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New York Times, Monday, May 4, 2015

Author:
Zhouqin Burnikel
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Zhouqin Burnikel

This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 78, Blocks: 38 Missing: {JKQUWZ} This is puzzle # 17 for Ms. Burnikel. NYT links: Across Lite PDF
Jeff Chen notes:
Four STEPMOMs today, interpreted as M-A-M-A in a stair-step pattern. C.C.'s execution gives me all sorts of good things to discuss. ... read more

Four STEPMOMs today, interpreted as M-A-M-A in a stair-step pattern.

C.C.'s execution gives me all sorts of good things to discuss. She starts by choosing some nice themers. I wasn't familiar with the DREAM ACT, but what a great way to give important legislation some front and center attention. And HAM AND EGGS plus a SAM ADAMS is a great anytime meal!

She continues by adding in a ton of great fill, utilizing those long downs to their full potential. Often times when a constructor tries to put to long downs right next to each other, one or the other ends up being a bit dull. But LION TAMER / AS IF I CARE and RADAR BLIP / AHA MOMENT are beautiful pairs. The MAMA stairsteps don't constrain the grid that much, and C.C. takes full advantage of the flexibility.

Marcia, Marcia, Marcia!

As if that weren't enough, the mid-length fill stands out. MARCIA from the Brady Bunch, PORTIA sounding like Porsche, ARAMAIC and GOES MAD. So much texture added to my solving experience.

I would have liked the theme to be a little less apparent — perhaps spreading it out to STEPPARENTS with MAMAs and PAPAS? — since once I hit STEPMOM I could fill in each set of circles. And I AM A CAMERA … it is gridworthy, in that it won Tonys and led to "Cabaret." Its crossword-friendly alternation of vowel/consonant also makes it easy to build around, so constructors have leaned on it in the past. I wonder if it will stand the test of time.

Then again, it did earn the famous review by Walter Kerr: "Me no Leica." So I got a chuckle out of that.

I used to steer well clear of ENERO and ILO, but after researching the International Labour Organization, I think it's an org people ought to know more about. Won a Nobel Peace Prize, after all. And overall, the price of an ENERO, ILO, ILE is so worth all the great entries in C.C.'s grid. Been a pleasure watching her grid skills evolve.

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© 2015, The New York TimesNo. 0504 ( 23,918 )
Across
1. Qatar's capital : DOHA
5. Mexican coins : PESOS
10. "Sad to say ..." : ALAS
14. State boldly : AVER
15. Start of a Mexican calendar : ENERO
16. Ascend : RISE
17. Traditional breakfast combo : HAMANDEGGS
19. Spring's shape : COIL
20. Long-necked pack animal : LLAMA
21. New York's Fiorello La Guardia, once : MAYOR
23. Org. for Rams and Jets : NFL
24. Quick, as a comeback : SNAPPY
26. Commercial lead-in to bank : CITI
28. 1969 Peace Prize grp. : ILO
29. Obama-supported proposal for children of undocumented immigrants : DREAMACT
33. Bullet with a trail : TRACER
36. Rowboat propeller : OAR
37. Poet ___ Khayyám : OMAR
38. "How relaxing!" : AAH
39. Wicked relative of Cinderella ... or what each set of circled letters represents? : STEPMOM
42. Before, to a poet : ERE
43. Critical time of action : DDAY
45. ___-de-France : ILE
46. "Hear! Hear!" : IAGREE
48. Brew with the slogan "For the love of beer" : SAMADAMS
50. ___-Magnon man : CRO
51. Locale of the Città del Vaticano : ROMA
52. Sides of gems : FACETS
55. Co. that developed the ThinkPad : IBM
56. Very bottom : NADIR
60. Newton who formulated the law of universal gravitation : ISAAC
62. Show off, as muscles : FLEX
64. Hit 1951 play that inspired "Cabaret" : IAMACAMERA
66. ___ qua non : SINE
67. "Game of Thrones," e.g. : DRAMA
68. Not much : ABIT
69. Chooses, with "for" : OPTS
70. School health course, informally : SEXED
71. Amount of medicine to take : DOSE
Down
1. Roald who wrote "Fantastic Mr. Fox" : DAHL
2. Toilet seats, geometrically : OVALS
3. Macho guy : HEMAN
4. "The Passion of the Christ" language : ARAMAIC
5. ___ Xing (street sign) : PED
6. Foe : ENEMY
7. Tokyo-based game maker : SEGA
8. Wild party : ORGY
9. Neither good nor bad : SOSO
10. Pigskin path : ARC
11. Whip-wielding circus performer : LIONTAMER
12. "Big deal" : ASIFICARE
13. Buy's opposite : SELL
18. Italian city where pizza originated : NAPLES
22. Record label for Justin Timberlake and Miley Cyrus : RCA
25. Shakespeare character whose name sounds like a car : PORTIA
27. Blog comment qualifier : IMO
29. Idiots : DOPES
30. Dodge logo animal : RAM
31. Beethoven's Third : EROICA
32. See 40-Down : TREE
33. Little 'uns : TADS
34. Plane's appearance on an air traffic controller's screen : RADARBLIP
35. Epiphany : AHAMOMENT
40. With 32-Down, street shader : ELM
41. "The Brady Bunch" girl : MARCIA
44. Sweet potato : YAM
47. Loses one's sanity : GOESMAD
49. Brown who wrote "The Da Vinci Code" : DAN
52. One of 10 in bowling : FRAME
53. Karate-based exercise system : TAEBO
54. Bollywood wraps : SARIS
55. "In that case ..." : IFSO
57. Lends a hand : AIDS
58. Have the nerve : DARE
59. Big-screen format : IMAX
61. Blanchett of "Blue Jasmine" : CATE
63. Crosses (out) : XES
65. Two-timing sort : CAD

Answer summary: 2 unique to this puzzle.

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