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New York Times, Monday, March 14, 2016

Author: Lynn Lempel
Editor: Will Shortz
Lynn Lempel
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Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 78, Blocks: 36 Missing: {JQX} This is puzzle # 74 for Ms. Lempel. Jeff Chen's Puzzle of the Week pick NYT links: Across Lite PDF

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Lynn Lempel notes: There are so many ways to play around with people's names. That's obviously not original as far as crossword themes go, but as long ... more
Lynn Lempel notes:

There are so many ways to play around with people's names. That's obviously not original as far as crossword themes go, but as long as it's fun it passes muster for me. I think what inspired this one was "playwright." A word or phrase you've seen a zillion times suddenly takes on new meaning--and voilà! Here it became a matter of finding compound words where the first part could be a verb and the second part could be a recognizable name.

I sent this to Will in September, so it hasn't been languishing for very long. And I can report that there weren't many clue changes, with none I'd consider significant. The theme clues are all word for word as I submitted them—which is not always the case! I hope you all enjoy it.

Jeff Chen notes: Another fine offering from the early-week master. Today, Lynn takes single words and breaks them into a verb + famous person command, ... more
Jeff Chen notes:

Another fine offering from the early-week master. Today, Lynn takes single words and breaks them into a verb + famous person command, i.e. PLAYWRIGHT gets interpreted as telling Wilbur WRIGHT to PLAY. Fun idea. It's beautiful how Lynn found so many that work with perfect consistency.

Cool logo!

I liked almost all of the themers just as normal words, too. SHAREHOLDER, BATTLEFIELD, GRINDSTONE, FIREBIRD, PLAYWRIGHT are all colorful entries I'd count as assets to any puzzle. That's not often the case with single-word entries! IRONWOOD didn't quite sing for me because I was confused — was it some TV show (I was thinking of "Ironside") or some sort of slang, perhaps for a hybrid golf club (there really ought to be such a thing). It is a pretty interesting term though, a general name for trees known for their hardness.

So much density — six themers is always tough — yet Lynn executes the grid so smoothly. Hardly any short gluey material needed to hold it together. ILIA will be tough for some, but it's a perfectly legit term and the crossings are fair. The grid is well laid-out to ensure smoothness, Lynn wisely stacking PLAYWRIGHT atop IRONWOOD, and FIREBIRD atop GRINDSTONE.

I would have liked more long fill, though. I got BOGGED DOWN by so many short answers in the grid. SUBTLETIES is a nice long entry, and WOBBLY is fun, but there's very little else in terms of answers greater than five letters. Why do I care about this piece of data? Because most short answers have been used over and over again in crosswords, so it's difficult to introduce color through them.

I liked the theme, but I personally would have preferred maybe five or even four themers in order to get some more vivid bonus fill. Still, Monday puzzles which are both super-smooth and also interesting don't come around very often, so I'm happy to give it the POW!

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© 2016, The New York TimesNo. 0314 ( 24,233 )
Across Down
1. "Away with you!" : SCAT
5. Snide : CATTY
10. Skier's lift : TBAR
14. "Nah!" : UHUH
15. Hawaiian hi : ALOHA
16. Southwest tribe : HOPI
17. Cheese in spinach pies : FETA
18. "Wilbur, get in the game!" : PLAYWRIGHT
20. "Elijah, press your clothes!" : IRONWOOD
22. Woman who lent her name to a business-locating "list" : ANGIE
23. Philosopher Immanuel : KANT
24. 2005-08 position held by Barack Obama: Abbr. : SEN
26. Employees at the Times or Post, for short : EDS
27. Wuss : SISSY
30. Fought head to head, like bighorns : BUTTED
32. End of a univ. email address : EDU
33. "Eric, give some to us!" : SHAREHOLDER
38. McEntire at the Grand Ole Opry : REBA
40. Manage to avoid : ELUDE
41. Glutton's desire : MORE
42. "Sally, keep up the fight!" : BATTLEFIELD
45. Become the champ : WIN
46. Introduction : LEADIN
47. Possessed : OWNED
49. Ginger ___ : ALE
51. Reverse of NNW : SSE
52. Clown's name : BOZO
54. Potato treat for Hanukkah : LATKE
56. "Larry, shoot!" : FIREBIRD
60. "Emma, do that sexy dance!" : GRINDSTONE
63. The "B" of Roy G. Biv : BLUE
64. Chevy that's now called the Sonic : AVEO
65. Slow, in music : LARGO
66. Arm or leg : LIMB
67. A.L. division for the Yankees : EAST
68. "Omigosh!" : YIKES
69. Talks one's head off : YAPS
1. One practicing a mystical form of Islam : SUFI
2. Sonny's old singing partner : CHER
3. Chevy, e.g. : AUTO
4. "That was so nice of you!" : THANKS
5. Rooster destined for dinner : CAPON
6. Apportion : ALLOT
7. Amphibian that doesn't really cause warts : TOAD
8. "Frailty, ___ name is woman!": Hamlet : THY
9. Deviate erratically from a course : YAW
10. Slender : THIN
11. Mired : BOGGEDDOWN
12. Crop-destroying insect : APHID
13. Bat mitzvahs and baptisms : RITES
19. Totaled, as a bill : RANTO
21. House Committee on ___ and Means : WAYS
24. Velvety leather : SUEDE
25. Merman in old musicals : ETHEL
27. Novak Djokovic, for one : SERB
28. Notion : IDEA
29. Easy-to-overlook details : SUBTLETIES
30. Boston pro on ice : BRUIN
31. Victim of a bark beetle barrage : ELM
34. Considers carefully, as advice : HEEDS
35. Title role for Michael Caine or Jude Law : ALFIE
36. Lake on Ohio's northern border : ERIE
37. Tear apart : REND
39. Chowed down : ATE
43. Cut with an intense light : LASED
44. Nod off : DOZE
48. Unsteady : WOBBLY
49. Organisms that cause red tide : ALGAE
50. Tadpole or caterpillar : LARVA
52. Spree : BINGE
53. Things to "Twist, Lick, Dunk" in a game app : OREOS
55. Tie that's hard to untie : KNOT
56. Decision point in a road : FORK
57. Largest pelvic bones : ILIA
58. Posterior : RUMP
59. Socialites having a ball : DEBS
61. Furtive : SLY
62. Mai ___ (bar order) : TAI

Answer summary: 1 unique to this puzzle, 4 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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