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New York Times, Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Author: Allan E. Parrish
Editor: Will Shortz
Allan E. Parrish
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This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 78, Blocks: 36 Missing: none – this is a pangram. This is puzzle # 39 for Mr. Parrish. NYT links: Across Lite PDF
Jeff Chen notes: Anagrams today, ANGEL to ANGLE to LANGE to NAGEL. I didn't know that last one, but some research shows that he's gridworthy, what ... more
Jeff Chen notes:

Anagrams today, ANGEL to ANGLE to LANGE to NAGEL. I didn't know that last one, but some research shows that he's gridworthy, what with his giant filmography as well as his hosting of two Academy Award ceremonies. I might have preferred to have him as a piece of fill rather than a themer, but I couldn't think of another ANGEL anagram to take his place.

Billy Crystal ain't got nothing on Conrad Nagel

Two nice pieces of long fill today, AGGREGATE and LETS DANCE. See how both of these run through only one themer? And how they (more or less) sit in their own corner? This grid design gives high flexibility to make those long entry sing. With very few constraints, there should be many possibilities that are both colorful and allow the surrounding area to be filled cleanly.

LETS DANCE works great for me. My pop music knowledge is abysmal, but I know David Bowie. And I even (sorta kinda) could hum the tune before looking it up! Catchy bugger; I'd count that as an asset to the puzzle.

AGGREGATE isn't as strong to me. Yes, it's a fine word, but I'd count it as a neutral entry rather than chalking one up in the assets column. Not only is a common, not-super-colorful word, but the clue is definitional. Perhaps if it had a clever wordplay element, I would think of it differently. But why not choose something as strong as LETS DANCE in the first place?

I did appreciate the effort to work in good mid-length entries: BOLSHOI, REDHEAD and NEST EGG. Even ICICLE added to my experience, with its nice [Emotionally distant person, metaphorically] clue. Anything that points out the beauty and zest woven into the English language is a positive in my book.

For a puzzle with average theme density (four medium length entries), I expect a nearly clean grid. Not enough constraints to justify more than three or four bits like ENDO, ETE, and the partialish FA LA LA. I'd have loved to see OOX worked out of the grid, maybe changing ANNALS to the spicy ANDALE!

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© 2015, The New York TimesNo. 0519 ( 23,933 )
Across Down
1. Messy sorts : SLOBS
6. Lawyer's filing : BRIEF
11. HIV-treating drug : AZT
14. Group that ends "... and sometimes Y" : AEIOU
15. Gaucho's rope : RIATA
16. 1990s G.M. make : GEO
17. Lucifer, notably : FALLENANGEL
19. Menacing sound from a hound : GRR
20. Night times, in classifieds : EVES
21. Inner: Prefix : ENDO
22. Garment that might say "World's Best Cook" : APRON
24. Conan O'Brien or Chuck Norris, e.g. : REDHEAD
26. Popular gin flavoring : SLOE
27. It's not right : OBLIQUEANGLE
32. What the Marx Brothers often do in their films : ADLIB
35. Big name in boots : UGG
36. 1961 #1 R&B hit for Lee Dorsey : YAYA
37. One of the Three Stooges : MOE
38. One way or another : SOMEHOW
42. What can make molehills out of a mountain? : TNT
43. ___ Spumante : ASTI
45. It's nothing : NIL
46. Responses to sermons : AMENS
48. Oscar-winning actress for "Blue Sky" : JESSICALANGE
52. Small freshwater fish : DACE
53. Rainy day protection : NESTEGG
57. Alternative to denim : KHAKI
59. Something no one wants to face? : ACNE
61. Popular first-person shooter video game since 2001 : HALO
62. Tandoori bread : NAN
63. Greta Garbo's "The Mysterious Lady" co-star : CONRADNAGEL
66. Not Rx : OTC
67. True (to) : LOYAL
68. 7'1" Shaquille : ONEAL
69. Minute : WEE
70. Semester enders, usually : EXAMS
71. Like bathroom doorknobs : GERMY
1. Less dangerous : SAFER
2. Go away : LEAVE
3. Like a smooth-running machine : OILED
4. Moscow-based ballet company : BOLSHOI
5. File a civil action against : SUE
6. Soccer's Chastain : BRANDI
7. Cantaloupe cover : RIND
8. "Otello" baritone : IAGO
9. Automne preceder : ETE
10. Part of the "Deck the Halls" refrain : FALALA
11. Pile up : AGGREGATE
12. It's nothing : ZERO
13. Unable to decide : TORN
18. Actress Patricia : NEAL
23. Ride at a kids' fair : PONY
25. Recedes : EBBS
26. State flower of Utah : SEGO
28. Bring under control : QUELL
29. "Disgusting!" : UGH
30. City between Boston and Gloucester : LYNN
31. Vittles : EATS
32. Key of Mozart's "Turkish" Concerto: Abbr. : AMAJ
33. 5 milliliters of medicine, say : DOSE
34. Hit David Bowie single and album of 1983 : LETSDANCE
39. Never before, never again : ONCE
40. Soccer's Hamm : MIA
41. Jokers : WAGS
44. Dinesen who wrote "Out of Africa" : ISAK
47. Coal miner's concern : METHANE
49. Emotionally distant person, metaphorically : ICICLE
50. Yearly records : ANNALS
51. Must have : NEED
54. Not just ready : EAGER
55. Twinkle : GLEAM
56. "Well, jeepers!" : GOLLY
57. Minneapolis radio station that carries a lot of news, appropriately : KNOW
58. ___ speech : HATE
59. Writer Seton : ANYA
60. Overstuff : CRAM
64. Losing tic-tac-toe row : OOX
65. Drink often served with a ladle : NOG

Answer summary: 3 unique to this puzzle.

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