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New York Times, Thursday, April 12, 2018

Author:
Jules Markey
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Jules P. Markey

This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 76, Blocks: 36 Missing: {JQZ} This is puzzle # 17 for Mr. Markey. NYT links: Across Lite PDF
Jules P. Markey notes:
I like rebus puzzles, both solving and constructing them. This one went from theme idea to submission without too much of a struggle. ... read more

I like rebus puzzles, both solving and constructing them. This one went from theme idea to submission without too much of a struggle. All the theme entries are the same as in my first version except FISHBOWLS was originally at 39-Across.

I'm really happy with the theme entries, a couple of which came from the XWord Info list and Jeff's list. My wife and I had recently streamed SAUSAGEPARTY so that fell right into place. TEAMCREST was a Hail Mary pass of trying different combinations of words that end in AM with those that start with C. if I remember correctly there weren't many more if any cable channel trigrams that were workable acronyms and not abbreviations such as SHO. I guess I could have expanded to 4 letters with ESPN, but I would've had to find a crossing for the unappealing CATCHESPNEUMONIA, (is there one?).

Thanks as always to Will, Joel and crew, and thanks to Sam Ezersky for incorporating my clue change for 42-Across, which I mentioned to him at this year's ACPT, where he was the constructor of the final puzzle. Hope you liked this one.

Jeff Chen notes:
Jules does something exceedingly well today. Usually, rebus squares get placed into the longest grid entries, and then the crossing ... read more

Jules does something exceedingly well today. Usually, rebus squares get placed into the longest grid entries, and then the crossing entries are made short to facilitate grid construction. BET might turn into ABETS or BETAS in the crossing direction – pretty dull.

Not today! Jules manages to get four full pairs of great theme answers, DREAM CATCHER / TEAM CREST, UGLY BETTY / GLOBE THEATER, WISHBONES / DASHBOARD, SAUSAGE PARTY / GENIUS AT WORK. Eight fantastic answers!

(SAUSAGE PARTY was hilarious, but man oh man was it raunchy! Highly recommended, but prepare to wash out your eyes afterward.)

These four pairs of long crossing answers, plus the CABLE BOXES revealer, take up a huge amount of real estate. It's tough to build around so much theme material, but Jules did pretty darn well.

The only thing I ask from short fill is to not stand out as inelegant. I didn't care for the ILE / ISLE dupe (yes, they're clued in different ways, but I can't help seeing the French ILE = ISLE). And the random letter string TUV is bad. But that clue! [iPhone 8?] = the letters TUV on the 8 button on an iPhone. Doesn't make TUV a desirable entry, but it excuses it a teeny tiny bit.

I did find it a bit strange that IN A PIGS EYE didn't have a rebus – usually, you want all your longest entries to contain rebuses, especially in the across direction – but I gave it a pass since Jules already had so many long themers.

This ___ BOX concept has been done many a time, i.e., PO BOX, JACK IN THE BOX, HAT BOX. Tried and true notion, repetitive, but I appreciated the careful execution.

I also appreciated Will running a solid Thursday puzzle – one with a toughish theme, worth working hard to uncover – for the first time in weeks. Rebuses are a bit overdone these days, but they still provide a fun solving challenge.

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© 2018, The New York TimesNo. 0412 ( 24,992 )
Across
1. Leaving for : OFFTO
6. Variety of lettuce : BIBB
10. Grim Grimm beast : OGRE
14. Metes (out) : DOLES
15. Catalina, e.g. : ISLE
16. Didn't stay within the lines, say : BLED
17. Native American charm made with a willow hoop : DREAMCATCHER
19. Signal a performer doesn't want to hear : GONG
20. Cancer locator? : STARMAP
21. Popular TV dramedy based on a Colombian telenovela : UGLYBETTY
23. Like many roofs : EAVED
25. Granite State sch. : UNH
26. Fens : BOGS
29. "Fat chance!" : INAPIGSEYE
34. "Gone With the Wind" role : RHETT
36. Shelter for a Minuteman : SILO
37. Co. acquired by Verizon in 2015 : AOL
38. Actor McShane of "Deadwood" : IAN
39. Some gridiron formations : WISHBONES
42. iPhone 8? : TUV
43. Open ___ : MRI
44. Actress Stone : EMMA
45. Goddess of peace : IRENE
47. 2016 comedy that takes place mainly in a supermarket : SAUSAGEPARTY
51. Dyne-centimeters : ERGS
52. King in 1922 headlines : TUT
53. Slaps on : DAUBS
55. So to speak : ASWESAY
59. Lacking subtlety : BLATANT
63. Modernists, informally : NEOS
64. TV adjuncts ... or a hint to four squares in this puzzle : CABLEBOXES
66. Citrusy : TART
67. Nobelist Wiesel : ELIE
68. Ring ... or sphere : ARENA
69. Part of B.P.O.E. : ELKS
70. A little progress, so to speak : DENT
71. Ritual meal : SEDER
Down
1. Sports figures : ODDS
2. Stronghold : FORT
3. Lab problem : FLEA
4. Image on a soccer jersey : TEAMCREST
5. 2003 Afghani film that won a Golden Globe : OSAMA
6. Product advertised with the slogan "Writes first time, every time" : BICPEN
7. Suffix with freak : ISH
8. Kind of cheese : BLEU
9. Danger for a submarine : BERG
10. Delivery specialists, for short : OBGYNS
11. Setting for Shakespeare's "Julius Caesar" : GLOBETHEATER
12. Let : RENT
13. Avant-garde : EDGY
18. Kipling's "Rikki-Tikki-___" : TAVI
22. Actor played by Landau in "Ed Wood" : LUGOSI
24. Place for a clock or a radio : DASHBOARD
26. Overflow points : BRIMS
27. "Gone With the Wind" role : OHARA
28. Facetious sign in a lab or office : GENIUSATWORK
30. Hold down : PIN
31. Suffix with duct : ILE
32. Puppies or kittens : YOUNG
33. Dungeons & Dragons characters : ELVES
35. Modern communiqués : TWEETS
40. Handful for a pediatrician : IMP
41. Wee, to a Scot : SMA
46. Put back : RESTORE
48. The inn crowd? : GUESTS
49. Back-to-school purchase : TABLET
50. ___ log : YULE
54. Rum cakes : BABAS
55. Post's opposite : ANTE
56. The United States has a great one : SEAL
57. Nailed : ACED
58. Where Flash Gordon played polo : YALE
60. Canned : AXED
61. Relative of the Canada goose : NENE
62. Issuer of ukases : TSAR
65. Log keeper, maybe : BIN

Answer summary: 7 unique to this puzzle, 1 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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