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New York Times, Friday, September 15, 2017

Author:
Damon Gulczynski
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Damon J. Gulczynski

This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 72, Blocks: 31 Missing: {QX} Scrabble average: 1.94 This is puzzle # 27 for Mr. Gulczynski. NYT links: Across Lite PDF
Damon J. Gulczynski notes:
My original submission of this puzzle was rejected for having too many proper nouns. I cut them roughly in half and tried again. This ... read more

My original submission of this puzzle was rejected for having too many proper nouns. I cut them roughly in half and tried again. This time: success.

I'm glad my clue for FRENEMY survived edit. Growing up, we had a massive Archie Comics collection in my house. I'm not sure why exactly – the jokes are super trite and the stories are completely vapid. I guess before smartphones, you had to ignore your family somehow.

Jeff Chen notes:
Damon used this grid pattern earlier this year to great effect, so I was eager to see what he would do with it this time. I like how ... read more

Damon used this grid pattern earlier this year to great effect, so I was eager to see what he would do with it this time. I like how this pattern let him spread so many great long entries all throughout the grid, intersecting MEDIA FRENZY with DEAD RINGER with I KNOW, RIGHT? with HALF CRAZED with GRACIOUS ME with THE RITZ with ALL THAT JAZZ. It's like the snazziness never stopped!

With 14 long slots and 4 mid-lengthers, I'd be happy to see a total of 12 or so converted into assets. Things like ADVERSARY and NEUMANN aren't eye-openers, but most all the rest is fantastic. Very well done there.

The grid leans toward the end of the spectrum of having a ton of great fill at the cost of quite a bit of crossword glue. (The opposite end is Patrick Berry, whose puzzles are squeaky clean, magically assembled, but sometimes lacking in pizzazz.) I hit IDEM early, then ARN, DR T (a terrible entry considering the forgettability of the movie), STET, NUS, CRO, ENOLA, AVEO. Too much for my taste.

The LEV / AVEO cross felt iffy, too. A bygone car is bad enough, but LEN, LEY, LEO, LEK, LEB, all seemed plausible. LEO felt like it had to be right, and AOEO looked *sort of* plausible, given all the odd car model names out there. I had a tough time believing LEV / AVEO because I've seen LEV mostly as an Israeli name.

Sometimes I wonder if my life as a constructor has corrupted my ability to enjoy puzzles, especially themelesses. I loved sussing out I KNOW, RIGHT, and felt like overall, there was so much color everywhere in the grid. Yet my stupid constructor's brain couldn't get past all those dabs of crossword glue to give this one the POW!

Stupid brain.

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© 2017, The New York TimesNo. 0915 ( 24,783 )

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Across
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Rock and Roll Hall of Fame designer : IMPEI
6
"Philomena" co-star, 2013 : DENCH
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Sound from a silencer : SHH
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Beat, in a way : MATED
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First name in aviation : ENOLA
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What's big in Texas? : TEE
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Canadian crooner Michael : BUBLE
18
Foe : ADVERSARY
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"Por ___ Cabeza" (tango song) : UNA
21
Atmosphere around a celebrity trial, say : MEDIAFRENZY
23
Prison area : YARD
25
Royal son of the comics : ARN
26
Tributary of the Mississippi : YAZOO
27
"Seriously!" : IKNOWRIGHT
31
Alfredo sauce brand : RAGU
32
Computer science pioneer John von ___ : NEUMANN
33
Cries of enlightenment : AHAS
35
School of whales : GAM
36
Snap, with "out" : WIG
37
Tolstoy's first name, in Russia : LEV
38
See 60-Down : TIE
41
Go down : WANE
42
Reggie, to Archie, in Archie Comics : FRENEMY
44
Greeting in Victoria : GDAY
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"Well, I declare!" : GRACIOUSME
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Bridesmaid dress shade : LILAC
51
Richard Gere title role : DRT
52
Leave in : STET
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1979 film whose name comes from a "Chicago" song : ALLTHATJAZZ
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___-Magnon : CRO
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University of California campus site : SANTACRUZ
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Put to shame : ABASE
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Business card abbr. : STE
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Widen, as jeans legs : FLARE
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Parker ___, so-called "Queen of the Indies" : POSEY
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Fine-grained wood : YEW
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Was really angry : FUMED
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Celsius, for one : SWEDE
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"It's on me" : IMBUYING
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The world's tallest mountain, base to peak : MAUNAKEA
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Who said "Without promotion, something terrible happens ... nothing!" : PTBARNUM
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Dragon roll ingredient : EEL
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Latin word in a footnote : IDEM
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Look-alike : DEADRINGER
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It may be spoiled : ENDING
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Bygone Chevy model : NOVA
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Pitch setter : CLEF
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Dirty cop? : HARRY
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Paragraph analogue : STANZA
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Saul Bellow novel : HERZOG
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"Psst!" : HEYYOU
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Retail giant since 1886 : SEARS
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Making : EARNING
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Brother's title : DOM
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Basic beverage, in baby talk : WAWA
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Nutso : HALFCRAZED
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Posh hotel, familiarly : THERITZ
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Bygone Chevy model : AVEO
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Precedent setter : TESTCASE
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Underwater : IMMERSED
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One way of seeing : EYETOEYE
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Peter Fonda's role in "Easy Rider" : WYATT
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Some college Greeks : NUS
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Expressionless : GLASSY
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Widen : DILATE
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Never-before-seen : ALLNEW
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Beseech : ADJURE
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Refuse : CHAFF
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Org. fighting anti-Muslim discrimination : ACLU
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Tube alternative : TRAM
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Video game sounds : ZAPS
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With 38-Across, pasta shape : BOW

Answer summary: 3 unique to this puzzle, 1 debuted here and reused later, 1 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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