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New York Times, Monday, June 19, 2017

Author: Susan Gelfand
Editor: Will Shortz
Susan Gelfand
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Puzzle of the Week

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Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 78, Blocks: 36 Missing: {QZ} This is puzzle # 16 for Ms. Gelfand. Jeff Chen's Puzzle of the Week pick NYT links: Across Lite PDF

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Jeff Chen notes: Susie is quickly becoming one of my favorite constructors. With clever themes, strong bonus fill, and minimal use of crossword glue, ... more
Jeff Chen notes:

Susie is quickly becoming one of my favorite constructors. With clever themes, strong bonus fill, and minimal use of crossword glue, my only complaint is that she only publishes one or two NYT puzzles a year these days. More please!

Even though my knowledge of pop music is sorely lacking, this theme still delighted me. Love the idea of a marketing team coming up with the genius idea of a double bill, Keith URBAN and John LEGEND headlining as URBAN LEGEND. Same goes for Johnny ROTTEN and Fiona APPLE advertised as ROTTEN APPLE. So amusing, and perfect that Susie found four strong, common phrases that work in this way.

I did pause at KELLY GREEN, as I wasn't familiar with Tori KELLY, but I think that's my pop music deficiencies to blame, not the puzzle.

The "windmill" layout of themers often doesn't allow for much long bonus fill (it tends to confuse what is theme and what is fill), but Susie managed to work in some good stuff. Love DRILL BIT, THIN SKIN is good (thin skinned feels better), and STENCILS and PARFAIT ain't bad. Not a huge amount, but enough to pass my bar.

There was an AYLA (I don't think novice solvers should be expected to know this) and an ETE (tough foreign word, and a constructor's crutch), but a tally of just two bits of crossword glue is much appreciated in a Monday puzzle.

Susie always graciously passes on adding her two cents via Constructor Notes, which is too bad, since I'm always curious to hear the constructor's perspective. But when your puzzle is this good, it speaks for itself.

One of my favorite Monday puzzles of the year.

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© 2017, The New York TimesNo. 0619 ( 24,695 )
Across Down
1. Doll-making tribe of the Southwest : HOPI
5. Greatly annoys : GALLS
10. Long, tedious effort : SLOG
14. Mathematician Turing : ALAN
15. Circa : ABOUT
16. Surfer's catch : WAVE
17. Lively Irish dances : JIGS
18. Sierra ___ (African land) : LEONE
19. Supermodel from Somalia : IMAN
20. "From what ___ seen ..." : IVE
21. Singers Johnny and Fiona? : ROTTENAPPLE
23. Good dogs for pheasant hunters : SETTERS
25. Billiard stick : CUE
26. Craving : URGE
27. Feature of the easily offended : THINSKIN
32. 2015 climate accord city : PARIS
34. "Thou ___ not ..." : SHALT
35. French summer : ETE
36. Wildcat with tufted ears : LYNX
37. Performances by two singers ... like 21- and 49-Across and 3- and 29-Down? : DUETS
38. Extinguished, as birthday candles, with "out" : BLEW
39. Soccer stadium cry : OLE
40. Dirt, dust, soot, etc. : GRIME
41. Soothing ointments : BALMS
42. Desserts with layered fruit and whipped cream : PARFAITS
44. Like fish that are difficult to eat : BONY
45. Rap's ___ Wayne : LIL
46. Salt's partner in potato chip flavoring : VINEGAR
49. Singers Keith and John? : URBANLEGEND
54. GPS option: Abbr. : RTE
55. "Va-va-___!" : VOOM
56. Glittery jewelry : BLING
57. Negotiator's goal : DEAL
58. Alleviate : EASE
59. Put out, as a statement : ISSUE
60. Ryan of "Boston Public" : JERI
61. Parabola shapes : ARCS
62. Heads of France : TETES
63. Huff : SNIT
1. Ones who've traveled to Mecca : HAJIS
2. Martini garnish : OLIVE
3. Singers Patti and Tina? : PAGETURNER
4. Opposite of outs : INS
5. In abundance : GALORE
6. Conspires with : ABETS
7. Stolen stuff : LOOT
8. Debussy's "Clair de ___" : LUNE
9. Aids in sign-lettering : STENCILS
10. Motions left or right on Tinder : SWIPES
11. Home furnishing product with a shade : LAMP
12. Like the president's office : OVAL
13. Trait transmitter : GENE
21. Govt. rules : REGS
22. May or Polly of fiction : AUNT
24. Colorful cereal : TRIX
27. "___ fightin' words!" : THEMS
28. Despise : HATE
29. Singers Tori and Al? : KELLYGREEN
30. See 31-Down : ITEM
31. With 30-Down, brief article in a paper : NEWS
32. Sit (down) hard : PLOP
33. Heroine of Jean Auel's "The Clan of the Cave Bear" : AYLA
34. Attire not usually seen on casual Friday : SUIT
37. Tool part used to create holes : DRILLBIT
38. ___ of one's existence : BANE
40. Profit : GAIN
41. James ___ (007) : BOND
43. Bad thing to go down in : FLAMES
44. Watches episode after episode of a TV series, say : BINGES
46. Event location : VENUE
47. Arcade pioneer : ATARI
48. Ignited again : RELIT
49. Colored part of the eye : UVEA
50. Plane engine's sound when taking off : ROAR
51. Pear variety : BOSC
52. Otherwise : ELSE
53. Main point of an idea : GIST
57. Dance club bookings, in brief : DJS

Answer summary: 3 unique to this puzzle.

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