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New York Times, Friday, May 10, 2019

Author:
Andrew J. Ries
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Andrew Ries

This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 68, Blocks: 34 Missing: {GJQXYZ} This is puzzle # 16 for Mr. Ries. NYT links: Across Lite PDF
Jeff Chen notes:
Andrew is so good at stair stack trios. PURPLE STATE, DEPECHE MODE, SENIOR PRANK? All colorful entries – especially PURPLE ... read more

Andrew is so good at stair stack trios. PURPLE STATE, DEPECHE MODE, SENIOR PRANK? All colorful entries – especially PURPLE STATE. (You knew that was coming.) Seriously though, what a fantastic term, so descriptive for a battleground territory that's partially red and partially blue.

Nice and open floor plan for the grid, too, a lot of long entries woven through the stair stack making for great grid flow. Huge fan of LENA HORNE, ODOR EATERS (not that I need them, despite what my kids say), FLOOD LAMP. I embarrassingly had that last one as FLOOR LAMP, having convinced myself that FLOOR LAMPs, of course, make for great outdoor theft deterrents.

BERSORES are a thing, aren't they?

BED SORES isn't a delightful entry – evokes unpleasant images. (You owe me one for not putting up the Wikipedia image of them today.) But it does get a fun clue in [Resting spots?].

I wasn't as hot on the other long entries going through the stair stack. DECIMETERS isn't that commonly used, ARRESTED is neutral. And ROSEDALE. Somehow I convinced myself that ROLEDALE is a floral name. DALEs are floral, right? Maybe related to BERSORES?

A couple of clues that might have been confusing to some:

  • BISHOPS proceed in a biased way? Yes, when you think of "biased" as "at a slant," as in a chess piece BISHOP.
  • How is an APPT a [Receptionist's notation]? I think of receptionists mostly doing greetings and taking calls, but they probably do note down appointments to expect that day.
  • [B in music class]? That's a reference to the "three Bs," Bach, Beethoven, BRAHMS.
  • If you're a lightweight like myself, you might not know that RON RICO is a brand of rum.

Overall, solid puzzle with a beautiful middle. BEDSORES excepted. And the stray IRT ELO, TCU, plus SRS duplicating SENIOR PRANK. SRS-LY, kids seems to actually text like this!

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© 2019, The New York TimesNo. 0510 ( 25,385 )
Across
1
Many a promotional giveaway : TOTE
5
Trip ... or start a trip : SETOFF
11
Fingers : IDS
14
Like the logos for Subaru and Toyota : OVAL
15
Toy in a purse, perhaps : POODLE
16
Common blog keyword for sorting posts : NEW
17
Spanish for "weight" : PESO
18
Release from a dock : UNMOOR
19
Abbott and Costello, e.g. : DUO
20
Old N.Y.C. depot inits. : IRT
21
"r u ___?!" (texter's "Really?") : SRS
22
Captain Morgan competitor : RONRICO
24
Some soccer gear : CLEATS
26
Resting spots? : BEDSORES
27
British cavalry accessory : SABRE
28
People are told not to touch it : DIAL
29
It's a cinch : SASH
30
Classic battleground : PURPLESTATE
33
Decades-old synth-pop group named for a fashion magazine : DEPECHEMODE
35
It's pulled by students before graduation : SENIORPRANK
37
Receptionist's notation: Abbr. : APPT
40
Boxes in an arena, maybe : AMPS
41
Backup : PLANB
43
Equestrian attire : BREECHES
45
Singer who gave his name to a "fever" in the 2010s : BIEBER
46
Diamond in the rough? : SANDLOT
47
Lead role in "Airplane!" : TED
48
Albert ___ (Minnesota county seat) : LEA
49
"United Shades of America" airer : CNN
50
First name in soul : ARETHA
52
Shortening in many school names : TECH
53
So-called "bullet" : ACE
54
Bit of progress : INROAD
55
Study, study, study : CRAM
56
Club ___ : MED
57
Some subatomic particles : MESONS
58
Org. with a Change My Address portal on its website : USPS
Down
1
Things to talk about : TOPICS
2
Center of a Venn diagram : OVERLAP
3
One might sense bitterness : TASTEBUD
4
Arpad ___, eponymous creator of an international ratings system : ELO
5
Prompts : SPURS
6
Long stretches : EONS
7
Thumb of small size : TOM
8
Certain shoe inserts : ODOREATERS
9
Outdoor security system component : FLOODLAMP
10
Some office greenery : FERNS
11
First name in Indian political history : INDIRA
12
Frequent losers at casinos : DEUCES
13
Sound of a rush : SWOOSH
21
Overseas plain : STEPPE
23
Queens neighborhood with a floral name : ROSEDALE
25
Got off the streets, say : ARRESTED
26
They always proceed in a biased way : BISHOPS
28
There are just over three in a foot : DECIMETERS
31
Glinda's portrayer in "The Wiz" : LENAHORNE
32
Lethargic : TORPID
34
Unhelpful friends for advice : ENABLERS
36
Joint protector : KNEECAP
37
Sheikh-down of the F.B.I.? : ABSCAM
38
What parade horses do : PRANCE
39
Calligraphed : PENNED
42
B in music class? : BRAHMS
44
Prospector's filing : CLAIM
45
Native American currency, once : BEADS
47
Word often appearing after a comparative : THAN
51
"___ cool!" : TOO
52
Big 12 sch. : TCU

Answer summary: 4 unique to this puzzle, 3 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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