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New York Times, Friday, September 7, 2018

Author:
Josh Knapp
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Josh Knapp

This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 68, Blocks: 29 Missing: {FXZ} This is puzzle # 23 for Mr. Knapp. NYT links: Across Lite PDF
Jeff Chen notes:
I always look forward to Josh's byline – he's one of the best at implementing sizzling themeless entries along with clever ... read more

I always look forward to Josh's byline – he's one of the best at implementing sizzling themeless entries along with clever clues. Easily in the top ten themeless constructors, for my money.

There were so many long entries I loved. ON THE CLOCK meaning getting paid, a school bully taking LUNCH MONEY (okay, that brought back some bad memories …), the DIVING BELL, LAUNCH PADS. Great stuff.

Best of all, SPELL CHECK was elevated to stratospheric heights with such a brilliant clue. I was befuddled by what might pursue the wrong type. Some person attracted to people that weren't good for them? No, literally wrong type, as in typos!

QUICKSAND, also. The fact that it takes time to sink in, i.e., you lower into it very slowly, is in clue of the year territory.

A bunch more wickedly bright clues too. My favorite was [Hot green stuff], which baffled me until I realized it wasn't temperature hot but spicy hot. Hotchi matchi, that's a great clue!

Everything was cruising along for my POW! … until I hit the speed bumps. That SW corner was so tough. I couldn't get past (my own) BALD head – I'd never describe myself as BALD PATE. Okay, it is legit, but it felt weird. Speaking of weird, SHEAVE. Huh.

And then the SE, where I ultimately failed. I didn't know there was such a thing as a TENT BED, which is my fault. I sorta kinda maybe knew that a WET CELL historically was an important tech development, way back when. The IDYL I'd seen in crosswords. And not having watched much Jon Stewart or Bill O'REILLY, and not having seen Rocky Horror (I know, I'm an infidel!) … oof.

Ultimately, the failure was on my shoulders, as it was all gettable – especially Bill O'REILLY, who I should have thought of (I plunked in COLBERT at first). Sigh.

I bet if Josh had broken up ADVISORY at the I, he could have improved those SW / NE corners, replacing SHEAVE and working in some more sizzling entries.

Tough call – I like a low word-count challenge. But there was a little too much side-eye today for my personal POW! taste.

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© 2018, The New York TimesNo. 0907 ( 25,140 )
Across
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LP, e.g. : DISC
5
Stories with many chapters : SAGAS
10
Instagram and others : APPS
14
Getting paid, say : ONTHECLOCK
16
Trouble with a tap : DRIP
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Part of a Central American grove : PAPAYATREE
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Field mouse : VOLE
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Beam shooter : PHASER
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Mel in Cooperstown : OTT
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___ dixit (unproven assertion) : IPSE
22
Jerks : LOUTS
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It takes time to sink in : QUICKSAND
25
___ Decor (magazine) : ELLE
26
Demand from a school bully : LUNCHMONEY
27
Hi or lo follower : RES
28
Spit out : SAID
29
More minimalist, say : BARER
30
Series of rounds : BOUT
31
Place to fish from : DORY
32
"___ the Sheep" ("Wallace and Gromit" spinoff) : SHAUN
34
Potential drain obstruction : ROOT
35
Fate worse than a ticket : TOW
38
What goes after the wrong type? : SPELLCHECK
40
Fall Out Boy's "Sugar, ___ Goin Down" : WERE
41
Pipe sellers : HEADSHOPS
42
Brad's gal in "The Rocky Horror Picture Show" : JANET
43
Tombstone figure : EARP
44
Cheap beer option, for short : PBR
45
Country : RUSTIC
46
Hotel/casino on the Vegas Strip : ARIA
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Foul : ABOMINABLE
49
Go on a tweetstorm, say : VENT
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Aquanaut's chamber : DIVINGBELL
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Leg up : EDGE
52
Word with skirt or strip : STEAK
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Pastoral verse : IDYL
Down
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Eponymous Austrian physicist who studied waves : DOPPLER
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Owing money : INAHOLE
3
London burial place of John Donne and Horatio Nelson : STPAULS
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"As ___ as unsunn'd snow": Shak. : CHASTE
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Mark of a villain, maybe : SCAR
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Not mainstream, informally : ALT
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One of a series of attempts : GOROUND
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Vinegary : ACETIC
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Resource for an artist to draw on? : SKETCHBOOK
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Like some boards : ADVISORY
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Balloonist's tankful : PROPANE
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Tall, slender, footed glass : PILSNER
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No-wait : SPEEDY
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What a colon might denote : EYES
23
Drop : QUIT
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Store name with a big red initial : KMART
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What shuttles leave from : LAUNCHPADS
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What the Egyptian deity Ammit devoured : SOULS
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Chrome dome, so to speak : BALDPATE
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Google ___ : DOCS
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Like some fish and olives : SPEARED
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Court procedure : HEARING
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Dress down : REPROVE
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Comfy safari digs : TENTBED
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Stewart's onetime TV sparring partner : OREILLY
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Battery type : WETCELL
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Bundle up : SHEAVE
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Fictional figure whose name means "hole dweller" : HOBBIT
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Hot green stuff : WASABI
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Psychologist who coined the word "synchronicity" : JUNG
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Venue for broomball : RINK
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AWOL, so to speak : MIA

Answer summary: 3 unique to this puzzle, 4 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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