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New York Times, Friday, August 10, 2018

Author:
Damon Gulczynski
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Damon J. Gulczynski

This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 70, Blocks: 34 Missing: {JQWZ} This is puzzle # 35 for Mr. Gulczynski. NYT links: Across Lite PDF
Damon J. Gulczynski notes:
I started constructing this puzzle on vacation without a computer, which is why PUT PEN TO PAPER is in central position. Technically, ... read more

I started constructing this puzzle on vacation without a computer, which is why PUT PEN TO PAPER is in central position. Technically, it's not what I did, but PUT MECHANICAL PENCIL TO GRAPH PAPER is too long for the grid.

Jeff Chen notes:
Day 5 of LAUGH AT MYSELF (LAM-poon) week! I was worried when evaluating this week's themelesses, since, without a theme to anchor a ... read more

Day 5 of LAUGH AT MYSELF (LAM-poon) week! I was worried when evaluating this week's themelesses, since, without a theme to anchor a puzzle, technical merit comes much more into play. Gonna have to work to keep out my usual grump!

I loved a handful of clues today, and that's often all I need for a positive solving experience. The PAVLOV clue was particularly awesome – with the P start, I was sure the [Big name in conditioning] had to be PRELL or PANTENE. (Never mind that the former isn't six letters, and PANTENE is … (using fingers on second hand) … seven.) It's PAVLOV and his dog conditioning experiments.

I wonder if he ever shampooed his dogs?

People still rent movies? Hello NYT, welcome to the 21st century! Ha, it's Petty Jeff (PJ) who was the fool. ITUNES is a big player in movie rentals.

SKUNK also was clued in an entertaining way, slang term for shutting an opponent out.

A handful of colorful phrases, too. A POLICE CAR called a black-and-white. Relationship ending in SPLITSVILLE. Yelling at an ump ARE YOU BLIND? And best of all, the BEER BELLY ironically filled by six-packs — ha! Memorable stuff, there.

SNO GRO OPTO … PJ, shut your trap! Yeah, there's more crossword glue than you like, but didn't you enjoy all those clever clues. BEER BELLY, remember?

(grumble grumble, fine, you have a point)

And tell you what, that PAVLOV clue is something you'll take away and remember. Giving solvers a single great memory makes an entire puzzle worthwhile.

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© 2018, The New York TimesNo. 0810 ( 25,112 )
Across
1
Insolent talk : GUFF
5
Wagner's oeuvre : OPERAS
11
"Well, looky here!" : OHO
14
Pacific capital : APIA
15
Least believable : LAMEST
16
$100 bill, in slang : BEN
17
Where a rocky relationship may end : SPLITSVILLE
19
"Automatic for the People" band, 1992 : REM
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It's no six-pack, ironically : BEERBELLY
21
One way to stand : ASIDE
23
Where the brachialis muscle is found : ARM
24
___-Caps (candy) : SNO
25
Like the Oscars and the Emmys : EMCEED
26
___ Rock, N.J. : GLEN
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Wayfarers : VAGABONDS
31
Kind of pressure : SINUS
33
Slip : ERROR
34
Begin writing : PUTPENTOPAPER
39
Contribute : PAYIN
40
Something New York and Los Angeles each have : TIMES
42
Black-and-white : POLICECAR
46
Prefix with -metry : OPTO
47
Big name in movie rentals : ITUNES
48
"Alea iacta ___": Julius Caesar : EST
51
Time in Italy : ORA
52
Inept sort : GOMER
53
All-time record setter on 4/8/1974 : HANKAARON
56
Herbert of the "Pink Panther" films : LOM
57
Angry shout to an umpire : AREYOUBLIND
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"Do Ya" grp. : ELO
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"Seven Words You Can Never Say on Television" comedian : CARLIN
61
Believes : BUYS
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Ranch sobriquet : TEX
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Board : EMBARK
64
Info to use against somebody, metaphorically : AMMO
Down
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Wind sources : GASBAGS
2
Something that may be stiff : UPPERLIP
3
It might include "New Folder" and "Close Window" : FILEMENU
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"You make a point" : FAIR
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Multi-time Pro Bowl tight end Greg : OLSEN
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Big name in conditioning : PAVLOV
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Oscar winner Jannings : EMIL
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Bank : RELY
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System of unspoken words, for short : ASL
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Setting for the first Mickey Mouse cartoon : STEAMBOAT
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Main antagonist in George Orwell's "1984" : OBRIEN
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Followed : HEEDED
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Sedated, say : ONMEDS
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TV channel with the slogan "Very funny" : TBS
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One who arrives around Halloween : SCORPIO
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Frontier figure : EARP
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Southwestern tree with needles : NUTPINE
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Big name in coverage : AETNA
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Miracle-___ : GRO
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It was launched with Sputnik : SPACERACE
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Regards : EYES
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Actor Cage, informally : NIC
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Superstore : EMPORIUM
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"Rotary phone," for one : RETRONYM
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S.O.B. : SOANDSO
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Farm young 'un : PIGLET
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Peter of "My Favorite Year" : OTOOLE
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Stumblebum : LUMMOX
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"La Loge" artist : RENOIR
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Shut out : SKUNK
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Move to the right incrementally : TAB
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Chervil or chives : HERB
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Jean Auel heroine : AYLA
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Jessica of "Sin City" : ALBA
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Weapon in medieval warfare : RAM

Answer summary: 3 unique to this puzzle, 3 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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