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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
20. 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
28. 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
59. "Do Ya" grp. : ELO
60. "Seven Words You Can Never Say on Television" comedian : CARLIN
61. Believes : BUYS
62. Ranch sobriquet : TEX
63. Board : EMBARK
64. Info to use against somebody, metaphorically : AMMO
Down
1. Wind sources : GASBAGS
2. Something that may be stiff : UPPERLIP
3. It might include "New Folder" and "Close Window" : FILEMENU
4. "You make a point" : FAIR
5. Multi-time Pro Bowl tight end Greg : OLSEN
6. Big name in conditioning : PAVLOV
7. Oscar winner Jannings : EMIL
8. Bank : RELY
9. System of unspoken words, for short : ASL
10. Setting for the first Mickey Mouse cartoon : STEAMBOAT
11. Main antagonist in George Orwell's "1984" : OBRIEN
12. Followed : HEEDED
13. Sedated, say : ONMEDS
18. TV channel with the slogan "Very funny" : TBS
22. One who arrives around Halloween : SCORPIO
25. Frontier figure : EARP
27. Southwestern tree with needles : NUTPINE
29. Big name in coverage : AETNA
30. Miracle-___ : GRO
32. It was launched with Sputnik : SPACERACE
35. Regards : EYES
36. Actor Cage, informally : NIC
37. Superstore : EMPORIUM
38. "Rotary phone," for one : RETRONYM
41. S.O.B. : SOANDSO
42. Farm young 'un : PIGLET
43. Peter of "My Favorite Year" : OTOOLE
44. Stumblebum : LUMMOX
45. "La Loge" artist : RENOIR
49. Shut out : SKUNK
50. Move to the right incrementally : TAB
53. Chervil or chives : HERB
54. Jean Auel heroine : AYLA
55. Jessica of "Sin City" : ALBA
58. Weapon in medieval warfare : RAM

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

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