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New York Times, Monday, August 8, 2016

Author: Zhouqin Burnikel and Don Gagliardo
Editor: Will Shortz
Zhouqin Burnikel
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This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 76, Blocks: 34 Missing: {FJKQWX} This is puzzle # 32 for Ms. Burnikel. This is puzzle # 10 for Mr. Gagliardo. NYT links: Across Lite PDF
Constructor notes: When I sent this idea to Don, there was no TITANIC. Don is always looking for ways to enhance a theme, and one is to cross theme ... more
Constructor notes:

When I sent this idea to Don, there was no TITANIC. Don is always looking for ways to enhance a theme, and one is to cross theme answers in the center. He realized soon after GIANT was proposed for the center by me that TITANIC could cross it. Creating puzzle themes works well with our collaboration, because it encourages much exploration of ideas, which leads to creative thought. We draw inspiration from the process.

Joel redid our lower right corner, as it had a few unfriendly Monday entries.

Jeff Chen notes: C.C. and Don try to see the BIG PICTURE today, interpreting the phrase literally to hint at 'movies with a synonym for BIG in their ... more
Jeff Chen notes:

C.C. and Don try to see the BIG PICTURE today, interpreting the phrase literally to hint at "movies with a synonym for BIG in their title." SUPER-SIZE ME is perfect (and a great movie!), and although I wasn't familiar with the 1932 GRAND HOTEL, it sure fits. TITANIC and GIANT are two bonuses right in the middle of the grid, neatly crossing each other.

The GREAT ESCAPE is one of my favorite movies — just one of 25 or so on my Top Tier list — but it did give me slight pause as I solved. My first thought was that the word GREAT here means more "excellent" or "skillful" than "immense," whereas the other movie titles meant the latter.

But thankfully I'm a GREAT ESCAPE aficionado and remembered that GREAT does actually refer to the fact that our band of heroes plans an "immense" escape, trying to break out not just a few people from the prison camp ... but every single one of them! So I think the theme is consistent.

C.C. and Don are known for their ability to work in fresh-feeling bonus entries, and ET VOILA! fits. CALL A CAB has a less contemporary feel to it, since Uber seems to be taking over these days. But I did like how the clue, [Eschew Uber, say], recognizes that. Along with some interesting words in MANDATE, LASAGNA, IGNOBLE — with just a few dabs of IRR (is this abbr actually used?), STET (editorial jargon), ATRA (one of dozens of razor names), the fill is pretty good.

I'm not sure it was worth putting GIANT in the grid, as it's not nearly as a box-office success as TITANIC, and it felt sort of strange to have such a short themer. But it was kind of neat that it intersected TITANIC.

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© 2016, The New York TimesNo. 0808 ( 24,380 )
Across Down
1. Home of the N.F.L.'s Dolphins : MIAMI
6. iPhone purchases : APPS
10. Objects of an Easter hunt : EGGS
14. Of the city : URBAN
15. "Shoot!" : DARN
16. Squirrel's home : TREE
17. *1932 Greta Garbo classic : GRANDHOTEL
19. ___ diagram : VENN
20. It acquired Lucasfilm in 2012 : DISNEY
21. Squirrel away : HOARD
22. Garfield's favorite food, in the comics : LASAGNA
25. Upscale business accommodations : SUITES
26. Like the accent in "é" : ACUTE
27. Dishonorable : IGNOBLE
30. Apologize for one's sins : REPENT
32. 007 creator Fleming : IAN
33. Pale as a ghost : ASHY
36. Contend : VIE
37. *Winner of 11 1997 Oscars : TITANIC
40. Iowa's ___ College : COE
41. Sister brand of Gillette's Sensor : ATRA
43. Sportscaster Berman : LEN
44. Jewish mysticism : CABALA
46. Sidewalks line them : STREETS
49. Easy runs : LOPES
50. Ear trouble : OTITIS
52. Like the Burj Khalifa among all the buildings in the world : TALLEST
54. Seeing stars : DAZED
55. Orchestra section next to the cellos : VIOLAS
57. City near Provo Peak : OREM
58. Long view ... or what the answer to each starred clue is? : BIGPICTURE
62. Easy win : ROMP
63. Amoeba's shape : BLOB
64. "The Tortoise and the Hare" fabulist : AESOP
65. Editor's "Let it stay" : STET
66. Leading man Grant : CARY
67. Temper tantrum throwers : BRATS
1. Root beer container : MUG
2. Like the verb "to be": Abbr. : IRR
3. Attorneys' org. : ABA
4. What a landslide political victory confers : MANDATE
5. Poor : INDIGENT
6. God, in the Torah : ADONAI
7. Fancy party spread : PATE
8. Flies, to spiders : PREY
9. "Weekend Update" show, for short : SNL
10. "There you have it!" : ETVOILA
11. *1963 Steve McQueen epic, with "The" : GREATESCAPE
12. Rom-com or horror : GENRE
13. Drops off at the post office : SENDS
18. QVC alternative : HSN
21. Airline's base of operations : HUB
22. Immature stage : LARVA
23. Nail the test : ACEIT
24. *2004 documentary about fast food : SUPERSIZEME
25. ___ boom (what a jet may create) : SONIC
28. *1956 James Dean western : GIANT
29. Bert's sister in "The Bobbsey Twins" : NAN
31. Scrabble rackful : TILES
34. What colanders and Swiss cheese both have : HOLES
35. Brewer's fermenting agent : YEAST
38. Perch for a golf ball : TEE
39. Eschew Uber, say : CALLACAB
42. Have a go at : ATTEMPT
45. Strengthen : BOLSTER
47. Get ___ of (throw away) : RID
48. Visit : STOPBY
50. Dump emanations : ODORS
51. Deck with 78 cards : TAROT
53. "___ Baba and the 40 Thieves" : ALI
55. Bob of TV's "This Old House" : VILA
56. Hunchbacked assistant of film : IGOR
58. TV channel established under a royal charter : BBC
59. Springsteen's "Born in the ___" : USA
60. Go beyond ripe : ROT
61. Short albums, for short : EPS

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

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