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New York Times, Wednesday, August 10, 2022

Author:
Karen Lurie
Editor:
Will Shortz
Blog:
Drink from a spring
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Karen Lurie

This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 78, Blocks: 39 Missing: {JQVZ} This is puzzle # 2 for Ms. Lurie. Jeff Chen's Puzzle of the Week pick. Wednesday freshness: 43%
Karen Lurie notes:
"Well, actually…" is the pedant's favorite opening phrase, and maybe some puzzle writers/trivia buffs have used it too (ironically, of ... read more
Jeff Chen notes:
It's not uncommon for "Name That Theme" to stump me on a Wednesday. MINERAL WATER … MEDIUM RARE … FEELING ILL. Stomach flu from ... read more
Jim Horne notes:

Delightful!

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© 2022, The New York Times8/10/22 ( No. 26,573 )
Across
1
Quite the bargain : STEAL
6
Wilts : SAGS
10
Baby aardvark : CUB
13
Relaxed, as a vibe : MELLOW
15
Damage : HURT
16
Mined find : ORE
17
Tall, slender hound : SALUKI
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New York canal : ERIE
19
Mature : AGE
20
Drink from a spring : MINERALWATER
23
"You said it!" : AMEN
26
Blank space : GAP
27
Shaq's alma mater : LSU
28
Steakhouse option : MEDIUMRARE
31
Soaking spots : TUBS
35
It may be checked at check-in : BAG
36
"Not so!" : FALSE
37
"Morning on the Seine" painter : MONET
38
Not let go to waste : USE
39
Singer who funded Central Park's Strawberry Fields memorial : ONO
40
Best-selling video game series beginning in 1997, for short : GTA
42
"Get it?" : SEE
43
Curved lines on sheet music : SLURS
45
Muscle : BRAWN
47
Had for lunch : ATE
48
Promotional buzz : HYPE
49
Queasy, perhaps : FEELINGILL
51
"Got it!" : AHA
53
"Dear" one : SIR
54
Fruity drinks : ADES
55
Nitpicker's lead-in … or a response to 20-, 28- and 49-Across, if they were posed as questions : WELLACTUALLY
60
Big name in acne medication : OXY
61
It winds up on a fishing boat : REEL
62
Welty with a Pulitzer : EUDORA
66
Threw one's hat in the ring : RAN
67
Defer a decision, informally : PUNT
68
Junk ___ : DRAWER
69
First musician to have his first five albums debut at #1 : DMX
70
Chooses : OPTS
71
Construct : ERECT
Down
1
Texting format, in brief : SMS
2
Iced ___ : TEA
3
First in line? : ELL
4
Reunion attendees : ALUMNI
5
Asgard trickster : LOKI
6
High-minded guides? : SHERPAS
7
Glow : AURA
8
Distinctive BMW feature : GRILLE
9
Some slow-cooked meals : STEWS
10
Nail polish layer : COAT
11
Hankering : URGE
12
Lead-in to bottle or batter : BEER
14
Goose vis-à-vis Maverick, in "Top Gun" : WINGMAN
21
Place for a stud : EARLOBE
22
Basic camera setting : AUTO
23
Sneak attack : AMBUSH
24
Insultingly small : MEASLY
25
Approach gradually : EDGEUP
29
Sci-fi conveyances : UFOS
30
Crowns and scepters, collectively : REGALIA
32
Merely implied : UNSAID
33
Ladybug, for one : BEETLE
34
Toughens : STEELS
37
Grammy-winning Aimee : MANN
41
Played with, as a mustache : TWIRLED
44
Not made up : REAL
46
Sports scores : RESULTS
49
How blackjack cards are dealt : FACEUP
50
Sense of orientation? : GAYDAR
52
Production company that's its founder's name spelled backward : HARPO
55
One of six in this clue : WORD
56
Reason to cram : EXAM
57
Wildcat with tufted ears : LYNX
58
Something to pitch : TENT
59
Entice : LURE
63
Carry a balance : OWE
64
Remote button : REC
65
Coffee table book subject : ART

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