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New York Times, Friday, June 9, 2017

Author:
Steve Overton
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Steve Overton

This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 70, Blocks: 30 Missing: {JQ} This is puzzle # 2 for Mr. Overton. NYT links: Across Lite PDF
Steve Overton notes:
Greetings, solvers. Just a bit of snarky, frivolous, late-week fun. Never seen the phrase YOUR OTHER LEFT in a crossword before, felt ... read more

Greetings, solvers. Just a bit of snarky, frivolous, late-week fun. Never seen the phrase YOUR OTHER LEFT in a crossword before, felt compelled to rectify that. Got a couple of yuks out of this one, hope you did too (I'd feel silly laughing by myself).

Have a great weekend, everyone.

Jeff Chen notes:
Great feature entry in YOUR OTHER LEFT. Hard to parse out, and such a fun clue: [Not right, sarcastically]. The wordplay around the ... read more

Great feature entry in YOUR OTHER LEFT. Hard to parse out, and such a fun clue: [Not right, sarcastically]. The wordplay around the word "right" was beautiful, misdirecting me toward the "correct" sense of the word "right." A WITT-y themeless seed (wish I thought of that).

Standard themeless layout, featuring four sets of stacked answers, one in each corner, and a diagonal of black squares from NE to SW helping to break things up. Newer constructors ought to give a pattern like this a shot; a good place to start.

It might not look like those NW and SE corners would be hard to fill, but they tend to be tricky. The black squares at the ends of YOUR OTHER LEFT turn out to be mighty helpful in filling those corners — in this type of themeless grid skeleton, I frequently use cheater squares positioned like this. Helps to produce cleaner and snazzier results.

And beautiful work in those corners! The NW is near PERFECTO, with just DAS as a minor dab of crossword glue, and DASH CAM / ENTER KEY and ME TARZAN standing out. The other corner wasn't quite as nice — TAIL ENDS didn't shine as well for me — but with OXICLEAN and NO SWEAT, it also felt polished.

Not as polished-feeling were the other two corners. Not surprising, given the fact that they both have to "turn the corner," i.e. SHAGUAR / ANACONDA / WASH DOWN have to intersect RANTED / ADWARE / UNODOS. I don't mind DAT, as I like the New Orleans Saints' WHO DAT! cry, but UNO DOS is a puzzle-killer for me. Yes, it's linked to TRES up top, but UNO DOS is essentially a six-letter partial that can't be saved in this constructor's eyes.

I do think CARTE crossing HASTA is fair, since "A la CARTE" and "Hasta la vista, baby!" are well-known enough. But toss in LUZON, and it feels not as smooth as it could have been.

I also wondered about the SHAGUAR. I loved the Austin Powers movies, but it was depressing to see that the first one is 20 years old now. Twenty. TWENTY. Well, I feel old now. I do think DR EVIL holds up well over time since he's an iconic character, but SHAGUAR feels on the fringe of crossworthiness. I wonder if it'll produce more smiles from solvers or groans.

But overall, some nice feature entries.

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Students & seniors
Across
1. Road movie producer? : DASHCAM
8. Brokerage famous for its "spokesbaby" : ETRADE
14. It'll give you a break : ENTERKEY
16. Movie villain modeled after Ernst Stavro Blofeld : DREVIL
17. "Nailed it!" : PERFECTO
18. Home of the Red Cross : GENEVA
19. Overplay a part : EMOTE
20. Fields of energy : AURAS
22. -1, for sine: Abbr. : MIN
23. Small drinks : NIPS
24. Unwelcome kind of message : ERROR
25. Terse refusal : CANT
26. "Was ist ___?" : DAS
27. Where Manila is : LUZON
28. Apple apparatus : CORER
29. Unit of brilliance? : CARAT
30. Aussie girl : SHEILA
31. Out for a week or two, say : AWAYONHOLIDAY
34. Tie-ups : SNARLS
35. Flight attendants point them out : EXITS
36. Mañana preceder : HASTA
37. Hat features : BRIMS
38. Natl. Women's History Month : MAR
41. Really long : ACHE
42. Sweet, in scores : DOLCE
43. Story with many parts : SAGA
44. Mars, but not Earth : GOD
45. Long-distance call? : YODEL
46. Seltzer, e.g. : MIXER
47. With 9-Down, Spanish leaders? : UNODOS
49. Like "Roma," to Romans : FEMININE
51. It can dirty your Windows : ADWARE
52. Rears : TAILENDS
53. Fulminated : RANTED
54. "Easy peasy" : NOSWEAT
Down
1. Count (on) : DEPEND
2. Lack of oomph : ANEMIA
3. Razor sharpeners : STROPS
4. Weighs, in a way : HEFTS
5. Manitoba tribe : CREE
6. Lab grp. : AKC
7. Famous introduction that was never actually used : METARZAN
8. Mystery prize : EDGAR
9. See 47-Across : TRES
10. "Star Wars" villain Kylo ___ : REN
11. Mass number : AVEMARIA
12. From on high : DIVINELY
13. Korean compact : ELANTRA
15. Not right, sarcastically : YOUROTHERLEFT
21. Ginny's brother, in the Harry Potter books : RON
24. They may have images of Mozart and Cervantes : EUROS
25. Some University of Virginia undergrads in 1969, for the first time : COEDS
27. 1972 top 10 hit that ran for 7+ minutes : LAYLA
28. Markers : CHITS
29. Garçon's offering : CARTE
30. Snail trail : SLIME
31. Rain forest menace : ANACONDA
32. Chase with a drink : WASHDOWN
33. Household brand famous for its infomercials : OXICLEAN
34. Austin Powers's car with a portmanteau name : SHAGUAR
37. Dad ___ : BOD
38. Rep. Waters of California : MAXINE
39. Set of priorities : AGENDA
40. Like AB negative among blood types : RAREST
42. Treated, in a way : DOSED
43. Might : SINEW
45. Time long ago : YORE
46. Units of wire thickness : MILS
48. "Who ___?" : DAT
50. Italian possessive : MIO

Answer summary: 7 unique to this puzzle, 1 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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