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New York Times, Saturday, June 25, 2016

Author: Kameron Austin Collins
Editor: Will Shortz
Kameron Austin Collins
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This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 70, Blocks: 32 Missing: {FQWZ} This is puzzle # 6 for Mr. Collins. NYT links: Across Lite PDF
Jeff Chen notes: A ton of great long entries in this 70-worder, Kameron converting nearly all his long slots into snazzy entries. My favorite region ... more
Jeff Chen notes:

A ton of great long entries in this 70-worder, Kameron converting nearly all his long slots into snazzy entries. My favorite region was the east, with the awesome KREMLIN INC next to the IONIAN SEA and a MUST READ. Neat triplet, with SCREENER DVD nearby. I wasn't familiar with that last term, but it's easily inferable and a fun term I want to add to my vocabulary.

Known for his "tough guy" roles — I love it!

A lot of strong material in the west, too, HOT SYRUP a beautiful phrase and GUNS N ROSES sparkly. I wasn't convinced about JUKEHOUSE, as JUKE JOINT sounded so much stronger to my ear. Some Googling shows that JUKEHOUSE has many fewer hits, but they seem to be focused in Kansas City? Perhaps it's a regional term?

Although I loved KREMLIN INC, its impact was watered down for me after I ran into RHEE and SEKO, both notorious human rights violators / atrocity committers. I don't mind one of them here and there as fill, but in total, it put a gloomy pall over my solve. I wasn't sure if ARMY and NROTC helped or hurt that.

Some interesting gluey bits, SOCLE rarely used in crosswords despite its friendly letters. (It's an architectural term.) PILAR is another toughie, apparently the name of a Hemingway character in "For Whom the Bell Tolls." I don't mind a dash of ALEE or OLEO in a themeless, but I think SOCLE and PILAR might cause some solving headaches. It's all fair — I think all world leaders should be fair game, including strongmen tyrants — so even that SOCLE / SEKO cross is acceptable, if not elegant.

OLIVER REED is an interesting one. I didn't know him, but the clue was fun enough that it made me want to learn about him. Made me laugh to read in Wikipedia that he was known for his "hellraiser lifestyle." It would have been great to somehow shorten the clue so it was more easily digestable, but what an interesting piece of trivia, OLIVER REED starring in OLIVER!, directed by Carol REED.

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© 2016, The New York TimesNo. 0625 ( 24,336 )
Across Down
1. "Cut the lip!" : DONTSASSME
11. Take in just the highlights, say : SKIM
15. Common wear under a lei : ALOHASHIRT
16. Short pants? : TROU
17. Rich, sweet-and-sour dessert : LEMONTORTE
18. Thirsts : YENS
19. Androids don't use it : IOS
20. President during the Korean War : RHEE
21. Camp David event : SUMMIT
23. European race place : LEMANS
25. Guerrilla in "For Whom the Bell Tolls" : PILAR
26. Flip : GOMAD
27. Cough queller : CODEINE
29. Title teen in a 2007 hit indie film : JUNO
30. Literature Nobelist ___ Fo : DARIO
32. Org. whose logo has a talon-gripped key : NSA
33. At an impasse : HUNG
34. Point of computer technology? : PIXEL
35. Went on the fritz : DIED
36. Clears : OKS
37. Pedestal support : SOCLE
38. Good, to Galba : BONA
39. Contents of many culled lists : TENBEST
41. Program that turns out ensigns, for short : NROTC
43. Green hero of book and film : SHREK
44. Places : STEADS
46. Attention getter : YOOHOO
48. Football rival of Rutgers : ARMY
49. Kiss ___ : CAM
52. Fake-out : RUSE
53. Tries to unload things quickly : HOLDSASALE
56. Resourceful people find new ones : USES
57. Actor whose first name is the title of a Best Picture he co-starred in, and whose last name is that film's director : OLIVERREED
58. Bother : PEST
59. Grave accents? : HEADSTONES
1. Co-writer of the Surrealist silent film "Un Chien Andalou," 1929 : DALI
2. With 28-Down, butterlike product of beef fat : OLEO
3. List in an actor's résumé, informally : NOMS
4. Short while? : THO
5. Italian border city : SANREMO
6. Cough cause : ASTHMA
7. Ones with wedge issues? : SHOEADDICTS
8. Prompt to pull over : SIREN
9. Winner of NBC's "America's Toughest Bouncer" in 1980 : MRT
10. Are, in Arles : ETES
11. Hogtie : STYMIE
12. Detractors' epithet for the Putin regime : KREMLININC
13. Setting of the so-called "Seven Islands" of Greece : IONIANSEA
14. Hot words? : MUSTREAD
22. It's hair-raising : UPDO
23. Thirst : LONG
24. Sneak peek sent to film critics : SCREENERDVD
26. Band whose "Appetite for Destruction" was the best-selling debut album of all time : GUNSNROSES
28. See 2-Down : OIL
29. Rowdy joint : JUKEHOUSE
31. First name of 26-Down's frontman : AXL
33. IHOP topping option : HOTSYRUP
34. Municipal mainstays: Abbr. : POS
35. The word "shies" in Morse code, entirely : DOTS
37. Zaire's Mobutu Sese ___ : SEKO
38. Tattoos and piercings : BODYART
40. Command : BEHEST
42. 13th-century B.C. king with 10 namesakes : RAMSES
45. She played Adrian in "Rocky" and Connie in "The Godfather" : TALIA
47. Cry of excitement : OHOH
49. City largely destroyed in Operation Charnwood : CAEN
50. One way to turn a vessel : ALEE
51. Rx things : MEDS
54. Accented shout : OLE
55. Packed letters? : SRO

Answer summary: 10 unique to this puzzle.

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