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New York Times, Monday, June 25, 2018

Author:
Kathy Wienberg
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Kathy Wienberg

This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 76, Blocks: 36 Missing: {J} Spans: 1 This is puzzle # 4 for Ms. Wienberg. NYT links: Across Lite PDF
Kathy Wienberg notes:
When I researched the phrase ADD TO CART, I was surprised that it had not been used, as far as I know, as a reveal. The easy part was ... read more

When I researched the phrase ADD TO CART, I was surprised that it had not been used, as far as I know, as a reveal. The easy part was choosing which four carts to use. The hard part was picking the phrases that included those carts. I went for the "freshness factor" when selecting the themers.

Hopefully, you enjoyed my puzzle as much as I did creating it for you. Now I'm off to shop online...ADD TO CART.

Jeff Chen notes:
ADD TO CART is a modern phrase, fun to build a puzzle around. In this case, TEA cart, SHOPPING cart, GOLF cart, APPLE cart. I ... read more

ADD TO CART is a modern phrase, fun to build a puzzle around. In this case, TEA cart, SHOPPING cart, GOLF cart, APPLE cart.

I like that it's a fairly tight theme — how many other ___ CART phrases can you think of? I got HAY cart and PUSH cart, but that's all. Elegant when a theme covers (almost) an entire set.

Not as elegant is the theme type in general. Most editors don't take "words that can follow X" themes anymore, because they've been done to death. Some new and amazing layer needs to be added to make a puzzle of this type stand out. As much as I like the phrase ADD TO CART, I don't think it's enough.

Kathy did a nice job of choosing snazzy themers though, TEA GARDEN (I loved traveling to Japan for work years ago!) and APPLE STRUDEL (constructors take note, I'm not above food bribes) my favorite. All solid.

As much as I enjoyed SOLAR PANEL and SEAPLANE, I wasn't sold on CAPRIs. Er, CAPRI PANTS. Not that this most unfashionable of folks would know, but aren't they just CAPRIs?

Also not so enjoyable: EBON ANON ETH TRA DST. None are impossible for a newbie to get, but it's a bit gloopy overall. I'm not sure that the UNAGI / GTOS crossing is fair, either. I'd be sympathetic to a newer solver grumbling about that. And newer solvers grumbling = no bueno.

Overall, I like the attempt to modernize an old theme type. Not totally successful, though.

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© 2018, The New York TimesNo. 0625 ( 25,066 )
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Classic name for a poodle : FIFI
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Branded cotton swab : QTIP
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Much-prized golden statuette : OSCAR
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Black, in poetry : EBON
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___ Bell : TACO
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Tract of low-growing shrubs : HEATH
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Locale for a traditional Japanese ceremony : TEAGARDEN
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Source of pancake syrup : MAPLE
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Toll units for semis : AXLES
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Israeli gun : UZI
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Lead-in to fall : PRAT
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Slip of paper to take to the grocery : SHOPPINGLIST
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Louis who developed a rabies vaccine : PASTEUR
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High-five sound : SLAP
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Yoko who loved John : ONO
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Places with lions and giraffes : ZOOS
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Sushi bar eel : UNAGI
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The Masters and others : GOLFTOURNAMENTS
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Sign in a broadcast booth : ONAIR
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___ John letter : DEAR
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Part of the body that's stubbed : TOE
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Marsh grass : REED
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Risky bridge play : FINESSE
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Classic Austrian pastry : APPLESTRUDEL
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Homophone of 46-Across : READ
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___-la-la (song syllables) : TRA
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Rubs the wrong way : MIFFS
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Actress Zellweger : RENEE
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Message clicked on by an online buyer ... or a hint for 17-, 24-, 39- and 51-Across : ADDTOCART
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Obvious : OVERT
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"Hold the ___" (deli order) : MAYO
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Build-it-yourself furniture chain : IKEA
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___ corgi (dog breed) : WELSH
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Hunted animal : PREY
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Pre-twentysomething : TEEN
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Crumbly cheese : FETA
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Mountain goat : IBEX
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Stable newborn : FOAL
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Consume : INGEST
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15 min. of college football : QTR
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Tiny amount : TAD
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Acquire a winter coat? : ICEUP
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___ scheme (scam) : PONZI
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Unit of electrical resistance : OHM
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Flier that can take off from water : SEAPLANE
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Apparel also known as clamdiggers : CAPRIPANTS
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Rand McNally book : ATLAS
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Scarlett's Butler : RHETT
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Tennis legend Arthur : ASHE
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Electees : INS
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Anise-flavored liqueur : OUZO
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Peacockish : PROUD
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Down in the mouth : GLUM
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"We have met the enemy and he is us" comic strip : POGO
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Ever and ___ : ANON
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Green energy source that might go on top of a house : SOLARPANEL
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Rock with valuable nuggets : ORE
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Not just a glitch : SNAFU
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Old sporty Pontiacs : GTOS
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"So that's it!" : ISEE
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Fly ball catchers : FIELDERS
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Genealogical chart : TREE
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Desert-dry : ARID
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"Spring forward" letters : DST
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Disney clown fish : NEMO
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Draw out : ELICIT
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Cupid's missile : ARROW
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Pet ___ : PEEVE
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Walk with heavy steps : TRAMP
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Speed reader? : RADAR
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Not real : FAKE
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Gratis : FREE
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Lee of Marvel Comics : STAN
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Biblical verb ender : ETH
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Clothes colorer : DYE
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Slinky or Silly Putty : TOY

Answer summary: 3 unique to this puzzle.

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