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New York Times, Monday, May 21, 2018

Author:
Hannah Slovut
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Hannah Slovut

This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 76, Blocks: 39 Missing: {QZ} This is the debut puzzle for Ms. Slovut. NYT links: Across Lite PDF
Hannah Slovut notes:
I'm super excited to have a crossword published in the New York Times! I've only been solving crosswords for about a year and a ... read more

I'm super excited to have a crossword published in the New York Times! I've only been solving crosswords for about a year and a half—I began when my cousins introduced me to them over Thanksgiving in 2016. After that, I and was hooked—I now joke that crosswords are my only hobby.

About a year ago, I was hosting a potluck on World Giraffe Day (June 21), and decided to try to make a crossword with giraffe trivia for my friends. It did not follow the common rules of crosswords (it was asymmetrical and had unchecked squares) but I had a lot of fun making it, and all my friends really enjoyed solving it. After that, I decided to try to construct crosswords to submit to be published.

This is the second puzzle I submitted, and I went through many versions of it trying to get the cleanest fill possible before sending it in. Thank you to my family and friends for always being willing to be test solvers and for tolerating me frequently talking about crosswords!

Jeff Chen notes:
Progression, from BABY to CHILD to TEEN to ADULT to SENIOR to … GHOST? What an unexpected and funny conclusion to the series! ... read more

Progression, from BABY to CHILD to TEEN to ADULT to SENIOR to … GHOST? What an unexpected and funny conclusion to the series! I've seen this theme done before, but not with that ending. Gave me a big smile — I like being pleasantly surprised.

So tough to fill a six-themer grid, especially when the puzzle has to run on a Monday (because the theme is so straightforward). Hannah did wel

l to spread out her themers, going every other row, staggering them left/right.

I like her audacity, working in the juicy HOTFOOT IT and VERMONTER, along with PILE IT ON and SLEEPS IN. Great bonuses!

The grid had too much crossword glue in it for a Monday puzzle, though. Not one I'd give to a newer solver, as the collection of ARN, BERM, ROOD, ULM, ADM might turn them away from crosswords. Some of that is unavoidable – what else can the U?M pattern be, once the themers are fixed into place? But I think some of it could have been massaged out — ROOD, for example (in a region only lightly constrained).

It's so important for Monday to feel accessible to a wide audience. I thought the theme did a great job of that, but not the fill.

Still, a nice progression, with a fantastic punchline. I'm hoping some clever constructor will riff on this for Hindus, where the last themer might somehow tie back to the first one. Reincarnation!

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Across
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Levi's material : JEAN
5
Coconut tree : PALM
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Lacks, in brief : HASNT
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The sun and the moon : ORBS
15
___ facto : IPSO
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Women's golf star Lorena : OCHOA
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Holder of some precious memories : BABYALBUM
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Transports between airport terminals : TRAMS
20
Position for a baseball batter : STANCE
21
What sending someone to Mars would be : AFIRST
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Wunderkind : CHILDPRODIGY
26
Recede, as the tide : EBB
29
1960s-'70s Ford named for an Italian city : TORINO
30
Fashion magazine spinoff : TEENVOGUE
33
"Here's to you!," e.g. : TOAST
38
Turn at high speed : CAREEN
39
"As American as apple pie," for example : SIMILE
40
Jokes and such : HUMOR
41
Popular Cartoon Network programming block : ADULTSWIM
44
The "M" of NASA's LEM : MODULE
46
Smartphone download : APP
47
Temporary mental lapse : SENIORMOMENT
53
Squirrel's stash : ACORNS
54
___ Herman (Paul Reubens character) : PEEWEE
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Insinuated : GOTAT
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Place where no one lives anymore : GHOSTTOWN
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Bring joy to : ELATE
63
Actress Hatcher : TERI
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Crucifix : ROOD
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Philadelphia N.B.A. player, informally : SIXER
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Plow pullers : OXEN
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Inquires : ASKS
Down
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Steve who once headed Apple : JOBS
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The "E" of Q.E.D. : ERAT
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Swedish pop quartet that won the 1974 Eurovision contest : ABBA
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Justin Timberlake's original group : NSYNC
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Assign two projects, a long reading and several writing assignments, say : PILEITON
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Police alert, for short : APB
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Baton Rouge sch. : LSU
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Dad's partner : MOM
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Run fast : HOTFOOTIT
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Having a burning smell : ACRID
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Puppeteer Lewis : SHARI
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Request to a waiter : NOMSG
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Yummy : TASTY
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German's "Oh!" : ACH
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Prince Valiant's son : ARN
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Item in a grate : LOG
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___ Hill (R&B group) : DRU
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Chart type : PIE
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Write on metal, say : ETCH
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Lover boy : BEAU
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Road shoulder : BERM
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Prefix with liberal : NEO
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Bernie Sanders, for one : VERMONTER
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Meditation sounds : OMS
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Onetime electronics giant : AIWA
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Lose one's footing : SLIP
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Worker hired for the day : TEMP
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Has a lazy Sunday morning, say : SLEEPSIN
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Naval chief: Abbr. : ADM
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Batman and Robin are a "dynamic" one : DUO
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Einstein's birthplace : ULM
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Where surgeons do surgery, for short : ORS
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Wise ones : SAGES
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Bacterium that can help or hurt : ECOLI
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Levy-free : NOTAX
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Furious : IRATE
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Alternative to .com : NET
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Prefix with -hedron : TETRA
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Tries to win, as a damsel : WOOS
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Furry "Star Wars" creature : EWOK
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Kills : ENDS
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Sporty Pontiac : GTO
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Bewitch : HEX
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It's mined : ORE

Answer summary: 3 unique to this puzzle, 1 debuted here and reused later.

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