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, Edge, Safari, or Firefox for best results.

New York Times, Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Author:
Lynn Lempel
Editor:
Will Shortz
TotalDebutLatestCollabs
9012/9/197912/2/20192
SunMonTueWedThuFriSat
664142130
ScrabRebusCirclePangramPre‑WS
1.610912
Lynn Lempel

This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 78, Blocks: 36 Missing: {QVZ} This is puzzle # 78 for Ms. Lempel. Jeff Chen's Puzzle of the Week pick. NYT links: Across Lite PDF
Lynn Lempel notes:
I don't remember what sparked this puzzle. I do remember consulting the dictionary to check the proper spelling for each written-out ... read more

I don't remember what sparked this puzzle. I do remember consulting the dictionary to check the proper spelling for each written-out letter.

Most of my clues seem to have survived intact. I don't notice any major changes, though my clue for BEE STUDENT referenced someone in the annual Scripps-Howard tournament, and my TEE BILL clue was in relation to a pro shop rather than a souvenir shop.

I submitted this in mid-August, so it hasn't been languishing too terribly long. As always, I hope you enjoy it.

Jeff Chen notes:
Always such a treat to get Lynn's byline. She's an absolute wizard on early-week puzzles, producing fun themes surrounded by excellent ... read more

Always such a treat to get Lynn's byline. She's an absolute wizard on early-week puzzles, producing fun themes surrounded by excellent long bonus fill, and a silky-smooth solve.

Homophone themes have been done many a time, and even homophones on letters of the alphabet. But I don't remember seeing this exact implementation. As a huge Q*BERT fan in my youth, it was fun to see CUE BERT as a kooky indication to signal BERT (from "Sesame Street"). And GEE, STRINGS amused this former cellist.

I paused at TEE BILL, having to think too hard to figure out the base phrase of "t-bill," a government bond. Embarrassing, given that I got my MBA with a focus in finance. Ahem.

I didn't like DEE FLAT as much, either, this one so grammatically tortured. Since Lynn had so many themers already, I would have preferred that one struck out, and EX FILES put in the center of the middle row.

Speaking of theme density, this grid didn't have quite the same astonishing level of snazz and smoothness that I've come to expect from a Lempel product. EXEMPLAR was fun, but JURISTS jarred my ear. Some research shows that it is a very common word in law, but I'd so much rather have something exciting, like LOOK HERE! or CAP GUN.

And it's odd to point out just a handful of AMTS, JRS, ATTY as more crossword glue than usual for a Lempel puzzle, but she's just that good.

Why not as much snazz and a bit more glue than usual? Six themers is not easy to work with, even if four of them are short — as a whole, they take up so much real estate. This is another reason I would have preferred just five themers — I'm sure it would have allowed for at least another pair of strong bonuses in the fill, and given Lynn the flexibility to smooth out one or two of those unsightly short entries.

But overall, such a fun solving experience. Not all themes have to be ground-breaking — a twist on a tried and true theme type can work great when you execute well on your grid. I thought Lynn did well today. Maybe not quite up to her (very high) bar, but still such an enjoyable early-week solve.

