It looks like you're using an Ad Blocker. Please consider supporting our site by purchasing an account.
This web browser is not supported. Use Chrome, Edge, Safari, or Firefox for best results.

ACTUALLY ...

New York Times, Sunday, December 1, 2019

Author:
Patrick Merrell
Editor:
Will Shortz
TotalDebutLatestCollabs
917/10/20014/1/20202
SunMonTueWedThuFriSat
22105133452
ScrabbleRebusCirclePangram
1.61554
Patrick Merrell

This puzzle:

Rows: 21, Columns: 21 Words: 140, Blocks: 74 Missing: {JWZ} This is puzzle # 90 for Mr. Merrell. NYT links: Across Lite PDF
Will Shortz notes:
Patrick Merrell, of Vero Beach, Fla., is a freelance cartoonist, writer, graphic designer, photographer and puzzlemaker — "all in about equal measure," he says. For 40 years he's been ... read more
Jeff Chen notes:
CHINESE CHECKERS not actually Chinese, RHODE ISLAND not actually an island, etc. What with all the oddities of the English language, it's not hard to see why people believe it when someone ... read more
Jim Horne notes:
XWord Info counts this as Mr. Merrell's 90th puzzle because we don't include PDF-only puzzles like this Special Delivery from 2011. (Link requires NYT Puzzle Subscription.) Here's an old ... read more
1
E
2
M
3
U
4
G
5
O
6
R
7
K
8
I
9
B
10
A
11
B
12
E
13
S
14
N
15
A
16
P
17
T
18
O
19
D
I
P
20
U
C
O
N
N
21
A
S
O
N
22
R
E
P
E
A
L
23
I
N
S
24
P
I
T
E
O
F
25
R
H
O
D
26
E
I
S
L
A
N
D
27
T
I
E
O
N
28
R
E
29
P
O
30
L
U
V
31
T
E
N
T
H
32
S
T
P
E
33
T
34
E
R
S
S
Q
35
U
A
R
E
36
L
A
U
R
A
37
C
A
R
A
38
T
A
U
T
39
E
N
40
D
E
41
T
A
T
42
U
43
P
44
T
O
P
A
R
45
S
T
E
E
46
L
47
E
S
48
S
49
T
E
A
R
I
N
T
50
O
51
R
I
52
V
53
A
L
54
E
55
V
56
E
57
R
58
A
P
I
N
G
59
H
O
60
L
61
Y
62
R
O
M
A
N
E
63
M
P
I
R
E
64
H
A
L
65
L
A
H
O
R
E
66
E
X
I
T
S
I
G
N
S
67
S
68
O
69
L
E
70
A
S
L
71
A
P
72
E
G
A
N
73
A
74
T
P
R
E
S
75
E
76
N
T
77
I
R
I
78
S
79
E
S
80
E
81
B
82
B
83
C
H
I
N
E
S
E
C
H
84
E
C
K
E
R
S
85
R
86
A
T
I
O
87
K
E
N
O
88
F
L
O
E
S
89
A
T
90
T
E
S
T
T
O
91
T
92
B
A
93
S
T
94
A
95
I
96
D
97
E
A
S
I
E
S
T
98
L
99
O
100
C
101
O
T
102
T
103
O
104
A
R
T
Y
105
E
M
T
S
106
I
P
A
107
D
S
108
A
R
109
A
B
I
C
N
110
U
M
E
R
A
111
L
112
S
113
K
I
T
E
S
114
C
P
R
115
A
H
A
S
116
O
I
L
E
117
D
118
E
N
G
L
I
119
S
H
H
O
120
R
N
121
M
E
122
T
123
R
O
D
O
M
E
124
N
E
U
T
E
R
125
A
M
E
N
126
I
B
E
A
M
127
Y
I
N
128
S
S
T
A
R
S
129
N
A
P
A
130
C
Y
A
N
S
131
D
S
T
© 2019, The New York TimesNo. 1201 ( 25,590 )
Across
1
Bird growing up Down Under : EMU
4
Russian novelist Maxim : GORKI
9
Honey : BABE
13
Suddenly stand at attention : SNAPTO
19
Apt move when dancing the salsa? : DIP
20
Home of the Huskies, informally : UCONN
21
"He's like ___ to me" : ASON
22
Undo, legislatively : REPEAL
23
Notwithstanding : INSPITEOF
25
... It abuts water on only one of its four sides : RHODEISLAND
27
Attach, as a ribbon : TIEON
28
Possible result of late payments, informally : REPO
30
Verb on a candy heart : LUV
31
Tithing portion : TENTH
32
... It's an ellipse : STPETERSSQUARE
36
"Little House on the Prairie" girl : LAURA
37
Italian "darling" : CARA
38
Like drumheads : TAUT
39
Frankish finish : ENDE
41
Inker's artwork : TAT
42
Meeting expectations : UPTOPAR
45
Source of Andrew Carnegie's fortune : STEEL
47
Heir extension? : ESS
49
Lambaste : TEARINTO
51
Competitor : RIVAL
54
Of all time : EVER
58
Impersonator's skill : APING
59
... It was predominantly German : HOLYROMANEMPIRE
64
Sci-fi character depicted as a glowing red dot : HAL
65
Punjab's capital : LAHORE
66
Things around a cloverleaf : EXITSIGNS
67
Footprint maker : SOLE
70
Give ___ on the wrist : ASLAP
72
Jennifer who wrote the Pulitzer-winning "A Visit From the Goon Squad" : EGAN
73
Currently : ATPRESENT
77
Van Gogh masterwork : IRISES
