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New York Times, Thursday, June 2, 2016

Author:
Susan Gelfand
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Susan Gelfand

This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 78, Blocks: 36 Missing: {Q} This is puzzle # 14 for Ms. Gelfand. NYT links: Across Lite PDF
Jeff Chen notes:
A few months ago, Amy Reynaldo asked me for suggestions of women they might add to their Celebrity Crossword team. Susie was in my ... read more

A few months ago, Amy Reynaldo asked me for suggestions of women they might add to their Celebrity Crossword team. Susie was in my list. I've really enjoyed her offerings, generally well-constructed with a lot of care and effort.

Poor MAHALIA (JACK)SON didn't get her full name in today

We get a rebus today, with a descriptive revealer, JACK IN / THE BOX. I like it when there's some reason to squeeze a few letters into a single box, and this is a good one. A couple of nice longer theme entries, LUMBERJACK, JACK FROST, and FLAPJACK my favorite. All sparkly answers.

I tend to like rebuses more when the special squares are incorporated into the puzzle's longest answers. Not only have I come to expect a puzzle's longest answers (at least, across answers) to be the themers, but rebuses are great for this in that make it possible to introduce really long (>15 letter) answers into the crossworld. It would have been fun to get (JACK) RUSSELL TERRIER, (JACK)SONVILLE JAGUARS, SHOELESS JOE (JACK)SON, etc.

I also would have liked the JACK in JACK IN to be rebusized. It felt strange to see the full word written out, when it could have been so meta, that JACK also placed into a single box. Ah well.

Fun bonus entries in LEONINE, derived from "lion-like," RAVE MUSIC, RUNS SHORT, SEA TURTLE. Even NUTELLA (yum) and MAHALIA added to the quality of my solve. I did feel like it was a real loss not to have MAHALIA (JACK)SON's full name not incorporated into the grid, though.

I wondered if (JACK) CHEESE was in the language? I buy a lot of PEPPER JACK CHEESE and MONTEREY JACK, but (JACK) CHEESE felt not as strong. Turns out it's perfectly fine, referenced that way in many food and cooking websites.

And BRAINO … that didn't sit well with me at first, but it's kind of a fun play on "typo." Not sure I'd ever use it; jury's still out.

Fun to search out those rebus squares, and a generally well executed puzzle.

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© 2016, The New York TimesNo. 0602 ( 24,313 )
Across
1. Fool : JACKASS
5. Key of Beethoven's Symphony No. 7: Abbr. : AMAJ
9. Top prizes : JACKPOTS
14. Brother's place, informally : FRAT
15. Fictional home that was won in an all-night poker game : TARA
16. Band : COMBO
17. Electro house or dubstep : RAVEMUSIC
19. Navajo dwelling : HOGAN
20. Luke's mentor : OBIWAN
21. Something often described as "even" : KEEL
23. Caution to drivers : SLO
24. Strong and majestic : LEONINE
27. Something that may be loaded : DIE
30. To the point : TERSE
32. Doesn't have enough : RUNSSHORT
34. Plus : ASSET
36. Play the siren to : LEADON
37. TV or radio ad : SPOT
40. Academy newbie : PLEBE
42. Literary Jaffe : RONA
43. Any element in the first column of the periodic table, except hydrogen : ALKALI
45. Turkish moolah : LIRAS
47. Creature that comes ashore to lay eggs : SEATURTLE
49. Whippersnapper : WHELP
53. For instance : SAY
54. First name in gospel : MAHALIA
56. Sound from a fan : RAH
57. Proficient : ABLE
58. Mental flub : BRAINO
60. Roundish : OVATE
63. Trust : BELIEVEIN
66. Party souvenir : FAVOR
67. Court call : OYEZ
68. Jabber? : EPEE
69. Pancake : FLAPJACK
70. "Hercules" spinoff, informally : XENA
71. Hold up in traffic? : CARJACK
Down
1. Nose nipper : JACKFROST
2. Suitable for farming : ARABLE
3. Redeemer : SAVIOR
4. Contents of a slow cooker : STEW
5. Carrying ___ : ATUNE
6. More, to Manuel : MAS
7. Radio journalist Shapiro : ARI
8. With 48-Down, children's toy ... or a hint to this puzzle's theme : JACKIN
9. Common quesadilla filler : JACKCHEESE
10. Summer Olympics venue : POOL
11. Texter's "Holy cow!" : OMG
12. Sched. uncertainty : TBA
13. Delivery outcome, sometimes : SON
18. 13-Downs, e.g. : MALES
22. Playwright Eve : ENSLER
25. Cy Young winner Hershiser : OREL
26. Chocolaty spread : NUTELLA
27. Knucklehead : DODO
28. De-crease : IRON
29. European erupter : ETNA
31. Used, as a desk : SATAT
33. Like arctic winters : HARSH
35. Rotini shape : SPIRAL
37. Freshness : SASS
38. Court stance : PLEA
39. "Sounds good to me" : OKAY
41. Jessica of "7th Heaven" : BIEL
44. Strong feller? : LUMBERJACK
46. Enlightened : AWARE
48. See 8-Down : THEBOX
50. Home of Gannon Univ. : ERIEPA
51. N.B.A. Hall-of-Famer Bob : LANIER
52. Communication connection : PHONEJACK
55. Neighbor of Majorca : IBIZA
57. On : ATOP
59. Opposite of sans : AVEC
60. Not on : OFF
61. ___ d'Or, Quebec : VAL
62. Sinatra's wife between Nancy and Mia : AVA
64. Spy satellite, so to speak : EYE
65. Writer Deighton : LEN

Answer summary: 3 unique to this puzzle, 1 debuted here and reused later, 2 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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