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New York Times, Wednesday, May 3, 2023

Author:
Samuel A. Donaldson
Editor:
Will Shortz
Vicious pet handler's query?
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Samuel A. Donaldson

This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 76, Blocks: 36 Missing: {QV} Spans: 4 Puzzle has duplicate clues. This is puzzle # 38 for Mr. Donaldson. Wednesday freshness: 51%
Samuel A. Donaldson notes:
While working on a theme where "it" could be inserted into common phrases, I came up with WHO CAN IT BITE NOW, which I really liked ... read more
Jeff Chen notes:
Adding (or subtracting) two letters is commonplace in crosswords, and IT has been done many times. You have to spice things up if ... read more
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© 2023, The New York Times5/3/23 ( No. 26,839 )
Across
1
Beer pong needs : CUPS
5
Part of a Halloween costume, maybe : FANGS
10
French wine cocktail : KIR
13
Mythological meanie : OGRE
14
Underway, to Sherlock Holmes : AFOOT
15
Medical fluids : SERA
16
Vicious pet handler's query? : WHOCANITBITENOW
19
Barnyard male : TOM
20
Western bloc with a single currency : EUROZONE
21
"Full Frontal" host Samantha : BEE
23
Unwelcoming : ICY
26
Georgia, for most of the 20th century, in brief : SSR
27
Cranberry harvest site : BOG
28
Observation when the collection plate is overflowing? : ITSAGOODTITHING
32
Himalayan capital, as it's sometimes spelled : KATMANDU
33
Fresh start? : NEO
34
"Frozen" queen : ELSA
35
Obama health law, for short : ACA
37
Dog ___ (potential locale for a Pawmates meetup) : PARK
41
Stubborn Seuss character, with "the" : ZAX
44
Alternative to United or Delta : AMERICAN
47
"So much for my theory that the universe has no end"? : IGUESSITSFINITE
51
Nickname that might drop -han : NAT
52
Sex columnist Savage : DAN
53
Language in which "Nebraska" means "flat river" : OTO
54
Summer coat? : DEW
55
Seize hastily : GLOMONTO
58
Target of an uppercut punch : JAW
60
Britney Spears classic ... or a confession applicable to three answers in this puzzle? : OOPSIDIDITAGAIN
65
Pre-calc course : TRIG
66
Cuts out : OMITS
67
Requests : ASKS
68
The Kraken, on scoreboards : SEA
69
Look after : SEETO
70
Seehorn of "Better Call Saul" : RHEA
Down
1
Intimidate : COW
2
"Not this again!" : UGH
3
Some occupations? : PROTESTS
4
Dry, as vino : SECO
5
Pamphlet or palm leaf, in a pinch : FAN
6
"100 Years ... 100 Movies" org. : AFI
7
Composer's mark : NOTE
8
Lose one's shirt, say : GOBUST
9
Adds to the mix : STIRSIN
10
Skywalker mentor : KENOBI
11
Attach, as a patch : IRONON
12
Common topping for steak tartare : RAWEGG
15
Declares, informally : SEZ
17
Bestie, in Bolivia : AMIGA
18
Dessert that sounds like a cause for a lawsuit : TORTE
21
Peloton equipment : BIKE
22
Abbr. at the end of a series : ETAL
24
Comic-___ : CON
25
Skywalker mentor : YODA
29
Floor : AMAZE
30
Bygone Venetian coin : DUCAT
31
Invitation to a hitchhiker : HOPIN
36
"Are not" retort : AMSO
38
Treatment for some jeans : ACIDWASH
39
Figure of interest? : RATE
40
Had no doubt : KNEW
42
"Me too," stiffly : ASDOI
43
Tic-tac-toe marks : XSANDOS
45
Newbie newt : EFT
46
Popular Spanish wine : RIOJA
47
Metal bars : INGOTS
48
In abundance : GALORE
49
Sweet spot? : UTOPIA
50
Eventually : INTIME
56
Certain umami source, for short : MSG
57
Garfield's pal in the funnies : ODIE
59
Vegan substitute for gelatin : AGAR
61
"The Addams Family" cousin : ITT
62
General associated with Chinese food : TSO
63
Mike's partner in candy : IKE
64
D.C. group engaged in [REDACTED] : NSA

Answer summary:
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