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

New York Times, Thursday, April 15, 2021

Starting point for a piano student, or a phonetic hint to 17-, 18-, 22-, 33-, 41-, 49- and 55-Across

Author:
Brendan Emmett Quigley and Ben Zimmer
Editor:
Will Shortz
TotalDebutLatestCollabs
1888/7/19964/15/202118
SunMonTueWedThuFriSatVariety
385152019492715
ScrabbleRebusCirclePangram
1.635214
Brendan Emmett Quigley
TotalDebutLatestCollabs
25/3/20204/15/20212
SunMonTueWedThuFriSat
1000100
ScrabbleRebusCirclePangram
1.56001
Ben Zimmer

This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 74, Blocks: 38 Missing: {JQZ} This is puzzle # 188 for Mr. Quigley. This is puzzle # 2 for Mr. Zimmer.
Constructor notes:
BEQ: Before COVID forced me into "seclusion" (i.e. covering for Tabtiha's homeschoolin' and otherwise trying to keep Chez BEQ chuggin' ... read more
Jeff Chen notes:
MIDDLE C … ? CALCIUM has a middle C (4th out of 7 letters). HALCYON, too. TAXICAB and PUSSYCAT's Cs aren't exactly in the middle, but ... read more
1
S
2
U
3
R
4
E
5
D
6
I
7
D
8
M
9
A
10
C
11
A
12
B
13
R
14
E
15
O
V
E
R
U
S
E
16
I
N
E
R
R
O
R
17
T
A
X
I
C
A
B
18
C
A
L
C
I
U
M
19
H
A
R
20
S
H
21
A
C
T
A
22
P
23
U
24
S
25
S
Y
C
A
T
26
W
27
A
D
E
S
28
O
P
T
S
29
U
30
N
A
G
I
31
S
T
O
N
32
E
33
P
R
E
S
E
A
34
S
35
O
36
N
37
I
W
O
38
M
39
E
A
G
A
I
N
40
N
C
O
41
T
O
P
42
S
E
C
R
E
T
43
T
44
R
A
C
I
45
I
N
T
R
O
46
A
F
A
R
47
G
48
O
R
D
O
49
N
50
O
51
S
52
E
E
U
M
S
53
T
R
I
O
54
A
S
H
E
N
55
H
A
L
C
56
Y
57
O
N
58
M
I
D
59
D
60
L
61
E
62
C
63
I
S
E
C
O
N
D
64
A
K
I
H
I
T
O
65
S
P
R
O
U
T
S
66
N
O
N
S
T
O
P
© 2021, The New York Times4/15/21 ( No. 26,091 )

Support XWord Info today

Pay now and get access for a year.

1. Select account level
2. Choose how to pay
Across
1
"Yep, took care of it!" : SUREDID
8
King-like, in a way : MACABRE
15
Turn into a cliché : OVERUSE
16
Wrongly : INERROR
17
City transport, redundantly : TAXICAB
18
Most common mineral in the human body : CALCIUM
19
Severe : HARSH
21
Court proceedings : ACTA
22
Gentle, mild-mannered sort : PUSSYCAT
26
Gets one's feet wet? : WADES
28
Goes (for) : OPTS
29
Eel, on a menu : UNAGI
31
Ring thing : STONE
33
Warm-up time for pro athletes : PRESEASON
37
___ Jima : IWO
38
"I'm back" : MEAGAIN
40
G.I. with stripes : NCO
41
On a need-to-know basis : TOPSECRET
43
One of the sisters on TV's "Braxton Family Values" : TRACI
45
It's a start : INTRO
46
A ways away : AFAR
47
Astronaut Cooper as portrayed in "The Right Stuff" : GORDO
49
Camping pests : NOSEEUMS
53
Bell Biv DeVoe or Bananarama : TRIO
54
Pale as a ghost : ASHEN
55
Happy, as bygone days : HALCYON
58
Starting point for a piano student, or a phonetic hint to 17-, 18-, 22-, 33-, 41-, 49- and 55-Across : MIDDLEC
63
Words supporting a motion : ISECOND
64
Emperor who abdicated in 2019 after 30 years : AKIHITO
65
Topping for a vegan burger : SPROUTS
66
On and on and on : NONSTOP
Down
1
Lush : SOT
2
A.C.C. school : UVA
3
"Regal" pet name : REX
4
Verdi's "___ tu" : ERI
5
Luxembourg is a grand one : DUCHY
6
Hayes who scored "Shaft" : ISAAC
7
Messing of "Will & Grace" : DEBRA
8
State whose northern residents are known as Yoopers: Abbr. : MICH
9
Newswoman Navarro : ANA
10
Frame in "Who Framed Roger Rabbit" : CEL
11
Idyllic spot of myth : ARCADIA
12
Streisand role in "Funny Girl" : BRICE
13
Hammerings : ROUTS
14
Aretha's sister who sang "Piece of My Heart" : ERMA
20
Once-plentiful endangered fish nicknamed "Albany beef" : STURGEONS
22
Put forth, as a hypothesis : POSIT
23
Leading by a basket : UPTWO
24
Go low, in a way : STOOP
25
ID datum : SSN
26
"___ close?" : WASI
27
Word with free or double : AGENT
30
Straight up : NEAT
32
Make corrections to : EMEND
33
Surname of the Incredibles : PARR
34
Big bungle : SNAFU
35
Philosopher who favored simple explanations : OCCAM
36
Gritty films, informally : NOIRS
39
Prefix with -plasmic : ECTO
42
Dry wind in the Sahara : SIROCCO
44
Issa of "Insecure" : RAE
47
Get : GRASP
48
Many a sight on the Suez Canal : OILER
50
"Hoo-ee!" : OHMAN
51
Brand name that means "exquisite" in Japanese : SEIKO
52
___ a tie : ENDIN
53
"Get ___ ..." ("Here's the best part ...") : THIS
54
They may lead to longer sentences : ANDS
56
Thou, now : YOU
57
8-Down's northern neighbor: Abbr. : ONT
59
M.L.B.'s "10th men" : DHS
60
Happening, in slang : LIT
61
1940s combat zone, in brief : ETO
62
Extra in a procedural : COP

Answer summary: 1 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!