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

New York Times, Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Breakfast cereal ... or a hint to what's found in the answers to the four starred clues?

Author:
Tracy Gray
Editor:
Will Shortz
TotalDebutLatestCollabs
329/8/20105/12/20218
SunMonTueWedThuFriSat
8447711
ScrabbleRebusCirclePangram
1.61661
Tracy Gray

This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 76, Blocks: 36 Missing: {QVX} Spans: 2 This is puzzle # 6 for Ms. Gray. NYT links: Across Lite PDF
Tracy Gray notes:
The inspiration for this puzzle came two years ago while I was eating my breakfast cereal. My original concept was to find phrases ... read more
Jeff Chen notes:
What nice theme entries today. HELL OR HIGH WATER, THE WALTONS, GREAT WHITE, and especially SO WHAT ELSE IS NEW. Some fine material, ... read more
1
R
2
O
3
A
4
S
5
T
6
S
7
N
8
I
9
T
10
C
11
O
12
O
13
P
14
E
C
L
A
T
15
H
O
N
E
16
R
U
B
E
17
H
E
L
L
O
18
R
H
I
G
H
19
W
A
T
E
R
20
A
L
F
21
P
A
H
S
22
R
I
F
T
23
B
O
O
24
M
25
T
H
E
26
W
A
L
T
O
27
N
28
S
29
S
T
R
A
30
I
T
31
E
N
D
32
S
E
E
33
C
R
E
34
A
35
S
E
36
J
E
S
T
37
S
38
H
R
E
D
D
E
D
39
W
40
H
E
A
T
41
O
L
I
O
42
A
N
Y
H
O
W
43
M
U
D
44
E
45
S
S
46
E
R
E
47
C
48
T
49
S
50
G
R
E
51
A
T
W
H
52
I
53
T
E
54
L
A
R
K
55
A
C
T
A
56
L
A
Z
57
Y
58
T
U
E
59
S
60
O
W
H
A
T
61
E
L
S
E
I
62
S
N
E
W
63
A
L
A
E
64
H
O
B
S
65
P
R
A
T
E
66
K
E
Y
S
67
S
N
E
E
68
S
A
P
O
R
© 2014, The New York Times2/5/14 ( No. 23,465 )

Support XWord Info today

Pay now and get access for a year.

1. Select account level
2. Choose how to pay
Across
1
Celebrity ribbing : ROAST
6
Hissy fit : SNIT
10
Urban housing option : COOP
14
Dazzling success : ECLAT
15
Practice : HONE
16
Con artist's mark : RUBE
17
*Any foreseeable difficulty : HELLORHIGHWATER
20
Sitcom character from Melmac : ALF
21
Oom-___ (tuba sounds) : PAHS
22
Falling-out result : RIFT
23
Good economic news : BOOM
25
*"Good night, John-Boy" series : THEWALTONS
29
___ of Gibraltar : STRAIT
31
PC key below Home : END
32
Pay a call to : SEE
33
Lacrosse goalie's area : CREASE
36
Do some leg-pulling : JEST
37
Breakfast cereal ... or a hint to what's found in the answers to the four starred clues? : SHREDDEDWHEAT
41
Mixed bag : OLIO
42
"As I was saying ..." : ANYHOW
43
"Slung" stuff : MUD
44
Suffix with lion : ESS
46
Puts up : ERECTS
50
*Fearsome shark : GREATWHITE
54
Bit of harmless mischief : LARK
55
Official proceedings : ACTA
56
Like a couch potato : LAZY
58
Night on which "60 Minutes" originally aired: Abbr. : TUE
59
*"Why am I not surprised?" : SOWHATELSEISNEW
63
Botanical wings : ALAE
64
Gear-cutting tools : HOBS
65
Yak, yak, yak : PRATE
66
Specifications marked on 10-hole harmonicas : KEYS
67
Knife of old : SNEE
68
Quality that produces taste : SAPOR
Down
1
Fixes up, as a fixer-upper : REHABS
2
Spotted wildcat : OCELOT
3
Totally in favor of : ALLFOR
4
Mule of song : SAL
5
Muscle car roof option : TTOP
6
"Quiet, please!" : SHHHH
7
It may elicit a 6-Down : NOISE
8
Multinational bank that sponsored the New York City Marathon : ING
9
"Reading Lolita in ___" (2003 best seller) : TEHRAN
10
Make by hand : CRAFT
11
On a cruise : OUTTOSEA
12
Knighthood letters : OBE
13
Unit pricing word : PER
18
Squealed (on) : RATTED
19
Like some Uno cards : WILD
24
Certain econ class : MACRO
26
Needing hoeing, say : WEEDY
27
Leaves home? : NEST
28
Part of a gig : SET
30
Tick off : IRE
34
Add ___ of salt : ADASH
35
One in an upper chamber: Abbr. : SEN
36
Crown inset : JEWEL
37
Ethnic joke, often : SLUR
38
Secluded spot : HIDEAWAY
39
Huff and puff : WHEEZE
40
Vert.'s opposite : HOR
41
Online "Yikes!" : OMG
44
James who was portrayed by Beyoncé : ETTA
45
Mowers' paths : SWATHS
47
Catch a few Z's : CATNAP
48
Following, as one's beliefs : TRUETO
49
Shish kebab need : SKEWER
51
Analgesics' targets : ACHES
52
"Well, ___!" : ILLBE
53
Café au lait holder : TASSE
57
Puppy sounds : YIPS
59
Cinch ___ (trash bag brand) : SAK
60
World Cup chant : OLE
61
Long, long time : EON
62
Mexican Mrs. : SRA

Answer summary: 2 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!