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New York Times, Saturday, April 28, 2018

Author:
Andrew Kingsley and John Lieb
Editor:
Will Shortz
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This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 72, Blocks: 30 Missing: {FQWZ} This is puzzle # 10 for Mr. Kingsley. This is puzzle # 12 for Mr. Lieb. NYT links: Across Lite PDF
Constructor notes:
ANDREW: Another Kings-Lieb creation! Well, maybe more of a Ki-Lieb creation, since John did the lion's share of the work on this one. ... read more

ANDREW: Another Kings-Lieb creation! Well, maybe more of a Ki-Lieb creation, since John did the lion's share of the work on this one. After Oxford Dictionaries declared POSTTRUTH as 2016 "Word of the Year," I knew it had to be a 1-Across. Thankfully for this puzzle (and sadly for everything else), facts are still flexible and POSTTRUTH is still relevant. NOPUNINTENDED was my other significant contribution (I sifted through a sea of dad jokes for the right clue, so I hope you groaned at the one I chose), and then John brought the sparkle with the other stacks.

JOHN: Writing a themeless from scratch is a daunting task, so when Andrew brought me a promising, half-filled grid and asked me if I wanted to fill in the rest, I jumped at the chance! This ended up being a "2-for-1" puzzle, as the last across entry in the first draft ended up as the seed for our first published collaboration last August. I was on a Mr. Robot watching binge at the time we wrote this and was psyched to get RAMI MALEK into the grid.

Also, Andrew and I are excited to be hosting the second edition of Boswords, Boston's crossword puzzle tournament on Sunday, July 29. Registration opens on June 15th and you can find more information at boswords.org, including info about last year's tournament. We hope to see some of you there!

Jeff Chen notes:
NO PUN INTENDED is such a great way to anchor a themeless. Something that most everyone has heard (way too often from me, as Jill ... read more

NO PUN INTENDED is such a great way to anchor a themeless. Something that most everyone has heard (way too often from me, as Jill sadly would note); easy to riff on for a fun clue. Good stuff.

IM A GONER is fantastic, too. Again, a super-familiar phrase ripe for a great clue.

RAMI MALEK is a different story for me. I vaguely knew his name, since Jill and I suffered through a few episodes of "Mr. Robot" (sorry John!). But I don't know if he's gotten to the point where I think all educated solvers ought to have heard of him. Thankfully, all the crosses felt fair, although DEMOB is such a bizarre word that the M gave me worry at first. RABI MALEK / DEBOB? As in, Bob's your uncle?

Okay, maybe not.

OMEGA DOG felt somewhere between the two extremes. It's something you should be able to figure out due to its definition, and the fact that it's composed of two familiar words. Although it's an interesting entry, I'm not sure if I'd ever use OMEGA DOG in conversation or otherwise.

I don't mind a couple of ELEV, NEV, NOT DO kind of entries – a couple are usually inevitable in any themeless. Today, what bugged me more was all the tough names. RAMI MALEK kicked it off, but ABUJA, EDD, SARG, KELSO, THARP made the puzzle feel too much like a trivia contest. Any of those are fair game (well, EDD and SARG probably less so), but overall, they combine stick out.

Top-notch clue for TTOP. It's a borderline entry, but a clue misdirecting toward the Grand Prix race, away from the Grand Prix model car, makes it fine in my book.

A lot to love about the puzzle. PIXY STIX bring me back to when I loved those disgusting things. What a fantastic brand name! POST TRUTH had the opposite effect for me though, as I depend on crosswords to let me escape from the state of real life these days.

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© 2018, The New York TimesNo. 0428 ( 25,008 )
Across
1. Like a world in which objective facts are less important than appeals to emotion and personal belief : POSTTRUTH
10. Tony-winning choreographer for "Movin' Out" : THARP
15. Language in which plural adjectives end in -aj : ESPERANTO
16. Crude craft : OILER
17. Paleolith, e.g. : STONETOOL
18. "That '70s Show" role : KELSO
19. Stiffens : TENSES
20. Candy in a straw : PIXYSTIX
22. Shot that determines who gets to break, in billiards : LAG
23. "What was I thinking?!" : DOH
25. Likes often feed it : EGO
26. Fu-___ (legendary Chinese sage) : HSI
27. Alt. : ELEV
29. City that inspired a palace in "Aladdin" : AGRA
31. Ration : METE
32. Capital of Nigeria : ABUJA
35. ___ law, principle stating that computer processing power doubles every 18 months : MOORES
37. Comment that might follow "I used to be a banker until I lost interest" : NOPUNINTENDED
40. Philosopher Weil who said "All sins are attempts to fill voids" : SIMONE
41. "Breaking Bad" sidekick : JESSE
42. "Explore beyond limits" sloganeer : ACER
43. Kind of chop : VEAL
45. Tony ___, early Macy's Day Parade balloon designer : SARG
49. Piano piece : LEG
50. State whose name means "snow-covered": Abbr. : NEV
51. Byrnes of "77 Sunset Strip" : EDD
54. Part of a fault line? : MEA
55. "This looks like the end for me!" : IMAGONER
58. Ole Miss, with "the" : REBELS
60. Signal silently : NODAT
61. 2016 Emmy-winning lead actor for "Mr. Robot" : RAMIMALEK
63. Skirt : AVOID
64. Common fossil in Paleozoic rocks : TRILOBITE
65. Musical mark meaning "repeat" : SEGNO
66. Studmuffin : SEXYBEAST
Down
1. Kitchen implement : PESTLE
2. Bony : OSTEAL
3. Tosspot : SPONGE
4. Till compartment : TENS
5. Having no way to escape : TREED
6. More familiar name for Enrico Rizzo in an Oscar-winning film : RATSO
7. Game whose direction of play can shift from clockwise to counterclockwise : UNO
8. The Grand Prix used to have one : TTOP
9. Like Swiss vis-à-vis other cheeses : HOLIER
10. City that's home to the most Michelin three-star restaurants : TOKYO
11. Rushes : HIES
12. Sound, informally : ALLTHERE
13. Didn't fall in line : RESISTED
14. Stand-ins : PROXIES
21. Annual ESPN broadcast since 1995 : XGAMES
24. Certain pilgrim : HAJI
28. Fog, e.g. : VAPOR
30. Pot : GANJA
31. Styles : MODES
33. Trendy hairstyle for men : BUN
34. Crooked : UNEVEN
36. Turn-___ : ONS
37. "Good going!" : NICEMOVE
38. Lowest one in the pack : OMEGADOG
39. TV opening? : TELE
40. ___ Valley, setting for "Of Mice and Men" : SALINAS
44. Turns inside out : EVERTS
46. Aviator Earhart : AMELIA
47. Subleases : RELETS
48. Leakage preventer : GASKET
50. Refrain from : NOTDO
52. Without cracking a smile, say : DRILY
53. Disband, to Brits : DEMOB
56. Come by : GAIN
57. Like $10 gold eagle coins : RARE
59. Object of the search by the Three Wise Men : BABE
62. Kool-Aid, e.g. : MIX

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

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