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New York Times, Monday, August 20, 2018

Author:
Peter Gordon
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Peter Gordon

This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 76, Blocks: 36 Missing: {JQXZ} This is puzzle # 109 for Mr. Gordon. NYT links: Across Lite PDF
Jeff Chen notes:
Such consistency in themers — two (city) + (meat) and two (meat) + (city) phrases. Tidy and elegant. I had a slight pause ... read more

Such consistency in themers — two (city) + (meat) and two (meat) + (city) phrases. Tidy and elegant.

I had a slight pause with VIENNA SAUSAGES being the only plural, but heck, how many times do you see a single VIENNA SAUSAGE on your plate?

(In my case, there will always be zero VIENNA SAUSAGES on my plate. I can barely stand to look at those things!)

Textbook execution, exactly what I'd expect from one of the masters in the business. A couple of solid bonuses in UNSUNG HERO, INFIELD FLY (it's a rule where if the pop-up goes short and if the guy drops it … eh, who am I kidding, I don't understand it either), even MAINSAIL, AT LARGE, and SARA LEE.

Technical detail: if you break MAINSAIL into two entries by adding a black square at the N, you can clean up the ENE hanging out in the north. But since Peter kept the rest of his grid so clean, I like this trade-off a lot.

Did you hitch on the NAB clue, too? [Catch cold?] — I think that's supposed to play on catching a cold -> catching someone cold in the act? I like the attempt at clever cluing, but it felt too tough for a Monday puzzle. Or in my case, for a sleep-deprived dimwit.

AUTO was much more fun for me – tough to figure out that an AUTO might be an "ingredient" in a (traffic) jam, but it produced a satisfying a-ha moment for me. Once I finally got it. Ahem.

Overall, a strong example of Monday execution. I've seen many themes like this with countries (FRENCH TOAST, SPANISH RICE, etc.), but doing it with cities was a nice twist.

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Students & seniors
Across
1. Mattress cover : SHEET
6. Desert beast : CAMEL
11. "Born in the ___" : USA
14. Deserves : EARNS
15. Cockamamie : INANE
16. Catch cold? : NAB
17. Meat entree in Ukraine : CHICKENKIEV
19. "Weekend Update" show, for short : SNL
20. Carne asada holder : TACO
21. Low-fat : LEAN
22. Practice piece at a conservatory : ETUDE
24. Travel about : ROAM
26. Back of a boat : STERN
28. Meat entree in Austria : VIENNASAUSAGES
33. Have a hunch : SENSE
34. Pewter component : TIN
35. Excellent, informally : PHAT
36. Pound sound : ARF
37. Brand that "nobody doesn't like" : SARALEE
41. Greek "H" : ETA
42. Home to the majority of earthlings : ASIA
44. ___ Air (affluent neighborhood of Los Angeles) : BEL
45. Bold type : DARER
47. Meat entree in New Zealand : BEEFWELLINGTON
51. Emmy winner Christine : LAHTI
52. Christmas carol : NOEL
53. Freshwater polyp : HYDRA
55. Jam ingredient? : AUTO
57. Alan who wrote the book "If I Understood You, Would I Have This Look on My Face?" : ALDA
61. Sound elicited by a punch in the gut : OOF
62. Meat entree in the United Kingdom : LONDONBROIL
65. Olive of cartoons : OYL
66. Disney World park : EPCOT
67. Be in accord : AGREE
68. Small dog : TOY
69. Pro in taking dictation : STENO
70. Landowners' papers : DEEDS
Down
1. Religious offshoot : SECT
2. "That's funny!" : HAHA
3. California politico Garcetti : ERIC
4. Concert bonuses : ENCORES
5. Sound of disapproval : TSK
6. The movie industry : CINEMA
7. "My Way" lyricist Paul : ANKA
8. Thing attached to a sloop's boom : MAINSAIL
9. Direction from Mo. to Me. : ENE
10. River embankments : LEVEES
11. Person not getting credit for a brave act : UNSUNGHERO
12. Hourglass contents : SAND
13. Up to the task : ABLE
18. Panache : ELAN
23. Mouse catcher : TRAP
25. Easiest numbers to dial on a rotary phone : ONES
27. Adjust the pitch of : TUNE
28. Chapter's counterpart : VERSE
29. Pop-up that results in the batter being called out even if the ball isn't caught : INFIELDFLY
30. Public bathroom compartment : STALL
31. No longer on the plate : EATEN
32. Symbol on the Texas state flag : STAR
33. Bygone Swedish car : SAAB
38. Assist in a crime : ABET
39. Trust : RELIANCE
40. Cutting-___ (pioneering) : EDGE
43. From a distance : AFAR
46. Like a prison fugitive : ATLARGE
48. Moby Dick and others : WHALES
49. Counting everything : INTOTO
50. Separator of a.m. and p.m. : NOON
53. Owl's sound : HOOT
54. Dimwit : YOYO
56. Thick Japanese noodle : UDON
58. Traditional knowledge : LORE
59. Ran out of juice : DIED
60. Pub pints : ALES
63. Choose, with "for" : OPT
64. Reprimand to a dog : BAD

Answer summary: 2 unique to this puzzle, 1 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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