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New York Times, Monday, June 1, 2015

Author:
David Woolf
Editor:
Will Shortz
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David Woolf

This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 78, Blocks: 36 Missing: {W} Spans: 2 This is puzzle # 8 for Mr. Woolf. NYT links: Across Lite PDF
David Woolf notes:
This puzzle is a great example of the value of an editor, since much of the short fill along the top edge of the puzzle has been ... read more

This puzzle is a great example of the value of an editor, since much of the short fill along the top edge of the puzzle has been changed to make the puzzle more suitable for a Monday. Gone are a partial at 9 Down (A MAN), a stale crosswordese city at 3 Down (ST LO), an unexciting 7 letter word at 22 Across (UNREELS), and the obscure (but beloved!) ZUZU from "It's a Wonderful Life." Instead, we get the lively LOVE IN at 6 Down, PEPSI in a glass with ice cubes, served by the soup NAZI to JUNE CARTER IN HEELS.

And as a bonus, HI-C migrated from 4 Down to 23 Down. Its clue migrated too!

Jeff Chen notes:
Homonym play, SOL SOLE SEOUL SOUL all getting their day in the sol (Spanish for 'sun'). I think SOL CERVEZA is iffy — not many ... read more

Homonym play, SOL SOLE SEOUL SOUL all getting their day in the sol (Spanish for "sun"). I think SOL CERVEZA is iffy — not many people say "I want me a Bud Beer," right? — but I do like a cerveza fria on a hot day.

How about a cerveza fria, made a brewery owned by ... Heinekin? Bah!

With a straightforward theme, it's so important to add pizzazz through the puzzle's fill. I like what David did with his long entries, LIQUORED UP very colorful (and echoing SOL!). Some ICE CUBES to go with the refreshment (classy, I know), LIKE MIKE from the old commercials, and JUNE CARTER linked to REESE Witherspoon with an apropos cross-reference. Neat how those last two entries are right next to each other — I like that added touch.

And the mid-length fill is pretty good too. ARSENIC and Old Lace, a LOVE-IN IN HEELS, even some TRILLS and TUT-TUTS. All added to the quality and fun of my solve.

PESO adds to the Spanish flair, which I liked, but it would have been nice to add to that further with better quality entries than ESOS and ESTA. Both are fine words in Spanish, but they are gluey bits seen often in crosswords because of their common letters.

Not wild about seeing NAZI in my crossword. It's a good save to clue it to the hilarious Seinfeld character, but I can imagine there are at least a few people who will be offended. Can't say I blame them.

It would have been nice to get perfect consistency, i.e. all the themers with the same lengths, but SEOUL SOUTH KOREA bungles that up. Still, a three-word phrase starting with SOLE or SOUL — maybe SOUL TRAIN AWARDS? — would have made half the themers with two words, half with three words.

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© 2015, The New York TimesNo. 0601 ( 23,946 )
Across
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Coke rival : PEPSI
6
Narrow street : LANE
10
Cracked open, as a door : AJAR
14
Sir ___ Newton : ISAAC
15
Milky gem : OPAL
16
Bit of Old Norse writing : RUNE
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Popular Mexican brew : SOLCERVEZA
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Sound that completes the phrase "Just like ...!" : SNAP
20
Nincompoop : ASS
21
Letter after bee : CEE
22
Wearing some party shoes : INHEELS
24
Put the pedal to the metal : GUNIT
26
Co. name ender : INC
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The only trustworthy one? : SOLEBENEFICIARY
34
Online periodical : EZINE
35
Atmosphere : AIR
36
Canadian native : CREE
37
___ au vin : COQ
38
Dreamy : SURREAL
42
Roman numeral X : TEN
43
Letter-shaped fastener : TNUT
45
Vietnamese soup : PHO
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That is, in Latin : IDEST
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Where Kia and Hyundai are headquartered : SEOULSOUTHKOREA
52
Hwy. : RTE
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Attempts : TRIES
54
Aided and ___ : ABETTED
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Suffix with British and Bush : ISM
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Resort with mineral waters : SPA
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Language of Pakistan : URDU
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Woman's best female friend : SOULSISTER
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Beat by a mile : ROUT
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William who shot an apple off his son's head : TELL
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Many a tourist information handout site : KIOSK
69
Egyptian slitherers : ASPS
70
What the Venus de Milo lacks : ARMS
71
Big fairs : EXPOS
Down
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Italy's Tower of ___ : PISA
2
Those: Sp. : ESOS
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Buddies : PALS
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Anatomical pouch : SAC
5
They make clinks in drinks : ICECUBES
6
Groovy 1960s event : LOVEIN
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Gorilla : APE
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The Soup ___ ("Seinfeld" character) : NAZI
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Panache : ELAN
10
"___ and Old Lace" (play and movie) : ARSENIC
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Wife portrayed in 2005's "Walk the Line" : JUNECARTER
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Excessively focused on something : ANAL
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Dems.' foes : REPS
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Descartes who wrote "Cogito ergo sum" : RENE
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Fruit-flavored drink with a hyphenated name : HIC
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Geo. Washington, in the Revolutionary War : GEN
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Remove, as a coupon : TEAROUT
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Religious offshoots : SECTS
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Part of the atmosphere depleted by CFCs : OZONE
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Three sheets to the wind : LIQUOREDUP
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"Bah!" : FIE
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One of the Gershwins : IRA
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Witherspoon who played 11-Down in "Walk the Line" : REESE
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Gossipy sort : YENTA
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FedEx alternative : UPS
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Follower of pi : RHO
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Emulating basketball's Jordan, per an old catchphrase : LIKEMIKE
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Shows oral disapproval : TUTTUTS
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Hair arrangements : DOS
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"___ there be light" : LET
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Soprano sounds : TRILLS
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Snake sound : HISS
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Otherworldly glow : AURA
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Buddies : BROS
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"Cómo ___?" ("How are you?": Sp.) : ESTA
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Not just a talker : DOER
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Octagonal street sign : STOP
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Mexican coin : PESO
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Boats like the one Noah built : ARKS
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German city where Einstein was born : ULM
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Highest roll of a single die : SIX

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

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