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New York Times, Monday, June 20, 2016

Author:
Jason Mueller
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Jason Mueller

This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 78, Blocks: 38 Missing: {QXYZ} This is puzzle # 3 for Mr. Mueller. NYT links: Across Lite PDF
Jason Mueller notes:
This puzzle's theme is, as explained by the central entry, people and things that end in types of golf clubs. It took several ... read more

This puzzle's theme is, as explained by the central entry, people and things that end in types of golf clubs. It took several revisions to get the longer non-theme fill in the grid just right. My original drafts of the puzzle had the theme entries running downward, so as to resemble clubs in a bag or clubs being held at address.

Jeff Chen notes:
Straightforward theme, four golf CLUBS disguised at the ends of themers. Fun phrases in WAFFLE IRON and LEMON WEDGE. (A pitching WEDGE ... read more

Straightforward theme, four golf CLUBS disguised at the ends of themers. Fun phrases in WAFFLE IRON and LEMON WEDGE. (A pitching WEDGE is a club designed for hitting a ball high into the air.) Too bad there isn't any way to camouflage PUTTER — Jason could have given us a full bag!

Is that not Ross Geller's doppelganger?

Also a shame that MINNIE DRIVER got snubbed. I do like the freshness of ADAM DRIVER, who played Kylo Ren in the new Star Wars movie, but I didn't much care for his acting. I wonder if he'll become the next Harrison Ford … or the next Hayden Christensen (shudder).

Generally well executed grid today. Every good crossword ought to have a few pieces of nice bonus fill, and Jason delivers with DOWNGRADED and the pairing of BROWNIES / PARADISE (yum!). ELIE WIESEL ain't bad either — although he won't elicit much emotion for some solvers, he's undoubtedly a crossworthy author and activist, having won a Nobel Peace Prize. Along with a really small amount of crossword glue (SAMI is a toughie, and TRE / WDS are minor), it made for a smooth solve.

Jason does something off the beaten path, by nearly stacking ELIJAH WOOD on top of WAFFLE IRON — more typical is to push WAFFLE IRON all the way to the right side, which creates more space in between themers. I bet this would have allowed Jason to work in more snazzy fill, perhaps letting him put a long down where ICH and FDIC currently sit. Might have let him go down to 76 words, working in even more snappy fill. With shortish themers, getting down to even 74 words could have given the puzzle even more spice.

It would have been nice to get a punchier revealer — CLUBS is pretty darn straightforward — but overall, a smooth puzzle with some good fill to it.

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© 2016, The New York TimesNo. 0620 ( 24,331 )
Across
1
Wonderment : AWE
4
Movie house : CINEMA
10
Prejudice : BIAS
14
With 37-Down, Al Capp cartoon : LIL
15
He "cometh" in an O'Neill play : ICEMAN
16
Home to the Colosseum : ROME
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Frodo's portrayer in "The Lord of the Rings" : ELIJAHWOOD
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Wister or Wilson : OWEN
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Queen of the Nile, informally : CLEO
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Three, in Tuscany : TRE
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Prop for a magician : WAND
23
Battered appliance? : WAFFLEIRON
28
Exchanged vows at the altar : SAIDIDO
30
Tiny bit : SMIDGE
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Dined : ATE
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Radner of the original "S.N.L." cast : GILDA
38
Conductor Solti : GEORG
39
Big stinger : WASP
41
Items found at the ends of 17-, 23-, 53- and 64-Across : CLUBS
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___ bag (party handout) : SWAG
44
Tire mark : TREAD
46
Submarine detector : SONAR
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Sgt. or cpl. : NCO
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Offshore structure for Shell or ExxonMobil : OILRIG
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Comes out of hiding : EMERGES
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Kylo Ren's portrayer in "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" : ADAMDRIVER
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Auctioneer's cry when dropping the hammer : SOLD
59
Sheep sound : BAA
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Hammer's target : NAIL
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Bangkok native : THAI
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Iced tea garnish : LEMONWEDGE
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Uses a riflescope : AIMS
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Brought to mind : EVOKED
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Very long time : EON
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Part of a hangman drawing : ROPE
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Taste and touch : SENSES
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A.M.A. members : DRS
Down
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One of the Baldwin brothers : ALEC
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Document that says "I hereby bequeath ..." : WILL
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Nobel Peace Prize winner who survived the Holocaust : ELIEWIESEL
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Org. based in Langley, Va. : CIA
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I, in Germany : ICH
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Like emails with still-bolded headings : NEW
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Overact : EMOTE
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New Zealand natives : MAORI
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Scientist Celsius of the Celsius scale : ANDERS
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Treats named for their color : BROWNIES
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Where the presidential primary season kicks off : IOWA
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Cry to a preacher : AMEN
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Transmit : SEND
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Family name in "The Grapes of Wrath" : JOAD
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___ Newton : FIG
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Bank account protector, for short : FDIC
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Lounges : LOLLS
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Texter's "Wow!" : OMG
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Took care of : SAWTO
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___ 2600 (early game console) : ATARI
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Changed from A to B, as a credit rating : DOWNGRADED
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"Lord, we bless this food ...," e.g. : GRACE
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Breakfast items that come frozen : EGGOS
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Batman and Robin are a "dynamic" one : DUO
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See 14-Across : ABNER
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Seventh heaven : PARADISE
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People of Lapland : SAMI
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"Look what you ___!" : DID
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Gun, as an engine : REV
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Seven things on a Nathaniel Hawthorne house : GABLES
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Philosopher Descartes : RENE
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Irish novelist ___ Binchy : MAEVE
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Matt who was nominated for an Oscar for "The Martian" : DAMON
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One of seven in the Big Dipper : STAR
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Cleveland's state : OHIO
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Genie holder : LAMP
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Frankenstein's assistant : IGOR
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Eye or camera part : LENS
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Approves : OKS
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Maiden name indicator : NEE
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Dict. entries : WDS

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

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