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New York Times, Tuesday, February 1, 2022

Author:
Zhouqin Burnikel
Editor:
Will Shortz
Iranian New Year, celebrated on March 21, 2022
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Zhouqin Burnikel

This puzzle:

Rows: 16, Columns: 14 Words: 78, Blocks: 44 Missing: {JQ} Spans: 1 Grid has mirror symmetry. This is puzzle # 74 for Ms. Burnikel. Tuesday freshness: 3%
Zhouqin Burnikel notes:
I originally had AZERA for 47-Across, the Z crossing might have created a tricky spot for some solvers. Wyna helped me tweak ... read more
Jeff Chen notes:
My brother sent his kids to a private school where they were the token minorities. Every year, they were asked to present ... read more
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© 2022, The New York Times2/1/22 ( No. 26,383 )
Across
1
Smurf with red pants : PAPA
5
Performed in a choir : SANG
9
Overly proper : PRIM
13
Homecoming guest, informally : ALUM
14
Algeria has the largest one among African countries : AREA
15
Capital where natives say "Arrivederci!" : ROMA
16
Chinese New Year, celebrated on Feb. 1, 2022 : SPRINGFESTIVAL
19
Trunk in a studio : TORSO
20
Star's negotiator : AGENT
21
Lines at a theater? : SCRIPT
26
Jewish New Year, celebrated on Sept. 25, 2022 : ROSHHASHANAH
32
Nevada's third-largest city : RENO
33
A long way off : AFAR
34
Follow, as orders : OBEY
36
List-ending abbr. : ETAL
37
"The Good Place" actress Rudolph : MAYA
38
Became threadbare : WORE
39
Impudence : GALL
40
Pigs' hangouts : PENS
41
Barbecue spice mixes : RUBS
42
Big seller of flat-pack furniture : IKEA
43
Blackthorn fruit : SLOE
44
Pac-12 team : UTES
45
Haggard of country music : MERLE
47
Clear sky's color : AZURE
48
Approximate fig. : EST
49
Came to a halt : CEASED
54
Ave. crossers : STS
55
Thai New Year, celebrated on April 13, 2022 : SONGKRAN
57
Big toucan feature : BEAK
60
Stadium level : TIER
61
Squared up : EVEN
65
Prepare for takeoff : TAXI
66
Fashion designer Tahari : ELIE
67
Tick off : RILE
68
Bit of a dance : STEP
69
Tear to pieces : REND
70
Highly skilled : DEFT
Down
1
Days gone by : PAST
2
Pedigree competitor : ALPO
3
Sound from a contented cat : PURR
4
"Time's Arrow" novelist Martin : AMIS
5
Old couch's problem : SAG
6
Sheepdog's greeting : ARF
7
Formerly called : NEE
8
Methane, e.g. : GAS
9
Uptight type : PRIG
10
Wander around : ROVE
11
Mogadishu-born model and cosmetics mogul : IMAN
12
Brewing ingredient : MALT
17
Quick bite : NOSH
18
"Bye now!" : TATA
22
Tourney winners : CHAMPS
23
Tennis's Nadal : RAFAEL
24
"Thumbs down!" : ISAYNO
25
Sentence segment : PHRASE
26
Movie do-overs : RETAKES
27
Standing guard : ONALERT
28
Korean New Year, celebrated on Feb. 1, 2022 : SOLLAL
29
Iranian New Year, celebrated on March 21, 2022 : NOWRUZ
30
Explanatory page on a company's website : ABOUTUS
31
President between Calvin and Franklin : HERBERT
32
Government in power : REGIME
35
Affirmatives : YESSES
46
___-warrior (environmental activist) : ECO
47
Org. on a mouthwash bottle : ADA
50
Go in : ENTER
51
Like ballet dancers : AGILE
52
Unit of yarn : SKEIN
53
Messed up : ERRED
55
Not attend : SKIP
56
Peter Parker in "Spider-Man," for one : NERD
57
"Dynamite" K-pop band : BTS
58
Dine : EAT
59
Tool on a fire truck : AXE
62
Fight (for) : VIE
63
Pointy-eared toymaker : ELF
64
Acrobat's safeguard : NET

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