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New York Times, Monday, June 6, 2016

Author: Mary Lou Guizzo
Editor: Will Shortz
Mary Lou Guizzo
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This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 78, Blocks: 36 Missing: {QZ} This is puzzle # 12 for Ms. Guizzo. NYT links: Across Lite PDF
Mary Lou Guizzo notes: This puzzle was inspired by an NPR segment on pleonasms. After hearing about them, I came up with a list of potential theme ... more
Mary Lou Guizzo notes:

This puzzle was inspired by an NPR segment on pleonasms. After hearing about them, I came up with a list of potential theme entries. Once I decided on using REDUNDANT as the revealer, the puzzle came together fairly quickly.

I am pleased to finally construct a Monday puzzle as it has proved the most elusive for me. I hope you enjoyed solving it.

Jeff Chen notes: Fun finds, two-word phrases where one of the words is REDUNDANT. I had seen END RESULT discussed in this way a while back, but I ... more
Jeff Chen notes:

Fun finds, two-word phrases where one of the words is REDUNDANT. I had seen END RESULT discussed in this way a while back, but I hadn't thought of TWELVE NOON, FIRST BEGAN, REVERT BACK, and especially HEAD HONCHO like this. HONCHO by itself is a fine word, but it sounds so dull compared to HEAD HONCHO. English is a funny language.

Steve KERR, coaching the Dubs

More colorful fill than I'm used to in a Monday puzzle. I love CON MEN, THE NERVE!, MINERVA, ROOSTER (which is slang for my favorite Sriracha hot sauce). Even BANISTER I haven't seen in a couple of years. It's tough to work with six theme answers period, so incorporating such great pieces of fill is a real plus.

ATALANTA … I vaguely remember her, but not nearly as well as MINERVA (the Roman equivalent of Athena). Very glad ML was careful with her crossings, keeping the puzzle fair even for beginners. It would have been ugly if she had crossed SOAVE with ATALANTA, for example.

LIGHTS ON … that didn't strike me well at first, and it still hasn't grown on me. THE LIGHTS ARE ON, perhaps? It's a shame LIGHT SON (as opposed to a heavy one) isn't a thing. It feels like a long slot went wasted.

With so many themers plus the quantity of long fill, there was bound to be a couple of rough patches. I generally am fine with stuff like AT BAR, since that seems to stand on its own (a case is AT BAR in court), but AS FAR I'd never use without another AS, and BY AGE feels partialish to me as well.

I did love seeing Steve KERR in the grid, the Dubs' (Golden State Warriors) coach, who's navigated the transition from role player to coach amazingly well.

Neat REDUNDANT phrases, with some outstanding long fill along with some iffy entries.

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© 2016, The New York TimesNo. 0606 ( 24,317 )
Across Down
1. Common lunchbox sandwich, for short : PBJ
4. Florida home to Busch Gardens : TAMPA
9. Equally distant : ASFAR
14. Prevaricate : LIE
15. Wears, as clothing : HASON
16. Serviceable : UTILE
17. Outcome : ENDRESULT
19. Ankle bones : TARSI
20. From east of the Urals : ASIAN
21. Indication that someone's home at night, say : LIGHTSON
23. Chicago exchange, briefly : MERC
26. Found's opposite : LOST
27. The first "A" in N.C.A.A.: Abbr. : ATH
30. Bird on a weather vane : ROOSTER
33. "Wanna ___?" : BET
36. Midday : TWELVENOON
38. Six-time N.B.A. champion Steve : KERR
39. How kids are grouped in school : BYAGE
40. Damage : MAR
41. Texas A&M student : AGGIE
42. Alan who played Hawkeye : ALDA
43. Return to a former state : REVERTBACK
45. "Go team!" : RAH
46. Roman goddess of wisdom : MINERVA
47. "N.Y. State of Mind" rapper : NAS
48. John Kasich's state : OHIO
50. Capital of Norway : OSLO
52. Stair rail : BANISTER
56. Voices above tenors : ALTOS
60. Money sometimes said to be "filthy" : LUCRE
61. Like 17-, 36- and 43-Across as well as 11- and 29-Down : REDUNDANT
64. Not this or that : OTHER
65. Not reacting : INERT
66. Room that needs a serious cleanup : STY
67. Merchandise : GOODS
68. Australian "bear" : KOALA
69. Chi-town team : SOX
1. ___ bargain : PLEA
2. Trash receptacles : BINS
3. User of the Force : JEDI
4. "What gall!" : THENERVE
5. Batteries in TV remotes : AAS
6. The Spartans of the N.C.A.A. : MSU
7. Voting place : POLL
8. ___-aging cream : ANTI
9. Stephen King or Ellery Queen : AUTHOR
10. Rebounds and field goal average : STATS
11. Started : FIRSTBEGAN
12. Too : ALSO
13. Free ___ (total control) : REIN
18. Symbol of Aries : RAM
22. Secluded valley : GLEN
24. ___ v. Wade : ROE
25. Scam artists : CONMEN
27. Being litigated : ATBAR
28. Choreographer Tharp : TWYLA
29. Top dog : HEADHONCHO
31. Dry, white Italian wine : SOAVE
32. Matador : TORERO
34. Writer Jong : ERICA
35. Odysseys : TREKS
37. N.Y.C. airport code : LGA
38. C.I.A. : U.S. :: ___ : Soviet Union : KGB
41. Maiden who raced Hippomenes, in myth : ATALANTA
43. Uproar : RIOT
44. Mobile accommodations, for short : RVS
46. Scrooges : MISERS
49. Put on the payroll : HIRED
51. Long in the tooth : OLD
52. Modern journal : BLOG
53. Volvo or Volt : AUTO
54. ___ the Red : ERIK
55. City at the foot of the Sierra Nevada : RENO
57. Itar-___ news agency : TASS
58. "I'm ___ you!" : ONTO
59. River to Hades : STYX
62. Traffic-stopping org. : DEA
63. It might be bookmarked : URL

Answer summary: 3 unique to this puzzle.

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