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New York Times, Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Author:
Michael S. Maurer and Pawel Fludzinski
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Pawel Fludzinski

This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 72, Blocks: 38 Missing: {JQXZ} Spans: 1 This is puzzle # 24 for Mr. Maurer. This is puzzle # 7 for Mr. Fludzinski. NYT links: Across Lite PDF
Constructor notes:
MICKEY: This puzzle is one of a number of collaborations between Pawel Fludzinski and me, both for the New York Times, the Los Angeles ... read more

MICKEY: This puzzle is one of a number of collaborations between Pawel Fludzinski and me, both for the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times and other publications. The idea probably arose at dinner one night. Pawel is a wine consumer. In our research, we found two toasts that I really liked, but they did not fit the theme of the puzzle. They are: "As you slide down the banister of life, may the splinters never face the wrong way" and "Everybody should believe in something — I believe I'll have another drink."

It is always a great experience to collaborate with Pawel. Although he is relatively new to the game, his constructions are masterful.

PAWEL: Mickey has been a terrific mentor as I entered the world of crossword construction a few years ago. I could not have gotten started without his help, support and encouragement, and what limited success I have enjoyed to date I owe to him. He is a true friend!

Jeff Chen notes:
DRINK DRINK DRINK! And then DRINK DRINK DRINK again! Mickey and Pawel pack six toasts into their grid. I was confused by the revealer, ... read more

DRINK DRINK DRINK! And then DRINK DRINK DRINK again! Mickey and Pawel pack six toasts into their grid. I was confused by the revealer, especially since there was no "when doubled" qualifier, to make a total of six instead of just three toasts. But who's counting?

Neat that they crossed TO YOUR HEALTH / L'CHAIM and DOWN THE HATCH / KANPAI, so fortuitous that this worked out. Opportunities like this don't come along often, so it's fun to see when the crossword gods shine down upon constructors.

The opposing viewpoint is that even if those intersections are possible, should they be used? I miscounted themers the first time through, glossing over L'CHAIM and KANPAI — placing two short themers vertically can mean that they blend into the fill. As neat as crossing themers can be, I might have preferred for all the themers to be horizontal, as they would have stood out better for me — maybe shifting L'CHAIM roughly to where CASINOS is.

The crossing answers also cause grid inflexibility, a bane for constructors. Check out the lower left — Mickey and Pawel do well to include a black square at the very corner, but still are forced to use ADONAI, a toughie. Along with KANPAI, it made for a crunchy experience for me. I wouldn't mind as much if there weren't already some SERIE / HOSP, EMAC / KCAR, ALER, etc. through the puzzle.

Speaking of SERIE / HOSP, it's so tough to bracket a region with two themers, like in the south. DOWN THE HATCH on top, PROST on the bottom ... it's no wonder a few dabs of crossword glue were necessary to hold things together. When a themer is on the bottom edge of the puzzle like PROST, you can't separate it from other themers using black squares — might have been better to jam PROST somewhere in the middle of the puzzle.

I've been to Japan maybe 20 times, done a lot of drinking. For the job! (It's super important to go out with business colleagues after work.) It still took me a while to recall KANPAI, though. (Then again, I did usually drink way too much …) Hopefully, KANPAI won't be the black sheep for solvers. I do think it's reasonable, but it did feel a little out of place.

That said, fun to get so many drinking exclamations. Made for a cozy — dare I say toast-y? — puzzle.

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© 2017, The New York TimesNo. 0719 ( 24,725 )
Across
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Speedway event : RACE
5
Spanish toast : SALUD
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Back muscle, for short : LAT
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One who's tight-lipped : CLAM
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It's just an excuse : ALIBI
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"Oh, quit your joshin'!" : CMON
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Supreme Court justices, e.g. : APPOINTEES
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Second-place finisher, famously : HARE
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Formal toast : TOYOURHEALTH
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Twenty-one places : CASINOS
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One with a long sentence : LIFER
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"___ Restaurant" (hit 1968 album) : ALICES
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Custardy dessert : TIRAMISU
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San ___, Italy : REMO
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Flare-up of crime? : ARSON
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Line from "The Student Prince" appropriate for this puzzle : DRINKDRINKDRINK
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Trio x 3 : NONET
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Early 2000s Apple product : EMAC
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Attempted to sell : MARKETED
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Bare-naked Lady : GODIVA
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10 out of 10 : IDEAL
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Kid's nighttime fear : MONSTER
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Informal toast : DOWNTHEHATCH
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Pic : SNAP
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Chubby : OVERWEIGHT
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"Gone With the Wind" setting : TARA
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Something to watch on la télé : SERIE
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Antidoping target, informally : ROID
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Uganda's Amin : IDI
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German toast : PROST
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A-1 : TOPS
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"Made for moments" sloganeer : RCA
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Yodeler's peak : ALP
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Partner of trade : CAP
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;-) or :-( : EMOTICON
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Some plasma TVs : SANYOS
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Descriptive of los Andes : ALTOS
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Stead : LIEU
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It has hundreds of thousands of drivers : UBER
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Satellite ___ : DISH
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Hebrew toast : LCHAIM
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Italy's ___ Coast : AMALFI
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Attorneys' favorite desserts? : TORTES
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Kind of jacket : NEHRU
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Actress Skye : IONE
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Savanna animal : ELAND
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Verify the age of, in a way : CARD
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Blue Jay but not Cardinal, for short : ALER
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___ Valley, Calif. : SIMI
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Handled, as a case : TRIED
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Ain't the way it should be? : ISNT
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Korean War soldier : ROK
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"Rule, Britannia" composer : ARNE
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Prepared to propose : KNELT
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Part of the cabinet that oversees hwys. : DOT
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Hold aside for a year, as a college athlete : REDSHIRT
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"You're lookin' at your guy" : IMIT
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Where the pews are : NAVE
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1980s Chrysler offering : KCAR
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Center : MIDST
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God, in the Torah : ADONAI
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Common poster headline : REWARD
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Japanese toast : KANPAI
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Went out in the rain, say : GOTWET
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Start of a fairy tale : ONCE
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Roger who set a home run record in 1961 : MARIS
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Institution often named for a saint: Abbr. : HOSP
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Penultimate word of a fairy tale : EVER
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War ace, e.g. : HERO
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Fake blood, e.g. : GOO
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Cool : HIP
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Gridiron highlights, for short : TDS

Answer summary: 3 unique to this puzzle.

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