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New York Times, Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Author:
Gary Cee
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Gary Cee

This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 16 Words: 81, Blocks: 38 Missing: {JQXZ} Spans: 1 This is puzzle # 25 for Mr. Cee. NYT links: Across Lite PDF
Gary Cee notes:
You don't usually see a repeated word in theme answers. Lucky for me, Will accepted this one. I hope solvers sing along. 25-Across is one of my ... read more

You don't usually see a repeated word in theme answers. Lucky for me, Will accepted this one. I hope solvers sing along. 25-Across is one of my all-time favorites.

I'm happy that Will kept my clue for MACYS, which I submitted in the past but was changed to "Parade organizer." (Made sense; it was for the Sunday puzzle before Thanksgiving.) I have a distinct memory of my sister turning to me in the back seat of my parents' car as soon as we spotted a billboard you could see from the Long Island Expressway. "There it is," Jeanne would say. "If you haven't seen Macy's, you haven't seen New York." As I remember, it was just one line of block type, all capital letters, across the top of a building in Queens. It left an impression.

My crossword app is still in development and hopefully will be out by August 1st.

Jeff Chen notes:
I have to admit, I was a bit worried, knowing about Gary's musical bent. Today he gives us five songs that start with DON'T, all clued as a ... read more

I have to admit, I was a bit worried, knowing about Gary's musical bent. Today he gives us five songs that start with DON'T, all clued as a plea, encouragement, etc. And I knew four of the five songs! I consider that a tremendous victory, given my kindergarten-level knowledge of pop music. More to the point, thank you Gary, for choosing songs that if I know them, most people probably will too. Big sigh of relief!

It still was difficult for me, in that while I know most of the songs, I couldn't tell you who sang them unless I had a million monkeys playing a million guitars. Even then I wouldn't be able to put Journey together with DONT STOP BELIEVIN. (But on the plus side, I would have a monkey army to do my bidding.) Anyhoo, perhaps cluing with a famous lyric would have been more memorable? I really enjoyed one of Gary's older puzzles for this reason. I dare you not to have fun when completing: "We gonna rock down to..."

The theme did feel a bit repetitive for me, given that after two themers I could automatically fill in the first word of the rest. Generally Will doesn't allow repeated words within a single crossword, so there usually needs to be a strong reason to do so. I like the change of pace. Perhaps only four themers would have felt less repetitive?

(That last sentence sounded less idiotic in my head.)

Man oh man was I stymied by RINGALEVIO. Even after reading the wikipedia entry, I still wouldn't know how to play. Perhaps this is something like Canadians not knowing DUCK DUCK GOOSE? Might it be a regional NYC thing I really should master? I'll get my monkey army working on that.

Assuming people do actually play RINGALEVIO, I liked Gary's execution. It's a rough job to fill a 11/12/15/12/11 grid. It actually helps to have a grid-spanning middle themer, as this gives you more flexibility in placing your black squares, so bravo to Gary for choosing this central entry. I would have expected many more gluey bits, but there's nothing that jumped out at me as I solved. Impressive given the degree of difficulty; a testament to Gary's skill.

Where I expected to see some roughness was between DONT BE CRUEL and DONT WORRY BABY, as there are so many down answers which must cross both themers. And I did have all sorts of trouble with PLUTON. I sort of enjoyed learning the word, but I would have really enjoyed it if it hadn't crossed TRAM, or TRAM had an easier clue. (I personally get TRAM / DRAM / DRAY all mixed up when it comes to mine vehicles.) In the opposite spot, I had a similar difficulty with DUMONT, but here I was really glad to have easy crossings. If it were a Monday, I might balk at the ETATS crossing, but NYT-readers probably ought to know Les Etats-Unis.

Now someone go write a song called DONT IGNORE ME OR FACE THE WRATH OF MY MONKEY ARMY. Hmm, that splits nicely into 14/14/14...

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© 2014, The New York TimesNo. 0701 ( 23,611 )
Across
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Dead as a doornail : KAPUT
6
Listings in a daily planner: Abbr. : APPTS
11
Marble ___ (London landmark) : ARCH
15
Justice Kagan : ELENA
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Book leaf : FOLIO
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Oscar winner Sorvino : MIRA
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Appeal from Elvis, 1956 : DONTBECRUEL
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Burden of proof : ONUS
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Prom attendee, typically : SENIOR
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Mine vehicle : TRAM
24
Clock-setting std. : GMT
25
Reassurance from the Beach Boys, 1964 : DONTWORRYBABY
29
"If you haven't seen ___, you haven't seen New York" (old ad slogan) : MACYS
32
Tennis star Mandlikova : HANA
33
Rapper ___ Wayne : LIL
34
Financial adviser's recommendation, in brief : IRA
35
___ Paul (classic guitar) : LES
36
Start liking : TAKETO
39
Encouragement from Journey, 1981 : DONTSTOPBELIEVIN
44
Impoverished : INNEED
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"Modern Family" network : ABC
46
Business monthly : INC
47
Bob Marley's "___ Love" : ONE
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Movie that introduced the line "Bond, James Bond" : DRNO
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Went up : AROSE
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Plea from the Human League, 1982 : DONTYOUWANTME
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Decline : EBB
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___ mater : ALMA
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Young travelers' crash site : HOSTEL
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Ray of light : BEAM
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Reproach from the Buckinghams, 1967 : DONTYOUCARE
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Capri or Wight : ISLE
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Art house film, often : INDIE
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Ward attendant : NURSE
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Relate : TELL
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Divisions politiques : ETATS
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Quizzes : TESTS
Down
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Sneaker brand : KEDS
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Sunburn relief : ALOE
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School founded by Ben Franklin : PENN
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Not neat : UNTIDY
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Iconoclasts break them : TABOOS
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Jaguars' grp. : AFC
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___ favor : POR
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Mass of crystallized magma : PLUTON
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___ del Fuego : TIERRA
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Certain renewable : SOLAR
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"I love," in Latin : AMO
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Game similar to hide-and-seek : RINGALEVIO
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Part of a path left by Hansel and Gretel : CRUMB
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Done in a rush : HASTY
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Seaside eagle : ERN
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Vietnam War locale : MYLAI
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Kojak's first name : THEO
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Insect with a stinger : WASP
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Ten-speed, e.g. : BIKE
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Skirt hemmed at the calf : MIDI
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Elvis's middle name : ARON
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Dive done with the arms around the knees : CANNONBALL
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Classic Ford : LTD
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Doting affection, briefly : TLC
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Quaint food containers : TINS
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Formerly : ONCE
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Collapsible shelter : TENT
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"It's been real!" : SEEYA
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Eric who played Nero in 2009's "Star Trek" : BANA
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Black, to poets : EBON
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Groucho foil Margaret ___ : DUMONT
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African country known as the Land of a Thousand Hills : RWANDA
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Bill line : AMOUNT
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Save from danger : RESCUE
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___ card : DEBIT
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Very heavy : OBESE
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Almost any doo-wop song : OLDIE
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However, for short : THO
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Sailors : TARS
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Formerly, in the past : ERST
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Some jeans : LEES
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Brooks who has won an Oscar, Emmy, Grammy and Tony : MEL
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Small bird : TIT
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"I'm game" : YES

Answer summary: 5 unique to this puzzle.

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