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New York Times, Thursday, September 19, 2019

Author:
David Kwong
Editor:
Will Shortz
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David Kwong

This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 78, Blocks: 38 Missing: {JKVX} This is puzzle # 20 for Mr. Kwong. NYT links: Across Lite PDF
David Kwong notes:
I always wanted to have PRI(ME)TI(ME)EMMY be the revealer, but what filled out the rest of the puzzle took a bit of work. Actors who ... read more

I always wanted to have PRI(ME)TI(ME)EMMY be the revealer, but what filled out the rest of the puzzle took a bit of work. Actors who have won the award were not lining up for symmetry. I had the full list, including DEBRA(ME)SSING, JA(ME)SGANDOLFINI, RIZAH(ME)D, A(ME)RICAFERRERA. Even dug deep to find PA(ME)LAADLON and (ME)RRITT WEVER. I even looked at hosts: SETH(ME)YERS, JIMMYKIM(ME)L and (ME)RVGRIFFEN. But no dice!

In the end, I'm very pleased with making the show names work. A(ME)RICAN CRI(ME) / STORY mirrored MAD(ME)N nicely. And PANTOMI(ME)QUIZ works because it's a nice piece of trivia that it was the first winner. And I think if I didn't include GA(ME)OFTHRONES I would have been in big trouble.

I hope you enjoyed it!

Jeff Chen notes:
Every rebus puzzle needs some rationale, a raison d'etre, and this is as strong as any. Emmy-winning shows with M-E (say it out loud) ... read more

Every rebus puzzle needs some rationale, a raison d'etre, and this is as strong as any. Emmy-winning shows with M-E (say it out loud) contained within? Great stuff. It's almost as if George R.R. Martin titled his series a GAME OF THRONES for that exact purpose!

I don't watch much TV these days, so it's tough for me to tell how familiar I should be with most of the rest. MAD MEN? I've never seen an episode, but I've heard many talk about it, both pro and con. No bones there. HOMELAND, too.

AMERICAN CRIME / STORY … looking it up … ha ha ha, how appropriate that Felicity Huffman was on the show! Sad; she's a great actress. Not so great a criminal.

PANTOMIME QUIZ.

Let me rephrase that: PANTOMIME QUIZ?

Huh. I suppose it's worthwhile, as a winner of one of the first PRIMETIME EMMYs.

I suppose.

Maybe.

I'd have loved for each featured show to contain just one ME, or better yet, the number of Emmys the show has won. The latter would have been impossible, so I'd have settled for removing AMERICAN CRIME / STORY, and using simply EMMY as a revealer instead of PRIMETIME EMMY. It's confusing to have just one themer with two rebuses, without any reason except for BECAUSE REASONS.

I'd have also liked the game to be more intriguing, a la GAME OF THRONES (except for that last season, WTF Daenerys?). As much as I liked SHOW ME STATE, it's such an obvious answer / clue pair that it tipped off the fact that some trick was in play.

I often push constructors to integrate more long bonuses in increase solver pleasure, but what with LAH and NTWT required to get SANTA ANITA and SHOW ME STATE, breaking up the former would have better served the puzzle.

Overall, an enjoyable concept that directed me to look up some kinda sorta interesting trivia.

ADDED NOTE: Oops! Astute reader Agnes Davidson points out that AMERICAN CRIME is different than AMERICAN CRIME / STORY. Curiously, they've both won Emmys.

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© 2019, The New York TimesNo. 0919 ( 25,517 )
Across
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Buffoon : ASS
4
Some horses : ARABS
9
2008, 2009, 2010, 2011 : MADMEN
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"___-di-dah!" : LAH
15
Leave college sports early, say : GOPRO
16
Quarters : ABODE
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Musical Yoko : ONO
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With 71-Across, 2016, 2018 : AMERICANCRIME
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Food pkg. info : NTWT
22
Slangy negative : AINT
23
Here, in Havana : ACA
24
2015, 2016, 2018 : GAMEOFTHRONES
29
Have goals : ASPIRE
30
Completely behind : ALLFOR
34
Little pest : ANT
35
Isolates, in business-speak : SILOS
38
Ocean predator : ORCA
39
One-named singer with the #1 hit "Cheap Thrills" : SIA
40
2012 : HOMELAND
43
Show piece : ACT
44
Lead-in that means "Way to go!" : ATTA
46
General tone : TENOR
47
Abu Dhabi's land: Abbr. : UAE
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Literally, "frying pan" : PAELLA
51
Futuristic assistants : DROIDS
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1949 (first winner) : PANTOMIMEQUIZ
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Away from the bow : AFT
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Principal : STAR
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Cousin of a plum : SLOE
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What each of the programs in this puzzle has won at least once : PRIMETIMEEMMY
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Half of nine? : ENS
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Danger : PERIL
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Bulgaria's capital : SOFIA
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URL ending : NET
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See 18-Across : STORY
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Pre-1917 rulers : TSARS
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QB's stats : TDS
Down
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Beside : ALONG
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Track that hosted Seabiscuit's final race : SANTAANITA
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Missouri, with "the" : SHOWMESTATE
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___ Khan (Islamic title) : AGA
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"Coriolanus" setting : ROME
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Calendar abbr. : APR
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Thorny plant : BRIAR
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Prefix with economics : SOCIO
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Place for trophies : MANTEL
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Epitome of simplicity : ABC
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"___ and the Lost City of Gold" (2019 movie) : DORA
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Battlefield figure : MEDIC
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Site of a Herculean feat : NEMEA
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Palindromic girl : ANNA
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Summit : TOP
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What trawlers trawl for : FISH
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Small jazz group : TRIO
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Bit of bicycling gear : HELMET
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___-mo : SLO
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Like kited checks : FRAUDULENT
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Brought about : OCCASIONED
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A mile a minute, e.g. : RATE
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Pronto : ASAP
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Fan's cry : OLE
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Chain letters? : SANDM
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"Me neither" : NORI
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Ending with aero- : DROME
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The Matterhorn is one : ALP
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In the end : LASTLY
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Con : ANTI
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Stats for eggheads : IQS
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Most meek : TAMEST
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Shelfmates of Chips Ahoy! : OREOS
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Drink garnishes : ZESTS
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Most newspapers have them nowadays : APPS
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Worry : FRET
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Beginner: Var. : TIRO
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1960s-'70s Israeli leader : MEIR
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Music school deg. : MFA
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Old space station : MIR
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"___ queen!" ("You go, girl!") : YAS

Answer summary: 4 unique to this puzzle.

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