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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
1. 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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