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New York Times, Friday, June 8, 2018

Author: Caleb Madison
Editor: Will Shortz
Caleb Madison
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Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 68, Blocks: 33 Missing: {JQVX} This is puzzle # 34 for Mr. Madison. NYT links: Across Lite PDF
Jeff Chen notes: I generally like the younger vibe of Caleb's puzzles. I don't always know what all his entries are or mean or even how to pronounce ... more
Jeff Chen notes:

I generally like the younger vibe of Caleb's puzzles. I don't always know what all his entries are or mean or even how to pronounce them, so when I do, I feel like I'm hip!

Saying I'm hip probably means I'm not.

Drat.

If I were Will, I might have given Caleb this reply to his submission:

"So much to love in this grid! TRANSGENDER / PIANO SONATA / YOGA PANTS / GINORMOUS makes for a fantastic central skeleton. Kicking it off with BEATS BY DRE, and ending with GO COMMANDO, along with COKE ZERO and CINNABON in the other corners – this is nearly a slam-dunk yes.

I might let ELOI slide, but the ugly variant EGIS crossing RETIME, along with SSR and SSE? Can you take another crack at least the south region and resubmit?"

What an odd clue in LEI as Romanian currency. It's technically correct, as the LEU is singular and LEI plural. I guess the editorial team got tired of flower necklaces? I'd much rather have a tired clue than a bizarre one like this.

Thankfully, to make up for it, there was an absolutely A+ clue in [Stone that's cast]. That's EMMA Stone cast in a movie, not a stone cast Biblically. I'm hip to that!

Right. Not at all hip. Double drat.

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© 2018, The New York TimesNo. 0608 ( 25,049 )
Across Down
1. Brand of headphones : BEATSBYDRE
11. Sellers of buckets : KFCS
15. Brought about : OCCASIONED
16. Smooth : IRON
17. Annual fashion event since 1948 : THEMETGALA
18. ___ torch : TIKI
19. Put in the trash : TOSS
20. One hanging around in a deli? : SALAMI
22. Queen Elizabeth spells her name with one : ZED
23. Romanian currency units : LEI
24. Use Venmo, say : PAY
25. Mozart's "Le ___ di Figaro" : NOZZE
27. Imprecise stats: Abbr. : ESTS
29. File folder part : TAB
30. One taking a survey : POLLER
31. Taking on a new identity, in a way : TRANSGENDER
34. Once-standard subject no longer taught in most schools : SCRIPT
36. "That must be the case" : ITISSO
37. One of 32 for Beethoven : PIANOSONATA
39. Harmless : BENIGN
40. Daytime star : SOL
41. Temper tantrum outbursts : WAHS
45. To whom "Matchmaker, Matchmaker" is sung : YENTE
46. Abbr. on old Eurasian maps : SSR
47. Play-___ : DOH
48. Health abbr. : RDA
49. Measure the length of again : RETIME
52. Game in which it's illegal to play left-handed : POLO
53. Crushed cacao beans used to make chocolate : NIBS
55. Leave one's drawers in the drawer, say : GOCOMMANDO
57. Posthuman race of literature : ELOI
58. Secret society invoked in many conspiracy theories : ILLUMINATI
59. Match up : SYNC
60. Participates in combat : SEESACTION
1. Fifth place? : BOTTLE
2. Offers a similar opinion to : ECHOES
3. Nails a test : ACESIT
4. Hats in the Highlands : TAMS
5. Navigation abbr. : SSE
6. Parts of an "S.N.L." audition : BITS
7. Athleisure wear : YOGAPANTS
8. Police department resources : DNALABS
9. Something no one person can run : RELAY
10. Eponymous Dutch town : EDAM
11. Baby skunk : KIT
12. Makes curly : FRIZZLES
13. Soda debut of 2005 : COKEZERO
14. Baseball Hall-of-Famer Duke : SNIDER
21. Privy to a practical joke, say : INONIT
26. "Don't count your chickens before they hatch," e.g. : OLDSAW
28. Tough situation : STRAIT
29. Something to do to a shoulder or the brakes : TAPON
30. Corolla part : PETAL
32. Someone who's really too good to be competing : RINGER
33. Hu-u-uge : GINORMOUS
34. With alacrity : SPEEDILY
35. Seller of calorific pastries : CINNABON
38. Anvil, hammer or stirrup : OSSICLE
39. James F. ___, Truman secretary of state : BYRNES
42. God, in Hebrew : ADONAI
43. Maintain, as standards : HOLDTO
44. Sure winner : SHOOIN
46. Fancy wrap : STOLE
50. Protection: Var. : EGIS
51. Stone that's cast : EMMA
52. Gasp : PANT
54. Word usually written in brackets : SIC
56. ___ drop : MIC

Answer summary: 6 unique to this puzzle, 4 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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