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New York Times, Saturday, April 4, 2015

Author: Ned White
Editor: Will Shortz
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This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 72, Blocks: 33 Missing: {JQXZ} This is puzzle # 12 for Mr. White. NYT links: Across Lite PDF
Jeff Chen notes: Nice mini-theme, BACKSLAPS echoing CHEST BUMP. Back when I co-captained an Ultimate frisbee team, I asked the guys on my team not to ... more
Jeff Chen notes:

Nice mini-theme, BACKSLAPS echoing CHEST BUMP. Back when I co-captained an Ultimate frisbee team, I asked the guys on my team not to CHEST BUMP, as it felt too show-off-y to me; against the Spirit of the Game. (The women on the team weren't as interested in CHEST BUMPing.) But it's a super-common practice in the NFL and other sports, and it was a fun way to end the puzzle. Makes me want to devise my own crossword-finishing touchdown dance.

Good ol' foul-mouthed Flo (on the right)

Not a huge number of long answers today, just 12 with eight letters or more, but Ned makes great use of two marquee entries: KISS MY GRITS and PLAY FOOTSIE. The former probably won't be familiar to the younger generations of solvers, but it sure took me back to the days when I was watching every single episode of Alice instead of doing my homework.

I often talk about how multi-word entries are prized, and SCHEDULE A helps me emphasize that point. By itself, it's not going to wow a whole lot of people (except those of us curiously fascinated by tax preparation), but trying to parse the crazy -DULEA ending gave me a great moment of discovery.

Same goes for AMDIAL (adjective describing AMD chips?) and KOPUNCH (Keystone uppercut?). Nice way of snazzing up a shorter entry; taking advantage of crossword entries eliminating spaces by nature.

And although there aren't a huge number of A+ entries, there aren't many gluey bits either. By my count, about 12 assets and 2 liabilities (OLIOS and A VIEW) easily puts this puzzle into my thumbs-up criteria.

Finally, fun to learn a few things. Sikkim is an Indian state, who knew? And I enjoy learning a little Russian. Spasibo and good night!

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Across Down
1. Congratulatory gestures : BACKSLAPS
10. First female U.S. solicitor general, 2009 : KAGAN
15. Showed no moderation : OVERDIDIT
16. Start of a three-part claim : ICAME
17. Means of looking above and beyond : PERISCOPE
18. One may keep a watch on you : STRAP
19. Esposas: Abbr. : SRAS
20. "I ___ it!" : KNEW
21. Kind of tea used medicinally : SENNA
22. Penultimate letters : PSIS
23. It doesn't have much music nowadays : AMDIAL
24. Ritter's co-star on TV's "8 Simple Rules" : SAGAL
28. Fair : SUNNY
30. Some joeys : KOALAS
32. Go back and forth : PINGPONG
37. 2003 top 5 hit for Fabolous : INTOYOU
39. Gem City of the Plains : LARAMIE
40. Bad case of the blues : DEEPFUNK
42. Title flora in a Whitman poem : LILACS
43. Gallimaufries : OLIOS
45. Something to live by : TENET
46. Ring fingerers? : NARCOS
50. 9-Down bits : PEAS
52. Patent : OVERT
53. Club collection : DUES
54. One guarded in soccer : SHIN
58. Awards for romances : RITAS
59. One way to sleep : INTHENUDE
61. Spasibo : Russian :: ___ : French : MERCI
62. Top form? : SCHEDULEA
63. Shook, maybe : AWOKE
64. Celebratory gesture : CHESTBUMP
1. Moves energetically : BOPS
2. More than suggest : AVER
3. Star of "Scott Pilgrim vs. the World," 2010 : CERA
4. Kardashians' mom : KRIS
5. '60s strikers : SDS
6. Punishment, metaphorically : LICKS
7. Dreamboat : ADONIS
8. Interjects : PIPESUP
9. Olla, e.g. : STEW
10. Old sitcom retort : KISSMYGRITS
11. Got on it : ACTED
12. Adorned, to a chef : GARNI
13. It has a range of ranges : AMANA
14. It's west of Sikkim : NEPAL
22. Work together closely but covertly : PLAYFOOTSIE
23. Record of the year : ANNAL
24. Freight platform : SKID
25. Sterling : AONE
26. Airport assignment : GATE
27. Catawampus : ALOP
29. Scratch : NIL
31. Persons : SOULS
33. Not at all bright : PALE
34. Member of the 1990s Persian Gulf war coalition : OMAN
35. "Sweet!" : NICE
36. Feat : GEST
38. A single opening? : UNI
41. Flooring delivery : KOPUNCH
44. Be ready to explode : SEETHE
46. Ibsen play parodying an opera : NORMA
47. "___ From the Bridge" : AVIEW
48. In again : RETRO
49. First-rate : CRACK
51. Remains on a mantel, maybe : ASHES
53. Oreo component : DISC
54. Brush-off : SNUB
55. "Anywhere, Anytime" sloganeer : HULU
56. The same, to Caesar : IDEM
57. Spring's opposite : NEAP
60. Setting for home games of the O's : EDT

Answer summary: 3 unique to this puzzle, 3 debuted here and reused later.

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