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New York Times, Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Author:
Jean O'Conor
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Jean O'Conor

This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 74, Blocks: 40 Missing: {JQZ} This is puzzle # 6 for Ms. O'Conor. NYT links: Across Lite PDF
Jean O'Conor notes:
This was a fun theme for me. Shortly after submitting my PESTO recipe puzzle two years ago, I decided to continue to follow the advice ... read more

This was a fun theme for me. Shortly after submitting my PESTO recipe puzzle two years ago, I decided to continue to follow the advice "write about what you know" — so another cooking theme. I remember standing in the middle of the kitchen looking at various items and calling out humorous definitions to my husband. It didn't take too long to come up with a theme-worthy list. What took much longer, and several revisions, was getting it all into a decent puzzle. Thanks to Will for his advice and final tweaking of the fill. Hope you have as much fun as I did.

Jeff Chen notes:
Wacky interpretations of normal kitchen items today, for example COOKIE SHEET being clued to tracking cookies on a web browser. I ... read more

Wacky interpretations of normal kitchen items today, for example COOKIE SHEET being clued to tracking cookies on a web browser. I particularly enjoyed MICROWAVE, evoking an image of a teeny-tiny surfer catching a teeny-tiny wave. CAN OPENER was fun too, with the "jail" definition of CAN being employed. Good stuff.

Isn't there a real thing as a MEASURING CUP when it comes to undergarments? I got slightly confused when I hit this one, wondering if I hadn't grokked the theme as I had thought. I assumed this was an actual thing, no? Like a muffin tin with cups of different depth?

It's amazing that anyone ever takes me seriously.

Anyhoo, Jean packs in six themers, a very difficult task. Look at how much overlap there is in between adjacent themers. I'm quite impressed that she made the NE corner work, for example, as any time you have an overlap of six letters (the RINSEO of RINSEOFF sandwiched in between COOKIE SHEET and MEASURING CUP), you're bound to have some trouble. It's often difficult to find a word that slips in between while providing you smooth fill. But both this corner and the opposite one come out pretty clean. Well done there; great use of cheater squares (above SHOP AT and below DECAFS) to smooth things out.

I admire the usage of two long downs. TV CHANNELS and especially GETAWAY CAR are beautiful answers which add a lot of spice to the puzzle. They do add a lot of constraints though, and the roughest parts of the puzzle fall within those regions. The west is pretty good with just AVEO and our old crossword friend ISAO Aoki popping up, but that east section felt pretty crunchy with STELA, ELEV and the Scrabbly but esoteric SAXE all crammed together. It's a reasonable tradeoff to get the nice long entries. I wonder if another set of cheater squares could have helped.

All in all, a fun solve. Humor is subjective (ask my poor wife) but many of these themers brought me a chuckle.

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© 2014, The New York TimesNo. 0730 ( 23,640 )
Across
1
Sandwich usually served with mayo : BLT
4
Like messy beds : UNMADE
10
Scott Pelley's network : CBS
13
Tyler of "The Lord of the Rings" : LIV
14
April to September, for baseball : SEASON
15
Stadium closed in 2008 : SHEA
16
Like some stocks, for short : OTC
17
List of user IDs? : COOKIESHEET
19
"I'm surprised to see you!" : OHHI
21
Run some water over : RINSEOFF
22
Undergarment fitting device? : MEASURINGCUP
25
Tag ... or a word that can precede tag : NAME
26
Plains Indians : OSAGES
30
Jailer with a key ring? : CANOPENER
35
The Rosetta Stone is one : STELA
36
Massachusetts or Connecticut in D.C. : AVE
37
Was livid : FUMED
39
Cowboy moniker : TEX
40
Card combinations : MELDS
43
Hardly an attraction for a surfer? : MICROWAVE
46
Impersonate : POSEAS
48
"... ducks in ___" : AROW
49
Directors in charge of downsizing? : CUTTINGBOARD
55
Elementary start : GRADEONE
57
Textile artist, perhaps : DYER
58
Attractive but annoying date? : CHAFINGDISH
61
TurboTax alternative, for short : CPA
62
Features of many late-1950s cars : FINS
63
___ greens : TURNIP
64
Vessel that was 300 cubits long : ARK
65
Poison ___ : OAK
66
Jerks : SPASMS
67
Fish eggs : ROE
Down
1
What century plants do only once : BLOOM
2
Limber : LITHE
3
Just 2 to 13, once : TVCHANNELS
4
Sch. with a noted marching band : USC
5
Opposite of paleo- : NEO
6
Most Cook Islanders : MAORI
7
Welcome at the door : ASKIN
8
"___ anything later?" : DOING
9
"Romanian Rhapsodies" composer : ENESCO
10
Food Network V.I.P. : CHEF
11
Gripe : BEEF
12
College Board creation : SAT
15
Patronize, as a store : SHOPAT
18
Noted children's "doctor" : SEUSS
20
Golfer Aoki : ISAO
23
One crouching at home : UMP
24
Snorkeling spot : REEF
27
Aid for a bank heist : GETAWAYCAR
28
Peak figure: Abbr. : ELEV
29
___-Coburg (former German duchy) : SAXE
30
Summer getaway : CAMP
31
Former Chevy subcompact : AVEO
32
Book before Deut. : NUM
33
British record giant : EMI
34
Cam button : REC
38
Bummer : DRAG
41
Some coffee orders : DECAFS
42
Arab kingdom native : SAUDI
44
Planet, e.g. : ORB
45
Pinocchio material : WOOD
47
Hospital implants : STENTS
50
Dress smartly, in old parlance : TOGUP
51
Hindu warrior king : INDRA
52
German refusals : NEINS
53
Not an original : REPRO
54
Rapper with the 3x platinum single "Hold On, We're Going Home" : DRAKE
55
Karmann ___, classic German sports car : GHIA
56
Arrange in order : RANK
58
Exec in charge of $$$ : CFO
59
___ card : SIM
60
Some PCs and printers : HPS

Answer summary: 8 unique to this puzzle, 1 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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