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New York Times, Wednesday, May 15, 2024

Author:
MaryEllen Uthlaut
Editor:
Joel Fagliano
Bivalve mollusks
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49/7/20105/15/2024
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1.552228%
MaryEllen Uthlaut

This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 76, Blocks: 38 Missing: {FJQVXZ} This is puzzle # 4 for Ms. Uthlaut. Wednesday freshness: 63%
Jim Horne notes:

All the clues start with B.

1
A
2
P
3
T
4
A
5
E
6
S
7
O
8
P
9
D
10
E
11
C
12
C
13
A
14
M
O
O
15
B
R
U
N
O
16
E
T
H
O
S
17
B
U
M
18
B
L
E
B
E
E
19
B
E
E
C
H
20
U
N
T
I
E
21
L
S
22
A
T
23
S
K
I
24
S
C
O
T
25
B
26
A
B
Y
B
O
27
T
T
L
E
28
H
E
M
29
H
E
R
30
C
R
O
N
E
S
31
K
A
M
A
32
L
33
A
34
G
U
S
T
35
B
A
S
E
B
A
L
36
L
37
B
A
T
38
C
39
R
A
B
40
S
W
E
A
R
S
41
A
E
R
O
42
B
43
E
44
U
S
A
45
B
46
A
47
R
48
B
U
B
B
L
E
49
B
50
A
T
H
51
R
U
S
E
52
I
N
E
53
A
R
A
L
54
M
I
D
S
T
55
N
I
C
56
A
D
57
H
A
58
P
59
P
Y
B
D
A
Y
60
E
T
U
D
E
61
T
R
E
A
T
62
H
I
P
63
T
E
E
M
S
64
S
M
A
S
H
65
A
L
E
© 2024, The New York Times5/15/24 ( No. 27,217 )
Across
1
Befitting the circumstances : APT
4
"Belling the Cat" storyteller : AESOP
9
Bing Crosby's record label : DECCA
14
Bovine expression : MOO
15
"Borat" follow-up from Sacha Baron Cohen : BRUNO
16
Belief system : ETHOS
17
Buzzer you wouldn't want to hit? : BUMBLEBEE
19
Budweiser beer is aged using this wood : BEECH
20
Break up, as a knot : UNTIE
21
Barrier for an aspiring D.A. : LSAT
23
Biathlete's need : SKI
24
Byron, by ancestry : SCOT
25
Breast milk container : BABYBOTTLE
28
Bottom of a dress : HEM
29
Beatles hit "And I Love ___" : HER
30
Beldames : CRONES
31
Big name in D.C. : KAMALA
34
Burst, as of wind : GUST
35
Brewer's implement : BASEBALLBAT
38
Bad-tempered sort : CRAB
40
Blasphemes : SWEARS
41
Bacterium requiring oxygen : AEROBE
44
"Born in the ___" (Bruce Springsteen hit) : USA
45
Block, in a way : BAR
48
Blissful soak : BUBBLEBATH
51
Blind, to a duck : RUSE
52
Benedict follower? : INE
53
By the 1980s, this sea had become two lakes : ARAL
54
"Behold, the kingdom of God is in the ___ of you": Luke : MIDST
55
Battery type : NICAD
57
"Best wishes for your once-a-year celebration!" (and a wish for solvers of this puzzle) : HAPPYBDAY
60
Bach exercise : ETUDE
61
Buy a drink for, say : TREAT
62
Body part with a ball and socket : HIP
63
Brims (with) : TEEMS
64
Break into pieces : SMASH
65
Barley brew : ALE
Down
1
Blindside, say : AMBUSH
2
Big cats and opportunists both do this : POUNCE
3
Basic drum : TOMTOM
4
Blessed with skills : ABLE
5
Before, in verse : ERE
6
Benchwarmer : SUB
7
Box of spaghetti's weight: Abbr. : ONELB
8
Burns books? : POESY
9
Bondservant, often : DEBTOR
10
Bordeaux summer : ETE
11
Brownish-red shade : CHESTNUT
12
Bivalve mollusks : COCKLES
13
Beyond the pale? : ASHIEST
18
Bridle attachment : BIT
22
"Bachelor in Paradise" network : ABC
25
Bieber's "That Should ___" : BEME
26
Bedouins, e.g. : ARABS
27
"Ben-Hur" getups : TOGAS
29
Bears, as a child : HAS
31
Beef on a skewer, e.g. : KABOB
32
"Buckle up! It's the ___" : LAW
33
Bering Sea islander : ALEUT
35
Backyard get-together : BARBECUE
36
Bind with rope : LASH
37
Bali product : BRA
38
Biden's advisers : CABINET
39
Bring back together : REUNITE
42
Business ends of swords : BLADES
43
Bard's "always" : EER
45
Bo tree meditator : BUDDHA
46
Beset : ASSAIL
47
Bang out again, as a text : RETYPE
49
Bangkok coins : BAHTS
50
Burglar deterrent : ALARM
51
Bone in a cage : RIB
54
Belief that bulls hate the color red, e.g. : MYTH
56
Byrd's rank: Abbr. : ADM
58
Black-eyed ___ : PEA
59
Ballet step : PAS

Answer summary:
2 unique to this puzzle, 2 unique to Modern Era but used previously.

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