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New York Times, Monday, June 8, 2015

Author:
Peter A. Collins
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Peter A. Collins

This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 78, Blocks: 34 Missing: {BKQZ} This is puzzle # 88 for Mr. Collins. NYT links: Across Lite PDF
Peter A. Collins notes:
MAN movies. There certainly are a lot of them. I restricted myself to films with titles that go ____ MAN -– no hyphen (sorry, ... read more

MAN movies. There certainly are a lot of them. I restricted myself to films with titles that go ____ MAN -– no hyphen (sorry, Spider-Man), and no leading "The" (like The Omega Man).

Now I need a volunteer to build a similar puzzle around film titles that go AMERICAN ___. Off the top of my head you've got PSYCHO, HISTORY X, SNIPER, BEAUTY, GRAFFITI, and GIGOLO to start building around.

Any takers?

Jeff Chen notes:
MAN oh MAN, eight words which form a movie title when followed by MAN. Well, seven words and one phrase. That felt a bit like 'one of ... read more

MAN oh MAN, eight words which form a movie title when followed by MAN. Well, seven words and one phrase. That felt a bit like "one of these is not like the others," but the I LOVE YOU to I LOVE YOU, MAN is a fun transformation. Good stuff.

Forms an attractive stripey pattern of gray in the grid, too. Aesthetically pleasing; a monochrome crossword flag of sorts.

Hadn't heard of this one, but now I'll have to see it! What an all-star cast.

Stuffing eight themers into a 15x grid is tough, even if those themers are short. Trouble is that so many down answers must cross two themers, thus forcing constraints all throughout the grid. The only place that has any real flexibility is the very middle — and that's a pretty small section.

It does help that Pete chose four themers of length = 4, which meant that he could swap them around. Without any required sequence (alphabetical, chronological, etc.), REPO could easily have gone in any of those four theme slots. It could have easily have moved up or down one row, too — a lot of flexibility, indeed.

Having short theme answers makes for another difficulty: in order to stay under the 78 word maximum, you need some long entries in the grid, so in this case, long fill is not just a nicety but a requirement. I really like what Pete did in the upper left, with DONE DEAL next to SIDE ORDER; both snappy entries, with a pretty smooth result. Must have taken many attempts, perhaps trying IRON or REPO or RAIN where DEAD is.

The opposite corner came out not quite as nice, requiring OONA, FOR I, ENS and INSP to make it work. Now, if only OONA Chaplin got a starring role somewhere ...

Overall, I would have liked a bigger revealing punch than "word that can follow X," but it is pretty neat that they're all movie titles. It's just too bad that there's not something more lively for a revealer. Is MAN, WHAT AN ENDING! a real thing? Well, it should be.

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Across
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Pill bottle contents, informally : MEDS
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City across the bay from St. Petersburg : TAMPA
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Lose in a dice game, with "out" : CRAP
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Mine, in Marseille : AMOI
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Adage : AXIOM
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Seizure in a driveway, maybe : REPO
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Glass slipper wearer in a fairy tale : CINDERELLA
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"Oh, were it not so!" : ALAS
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Control the wheel : STEER
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___-mo replay : SLO
22
Les ___-Unis : ETATS
23
Pugs and poodles : DOGS
25
Valentine's Day message : ILOVEYOU
27
Illegal substance for athletes : STEROID
30
(5 x 3) - (7 x 2) = ? : ONE
31
Personal ad abbr. : SWM
32
Out of juice, as a battery : DEAD
33
Mexican city across the border from San Diego : TIJUANA
36
Witch trials city : SALEM
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Word that follows each shaded answer to complete a film title : MAN
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Roofing material : SLATE
43
Cake batter ingredients : RAWEGGS
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Fe, in chemistry : IRON
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Nile snake : ASP
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Took part in a 53-Across : RAN
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Special ___ (movie budget expense) : EFFECTS
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26-mile race : MARATHON
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Actress Chaplin of "Game of Thrones" : OONA
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Nail file material : EMERY
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Brewery container : VAT
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Half-diameters : RADII
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Alaskan city on the Seward Peninsula : NOME
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Job done with a wrecking ball : DEMOLITION
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Drought ender : RAIN
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Last Oldsmobile model : ALERO
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Has supper : EATS
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On the ocean : ASEA
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Windows forerunner : MSDOS
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"___, crackle, pop" : SNAP
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Non-Windows computers : MACS
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Give off : EMIT
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Fait accompli : DONEDEAL
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Fries or coleslaw, typically : SIDEORDER
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Roofing material : TAR
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x and y, on a graph : AXES
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Prefix with liter : MILLI
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Noted watering hole in Beverly Hills : POLOLOUNGE
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Grp. of docs : AMA
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Container for oranges : CRATE
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Track races with legs : RELAYS
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Judd who directed "Knocked Up" : APATOW
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Play ___ (feign sleep) : POSSUM
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Therefore : ERGO
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2, 4, 6, 8, etc. : EVENS
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Canine command : SIT
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Bon Jovi's "Livin' ___ Prayer" : ONA
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Radical '60s org. : SDS
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Tetley product : TEA
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Old pulp reading : DIMENOVELS
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Pricey sports car, informally : JAG
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Estranges : ALIENATES
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Country crooner Robbins : MARTY
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Peaceful, as the simple rural life : ARCADIAN
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Preschooler : TOT
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Rank above midshipman: Abbr. : ENS
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Baby's cry : WAH
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Bay Area airport inits. : SFO
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Egyptian king of the gods : AMENRA
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Coconut-flaked Girl Scout cookies : SAMOAS
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Incubator baby, informally : PREMIE
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"Forgive me, Father, ___ have sinned" : FORI
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Big rock concert venue : ARENA
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Appointed : NAMED
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Bullfight bull : TORO
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Tiny bit : IOTA
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Police rank: Abbr. : INSP
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Beaver's construction : DAM
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The "L" in L.A. : LOS

Answer summary: 2 unique to this puzzle, 3 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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