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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 ... read more

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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Across
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
Down
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
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Suffix with east or west : ERN
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"The daily bread of the eyes," per Ralph Waldo Emerson : SKY
40
Hubris, for Icarus : FLAW
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Like Rodin's "The Thinker" : NUDE
42
Slate, e.g. : EMAG
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Words to live by : MANTRA
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Response to captain's orders : AYESIR
50
MGM founder Marcus : LOEW
51
Spaced out? : APART
52
All-Star shortstop Garciaparra : NOMAR
53
Daft : DOTTY
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It may be hazardous : WASTE
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Speed ___ : DEMON
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Former Mississippi senator Lott : TRENT
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French CD holder : ETUI
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I, in Innsbruck : ICH
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"Tell ___," 1962 hit by the Exciters : HIM
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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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