It looks like you're using an Ad Blocker. Please consider supporting our site by purchasing an account.
This web browser is not supported. Use Chrome, Safari, Firefox, or Edge for best results.

New York Times, Monday, June 13, 2016

Author:
Lynn Lempel
Editor:
Will Shortz
TotalDebutLatestCollabs
8512/9/197912/3/20182
SunMonTueWedThuFriSat
660132130
ScrabRebusCirclePangramPre‑WS
1.610812
Lynn Lempel

This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 78, Blocks: 38 Missing: {JQWXZ} This is puzzle # 75 for Ms. Lempel. NYT links: Across Lite PDF
Lynn Lempel notes:
Maybe I've finally gotten the message about writing sufficiently easy clues, because this puzzle is hardly changed from what I ... read more

Maybe I've finally gotten the message about writing sufficiently easy clues, because this puzzle is hardly changed from what I submitted. Yes, there were a few slight rewordings and a few rewrites—but nothing I'd consider significant.

Once I realized that "fool around" had good crossword potential, I was happy to find four reasonably common phrases that worked—and mostly for words of five letters (i.e., not too short, like ASS or OAF).

I sent in this puzzle just before Christmas, so it's been in the queue less than six months. You never know how long it will take. I hope you had fun fooling around with this one.

Jeff Chen notes:
FOOL AROUND = synonyms for FOOL 'wrapped around' phrases. CHEST BUMP is a colorful base phrase — neat that CH/UMP happens to be ... read more

FOOL AROUND = synonyms for FOOL "wrapped around" phrases. CHEST BUMP is a colorful base phrase — neat that CH/UMP happens to be wrapped around it. And I thought the juxtaposition of MOTOR NEURON and MORON was particularly amusing, the latter not using a ton of the former.

Quite the cabinetmaker, apparently

I wasn't as taken with DORK around DOUBLE PARK. The dictionary definition is "a dull, slow-witted, or socially inept person," but I'm more used to (and partial to) DORK as a compliment, as in "that dorky girl has some serious nerd cred!" Perhaps this explains a lot about me.

DUNCAN PHYFE … whoo, that was a toughie to put together. Thankfully Lynn took her usual care to make all the crossings gettable. I did struggle with the SNIFF AT crossing, but mostly because that PHYFE last name looked so odd. I was curious if any other phrases were available for DUNCE — one I liked was the DEAD CAT BOUNCE, an investing term related to a technical chart pattern. Usually I'd prefer to stay away from nasty-sounding terms, especially ones referring to death, but given that DEATH is already in the grid …

DUE DILIGENCE could have worked too.

Not that DUNCAN PHYFE is bad, but it sure is tough for a Monday and may not do much for non-furniture enthusiasts like myself. I did appreciate that the clue was interesting enough that it made me want to look him up.

I did find it un-Lympelian to get an assortment of crossword glue: CSA, ATA, ASSN, ISR, ENGR, ETTE, and especially SERE. Thankfully it was spread around the grid so it didn't seem overwhelming in any one spot, but as a whole, it was a good bit more than we usually see in her puzzles.

This type of grid arrangement often does cause construction difficulties, what with those four biggish corners plus the fact that so many regions have to interact with two themers. So I did appreciate Lynn working in some nice mid-length fill such as ID SAY SO, SUMATRA, FERRARI. Pretty good use of those 7-letter slots, helping to make up for some of the gluey bits.

Jim Horne notes:

This is the 75th NYT puzzle for Ms. Lempel.

1
S
2
P
3
U
4
R
5
E
6
D
7
I
8
T
9
D
10
I
11
S
12
H
13
A
L
S
O
14
V
I
S
A
15
S
16
E
D
N
A
17
D
O
U
B
18
L
E
P
A
R
K
19
A
S
I
S
20
T
R
E
E
21
A
M
I
22
T
A
F
T
23
U
T
E
24
D
25
U
26
N
C
A
N
27
P
H
Y
F
E
28
F
E
R
29
R
A
R
I
30
C
S
A
31
S
A
N
32
O
R
S
O
33
G
P
34
A
35
L
36
O
O
T
S
37
C
38
H
E
S
T
39
B
40
U
M
P
41
S
42
A
43
N
K
A
44
A
L
P
45
E
46
A
47
S
48
E
49
U
M
A
50
I
51
S
52
R
53
U
T
54
E
N
S
I
L
55
M
O
T
56
O
R
N
E
57
U
R
O
N
58
A
S
K
59
A
R
I
A
60
U
S
B
61
G
62
O
R
E
63
T
O
O
K
64
F
O
O
65
L
66
A
R
O
U
N
67
D
68
R
U
N
E
69
F
L
A
I
L
70
P
L
O
Y
71
A
S
S
N
72
E
T
T
E
73
S
E
R
E
© 2016, The New York TimesNo. 0613 ( 24,324 )

