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New York Times, Wednesday, February 8, 2023

Author:
Chase Dittrich
Editor:
Will Shortz
Water repellent?
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Chase Dittrich

This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 78, Blocks: 36 Missing: {QVZ} This is puzzle # 7 for Mr. Dittrich. Wednesday freshness: 50%
Chase Dittrich notes:
Rhode Island — neither road nor island. Discuss. I was very amused that oat milk and goat milk were one letter off. That's what ... read more
Jeff Chen notes:
Why do so many constructors say I MEAN, COME ON to me? Because I'm wrong a lot! As with yesterday's puzzle , Chase and I had been ... read more
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© 2023, The New York Times2/8/23 ( No. 26,755 )
Across
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"In like a lion, out like a ___" (March adage) : LAMB
5
Knee stabilizer, in brief : ACL
8
Quaff : IMBIBE
14
Moises of baseball fame : ALOU
15
One of the fire signs : LEO
16
"Marvelous" TV character : MAISEL
17
Alternative to 2% … with or without the shaded letter : GOATMILK
19
Lawn trimmers : EDGERS
20
Scuffle : SETTO
21
Simpson with an I.Q. of 159 : LISA
23
Modern lead-in to "-verse" : META
24
Place to practice martial arts : DOJO
26
One-named singer with the 2000 hit "Only Time" : ENYA
28
Tex-Mex dish : FAJITA
31
It may be half of a blackjack … with or without the shaded letter : FACECARD
35
On the briny : ASEA
36
N.B.A. Hall-of-Famer Bill : WALTON
38
"Doctor ___" : WHO
39
Small stream : RILL
40
Vision that's subject to interpretation : DREAM
41
Alien conveyances : UFOS
42
The Golden Bears of the N.C.A.A., familiarly : CAL
43
Mediterranean country with 8,500 miles of coastline : GREECE
44
On a streak? : NUDE
45
Things that might be raised in court … with or without the shaded letter : EMOTIONS
47
Bajillions : OODLES
49
Brand for which Garfield was once a "spokescat" : ALPO
50
Memo heading : INRE
51
Trojan War hero : AJAX
54
V.A. concern : PTSD
56
Chardonnay, for one : GRAPE
60
Corkscrew pasta : ROTINI
62
They might eliminate teams … with or without the shaded letter : PLAYOFFS
64
2013 Sheryl Sandberg best seller : LEANIN
65
Big name in outdoor gear : REI
66
Hobbit foes : ORCS
67
Whoopee cushion, for one : OLDGAG
68
Luxury handbag initials : YSL
69
Meh : SOSO
Down
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Streaming hiccups : LAGS
2
Soothing ingredient : ALOE
3
Water repellent? : MOAT
4
Make a mistake while sitting down? : BUTTDIAL
5
Comedian Wong : ALI
6
Member of a string quartet : CELLO
7
Thor's mischievous brother : LOKI
8
"Seriously, though?!" : IMEANCOMEON
9
___ dash : MAD
10
Sandwich on a sesame seed bun : BIGMAC
11
"Gotcha" : ISEE
12
Muppet that sings "Doin' the Pigeon" : BERT
13
Disney princess who can conjure ice : ELSA
18
Not worth discussing : MOOT
22
Airport near Olympia, informally : SEATAC
25
Absolutely incredible : JAWDROPPING
27
Nikkei 225 currency : YEN
28
Ridiculous display : FARCE
29
"Take me ___" : ASIAM
30
Word with shot or mold : JELLO
31
Gets out of Dodge : FLEES
32
Not just bad : AWFUL
33
___ Island (location that's not really an island) : RHODE
34
Pharmacy amounts : DOSES
37
Playground retort : ARENOT
41
Fruit of the Loom product featuring superhero themes : UNDEROOS
43
___ Grissom, longtime "CSI" character : GIL
46
Wearisome : TAXING
48
Dionysian party : ORGY
50
Sits around : IDLES
51
Guthrie who wrote "Alice's Restaurant" : ARLO
52
One of the Coen brothers : JOEL
53
Slightly : ATAD
55
Nimble : SPRY
57
Do for Billy Preston, once : AFRO
58
Ones ranking below cpls. : PFCS
59
Canadian gas brand : ESSO
61
Actress Vardalos : NIA
63
Not feel great : AIL

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