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New York Times, Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Author:
Jason Flinn
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Jason Flinn

This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 76, Blocks: 36 Missing: {JQVZ} Spans: 2 This is puzzle # 10 for Mr. Flinn. Jeff Chen's Puzzle of the Week pick. NYT links: Across Lite PDF
Jason Flinn notes:
The idea for this puzzle came while enjoying a cold beverage at a 'nineteenth hole'. That's golf lingo for the bar at the course. This ... read more

The idea for this puzzle came while enjoying a cold beverage at a "nineteenth hole". That's golf lingo for the bar at the course. This got me thinking about similar cases, in which adding one to the typical number of items in a familiar set yields an entirely new thing.

This puzzle is a revision. My original submission lacked a revealer, and Will and Joel felt one was needed to help solvers understand the theme. That submission also had SECOND HOME, which doesn't fit the theme well, and TWELFTH MAN, which is a little boring compared to the others. I would have liked to work NINETEENTH HOLE into the puzzle, but 14 letters is a killer here. I'll have to make do with LPGA, ACE, and ELS in the NE corner.

Finally, since this puzzle has an ordinal theme, it's appropriate that it is my 10th published puzzle. I hope you enjoyed it!

Jeff Chen notes:
Love this theme. I hadn't heard of FIFTY FIRST STATE before, but what a beautiful phrase and concept! Jason kept me guessing until the ... read more

Love this theme. I hadn't heard of FIFTY FIRST STATE before, but what a beautiful phrase and concept! Jason kept me guessing until the end, wondering how 51st, 6th, 3rd, and 5th might all tie together. Excellent a-ha moment when I hit AND ANOTHER THING — a perfect revealer. As Jason mentioned, I found it so much fun that each one of these themers is derived from "adding one," but they each become something all their own.

One of my personal heroes

As if that weren't enough, Jason executes so well. Today's is a tough construction task, with longish themers plus a middle one cutting the grid in half. He does strong work in the four corners, incorporating some DASHING STOPGAP INFIDEL type bonuses while keeping the crossword glue to a minimum. All I could find was an ERN in the SW and an ELEC in the NE — excellent result, especially considering the difficulty of his task.

LOVE the EBERT clue: [He once asked "How far down can a thumb go?"]. EBERT was such a big part of my youth, my dad and I often watching "At the Movies" together. His wit and quotability make him my pick for the 21st century Alexander Pope or Oscar Wilde.

FEH might be unfamiliar to some, but the crossings are fair. And I find it fun to get the assorted MEH BAH GUH sort of entries in crosswords. (I'm easily amused.)

Wonderful puzzle; very close to my idea of the perfect Wednesday.

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Across
1
Kimono closer : OBI
4
Luxuries : FRILLS
10
Org. for women taking courses? : LPGA
14
Enjoyable : FUN
15
A Jackson sister : LATOYA
16
Tesla power source: Abbr. : ELEC
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Country that's an extremely close American ally, so to speak : FIFTYFIRSTSTATE
20
Bit of name-calling : SLUR
21
They'll check your bag at the airport, for short : TSA
22
Buds in Bordeaux : AMIS
23
Tiny, informally : ITSY
24
Special perception : SIXTHSENSE
28
___ embarrassment : DIEOF
30
"Shows you!" : HAH
31
Sashimi selection : EEL
32
Follows : ENSUES
34
___ jeans : MOM
35
Theater, design, etc. : ARTS
36
Power source for a subway train : THIRDRAIL
39
M.L.B. Triple Crown category : RBIS
42
Rejections : NOS
43
Billed to be : SOLDAS
47
Sea eagle : ERN
48
Like monsoon season : WET
49
Meager : SCANT
50
Unwanted tagalong : FIFTHWHEEL
55
Concerning : ASTO
56
Oxymoronic purchase at a blowout sale? : TIRE
57
Up in the air, as what to air, for short : TBA
58
Word with work or window : SHOP
59
Rant continuation ... or a hint to this puzzle's theme : ANDANOTHERTHING
63
College in Portland, Ore. : REED
64
Cavalry attack : CHARGE
65
Actress Long : NIA
66
Pal of Stan on "South Park" : KYLE
67
In need of some garage work : DENTED
68
Measure of econ. strength : GNP
Down
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In the wrong place at the wrong time? : OFFSIDE
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Permanent, as bookshelves : BUILTIN
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Pervades : INFUSES
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No-___ zone : FLY
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Travels à la Huckleberry Finn : RAFTS
6
Formal response to "Who goes there?" : ITISI
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Title Seuss character, with "the" : LORAX
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Fleur-de-___ : LYS
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Used a rocker, e.g. : SAT
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"I can do that for you" : LETME
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Easier to see : PLAINER
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Braces oneself : GETSSET
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One-hit wonder? : ACE
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Auditions : TRYOUTS
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Boy Scout uniform part : SASH
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Avenger with a hammer : THOR
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Mideast group : HAMAS
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He won the 1994 U.S. Open in a 20-hole playoff : ELS
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"Bah!" : FEH
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Muscle power : SINEW
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Scrip writers : MDS
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Like a home purchase without financing : ALLCASH
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Hyman ___, main antagonist in "The Godfather Part II" : ROTH
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Android alternative : IOS
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Red card issuer, for short : REF
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Pop diva Spears : BRITNEY
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Nonbeliever : INFIDEL
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Debonair : DASHING
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Late justice Scalia : ANTONIN
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Temporary solution : STOPGAP
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Not just if : WHEN
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Quid pro quo : TRADE
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Allen who led the Green Mountain Boys : ETHAN
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He once asked "How far down can a thumb go?" : EBERT
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Elephantine : LARGE
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Couples cruise ship? : ARK
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Condition affecting TV's Monk, informally : OCD
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Not just a : THE
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Politico Cruz : TED

Answer summary: 3 unique to this puzzle.

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