Support XWord Info today

Pay now and get access for a year.

1. Select account level
2. Choose how to pay
Across
1
Spike on a cowboy boot : SPUR
5
Tweak, as text : EDIT
9
What ran away with the spoon, in "Hey Diddle Diddle" : DISH
13
As well : ALSO
14
Some passport stamps : VISAS
16
Ferber who wrote "Giant" : EDNA
17
Leave one's vehicle in a traffic lane, say : DOUBLEPARK
19
Cautionary words for a buyer : ASIS
20
Larch or birch : TREE
21
"___ the only one?" : AMI
22
President William Howard ___ : TAFT
23
Four Corners-area tribesman : UTE
24
Iconic U.S. cabinetmaker of the early 1800s : DUNCANPHYFE
28
Italian luxury carmaker : FERRARI
30
Jefferson Davis's govt. : CSA
31
___ Andreas Fault : SAN
32
Approximately : ORSO
33
Academic record, in brief : GPA
35
Plunders : LOOTS
37
Physical expression of victory : CHESTBUMP
41
Instant decaf brand : SANKA
44
High point of a European ski trip? : ALP
45
Simplicity : EASE
49
"Gattaca" actress Thurman : UMA
50
Kibbutz locale: Abbr. : ISR
53
Spoon or spatula : UTENSIL
55
Spinal cord cell needed for muscle contraction : MOTORNEURON
58
Query : ASK
59
Song for a diva : ARIA
60
PC connecting device : USB
61
Loser in a momentous 2000 Supreme Court case : GORE
63
Grabbed : TOOK
64
Engage in some horseplay ... or a hint to the words spelled out in the circles : FOOLAROUND
68
Letter in an Anglo-Saxon script : RUNE
69
Swing wildly, as one's arms : FLAIL
70
Devious maneuver : PLOY
71
The "A" in N.B.A.: Abbr. : ASSN
72
Suffix with luncheon or kitchen : ETTE
73
Withered : SERE
Down
1
Melancholy : SAD
2
Conspiracy member : PLOTTER
3
Loan sharks : USURERS
4
Justice's garment : ROBE
5
She loses paradise in "Paradise Lost" : EVE
6
Quick swim : DIP
7
"I, Robot" writer Asimov : ISAAC
8
Airport landing area : TARMAC
9
Sudden ___ (overtime format) : DEATH
10
"Sounds about right" : IDSAYSO
11
Regard dismissively : SNIFFAT
12
Hurries up : HASTENS
15
Animal pelts : SKINS
18
"___ and the Swan" (Yeats poem) : LEDA
23
Otherworldly craft, for short : UFO
25
Prod : URGE
26
Playful bites : NIPS
27
Coconut's place : PALM
29
Scissors topper, in a game : ROCK
34
___ snail's pace : ATA
36
Available for business : OPEN
38
Rapunzel's bounty : HAIR
39
Hazy image : BLUR
40
Until : UPTO
41
Large Indonesian island : SUMATRA
42
Romantically inclined : AMOROUS
43
Slovakia and Slovenia : NATIONS
46
Generally : ASARULE
47
"Yes sir!," south of the border : SISENOR
48
Large deer : ELK
51
Tobacco that's inhaled : SNUFF
52
Repair, as a shoe bottom : RESOLE
54
One practicing the "E" of STEM subjects: Abbr. : ENGR
56
Like an old wooden bucket of song : OAKEN
57
W.W. II German vessel : UBOAT
62
Klutz's cry : OOPS
65
Soused : LIT
66
Ginger ___ : ALE
67
Easter egg embellisher : DYE

Answer summary: 3 unique to this puzzle, 1 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

Found bugs or have suggestions?