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New York Times, Thursday, June 6, 2019

Author:
Fred Piscop
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Fred Piscop

This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 78, Blocks: 36 Missing: {QXZ} This is puzzle # 151 for Mr. Piscop. NYT links: Across Lite PDF
Fred Piscop notes:
Not much to say here. I got this idea and completed the grid before it even dawned on me that the 75th anniversary of D-Day was coming ... read more

Not much to say here. I got this idea and completed the grid before it even dawned on me that the 75th anniversary of D-Day was coming up!

The grid required a bit of surgery to fit D-DAY in (it wasn't in the original grid) because the puzzle would have otherwise needed a title to tip the theme.

Jeff Chen notes:
75th anniversary of D-DAY! I had no idea that there were five major beaches – or that they could be hidden within colorful ... read more

75th anniversary of D-DAY! I had no idea that there were five major beaches – or that they could be hidden within colorful phrases. It's almost as if part of the planners' strategy was to plant the seeds for this very crossword.

The theme interested me enough that I read up on the invasion. Check out (to the right) how the beaches were so neatly arranged: UTAH, OMAHA, GOLD, JUNO, SWORD. I'd have loved if Fred had laid out his themers, vertically, in that order.

Few solvers likely would have noticed such attention to detail, but it would have made for a terrific, elegant Easter egg, recreating the D-DAY landing inside the puzzle.

GOLD ORE was so tough for me to figure out since RAVE seemed like it could also fit [Lose one's cool]. Upon further thought, RAGE is much better – just as GOLD ORE is much better than VOLDORE.

Hey, it seemed like it could be a mineralogical term. (Ah, I was thinking about Pokemon.)

Entries like REPAPER and SHEDDER create such a dilemma for me. Should they be given a score such that they never see the light of day again? Or something in the middle, since using a SHEDDER might allow for good stuff like ART SHOP and DEEJAYS?

Tough choices. Ultimately, I gave both of them a middling pass.

Not as tricky as I like for a Thursday puzzle – and the elements that made it a tough solve, like cluing ORSON and PISMO and JORDAN in difficult ways, didn't give me much pleasure to solve.

A solid D-DAY memorial, albeit with some potential left on the table.

ADDED NOTE: Crosswords almost gave away D-DAY unintentionally!

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© 2019, The New York TimesNo. 0606 ( 25,412 )
Across
1
Unrefined : CRASS
6
Coffee bar offering : MOCHA
11
Painter van Eyck : JAN
14
Navajo dwelling made of logs and mud : HOGAN
15
___ Bell (Emily Brontë pen name) : ELLIS
16
Word with single or fair : USE
17
Direct-to-customer beef retailer : OMAHASTEAKS
19
1952 and 1994 Olympics locale: Abbr. : NOR
20
Cover over, as a wall : REPAPER
21
Remove, as a name tag : PEELOFF
23
Busy beaver : DOER
24
Rejections : NOS
26
Go one better than : TOP
27
Place to buy paint : ARTSHOP
31
Spirited horse : ARAB
34
Upscale hotel amenity : SAUNA
37
Now and for always : EVERMORE
39
Demolition aid : TNT
40
Calaverite or sylvanite : GOLDORE
43
Memory unit : BIT
44
Coated, in a way : ENAMELED
46
City NE of Manchester : LEEDS
48
Hawaiian entree, for short : MAHI
49
Ones playing the numbers? : DEEJAYS
52
Big brand with an oval logo : STP
54
Ticket datum : ROW
55
Something you might write an article on : SPEC
59
More daft : DOTTIER
63
Field a kickoff : RECEIVE
65
Subject of the 1962 Nobel Prize in Medicine : DNA
66
Performer with a weapon : SWORDDANCER
68
Samuel Beckett's "Endgame" has one : ACT
69
Mailing category for reduced postage : MEDIA
70
Very little : SCANT
71
"___-haw!" : YEE
72
Name on a "Citizen Kane" poster : ORSON
73
Things to run or pass : TESTS
Down
1
Set of keys, maybe : CHORD
2
Beau : ROMEO
3
Slack-jawed : AGAPE
4
Hot and dry : SAHARAN
5
Lose one's cool : SNAP
6
Underground networks : METROS
7
Cry repeated at the start of the 1987 dance hit "Hot Hot Hot" : OLE
8
Keep time with the beat, maybe : CLAP
9
Jack up : HIKE
10
Land, building or machine : ASSET
11
NASA spacecraft orbiting Jupiter : JUNOPROBE
12
Beginning : ASOF
13
___ ball : NERF
18
Text message status : SENT
22
Good soil : LOAM
25
Labrador retriever or Alaskan malamute, notably : SHEDDER
28
Lose one's cool : RAGE
29
In ___ (embryonic) : OVO
30
Individually : PER
32
Like much of Chile : ARID
33
Agrees to "make things interesting" : BETS
34
Goblet feature : STEM
35
Visitor to King Mongkut : ANNA
36
The Aggies of the N.C.A.A. : UTAHSTATE
38
Bank : RELY
41
Discontinued : OLD
42
Abstract Expressionist Krasner : LEE
45
Helpful thing to have on hand? : MITT
47
Perfumer's extract : ESSENCE
50
River to the Dead Sea : JORDAN
51
Going "Wow, wow, wow!" : AWED
53
___ clam (mollusk found off the coast of California) : PISMO
56
Typesetters' measures : PICAS
57
Javelin, e.g. : EVENT
58
Mints with Retsyn : CERTS
59
Its beaches begin five answers in this puzzle : DDAY
60
"There was a time ..." : ONCE
61
Still life subject : EWER
62
Some retina cells : RODS
64
Closing credits heading : CAST
67
Feature on a Spanish map : RIO

Answer summary: 5 unique to this puzzle, 1 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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