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New York Times, Thursday, May 24, 2018

Author:
Erik Agard and Andy Kravis
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Andy Kravis

This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 16 Words: 77, Blocks: 40 Missing: {FQX} This is puzzle # 18 for Mr. Agard. This is puzzle # 8 for Mr. Kravis. NYT links: Across Lite PDF
Constructor notes:
Thanks to the NYT team, not least for their incredible clue at 62-Down. Also, see if you can figure out this theme answer that was left on ... read more

Thanks to the NYT team, not least for their incredible clue at 62-Down.

Also, see if you can figure out this theme answer that was left on the something room floor: [Breaking pitch thrown by an oddsmaker?] (6,6)

Jeff Chen notes:
SPOONERISMS, all based on things edible by SPOON. There are thousands of spoonerizable phrases, so this is a great way of tightening the set. ... read more

SPOONERISMS, all based on things edible by SPOON. There are thousands of spoonerizable phrases, so this is a great way of tightening the set. Mini-wheats becomes WHINNY MEETS, and cherry Jell-O, hasty pudding, Grey Poupon also get the ol' switcheroo.

Some funny results, with WHINNY MEETS my favorite. Hilarious to think about a bunch of horses getting together for a bit of a hay klatch. The others didn't elicit as much of a smile from me, but they worked well enough.

I always wondered what hasty pudding was. The Anglophile in me wants to try it! Wait. It's "wheat flour cooked in milk or water until it reaches the consistency of a thick batter or an oatmeal porridge"? Oh, you Brits and your disgusting foods.

Funny to see SRSLY in the NYT. I cocked my head when I first encountered it a few years ago. Kids these days.

Mighty fine gridwork, STIR IT UP, DARK GREEN, even SPA DAY lovely additions. I wasn't sure who THE WEEKND was, but I had at least heard of this name. Now, if someone could tell me what happened to that missing E …

I didn't understand the clue for RIG. I think "doctor" is the "to rig an unfair game" meaning, and "engineer" is more the "jerry-rig" definition? I like the misdirect, but it was a bit too clever for this engineer.

Oh, that revealer. Oh, oh, oh. I have to give it its own line because it's so long:

[What 18-, 25-, 37- and 52-Across all are (whose circled letters name something used with the base phrases)]

Wha?

The "whose" in there threw me off. Isn't that implying that 18-Across, etc. have circled letters? I think that's a dangling participle or something. Not that I know what a dangling participle is, but something is dingle-dangling in there.

An enjoyable, well-made romp, with such an apt extra layer to tighten the theme. If the clue for SPOONERISMS hadn't been so long, confusing, and dongle-dungling and some of the themers had been funnier, this would have gotten POW! consideration.

JimH notes:
Echoing the constructor notes, the 62-Down clue is outstanding.
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© 2018, The New York TimesNo. 0524 ( 25,034 )
Across
1. Hot gossip : DISH
5. Onetime big name in Filipino politics : MARCOS
11. Compete in a harness race : TROT
15. When Romeo first sees Juliet : ACTI
16. King played in film by Sean Connery, Richard Harris and Clive Owen : ARTHUR
17. "Take one" : HERE
18. Horse races? : WHINNYMEETS
20. "Happy Days" actress Moran : ERIN
21. Base bosses, briefly : SARGES
22. Unadon fish : EEL
23. Walnut, for one : WOOD
24. Awards since 1956 : OBIES
25. Seinfeld's stringed instrument? : JERRYCELLO
28. "___ fair!" : NOT
29. Pics : SHOTS
31. Literary character with a powerful face : HELEN
32. Stinkeroo : DUD
34. 12th of 12: Abbr. : DEC
35. Security lapse : LEAK
37. Particularly pale Ph.D. ceremony? : PASTYHOODING
41. Amps (up) : REVS
42. Grp. with a firearms museum : NRA
43. ___ jokes : DAD
45. Bet : STAKE
48. Articles : ITEMS
50. Doctor or engineer : RIG
52. Pony up for a certain online deal? : PAYGROUPON
55. Rough : HARSH
57. Multinational electronics company : ACER
58. Sch. with a Concord campus : UNH
59. Having spotted colors : CALICO
60. Recommended amount : DOSE
61. What 18-, 25-, 37- and 52-Across all are (whose circled letters name something used with the base phrases) : SPOONERISMS
64. Catherine, to Jules et Jim : AMIE
65. Watched : TENDED
66. Tug or tub : BOAT
67. Output of a spinning jenny : YARN
68. Pooh-pooh, with "at" : SNEEZE
69. Hostlers' workplaces : INNS
Down
1. ___ City, center of the 1890s Klondike Gold Rush : DAWSON
2. First name in a Washington Irving story : ICHABOD
3. Provoke a fight, colloquially : STIRITUP
4. Depend (on) : HINGE
5. Parts of springs : MAYS
6. Inlet : ARM
7. What a detour alters: Abbr. : RTE
8. Verbal tip of the hat : CHEERS
9. Peripheral : OUTER
10. "Are you kidding me?," in texts : SRSLY
11. R&B singer who had a 2015 #1 hit with "Can't Feel My Face" : THEWEEKND
12. Mulligan in a dice game : REROLL
13. Cousin of a meadowlark : ORIOLE
14. Bodily connector : TENDON
19. Loch ___ : NESS
25. Baby kangaroos : JOEYS
26. Write indelibly : ETCH
27. Masala ___ (hot, spicy drink) : CHAI
30. Best Buy buy : HDTV
33. What Tropical Rain Forest is, in a Crayola box : DARKGREEN
35. Oscar winner Sophia : LOREN
36. What queso de bola is another name for : EDAM
38. One who knows what's coming : SEER
39. More than suspicious of : ONTO
40. Military post : GARRISON
44. Portable music player brand : DISCMAN
45. Some "me" time : SPADAY
46. City on Puget Sound : TACOMA
47. Naval agreement : AYESIR
48. Droid rival : IPHONE
49. ___-pei (wrinkly dog) : SHAR
51. Pack in Pac-Man : GHOSTS
53. Boots : OUSTS
54. Let out of the corral : UNPEN
56. Out : ALIBI
59. Give up : CEDE
62. Opposite of a poetry slam? : ODE
63. Pince-___ : NEZ

Answer summary: 7 unique to this puzzle, 1 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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