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New York Times, Thursday, May 9, 2024

Author:
Joe DiPietro
Editor:
Joel Fagliano
Used extreme caution, in old Rome?
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Joe DiPietro

This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 76, Blocks: 36 Missing: {JXZ} Spans: 4 This is puzzle # 141 for Mr. DiPietro. Thursday freshness: 43%
Jim Horne notes:

The Roman Numerals follow the geometric progression I, II, IV, VIII, read in the Across answers as ONE, TWO, FOUR, EIGHT.

1
T
2
I
3
M
4
I
5
D
6
H
7
U
8
M
9
C
10
H
11
I
12
N
13
O
N
I
N
Y
14
E
A
R
S
15
C
R
U
D
E
16
W
A
L
K
E
D
I
G
G
17
S
H
E
L
L
S
18
E
N
D
S
19
I
R
E
20
Q
U
E
U
E
S
21
D
E
W
22
P
T
S
D
23
U
R
L
24
I
25
M
H
O
26
C
A
R
27
S
28
K
29
U
30
D
31
O
N
I
I
R
32
R
33
Y
A
B
O
34
U
T
I
T
35
O
A
T
S
36
I
A
N
37
B
E
T
A
38
T
H
E
S
39
K
40
I
N
O
I
41
V
42
T
E
E
T
H
43
S
U
R
44
E
R
G
45
E
A
R
P
46
D
W
I
47
O
48
P
R
Y
49
F
50
I
51
B
52
S
53
T
54
R
A
P
S
55
R
I
M
56
V
I
N
E
57
W
V
I
I
I
H
58
E
E
V
I
59
D
E
N
C
E
60
A
M
O
R
E
61
G
O
O
N
A
T
E
A
R
62
K
A
T
Y
63
O
S
T
64
B
O
S
S
Y
© 2024, The New York Times5/9/24 ( No. 27,211 )
Across
1
Like a mouse : TIMID
6
Fire on all cylinders : HUM
9
Body part where a sock might go? : CHIN
13
Elderly : ONINYEARS
15
Unrefined : CRUDE
16
Used extreme caution, in old Rome? : WALKEDONEGGSHELLS
18
Remnants : ENDS
19
Cross state : IRE
20
Lines (up) : QUEUES
21
___ point : DEW
22
V.A. concern, for short : PTSD
23
First thing typed in a new tab, perhaps : URL
24
Comments section disclaimer : IMHO
26
Where F comes before E? : CAR
27
Product identifier similar to a U.P.C. : SKU
30
"Everything will be fine," in old Rome? : DONTWORRYABOUTIT
35
Common ingredient in cereal bars : OATS
36
Scottish form of John : IAN
37
Stage often filled with bugs : BETA
38
What we might escape by, in old Rome? : THESKINOFOURTEETH
43
Big ___ : SUR
44
What a piece of work! : ERG
45
Surname in the 1946 western "My Darling Clementine" : EARP
46
Result of failed field sobriety test, for short : DWI
47
Nashville landmark, familiarly : OPRY
49
Minor prevarication : FIB
52
Features of overalls : STRAPS
55
Dunking obstacle : RIM
56
Poison ivy, e.g. : VINE
57
Do a judge's job, in old Rome? : WEIGHTHEEVIDENCE
60
Luigi's love : AMORE
61
Rack up win after win : GOONATEAR
62
"American Idol" judge alongside Luke and Lionel : KATY
63
German direction : OST
64
Always ready to order? : BOSSY
Down
1
Removed from the road : TOWED
2
Dumb : INANE
3
Bad news for a ski resort : MILDWINTER
4
Signs : INKS
5
Bloodroot produces an orange one : DYE
6
Splitting ___ : HAIRS
7
Pressed hard : URGED
8
N.Y. Rangers' home : MSG
9
Fishing basket : CREEL
10
Netflix competitor : HULU
11
Do squat : IDLE
12
Mitchell & ___ (sports apparel company) : NESS
14
One who might bear the burden of proof? : EDITOR
15
Fried, sugar-covered pastry : CHURRO
17
Pigeon dish : SQUAB
22
Apt Greek letter for a University of Pennsylvania fraternity : PHI
25
Fail to notice : MISS
26
"Please, Dad, please?" : CANI
27
Higher-than-usual penalties : STEEPFINES
28
Singer Eartha : KITT
29
Where the U.S.'s first transcontinental railroad was completed (1869) : UTAH
30
Pointillism marks : DOTS
31
Home of the first Dole plantation : OAHU
32
Cabal : RING
33
N.B.A. All-Star Ming : YAO
34
___ Eats : UBER
39
Collectible doll : KEWPIE
40
Word before coffee or Catholic : IRISH
41
Lice and the like : VERMIN
42
Scotland's Firth of ___ : TAY
46
No-no in a vegan diet : DAIRY
47
Dunkable treats : OREOS
48
Not answer a question directly, as a politician might : PIVOT
50
South American pioneers of terrace farming : INCAS
51
Like the smell of a pub : BEERY
52
Love note acronym : SWAK
53
Rating for "Robot Chicken" and "Archer" : TVMA
54
Hoot and a half : RIOT
56
Nixon nix? : VETO
58
Lead-in to mania : EGO
59
Artist's touch-up : DAB

Answer summary:
5 unique to this puzzle, 1 unique to Modern Era but used previously.

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