum) : TATE
65. Report card report : MARKS
66. Tidal term : NEAP
67. Glutted (on), briefly : ODED
68. Afflictions sometimes caused by sleep deprivation : STYES
69. Musical Perry : KATY
1. Safari vehicles? : MACS
2. "If you ask me," in textspeak : IMHO
3. Good snorkeling locale : REEF
4. Fires up : EXCITES
5. Grp. with a co-pay : HMO
6. "For sure!" : YOUBET
7. "Good going, kid!" : ATTABOY
8. Corporate department that offers support : TECH
9. Chinese menu general : TSO
10. Pricey pieces : FINEART
11. Bitsy pieces : IOTAS
12. Some still-life subjects : EWERS
13. 46-Across tongue : FARSI
18. Flattened : KAYOED
19. It might be sexual : URGE
24. "Here, try wearing this" : PUTITON
25. Accept after a while : ADAPTTO
26. With one's head in the clouds? : TALL
27. Et ___ (and others: Lat.) : ALII
28. "Der Goldfisch" painter : KLEE
29. Parks' partner, familiarly : REC
33. Spice Girl Halliwell : GERI
34. Statement of confidence : ICAN
35. Word choice? : FONT
38. Talk incessantly : YAK
40. Share, as a blog entry : REPOST
43. Didn't make the grade? : FLUNKED
45. "My bad" : SOSORRY
47. Popular color at Victoria's Secret : HOTPINK
49. Bicolor snack : OREO
50. Separate, as oxen : UNYOKE
51. Dealt with : SAWTO
52. Tons : ALOAD
53. Rich European dessert : TORTE
56. Paramedic's "pronto" : STAT
58. Ready for service : ONEA
59. Airplane ticket info : SEAT
60. Spot : ESPY
62. Speech coach's targets : UMS
63. ___ Midway : USS

Answer summary: 5 unique to this puzzle.

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