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# New York Times, Tuesday, February 9, 2016

 Author: Lynn Lempel Editor: Will Shortz
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## This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 78, Blocks: 36 Missing: {QX} This is puzzle # 73 for Ms. Lempel. NYT links: Across Lite PDF

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Jeff Chen notes: Another fun early-week puzzle from Lynn. She takes single-word entries and interprets them as double words for kooky results. Really ... more
Jeff Chen notes:

Another fun early-week puzzle from Lynn. She takes single-word entries and interprets them as double words for kooky results. Really neat to start and end with related themers: BOMBS HELL and EYES HADES. Great find! I've seen a lot of puzzles involving a shifting of the letter S, but this one had a fresh feel to it. As I would expect from Lynn, the themers are consistent, all one word splitting into a kooky two-worders.

Bonus to get six themers. With shortish ones (8-9 letters), it's not so bad to pack six of them in, and Lynn shows us a smart method to do so. She takes her shortest answers (8 and 9 letters) and stacks them in rows 3 and 4 — this lets you treat the grid kind of like you're working with four themers, not six. You just have to be careful about those few overlapping letters — in the top case, the LL of BOMBSHELL and the UP of UPSTARTS — but as long as those letter pairs aren't really weird, like XU or JN or something, that little of an overlap isn't usually a problem.

Making the construction akin to one having only four themers also allows for a bit of long fill. Lynn does well to give us PIRATE SHIP (or is that PIRATE'S HIP?) and RED HERRING (ah, I guess not then).

Lynn's grids are usually so impressively clean that see AGUE and ETTE was unusual. These would be minor blips in most anyone else's grids — although some would argue that AGUE is perfectly fine since it's used in historical writing — but I put the bar quite high for Lynn.

Since that north section is somewhat flexible, I think the allure of the Z in ZULU must have been high. As much as I like rare letters in a grid, I would personally have preferred not including AGUE, favoring something like NOSY/TRUE. Given that Lynn has expertly worked in a J (JUDEA/JAB) so cleanly, that would have been enough in terms of rare letters for me.

Consistent, fun theme with grid execution well above average.

 1T 2A 3L 4C 5H 6A 7Z 8Y 9A 10P 11O 12L 13O 14O D I N 15A G U E 16V I D A L 17B O M B 18S H E L L 19A R O S E 20E R E C T 21U P 22S T A R T S 23Y E S 24R 25A 26H 27S E A T 28R E S E 29T 30W R E 31C 32K 33S 34T 35I 36M E S H A R 37E S 38S H I A 39R O A D S 40T I M 41S H I N S 42I T C H 43C H O P 44S T I C K S 45M A K E 46D O 47S T R A P 48R O O 49F 50Y O N 51J 52A 53B 54B 55E 56A R S K I 57N 58C 59R U D E 60A T R I A 61E Y 62E 63S H A D E S 64S T I N G 65N A P A 66K E P T 67H E D G E 68D D A Y 69E A T S
© 2016, The New York TimesNo. 0209 ( 24,199 )
 Across Down 1. Soapy powder mineral : TALC5. Vague : HAZY9. Ohno on skates : APOLO14. Valhalla's ruling god : ODIN15. Malarial fever : AGUE16. Gore who wrote "Lincoln" : VIDAL17. Detonates a weapon in the underworld? : BOMBSHELL19. Came about : AROSE20. Construct : ERECT21. Raises the price of some pastries? : UPSTARTS23. "By all means!" : YES24. Pep rally shout : RAH27. Candidate's quest : SEAT28. Adjust, as a watch : RESET30. Junkyard jalopies : WRECKS34. Clocks trainees for a fabled race rematch? : TIMESHARES38. Branch of Islam : SHIA39. They all lead to Rome, it's said : ROADS40. With 43-Down, Apple C.E.O. beginning in 2011 : TIM41. Where some athletes need guards : SHINS42. Something calamine lotion alleviates : ITCH43. Cuts up little bloodsuckers? : CHOPSTICKS45. Get along : MAKEDO47. Camera attachment, often : STRAP48. Landing spot for Santa : ROOF50. Over there, quaintly : YON51. Poke : JAB54. Puts up with one's family? : BEARSKIN58. Vulgar : CRUDE60. Parts of hearts : ATRIA61. Scrutinizes the underworld? : EYESHADES64. Cops' crook-catching hoax : STING65. Beringer Vineyards' county : NAPA66. Saved for later : KEPT67. Equivocate : HEDGE68. W.W. II turning point : DDAY69. Vittles : EATS 1. Maguire of "The Great Gatsby" : TOBEY2. Be nuts about : ADORE3. Citrus supply at a bar : LIMES4. Network for market monitors : CNBC5. "I told ya!" : HAH6. Wine or cheese concern : AGE7. Bantu speaker of southern Africa : ZULU8. Sounds from pounds : YELPS9. James Cameron megahit of 2009 : AVATAR10. Transport for William Kidd or Jack Sparrow : PIRATESHIP11. Skunk's defense : ODOR12. Hold out : LAST13. Exuberant flamenco cries : OLES18. Emphasize : STRESS22. Takes part in a bee : SEWS25. Mount Etna emission : ASH26. Moor : HEATH28. Purposeful misdirection : REDHERRING29. Musketeers and blind mice : TRIOS31. Stylish : CHIC32. Glitch : KINK33. Bratty retort : SASS34. Clip or snip : TRIM35. Teeny bit : IOTA36. Big name in trucks : MACK37. Unoccupied : EMPTY41. Stop the flow of : STANCH43. See 40-Across : COOK44. Unwelcome sign for latecomers : SRO46. Proper medicine amount : DOSAGE49. Diabolical sort : FIEND51. Southern region of ancient Palestine : JUDEA52. Skilled : ADEPT53. One-ups : BESTS54. Shindig : BASH55. Diminutive suffix : ETTE56. Unlikely to get rain : ARID57. Long-distance swimmer Diana : NYAD59. Tool with teeth : RAKE62. U.S. asbestos regulator : EPA63. "You don't ___!" : SAY

Answer summary: 1 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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