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New York Times, Monday, March 6, 2017

Author: Susan Gelfand
Editor: Will Shortz
Susan Gelfand
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Puzzle of the Week

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Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 78, Blocks: 36 Missing: {Q} This is puzzle # 15 for Ms. Gelfand. Jeff Chen's Puzzle of the Week pick NYT links: Across Lite PDF
Jeff Chen notes: Such a well-constructed puzzle. The fill is so smooth, so interesting — such a difficult thing to accomplish for a Monday ... more
Jeff Chen notes:

Such a well-constructed puzzle. The fill is so smooth, so interesting — such a difficult thing to accomplish for a Monday puzzle.

Susie tells us "that's a wrap!" today (what, no one laughed?), riffing on different types of coats. Although all of the phrases were snazzy, I liked CITY SLICKER and CHEVY BLAZER the best for this theme, because those terms aren't related to the "coat" meaning. Amusing reinterpretations.

The others — BUBBLE WRAP, SUGAR COAT, DUST JACKET — all have regular usage that refers to some sort of coating, i.e. BUBBLE WRAP is used around packages. It would have been nice to get a few others like CHEVY BLAZER where there's a big change in meaning (can't think any off the top, though!).

This five-themer layout isn't easy, the nine-letter SUGAR COAT dividing the puzzle in half. Typically, that causes problems for constructors in the four corners of the puzzle, as those regions tend to be pretty wide-open. Not Susie! She starts out with proper themer spacing and carefully distributes her black squares, ending up with some delightful entries in those big corners: INKLING, BEESWAX, CD RACKS, and DRACULA.

And with such little crossword glue! There's EXT, LAC and FGS, but as a solver, it's easy for me to skim past those short and minor offenders. Okay, SST isn't great as an outdated initialism (supersonic transport), but it's easy to overlook the one goopy glob of crossword glue in otherwise stellar execution.

Given that the theme was all about protective clothing, I would have preferred RAIN HAT and BROGAN to not be in the grid; muddied the theme a touch for me. But that's a minor nit.

This is my kind of Monday puzzle. The theme isn't anything groundbreaking, but it made for a wonderful solving experience. Getting the aforementioned bonus answers, plus some more in RUGRATS, ACROBAT, OCEANIA, FOOTRACE — it all helped to evoke a ton of IMAGERY. Very well done.

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© 2017, The New York TimesNo. 0306 ( 24,590 )
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1. Medicine-approving org. : FDA
4. Wine barrel : CASK
8. Awards in the ad biz : CLIOS
13. Rainbow shape : ARC
14. Opera melody : ARIA
15. Quick look : GLANCE
16. Paving goo : TAR
17. Article of outerwear for an urbanite? : CITYSLICKER
19. Too many of them "spoil the broth" : COOKS
21. Bunny's movement : HOP
22. Component of a science course : LAB
23. Article of outerwear for a champagne drinker? : BUBBLEWRAP
26. Done: Fr. : FINI
27. Having a ho-hum attitude : BLASE
28. Warm greeting : HUG
29. Justice Sotomayor : SONIA
30. Leave full : SATE
31. Common weather phenomenon in San Francisco : FOG
32. Ankle-high work shoe : BROGAN
33. Article of outerwear for a candy lover? : SUGARCOAT
36. Potato chips, to Brits : CRISPS
39. ___-rock (music genre) : ALT
40. Entree that may be slathered in barbecue sauce : RIBS
44. "Grand" women : DAMES
45. Classic muscle car : GTO
46. Removes the rind from : PARES
47. Inlets : RIAS
48. Article of outerwear for a housekeeper? : DUSTJACKET
50. Lee who directed "Life of Pi" : ANG
51. ___ Harbour, Fla. : BAL
52. Newspapers, collectively : PRESS
53. Article of outerwear for a General Motors employee? : CHEVYBLAZER
57. Bird that gives a hoot : OWL
59. Gold standards : KARATS
60. ___ lily : SEGO
61. Chinese leader with a Little Red Book : MAO
62. Panache : STYLE
63. Rat or roach : PEST
64. No. after a main telephone no. : EXT
1. What the "Gras" of Mardi Gras means : FAT
2. Count with fangs : DRACULA
3. Circus tumbler : ACROBAT
4. Witch's laugh : CACKLE
5. Crop up : ARISE
6. Command to a dog : SIT
7. Mary ___ cosmetics : KAY
8. Bit from a movie : CLIP
9. Fond du ___, Wis. : LAC
10. Faintest idea : INKLING
11. Easter Island locale : OCEANIA
12. Belgrade native : SERBIAN
15. Unappetizing food that might be served with a ladle : GLOP
18. Carpet variety : SHAG
20. Thinks, thinks, thinks (about) : OBSESSES
23. Small ammo : BBS
24. Command spoken while pulling the reins : WHOA
25. Rambunctious little kids : RUGRATS
26. 200- or 400-meter run, e.g. : FOOTRACE
29. Madrid Mrs. : SRA
31. N.F.L. three-pointers: Abbr. : FGS
32. Droid : BOT
34. Alternative to FedEx : UPS
35. Thicken, as blood : CLOT
36. Holders of some music collections : CDRACKS
37. Headgear for a drizzly day : RAINHAT
38. Descriptive language : IMAGERY
41. Annoying : IRKSOME
42. Honeycomb product : BEESWAX
43. Retired jet, for short : SST
45. Shorebird with a distinctive shriek : GULL
46. Caged talker : PARROT
48. Painters' touches : DABS
49. Some computer picture files : JPEGS
51. Memory unit : BYTE
54. Kilmer of "Top Gun" : VAL
55. Nile viper : ASP
56. Middle of Arizona? : ZEE
58. Auction grouping : LOT

Answer summary: 1 unique to this puzzle.

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