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New York Times, Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Author:
Peter Gordon
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Peter Gordon

This puzzle:

Rows: 16, Columns: 15 Words: 79, Blocks: 36 Missing: {JQVX} Spans: 1 This is puzzle # 108 for Mr. Gordon. NYT links: Across Lite PDF
Jeff Chen notes:
TRIGGER / WARNING … is what? 'A statement at the start of a piece of writing, video, etc., alerting the reader or viewer to ... read more

TRIGGER / WARNING … is what?

"A statement at the start of a piece of writing, video, etc., alerting the reader or viewer to the fact that it contains potentially distressing material (often used to introduce a description of such content)." Huh! I've of course seen these before, but the term TRIGGER WARNING was new to me.

Today, Peter uses it to tell us that three themers "hide" different weapons with triggers. I liked RIFLE THROUGH best, since it's a pretty colorful phrase, and it doesn't directly get at the shooting type of RIFLE.

BAZOOKA BUBBLE GUM does the same, but I've always thought of it as BAZOOKA GUM. I know, pedantic difference, plus the Wikipedia article is titled with BUBBLE in there. I'm clearly wrong here, as you can see in the pic.

RIDE SHOTGUN is the best of the themers, in terms of its snazziness, but the term originated from people in stage coaches riding up front with an actual shotgun. I suppose the term is *sort of* disguised, as these days, not many people ride in the passenger seat with a shotgun sticking out the window.

I hope!

Fortuitous how the three long themers interlocked, to form a backbone to the puzzle. I'm not sure I liked it as a solver, though. It's so much easier to read long entries from left to right, compared to top to bottom. I would have preferred to have BAZOOKA BUBBLE GUM go in the middle row, with TRIGGER / WARNING flanking it, perhaps in rows 6 and 10.

I think Peter sometimes takes too many liberties with early-week puzzles, using tough vocab or esoteric names, or using a bit too much crossword glue to achieve a low word-count puzzle. I wasn't hot on MCI, ERG, TUM, DDR, but that's mostly passable for an early-weeker.

And I did like a lot of the ALLSPICE, ZOOTOPIA, FIREPLUG, WANGLE, ASYLUM fill. Certainly, the unusual layout helped make all those entries possible. Heck, with HESSIAN, HYDRATE, ARCHWAY, EPONYM, it would almost qualify for a decent themeless puzzle!

Overall, it's still a hard solve for a Tuesday, but not in a bad way.

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© 2018, The New York TimesNo. 0619 ( 25,060 )

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Students & seniors
Across
1
Shirt stiffener : STARCH
7
___-relief : BAS
10
Classic street liners : ELMS
14
Site : LOCALE
15
Ingredient in jerk sauce : ALLSPICE
17
Hall-of-Fame QB Johnny : UNITAS
18
Hit 2016 animated film with the tagline "Welcome to the urban jungle" : ZOOTOPIA
19
Sits in the front passenger seat : RIDESSHOTGUN
21
Vice president Agnew : SPIRO
22
"Be that as it may ..." : ANYHOW
26
Cough syrup amt. : TSP
29
Invite to enter : ASKIN
31
"___ Breckinridge" (Gore Vidal novel) : MYRA
32
Morsel in trail mix : RAISIN
35
Church nook : APSE
37
East Germany: Abbr. : DDR
38
Bury : INTER
39
Pugilists' org. : WBA
40
Tornado alert : SIREN
42
Like moussaka and souvlaki : GREEK
43
Cabinet dept. led by Ben Carson beginning in 2017 : HUD
44
Company that created Pong : ATARI
45
Prefix with political and science : GEO
46
Thick slice : SLAB
48
Anne Hathaway's role in "Becoming Jane" : AUSTEN
49
Birds that lay big green eggs : EMUS
51
Glower in a hearth : EMBER
53
One 10-millionth of a joule : ERG
54
Speakers' platforms : ROSTRA
56
Things loafers lack : LACES
59
Do a hurried search in : RIFLETHROUGH
64
Short, stocky person, figuratively : FIREPLUG
67
Accomplish schemingly : WANGLE
68
French painter Henri known for "The Sleeping Gypsy" : ROUSSEAU
69
A political refugee might seek it : ASYLUM
70
"Three up, three down" threesome : OUTS
71
Rum ___ Tugger ("Cats" cat) : TUM
72
Emphatic affirmative : YESYES
Down
1
Speak indistinctly : SLUR
2
Writer Morrison : TONI
3
Litmus paper reddener : ACID
4
Hotel posting : RATES
5
Fastener on a manila envelope : CLASP
6
Mercenary for the British in the Revolutionary War : HESSIAN
7
Candy with a comic, once : BAZOOKABUBBLEGUM
8
Boatloads : ALOT
9
"Just do it" and "Coke is it!" : SLOGANS
10
George Ferris, for the Ferris wheel : EPONYM
11
ChapStick target : LIP
12
Verizon acquisition of 2006 : MCI
13
Where the buoys are : SEA
16
Phaser setting : STUN
20
12:00 and 1:00: Abbr. : HRS
23
Supply water to : HYDRATE
24
One who says "I'll have ..." : ORDERER
25
See 26-Down : WARNING
26
With 25-Down, caution before a potentially upsetting lecture ... or a hint to 19- and 59-Across and 7-Down? : TRIGGER
27
Italian resort on the Mediterranean : SANREMO
28
Deserving sorrow and compassion : PITEOUS
30
Apple tablet : IPAD
33
"Comprende?" : SEE
34
Bugs : IRKS
36
Jacob's twin : ESAU
39
Sound of an impact : WHAM
41
"___ a living" : ITS
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Paper handout : LEAFLET
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Curved entrance : ARCHWAY
50
Accent : STRESS
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End a fast : EAT
55
Tears : RIPS
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Clear the board : ERASE
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Some Japanese-made TVs : SONYS
60
Waikiki party : LUAU
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"Things might get ___" : UGLY
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Sticky stuff : GLUE
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Clothing lines : HEMS
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Big do, informally : FRO
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Debtor's letters : IOU
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Boring routine : RUT

Answer summary: 3 unique to this puzzle, 1 debuted here and reused later.

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