This web browser is not supported. Use Chrome, Edge, Safari, or Firefox for best results.

Some Theme's Missing

New York Times, Sunday, December 18, 2022

Author:
Ryan McCarty
Editor:
Will Shortz
One might crawl out of the woodwork
TotalDebutLatestCollabs
236/17/201712/18/20222
SunMonTueWedThuFriSat
10001219
ScrabblePOW
1.606
Ryan McCarty

This puzzle:

Rows: 21, Columns: 21 Words: 122, Blocks: 60 Missing: {JQV} Puzzle has duplicate clues. This is puzzle # 23 for Mr. McCarty. Jeff Chen's Puzzle of the Week pick.
Will Shortz notes:
Ryan McCarty, of Washington, D.C., is a principal consulting manager at a firm specializing in data/analytics for federal clients. He is also a baritone in multiple vocal ensembles. This ... read more
Ryan McCarty notes:
Thrilled to have my first Sunday puzzle in the Times! This grid features one of my favorite open middles that I've made as it pulls from a variety of subject areas. I had originally tried ... read more
Jeff Chen notes:
Visually stunning layout, sort of like a cross between a windmill and a hedge maze. All of the black square diagonals produce a mesmerizing sense of movement and grid flow. Ryan is perhaps ... read more
1
A
2
H
3
B
4
L
5
I
6
S
7
S
8
M
9
E
10
R
11
C
12
I
13
H
14
O
15
P
16
E
17
S
18
B
A
L
O
N
E
Y
19
C
A
R
P
E
N
20
T
E
R
A
N
T
21
C
L
O
W
N
E
D
22
T
H
I
S
I
S
T
H
E
L
I
F
E
23
S
L
O
W
E
D
24
T
H
I
N
E
25
T
R
A
D
E
D
U
P
26
O
M
A
R
27
C
A
R
P
S
28
M
B
A
29
S
A
F
E
S
30
S
W
I
T
31
G
O
G
O
S
32
F
E
I
N
33
T
34
N
O
G
O
35
P
E
N
E
36
T
R
A
T
E
37
C
O
M
E
S
A
38
T
39
R
O
N
40
L
E
G
R
A
I
S
E
41
P
H
O
E
N
I
X
A
42
Z
43
I
K
O
44
B
E
T
A
45
W
A
R
D
S
46
T
E
X
A
47
N
48
T
E
N
49
S
50
F
E
M
I
N
I
S
T
51
S
52
S
I
D
E
53
S
54
S
N
I
T
55
S
56
R
E
S
T
S
T
O
P
57
S
58
S
I
X
E
59
S
60
D
O
R
I
61
C
62
D
E
S
P
A
C
I
T
63
O
64
E
T
C
H
65
N
O
T
I
66
T
67
C
R
A
N
K
C
A
L
68
L
69
T
O
E
70
M
A
D
E
71
P
R
O
U
D
72
I
M
S
O
73
D
O
N
E
74
F
75
I
76
B
77
T
E
L
L
A
L
L
78
K
N
E
E
B
E
N
D
S
79
I
M
A
80
M
81
R
E
E
C
E
82
G
L
E
N
N
83
L
O
C
H
84
R
A
N
A
85
T
86
P
A
K
87
C
R
A
S
S
88
S
I
T
H
89
E
L
G
R
E
90
C
O
S
91
G
A
I
U
S
92
L
A
S
H
A
93
T
94
P
O
L
I
C
E
R
E
95
P
O
R
T
S
96
P
O
U
T
I
N
E
97
O
N
E
S
H
O
T
D
E
A
L
S
98
C
A
D
E
N
C
E
99
T
E
S
T
Y
100
S
O
R
T
A
101
S
M
I
D
G
E
N
© 2022, The New York Times12/18/22 ( No. 26,703 )
Across
1
"I'm in heaven!" : AHBLISS
8
Word of gratitude overseas : MERCI
13
Optimists keep them high : HOPES
18
Bunk : BALONEY
19
One might crawl out of the woodwork : CARPENTERANT
21
Goofed (around) : CLOWNED
22
"I'm in heaven!" : THISISTHELIFE
23
Entered a school zone, say : SLOWED
24
What used to be yours? : THINE
25
Got a newer smartphone, maybe : TRADEDUP
26
Persian polymath Khayyám : OMAR
27
Quibbles : CARPS
28
Many a consulting hire, for short : MBA
29
They may be locked and loaded : SAFES
30
Loretta who played "Hot Lips" Houlihan on "M*A*S*H" : SWIT
31
All-woman rock band with the 1982 hit "Vacation" : GOGOS
32
Bit of deception : FEINT
34
Scrubbed, as a rocket launch : NOGO
35
Go through : PENETRATE
37
Moves to attack : COMESAT
39
___ Carter, most-recorded jazz bassist in history : RON
40
Exercise typically done lying down : LEGRAISE
41
Largest U.S. state capital by population, on a postmark : PHOENIXAZ
43
When doubled, a classic Mardi Gras tune : IKO
44
Annual honors celebrating African American achievement : BETAWARDS
46
Likely Cotton Bowl attendee : TEXAN
48
Place in math class : TENS
50
Many equal rights champions : FEMINISTS
52
Pros and cons, e.g. : SIDES
54
Peevish displays : SNITS
56
Welcome sights on road trips : RESTSTOPS
