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New York Times, Monday, April 25, 2016

Author: Betty Keller
Editor: Will Shortz
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This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 74, Blocks: 38 Missing: {JQV} This is puzzle # 2 for Ms. Keller. NYT links: Across Lite PDF
Jeff Chen notes: Singing: don't mess with Mr. In-Between! I recognized that lyric, but when I went to look up the song, Google misdirected me to a ... more
Jeff Chen notes:

Singing: don't mess with Mr. In-Between! I recognized that lyric, but when I went to look up the song, Google misdirected me to a very different "Mr. In-Between" which seemed like it was the one the clue was talking about. Jim Horne had to steer me to the correct one. Then I realized that I had originally been thinking of a third song in the first place. So confusing!

I'm James ARNESS, and I endorse this blog post

Anyhoo, that MRINBETWEEN is such a kooky looking string of letters, and it makes for a good Monday revealer — phrases have MR stretched across them: BOTTOM ROW, STEAMROLLER, PALM READING, AM FM RADIO. All colorful phrases, and the one perhaps least in the language--BOTTOM ROW--getting a crossword-related clue. Nice!

Constructors often are faced with the choice of 1.) very smooth short fill but not so snazzy long stuff or 2.) really snappy long fill at the price of some short gluey bits. Today, Betty gives us a raft of wonderful bonus material, doing especially well with her mid-length answers: KABOOM!, FLUMMOX, IN ORBIT, NO, WAIT!, TWEEZE, EGG DYE. I'm usually not one to notice mid-length single-word answers, but KABOOM and FLUMMOX are especially nice.

Along with some longer fill like TORE OPEN and TITLEIST (sorry, non-golfers, but it really is a huge name in the golfing world), and a high density of theme answers, we were bound to get some compromises in the short fill. Starting off with A BANG isn't the type of bang I like, and along with LE ROI and IT IN right across the top, that's three glaring partials.

More troublesome were the ARNESS/LANTZ, LANTZ/GIZMO, ARNESS/ELS crossings. Regular solvers really ought to know James ARNESS and Ernie ELS (the "Big Easy" of golf). But I wouldn't be surprised to see a beginner get FLUMMOXed on any of those three crossings and declare them unfair. I wouldn't disagree.

Overall, nice theme concept with an enjoyable revealer, plus a ton of great mid-length fill. But given the rocky areas, I think it would have been better run as a Tuesday or Wednesday puzzle.

JimH notes: Accentuate the Positive was written by two of the greats from the American Songbook era. Music is by Harold Arlen, lyrics by Johnny Mercer.
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© 2016, The New York TimesNo. 0425 ( 24,275 )
Across Down
1. Go out with ___ : ABANG
6. Toy with a tail : KITE
10. "Get ___ writing" : ITIN
14. "Vive ___!" (old French cry) : LEROI
15. Score after deuce : ADIN
16. U2 lead singer : BONO
17. Walter who created Woody Woodpecker : LANTZ
18. 64-, 65- and 66-Across, in this puzzle : BOTTOMROW
20. Heavy vehicle that smooths a road surface : STEAMROLLER
22. Time in history : ERA
23. Ernie of the P.G.A. : ELS
24. Antipoverty agcy. : OEO
25. Goof up : ERR
26. Samurai sash : OBI
27. ___ Trueheart, Dick Tracy's love : TESS
29. The year 2051 : MMLI
31. Rotisserie rod : SPIT
32. TV series with "NY," "Miami" and "Cyber" spinoffs : CSI
34. Thoroughfare in the name of Springsteen's band : ESTREET
37. "Don't mess with" him, per an old song lyric ... or a hint to 18-, 20-, 55- and 58-Across : MRINBETWEEN
39. College or company starter : FOUNDER
40. Big name in ice cream : EDY
41. Putter or 9-iron : CLUB
42. Promotional hoopla : HYPE
44. Court legend Arthur : ASHE
48. Thornton Wilder's "___ Town" : OUR
49. "I love," to a Latin lover : AMO
51. Sixteenths of lbs. : OZS
53. Dress (up) : TOG
54. K-O connector : LMN
55. Means of fortunetelling : PALMREADING
58. Audio feature that comes standard on cars : AMFMRADIO
60. Provoked : RILED
61. Gloomy : DOUR
62. Card with the headings "Appetizers," "Entrees" and "Desserts" : MENU
63. Overly anxious : ANTSY
64. Rotating car part : AXLE
65. Mumbai titles : SRIS
66. Proverbial waste maker : HASTE
1. Completely ready : ALLSET
2. John, Paul, George or Ringo : BEATLE
3. James of "Gunsmoke" : ARNESS
4. The "N" of N.B. : NOTA
5. Thingamabob : GIZMO
6. Explosion sound : KABOOM
7. TV's discontinued "American ___" : IDOL
8. Big name in golf balls : TITLEIST
9. Exit's opposite : ENTER
10. "Let's Build a Smarter Planet" co. : IBM
11. Ripped the wrapping off : TOREOPEN
12. Circling the earth, say : INORBIT
13. "Oh, hang on a minute!" : NOWAIT
19. Former Bruin Bobby : ORR
21. Jog the memory of : REMIND
28. Use elbow grease : SCRUB
30. Apprehensive : LEERY
31. "Ciao!" : SEEYA
33. One of the seven "deadly" things : SIN
35. Pluck, as an eyebrow : TWEEZE
36. Crimson, e.g. : RED
37. Heavy-hearted : MOURNFUL
38. Witness : BEHOLDER
39. Discombobulate : FLUMMOX
41. Piña ___ (fruity drink) : COLADA
43. Permeable : POROUS
45. Beach building supports : STILTS
46. "I kid you not!" : HONEST
47. Easter dip : EGGDYE
49. Mo. before May : APR
50. Sirs' partners : MAAMS
52. Politico Palin : SARAH
56. 5x5 crossword, e.g. : MINI
57. Actress Merrill : DINA
59. Field fare for a G.I. : MRE

Answer summary: 2 unique to this puzzle, 1 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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