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New York Times, Monday, July 9, 2018

Author:
John Lampkin
Editor:
Will Shortz
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John Lampkin

This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 78, Blocks: 38 Missing: {JXZ} Spans: 1 This is puzzle # 8 for Mr. Lampkin. NYT links: Across Lite PDF
John Lampkin notes:
Australian Psychologist Alan Richardson took a group of basketball players, divided them into 3 groups and tested each player's ... read more

Australian Psychologist Alan Richardson took a group of basketball players, divided them into 3 groups and tested each player's ability to make free throws. The first group would practice 20 minutes every day. The second would only visualize themselves making free throws, but no real practice was allowed. The third group would not practice or visualize. The results were astounding. There was significant improvement on the group that only visualized; they were almost as good as those who actually practiced!

In a similar experiment, solvers of today's NY Times puzzle showed nearly the same increase in muscle tone as those gym rats who spent their time working out and getting all hot and sweaty! Those who solved puzzles from other venues actually showed a slight decrease in muscle tone except for the hand that held the pencil or pen. Researcher I. Mosley Guest attributes the phenomenon to that same power of visualization as in the free throw study. Apparently, just the very thought of doing curls and lifts and a twist as you write in the answers is enough exercise for the day, with the bonus of not needing to shower afterward.

We in the cruciverbal industry have long known that crosswords do make us smarter. For today at least, and with the final theme answer notwithstanding, they can make us physically fit as well.

Jeff Chen notes:
If exercise were only like today's theme! I love doing me some FORK LIFTS when bread pudding is involved. Heck, I'll do some CHEESE ... read more

If exercise were only like today's theme! I love doing me some FORK LIFTS when bread pudding is involved. Heck, I'll do some CHEESE CURLS, curling some brie right up to my mouth.

That probably wouldn't be the healthiest lifestyle.

It's tough to come up with a playful Monday theme that's accessible to most every solver, but this one does a good job. My only hesitation was that a TWIST wasn't as familiar (in terms of being an exercise rep) as a CURL or a SQUAT.

Okay, not the only hesitation. It would have been better to have consistent singular/pluralization. Since no one ever eats a single CHEESE CURL (damn you and your tasty yellowy goodness!), it would have been better to make everything plural. Anyway, multiple reps are good for you, amiright?

The revealer, DIDDLY SQUAT, didn't do much for me. On most Mondays, I think there needs to be a revealer to make a theme obvious to everyone. DIDDLY SQUAT actually muddied things up. Why is it worth DIDDLY SQUAT if you do some CURLS with a big ol' wedge of CHEESE as a weight, for instance?

Removing the revealer would have also allowed for better quality fill that was more appropriate for a newer solver. I can imagine newbs looking at TRURO SEDGE HASP IVES and wondering what kind of durned trivia contest they got themselves into.

Working with five longish themers can be so difficult.

Overall, a fine, playful idea. But I would have liked a few more rounds of revision and improvement.

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© 2018, The New York TimesNo. 0709 ( 25,080 )
Across
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Reamer or wrench : TOOL
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Danglers on luggage : IDTAGS
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Cruise amenity : SPA
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Where icicles may hang : EAVE
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World ___ (October event) : SERIES
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Center of a poker table : POT
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Arm exercise at a dairy farm? : CHEESECURLS
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Engine lubricant : OIL
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"Ben-___" : HUR
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Fruit in a holiday gift box : PEAR
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Hawaiian coffee region : KONA
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Any boat : SHE
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Shoulder exercise at a cutlery store? : FORKLIFTS
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Clip, as a coupon : DETACH
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Jeers : HOOTSAT
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Currier and ___ : IVES
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Classy articles of neckwear : ASCOTS
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Wrist exercise at a candy factory? : PEPPERMINTTWIST
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Highest point in an orbit : APOGEE
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Region : AREA
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Swizzle stick : STIRRER
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Fame : RENOWN
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Chest exercise at a vintner's? : WINEPRESS
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Itching desire : YEN
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Small whirlpool : EDDY
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What a relaxed soldier is at : EASE
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One of four for a grand slam, in brief : RBI
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Face on a fiver : ABE
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What the exercise regimen in 17-, 25-, 37- and 51-Across is worth? : DIDDLYSQUAT
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Traditional Father's Day gift : TIE
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Wise sayings : ADAGES
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"... or ___!" : ELSE
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Engine additive since 1954 : STP
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Far from extravagant : MODEST
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Consider to be : DEEM
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Computer crash investigator, informally : TECH
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Where Waikiki Beach is : OAHU
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Exceed, as one's bounds : OVERSTEP
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See 31-Down : LEE
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"Ah, now that's clear" : ISEE
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Coffee choice before bed : DECAF
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Cape Cod resort town : TRURO
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It's thin on top of Everest : AIR
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Hair goo : GEL
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Serpent's warning : SSS
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Parodies : SPOOFS
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Route map start : POINTA
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"Finally!" : ATLAST
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Blueprint detail : SPEC
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Package for a model plane : KIT
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Shed door feature : HASP
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River that passes through Lake Geneva : RHONE
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1970s TV's "Welcome Back, ___" : KOTTER
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Like Little Bo-Peep's sheep : LOST
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Brief swim : DIP
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Apple eater in Genesis : EVE
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With 4-Down, "To Kill a Mockingbird" writer : HARPER
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Campfire treat : SMORE
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Marlboro offering, informally : CIG
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Wyatt of Dodge City : EARP
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Decline : WANE
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Totalitarian control : IRONRULE
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Use a Singer machine : SEW
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Result of sunning : TAN
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Gymwear : SWEATS
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Choice morsel : TIDBIT
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Seriously embroiled : INDEEP
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King: Sp. : REY
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Good lookers? : EYES
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Wetlands plant : SEDGE
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Business successes : SALES
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The "S" of CBS: Abbr. : SYST
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Military post : BASE
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Grocery list component : ITEM
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Beaver's project : DAM
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Predictable reply at the altar : IDO
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Pop : DAD
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"And that proves it" : QED

Answer summary: 4 unique to this puzzle, 1 debuted here and reused later.

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