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New York Times, Monday, May 11, 2015

Author: Joe DiPietro
Editor: Will Shortz
Joe DiPietro
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This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 76, Blocks: 38 Missing: {JQVX} This is puzzle # 122 for Mr. DiPietro. NYT links: Across Lite PDF
Jeff Chen notes: Pattern matching today, a consistent adherence to the ?ALL OF ???? pattern. Nice choice on themers, all sparkly phrases — FALL ... more
Jeff Chen notes:

Pattern matching today, a consistent adherence to the ?ALL OF ???? pattern. Nice choice on themers, all sparkly phrases — FALL OF ROME I found particularly punchy. CALL OF DUTY I might call punchy, except my friends barred me from playing first-person shooters after my abysmal showing one "Halo" night. I was even bad at "hiding under a rock so the other team wouldn't shoot me so fast."

Quick, find the rocks to hide under!

I normally don't care for cross-referenced answers, but TYSON and KOS worked well for me. Not only are they strongly linked (talking about punchy, anyone remember his five-second "fights"? Yikes!) but they're right atop each other. Elegant touch.

The LLAMAS / INCA link didn't work as well for me. It's true that LLAMAS are important in Peru's history and culture — one appears on Peru's coat of arms — but a link between INCA and MACHU PICCHU or SUN GOD or even SUN would have been stronger in my eyes. And the fact that the two entries are as far apart in physical distance as California and New Hampshire … I wasn't interested in searching out INCA when I hit that clue for LLAMAS.

I appreciated the color added by SMALL WORLD (great colloquial clue in "I can't believe we both know him") and GENE SISKEL, of whom I have fond memories. RIP SIskel and Ebert. When a puzzle only has two long pieces of fill, it's important to make sure they both are good enough to get two thumbs up.

Curious find, four distinct themers fitting that quirky ?ALL OF ???? pattern. I tried to see if I could find any others, and the only other one was WALL OF FAME (think: restaurants that take pics of people who finish the five-pound burger). Then maybe HALL OF FAME could have been HALL OF ODIN, but that feels like a stretch. So, I like that this set of four feels complete.

It would have been an elegant touch to have the four themers alphabetized from top to bottom, but that might just be the OCD organizer in me speaking.

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© 2015, The New York TimesNo. 0511 ( 23,925 )
Across Down
1. Sounds made by supersonic planes : BOOMS
6. Palmtop organizers, for short : PDAS
10. Internet image file, familiarly : GIF
13. "That's plenty, thanks" : IMSET
14. Killer whale : ORCA
15. Restaurant handout : MENU
16. Shooter video game franchise : CALLOFDUTY
18. A single time : ONCE
19. "Jersey Shore" pal of JWoww : SNOOKI
20. Schoolkids' transport : BUS
21. Donald Trump's "The Art of the ___" : DEAL
22. Amount in an i.o.u. : DEBT
24. Diarist Nin : ANAIS
26. ___ as pie : EASY
29. Very lively sort : BALLOFFIRE
33. Tachometer abbr. : RPM
34. Word sung twice after "Que" : SERA
35. Boxing's Iron Mike : TYSON
36. ___ nutshell (basically) : INA
37. Beat decisively : TROUNCE
40. Stats for 35-Across : KOS
41. Instrument for Yo-Yo Ma : CELLO
43. German industrial locale : RUHR
44. Bird on the Australian coat of arms : EMU
45. Cooperstown or Canton destination : HALLOFFAME
48. "If all ___ fails ..." : ELSE
49. 2008 Pixar robot : WALLE
50. Square dance venue : BARN
52. To ___ it may concern : WHOM
54. Official behind home plate, for short : UMP
56. Clumsily touches : PAWSAT
60. Jewish wedding dance : HORA
61. Empire collapse in A.D. 476 : FALLOFROME
63. Misfortunes : ILLS
64. Ice chunk at sea : FLOE
65. Stun gun : TASER
66. End of the alphabet, in Canada : ZED
67. Himalayan legend : YETI
68. Involuntary twitch : SPASM
1. Popular ballpoints : BICS
2. Neighbor of Yemen : OMAN
3. Norway's capital : OSLO
4. Tune : MELODY
5. Stir up and feed, as a fire : STOKE
6. Pea's home : POD
7. Beat decisively : DRUB
8. Real : ACTUAL
9. Refuses to give permission : SAYSNO
10. Onetime colleague of Roger Ebert : GENESISKEL
11. Early Peruvian : INCA
12. Uranium or plutonium, for a nuclear reactor : FUEL
15. Alter partially : MODIFY
17. One telling little lies : FIBBER
23. Plant used in making poi : TARO
25. "... lived happily ever ___" : AFTER
26. Psychoanalyst Fromm : ERICH
27. Sleep disorder : APNEA
28. "I can't believe we both know him" : SMALLWORLD
30. Dern of "Jurassic Park" : LAURA
31. Hotel units : ROOMS
32. Occur next : ENSUE
34. Tavern seat : STOOL
38. Under the effects of Novocain : NUMB
39. Tightwad : CHEAPO
42. Pack animals for 11-Downs : LLAMAS
46. Common cat name : FLUFFY
47. One with XX chromosomes : FEMALE
48. Bundle up : ENWRAP
51. Travels through the Grand Canyon, say : RAFTS
52. Cheez ___ : WHIZ
53. One of 18 on a golf course : HOLE
55. Parcel of land : PLOT
57. Sammy who was the 1998 N.L. M.V.P. : SOSA
58. Iowa college town : AMES
59. Four years, for a president : TERM
62. Luau neckwear : LEI

Answer summary: 3 unique to this puzzle, 1 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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