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New York Times, Monday, July 13, 2015

Author:
Zhouqin Burnikel
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Zhouqin Burnikel

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

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
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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
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Supermodel Kate : UPTON
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As close as close can be : LIKEWHITEONRICE
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Log-in info : USERID
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LG and RCA products : TVS
22
Shoe's end : TOE
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Manager Hodges of the Amazin' Mets : GIL
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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
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Dog in "Garfield" : ODIE
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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
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Stock quotes : SHAREPRICES
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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
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Bygone cross-Atlantic jet, for short : SST
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"Will it play in ___?" : PEORIA
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What the first words in 17-, 29- and 48-Across are : FACEBOOKBUTTONS
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Instagram posting : PHOTO
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Derrière : REAR
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It follows a curtain-opening : ACTI
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Hunky-dory : DANDY
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Domesticated : TAME
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Where Vientiane is the capital : LAOS
Down
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Grp. that heralded Edward Snowden as a patriot : ACLU
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French kings : ROIS
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Body of water on the French/Swiss border : LAKEGENEVA
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Former "S.N.L." regular Cheri : OTERI
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Adderall target, for short : ADHD
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Japanese for "yes" : HAI
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Paintings, e.g. : ART
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Classic VW : BEETLE
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Beautiful sights at dusk : SUNSETS
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Broadcaster that relies on listener contributions : NPR
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Going ___ (fighting) : ATIT
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Designer Chanel : COCO
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Banjo's place in "Oh! Susanna" : KNEE
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"Consider it done" : WILCO
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Pizzeria fixture : OVEN
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Kuwaiti leader : EMIR
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"Seriously!" : IMEANIT
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Sports org. with divisions I, II and III : NCAA
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Nose wrinklers : ODORS
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TV journalist O'Donnell : NORAH
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Strange : ODD
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Popular chocolate-covered toffee : ALMONDROCA
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Exclamation often following "Et" : VOILA
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Range through Chile : ANDES
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"American Progress" muralist : SERT
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Alternatives to PCs : MACS
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Gibbon, e.g. : APE
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Old-time crier of "Extra! Extra!" : NEWSBOY
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Something positive on the balance sheet : ASSET
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Mexican money : PESO
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Comeback : RETORT
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Sum : TOTAL
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Bay Area law force inits. : SFPD
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Audible "LOL" : HAHA
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Supply-and-demand subj. : ECON
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Unsullied : PURE
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Wild about : INTO
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Yard sale caveat : ASIS
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When a plane is due to take off, for short : ETD
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Hawaii's Mauna ___ volcano : KEA
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Crash sound : BAM

Answer summary: 5 unique to this puzzle.

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