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New York Times, Saturday, April 23, 2016

Author:
Paolo Pasco
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Paolo Pasco

This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 72, Blocks: 29 Missing: {JK} This is puzzle # 3 for Mr. Pasco. NYT links: Across Lite PDF
Paolo Pasco notes:
I think this puzzle may have been the first to benefit from my 'seed list,' an extensive list on my phone containing entries that I ... read more

I think this puzzle may have been the first to benefit from my "seed list," an extensive list on my phone containing entries that I think would be cool to put in a puzzle (alphabetized and sorted by length, because when it comes to crossword obsessiveness, it's go big or go home). 1A, 9A, 64A, 10D, and a handful of other entries came from that list. Unfortunately, the primary seed entry (RAGE QUIT) would end up being scooped two times before publication, but whatchagonnado.

Some scattershot points of interest:

  • As usual, Will, Joel and the rest of the team made some fantastic edits to the clues. My favorites are those for 46D, 60D, and especially 28D, among others.
  • Unless the entry gets scooped within the week before this puzzle's publication, this is the New York Times debut for TUMBLR! Compare that to the crossword performance of REDDIT (Appeared in the NYT 3 times) or TWITTER (Clued in NYT as the website 6 times). It's okay, Tumblr, you consonant-heavy website, you. We still love ya.
  • Sweet Fancy Moses, my ELAINE clue made it through without changes! As an avid "Seinfeld" fan, being able to reference one of the all-time best TV moments was a real… kick.

That's all from me. Hope you enjoyed the puzzle!

Jeff Chen notes:
Paolo is one of my favorite rising stars in crosswordland, mostly doing themelesses but also showing some early-week range. One of the ... read more

Paolo is one of my favorite rising stars in crosswordland, mostly doing themelesses but also showing some early-week range. One of the millennials (or younger?), he does a great job of capturing the flavor of his generation. It's so tough to make your shortish entries sing, but I was pleasantly surprised to uncover TUMBLR. I only vaguely know what that is, but Paolo did a nice job making sure that each crossing made it gettable. RAGE QUIT is another prime example.

That's my kind of home remedy! Let's just add in some whiskey ...

Ah, RAGE QUIT. Byron Walden once told me that he avoids putting marquee answers at 1-Across. I thought that was odd--wouldn't you want to highlight your great entries? But I've gradually come to see his point. Today, RAGE QUIT headlines the puzzle … but as Paolo points out, it's been in the NYT puzzle twice already in the past 12 months. I usually don't mind repetition, as it'll naturally occur, but there's something about RAGE QUIT that makes it less fun to see over and over. Perhaps because it seems like such a specialized term? Or how angry it sounds?

But back to the great stuff. Paolo takes nice advantage of his long slots, giving us the colorful YOU HEARD ME, TAX EVASION, RAN RAMPANT, GINGER ALES as home remedies (for indigestion, motion sickness, etc.), and STARGAZE. Along with clever mid-length entries like GYM RAT and LA-Z-BOY, there's a ton of snazzy material packed in.

I might have included BROMANCE in the list of assets a few years ago, but it feels like it's losing its shine, similar to RAGE QUIT. It has shown up in the NYT crossword a lot now, so perhaps it's simple overexposure.

I also like the fortuitous crossing of DATA SET and STATS. Sure is fun to get those related answers crossing each other.

With just a smattering of the EDD (crossworthy or not?) and ESA (this stands for … what? Ah, European Space Agency), I'm impressed at how much solid material Paolo worked in without requiring much crossword glue.

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© 2016, The New York TimesNo. 0423 ( 24,273 )
Across
1
Give up out of frustration, in slang : RAGEQUIT
9
Person with pressing things to do? : GYMRAT
15
[Shrug] : OHIDUNNO
16
Very much : SORELY
17
Exile : SENDAWAY
18
Blogging site owned by Yahoo : TUMBLR
19
Lose support : SAG
20
Look inside : DECOR
22
"The Glass Bead Game" author : HESSE
23
10/15, e.g. : IDES
25
Table material : DATASET
27
Garbage : ROT
29
Acronym in 1990s news : NAFTA
30
Ingredient in a Dark 'n' Stormy : RUM
33
1936 novel family : OHARAS
36
Wander around Hollywood, maybe : STARGAZE
38
Banded status symbols : ROLEXES
40
Paris suburb that holds the tombs of numerous Fr. monarchs : STDENIS
41
Ideal height for some contact : EYELEVEL
43
Counterintelligence grp. in 007 novels : SMERSH
44
Partners of 58-Across : MAS
45
"CSI" setting : VEGAS
47
Intl. org. that was the first to land a probe on a comet (2014) : ESA
48
Cheese dish : RAREBIT
50
Novel character with "a comfortable home and happy disposition" : EMMA
53
Some party wear : TOGAS
56
Shop item : LATHE
58
Partners of 44-Across : PAS
59
"Aladdin" setting : ARABIA
61
Chocolaty treats introduced in 1932 : MARSBARS
63
Piece of den furniture : LAZBOY
64
Relationship in many a Seth Rogen film : BROMANCE
65
Sitcom character whose dancing is described as "a full-body dry heave" : ELAINE
66
Frowned-upon construction material : ASBESTOS
Down
1
Portia de ___ (Ellen DeGeneres's wife) : ROSSI
2
In the future : AHEAD
3
Some home remedies : GINGERALES
4
Hall of fame on TV : EDD
5
Learning center : QUAD
6
Like all contestants on "The Bachelor" : UNWED
7
How soda may be sold : INACAN
8
Highlanders, e.g. : TOYOTAS
9
Astronomers' std. : GST
10
Parent's reproof : YOUHEARDME
11
Citi Field icon : MRMET
12
Winners at the Battle of Chickasaw Bayou, for short : REBS
13
"___ well" : ALLS
14
Pericles' domain, in Shakespeare : TYRE
21
Lots : RAFTS
24
The New Yorker cartoonist Edward : SOREL
26
Need for sabermetricians : STATS
28
Panama Papers revelation : TAXEVASION
30
Went unchecked : RANRAMPANT
31
Tomb Raider weaponry : UZIS
32
Go together : MESH
33
Self-described "Family City U.S.A." : OREM
34
College athlete wearing blue and gray : HOYA
35
End : SEVER
37
One of the 12 gifts of Christmas : GEESE
39
Jason of "How I Met Your Mother" : SEGEL
42
1987 #1 hit with the lyric "Soy capitán, soy capitán" : LABAMBA
46
Things played on the floor : SITARS
48
Black hat wearer : RABBI
49
Pound : THROB
51
___ Island, Fla. : MARCO
52
Yo-yos : ASSES
53
"The Twilight Zone" episode, usually : TALE
54
Like some arguments : ORAL
55
City captured during the Six-Day War : GAZA
57
"A Series of Unfortunate Events" villainess : ESME
60
Word that sounds like a letter of the alphabet that's not in it : AYE
62
Results of some four-year programs, for short : BAS

Answer summary: 3 unique to this puzzle, 5 debuted here and reused later, 1 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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