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New York Times, Friday, May 27, 2016

Author:
Damon Gulczynski
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Damon J. Gulczynski

This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 70, Blocks: 34 Missing: {Q} This is puzzle # 14 for Mr. Gulczynski. NYT links: Across Lite PDF
Damon J. Gulczynski notes:

APIE... I really don't like APIE. Everything else looks pretty good to me.

Jeff Chen notes:
Some really colorful language spread throughout the grid today, WAXES POETIC and NO TAGBACKS! my favorites. I like how Damon ... read more

Some really colorful language spread throughout the grid today, WAXES POETIC and NO TAGBACKS! my favorites. I like how Damon distributed his feature entries so I kept on getting a burst of sparkliness here and there. There are the typical triple-stacks in the NW and SE, but check out the zigzag of REAL TROOPER to NO TAGBACKS to SKINFLICKS to LENINS TOMB to WAXES POETIC.

GERALD FORD was kind of a stud!

I also like GERALD FORD in that series of interconnected answers, but it would have been great to get a more entertaining clue for him. He was an Eagle Scout, played on two national title college football teams, fought in WWII, was part of the Warren Commission, served as the House Minority Leader, pardoned Nixon. I tend to remember him from the Chevy Chase SNL sketches, but man, this guy had a storied life.

That chain of great entries snaking through the grid does have its drawbacks. Every crossing generates a place that's a little tricky to fill around. Check out the REAL TROOPER / NO TAGBACKS crossing. Damon does pretty well in that region, except for the outdated SSR (Soviet Socialist Republic) and AME. Although, the African Methodist Episcopal Church has a gigantic membership — I'd love to hear if members actually refer to themselves as AME, which would make that entry perfectly fine for me.

The middle is the really tough section, with four long entries running through it; so tricky to get perfect. Damon almost nails it, with just IN ICE sticking out. ON ICE feels like a solid phrase to me, but IN ICE does not. I ended up with a mistake, thinking GOLLS must be some esoteric or Biblical measurement. Either a more straightforward GILLS clue, or owning up to the partial with [Packed ___ (ready for shipping, as with fresh fish], would have been my preference.

Along with APIE, LALA, ESO, there was too much crossword glue for me given that there were about 12 great entries in the puzzle (I like assets minus liabilities to be greater than 10). But still, two nice triple-stacks along with a great set of interlocking feature answers.

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© 2016, The New York TimesNo. 0527 ( 24,307 )
Across
1
Anagrams : SCRAMBLES
10
Spoke hesitantly : HAWED
15
"Who the hell does he think he is?!" : WHATAJERK
16
Like basil leaves : OVATE
17
Italian for "sleeves" : MANICOTTI
18
Phylum, order or genus : TAXON
19
Don ___, 1956 World Series M.V.P. : LARSEN
20
Comportments : MIENS
21
"Bluebeard's Castle" composer : BARTOK
24
Drives : FUELS
26
Letters in some church names : AME
27
Half-cup measures : GILLS
29
Kind of classic rock? : PET
32
Coin of Iran : RIAL
34
Attraction temporarily shut down and partly moved to Siberia during W.W. II : LENINSTOMB
36
Eye : OGLE
37
Longtime "All My Children" role : ERICA
38
Mazar of "Entourage" : DEBI
39
Rule in a kids' outdoor game : NOTAGBACKS
41
Lead : STAR
42
Old atlas inits. : SSR
43
Cameos, for example : ROLES
44
Like Bernie Sanders, before 2015: Abbr. : IND
45
Turned up : ONEND
47
Mountain bike features : SHOCKS
50
Swell : BLOAT
52
Swell : FATTEN
55
Capital near Lake Titicaca : LAPAZ
56
First novel of the Great Plains trilogy : OPIONEERS
60
"Smart" guy : ALECK
61
Lead singer for the Cars : RICOCASEK
62
Hybrid woman-bird monster : HARPY
63
The "thee" in Shakespeare's line "But I do love thee! and when I love thee not, / Chaos is come again" : DESDEMONA
Down
1
Personal ad designation : SWM
2
Chinese tea : CHA
3
Published : RAN
4
Not straight up : ATILT
5
Gambling mecca : MACAO
6
Single-named musical artist : BJORK
7
Do-overs : LETS
8
Single-named artist : ERTE
9
They're marked with X's : SKINFLICKS
10
Total wreck : HOTMESS
11
Benefit : AVAIL
12
Uses flowery language : WAXESPOETIC
13
Kind of blue that's close to green : ETON
14
Animal shelters : DENS
21
Magna Carta drafters : BARONS
22
Title trio in a 1986 comedy : AMIGOS
23
One unlikely to punk out : REALTROOPER
25
Aids in raising arms? : ULNAS
27
Onetime political leader with a museum in Grand Rapids, Mich. : GERALDFORD
28
How beer at a cookout might be kept : INICE
30
Protect from an overflow, in a way : EMBANK
31
Alternatives to 'Vettes : TBIRDS
33
Bucolic setting : LEA
34
Simon of Duran Duran : LEBON
35
Goals of some drives, for short : TDS
40
Nine-time Hart Memorial Trophy winner : GRETZKY
46
Image Awards grp. : NAACP
47
Wasn't overturned : STOOD
48
Starting now : HENCE
49
Early hour : ONEAM
50
Not so hot : BLAH
51
When repeated, part of Van Morrison's "Brown Eyed Girl" : LALA
53
Cap-___ (from head to toe) : APIE
54
Motor problems : TICS
57
That: Sp. : ESO
58
Kylo ___ of "Star Wars" : REN
59
Mighty Mighty Bosstones genre : SKA

Answer summary: 4 unique to this puzzle, 1 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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