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New York Times, Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Author: Garry Trudeau and Ross Trudeau
Editor: Will Shortz
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This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 72, Blocks: 38 Missing: {QXZ} This is the debut puzzle for Mr. Trudeau. This is puzzle # 6 for Mr. Trudeau. See all the celebrity crosswords. NYT links: Across Lite PDF
Notepad: CELEBRITY CROSSWORD
This puzzle is a collaboration by the cartoonist Garry Trudeau, the Pulitzer-winning creator of "Doonesbury," working together with his son Ross Trudeau, a digital media producer in Cambridge, Mass. This is Ross's sixth puzzle for The Times.
More information about the making of today's puzzle appears in the Times's daily crossword column (nytimes.com/column/wordplay).
Jeff Chen notes: So cool to find out that Ross, who I've come to admire as an up-and-coming constructor, is related to Garry Trudeau, who I've long ... more
Jeff Chen notes:

So cool to find out that Ross, who I've come to admire as an up-and-coming constructor, is related to Garry Trudeau, who I've long admired! I used to be a huge "Doonesbury" fan. I love it when artists use their power to needle people who need their power checked, and Trudeau got some great zingers in on both Bush 41 and 43.

They team up today to give us STAND UP COMICS, i.e. comic strips "standing" in the vertical direction. I liked best the ones that they obfuscated – GARFIELD masquerades well as the former POTUS, James A. Garfield. BABY BLUES commonly describes a set of "dreamy eyes," but it's also the name of a hilarious comic strip about a family raising their kids.

And MUTTS! One of my favorite strips of all time. So gentle, the adventures of Mooch and Earl. YESSH!

(If you haven't heard of BABY BLUES or MUTTS, I give them both a high thumbs-up.)

TIGER is … another comic strip? And OPUS confused me since I was a daily "Bloom County" reader. But apparently, there was a follow-on OPUS comic.

DICK TRACY is one I knew right away, even though it's been years since I read a DICK TRACY strip. But there's no real way to disguise it, a la GARFIELD or POGO. A bit too obvious, taking away from the a-ha moment in the end.

The clue for STAND UP COMICS confused me – I've seen DC COMICS played upon with Dane Cook and Dave Chappelle a couple of times now. Why use these guys as examples? Why not Margaret Cho, or George Carlin? It felt misleading to use those two D.C.-initialed guys.

So much bonus fill! AFLAC DUCK, SERENADE, MEAN GIRL, etc. Perhaps shading or circling the theme answers would have made them stand out better, amongst such great background stuff? As much as I loved those extras, they muddled up the puzzle a bit for me today.

Nice addition to the celeb crosswords series. Great that it was so directly tied to Trudeau's profession.

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© 2018, The New York TimesNo. 0515 ( 25,025 )
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1. Pioneering game company behind Tank and Tank II : ATARI
6. Music genre for Tokyo teens : JPOP
10. Contribute : ADD
13. By the clock : TIMED
14. Good: It. : BUONO
15. Coif that gets squished by headphones : FRO
16. "Uncle!" : IGIVE
17. Jargon : ARGOT
18. Fib : LIE
19. Something to stand on : LEG
20. H.S. science course for college credit : APBIO
22. Tequila plant : AGAVE
24. Relatives of cable cars : TROLLEYS
26. Actress Dash of "Clueless" : STACEY
27. Showbiz reference site : IMDB
28. Critical, as a situation : DOORDIE
29. Neighbor of Miss. : ALA
30. Something to pour dans votre café : LAIT
32. A philanthropist might set one up : FUND
33. Dave Chappelle and Dane Cook ... or a literal hint to the answers to the eight starred clues : STANDUPCOMICS
36. ___ Ewbank, 1969 Super Bowl-winning coach : WEEB
37. Schlemiel : JERK
38. Cartoon response to a rodent : EEK
39. Big Florida export : ORANGES
41. Kitchenware brand with a hyphenated name : TFAL
43. Fix with a blowtorch, say : REWELD
44. Classic Pontiacs : GRANDAMS
48. Drum used for a drumroll : SNARE
49. Cousin of a chimp : ORANG
50. "Runaround" girl in a 1961 Dion hit : SUE
51. Barn bales : HAY
52. Certain jelly : ASPIC
54. Like a red-faced cartoon character : IRATE
56. Neighbor of Mont. : IDA
57. Timid : MOUSY
58. Smallest pups : RUNTS
59. Stroke : PET
60. The "S" of GPS: Abbr. : SYST
61. Smallest : LEAST
1. Slanted : ATILT
2. *Feline in a zoo : TIGER
3. Mexican friend : AMIGO
4. Minister: Abbr. : REV
5. Perfect guy : IDEALMAN
6. The "J" of J.D. : JURIS
7. *Bounce on a stick : POGO
8. Lennon's love : ONO
9. Food famously misspelled by Dan Quayle : POTATO
10. Noted "spokesfowl" : AFLACDUCK
11. Alfresco theaters : DRIVEINS
12. Innocent-looking : DOEEYED
14. *Dreamy eyes, informally : BABYBLUES
21. ___ Xing : PED
23. *President between Hayes and Arthur : GARFIELD
25. *1959 film set in Dogpatch, U.S.A. : LILABNER
26. ___ speak : SOTO
28. *Detective who wore a two-way radio : DICKTRACY
29. Eroded : ATEAWAYAT
31. Earth Day's mo. : APR
33. Croon beneath a balcony : SERENADE
34. Played at work, informally? : DJED
35. Rachel McAdams or Amanda Seyfried role in a 2004 comedy : MEANGIRL
36. Deify : WORSHIP
40. Shines, as silver : GLEAMS
42. Devoted follower : FAN
44. Material for a mill : GRIST
45. Sitting position in yoga : ASANA
46. *Mongrels : MUTTS
47. Look at, as thou might : SEEST
49. *Magnum ___ : OPUS
53. Protein source in a vegan diet : SOY
55. French street : RUE

Answer summary: 4 unique to this puzzle, 2 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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