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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
1. 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
17. Popular Mexican brew : SOLCERVEZA
19. 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
27. 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
46. That is, in Latin : IDEST
48. Where Kia and Hyundai are headquartered : SEOULSOUTHKOREA
52. Hwy. : RTE
53. Attempts : TRIES
54. Aided and ___ : ABETTED
58. Suffix with British and Bush : ISM
59. Resort with mineral waters : SPA
62. Language of Pakistan : URDU
63. Woman's best female friend : SOULSISTER
66. Beat by a mile : ROUT
67. William who shot an apple off his son's head : TELL
68. Many a tourist information handout site : KIOSK
69. Egyptian slitherers : ASPS
70. What the Venus de Milo lacks : ARMS
71. Big fairs : EXPOS
Down
1. Italy's Tower of ___ : PISA
2. Those: Sp. : ESOS
3. Buddies : PALS
4. Anatomical pouch : SAC
5. They make clinks in drinks : ICECUBES
6. Groovy 1960s event : LOVEIN
7. Gorilla : APE
8. The Soup ___ ("Seinfeld" character) : NAZI
9. Panache : ELAN
10. "___ and Old Lace" (play and movie) : ARSENIC
11. Wife portrayed in 2005's "Walk the Line" : JUNECARTER
12. Excessively focused on something : ANAL
13. Dems.' foes : REPS
18. Descartes who wrote "Cogito ergo sum" : RENE
23. Fruit-flavored drink with a hyphenated name : HIC
24. Geo. Washington, in the Revolutionary War : GEN
25. Remove, as a coupon : TEAROUT
27. Religious offshoots : SECTS
28. Part of the atmosphere depleted by CFCs : OZONE
29. Three sheets to the wind : LIQUOREDUP
30. "Bah!" : FIE
31. One of the Gershwins : IRA
32. Witherspoon who played 11-Down in "Walk the Line" : REESE
33. Gossipy sort : YENTA
39. FedEx alternative : UPS
40. Follower of pi : RHO
41. Emulating basketball's Jordan, per an old catchphrase : LIKEMIKE
44. Shows oral disapproval : TUTTUTS
47. Hair arrangements : DOS
49. "___ there be light" : LET
50. Soprano sounds : TRILLS
51. Snake sound : HISS
54. Otherworldly glow : AURA
55. Buddies : BROS
56. "Cómo ___?" ("How are you?": Sp.) : ESTA
57. Not just a talker : DOER
59. Octagonal street sign : STOP
60. Mexican coin : PESO
61. Boats like the one Noah built : ARKS
64. German city where Einstein was born : ULM
65. Highest roll of a single die : SIX

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

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