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New York Times, Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Author:
David J. Kahn
Editor:
Will Shortz
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David J. Kahn

This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 76, Blocks: 39 Missing: {QZ} This is puzzle # 165 for Mr. Kahn. NYT links: Across Lite PDF
David J. Kahn notes:
There's not a whole lot of theme in this puzzle but I wrote it because I liked the payoff at 62-Across. I also tried to use long Down ... read more

There's not a whole lot of theme in this puzzle but I wrote it because I liked the payoff at 62-Across. I also tried to use long Down answers that haven't been used too often before.

Jeff Chen notes:
I always enjoy exchanging thoughts about puzzles with Jim Horne, as he and I have different concepts about what makes for a good ... read more

I always enjoy exchanging thoughts about puzzles with Jim Horne, as he and I have different concepts about what makes for a good puzzle. For him, if a theme is great, the fill can be a little junky. For me, it's tough for me to overlook too many gluey bits no matter how good the payoff is. Over the years, Jim has taught me to appreciate really fun themes, and I thought a lot about this today.

MY DRUNK KITCHEN is 14 letters, easily splittable 7/7 ...

I absolutely loved David's find, three types of food that start with a slang word for DRUNK. How is it that no one has done a crossword around this before? I enjoyed it so much, I poked around Matt Ginsberg's "clued" database to verify that it hasn't been done before. Man, what a fantastic discovery!

The revealer didn't do much for me, however. DRUNKEN COOK doesn't seem to be a genuine snippet of language. I searched and searched, but only found some restaurants with that name plus a cooking show called "My Drunk Kitchen" — if only that had been a famous. How perfect a revealer would it have been?

David often errs on the side of incorporating extra bonus fill, at the cost of a little more crossword glue. I like his balance today, making trade-offs like incorporating PAUL REVERE / HONOR ROLLS at just the price of AON. Same goes for the opposite corner, with the beautiful PAGE TURNER / ILL BE THERE costing a NEB and an ERE (UTA Hagen and ERTE are generally fine by me, as they're real, notable people, and UTA is actually the Jazz's shortening on scoreboards).

Not sure I like the EFFS price for SARDINE though, especially at the very start. Oof.

Still, I enjoyed the three themers so much, plus the bonus fill (and RED INK + MR HYDE are great mid-length entries!), that I felt I could overlook some of the infelicities plus the odd revealer.

Jim Horne notes:
A rare correction: The crossword puzzle on Wednesday provided an erroneous clue for 1-Across, seeking the answer 'Elmira.' The clue ... read more

A rare correction: The crossword puzzle on Wednesday provided an erroneous clue for 1-Across, seeking the answer "Elmira." The clue should have read "Upstate New York city where Mark Twain was buried" — not "born." (He was born in Florida, Mo.)

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© 2016, The New York TimesNo. 0316 ( 24,235 )

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Across
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Upstate New York city where Mark Twain was born : ELMIRA
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Laughing matter : JOKE
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Fraternity letter : PHI
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Tap : FAUCET
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Skating feat : AXEL
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Chicago's ___ Center : AON
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Serving with liver : FRIEDONIONS
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One-third of tres : UNO
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Fish said to be named for a Mediterranean island : SARDINE
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Pan coating : TEFLON
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Kind of blockade : NAVAL
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Hockey speedster Bobby : ORR
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Food in a tongue-twister : PICKLEDPEPPERS
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Buds : PALS
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Martini's partner in winemaking : ROSSI
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Tennessee athlete, informally : VOL
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More hideous : UGLIER
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Actress Bassett of "Olympus Has Fallen" : ANGELA
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Bird's beak : NEB
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Cancels : VOIDS
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Paris's ___ Airport : ORLY
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Chili ingredient : STEWEDTOMATOES
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The Jazz, on scoreboards : UTA
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SeaWorld whale : SHAMU
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Wild side of a split personality : MRHYDE
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Be made up (of) : CONSIST
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With 48-Down, kind of street : ONE
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Preparer of 17-, 27- and 47-Across? : DRUNKENCOOK
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For each : PER
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Gillette brand : ATRA
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"Get outta here!" : BEATIT
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Before, old-style : ERE
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Online site for business reviews : YELP
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Where sacrifices may be made : ALTARS
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Bad grades : EFFS
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___ Croft, "Tomb Raider" role : LARA
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News anchor David : MUIR
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Bumped off : ICED
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Business losses, informally : REDINK
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Hard-to-hum, in a way : ATONAL
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___ alai : JAI
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Brand of kitchenware : OXO
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___ State : KENT
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"Who ___?" : ELSE
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Title hero of a Longfellow poem : PAULREVERE
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Dean's lists, e.g. : HONORROLLS
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Close ___ (approach) : INON
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"Not in a million years!" : NEVER
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Sharp dresser : FOP
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Ruckus : ADO
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Hi-fi supply : LPS
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Book you can't put down : PAGETURNER
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1970 #1 Jackson 5 song : ILLBETHERE
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TV's "___: Cyber" : CSI
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That, in Spanish : ESA
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Bowler's target : PIN
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Leave in stitches : SLAY
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Some crossword clues : PUNS
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Thanksgiving ___ : EVE
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Reel holder : ROD
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Icky stuff : GOO
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Word often wrongly apostrophized : ITS
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Cry made with a head slap : DOH
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Big kiss : SMACK
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See 61-Across : WAY
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Certain protozoan : AMOEBA
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Subway, basically : TUNNEL
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Sulk : MOPE
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Critical time : DDAY
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Art Deco illustrator : ERTE
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"Get outta here!" : SCAT
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Tiny bit : IOTA
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"Bon" time in France : SOIR
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Speeders' comeuppances: Abbr. : TKTS
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Dot-com's address : URL
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Take a time out? : NAP

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

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