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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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Andrea Carla Michaels
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Mark Diehl

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 brainstormed ... read more

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, ... read more

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
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
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Lopsided wins : ROMPS
16
Mess up : ERR
17
Open the door for : LETIN
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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
Down
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
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English rocker Hitchcock : ROBYN
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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
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Like some promises and gas tanks : EMPTY
28
Painstakingly sorts (through) : SIFTS
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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
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Alternatives in case things don't work out : PLANBS
46
Swashbuckler's weapon : SWORD
47
Wild shopping expedition : SPREE
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A+ or C- : GRADE
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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
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Cubes in a freezer : ICE
56
Competed in a marathon : RAN

Answer summary: 5 unique to this puzzle.

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