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HEADS OF STATE

New York Times, Sunday, July 5, 2015

Author:
Elizabeth C. Gorski
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Elizabeth C. Gorski

This puzzle:

Rows: 21, Columns: 21 Words: 134, Blocks: 79 Missing: {QXZ} This is puzzle # 217 for Ms. Gorski. NYT links: Across Lite PDF
Jeff Chen notes:
Mount Rushmore commemoration, with Washington, Jefferson, Teddy Roosevelt, and Lincoln laid out in order. Nice touch to use nicknames as the crossword entries, with THE MAN OF THE PEOPLE, ... read more

Mount Rushmore commemoration, with Washington, Jefferson, Teddy Roosevelt, and Lincoln laid out in order. Nice touch to use nicknames as the crossword entries, with THE MAN OF THE PEOPLE, HERO OF SAN JUAN HILL, and THE GREAT EMANCIPATOR working nearly perfectly for me. (I would have liked "The" HERO OF SAN JUAN HILL for consistency.)

Mount Rushmore

AMERICAN CINCINNATUS was a mystery to me, but I did like learning it — a reference to the Roman statesman Cincinnatus, who was a model of civic responsibility. Neat piece of trivia.

The cluing of HOME OF MOUNT RUSHMORE ... as best I can figure out, [… or a hint to the answers to the four starred clues in left-to-right order] is a complicated way of saying "these four answers are the heads on Mount Rushmore." Don't the four clues, which directly mention Washington, Jefferson, et al. already give up the game?

Very difficult to pull this theme off, with the presidents in the correct order. I bet THE FATHER OF OUR COUNTRY was Liz's first choice for Washington, but that unfortunately doesn't work with crossword symmetry.

The likes of GROUND CREW and HARD HAT helped to spice up my solve. AGE LIMIT, EVANSTON, and EGO IDEAL are real things, but for my money, they're not nearly as fun as the aforementioned plus BRIT POP, IKEBANA and OKAY OKAY. With a puzzle that has long themers difficult to uncover, it would have been nice to have a few more pieces of strong fill to help hold the solver's interest.

Quite a bit of gluey bits — the middle felt especially choppy to me, running into a lot of HWY, COS, OREM, OTO, OBE, ONE TO entries. Some of this is fine, but all concentrated into one region makes it more noticeable.

So although there were some compromises, I liked the imagery of Mount Rushmore evoked by this puzzle.

