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New York Times, Monday, March 28, 2016

Author:
Gary Cee
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Gary Cee

This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 74, Blocks: 34 Missing: {JKQY} This is puzzle # 32 for Mr. Cee. NYT links: Across Lite PDF
Jeff Chen notes:
Four things that have peels today, tied together with … APPEALING? I'm terrible with puns, both making them and understanding ... read more

Four things that have peels today, tied together with … APPEALING? I'm terrible with puns, both making them and understanding them. I guess I can see how APPEALING might tie together an APPLE, POTATO, BANANA, ONION — if you squint really hard and maybe have a few drinks. Is HAS APPEAL a stand-alone phrase? Or is that too straightforward for a pun?

Okay, a Klein Bottle isn't exactly a GLASS ONION, but I love this topological concept

Aside from my pun tone-deafness, I liked the puzzle. Some strong theme phrases in ADAMS APPLE, HOT POTATO, TOP BANANA. And although GLASS ONION wasn't familiar, it's an interesting phrase evoking strong imagery. Gary also gives us some nice long bonuses in BARE BONES and PAINTINGS.

What struck me was how much mid-length fill Gary incorporated. Nothing is a standout, but I really enjoyed it in aggregate. We don't see 6- or 7-letter words in crosswords nearly as much as we see 3- to 5-letter ones, so it was fun to get a ton of CLASSIC, IMPINGE, TANGOED, STAMINA, OCTAGON — definitely enhanced my solve as a whole.

Nice to keep the gluey bits to a minimum too. I'm not wild about APACE, but there's really not much more than that, and I bet many people will think it's a fine word that they might actually use. I appreciate the care and thought Gary obviously put into this grid.

Overall, it might have been nice to get a wider diversity of "things that have peels." But I had a tough time thinking of much else besides SUNBURN, and thinking about that most certainly is not APPEALING. Or maybe it is? Sigh, puns.

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© 2016, The New York TimesNo. 0328 ( 24,247 )
Across
1. Bills and coins : CASH
5. Light punishment on wrists : SLAPS
10. Sumptuously furnished : POSH
14. Pear-shaped stringed instrument : LUTE
15. Hebrew school reading : TORAH
16. Throw a chip in the pot : ANTE
17. Bump on the neck : ADAMSAPPLE
19. Letter-shaped girder : IBAR
20. Like monkeys and 59-Downs : SIMIAN
21. Key with no sharps or flats : AMINOR
23. What angry bees do : STING
24. Issue that's too dangerous to touch : HOTPOTATO
27. Charged particle : ION
28. Quickly : APACE
30. Connected to the Internet : WIRED
31. Constant complainer : CRAB
33. State-of-the-___ : ART
34. Tennis champ Agassi : ANDRE
35. Winsome ... or like the ends of 17-, 24-, 51- and 58-Across, to a punster? : APPEALING
39. Steeple : SPIRE
42. Sloe ___ fizz : GIN
43. Completely gratify : SATE
47. Having a gun : ARMED
48. Like the numerals I, V, X and L : ROMAN
50. Highest setting, informally : MAX
51. Grand pooh-bah : TOPBANANA
53. 100-meter dash or shot put : EVENT
55. Itzhak Perlman's instrument : VIOLIN
56. Come out : EMERGE
57. Huckleberry ___ : FINN
58. Hand-blown wine bottle that's also the title of a 1968 Beatles song : GLASSONION
61. Favorable margin : EDGE
62. Increase the energy of : HOPUP
63. Scored 100 on : ACED
64. Sleep indicators in the comics : ZEES
65. Many a middle schooler : TWEEN
66. Young fellows : LADS
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1. Like rock music from the 1950s-'70s, now : CLASSIC
2. Tax fraud investigator : AUDITOR
3. Something a long-distance runner needs : STAMINA
4. Encircle : HEMIN
5. ___ Lee of Marvel Comics : STAN
6. Cut (off) : LOP
7. Painter/poet Jean ___ : ARP
8. Gourmet's heightened sense : PALATE
9. Curly's replacement in the Three Stooges : SHEMP
10. "Sunflowers" and "Water Lilies" : PAINTINGS
11. In a plane or train : ONBOARD
12. Opposite of a bench player : STARTER
13. His counterpart : HER
18. Multigenerational tale : SAGA
22. Early caucusgoer : IOWAN
24. Aesop character who lost a race : HARE
25. Shape of a stop sign : OCTAGON
26. Appreciative poem : ODE
29. Easy-to-chew food : PAP
32. Nitty-gritty : BAREBONES
36. One of two on a bike : PEDAL
37. Capital of Peru : LIMA
38. Any port ___ storm : INA
39. Used a bench : SAT
40. Bring home the bacon, so to speak : PROVIDE
41. Encroach (on) : IMPINGE
44. "Sweet land of liberty," in song : AMERICA
45. Did a stylized ballroom dance : TANGOED
46. Widens : EXTENDS
48. Was almost out of supplies : RANLOW
49. "Finding ___" (2003 Pixar film) : NEMO
52. When one sees stars : NIGHT
54. Open to bribery : VENAL
56. Channel that describes itself as "The worldwide leader in sports" : ESPN
57. Hat with a tassel : FEZ
59. Jungle swinger : APE
60. Begin litigation : SUE

Answer summary: 2 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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