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New York Times, Monday, September 10, 2018

Author:
Jacob Stulberg
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Jacob Stulberg

This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 78, Blocks: 34 Missing: {JQZ} This is puzzle # 28 for Mr. Stulberg. NYT links: Across Lite PDF
Jacob Stulberg notes:
Today's grid underwent one small change between submission and publication: 35-Across was originally REBA, clued as 'Sitcom that ... read more

Today's grid underwent one small change between submission and publication: 35-Across was originally REBA, clued as "Sitcom that starred a country singer." (I'll have to assume that there's an unwritten one-country-singer-turned-actor-per-puzzle limit.) Favorite clue: 10-Down.

Jeff Chen notes:
Something new at XWord Info this week: 'Jim and Jeff, at the Puzzles'! I was a huge fan of Siskel and Ebert's back and forth – ... read more

Something new at XWord Info this week: "Jim and Jeff, at the Puzzles"! I was a huge fan of Siskel and Ebert's back and forth – often disagreeing, but always done respectfully. Jim and I will alternate days, of who goes first and who does the rebuttal.

Such perfect SPREADing of the four CHEESEs today. I loved that Jacob:

  1. used four four-letter cheeses, for perfect consistency
  2. spread them so regularly — exactly every other letter
  3. aligned them either to the beginning or the ending of the theme phrase.

Near perfect, I say! My only hesitation was in BLEU – you can ask most anyone for FETA and EDAM and BRIE without confusion. Ask for BLEU at the front of your grocery store, and who knows what you'll get! Besides the stink-eye.

But ultimately, that's a small complaint. So I dug the elegance of these finds.

I wasn't exactly sure who BURL IVES was, so I might have chosen BERLINER instead. BURL IVES is undoubtedly crossworthy though, so it's simply a matter of preference.

Along with Stulbergian craftsmanship – fun bonuses in GET BUSY, AL ROKER, STOOD ASIDE, and TAKES A BOW with very little grid glue (HOO and maybe EWERS) — this was in my POW! running.

Jim Horne notes:
I do not understand Jeff's objection to BLEU. Like the other circled words, it's a kind of cheese. One might as well complain that ... read more

I do not understand Jeff's objection to BLEU. Like the other circled words, it's a kind of cheese. One might as well complain that some of the cheeses here are from cow milk, but others are from sheep milk. (FETA can, apparently, even include goat milk.)

I love the BURL IVES clue but, Jeff is right, it's less satisfying if you don't know the man. He was a popular folksy singer in his day with a gentle, engaging voice. The "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof" reference elevates the entry. When you think of that iconic film, you probably flash to Elizabeth Taylor and Paul Newman. It takes a few seconds to remember that, oh yeah, Burl Ives played Big Daddy. "There ain't nothin' more powerful than the odor of mendacity!"

Mr. Stulberg is right about 10-Down. "Grp. making after-work plans?" for AARP is sublime.

I'm looking forward to arguing with Jeff this week. Well, we always argue, but this week we'll do it in public. Let's see if we're still friends after seven days. It's been years since I've written regularly about crosswords. This should be fun.

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Students & seniors
Across
1. Sticker that says who you are : IDTAG
6. Part of the body that crunches work : ABS
9. Dreadlocks wearer, informally : RASTA
14. The "F" of R.A.F. : FORCE
15. Kitten's sound : MEW
16. Use as a dinner table : EATON
17. Zero-tariff policy : FREETRADE
19. Back's opposite : FRONT
20. Shaggy grazer : YAK
21. Orders (around) : BOSSES
23. Swanky : POSH
24. Beginning blossoms : BUDS
25. With 39-Down, last words in many an old movie : THE
27. Six-sided game piece : DIE
28. With 45-Across, savory topping found in tubs ... and the circled squares? : CHEESE
31. Complete lack of wind, as at sea : DEADCALM
33. Feeling good to wear, say : COMFY
34. Languages : TONGUES
35. Iced tea brand in a bottle : SOBE
36. When repeated, gets specific, as an informer : NAMES
37. "Where there's ___, there's hope" : LIFE
40. Guinness world record holder for longest live weather report : ALROKER
42. Alternative to an S.U.V. : SEDAN
43. "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof" actor : BURLIVES
45. See 28-Across : SPREAD
46. Pen filler : INK
47. ExxonMobil product : GAS
48. Work's opposite : PLAY
49. Bowled over : AWED
51. Messiah : SAVIOR
53. Only three-letter zodiac sign : LEO
56. "Well, obviously!" : NODUH
58. Device to remove water from a ship : BILGEPUMP
60. Aged fairy tale character : CRONE
61. "We're number ___!" : ONE
62. Worth : MERIT
63. Secondary building : ANNEX
64. Marry : WED
65. Wide-mouthed jugs : EWERS
Down
1. Far from certain : IFFY
2. ___ the Explorer : DORA
3. Journey : TREK
4. Crackerjack : ACE
5. "Start working!" : GETBUSY
6. Accumulate : AMASS
7. Where flowers and oysters grow : BEDS
8. Sugar, e.g. : SWEETENER
9. Wearer of stripes on a court, informally : REF
10. Grp. making after-work plans? : AARP
11. Moved out of the way : STOODASIDE
12. Throat part : TONSIL
13. "O Canada," for Canada : ANTHEM
18. Was a passenger : RODE
22. Retrieves, as baseballs : SHAGS
24. Happened to : BEFELL
26. Last part of U.R.I.'s URL : EDU
28. Includes in an email : CCS
29. Slangy ending for "any" : HOO
30. Began, as a voyage : EMBARKEDON
31. Mosque toppers : DOMES
32. Waldorf salad ingredient : CELERY
34. Acknowledges applause, maybe : TAKESABOW
36. Bursting stars : NOVAS
38. Org. overseeing airports : FAA
39. See 25-Across : END
41. Oil ___ (gulf sight) : RIG
42. "Oh, puh-leeze!" : SPAREME
43. Human rights advocate Jagger : BIANCA
44. Like brand-new clothing : UNWORN
45. Trudge : SLOG
48. Stacked : PILED
50. Sand ridge : DUNE
52. Grape or watermelon plant : VINE
53. Item in a tackle box : LURE
54. Mideast bigwig : EMIR
55. Chooses, with "for" : OPTS
57. Bit of voodoo : HEX
59. Where parishioners sit : PEW

Answer summary: 3 unique to this puzzle, 1 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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