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© 2015, The New York TimesNo. 0705 ( 23,980 )
Across
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Monocle part : RIM
4
Bridge support : TRUSS
9
Many a Theravada Buddhist : THAI
13
Indiana city where auto manufacturing was pioneered : KOKOMO
16
Ruler in Richard Strauss's "Salome" : HEROD
17
Construction site sight : HARDHAT
21
Art of flower arranging : IKEBANA
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Red-wrapped imports : EDAMS
24
Prince of Darkness : EVILONE
25
Senate vote : NAY
26
Tea made by Peter Rabbit's mother : CAMOMILE
28
Restriction on Army enlistees : AGELIMIT
29
Part of CBS: Abbr. : SYST
31
Bring in a new staff for : REMAN
32
Blender sound : WHIR
34
"The Untouchables" role : NESS
35
Table d'___ : HOTE
36
Grouch : CRANK
37
"Fasten your seatbelts ..." : HEREWEGO
40
"Smack That" singer : AKON
41
Jaunty greeting : HIHO
42
Shunned ones : PARIAHS
43
Pharma fraud police : FDA
46
___ of time : SANDS
48
Half-___ (java order) : CAF
49
Plains Indian : OTO
50
Straw mats : TATAMIS
52
Senate vote : AYE
53
Hoppy brew, for short : IPA
55
Flawless routine : TEN
57
City on Utah Lake : OREM
59
Duds : TOGS
60
Astronomer who wrote "Pale Blue Dot" : SAGAN
62
U.S. 66, e.g.: Abbr. : HWY
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Like Fr. words after "la" : FEM
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Boston iceman : BRUIN
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Plane folk? : GROUNDCREW
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Pepper spray targets : ASSAILANTS
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Extols : LAUDS
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Comcast, e.g., for short : ISP
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Bio subject : DNA
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Trial that bombs, informally : NTEST
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Piedmont city : ASTI
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Stud money : ANTE
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Interminable time : EON
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G.E. and G.M. : COS
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Singer Carly ___ Jepsen : RAE
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Ball-like : SPHERIC
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Award accepted by J. K. Rowling and turned down by C. S. Lewis : OBE
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"___ Ho" ("Slumdog Millionaire" song) : JAI
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Big channel in reality programming : TRUTV
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Man's name that's the code for Australia's busiest airport : SYD
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Genre of Oasis and the Verve : BRITPOP
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Works at the ballpark, maybe : UMPS
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Movie dog : ASTA
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Army-Navy stores? : ARSENALS
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Kind of tiara and cross : PAPAL
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Leg bone : SHIN
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Okey-___ : DOKE
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Onetime Nair alternative : NEET
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"___ a customer" : ONETO
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10 cc's and 64 fl. oz. : AMTS
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The person you want to be : EGOIDEAL
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Give a thorough hosing : WASHDOWN
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Away : OUT
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What the buyer ends up paying : NETCOST
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Old crime boss Frank : NITTI
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"I Love Lucy" surname : RICARDO
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Response to "Who, me?" : YEAHYOU
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Eight-related : OCTAL
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Smooth fabric : SATEEN
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Lip : SASS
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Head of a crime lab? : SKULL
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Prosciutto, e.g. : HAM
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Hold up : ROB
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Non-PC office purchase : IMAC
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Beautiful butterfly : MONARCH
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*Nickname for Thomas Jefferson : THEMANOFTHEPEOPLE
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Debt, symbolically : REDINK
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It flows to the Caspian : URAL
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To a degree : SOMEWHAT
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Campus grp. formed in 1960 : SDS
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*Nickname for Abraham Lincoln : THEGREATEMANCIPATOR
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Eat or drink : HAVE
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Seed cover : ARIL
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Not going anywhere : IDLING
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Capital on the Congo : KINSHASA
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"I heard you the first time!" : OKAYOKAY
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See 18-Down : KEYSTONESOUTHDAKOTA
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What 15-Down is ... or a hint to the answers to the four starred clues in left-to-right order : HOMEOFMOUNTRUSHMORE
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Black birds : ANIS
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Hanoi celebrations : TETS
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*Nickname for George Washington : AMERICANCINCINNATUS
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Union Pacific headquarters : OMAHA
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"The ___ Breathe" (2007 drama with Kevin Bacon and Julie Delpy) : AIRI
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Minister (to) : TEND
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*Nickname for Theodore Roosevelt : HEROOFSANJUANHILL
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"Kapow!" : WHAM
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Guinness Book suffix : EST
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Pay (up) : PONY
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Thumb, for one : DIGIT
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AARP and others: Abbr. : ASSNS
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Subject of semiotics : SIGNS
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Gillette products : ATRAS
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Apartment, informally : PAD
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Comment regarding a squashed bug : EWW
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High-___ image : RES
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Cornish of NPR : AUDIE
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Consecrated, to Shakespeare : BLEST
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Toaster's need : GLASS
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Like a stereotypical mobster's voice : RASPY
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Alphabet trio : RST
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Four seasons in Seville : ANO
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"Am ___ believe ...?" : ITO
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Worthy of pondering : DEEP
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River through Yorkshire : AIRE
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Truculent manner : ATTITUDE
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Where Northwestern University is : EVANSTON
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N.F.L. ball carriers: Abbr. : RBS
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Barry of "The Rocky Horror Picture Show" : BOSTWICK
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Stoked, with "up" : AMPED
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Blank, as a tabula : RASA
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Bygone Chinese money : TAEL
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Not too swift : SLOWISH
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Old German governments : REICHS
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Unlike most mail nowadays : POSTAL
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Gainsay : DENY
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Kind of arch : OGEE
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1977 Electric Light Orchestra hit : DOYA
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Those: Sp. : ESOS
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Westernmost island of the Aleutians : ATTU
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Org. with rules on eligibility : NCAA
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Turndowns : NOS
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Bread source, for short : ATM

Answer summary: 8 unique to this puzzle, 1 debuted here and reused later, 2 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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