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New York Times, Wednesday, February 16, 2022

Children's author who wrote "People say nothing is impossible, but I do nothing every day"

Author:
Rich Proulx
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Rich Proulx

This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 16 Words: 77, Blocks: 38 Missing: {QZ} Spans: 1 This is puzzle # 8 for Mr. Proulx.
Rich Proulx notes:
Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat was my high school musical. My theatrical skills skidded to a halt at song and dance, but watching ... read more
Jim Horne notes:
A. A. MILNE shows up often in crosswords. "People say nothing is impossible, but I do nothing every day" is a great quote. Milne wrote all ... read more
Jeff Chen notes:
Hardly a JOYLESS solve, four phrases hinting at elements that might gild the lengendary COAT OF MANY COLORS. I used to listen to "Joseph and ... read more
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© 2022, The New York Times2/16/22 ( No. 26,398 )
Across
1
Weak hit : BLOOP
6
Big hit : SMASH
11
Speak disrespectfully to : SASS
15
Hindi for "palace" : MAHAL
16
Mischievous fairy : PIXIE
17
"___ Homo" (Nietzsche book) : ECCE
18
Worker designation coined by Upton Sinclair : WHITECOLLAR
20
Key that's never used alone: Abbr. : CTRL
21
Sign of a packed house : SRO
22
"Confound it!" : DARN
23
Disney mermaid : ARIEL
24
Traditional folk song played by British and Australian ice cream trucks : GREENSLEEVES
28
Devoid of pleasure : JOYLESS
32
French trick-taking game : ECARTE
33
Really bothered : ATEAT
34
Doughnut shapes : TORI
35
Get ready : PREP
38
Envy source in Genesis 37 that hints at 18-, 24-, 49- and 58-Across : COATOFMANYCOLORS
42
Steve with eight N.B.A. championships : KERR
43
They're placed in locks : OARS
44
Signs of saints : HALOS
45
Cry for help : SAVEUS
47
Most likely to preen : VAINEST
49
Upside, when down : SILVERLINING
52
Characteristic : TRAIT
53
"Understood" : ISEE
54
"The Problem With ___" (documentary related to "The Simpsons") : APU
57
Letter after theta : IOTA
58
Some sushi menu fish : YELLOWTAILS
62
Tech review site : CNET
63
Like prunes vis-à-vis plums : DRIER
64
Nonstudio film : INDIE
65
Sedgwick of "The Closer" : KYRA
66
"The Lorax" author : SEUSS
67
Stun gun : TASER
Down
1
X1, M2 and i3 : BMWS
2
Cowardly Lion portrayer : LAHR
3
Lima's home : OHIO
4
Nondairy milk option : OAT
5
Promise that one will : PLEDGETO
6
Mushrooms produce them : SPORES
7
Children's author who wrote "People say nothing is impossible, but I do nothing every day" : MILNE
8
Rose of Guns N' Roses : AXL
9
"Cheap Thrills" singer, 2016 : SIA
10
That ship : HER
11
Scheme : SECRETPLAN
12
Important part : ACTIVEROLE
13
Rocky debris : SCREE
14
What sex does, they say : SELLS
19
Train units : CARS
23
___ Lingus : AER
25
Highlighter shades : NEONS
26
Prognosticate with a crystal ball : SCRY
27
Secular : LAIC
28
Plug receptacle : JACK
29
First Native American tribe to meet with Lewis and Clark : OTOE
30
After quite some time : YEARSLATER
31
Verdi opera originally titled "Amore e Morte" ("Love and Death") : LATRAVIATA
34
Foot bones : TARSI
36
Cherubic god : EROS
37
"You there!" : PSST
39
Author Jonathan Safran ___ : FOER
40
Rough up : MAUL
41
Line when you're late to the punch line : OHIGETIT
46
Dog doc : VET
47
Features of some bike helmets : VISORS
48
Freshly : ANEW
49
Carrot's counterpart : STICK
50
Complaining about social media on Facebook, say : IRONY
51
Frasier's brother on "Frasier" : NILES
54
Gives a hand : AIDS
55
Ballet bend : PLIE
56
Employer : USER
58
R.B.'s stat : YDS
59
Before, to Shakespeare : ERE
60
Simu ___, star of "Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings" : LIU
61
Santa ___, Calif. : ANA

Answer summary: 5 unique to this puzzle, 3 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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