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New York Times, Monday, May 14, 2018

Author:
Andrea Carla Michaels
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Andrea Carla Michaels

This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 78, Blocks: 36 Missing: {JQXZ} Spans: 1 This is puzzle # 60 for Ms. Michaels. NYT links: Across Lite PDF
Andrea Carla Michaels notes:
This is the kind of puzzle that used to just need three long themers, but Will has challenged me to go for at least four including a ... read more

This is the kind of puzzle that used to just need three long themers, but Will has challenged me to go for at least four including a reveal. This one has four PLUS a punchline. Lots of theme fill to get into a Monday.

I had never heard of a BITEVALVE, but I needed a BITE other than BITE-SIZED so it would have a different meaning for BITE. Proud it's not been used.

Recently went to hear David Mamet speak and he pointed out TSELIOT was an anagram of TOILETS. That was my takeaway from the Pulitzer Prize winner!
(And appears as 38-Down)

Jeff Chen notes:
FIGHT CLUB! Now that was a movie that surprised and delighted me, in oddly unexpected ways. Acme plays on it today, hiding fighting ... read more

FIGHT CLUB! Now that was a movie that surprised and delighted me, in oddly unexpected ways. Acme plays on it today, hiding fighting words at the starts of phrases. KICK and PUNCH … them's fighting words!

Don't groan. You knew I was going to say it.

BITE and SCRATCH weren't as apt for me, as they don't seem very FIGHT CLUB to me. Man, that movie was violent! BITE and SCRATCH seem more appropriate for a Three Stooges routine.

Of the themers, I liked PUNCH BOWL best, because it hides the meaning of PUNCH completely ... unless you're Tyler Durden, in which case you might actually punch a PUNCH BOWL. Talk about anger management issues.

KICKSTART also hid the KICK meaning a little, since "kickstarting" a project goes away from a kick starter on a motorcycle. You do sort of kick a motorcycle's kick starter, though.

BITE and SCRATCH don't hide their meanings at all within BITE VALVE and SCRATCH AND SNIFF. You bite a BITE VALVE to get water to throw. So again, I wasn't a fan of these two themer choices.

THROW is in the fill? I'd have greatly preferred to keep it out, especially since THROW is much more Durden-esque than SCRATCH. (Hmm, THROW RUG?)

A couple of blips in the fill, noticeably ARTE, OBLA, OFA right off the top. I think the latter two could have been avoided by spacing out the themers more. Putting KICK START in row five (instead of row four) would have allowed for a couple of black squares separating BITE VALVE and KICK START, allowing them to play more nicely together.

EOSIN is such a toughie. Normally I don't classify anything as "not Monday material" – if the crossings are fair, what's the harm in forcing solvers to learn one new thing? But even having a pharma background, EOSIN feels like it could elicit an "I have to know trivia to do crosswords?" response from newbies. No Bueno!

All in all, a good memory jog to a movie I enjoyed. Some missteps in execution, though.

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© 2018, The New York TimesNo. 0514 ( 25,024 )

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Students & seniors
Across
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Wolfish look : LEER
5
Lead-in to "di" or "da" in a Beatles song : OBLA
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Fowl raised for food : POULT
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Commedia dell'___ : ARTE
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Gas, oil or coal : FUEL
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Port St. ___, Fla. : LUCIE
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End of a drinking hose : BITEVALVE
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Rand McNally volume : ATLAS
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Diving gear : SCUBA
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Get going, as an old motorcycle or a new company : KICKSTART
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Spheres, in poetry : ORBS
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Angsty music genre : EMO
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Rapper with the 1996 double-platinum album "Hard Core" : LILKIM
29
Handyman's inits. : DIY
31
What sirens do : WAIL
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Enero begins it : ANO
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Certain red dye : EOSIN
38
Having a high metallic sound : TINNY
39
Like some magazine perfume ads : SCRATCHANDSNIFF
42
Ill-tempered : SURLY
43
Borden milk's cow : ELSIE
44
6-3 or 7-6, e.g. : SET
45
Cy Young Award winner Hershiser : OREL
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Faux ___ : PAS
47
Tribal leaders : ELDERS
49
Like non-Rx drugs : OTC
51
Female friend of François : AMIE
52
Party vessel with a ladle : PUNCHBOWL
57
"There ___ to be a law!" : OUGHT
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Loud, as a crowd : AROAR
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1999 Brad Pitt movie hinted at by the beginnings of 17-, 21-, 39- and 52-Across : FIGHTCLUB
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Planet demoted to "dwarf planet" in 2006 : PLUTO
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Woman of the Haus : FRAU
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Fishes that may shock you : EELS
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Good ___ (repaired perfectly) : ASNEW
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Appear (to be) : SEEM
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Go bananas : SNAP
Down
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Parts of science courses : LABS
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"Spamalot" creator Idle : ERIC
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Caesar's rebuke to Brutus : ETTU
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Nike competitor : REEBOK
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Birds ___ feather : OFA
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Gains muscle, with "up" : BULKS
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Blue jeans pioneer Strauss : LEVI
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Trump portrayer Baldwin : ALEC
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Blood fluid : PLASM
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Not just playing for fun : OUTTOWIN
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The N.C.A.A.'s Bruins : UCLA
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Word repeated before "pants on fire" : LIAR
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Word repeated while tapping a microphone : TEST
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Magazine of show business : VARIETY
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Code breaker : KEY
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Fellow who might be senior class president, for short : BMOC
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Rope in a Wild West show : LASSO
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Run up, as expenses : INCUR
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Peter of "The Maltese Falcon" : LORRE
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Uses a rotary phone : DIALS
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Bed-and-breakfasts : INNS
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Licorice flavoring : ANISE
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Derive by logic : INFER
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Alternatives to Ubers : LYFTS
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Mets' former ballpark : SHEA
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Poet whose work inspired "Cats" : TSELIOT
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Distribute, as resources : ALLOCATE
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Carpe ___ (seize the day: Lat.) : DIEM
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Banned pollutant, in brief : PCB
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Cards that may be "wild" in poker : DEUCES
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Lose on purpose : THROW
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Fish tank gunk : ALGAE
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"___ Was a Rollin' Stone" (Temptations hit) : PAPA
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Addresses that may be linked on the web : URLS
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Person, place or thing : NOUN
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Murders, mob-style : OFFS
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Hide a mike on : WIRE
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Campbell who sang "By the Time I Get to Phoenix" : GLEN
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Hawaiian dance : HULA
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Recipe measure: Abbr. : TBSP
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Vocalize on a kazoo : HUM

Answer summary: 4 unique to this puzzle.

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