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New York Times, Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Author: Fred Piscop
Editor: Will Shortz
Fred Piscop
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Puzzle of the Week

This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 76, Blocks: 36 Missing: {Q} This is puzzle # 150 for Mr. Piscop. Jeff Chen's Puzzle of the Week pick. NYT links: Across Lite PDF
Jeff Chen notes: Loved this puzzle. I've seen dozens of anagram puzzles, so it takes something special for one to stand out. I honestly groaned a bit ... more
Jeff Chen notes:

Loved this puzzle. I've seen dozens of anagram puzzles, so it takes something special for one to stand out. I honestly groaned a bit when I read the clue [What NOTICING can anagram to], preparing for a slog of rearranging letters. But something odd happened — I realized that there were more letters in the grid slot than in the anagrammed word! Took a couple of crossings to finally realize that NOTICING had become GIN + TONIC separately, which of course combine to form the common GIN AND TONIC. Great idea!

The JAZZ SINGER, featuring songs by Al Jolson

Each of the four themers worked so beautifully. KISS AND TELL was my second favorite, KISS + TELL anagrammed to the common word, SKILLETS. Fred laid out the themers so nicely, hitting us with his best one first, and ending the puzzle with his second-best to make sure we came away with a strong final impression.

Great bonus fill, too. JAZZ SINGER is a colorful phrase that also includes three rare letters, and WORKAHOLIC is snappy too. Nice also to see EVIL EYES and STORM OUT, along with KEYTAR (a keyboard/guitar combo), even some SMOLDER (crossing KISS AND TELL!), MAN MADE, Dorothy LAMOUR.

All this with virtually no crossword glue? RES and INST are minor offenders, and maybe you could argue that ENID is a bit esoteric, but that's not much at all in total.

Fun PAN AM clue. Some might say that this is an outdated entry since PAN AM is no longer around, but it's a historically important company. And having "flying boats" is pretty interesting. EMBED's clue felt a little strange — a foreign correspondent is really called an EMBED? — but it does appear to be valid usage.

All in all, such an enjoyable solve; a memorable twist on the anagramming theme type.

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© 2016, The New York TimesNo. 0622 ( 24,333 )
Across Down
1. Airline with "flying boats" in the 1930s-'40s : PANAM
6. Certain war zone correspondent : EMBED
11. Rock's Bon Jovi : JON
14. Virus in 2014 news : EBOLA
15. Decorative fabric : TOILE
16. Cry with an epiphany : AHA
17. What NOTICING can anagram to : GINANDTONIC
19. California wine, for short : ZIN
20. Leave in a huff : STORMOUT
21. Hummer's instrument : KAZOO
23. Scratch up : MAR
24. Creditors' holdings : LIENS
26. Question a magician won't answer : HOW
29. What MEDITATE can anagram to : DATEANDTIME
34. Bring out : EVOKE
36. Optician's display : RIMS
37. Geraint's beloved, in Arthurian legend : ENID
38. Mucky ground : MIRE
39. Sired, biblically : BEGOT
40. Wrinkly citrus : UGLI
41. Pitch-black : INKY
42. Home of the first Dole plantation : OAHU
43. Pooped out : SPENT
44. What MARTINET can anagram to : NEATANDTRIM
47. ___ judicata : RES
48. "Boots on the ground" advocates : HAWKS
49. Witty rejoinder : MOT
51. Botanist's study : FLORA
53. Talismans, or the curses they protect against : EVILEYES
58. Source of the Beverly Hillbillies' wealth : OIL
59. What SKILLETS can anagram to : KISSANDTELL
62. Headline-delivering org. : UPI
63. Bottled water brand : EVIAN
64. Remove from memory : ERASE
65. Predator of elephants, in myth : ROC
66. Hub : NEXUS
67. Stood on the hind legs, with "up" : RARED
1. Cribbage markers : PEGS
2. Not very much : ABIT
3. Taboo : NONO
4. Function under "Clock" on an iPhone : ALARM
5. Like Lake Mead : MANMADE
6. Ides rebuke : ETTU
7. Not worth debating : MOOT
8. Recyclables holder : BIN
9. Peyton's gridiron brother : ELI
10. Knocked to the canvas : DECKED
11. Groundbreaking Al Jolson title role : JAZZSINGER
12. Neil Young song about Kent State : OHIO
13. Billionth: Prefix : NANO
18. "David Copperfield" wife : DORA
22. Poker order : ANTEUP
24. Dorothy of "Road" movies : LAMOUR
25. Smithsonian, e.g.: Abbr. : INST
26. Leave no escape for : HEMIN
27. Like a merino : OVINE
28. Sleep-deprived employee, maybe : WORKAHOLIC
30. Pirelli patterns : TREADS
31. Arachnid leg count : EIGHT
32. Pooh's creator : MILNE
33. Cuts and pastes : EDITS
35. Shoulder-slung synthesizer : KEYTAR
39. Knock on the noodle : BONK
43. Do a slow burn : SMOLDER
45. Come alive : AWAKEN
46. Poker announcement : IMIN
50. Prefix meaning 51-Down : TETRA
51. Near-impossible N.F.L. point total : FOUR
52. Fat removal, briefly : LIPO
53. Twin of Jacob : ESAU
54. U-Haul rentals : VANS
55. Orbital period : YEAR
56. Choice word : ELSE
57. Flexible Flyer, e.g. : SLED
60. "___ been had!" : IVE
61. Henry VIII wife count : SIX

Answer summary: 3 unique to this puzzle, 2 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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