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

New York Times, Friday, July 23, 2021

Elusive thing for a popular show

Author:
Michael Hawkins
Editor:
Will Shortz
TotalDebutLatestCollabs
231/23/20148/13/20218
SunMonTueWedThuFriSat
1215185
ScrabbleRebusCirclePangram
1.63100
Michael Hawkins

This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 72, Blocks: 33 Missing: {JQW} This is puzzle # 22 for Mr. Hawkins.
Michael Hawkins notes:
This crossword marks my seventh themeless puzzle in a row, far exceeding my previous streak of one. I like most of the editorial ... read more
Jeff Chen notes:
Mike mentioned a while back that he's had a lot of success in themelesses (more than with themed), because he sticks to a sweet spot: ... read more
1
C
2
R
3
U
4
S
5
H
6
E
7
D
8
I
9
T
10
S
11
H
12
R
13
E
14
D
15
C
O
S
T
A
R
I
C
A
16
N
O
I
R
E
17
E
Y
E
O
P
E
N
E
R
18
L
T
D
A
N
19
D
A
M
U
P
20
T
O
M
21
S
22
T
E
S
S
23
L
E
T
E
24
M
25
V
A
T
26
I
S
E
E
27
N
I
28
C
E
C
A
29
T
C
H
30
M
31
E
32
D
33
S
34
N
O
R
35
G
O
K
A
36
R
37
T
38
P
L
A
T
39
O
O
N
40
M
E
T
E
R
E
D
41
H
O
B
A
R
T
42
D
O
M
43
T
E
N
S
44
B
R
E
A
45
K
R
O
O
46
M
47
S
48
E
L
F
49
U
N
O
50
M
Y
51
L
52
A
53
R
54
A
X
E
L
55
R
E
P
56
O
57
L
I
L
A
58
C
59
S
I
D
E
60
A
61
E
C
O
62
N
O
M
I
Z
E
63
S
L
I
E
R
64
L
A
Z
Y
R
I
V
E
R
65
Y
E
N
T
E
66
S
P
E
E
D
T
E
S
T
© 2021, The New York Times7/23/21 ( No. 26,190 )
Across
1
Did a bang-up job : CRUSHEDIT
10
Iota : SHRED
15
Country without an official army, navy or air force : COSTARICA
16
Counterpart of "blanche" : NOIRE
17
Revelation : EYEOPENER
18
G.I. pal of Forrest Gump : LTDAN
19
Plug, say : DAMUP
20
Big name in slip-on shoes : TOMS
22
"Guarding ___" (1994 Shirley MacLaine movie) : TESS
23
"Sure, they can go right ahead" : LETEM
25
Tank : VAT
26
Crystal gazer's lead-in : ISEE
27
Props to a proofreader : NICECATCH
30
Scrip specs : MEDS
34
1994 Olympics locale: Abbr. : NOR
35
Amusement park ride, perhaps : GOKART
38
Company division : PLATOON
40
Like some parking and poetry : METERED
41
Tasmania's capital : HOBART
42
Free add-on? : DOM
43
TNT, in poker slang : TENS
44
Spot of coffee? : BREAKROOM
47
Lead-in to service or sacrifice : SELF
49
Diciembre : doce :: enero : ___ : UNO
50
Shiny balloon material : MYLAR
54
Winter Olympics maneuver : AXEL
55
Certain bank job : REPO
57
Relative of mauve : LILAC
59
Queen's "We Are the Champions" vis-à-vis "We Will Rock You" : SIDEA
61
Cut back : ECONOMIZE
63
More calculating : SLIER
64
Attraction at a water park : LAZYRIVER
65
Broadway character who sings "The Rumor" : YENTE
66
One way to gauge how well connected you are : SPEEDTEST
Down
1
Looped in, in a way : CCED
2
Kind of treatment : ROYAL
3
Classic hit that begins "My friends feel it's their appointed duty ..." : USEME
4
Solid : STOUT
5
Go down : HAPPEN
6
"I shall see thee, ___ I die, look pale with love": "Much Ado About Nothing" : ERE
7
Force : DINT
8
Become slick, in a way : ICEOVER
9
Landing place : TARMAC
10
Letters that can fill in the blanks of "_A_D_ER" to make an appropriate surname : SNL
11
Elusive thing for a popular show : HOTTICKET
12
Pool service? : RIDESHARE
13
Rub out : ERASE
14
Junglelike : DENSE
21
One who knows the drama of raising children? : STAGEMOM
24
Maze runner : MINOTAUR
28
Swindle : CON
29
Ankle-biter : TOT
30
Dashboard abbr. : MPH
31
"Do Ya" band, informally : ELO
32
Experimented with : DABBLEDIN
33
Enterprise group : STARFLEET
36
Kylo of "Star Wars" : REN
37
Sixers in pro sports, for short? : TDS
39
Elementium or obsidium, in World of Warcraft : ORE
40
Low sound : MOO
42
Oversize letter at the beginning of a chapter : DROPCAP
45
Initiates a proposal, maybe : KNEELS
46
"Good heavens!" : MYLORD
47
Fresh : SASSY
48
Once you're forced into this, there's no going back : EXILE
51
Stopping point : LIMIT
52
Still in it : ALIVE
53
Tears down : RAZES
56
Sluggish flow : OOZE
58
Official document, informally : CERT
60
= : ARE
62
Time for a countdown: Abbr. : NYE

Answer summary: 5 unique to this puzzle, 1 debuted here and reused later, 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!