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New York Times, Tuesday, June 26, 2018

Author:
Zhouqin Burnikel
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Zhouqin Burnikel

This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 76, Blocks: 37 Missing: {JQWX} This is puzzle # 55 for Ms. Burnikel. NYT links: Across Lite PDF
Zhouqin Burnikel notes:
I originally thought of using the grid-spanning MALALA YOUSAFZAI and ROYAL ALBERT HALL, but the latter has an extra AL, so I went with ... read more

I originally thought of using the grid-spanning MALALA YOUSAFZAI and ROYAL ALBERT HALL, but the latter has an extra AL, so I went with the current set. Was very happy when the intersection worked, as I had very limited theme entry choices.

Jeff Chen notes:
I admit it took me a while to figure out what was going on. ALTOGETHER = AL TOGETHER … = A and L repeated in phrases? ... read more

I admit it took me a while to figure out what was going on. ALTOGETHER = AL TOGETHER … = A and L repeated in phrases? Ultimately, I think it's more simply AL + AL together. Confusing though, in that IN LA LA LAND is the only one with a third LA, and MALALA has an extra A.

What, no FA LA LA LA LA, LA LA LA LA? Grinch!

I enjoyed the diversity of theme answers. From KUALA LUMPUR to I AM MALALA to HALAL FOOD to CENTRAL ALPS — what a range! Especially that last one. (rimshot)

That's a ton of themers, intersecting, taking up a ton of real estate. FRAID SO that there's a bit of ANDA and ITHE, but that's pretty darn good given the constraints. And as much as I dislike partials, they are friendlier to newer solvers than weird words, esoteric abbreviations, tough names, etc.

Speaking of tough names, I don't mind a couple of toughies in my grid, even if there are one or two head-busting ones. For a newb though, I'm not sure that ANI IMAN LAILA OPIE RAE SHERA is very friendly. I worry that this sort of pile-up might be quite a turn-off.

I enjoyed the creative parsing of ALTOGETHER = AL TOGETHER. But I wish it had provided a stronger click; a sharper, more smile-inducing a-ha moment.

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Across
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Original "Top Gear" channel : BBC
4
Eventually become : ENDUP
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Adopt-a-thon adoptees : PETS
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Circle calculation : AREA
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Not be straight with : LIETO
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Sister brand of Nilla wafers : OREO
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Trash holders : BINS
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*Spaced out : INLALALAND
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Tibetan legends : YETIS
22
Gas in fuel : ETHANE
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"Yep, sadly that's true" : FRAIDSO
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Small change : NICKEL
29
Forever ___ day : ANDA
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"Way cool!" : RAD
32
Otherworldly glow : AURA
33
*Meals permissible under Islamic law : HALALFOOD
36
Console pioneer : ATARI
37
Reddit Q&A feature : AMA
38
It may be delayed by snow: Abbr. : ETD
39
Soccer ball filler : AIR
41
[U r hilarious] : LOL
42
Bantu speakers : ZULUS
44
*Autobiography of Nobel laureate Yousafzai : IAMMALALA
47
"College GameDay" channel : ESPN
48
Roadside stopover : INN
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___ Tesfaye, real name of pop music's the Weeknd : ABEL
50
Architect's field : DESIGN
52
Literary collection : OMNIBUS
55
What a filling fills : CAVITY
57
Packing a piece : ARMED
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On the whole ... or, when read in two parts, what the answer to each starred clue has : ALTOGETHER
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Boy of Mayberry : OPIE
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Part of the body that's spanked : REAR
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Twin of He-Man : SHERA
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Warm up in seconds : NUKE
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Major Iowa crop : CORN
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Short, concise and to the point (unlike this clue) : TERSE
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Word with curtain or hot : ROD
Down
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Bundle of joy : BABY
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Inform of everything that happened : BRIEF
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*Popular European skiing region : CENTRALALPS
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One of the Manning brothers : ELI
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Front and back, at Augusta : NINES
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Benicio ___, Best Supporting Actor winner for "Traffic" : DELTORO
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Home of the Jazz : UTAH
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Where bagels and vodka originated : POLAND
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Skunk : POLECAT
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Notable time period : ERA
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Rightmost bowling pin : TEN
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Piece of lawn : SOD
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Carrier to Seoul : ASIANA
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Alex and ___ (jewelry retailer) : ANI
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Moves with one's back against a wall, say : SIDLES
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Crazy : DAFT
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*Capital of Malaysia : KUALALUMPUR
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"Captain Blood" star Flynn : ERROL
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Ali with a perfect 24-0 record : LAILA
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Alternative name for He-Man : ADAM
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Put through hell night, say : HAZED
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Make smile : AMUSE
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Father of Thor : ODIN
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Qatar's peninsula : ARABIA
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Mogadishu-born supermodel : IMAN
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Elusive horse with a horn : UNICORN
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"One more, please" : ANOTHER
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James of the court : LEBRON
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Buy stocks, perhaps : INVEST
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Practical joke : GAG
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Mike who starred in "Austin Powers" : MYERS
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Citizen competitor : SEIKO
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"Am ___ only one?" : ITHE
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Proof of ownership : DEED
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Shape of a rainbow : ARC
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Summer sign : LEO
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Sailor, informally : TAR
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Singer Carly ___ Jepsen : RAE

Answer summary: 5 unique to this puzzle, 2 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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