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New York Times, Monday, May 21, 2018

Author: Hannah Slovut
Editor: Will Shortz
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Hannah Slovut

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Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 76, Blocks: 39 Missing: {QZ} This is the debut puzzle for Ms. Slovut. NYT links: Across Lite PDF

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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 ... more
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 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! ... more
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! 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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© 2018, The New York TimesNo. 0521 ( 25,031 )
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1. Levi's material : JEAN
5. Coconut tree : PALM
9. Lacks, in brief : HASNT
14. The sun and the moon : ORBS
15. ___ facto : IPSO
16. Women's golf star Lorena : OCHOA
17. Holder of some precious memories : BABYALBUM
19. Transports between airport terminals : TRAMS
20. Position for a baseball batter : STANCE
21. What sending someone to Mars would be : AFIRST
22. 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
58. Insinuated : GOTAT
59. Place where no one lives anymore : GHOSTTOWN
62. Bring joy to : ELATE
63. Actress Hatcher : TERI
64. Crucifix : ROOD
65. Philadelphia N.B.A. player, informally : SIXER
66. Plow pullers : OXEN
67. Inquires : ASKS
1. Steve who once headed Apple : JOBS
2. The "E" of Q.E.D. : ERAT
3. Swedish pop quartet that won the 1974 Eurovision contest : ABBA
4. Justin Timberlake's original group : NSYNC
5. Assign two projects, a long reading and several writing assignments, say : PILEITON
6. Police alert, for short : APB
7. Baton Rouge sch. : LSU
8. Dad's partner : MOM
9. Run fast : HOTFOOTIT
10. Having a burning smell : ACRID
11. Puppeteer Lewis : SHARI
12. Request to a waiter : NOMSG
13. Yummy : TASTY
18. German's "Oh!" : ACH
21. Prince Valiant's son : ARN
23. Item in a grate : LOG
24. ___ Hill (R&B group) : DRU
25. Chart type : PIE
26. Write on metal, say : ETCH
27. Lover boy : BEAU
28. Road shoulder : BERM
31. Prefix with liberal : NEO
32. Bernie Sanders, for one : VERMONTER
34. Meditation sounds : OMS
35. Onetime electronics giant : AIWA
36. Lose one's footing : SLIP
37. Worker hired for the day : TEMP
39. Has a lazy Sunday morning, say : SLEEPSIN
41. Naval chief: Abbr. : ADM
42. Batman and Robin are a "dynamic" one : DUO
43. Einstein's birthplace : ULM
45. Where surgeons do surgery, for short : ORS
47. Wise ones : SAGES
48. Bacterium that can help or hurt : ECOLI
49. Levy-free : NOTAX
50. Furious : IRATE
51. Alternative to .com : NET
52. Prefix with -hedron : TETRA
55. Tries to win, as a damsel : WOOS
56. Furry "Star Wars" creature : EWOK
57. Kills : ENDS
59. Sporty Pontiac : GTO
60. Bewitch : HEX
61. It's mined : ORE

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