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New York Times, Thursday, July 14, 2022

They might get busted at a rock concert

Author:
Alan Arbesfeld
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Alan Arbesfeld

This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 76, Blocks: 36 Missing: {QXYZ} This is puzzle # 132 for Mr. Arbesfeld.
Jeff Chen notes:
H2O -> H (to) O makes for a strong "letter swap" rationale. It's been a minute since we've seen a numeral in a grid, so I'd say I ... read more
Jim Horne notes:

This is the seventh time H2O has appeared in an NYT grid.

The first was in 1964.

1
T
2
A
3
D
4
B
5
A
6
S
7
I
8
C
9
R
10
I
11
N
12
K
13
U
S
E
14
R
15
E
R
I
K
A
16
I
C
O
N
17
R
A
C
E
18
A
F
T
E
R
19
S
O
A
V
E
20
O
H
O
H
21
O
H
22
A
L
E
23
N
A
W
24
W
I
R
E
M
E
25
S
26
H
27
O
N
28
I
T
29
M
A
R
C
O
30
M
A
D
N
E
31
S
32
S
33
D
34
O
35
N
36
N
O
O
N
A
N
37
O
V
A
L
38
E
M
O
39
J
I
40
P
O
R
41
M
N
E
M
E
42
A
N
N
O
43
S
E
R
A
44
P
E
45
N
E
W
46
F
I
R
E
47
S
I
D
E
C
O
A
48
T
49
A
L
O
T
50
E
A
R
D
R
51
U
52
M
53
S
54
I
55
N
N
56
A
C
57
E
58
T
E
A
R
A
T
59
P
O
D
60
P
R
O
G
61
R
62
A
M
63
N
I
C
E
64
A
M
O
R
65
M
O
C
H
A
66
K
A
H
N
67
D
E
M
O
68
S
T
A
I
N
69
H
2
O
© 2022, The New York Times7/14/22 ( No. 26,546 )
Across
1
It isn't much : TAD
4
Elemental : BASIC
9
Penguins and Sharks are found in it : RINK
13
The "U" in U.X. : USER
15
Actress Alexander of "Living Single" : ERIKA
16
Phone tapping target? : ICON
17
Go, go, go : RACE
18
Seeking a dry Italian wine? : AFTERSOAVE
20
"Pick me! Pick me!" : OHOHOH
22
Tankard filler : ALE
23
"Don't reckon so" : NAW
24
Screen makeup : WIREMESH
27
Taking care of business : ONIT
29
Fervor over Senator Rubio? : MARCOMADNESS
33
Put on : DON
36
Political columnist Peggy : NOONAN
37
Like many tracks : OVAL
38
Graphic text? : EMOJI
40
___ favor : POR
41
Muse of memory : MNEME
42
Year in Tuscany : ANNO
43
Colorful woven shawl : SERAPE
45
Just released : NEW
46
Blazer worn next to a blaze? : FIRESIDECOAT
49
Plenty : ALOT
50
They might get busted at a rock concert : EARDRUMS
54
Road trip respite : INN
56
Valuable diamond : ACE
58
Rip into : TEARAT
59
TV show about a group of whales? : PODPROGRAM
63
"Good one!" : NICE
64
Concern for Cupid : AMOR
65
Cafe order : MOCHA
66
Roger who wrote "A Season in the Sun" : KAHN
67
Showroom display : DEMO
68
Tough spot to get out : STAIN
69
Fire fighter, familiarly … or a phonetic hint to this puzzle's theme : H2O
Down
1
Best-selling author of legal thrillers : TUROW
2
Kirin alternative : ASAHI
3
Furnishings : DECOR
4
Come to the rescue : BEAHERO
5
Bit of yapping : ARF
6
___ pretty : SIT
7
Retail giant founded in 1943 by a 17-year-old : IKEA
8
It often comes in 60-, 72- and 84-month lengths : CARLOAN
9
Carnival locale, briefly : RIO
10
[speechless!] : ICANTEVEN
11
Stellar phenomenon : NOVA
12
Had down : KNEW
14
Take up again, in a way : REHEM
19
What a paper airplane may represent : SEND
21
Saudi neighbor : OMANI
25
Checked (out) : SCOPED
26
Roast target, e.g. : HONOREE
28
Aware of : INON
30
One of a percussive pair : MARACA
31
"Me too!" : SAME
32
Whole bunch : SLEW
33
Like many signers : DEAF
34
Prefix with bus or science : OMNI
35
Like the results of loaded dice : NONRANDOM
39
Billy with a record 100+ lifetime performances at Madison Square Garden : JOEL
41
Gettysburg general : MEADE
43
Light shows? : SITCOMS
44
Best Actress Oscar winner between Bullock and Streep : PORTMAN
47
Take off : SOAR
48
Sedative, for short : TRANK
51
Husband of Bathsheba : URIAH
52
Double the speed of sound : MACH2
53
Court recorder : STENO
54
Big Apple product : IPAD
55
Home to Alaska's oldest newspaper : NOME
57
Feat for a performer, in brief : EGOT
60
No amateur : PRO
61
Victrola maker : RCA
62
Tuna variety : AHI

Answer summary: 7 unique to this puzzle, 1 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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