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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
58. Cleaned one's plate : ATE
59. Santa ___ winds : ANA

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

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