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New York Times, Saturday, June 25, 2016

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

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 ... read more

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

Answer summary: 10 unique to this puzzle.

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