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New York Times, Monday, July 10, 2017

Author: Timothy Polin
Editor: Will Shortz
Timothy Polin
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This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 74, Blocks: 34 Missing: {FJQZ} Spans: 2 This is puzzle # 39 for Mr. Polin. NYT links: Across Lite PDF
Jeff Chen notes: WORLD PEACE interpreted as 'words across the globe meaning PEACE' — neat idea! The concept was well disguised; I didn't see the ... more
Jeff Chen notes:

WORLD PEACE interpreted as "words across the globe meaning PEACE" — neat idea! The concept was well disguised; I didn't see the revealer coming. Made for a good a-ha moment.

PAX ROMANA was the obvious one for me, as that probably should be familiar to educated solvers. And I knew MIR is Russian for PEACE, since that comes up in crossword clues frequently. SHALOM … I think I've heard that before from a Jewish friend of mine, in the "peace be with you" sense.

ALOHA was the only source of confusion for me. Doesn't it mean "hello" and "goodbye"? It also means PEACE? Apparently, it means many things, encompassing affection and mercy too. What a versatile word! It would have been nice to get another themer with a more specific PEACE meaning, but ALOHA does work.

Tim does so well with his bonus fill. I wasn't sure that ECOCARS is a term in real-life use, but Google proves me (very) wrong. Not the first or the last time! I enjoyed getting BALI HAI, ORIGAMI, TAIWAN (my mom will dispute the clue, [Disputed island …], but don't get her started unless you have 50 or so hours to kill). I was surprised to see SCREW IT in the NYT, but I love it.

Great DAY clue, too — who knew that a DAY on Venus is longer than a year? That means … the planet rotates around its axis very, very slowly? (I didn't have to look that up on Wikipedia. Okay, maybe I did.)

Excellent craftsmanship on this one (although I'm giving you the stink-eye, CHOICER). If all the connections to PEACE had been a little stronger for me, this would have gotten the POW!

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© 2017, The New York TimesNo. 0710 ( 24,716 )
Across Down
1. Emancipation Proclamation prez : ABE
4. One of the senses : TOUCH
9. Sound from a would-be test cheater : PSST
13. Apple computers : MACS
15. Ancient land in Asia Minor : IONIA
16. The Bruins of the N.C.A.A. : UCLA
17. Colorful top often worn with a lei : ALOHASHIRT
19. ___ and cons : PROS
20. "Attack, Bowser!" : SICEM
21. Part of a grove : TREE
23. Night of anticipation : EVE
24. Tel Aviv skyscraper that was the first to be built in the Mideast : SHALOMMEIRTOWER
28. ___-splitting (really loud) : EAR
29. ___ de Janeiro : RIO
30. Holy sanctuary : SHRINE
31. "Absolutely, amigo!" : SISI
33. Yep's opposite : NOPE
36. Played a part : ACTED
37. Long, tranquil period ushered in by the emperor Augustus : PAXROMANA
40. "That's a shame" : SOSAD
43. Roasting rod : SPIT
44. Fire, as from a job : SACK
48. Kit that may include colored pencils and a stencil : ARTSET
50. ___-tac-toe : TIC
52. "That's all ___ wrote" : SHE
53. Orbiter from 1986 to 2001 : MIRSPACESTATION
57. Links org. : PGA
58. Grow weary : TIRE
59. Sticky secretion : RESIN
60. Paying close attention : RAPT
62. Ancient dream of humanity that's hinted at by the starts of 17-, 24-, 37- and 53-Across (in Hawaiian, Hebrew, Latin and Russian, respectively) : WORLDPEACE
65. "Lucky Jim" author Kingsley : AMIS
66. California's Santa ___ Derby : ANITA
67. Went kaput : DIED
68. Where dirty dishes pile up : SINK
69. Impoverished : NEEDY
70. Help with the dishwashing, say : DRY
1. Accumulates : AMASSES
2. "South Pacific" show tune : BALIHAI
3. Fuel-efficient vehicles : ECOCARS
4. "___ the season ..." : TIS
5. "___-la-la!" : OOH
6. Bring together : UNITE
7. High, wispy clouds : CIRRI
8. Critics who can't be pleased : HATERS
9. Kitten : cat :: ___ : dog : PUP
10. "Oh darn, I give up!" : SCREWIT
11. Ljubljana resident : SLOVENE
12. Used a stun gun on : TASERED
14. Poet/illustrator Silverstein : SHEL
18. God of love : AMOR
22. Joel Coen's filmmaking brother : ETHAN
25. Coquette : MINX
26. British wastelands : MOORS
27. Killer whales : ORCAS
32. Bridge declaration when not bidding : IPASS
34. Partner of Snap and Crackle : POP
35. Gives off, as light : EMITS
38. Skilled : ADEPT
39. Going ___ (fighting) : ATIT
40. Pete with seven Wimbledon championships : SAMPRAS
41. Paper-folding craft : ORIGAMI
42. Put on one's seat belt : STRAPIN
45. "Let me reiterate ..." : ASISAID
46. Finer in quality : CHOICER
47. Defeater of Nixon in 1960 : KENNEDY
49. Disputed island in the China Sea : TAIWAN
51. Incessantly complain : CARP
54. Witch : CRONE
55. Shiver-inducing : EERIE
56. Ticked (off) : TEED
61. "For shame!" : TSK
63. Inc., in England : LTD
64. Period on Venus that's longer than a year on Venus (!) : DAY

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