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New York Times, Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Author: Kurt Mueller
Editor: Will Shortz
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Kurt Mueller

This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 78, Blocks: 36 Missing: {BQXZ} Spans: 1 This is puzzle # 6 for Mr. Mueller. NYT links: Across Lite PDF
Jeff Chen notes: A puzzle based around show-biz catchphrases! Kurt does a nice job of selecting themers which are easily recognizable to the general ... more
Jeff Chen notes: A puzzle based around show-biz catchphrases! Kurt does a nice job of selecting themers which are easily recognizable to the general American population. The four represent a wide range of time periods, providing something for everyone. Kind of analogous to the NYT daily crossword, eh? Enough variety and there will be something most everyone will like.

HERE'S JOHNNY is fantastic, not only because it brings back memories of watching the Tonight Show with my dad when I really wasn't supposed to, plus its repurposing for "The Shining" makes it even more memorable. LIVE FROM NEW YORK brings back similar good feelings , and although I've never seen Lawrence Welk or The Honeymooners, both lines came easily to me. All snazzy, fun entries.

I would have almost preferred to not have a revealer though, as IT'S SHOWTIME doesn't feel like it stitches everything together. I see what Kurt is doing here, cluing the four lines as "(Famous person's) intro words" and IT'S SHOWTIME opening the show. But while Ed McMahon and the SNL (not specifically Chevy Chase) opening lines actually kick off the shows (more or less), it's not the same with the others. It would have been perfect if that's the way Lawrence Welk and Jackie Gleason kicked off their respective shows.

Some rough spots in the fill today, COHOE being a NYT debut but being an awfully funny-looking one. Here in Seattle COHO salmon is plentiful, but I've never seen it listed as COHOE. It's an unfortunate product of 1.) theme density and 2.) the 6x3 northern area. Those 6x3 blocks are much harder to cleanly fill than the usual 5x3 blocks, but since the themers are so close together, Kurt doesn't have much of a choice there, because he needs a block separating RAJ and OVER. Hard constraint, producing an unfortunate entry.

Also, FORTY LOVE feels a bit arbitrary as it's not really an important score but more like the ONE ONE or ONE NIL [low soccer score] type of entry. I did really like LOOSE LIPS and MARRY ME though. Not quite sure if it was the price of seeing our old crossword friend ETUI show up, along with the EDT EELER, though. Five themers can be difficult to work with.

Anyway, some great memories brought back by a selection of iconic lines from TV.

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© 2014, The New York TimesNo. 0507 ( 23,556 )
Across Down
1. None-too-bright sorts : OAFS
5. Summaries : RECAPS
11. Tippler : SOT
14. Drop ___ (start to strip) : TROU
15. Lacking in harmony : ATONAL
16. When tripled, a dance move : CHA
17. Ed McMahon intro words : HERESJOHNNY
19. Have : OWN
20. ___ nous : ENTRE
21. French vote : OUI
22. Synthesizer pioneer Robert : MOOG
23. Charles on a piano : RAY
24. Lawrence Welk intro words : AONEANDATWO
28. Grub, e.g. : LARVA
30. Way out of N.Y.C. : LIRR
31. Italian ballad subject : AMOR
33. Will ___, "The Realistic Joneses" playwright : ENO
35. Setting for many van Gogh paintings : ARLES
39. Chevy Chase intro words : LIVEFROMNEWYORK
43. Diamond datum : STEAL
44. Tidy ___ : SUM
45. When doubled, a Billy Idol #1 hit : MONY
46. ___ Cass : MAMA
49. Broad valleys : DALES
51. Jackie Gleason intro words : ANDAWAYWEGO
55. Summer setting in Mass. : EDT
58. Inside dope : POOP
59. Teachers' grp. : NEA
60. Conger hunter : EELER
62. Qt. or gal. : AMT
63. Possible title for this puzzle : ITSSHOWTIME
66. Tattle (on) : RAT
67. Pan producer, perhaps : CRITIC
68. In the know about : UPON
69. Sample : TRY
70. Settings of Delacroix and Ingres paintings : HAREMS
71. Ain't fixed? : ISNT
1. Remaining : OTHER
2. Where the action is : ARENA
3. Score just before winning a game, say : FORTYLOVE
4. Litigant : SUER
5. British rule in India : RAJ
6. W.W. II command : ETO
7. Small salmon: Var. : COHOE
8. Like pansies and petunias : ANNUAL
9. Bologna sandwiches? : PANINI
10. Like some winks : SLY
11. Get moving : SCOOT
12. "What a surprise!" : OHWOW
13. Letter between sierra and uniform : TANGO
18. Scorch : SEAR
22. Proposal words : MARRYME
25. Through with : OVER
26. iPod model : NANO
27. Command in Uno : DRAW
29. Hotel handout : AREAMAP
31. Gore and Green : ALS
32. Cambridge sch. : MIT
34. Yoga chants : OMS
36. Ship sinkers, in an old saying : LOOSELIPS
37. Suffix with east or west : ERN
38. "The daily bread of the eyes," per Ralph Waldo Emerson : SKY
40. Hubris, for Icarus : FLAW
41. Like Rodin's "The Thinker" : NUDE
42. Slate, e.g. : EMAG
47. Words to live by : MANTRA
48. Response to captain's orders : AYESIR
50. MGM founder Marcus : LOEW
51. Spaced out? : APART
52. All-Star shortstop Garciaparra : NOMAR
53. Daft : DOTTY
54. It may be hazardous : WASTE
56. Speed ___ : DEMON
57. Former Mississippi senator Lott : TRENT
61. French CD holder : ETUI
63. I, in Innsbruck : ICH
64. "Tell ___," 1962 hit by the Exciters : HIM
65. Mil. training site : OCS

Answer summary: 4 unique to this puzzle, 1 debuted here and reused later, 1 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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