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New York Times, Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Author: Herre Schouwerwou
Editor: Will Shortz
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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 ... more
Herre Schouwerwou notes:

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 ... more
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 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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© 2015, The New York TimesNo. 0603 ( 23,948 )
Across Down
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
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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