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New York Times, Monday, July 29, 2019

Author:
Bruce Haight
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Bruce Haight

This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 78, Blocks: 38 Missing: none – this is a pangram. Spans: 1 This is puzzle # 51 for Mr. Haight. NYT links: Across Lite PDF
Bruce Haight notes:
This puzzle was accepted about a year ago. Will and the team said they liked the theme and theme entries pretty well, but what sold ... read more

This puzzle was accepted about a year ago. Will and the team said they liked the theme and theme entries pretty well, but what sold them was the fill. They particularly liked BIG IF, BLAST ZONES, and WE'RE IN LUCK. It's hard to come up with sparkly fill that is uniformly Monday-friendly, but I think this one does a decent job of that.

I don't remember if the clue for SHUT is mine, but I like its edginess!

Jeff Chen notes:
The paper version of this crossword … you might say it's published on a 'BENCH press'? Someone bench me. The best ... read more

The paper version of this crossword … you might say it's published on a "BENCH press"?

Someone bench me.

The best "seemingly unrelated things" puzzles take concepts that surely could never be linked, not in three treeee-llion years — and then, the revealer suddenly gives you the unguessable connection.

Today's theme phrases are too similar in concept. Sure, a BALLPLAYER, a PARK VISITOR, and a JAZZ PIANIST all sit on different styles of benches. They're still all benches you sit on, though.

Mae WEST, always good for a dry witticism. Snow White, but she drifted? If only West were around today, she'd be one incredible guest star for the NYT celeb series.

Not as stellar as the usual Haight grid today. I hold Monday grids to a high standard – higher than Will – because entries like EBAN OSSA ALEE have the potential to make newbs feel unwelcome. Get off of my lawn if you don't know crosswordy stuff, you whippersnappers! I'd have suggested rejiggering, to only include three BENCH players. Ditch PARK VISITOR, a duller phrase than the rest.

Thankfully, a lot of bonuses to enjoy. WERE IN LUCK, indeed! BLAST ZONES, GET BUSY, MILKMAN, even a MISHAP. I can see why these elevated the puzzle in Will's eyes. Stellar fill can never override a so-so theme, but it is an asset.

A couple years ago, I thought I was onto a great "seemingly unrelated things" theme with STAFF: it can link a MUSICAL SCORE, a wizard like GANDALF THE GREY, and a COMPANY ROSTER. I couldn't come up with a full set I thought would delight solvers, but that's an example of a better way to link things that seemingly never could go together.

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© 2019, The New York TimesNo. 0729 ( 25,465 )
Across
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Major uncertainty : BIGIF
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Canvas for a tattoo : SKIN
10
Mae who said "I used to be Snow White, but I drifted" : WEST
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"You ___ Beautiful" (Joe Cocker hit) : ARESO
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Mexican entree in a shell : TACO
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Large fair, informally : EXPO
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Athlete with a mitt : BALLPLAYER
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Bridle strap : REIN
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Poker stake : ANTE
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Bill Clinton's was in the 1990s : ERA
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___ Haute, Ind. : TERRE
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One going for a stroll among urban greenery : PARKVISITOR
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"Quit wasting time!" : GETBUSY
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Abba of Israel : EBAN
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Even a little : ATALL
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___-haw : HEE
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Plumbing woe : LEAK
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Official hearing a case : TRIALCOURTJUDGE
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Fish that wriggle : EELS
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What's dropped off a cigarette : ASH
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Words of empathy : ICARE
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Weights that may be "short" or "long" : TONS
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Tevye's occupation in "Fiddler on the Roof" : MILKMAN
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Herbie Hancock or Chick Corea : JAZZPIANIST
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"Later, amigo!" : ADIOS
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Employ : USE
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Bleats : BAAS
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William with a state named after him : PENN
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Place where 17-, 23-, 37- and 48-Across might be found : ONTHEBENCH
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Sheltered from the wind : ALEE
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Parks in civil rights history : ROSA
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Language family of Africa : BANTU
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Loch ___ monster : NESS
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"That's enough!" : STOP
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Adventurous journey : QUEST
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"Ali ___ and the 40 Thieves" : BABA
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Land with an ayatollah : IRAN
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Hanukkah "moolah" : GELT
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___ of Capri : ISLE
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Dandyish dresser : FOP
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Van Gogh's "The ___ Night" : STARRY
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Boat you might shoot rapids in : KAYAK
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What a "neat" drink doesn't come with : ICE
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Word paired with "neither" : NOR
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"How fortunate for us!" : WEREINLUCK
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Apply, as force : EXERT
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Former vice president Agnew : SPIRO
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Printer cartridge contents : TONER
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Meadows : LEAS
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Airport screening org. : TSA
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Tug on : PULL
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Turn sharply : VEER
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Skeptic's sarcastic comment : IBET
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Racehorse's starting point : GATE
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Raison d'___ : ETRE
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Pin the ___ on the donkey : TAIL
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Bomb testing areas : BLASTZONES
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"Come again?" : HUH
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Semihard Dutch cheese : EDAM
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City that's home to the Taj Mahal : AGRA
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Sharp-witted : KEEN
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"Is it O.K., mom?" : CANI
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Peak near Olympus : OSSA
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Leave at the altar : JILT
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Special ___ (military missions) : OPS
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Event that's an "Oops!" : MISHAP
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"Ah, makes sense" : ISEE
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Where Honda and Mazda are headquartered : JAPAN
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Grammy-winning singer of "Hello" : ADELE
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Fan publications, informally : ZINES
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Bonkers : NUTSO
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Lover boy : BEAU
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Youngest of the Brontë sisters : ANNE
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Things passed in Congress : ACTS
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"___ your piehole!" : SHUT
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Surgery sites, for short : ORS
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Word after waste and want : NOT
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Cookout, briefly : BBQ

Answer summary: 7 unique to this puzzle.

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