80
Move offshore, say : EBB
83
... It's an American name for a German game : CHINESECHECKERS
85
Fuel mileage, for example : RATIO
87
Gambling game akin to bingo : KENO
88
Drift ice pieces : FLOES
89
Vouch for : ATTESTTO
91
Letters on an incomplete syllabus : TBA
93
Serious : STAID
97
Like par 2 holes among all holes in miniature golf : EASIEST
98
Rapper Tone ___ : LOC
101
___ the Orange (Syracuse mascot) : OTTO
104
Pretentious : ARTY
105
Defibrillator pros : EMTS
106
Some rectangular tablets : IPADS
108
... They're of Indian origin : ARABICNUMERALS
113
Wind-up toys? : KITES
114
It's often performed by 105-Across : CPR
115
Sounds of enlightenment : AHAS
116
Like bicycle chains : OILED
118
... It's a woodwind from Central Europe : ENGLISHHORN
121
Onetime home of the Vikings and the Twins : METRODOME
124
Make litter-proof? : NEUTER
125
Wholehearted endorsement : AMEN
126
Flanged structural support : IBEAM
127
Yang's opposite : YIN
128
Cool red giants : SSTARS
129
U.S. viticulture region : NAPA
130
Printing hues : CYANS
131
It starts in Mar. : DST
Down
1
Make amends? : EDIT
2
They're compacter than compacts : MINIS
3
Miffed : UPSET
4
... It's a rodent native to the Andes : GUINEAPIG
5
Mo. when the N.F.L., N.B.A., N.H.L. and M.L.B. all have games : OCT
6
Unidentified person in a suit : ROE
7
Big name in the soup aisle : KNORR
8
Overruns : INFESTS
9
Highly decorated : BAROQUE
10
Eruption particulates : ASH
11
When doubled, a Yale football song : BOOLA
12
Survive : ENDURE
13
___ Lanka : SRI
14
Spoons, e.g. : NESTLES
15
Cop ___ : APLEA
16
... It's a legume : PEANUT
17
Hindu tradition that's two men's names in reverse : TANTRA
18
Trite : OLDHAT
24
Popular microwave snack : POPCORN
26
What avengers get : EVEN
29
Exam for many sophs. and jrs. : PSAT
33
Second most popular Vietnamese surname (after Nguyen) : TRAN
34
Kitt who played Catwoman on TV : EARTHA
35
In ___ development : UTERO
40
Expunges : DELETES
42
Home to the Sundance Film Festival : UTAH
43
Salt's hip-hop counterpart : PEPA
44
Aerobatic maneuver : TAILSPIN
46
Tart dessert : LIMEPIE
48
Vintage-looking shade : SEPIA
50
La-la lead-in : OOH
52
Preventive medicine, slangily : VAX
53
"Star Wars" nickname : ANI
55
Short story : VIGNETTE
56
West end? : ERN
57
Pixelatedness, for short : RES
60
Abhors : LOATHES
61
Slices of life: Abbr. : YRS
62
Historic discovery : RELIC
63
Umami enhancer, for short : MSG
65
What diet products often contain : LESSFAT
68
Alternative indication : ORNOT
69
First, last, male or female name : LEE
71
Gilded chest in the Bible : ARK
73
Cathy's comics cry : ACK
74
Not just any : THE
75
Fish that's 69-Down reversed : EEL
76
High-grade U.S.M.C. enlistee : NCO
78
Lima lady: Abbr. : SRA
79
Regard : ESTEEM
81
Atoms : BITS
82
A rancher might pull one over a calf : BOOT
84
Cornerstone abbr. : ESTAB
85
... They're lousy places to sleep : RESTROOMS
86
"To repeat ..." : ASISAID
90
Subdued : TAME
92
More overbearing : BOSSIER
94
Huffington of journalism : ARIANNA
95
Septennial symptom? : ITCH
96
Charismatic : DYNAMIC
98
Compares (to) : LIKENS
99
Throws in one's two cents : OPINES
100
... It usually comes from sheep : CATGUT
102
Dash dial : TACH
103
Unmatched sock, informally : ORPHAN
107
Silty spot : DELTA
109
Welcoming whiff : AROMA
110
Phrase before a date : USEBY
111
Eponym of a London insurer : LLOYD
112
Highway haulers : SEMIS
117
Parking lot souvenir : DENT
119
AARPers : SRS
120
Part of a gym set : REP
122
Bagged leaves? : TEA
123
Dashed : RAN

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

Found bugs or have suggestions?

Like this puzzle? Please share this page on social media to help spread the word about XWord Info. Thanks!

See NYT Crosswords for info.