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New York Times, Friday, May 29, 2015

Author: Patrick Berry
Editor: Will Shortz
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Patrick Berry

This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 68, Blocks: 30 Missing: {JQWX} This is puzzle # 198 for Mr. Berry. NYT links: Across Lite PDF

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Jill Denny notes: There's an episode of '30 Rock' where Jack Donaghy sails through his day untouched by mortal luck. Everything he touches bursts into ... more
Jill Denny notes:

There's an episode of "30 Rock" where Jack Donaghy sails through his day untouched by mortal luck. Everything he touches bursts into bloom. Jack calls it "Reaganing". Patrick Berry manages to Reagan through crossworld, grid after grid after grid.

It's challenging to find any nits to pick off of this one. Maybe EYE RHYMES? I thought that phenomenon was called 'visual rhyming', but Google tells me that both are legit. TREVINO? Even a golf Luddite like myself has at least heard his name. Z BARS? A certain engineer who lives with me and sometimes writes on this blog scoffs at my hesitation.

A few favorites:

  • I love the understated sarcasm of the clue for SAINTHOOD. Oh, did you not achieve sainthood, Judas? Ha ha, burn. It's hard to think of Judas as an irredeemable villain once you've seen him sing like in the clip below.
  • A Melissa McCarthy reference (THE HEAT) will always brighten my day. Her performance in "Bridesmaids" is spectacular.
  • HIHO crackers are somehow linked to Bibendum in my visual memory. It turns out that the Sunshine baker logo resembles Bibendum ever so slightly.
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© 2015, The New York TimesNo. 0529 ( 23,943 )
Across Down
1. Call in the evening : TAPS
5. Thunderous sound : CLAP
9. Island group near Fiji : TONGA
14. Heckelphone lookalike : OBOE
15. Good eats : HEALTHFOOD
17. For which two heads are better than one? : YOKE
18. Doing particularly well : INRAREFORM
19. Prefers charges against : SUES
20. Site of an annual British music festival : STONEHENGE
21. Take advantage of : TRADEON
23. Ben who played the Wizard in "Wicked" : VEREEN
24. Grocery quantity : BAGFUL
25. Soul producer : KIA
26. Lose intensity : ABATE
27. Judas never attained it : SAINTHOOD
33. Setting for Hawthorne's "The Marble Faun" : ROME
34. Really affected : GOTTO
35. Pasta option : ORZO
36. Four-hour tour features? : EYERHYMES
38. Roughly 1% of the earth's atmosphere : ARGON
39. Oaf : APE
40. Wild : INSANE
41. Offensive opportunities : ATBATS
45. Procter & Gamble product line : PANTENE
47. Without trying : BYACCIDENT
49. Bygone cracker brand : HIHO
51. Increases risk and reward : UPSTHEANTE
52. Maker of PerformX sportswear : IZOD
53. Gets very near : ZEROESINON
54. Eatery with scales : DELI
55. Steel brackets with two flanges : ZBARS
56. "You ___ Me" (1957 R&B hit) : SEND
57. Fall location : EDEN
1. ___ & Hobbies (eBay category) : TOYS
2. 1998 coming-of-age novel by Nick Hornby : ABOUTABOY
3. Oscar Madison's weekly event : POKERGAME
4. Attends to : SEESAFTER
5. Tool with a bezel : CHISEL
6. How a nocturne is often played : LENTO
7. First high priest of the Israelites : AARON
8. Leave nothing to chance : PLAN
9. 2013 Sandra Bullock/Melissa McCarthy comedy : THEHEAT
10. Bid : OFFER
11. Very sad turnout : NOONE
12. Big ravine : GORGE
13. Commercial manufacturers : ADMEN
16. British Open winner of 1971 and 1972 : TREVINO
22. Fitting : DUE
24. Unadorned : BARE
25. Baby foxes : KITS
27. Adjective-forming suffix : SOME
28. Took a course? : ATE
29. Old baseball coverage? : HORSEHIDE
30. In a union : ORGANIZED
31. Atmospheric problem : OZONEHOLE
32. All washed up : DONE
34. Broadway chorus dancers, informally : GYPSIES
37. Sub entries : HATCHES
38. Word with carpenter or weaver : ANT
40. Mean : INTEND
41. Full of excitement : ABUZZ
42. Easygoing : TYPEB
43. Arabian port that's home to Sinbad Island : BASRA
44. Part taker : ACTOR
45. Pasta option : PENNE
46. ___ Chigurh ("No Country for Old Men" villain) : ANTON
48. Lectern locale : DAIS
50. Figure in the Ynglinga saga : ODIN

Answer summary: 5 unique to this puzzle, 1 debuted here and reused later, 2 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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