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New York Times, Monday, May 7, 2018

Author:
Julie Bérubé
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Julie Bérubé

This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 78, Blocks: 40 Missing: {Q} This is puzzle # 2 for Ms. Bérubé. NYT links: Across Lite PDF
Julie Bérubé notes:
I had been working on a puzzle with a musical theme, and my husband, 'helpful' as always, had been suggesting all kinds of words that ... read more

I had been working on a puzzle with a musical theme, and my husband, "helpful" as always, had been suggesting all kinds of words that I just had to include. One was "Oscar Hammerstein." Now, that puzzle was already very difficult to compose, with all kinds of constraints, so I just laughed. "It's not that easy, you know," I told him. However, there was a hammer, just there. So, I put aside the musical idea and set to work on this toolbox puzzle – not that Oscar Hammerstein had any more luck making it into this puzzle than into the first one.

Jeff Chen notes:
I've had solvers complain when I use the word SHIM. It's baffling to me — just like any good mechanical engineer, I used to ... read more

I've had solvers complain when I use the word SHIM. It's baffling to me — just like any good mechanical engineer, I used to carry aluminum SHIM stock in my back pocket in case something needed to be leveled. That rickety table? SHIMmed! Someone need something wedged open? SHIMmed!

Okay, I'm weird.

A lot packed into the TOOL BOX today. Most felt apt, but I scoffed at people having TAPE and SHIM stock in their TOOLBOXes. Everyone knows that pockets are where you put SHIM stock.

Wait. You're still reading? Amazing!

I enjoyed some of the finds, SCREW in GROUNDSCREW delightful. NAIL across ALVIN AILEY, too.

Will has asked me to avoid things like TUNA SASHIMI, where the TUNA part of the answer feels unused. I don't always agree, but in this case, I'd have preferred something like WISH I MAY.

Or, removing SHIM completely from the theme. Much to this mech E's dismay, I don't think it's nearly as well known as DRILL or NAIL or SCREW.

ESPADRILLE is an interesting word. I didn't know it, but it seems like something an educated solver ought to be able to piece together through common letter sequences.

I don't always appreciate themer interlock, but I thought it was neat to have ALVIN AILEY / STAYS AWAY and ESPADRILLE / EAT A PEACH knit together. Not often that you see it in a Monday puzzle, so that was cool.

On the whole, all the objects strewn about gave the puzzle an overly chaotic feel to me. But upon further thought, it seems appropriate to a TOOLBOX. There's a ton of stuff crammed haphazardly into mine.

Still, I might have preferred just four objects (deleting TAPE and SHIM) to make the grid more Mondayesque, getting rid of the OLA / APLEA, ORLON ESTER glue that's not friendly to newer solvers.

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© 2018, The New York TimesNo. 0507 ( 25,017 )
Across
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Peak near Tokyo: Abbr. : MTFUJI
7
Facts and figures : DATA
11
Guy's date : GAL
14
Stuff that may make you go "Ah-choo!" : POLLEN
15
Actor Wilson of "Midnight in Paris" : OWEN
16
Cheer at a bullfight : OLE
17
Group preparing a ball field for a game : GROUNDSCREW
19
Homes on wheels, for short : RVS
20
Slippery fish : EEL
21
Like Monday crosswords, relatively speaking : EASY
22
Protection : AEGIS
24
Blown away : AWED
26
DuPont fiber : ORLON
27
1972 platinum album by the Allman Brothers Band : EATAPEACH
31
"___ out of it!" : SNAP
33
Opposite of a liability : ASSET
34
Window section : PANE
36
Bit of acne : ZIT
37
Globe: Abbr. : SPH
38
Locale of all the circled items in this puzzle : TOOLBOX
41
Suffix with pay : OLA
42
Running total at a bar : TAB
43
Apartment building overseer, informally : SUPE
44
Gets whiter : PALES
46
Not working : IDLE
48
Doesn't get near : STAYSAWAY
51
Peter who compiled a book of synonyms : ROGET
53
James of jazz : ETTA
54
The Audi symbol has four of them : RINGS
55
Fly high : SOAR
57
Musical cousin of calypso : SKA
60
Ancient : OLD
61
Japanese delicacy served in thin slices : TUNASASHIMI
65
Hearty brew : ALE
66
Send off, as rays : EMIT
67
One always making adjustments on the job? : TAILOR
68
___ Moines, Iowa : DES
69
Releases of Drake and Cardi B : RAPS
70
Tune out : IGNORE
Down
1
Fuel economy measure, for short : MPG
2
Ripped : TORE
3
Ice sheet : FLOE
4
Wail in grief : ULULATE
5
Actress Aniston, to friends : JEN
6
Seriously involved : INDEEP
7
E.R. figures : DOCS
8
Off-kilter : AWRY
9
Shirt that might have a slogan on it : TEE
10
Egypt's Sadat : ANWAR
11
Blue-veined Italian cheese : GORGONZOLA
12
American Dance Theater founder : ALVINAILEY
13
Not so much : LESS
18
"Smooth Operator" singer, 1985 : SADE
23
Aboveground trains : ELS
25
Light bulb units : WATTS
26
"Say it isn't so!" : OHNO
27
Shoe that ties around the ankle : ESPADRILLE
28
Some women with light-colored hair : ASHBLONDES
29
Cop ___ (confess in return for lighter punishment) : APLEA
30
Taxi : CAB
32
School grps. : PTAS
33
Sparkling Italian wine : ASTI
35
One living abroad, informally : EXPAT
39
Boot out : OUST
40
Make a choice : OPT
45
Completely covered with : AWASHIN
47
Shape of a Silly Putty container : EGG
49
Affirmative votes : YEAS
50
Sheetlike gray clouds : STRATI
52
Ending with poly- : ESTER
54
The Beatles' "Abbey ___" : ROAD
55
Scissors sound : SNIP
56
Honey Bunches of ___ : OATS
58
About 2.2 pounds, for short : KILO
59
Latin love : AMOR
62
Actress Thurman : UMA
63
What shoulders may do after a disappointment : SAG
64
Fury : IRE

Answer summary: 4 unique to this puzzle, 1 debuted here and reused later.

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