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New York Times, Monday, June 6, 2016

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

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 entries. ... read more

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 ... read more

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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Across
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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
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Chi-town team : SOX
Down
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___ bargain : PLEA
2
Trash receptacles : BINS
3
User of the Force : JEDI
4
"What gall!" : THENERVE
5
Batteries in TV remotes : AAS
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The Spartans of the N.C.A.A. : MSU
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Voting place : POLL
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___-aging cream : ANTI
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Stephen King or Ellery Queen : AUTHOR
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Rebounds and field goal average : STATS
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Started : FIRSTBEGAN
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Too : ALSO
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Free ___ (total control) : REIN
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Symbol of Aries : RAM
22
Secluded valley : GLEN
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___ v. Wade : ROE
25
Scam artists : CONMEN
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Being litigated : ATBAR
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Choreographer Tharp : TWYLA
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Top dog : HEADHONCHO
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Dry, white Italian wine : SOAVE
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Matador : TORERO
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Writer Jong : ERICA
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Odysseys : TREKS
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N.Y.C. airport code : LGA
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C.I.A. : U.S. :: ___ : Soviet Union : KGB
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Maiden who raced Hippomenes, in myth : ATALANTA
43
Uproar : RIOT
44
Mobile accommodations, for short : RVS
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Scrooges : MISERS
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Put on the payroll : HIRED
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Long in the tooth : OLD
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Modern journal : BLOG
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Volvo or Volt : AUTO
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___ the Red : ERIK
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City at the foot of the Sierra Nevada : RENO
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Itar-___ news agency : TASS
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"I'm ___ you!" : ONTO
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River to Hades : STYX
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Traffic-stopping org. : DEA
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It might be bookmarked : URL

Answer summary: 3 unique to this puzzle.

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