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# New York Times, Monday, July 24, 2017

 Author: Peter Gordon Editor: Will Shortz
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## 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!

 1W 2A 3S 4A 5B 6I 7E 8N 9D 10A 11S 12H 13F O R E M A N 14V A U N T E 15D 16R O N Z O N I 17E V E N P A R 18O H O 19S T 20O L E 21A R I 22D O L 23E 24D 25T O K 26C 27A U S E 28O O D L E 29S O F N 30O O D L E S 31F L O W 32I N N S 33P 34E 35A 36A N I 37S E E D 38S 39H 40E 41L A I 42T Y 43N O V 44O 45S H E A 46A G R A 47A I D E 48D 49L E N S 50N E T C 51O S T 52L E 53S A B R E 54E R R O R S 55P O B O Y S 56A B B Y 57C 58A 59D A B B Y 60G 61A V E 62R A R E R 63I G 64G 65Y 66A X E L 67I S L E T 68N A P E 69Y E L L 70A T O M S 71G N A T
© 2017, The New York TimesNo. 0724 ( 24,730 )
 Across Down 1. Green condiment served with sushi : WASABI7. Hyphen's longer cousin : ENDASH13. Boxer George who lost the Rumble in the Jungle : FOREMAN14. Excessively praised : VAUNTED16. Brand of pasta : RONZONI17. What golfers with equal numbers of squares and circles on their scorecards shoot : EVENPAR18. "So that's your trick!" : OHO19. Took the wrong way? : STOLE21. "Exodus" hero : ARI22. Parceled (out) : DOLED25. "TiK ___" (Ke\$ha hit) : TOK26. Effect's counterpart : CAUSE28. Ramen product : OODLESOFNOODLES31. Stream : FLOW32. Overnight lodges : INNS33. Split-___ soup : PEA36. Ouzo flavoring : ANISEED38. "Thar ___ blows!" : SHE41. Churchgoers, collectively : LAITY43. Mo. when daylight saving time ends : NOV44. Milo of "The Verdict" : OSHEA46. Taj Mahal city : AGRA47. Helped : AIDED49. Fisheye or zoom : LENS50. Buyer's bottom line : NETCOST52. Former full-size Buick : LESABRE54. Mistakes : ERRORS55. N'awlins sandwiches : POBOYS56. "Sesame Street" Muppet with wings and a magic wand : ABBYCADABBY60. Donated : GAVE62. Less common : RARER63. Punk rock's ___ Pop : IGGY66. Figure skating jump : AXEL67. Small bit of land in the ocean : ISLET68. Back of the neck : NAPE69. Shout : YELL70. Molecule components : ATOMS71. Annoying insect : GNAT 1. Celebratory shout : WOOHOO2. ___ Palmer (drink made with lemonade and iced tea) : ARNOLD3. "Oh, yeah? ___ who?" : SEZ4. I love, in Latin : AMO5. Prohibits : BANS6. Competing with the goal of victory : INITTOWINIT7. Daredevil in the Motorcycle Hall of Fame : EVELKNIEVEL8. Church area : NAVE9. "With all ___ respect ..." : DUE10. Clothing retailer ___ Taylor : ANN11. Capital of Minnesota : STPAUL12. Opposite of a life coach? : HEARSE13. Hobbit played by Elijah Wood : FRODO15. Helps with the dishes : DRIES20. Sound that a punch in the gut elicits : OOF23. North Pole worker : ELF24. Postpone : DELAY26. Alternative to a co-op : CONDO27. Commercials : ADS29. Male delivery : SON30. Pi's first digit after the decimal : ONE33. Carpentry tool : PLANE34. Rarin' to go : EAGER35. Business for Delta or Southwest : AIRTRAVEL37. Lawn section : SOD38. Wisconsin city on Lake Michigan : SHEBOYGAN39. Fonda or Ford : HENRY40. Facilitates : EASES42. Fast-food chain with the slogan "Live más" : TACOBELL45. Applying thickly, with "on" : SLABBING47. Ancient kingdom whose capital was Nineveh : ASSYRIA48. Leaves : DEPARTS51. Sphere : ORB53. Have a bawl : SOB57. Playbill listing : CAST58. Folk singer Guthrie : ARLO59. Regard : DEEM60. The "G" of L.G.B.T. : GAY61. Firefighter's tool : AXE64. High no. for a valedictorian : GPA65. Nevertheless : YET

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

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