1
W
2
O
3
R
4
M
5
L
6
E
7
S
8
S
9
G
10
R
11
E
12
T
13
A
14
A
R
E
A
15
A
M
T
S
16
L
U
X
O
R
17
L
I
P
S
18
B
E
E
S
19
T
U
D
E
N
T
20
L
O
O
K
21
H
E
R
E
22
A
T
O
M
23
E
L
S
24
A
L
I
N
25
E
S
26
L
P
27
G
28
A
29
T
E
E
30
B
I
L
L
31
D
E
32
E
F
L
A
T
33
I
R
E
34
W
A
R
M
35
A
P
E
36
S
37
O
N
G
38
D
I
M
39
P
40
U
R
E
41
D
E
F
42
E
43
D
E
N
44
J
R
S
45
E
X
F
46
I
L
E
S
47
C
U
E
B
48
E
49
R
50
T
51
S
T
I
R
52
C
I
53
G
A
R
S
54
N
E
E
55
C
I
56
A
O
57
E
P
I
S
58
O
D
E
S
59
G
60
E
E
S
T
R
61
I
N
G
S
62
P
U
L
L
63
E
G
R
E
T
64
R
O
U
T
65
A
R
I
A
66
M
O
S
S
Y
67
S
A
N
S
68
L
E
N
S
© 2017, The New York TimesNo. 0613 ( 24,689 )
Across
1
Wriggly temptation for a fish : WORM
5
To a smaller degree : LESS
9
Newswoman Van Susteren : GRETA
14
Length x width, for a rectangle : AREA
15
Rx dosages, e.g.: Abbr. : AMTS
16
City across the Nile from the Valley of the Kings : LUXOR
17
They might be sealed : LIPS
18
Apiarist? : BEESTUDENT
20
"Now listen ..." : LOOKHERE
22
___ smasher : ATOM
23
Trains to Chicago's Loop : ELS
24
Flared skirts : ALINES
26
Org. for some sportswomen : LPGA
29
Invoice from a souvenir shop? : TEEBILL
31
Terse put-down of Sandra's "Gidget" performance? : DEEFLAT
33
Outrage : IRE
34
Toasty : WARM
35
King Kong, for one : APE
36
Playlist listing : SONG
38
Poorly lit : DIM
39
Unsullied : PURE
41
___ Leppard : DEF
42
"Paradise Lost" setting : EDEN
44
Many SAT takers: Abbr. : JRS
45
Where to keep divorce papers? : EXFILES
47
Signal Ernie's buddy to step onstage? : CUEBERT
51
Blend, as batter : STIR
52
Stogies : CIGARS
54
Maiden name preceder : NEE
55
Firenze farewell : CIAO
57
Sitcom segments : EPISODES
59
"Wow, you have violins!"? : GEESTRINGS
62
Influence with higher-ups : PULL
63
Long-necked wader : EGRET
64
Decisive defeat : ROUT
65
Opera highlight : ARIA
66
Unlike the proverbial rolling stone : MOSSY
67
___-serif : SANS
68
Microscope part : LENS
Down
1
Holder for cash and IDs : WALLET
2
Pro baseball player with an orange-and-black uniform : ORIOLE
3
State of rest : REPOSE
4
Lone Ranger accessory : MASK
5
Patti in the Grammy Hall of Fame : LABELLE
6
Chef known for "New New Orleans" cuisine : EMERIL
7
17th-century Dutch painter Jan : STEEN
8
Worrisome org. for a draft dodger : SSS
9
Market oversupply : GLUT
10
Dancer Nureyev : RUDOLF
11
Typical specimen : EXEMPLAR
12
Unit of capacity for a bridge : TON
13
17,000-year-old find in France's Lascaux cave : ART
19
Cop's stunner : TASER
21
Salon product for a spiky do : HAIRGEL
25
Dutch cheese : EDAM
27
Stare open-mouthed : GAPE
28
Made disappear, in a way : ATE
30
Recycling receptacle : BIN
32
Title for Maria Theresa of Austria : EMPRESS
34
Triumph : WIN
36
Quick, suggestive message : SEXT
37
Badge holders : OFFICERS
38
Arnaz of "I Love Lucy" : DESI
40
Many a PC cable : USB
41
___ Plaines, Ill. : DES
43
Look of a room : DECOR
44
Legal authorities : JURISTS
46
Purple things in several van Gogh paintings : IRISES
47
Pop-producing toy weapon : CAPGUN
48
Continue through time : ENDURE
49
Land, as a fish : REELIN
50
Electric cars named for an inventor : TESLAS
53
Kind of salami : GENOA
56
Court fig. : ATTY
58
Girl's name that's also a 59-Down : OPAL
59
See 58-Down : GEM
60
Maniacal leader? : EGO
61
Org. of concern to H&R Block : IRS

Answer summary: 7 unique to this puzzle.

Found bugs or have suggestions?