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New York Times, Monday, August 6, 2018

Author: Andrea Carla Michaels and Mark Diehl
Editor: Will Shortz
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This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 76, Blocks: 38 Missing: {JQX} This is puzzle # 61 for Ms. Michaels. This is puzzle # 72 for Mr. Diehl. NYT links: Across Lite PDF
Constructor notes: MARK: Andrea floated the idea of MAKE LOVE NOT WAR as a possible four-word phrase to form a puzzle roughly a year ago. We ... more
Constructor notes:

MARK: Andrea floated the idea of MAKE LOVE NOT WAR as a possible four-word phrase to form a puzzle roughly a year ago. We brainstormed four lists of lively theme entries, one each starting with MAKE, LOVE, NOT, and WAR; then developed a grid with matching-lengthed pairs. I suggested upping the ante with 6O'S as the antepenultimate down entry to act as a revealer since this position felt like the most likely slot to fill around — requiring only one entry that need start with a number. We settled on a SW corner of:

6BALL

ORIEL

SALTS

Will and company liked the idea, but wanted an actual 0[zero] instead of an O and also a different 6 entry, since "the 6 would be a shot in the dark for solvers who don't know their pool balls." Valid points, but oh my goodness, this ratcheted up the challenge significantly! After a couple of days of concerted effort, the final version emerged and passed muster. Whew! Always a pleasure working with Andrea; hope you enjoyed our efforts as much as we did.

ANDREA: What more can I say? I love Dr. Diehl. You dream something up, and he comes back with 50 choices of how to make it work. This was a follow up to our STILL WATERS RUN DEEP. I love the 60s in the corner because it took a straightforward idea and gave it a super fun little twist.

Jeff Chen notes: Welcome to LAUGH AT MYSELF (LAM-poon) week! I thought I'd try something different, as methinks I've been taking myself too seriously, ... more
Jeff Chen notes:

Welcome to LAUGH AT MYSELF (LAM-poon) week! I thought I'd try something different, as methinks I've been taking myself too seriously, and that might be hindering my ability to enjoy. And what are crosswords, if not to be enjoyed?

MAKE / LOVE / NOT / WAR start theme phrases today – what a fun hidden phrase! Beautiful themer choices in MAKE IT SNAPPY and LOVE POTION.

I sheepishly admit I put in 70S instead of 60S. So much for being an educated solver! Petty Jeff (PJ) would have whined about how it wasn't fair. But realistically, that one's on me. I mean, come on! The 70s, Jeff? Been watching too much "That 70s Show," have you?

(sheepish nod)

Hmm, what would PJ say about the technical issues? He'd wonder about the phrases ONE TO GO (seems like a partial) and PLAN BS (don't you just have one PLAN B, then you move to PLAN C, PLAN D, etc.)?

But ... bah! Why dwell on these minor issues in an otherwise well-constructed puzzle?

How about CHINK? Okay, I've been called a chink many a time. But, this week's Jeff says that the phrase "chink in one's armor" is a fine phrase. I'm choosing to look the other way.

Love, love, love the SHAMPOO clue. It didn't get me into a lather at all!

If there's one thing today's Jeff and PJ agree upon, it's that we would have preferred a more specific entry for 6 – maybe 6 PACK or 6 GUNS – but either one of us should have been able to identify the 60S from MAKE LOVE NOT WAR, no crossing necessary.

Overall, a fun hidden message that's right on point. Given the country's rocky state of affairs, we could all use a little more love.

I'm enjoying trying out a different perspective. This is the perfect puzzle to kick off a week of making love, not war, on crosswords!

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© 2018, The New York TimesNo. 0806 ( 25,108 )
Across Down
1. "Let's take it from the ___" : TOP
4. Kind of exam that's not written : ORAL
8. Seafood often served on a toothpick : PRAWN
13. Clean Air Act org. : EPA
14. Anaconda, e.g. : SNAKE
15. Lopsided wins : ROMPS
16. Mess up : ERR
17. Open the door for : LETIN
18. President elected with the slogan "Yes we can" : OBAMA
19. "Hurry up!" : MAKEITSNAPPY
22. It can get you into a lather : SHAMPOO
23. ___ Shriver, sister of J.F.K. and founder of the Special Olympics : EUNICE
27. Computer glitch : BUG
28. "Watch your ___!" : STEP
30. Electrical unit : OHM
31. Magical drink that gets someone smitten : LOVEPOTION
35. Use shears : SNIP
36. Impersonators : APERS
37. Frequently, to Frost : OFT
38. Actor/director Eastwood : CLINT
39. Hamilton's bills : TENS
40. Less fortunate : NOTSOLUCKY
42. Word on a wine label : CRU
43. Calligrapher's collection : PENS
44. Bill's "excellent adventure" partner : TED
45. Give a hard time : HASSLE
47. Walk drunkenly : STAGGER
51. L.B.J. campaign to help the poor : WARONPOVERTY
54. Midrange golf club : 6IRON
57. Velvet-voiced Mel : TORME
58. "So that's your game!" : AHA
59. Like a diet that allows only fats and protein : 0CARB
60. Creative thoughts : IDEAS
61. Bear's home : DEN
62. Posts, as a letter : SENDS
63. What children should be, and not heard, they say : SEEN
64. High trains in Chicago : ELS
1. Overflows (with) : TEEMS
2. The "O" of O magazine : OPRAH
3. Ski jacket : PARKA
4. "Almost finished!" : ONETOGO
5. Dustin Hoffman's role in "Midnight Cowboy" : RATSO
6. Comparable (to) : AKIN
7. "Game of Thrones" actress Headey : LENA
8. Prevent from falling, perhaps : PROPUP
9. English rocker Hitchcock : ROBYN
10. Simon & Garfunkel's "I ___ Rock" : AMA
11. Typist's stat, in brief : WPM
12. Hush-hush grp. : NSA
14. Boo-boos : SLIPUPS
20. Smoldering remains : EMBERS
21. Hammer's end : PEEN
24. Like some Greek columns : IONIC
25. Armor flaw : CHINK
26. Like some promises and gas tanks : EMPTY
28. Painstakingly sorts (through) : SIFTS
29. Tykes : TOTS
31. Door fastener : LATCH
32. "The Magic Flute," for one : OPERA
33. Planet between Mercury and Earth : VENUS
34. Bugs Bunny or Wile E. Coyote : TOON
35. Muddy deposit : SLUDGE
38. Splits in two : CLEAVES
40. "... ___ the twain shall meet" : NEER
41. Cushioned footstool : OTTOMAN
43. Alternatives in case things don't work out : PLANBS
46. Swashbuckler's weapon : SWORD
47. Wild shopping expedition : SPREE
48. A+ or C- : GRADE
49. Fred Mertz's wife in 1950s TV : ETHEL
50. "___ Hope" (soap opera) : RYANS
52. Redding who sang "(Sittin' On) the Dock of the Bay" : OTIS
53. Bump on a log, literally : NODE
54. Decade that spawned the slogan found at the starts of 19-, 31-, 40- and 51-Across : 60S
55. Cubes in a freezer : ICE
56. Competed in a marathon : RAN

Answer summary: 5 unique to this puzzle.

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