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New York Times, Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Author:
Kristian House
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Kristian House

This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 74, Blocks: 40 Missing: {Q} Spans: 3 This is puzzle # 13 for Mr. House. NYT links: Across Lite PDF
Jeff Chen notes:
GONZO JOURNALISM is one of the most colorful phrases I've seen in a while. I wasn't totally sure what it meant, but it came back ... read more

GONZO JOURNALISM is one of the most colorful phrases I've seen in a while. I wasn't totally sure what it meant, but it came back quickly enough with a quick refresher on Hunter S. Thompson. We've seen this phrase in NYT themeless puzzles before, but it's great to see it featured in a themed.

Awesome logo representing gonzo journalism!

Not having read (or seen) FEAR AND LOATHING / IN LAS VEGAS, it was tough for me to squee over the theme. But I did admire Kristian's gridwork. A 10/15/15/15/10 set of themers is tough to work with. It often results in compromises in the west and east section, where plenty of down answers must interact with two themers. Check out the east — SINO is only a minor ding, and he managed to work in the beautiful CUDDLE UP. Excellent deployment of black squares.

Additionally, Kristian wisely used the least-constrained part of the puzzle to work in some Scrabbliness, an X and a Z. Since that SE corner only has the end of LOATHING fixed into place, there's all sorts of freedom. Sure, ETES is a minor gluey bit, but to work in RIB CUT, HE/SHE, and X GAMES along with that X and Z is solid.

I did hitch slightly on NAV, which seems like a curious abbreviation for NAVAL (or NAVY?). But I personally like NAV, as it's commonplace in finance. A mutual fund's NET ASSET VALUE is an important indicator of (insert sound of readers falling asleep).

Finally, a great clue for US STEEL, throwing back to a heyday where US Steel built the "Unisphere" for the NY World's Fair. It's a company that has always fascinated me, because 1.) its ticker symbol on the New York Stock Exchange is the awesome "X" and 2.) it reminds me of Asimov's "U.S. Robotics," a company in his books that produced humanoid robots. And an actual company (which makes modems) took up that name! Life imitating art imitating life.

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© 2015, The New York TimesNo. 0303 ( 23,856 )
Across
1
Treat similar to a Yodel : HOHO
5
What RuPaul dresses in : DRAG
9
Extent : SCOPE
14
Big name in computers : ACER
15
Gentle hill : RISE
16
"Congrats!" : KUDOS
17
Shoulder muscle, informally : DELT
18
He played one of the lead roles in the film version of 50-/55-Across : JOHNNYDEPP
20
Gambler's last words? : ALLIN
22
Tattled : TOLD
23
Writing style popularized by 35-Across : GONZOJOURNALISM
30
Native Nebraskan : OTO
31
Flagmaker Ross : BETSY
32
Misrepresent : BELIE
33
Fragrant neckwear : LEIS
34
Bone below the elbow : ULNA
35
Author of 50-/55-Across : HUNTERSTHOMPSON
42
"Looking at it differently ...," to a texter : OTOH
43
"___ kleine Nachtmusik" : EINE
44
How some right turns are made : ONRED
46
One who sniggles : EELER
47
"Toy Story" dinosaur : REX
50
See 35-Across : FEARANDLOATHING
53
Some Wharton degs. : MBAS
54
Image on the last page of an alphabet book : ZEBRA
55
See 35-Across : INLASVEGAS
61
Flimflam : SCAM
62
Aussie known for sleeping most of the day away : KOALA
63
Elegance : LUXE
64
Leviathan-like : HUGE
65
Physicist Mach : ERNST
66
Something cooked in a slow cooker : STEW
67
Summers on the Seine : ETES
Down
1
Tried : HADAGO
2
Spotted cat : OCELOT
3
"Not a chance!" : HELLNO
4
Baseball slugger David known as Big Papi : ORTIZ
5
N.B.A. star who started in the A.B.A. : DRJ
6
1982 double-platinum Duran Duran album : RIO
7
Bat wood : ASH
8
Aristocrats : GENTRY
9
Space station that crashed in 1979 : SKYLAB
10
Get cozy together : CUDDLEUP
11
Laudatory verse : ODE
12
Punch in the face, informally : POP
13
Subj. of a thought experiment : ESP
19
Result of a 1995 Québec secession referendum : NON
21
Aristocrat : NOBLE
24
Razz : JEER
25
Soulful Redding : OTIS
26
Company that built the Unisphere for the 1964-65 New York World's Fair : USSTEEL
27
Woes of society : ILLS
28
___-Japanese War : SINO
29
Signify : MEAN
35
Foot for the Greek god Pan : HOOF
36
___ Reader (alternative magazine) : UTNE
37
Romance novelist Roberts : NORA
38
Long johns : THERMALS
39
Big city on the Big Island : HILO
40
Draft classification : ONEA
41
Neighbor of the Ricardos on "I Love Lucy" : MERTZ
45
Pats lightly : DABSAT
46
Famous flops of the '50s : EDSELS
47
Barbecue beef choice : RIBCUT
48
Make hot under the collar : ENRAGE
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Event featuring motocross and snocross : XGAMES
51
Maritime org. : NAV
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Pronoun with a slash : HESHE
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"Likable" prez : IKE
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Neither's partner : NOR
57
PC linkup : LAN
58
Eviscerate : GUT
59
Give the boot : AXE
60
Darn, e.g. : SEW

Answer summary: 4 unique to this puzzle, 1 debuted here and reused later.

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