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New York Times, Monday, March 5, 2018

Author:
Lynn Lempel
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Lynn Lempel

This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 76, Blocks: 34 Missing: {QVXZ} This is puzzle # 82 for Ms. Lempel. NYT links: Across Lite PDF
Jeff Chen notes:
Phrases in the form of (adjective + article of clothing = slang term for a person). I've seen related themes, using STUFFED SHIRT and ... read more

Phrases in the form of (adjective + article of clothing = slang term for a person). I've seen related themes, using STUFFED SHIRT and SMARTY PANTS. But most of them have been much looser, including stuff like MOVIE SHORTS, YELLOW JACKET, BLACK HAT, etc. So I like the added level of tightness today.

BLUESTOCKING was a new term to me. Fascinating to read up on the history of the Blue Stockings Society, a women's pro-education movement.

I had a hard time figuring out if CITY SLICKER was out of place, as the only one where the article of clothing changed meaning. But SMARTY PANTS … appears not to be related to the PANTS one wears? Not sure.

As usual, Lynn gives us a solid Monday grid. A couple of nice bonuses in PORKY PIG, CAPUCHINS, CHRONICLE. Nothing amazing, but all in all, enough bonuses to keep up my interest.

Most important for a Monday is that it's accessible to a newer solver, and this one *mostly* fits the bill. Short fill is usually where constructors fall off the wagon, but with just a bit of NEER – minor, since NEER-do-well is a common enough phrase – it's super smooth. Yay!

(There's an argument to be made that ROCS / AUK might be tricky, but I think these words ought to at least look familiar to educated solvers.)

If it hadn't been for BLUESTOCKING … the last thing you want to do as a constructor is to turn off newer solvers, and I wonder if newbs might scratch their heads even after a correct solve, wondering if they need to know stuff like this to be successful at crosswords.

I wondered if BLACK HAT would have been a better inclusion, but stupid crossword symmetry wouldn't have allowed for that. I couldn't think of any others to match either BLACK HAT or STUFFED SHIRT. Drat! I suppose I hesitatingly would have ended up making the same decision Lynn did.

Someone make up another term already to appease the crossword gods! How about ... MUSTACHIOED SHORTS (describing a lover of enigmatology, of course)?

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Students & seniors
Across
1
Snake charmer's snake : COBRA
6
Pushy : BRASH
11
Coquettishly playful : COY
14
First zodiac sign : ARIES
15
Highway : ROUTE
16
Network of medical providers, in brief : HMO
17
Country bumpkin's counterpart : CITYSLICKER
19
Oil-drilling apparatus : RIG
20
Weed-whacking tool : HOE
21
Assists : AIDS
22
Prius maker : TOYOTA
24
Following : ENSUING
26
From Shanghai or Mumbai, say : ASIAN
27
Woman having literary interests : BLUESTOCKING
31
Hosts for roasts : EMCEES
34
Carried the day : WON
35
Corporate head, for short : CEO
36
Group choosing a 35-Across : BOARD
37
Smucker's product : JAM
38
Grew ashen : PALED
40
Hit on the head : BOP
41
Ad exhortation : BUY
42
Solitary sorts : LONERS
43
Pompous person : STUFFEDSHIRT
47
Usually spicy Indian dish : CURRY
48
Disheveled : UNKEMPT
52
Lou on six winning World Series teams : GEHRIG
54
Soup can painter Warhol : ANDY
55
Motorists' org. : AAA
56
"How ___ doing?" : AMI
57
Know-it-all : SMARTYPANTS
60
Smith & Wesson product : GUN
61
Swimming phenom Ledecky : KATIE
62
Fjord, e.g. : INLET
63
He hee-haws : ASS
64
Slammin' Sammy of golf : SNEAD
65
King on "CBS This Morning" : GAYLE
Down
1
Hidden stash : CACHE
2
Hunter in the night sky : ORION
3
What fishermen want from fish but not from mosquitoes : BITES
4
Heroine of "Star Wars: The Last Jedi" : REY
5
Attacked vigorously : ASSAILED
6
What you might come across at a river? : BRIDGE
7
Fierce fliers of myth : ROCS
8
Diving bird of the Arctic : AUK
9
High, wide-brimmed hat : STETSON
10
Brave : HEROIC
11
Historical account : CHRONICLE
12
Skip : OMIT
13
Hindu-inspired exercise : YOGA
18
"Peanuts" boy with a security blanket : LINUS
23
Shaggy Tibetan beast : YAK
25
Cab company competitor : UBER
26
Elemental bit : ATOM
28
Persuades : SWAYS
29
___-do-well : NEER
30
Mount Olympus residents : GODS
31
Subsides : EBBS
32
No longer relevant : MOOT
33
Monkeys named for monks : CAPUCHINS
37
Children's writer Blume : JUDY
38
Looney Tunes character who says "Th-th-th-that's all, folks!" : PORKYPIG
39
Card game stake : ANTE
41
Ingmar who directed "The Seventh Seal" : BERGMAN
42
Lucky ___ (nickname for the Spirit of St. Louis pilot) : LINDY
44
Taboo for PETA : FUR
45
Pats down, as a suspect : FRISKS
46
Pursued, as prey : HUNTED
49
Virile : MANLY
50
Dev who starred in 2016's "Lion" : PATEL
51
One of the five senses : TASTE
52
Infatuated : GAGA
53
Birds on Australian coins : EMUS
54
Operatic solo : ARIA
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Cleaned one's plate : ATE
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Santa ___ winds : ANA

Answer summary: 1 unique to this puzzle, 3 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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