58
"Boxcars" : SIXES
60
Style of column at Berlin's Brandenburg Gate : DORIC
62
2017 chart-topping hit whose YouTube video was the first to reach 3 billion views : DESPACITO
64
Mark in art, in a way : ETCH
65
Playground game cry : NOTIT
67
Joke that goes over the line? : CRANKCALL
69
Turf ___ (football injury) : TOE
70
Caused to kvell : MADEPROUD
72
"This really needs to stop!" : IMSODONE
74
Piece of fudge? : FIB
77
Reveal the juiciest details : TELLALL
78
Squatting motions : KNEEBENDS
79
Muslim leader : IMAM
81
Volleyball star-turned-model Gabrielle : REECE
82
Close up on the screen? : GLENN
83
Scotland's ___ Lomond : LOCH
84
Charged : RANAT
86
Neighbor of India: Abbr. : PAK
87
Having a sailor's mouth, so to speak : CRASS
88
Group once led by Darth Sidious : SITH
89
Paintings such as "View of Toledo" : ELGRECOS
91
Given name of Caligula and Augustus : GAIUS
92
Harshly criticize : LASHAT
94
Joint accounts? : POLICEREPORTS
96
Québécois dish of French fries, cheese curds and gravy : POUTINE
97
Some limited-time offers : ONESHOTDEALS
98
Rhythmic pattern : CADENCE
99
Peevish : TESTY
100
"Somewhat" : SORTA
101
Wee bit : SMIDGEN
Down
1
Fundamentals : ABCS
2
Portmanteau for an extended autumn celebration : HALLOWEEKEND
3
Fried appetizer that resembles a blossom : BLOOMINGONION
4
Ebb tide feature : LOWWATER
5
___ child : INNER
6
Number in a tournament : SEED
7
Pink Floyd co-founder Barrett : SYD
8
Primary pipes : MAINS
9
Hebrides tongue : ERSE
10
Engineering sch. in Troy, N.Y. : RPI
11
"That's fine," in French : CESTBIEN
12
Making its way there : INTRANSIT
13
Doesn't ignore : HEEDS
14
Author Susan played by Meryl Streep in 2002's "Adaptation" : ORLEAN
15
Covered, in a way : PAIDFOR
16
Really hot, slangily : ENFUEGO
17
Squooshes, maybe : STEPSON
19
Bad things to find in a tea set : CHIPS
20
Lil Wayne's "___ Carter V" : THA
22
Sudden pang : THROE
24
Worked on in tandem : TAGTEAMED
27
Amusement park ride, informally : COASTER
28
Sort of investment purchase with a spike in popularity through social media : MEMESTOCK
30
Skedaddles : SPLITS
31
"Oh, good ___!" : GRIEF
32
One might offer concessions : FOODSTAND
33
Early springtime woe : TAXES
36
Neighbor of the Q key : TAB
37
Basketball legend nicknamed the "Point God" : CHRISPAUL
38
Their business is picking up : TAXIS
41
Term for a male opera character played by a woman : PANTSROLE
42
"White Teeth" novelist Smith : ZADIE
45
Witticism : WISECRACK
47
Very little : NEXTTONOTHING
49
River: Ger. : STROM
51
Thai cuisine quality : SPICINESS
53
Opportunity to make things right : SECONDCHANCE
55
Occupy, as a booth : SITAT
57
Landing sites for bees : STAMENS
59
"Good Lord!" : SHEESH
61
Apple product : CIDER
63
Elizabeth who starred in Marvel's "WandaVision" : OLSEN
66
Gets there in no time? : TELEPORTS
68
Defensive badminton shot : LOB
71
"Go right ahead!" : PLEASEDO
73
Removed from an exchange : DELISTED
74
Earthenware container for transporting heat : FIREPOT
75
"No one's here but me" : IMALONE
76
Ornamental bracelets : BANGLES
78
2019 animated Christmas film nominated for an Academy Award : KLAUS
80
New York college known for its polls : MARIST
82
Southern breakfast bowlful : GRITS
85
Into gadgets, say : TECHY
87
Soul singer Thomas : CARLA
88
Mecca resident : SAUDI
90
Boardroom V.I.P. : CEO
91
Parent of kids : GOAT
92
Mix of sand, silt and clay : LOAM
93
Many a TikTok user : TEEN
95
"___ my last email …" : PER
96
IT department inventory : PCS

Answer summary: 20 unique to this puzzle, 4 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!