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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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Across
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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
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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
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Young fellows : LADS
Down
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Like rock music from the 1950s-'70s, now : CLASSIC
2
Tax fraud investigator : AUDITOR
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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
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Gourmet's heightened sense : PALATE
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Curly's replacement in the Three Stooges : SHEMP
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"Sunflowers" and "Water Lilies" : PAINTINGS
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In a plane or train : ONBOARD
12
Opposite of a bench player : STARTER
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His counterpart : HER
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Multigenerational tale : SAGA
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Early caucusgoer : IOWAN
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Aesop character who lost a race : HARE
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Shape of a stop sign : OCTAGON
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Appreciative poem : ODE
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Easy-to-chew food : PAP
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Nitty-gritty : BAREBONES
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One of two on a bike : PEDAL
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Capital of Peru : LIMA
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Any port ___ storm : INA
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Used a bench : SAT
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Bring home the bacon, so to speak : PROVIDE
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Encroach (on) : IMPINGE
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"Sweet land of liberty," in song : AMERICA
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Did a stylized ballroom dance : TANGOED
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Widens : EXTENDS
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Was almost out of supplies : RANLOW
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"Finding ___" (2003 Pixar film) : NEMO
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When one sees stars : NIGHT
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Open to bribery : VENAL
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Channel that describes itself as "The worldwide leader in sports" : ESPN
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Hat with a tassel : FEZ
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Jungle swinger : APE
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Begin litigation : SUE

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