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New York Times, Monday, July 18, 2016

Author: Jacob Stulberg
Editor: Will Shortz
Jacob Stulberg
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This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 76, Blocks: 36 Missing: {FJQXZ} This is puzzle # 12 for Mr. Stulberg. NYT links: Across Lite PDF

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Jacob Stulberg notes: Delighted to be making my Monday NYT debut! Among this puzzle's original clues: 'Driving range?' for ROADWAY, 'Event for those ... more
Jacob Stulberg notes:

Delighted to be making my Monday NYT debut! Among this puzzle's original clues: "Driving range?" for ROADWAY, "Event for those who know the ropes?" for REGATTA, and "Where many shots land" for BARS. Apologies to those who thought the Seinfeld character was named "Neuman" and wrote "DUI" at 61-Down. (Since partial phrases longer than five letters are generally frowned upon in crosswords, I chose not to clue 63-Across as "I feel like a ___!")

Jeff Chen notes: OP-ED COLUMN interpreted as 'entries hiding OPED within.' Nice touch to have them going downward … in the COLUMNs of the grid! ... more
Jeff Chen notes:

OP-ED COLUMN interpreted as "entries hiding OPED within." Nice touch to have them going downward … in the COLUMNs of the grid! I particularly liked HOPE DIAMOND, which has all sorts of lore associated with it. EUROPE DAY was interesting too — I had no idea that it was a thing, but I'd bet it's quite a bit more well-known in ... well, Europe.

Very nice grid, with some wide-open corners in the upper right and lower left. That allows Jacob to work in some entries Monday solvers probably haven't seen much of. There wasn't anything super exciting other than HAYRIDES, but it's pretty neat to come across a little COURAGE and SPRINTS. APPROVED!

I also like how much care and attention Jacob put into his short fill. It's not easy to work with five themers, especially when you have a middle one of 11-letters splitting the grid in half. But Jacob keeps everything very smooth. DWI is about the only gluey bit I could find, but that's a common enough acronym. Driving while intoxicated / driving while impaired / driving under the influence are confusing to keep straight ... as demonstrated by my getting the acronyms wrong in my first draft of this blog post (thanks for the catch, Kevin Loughrey and Jon Markman!)

I did find the puzzle more of a stop and start than a usual Monday, but that was more due to tougher vocabulary and names. That's okay with me as long as all the crossings are fair. Shirley EATON is pretty hard, and ODESSA isn't something beginning solvers will likely know. These both are common(ish) in later-week crosswords due to their friendly letter patterns, but it's really important that every crossing is gettable when they're in a Monday puzzle. Jacob does well in this regard.

Some nice mid-length fill in NEWMAN! OH STOP, COP CAR, SEA DOG. It's all worked in so smoothly.

PIANO PEDAL didn't hit my ear very well (don't you just call it a pedal?), and SLOPE DOWN is one of those less-interesting add-a-preposition phrases, so I didn't care for them as much as the colorful HOPE DIAMOND. A well-crafted puzzle though, with the added bonus of having those OPEDs all being within downward COLUMNs.

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© 2016, The New York TimesNo. 0718 ( 24,359 )
Across Down
1. Police vehicle : COPCAR
7. Vessel for slow cooking : STEWPAN
14. Baltimore ballplayer : ORIOLE
15. Bravery : COURAGE
16. Sailor, informally : SEADOG
17. Harvest festival events : HAYRIDES
18. Heavy weight : TON
19. Bond girl Shirley : EATON
21. Beginning : ONSET
22. "C'mon, quit it!" : OHSTOP
24. Fuel efficiency fig. : MPG
25. Mafia bigwig : CAPO
27. Snicker : TEEHEE
29. Workplaces for R.N.s : ORS
32. City on the Black Sea : ODESSA
34. Pulitzer-winning writer Maureen : DOWD
35. Dog, cat or maybe a parrot : PET
36. Professional on a catwalk : MODEL
37. With it : HIP
38. "All Day Strong. All Day Long" sloganeer : ALEVE
40. Glass of public radio : IRA
41. Ancient Greek theaters : ODEA
43. Assessed visually : EYEDUP
44. Animation frame : CEL
45. Pound repeatedly : PUMMEL
47. King toppers : ACES
48. Victory symbol with the fingers : VEE
49. Take too far : OVERDO
51. ___ on a true story : BASED
54. Scoundrel : KNAVE
55. TV screen option, in brief : LCD
58. O.K.'d : APPROVED
60. Survive : ENDURE
62. Surface to drive on : ROADWAY
63. Seinfeld's neighbor whose name is spoken as an epithet : NEWMAN
64. Short, quick runs : SPRINTS
65. Some playground equipment : SWINGS
1. Price : COST
2. Black-and-white cookie : OREO
3. One of three at the base of a Steinway : PIANOPEDAL
4. North Atlantic fish : COD
5. Succulent flowering plants : ALOES
6. Yachting competition : REGATTA
7. Make a digital image of : SCAN
8. Yo-yo or doll : TOY
9. Annual celebration when a 12-star flag may be flown : EUROPEDAY
10. Twist, as a wet towel : WRING
11. Cushions : PADS
12. Pulitzer-winning James : AGEE
13. Home composed of twigs : NEST
17. Large gem in the Smithsonian : HOPEDIAMOND
20. Body part with a nail : TOE
23. Extension from a fire truck : HOSE
24. Kitten's cry : MEW
25. Joke teller : COMIC
26. Love to bits : ADORE
28. Use a pogo stick : HOP
29. Place for airing an opinion ... or what five of this puzzle's Down answers contain? : OPEDCOLUMN
30. "Side by Side by Sondheim," e.g. : REVUE
31. Stairs : STEPS
33. Decline, as a ramp : SLOPEDOWN
37. ___ and haw : HEM
39. Pb, to a chemist : LEAD
42. Word before north or after payment : DUE
43. High dice rolls : ELEVENS
46. "Uncle Tom's Cabin" girl : EVA
48. "La Traviata" composer : VERDI
50. Extend, as a subscription : RENEW
51. Taverns : BARS
52. Each : APOP
53. Argue (with) : SPAR
54. Janitor's ringful : KEYS
56. Steep, rugged cliff : CRAG
57. Paneled rooms, maybe : DENS
59. Brewery container : VAT
61. Bad record for a motorist, for short : DWI

Answer summary: 6 unique to this puzzle, 1 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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