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New York Times, Monday, June 27, 2016

Author: Kevan Choset
Editor: Will Shortz
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Kevan Choset

This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 76, Blocks: 38 Missing: {QX} This is puzzle # 26 for Mr. Choset. NYT links: Across Lite PDF
Kevan Choset notes: For years I noticed that ELLEN DEGENERES had a really cool letter pattern in her name. The last name alternates 'E's and the first ... more
Kevan Choset notes:

For years I noticed that ELLEN DEGENERES had a really cool letter pattern in her name. The last name alternates 'E's and the first name almost does. One 'E' per syllable. Then one day I saw RENEE ZELLWEGER's name, and the similarity popped out. Not as neatly separated or matched to syllables, but a whole lot of 'E's and no other vowels. And since they were both 10 letters, all I needed was a third entry to round out a theme. PEE WEE REESE was less satisfying, for some reason — I think the lack of alternation. While only three syllables (compared to the others' six and five), it one-ups them in the 'E' department.

I assumed that even those entries, standing alone, were enough for solvers to figure out the theme, but it felt kind of blah without something tying it all together. EASE came quick, and LIVES OF EASE followed not too long after.

So... what famous people did I miss?

Jeff Chen notes: People with no vowels but Es in their full name, tied together by LIVES OF EASE. I've seen PEE WEE REESE in a similar concept before ... more
Jeff Chen notes:

People with no vowels but Es in their full name, tied together by LIVES OF EASE. I've seen PEE WEE REESE in a similar concept before (as well as ED MEESE), but it's neat that RENEE ZELLWEGER and ELLEN DEGENERES both fit that pattern as well. Neat that such long names can be formed without A I O U or even Y — how kind of these folks to have so many crossword-friendly Es!

Really strong gridwork. Although Kevan has to integrate fairly long themers, he manages to work in the usual long downs — DEVILED EGG and LITTERBUGS are beautiful — and also JEWELER, the modern RETWEET, a beautiful word in REGALIA, and the full name SWEE PEA. That last one felt a little odd in that it *almost* fits the only-E pattern, but not quite. I know it's just a piece of fill, but it felt slightly out of place.

Also nice to get a bit of Kevan's lawyerly background in REMANDED. I'm used to seeing a bit of REWET, RELET, etc. in many puzzles, so it's nice to get a RE- word where the RE- start is perfectly natural. You can't really have "manded" something.

RIOJA is a fun word as well. Not being able to even tell the difference between some red and white wines, RIOJA was unfamiliar to me, but I was glad to learn it from the fair crossings.

All that, with just a TELE and a ONE L as crossword glue = darn impressive. I even give the latter a pass since it's right in Kevan's wheelhouse.

I hitched a little on LIVES OF EASE, since it felt weird to describe people as "lives." If only PEOPLE OF EASE were a real phrase. Still, some nice finds, and excellent grid execution.

ADDED NOTE: Out of curiosity, I wrote some quick code to answer Kevan's question. The ones I turned up: BENNETT CERF, DEREK JETER, DETLEF SCHREMPF, DREW BREES, ED HELMS, ETHEL/FRED MERTZ, FRED MERKLE, GLENN BECK, HELEN KELLER, JEFF BECK, JESSE HELMS, PETER SELLERS, WERNER KLEMPERER (and as Kevan pointed out ... JEFFREY CHEN!). For a Monday puzzle, I like Kevan's selection. As much as I love my ex-Sonics, DETLEF SCHREMPF is pretty esoteric!

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Across Down
1. Spanish red wine : RIOJA
6. Taters : SPUDS
11. Insult, slangily : DIS
14. Actor Ed who voiced Carl Fredricksen in "Up" : ASNER
15. Tim ___, N.F.L. player known for kneeling in prayer : TEBOW
16. Environmental prefix : ECO
17. 1940s-'50s Dodgers great who lent support to Jackie Robinson : PEEWEEREESE
19. Moving day vehicle : VAN
20. Prefix with vision or market : TELE
21. Teri ___, Best Supporting Actress nominee for "Tootsie" : GARR
22. "Dallas" family name : EWING
24. Bread unit : LOAF
26. Australian gem export : OPAL
27. Comedian who hosted the 2014 Oscars : ELLENDEGENERES
33. Egypt's capital : CAIRO
34. Sent back to a lower court : REMANDED
36. "The Addams Family" cousin : ITT
37. Tot's three-wheeler : TRIKE
39. I, to a psychologist : EGO
40. Admonishment for public displays of affection : GETAROOM
43. Verbally spar : ARGUE
45. Actress with the classic line "You had me at hello" : RENEEZELLWEGER
48. Tatters : RAGS
49. News anchor Lester : HOLT
50. "___ español?" : HABLA
52. ___ Spring (2010s movement) : ARAB
54. Impact sound in the comics : WHAM
58. Wed. follower : THU
59. Carefree existences ... or, punnily, what 17-, 27- and 45-Across have : LIVESOFEASE
62. Shout before "You're it!" : TAG
63. "The Faerie Queene" woman whose name means "peace" : IRENA
64. Gossip, from the Yiddish : YENTA
65. "Mister Rogers' Neighborhood" airer : PBS
66. Ohio city where Goodyear is headquartered : AKRON
67. Cry when accepting a challenge : ITSON
1. In awe : RAPT
2. "Aha!" : ISEE
3. First-year law student : ONEL
4. Dealer in diamonds : JEWELER
5. "All bets ___ off" : ARE
6. Attack from a low-flying plane : STRAFE
7. Jury member : PEER
8. Lyft competitor : UBER
9. Uno + uno : DOS
10. Popeye's son : SWEEPEA
11. Hors d'oeuvre often topped with paprika : DEVILEDEGG
12. Words of confidence : ICAN
13. Spotify selection : SONG
18. "Yipe!" : EGAD
23. Alert : WARN
25. Musician Yoko : ONO
26. "This one's ___" : ONME
27. Vaping need, informally : ECIG
28. "Catch you on the flip side" : LATER
29. Ones eschewing trash cans : LITTERBUGS
30. Dirty coating : GRIME
31. Cartoon shriek : EEK
32. "Speaking of which ...," for example : SEGUE
35. Active person : DOER
37. Pedicurists work on them : TOES
38. The New Yorker cartoonist Chast : ROZ
41. ___-retentive : ANAL
42. Crown, scepter, etc. : REGALIA
43. Leather punch : AWL
44. Share with one's followers, in a way : RETWEET
46. From the capital of Tibet : LHASAN
47. Timber wolf : LOBO
50. URL starter : HTTP
51. "Moby-Dick" captain : AHAB
52. State definitively : AVER
53. Cabinet member who once appeared beside her impersonator on "S.N.L." : RENO
55. Prince in "Frozen" : HANS
56. Regarding : ASTO
57. Not nice : MEAN
60. Bother : IRK
61. "This might be of interest ...," for short : FYI

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

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