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New York Times, Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Author:
Herre Schouwerwou
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Herre Schouwerwou

This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 78, Blocks: 36 Missing: {JQXZ} This is puzzle # 3 for Mr. Schouwerwou. NYT links: Across Lite PDF
Herre Schouwerwou notes:
This crossword theme evolved from truck brands to typical pickup lines to what you see today. The puzzle was initially rejected ... read more

This crossword theme evolved from truck brands to typical pickup lines to what you see today. The puzzle was initially rejected because of theme inconsistency. Will liked the re-imagining of the pickup lines but not the entry COME HERE OFTEN, an actual pickup line that was originally at 52-Across. Seeing a glimpse of interest in the emailed rejection, I asked if he would accept a revision. Fortunately he said yes and I sent 2 new versions. Will chose the one that he preferred (I know — what other one would he choose?) and suggested a few minor changes to the grid. I clued it up and the puzzle was finally accepted on September 17th.

It was nice to see this reject become a yes!

Jeff Chen notes:
Five 'pick-up lines' with five different interpretations. I like the variety of applying this phrase to a hitcher, cleaning one's ... read more

Five "pick-up lines" with five different interpretations. I like the variety of applying this phrase to a hitcher, cleaning one's room, a pick-up truck (the Ford F SERIES — I had to look it up too), resuming a conversation, and picking up a phone. Neat to see such diversity.

1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8 Schlemiel! Schlimazel! Hasenpfeffer Incorporated!

This type of puzzle can be difficult or frustrating since the themers are opaque for such a long time (quote puzzles work like this too), so I'm glad Herre worked in a lot of colorful material to make the solve easier and more fun. I watched a ton of LAVERNE and Shirley when I was a kid, and it amused me to no end thinking about how ga-ga they went over BEEFCAKES. You heard it here first: the "sticking your knuckles in your mouth when you see a beautiful person" gesture is going to make a comeback.

Some fun vocab in the clues, too. ORATE is a neutral entry, but when you use "stemwinder" in the clue, that spices things up. "Matryoshka dolls" does the same for NESTS.

Small nit, I might have chosen ATE instead of AVE, since there was already some PEI STE EYER kind of glue already, but with a small number of gluey bits, I'm fine with the decision to add one more. It's nice to get a V to add a splash of color to the puzzle, too.

Finally, a great clue for COMA. Because I had the ending A fixed into place, I thought the state had to be IOWA. What other four-letter states end with A? WA is a state of course, and IO … Illinois? India? Geography is one of the many weak spots in my knowledge banks, so I choose to continue believing that IO is the postal code for Idaho.

Well, it should be.

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Students & seniors
Across
1. Southern Japanese port city : KOBE
5. Scheming about : UPTO
9. Features of some mailboxes : SLOTS
14. Israeli conductor Daniel ___ : OREN
15. Gain, as benefits : REAP
16. Means of divination : TAROT
17. Pickup line? : NEEDALIFT
19. Draw forth : EVOKE
20. Succeed big-time : GOFAR
21. Norwegian wood : FIR
23. Ireland's best-selling solo artist : ENYA
24. Pickup line? : CLEANYOURROOM
28. Joyful refrain : TRALALA
30. ___ Deion (onetime nickname in the N.F.L.) : NEON
31. Nordstrom rival : SAKS
32. City map abbr. : AVE
34. Lower oneself : DEIGN
38. Cause of wrinkling : AGE
39. Pickup line? : FSERIES
42. Pal of Pooh : ROO
43. Dreads sporter : RASTA
45. "Your choice" : ANY
46. Monthly budget item, for some : RENT
47. No longer interested in : OVER
50. Payback : REVENGE
52. Pickup line? : SOWHEREWEREWE
56. Indy racer Luyendyk : ARIE
57. Horror film director Roth : ELI
58. Set ablaze : TORCH
61. Appetizers that can make up a meal : TAPAS
63. Pickup line? : ITSFORYOU
66. "S.N.L." alum Cheri : OTERI
67. Make homogeneous, perhaps : STIR
68. Banish to Hades : DAMN
69. Stacks, as matryoshka dolls : NESTS
70. Shot from a doc : HYPO
71. Hosiery mishap : SNAG
Down
1. Skull Island beast, for short : KONG
2. Dunkable treat : OREO
3. Hunky guys : BEEFCAKES
4. Ultimate goals : ENDALLS
5. Something to bookmark : URL
6. Prov. near New Brunswick : PEI
7. Boardwalk treat : TAFFY
8. Moonroof or racing stripes, maybe : OPTION
9. Québec map abbr. : STE
10. Shirley's TV roommate : LAVERNE
11. Home to Maine's Black Bears : ORONO
12. "Godzilla" locale : TOKYO
13. Manhole emanation : STEAM
18. Field of expertise : AREA
22. Québec street : RUE
25. "Sad to say ..." : ALAS
26. Congregation's place : NAVE
27. Street ___ (souped-up cars) : RODS
28. Ruler of Muscovy : TSAR
29. Shankar piece : RAGA
33. Silent ___ : ERA
35. Granny player on "The Beverly Hillbillies" : IRENERYAN
36. Mallet target : GONG
37. Chord part : NOTE
39. Top choice, informally : FAVE
40. Memo opener : INRE
41. Watchful one : EYER
44. One way of taking a suggestion : TOHEART
46. Puts differently : REWORDS
48. Poetic palindrome : ERE
49. Wiener topper : RELISH
51. Executive turndown : VETO
52. Squelched : SATON
53. Deliver a stemwinder : ORATE
54. Wet-Naps, e.g. : WIPES
55. Good at repartee : WITTY
59. State made up of two state postal abbreviations : COMA
60. Unable to decide, in court : HUNG
62. Family member, for short : SIS
64. Nurse in a bar : SIP
65. Early Jackson 5 'do : FRO

Answer summary: 4 unique to this puzzle, 1 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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