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New York Times, Monday, July 24, 2017

Author: Peter Gordon
Editor: Will Shortz
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Peter Gordon

This puzzle:

Rows: 16, Columns: 15 Words: 79, Blocks: 38 Missing: {JQ} Spans: 1 Grid has mirror symmetry. This is puzzle # 101 for Mr. Gordon. NYT links: Across Lite PDF
Jeff Chen notes: Rhyming phrases today — at least that's what I first thought. There's another layer to the theme, which is great since rhyming ... more
Jeff Chen notes:

Rhyming phrases today — at least that's what I first thought. There's another layer to the theme, which is great since rhyming puzzles have been done to death. Neat that the first four letters of each themer match the last four … and in the case of OODLES OF NOODLES, the first SIX match the last. Interesting finds.

Mirror (left-right) symmetry can be a lifesaver. Imagine you find some great phrases forming a tight, consistent theme … but their lengths don't pair up. It's such a frustrating experience. Mirror symmetry won't always save you, but it can work wonders if you have unmatched themers with odd-numbered lengths. Today's 15 / 11 / 11 / 11 pattern of themer lengths makes for a great mirror symmetry layout.

With early-week puzzles, I sometimes hardly pause to think about the theme as I fill in the grid. I liked that today's concept forced me to spell EVEL KNIEVEL correctly — hopefully no more spelling it as KNEIVEL from now on!

But even with two little kids, ABBY CADABBY didn't come easy. In fact, it came wrong, as ABBY CASABBY, giving me the first error I've had in a Monday puzzle in ages. Doesn't [Regard] sort of fit both DEEM and SEEM? SEEM, sort of as in "appear to be," which sort of SEEMs like "regard"?

Okay, there were a lot of "sort of" qualifiers in there, so it's probably on me instead of on the puzzle. Still, I wonder if others will make this frustrating mistake.

A couple of AMO and TOK dabs of crossword glue, but as always, Peter produces a quality grid. AIR TRAVEL and EVEN PAR make for some nice bonuses, too. I've never been to SHEBOYGAN, but it's so much fun to say (okay, I'm easily amused).

I did wonder about SLABBING--so odd in verb usage. It does have dictionary support, but … hmm.

I like puzzles featuring interesting letter patterns. I wish this one had less of a rhyme-y feel to it, but still, OODLES OF NOODLES is a great phrase. Marketing genius right there!

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© 2017, The New York TimesNo. 0724 ( 24,730 )
Across Down
1. Green condiment served with sushi : WASABI
7. Hyphen's longer cousin : ENDASH
13. Boxer George who lost the Rumble in the Jungle : FOREMAN
14. Excessively praised : VAUNTED
16. Brand of pasta : RONZONI
17. What golfers with equal numbers of squares and circles on their scorecards shoot : EVENPAR
18. "So that's your trick!" : OHO
19. Took the wrong way? : STOLE
21. "Exodus" hero : ARI
22. Parceled (out) : DOLED
25. "TiK ___" (Ke$ha hit) : TOK
26. Effect's counterpart : CAUSE
28. Ramen product : OODLESOFNOODLES
31. Stream : FLOW
32. Overnight lodges : INNS
33. Split-___ soup : PEA
36. Ouzo flavoring : ANISEED
38. "Thar ___ blows!" : SHE
41. Churchgoers, collectively : LAITY
43. Mo. when daylight saving time ends : NOV
44. Milo of "The Verdict" : OSHEA
46. Taj Mahal city : AGRA
47. Helped : AIDED
49. Fisheye or zoom : LENS
50. Buyer's bottom line : NETCOST
52. Former full-size Buick : LESABRE
54. Mistakes : ERRORS
55. N'awlins sandwiches : POBOYS
56. "Sesame Street" Muppet with wings and a magic wand : ABBYCADABBY
60. Donated : GAVE
62. Less common : RARER
63. Punk rock's ___ Pop : IGGY
66. Figure skating jump : AXEL
67. Small bit of land in the ocean : ISLET
68. Back of the neck : NAPE
69. Shout : YELL
70. Molecule components : ATOMS
71. Annoying insect : GNAT
1. Celebratory shout : WOOHOO
2. ___ Palmer (drink made with lemonade and iced tea) : ARNOLD
3. "Oh, yeah? ___ who?" : SEZ
4. I love, in Latin : AMO
5. Prohibits : BANS
6. Competing with the goal of victory : INITTOWINIT
7. Daredevil in the Motorcycle Hall of Fame : EVELKNIEVEL
8. Church area : NAVE
9. "With all ___ respect ..." : DUE
10. Clothing retailer ___ Taylor : ANN
11. Capital of Minnesota : STPAUL
12. Opposite of a life coach? : HEARSE
13. Hobbit played by Elijah Wood : FRODO
15. Helps with the dishes : DRIES
20. Sound that a punch in the gut elicits : OOF
23. North Pole worker : ELF
24. Postpone : DELAY
26. Alternative to a co-op : CONDO
27. Commercials : ADS
29. Male delivery : SON
30. Pi's first digit after the decimal : ONE
33. Carpentry tool : PLANE
34. Rarin' to go : EAGER
35. Business for Delta or Southwest : AIRTRAVEL
37. Lawn section : SOD
38. Wisconsin city on Lake Michigan : SHEBOYGAN
39. Fonda or Ford : HENRY
40. Facilitates : EASES
42. Fast-food chain with the slogan "Live más" : TACOBELL
45. Applying thickly, with "on" : SLABBING
47. Ancient kingdom whose capital was Nineveh : ASSYRIA
48. Leaves : DEPARTS
51. Sphere : ORB
53. Have a bawl : SOB
57. Playbill listing : CAST
58. Folk singer Guthrie : ARLO
59. Regard : DEEM
60. The "G" of L.G.B.T. : GAY
61. Firefighter's tool : AXE
64. High no. for a valedictorian : GPA
65. Nevertheless : YET

Answer summary: 4 unique to this puzzle, 1 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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