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New York Times, Monday, July 13, 2015

Author: Zhouqin Burnikel
Editor: Will Shortz
Zhouqin Burnikel
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This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 78, Blocks: 36 Missing: {JQXZ} Spans: 2 This is puzzle # 18 for Ms. Burnikel. NYT links: Across Lite PDF

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Jeff Chen notes: FACEBOOK BUTTONS hidden today, with LIKE, COMMENT, and SHARE in disguise. I particularly liked COMMENT CA VA? ('comment' is French ... more
Jeff Chen notes:

FACEBOOK BUTTONS hidden today, with LIKE, COMMENT, and SHARE in disguise. I particularly liked COMMENT CA VA? ("comment" is French for "how") although I can imagine people with no French background will be baffled.

Is that a newsboy smoking? Different times ...

LIKE WHITE ON RICE made me giggle. If you Google "is like white on rice racist" you get a wide range of opinions. Personally, I think there's no problem with it, but it amuses me to see people squirm. Reminds me of when I pull the ol' ALL US ASIANS LOOK ALIKE, DO WE? bit when people tell me that my brother and I look alike (we're identical twins).

C.C. has developed into a very good constructor, usually integrating at least four pieces of interesting long fill in her puzzles. I usually admire the new entries she adds to the lexicon. Today, I enjoyed LAKE GENEVA and ALMOND ROCA, but I would have liked another set of long downs, perhaps in the upper right and lower left. NEWSBOY and SUNSETS are pretty good — especially when you evoke imagery of an old timey "Extra! Extra!" crier — but you can usually do so much more with an 8+ letter slot than with a 7-letter one.

I liked how well CC chose her mid-length fill, sticking it to Facebook with some TWEETS. And I love how PEORIA has been immortalized, stemming all the way back to Horatio Alger, Jr.'s "Five Hundred Dollars" ... first published in 1890. How cool would it be to have one of your lines repeated for all time?

Generally a clean grid; what I'd expect out of a 78-word puzzle — really not much standing out as gluey fill besides the minor SST and STD. I do wish Cheri OTERI would get a starring role already so I'd feel perfectly fine using her in grids.

Fun idea to camouflage these Facebook terms.

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© 2015, The New York TimesNo. 0713 ( 23,988 )
Across Down
1. Folk legend Guthrie : ARLO
5. "Moby-Dick" captain : AHAB
9. Between-meals bite : SNACK
14. Jacket : COAT
15. "I bet you won't dive off the high board with your eyes closed," e.g. : DARE
16. Supermodel Kate : UPTON
17. As close as close can be : LIKEWHITEONRICE
20. Log-in info : USERID
21. LG and RCA products : TVS
22. Shoe's end : TOE
23. Manager Hodges of the Amazin' Mets : GIL
24. Actress Brennan of "Private Benjamin" : EILEEN
27. Goalie's jersey number, often : ONE
29. "How's it going?," in Paris : COMMENTCAVA
34. Mafia V.I.P. : DON
35. Dog in "Garfield" : ODIE
36. Place to get a perm : SALON
37. Underground metals : ORES
39. Comedy's counterpart : DRAMA
42. In the center of : AMID
43. Baltimore footballer : RAVEN
45. California wine valley : NAPA
47. World Cup cry : OLE
48. Stock quotes : SHAREPRICES
51. Rapper with a Harvard hip-hop fellowship named in his honor : NAS
52. 140-character messages : TWEETS
53. Part of E.S.T.: Abbr. : STD
55. "Thar ___ blows!" : SHE
58. Bygone cross-Atlantic jet, for short : SST
59. "Will it play in ___?" : PEORIA
62. What the first words in 17-, 29- and 48-Across are : FACEBOOKBUTTONS
66. Instagram posting : PHOTO
67. Derrière : REAR
68. It follows a curtain-opening : ACTI
69. Hunky-dory : DANDY
70. Domesticated : TAME
71. Where Vientiane is the capital : LAOS
1. Grp. that heralded Edward Snowden as a patriot : ACLU
2. French kings : ROIS
3. Body of water on the French/Swiss border : LAKEGENEVA
4. Former "S.N.L." regular Cheri : OTERI
5. Adderall target, for short : ADHD
6. Japanese for "yes" : HAI
7. Paintings, e.g. : ART
8. Classic VW : BEETLE
9. Beautiful sights at dusk : SUNSETS
10. Broadcaster that relies on listener contributions : NPR
11. Going ___ (fighting) : ATIT
12. Designer Chanel : COCO
13. Banjo's place in "Oh! Susanna" : KNEE
18. "Consider it done" : WILCO
19. Pizzeria fixture : OVEN
24. Kuwaiti leader : EMIR
25. "Seriously!" : IMEANIT
26. Sports org. with divisions I, II and III : NCAA
27. Nose wrinklers : ODORS
28. TV journalist O'Donnell : NORAH
30. Strange : ODD
31. Popular chocolate-covered toffee : ALMONDROCA
32. Exclamation often following "Et" : VOILA
33. Range through Chile : ANDES
38. "American Progress" muralist : SERT
40. Alternatives to PCs : MACS
41. Gibbon, e.g. : APE
44. Old-time crier of "Extra! Extra!" : NEWSBOY
46. Something positive on the balance sheet : ASSET
49. Mexican money : PESO
50. Comeback : RETORT
54. Sum : TOTAL
55. Bay Area law force inits. : SFPD
56. Audible "LOL" : HAHA
57. Supply-and-demand subj. : ECON
59. Unsullied : PURE
60. Wild about : INTO
61. Yard sale caveat : ASIS
63. When a plane is due to take off, for short : ETD
64. Hawaii's Mauna ___ volcano : KEA
65. Crash sound : BAM

Answer summary: 5 unique to this puzzle.

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