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New York Times, Monday, May 9, 2016

Author:
Dan Schoenholz
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Dan Schoenholz

This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 76, Blocks: 38 Missing: {JVXZ} This is puzzle # 20 for Mr. Schoenholz. Jeff Chen's Puzzle of the Week pick. NYT links: Across Lite PDF
Dan Schoenholz notes:
Who knew that there were so many phrases that include a two letter state code AND the nickname of that same state? And that they broke ... read more

Who knew that there were so many phrases that include a two letter state code AND the nickname of that same state? And that they broke out symmetrically? When I first submitted this puzzle, Joel and Will liked the theme, but felt the fill was too bland, so this version is an extreme makeover. From my perspective, landing DONHO atop ALOHASHIRT was well worth the extra effort.

It's hard for me to believe this is my 20th puzzle in the Times. A long-time solver, I started constructing several years ago after attending a workshop given by Andrea Carla Michaels at the late, great Silicon Valley Puzzle Days event. Andrea demystified the process and encouraged those of us who were intrigued with the idea of constructing to give it a try. When my first puzzle was accepted, she was almost as thrilled as I was. Since Andrea is one of the great constructors of Monday puzzles, it seems karmatically correct that #20 for me is also a Monday — a symbolic 15x15 tip of the hat to a terrific mentor. Many thanks, Andrea!

Jeff Chen notes:
Easily the best Monday puzzle I've done all year, and perhaps one of my all-time favorites. Dan has such an interesting idea — ... read more

Easily the best Monday puzzle I've done all year, and perhaps one of my all-time favorites. Dan has such an interesting idea — phrases where the first word is the nickname of a state, and the second word contains that state's abbreviation. The SHOW ME state (Missouri), gets its MO in SHOW ME THE MONEY. What a great find! And being from CA, I loved GOLDEN State's GOLDEN CALF. Simple idea, yet innovative, interesting, and accessible to solvers of all levels. Just perfect for a Monday.

SHOW ME THE MISSOURI!

I also appreciated that Dan added in long bonus fill, even though he was working with a fairly theme-dense puzzle. PARTY HOP and SEQUENCE in the across direction, and a bit of PLAYDOH, SO TRUE in the vertical, added even more spice to my solving experience. A bit of ACHE FOR and RANG IN ain't bad, either.

BAY MARE (Massachusetts, the Bay State) was a little mystifying to me, but some research shows it's a real thing. It's pretty impressive that Dan found a themer that worked in so few letters.

And Dan did all of this with meticulous care in his short fill, just a minor ADM and EDS. Such a smooth solve, exactly what I want out of a Monday.

What to even point out, in the name of a balanced critique? Maybe the revealer could have been worded a little better? I had to read that a few times before understanding the gist of it. Maybe a final revealer could have helped — STATE NICKNAME, perhaps?

So well executed on all levels: theme, long fill, short fill, puzzle flow. I'd give Dan a gold star and a trophy if I had one, but he'll have to settle for the POW! If I had a POM (Puzzle of the Month) like Matt Gaffney, this one would easily be in the running.

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Students & seniors
Across
1. Protein-rich bean : SOYA
5. Prices : COSTS
10. Nursery school, informally : PREK
14. "Wait ___!" ("Hold on!") : ASEC
15. "Tiny Bubbles" singer : DONHO
16. "Arsenic and Old ___" : LACE
17. Article of tropical apparel ... whose start is a state nickname for the state indicated by the shaded squares : ALOHASHIRT
19. Arthur who was king of the court? : ASHE
20. Julie ___, portrayer of Claire on "Modern Family" : BOWEN
21. Go from one social gathering to another : PARTYHOP
23. Facebook ___ (collection of posts) : FEED
26. Sought legal redress : SUED
27. Catchphrase shouted in "Jerry Maguire" ... : SHOWMETHEMONEY
33. 1/24 of a day : HOUR
34. Designer's degree, for short : MFA
35. Samsung Galaxy, e.g. : PHONE
36. Naval leader: Abbr. : ADM
37. Secretariat's mother, for one ... : BAYMARE
40. Boise's state: Abbr. : IDA
41. Officer below a captain, slangily : LOOIE
43. Punk rock subgenre : EMO
44. A-1 tennis server : ACER
45. Emergency worker ... : FIRSTRESPONDER
49. ___ Lee, creator of Spider-Man : STAN
50. Secretariat's father, for one : STUD
51. Succession : SEQUENCE
55. Dressed to the ___ : NINES
59. Detective's lead : CLUE
60. Biblical idol ... : GOLDENCALF
63. Landed : ALIT
64. Peeved : IRKED
65. Excursion : TRIP
66. Seized vehicle, informally : REPO
67. Superbright colors : NEONS
68. Whole lot : SCAD
Down
1. Discontinued Swedish car : SAAB
2. Norwegian capital : OSLO
3. "Ouch!" : YEOW
4. Want badly : ACHEFOR
5. Conservative investments, briefly : CDS
6. La-la lead-in : OOH
7. Little scissor cut : SNIP
8. Beat handily : THRASH
9. "You can say that again!" : SOTRUE
10. Moldable kids' stuff : PLAYDOH
11. Impulsive : RASH
12. Returned call? : ECHO
13. Not go bad : KEEP
18. All over again : ANEW
22. Arizona home of the nation's largest public university : TEMPE
24. Madame Bovary : EMMA
25. Stand up to : DEFY
27. "Me, too!" : SODOI
28. Funny business : HUMOR
29. Domesticates : TAMES
30. Feature of a neat drink : NOICE
31. What can follow week or rear : ENDER
32. 2016, e.g. : YEAR
33. 50% : HALF
37. Davis of "What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?" : BETTE
38. Volume enhancers : AMPS
39. Cheer (for) : ROOT
42. Give, as a passport or parking ticket : ISSUETO
44. Druggies, e.g. : ADDICTS
46. Welcomed, as the new 32-Down : RANGIN
47. "We want more!," at a concert : ENCORE
48. Sam for whom Georgia Tech's School of International Affairs is named : NUNN
51. Surgery memento : SCAR
52. Palindromic fashion magazine : ELLE
53. Witticism : QUIP
54. Nevada city : ELKO
56. Pusher buster : NARC
57. Kazan who directed "On the Waterfront" : ELIA
58. Law force in 1960s-'70s TV's "Ironside" : SFPD
61. Lair : DEN
62. Paper cutters, briefly? : EDS

Answer summary: 3 unique to this puzzle, 1 debuted here and reused later, 2 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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