1027-19 NY Times Crossword 27 Oct 19, Sunday

Constructed by: Michael Paleos
Edited by: Will Shortz

Today’s Theme: How Sweet It Is!

Themed answers are the names of CANDIES, and those CANDIES run up and down as STRIPES in the grid:

  • 68A Pattern once used for hospital volunteer uniforms, with a hint to this puzzle’s theme : CANDY STRIPE
  • 1D Big fat lies : WHOPPERS
  • 4D Pop covers : BOTTLE CAPS
  • 8D Types who think school is too cool : NERDS
  • 11D Derisive chuckles : SNICKERS
  • 14D Gold digger’s goldmine : SUGAR DADDY
  • 18D Pipsqueaks : RUNTS
  • 42D Heaps : MOUNDS
  • 48D Biweekly occurrence, for many : PAYDAY
  • 60D What x’s sometimes represent : KISSES
  • 65D What lettuce lends to a sandwich : CRUNCH
  • 72D They come through when you need them most : LIFESAVERS
  • 74D Total stunners : HOT TAMALES
  • 81D Its closest neighbor is Andromeda : MILKY WAY
  • 87D Scatterbrains : AIRHEADS
  • 100D Tiny objections : PEEPS
  • 104D Jag : SPREE

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Bill’s time: 18m 06s

Bill’s errors: 0

Today’s Wiki-est Amazonian Googlies

Along with millions of other PG&E customers, we are about to lose our power. I have a generator to power the essentials, but will be unable to connect to the Internet (I’m working on it!). And so, here is an abbreviated post to be going on with. Hopefully, I’ll be able to complete the post soon.

Apologies for the inconvenience.

Bill

Complete List of Clues/Answers

Across

1 Iraq War concern, in brief : WMD
4 An earl outranks him : BARON
9 Billiards maneuver : MASSE
14 Exclaim “@#%!” : SWEAR
19 Tilling tool : HOE
20 QB defenders, collectively : O-LINE
21 Relating to a certain arm bone : ULNAR
22 ___ Kenyatta, president of Kenya starting in 2013 : UHURU
23 Something set by a stove : OVEN TIMER
25 Year of the final flight of the Concordes : MMIII
26 French-speaking African nation : GABON
27 Eyedropper, essentially : PIPETTE
28 Submission to a record label, once : DEMO CD
30 Rodeo loop : LARIAT
31 Accessory with a bass drum : PEDAL
32 Major fuss : STINK
33 Wedding bands? : GARTERS
34 Way out there : ESOTERIC
38 Hand over : CEDE
39 Take a mulligan on : REDO
40 ” ” button: Abbr. : REW
41 Ricochet like a hockey puck : CAROM
43 To a certain extent, colloquially : SORTA
45 Ad phrase indicating higher pricing tiers : … AND UP
49 Amtrak stop: Abbr. : STN
50 Infomercial imperative : ACT NOW!
52 Pill bug, biologically : ISOPOD
54 Intake suggestion, briefly : RDA
55 Unlock, to Shakespeare : OPE
56 Third-longest river in Europe, after the Volga and Danube : URAL
58 Tear to shreds : REND
59 Partner of 46-Down in the frozen food business : EDY
60 Brown seaweeds : KELPS
63 U.S. island owned almost entirely by billionaire Larry Ellison : LANAI
65 Manic-looking, in a way : CRAZY-EYED
67 Neutral response from a therapist : I SEE
68 Pattern once used for hospital volunteer uniforms, with a hint to this puzzle’s theme : CANDY STRIPE
70 Loser of a beauty contest, in myth : HERA
71 Birds known to mimic car alarms and human speech : STARLINGS
73 Graduate’s “honor” : LAUDE
74 Carousel mount, to a tot : HORSY
75 Mark of a scam artist : SAP
76 Hooked on : INTO
77 Laura of “Big Little Lies” : DERN
78 Emulate Johnny Appleseed : SOW
79 H, to Hellenes : ETA
80 “Ya dig?,” in more modern slang : FEEL ME?
82 Get up in the face of : ACCOST
85 Emma Stone’s role in “La La Land” : MIA
88 Protagonist in Toni Morrison’s “Beloved” : SETHE
90 Skate park features : RAILS
92 Place for regulars : HAUNT
93 Handel’s “___, Galatea e Polifemo” : ACI
94 Glenn Frey’s “The Heat ___” : IS ON
96 Bad thing to come up in a title search : LIEN
98 Total failure : DISASTER
100 Important members of the community, so to speak : PILLARS
103 Where menisci are found : KNEES
105 What socks usually do : MATCH
106 Bitter green : ENDIVE
107 Regards covetously : EYES UP
108 Display piece for tchotchkes : ETAGERE
110 Virtual sticky : E-NOTE
111 Battling it out : AT WAR
112 Boondocks : RURAL AREA
114 One of 11 in a Christmas carol : PIPER
115 Provide an address : ORATE
116 French novelist Zola : EMILE
117 Bit : TAD
118 Company that once offered “the Thrift Book of a Nation” : SEARS
119 Excited, with “up” : KEYED
120 Foil alternatives : EPEES
121 Meditative syllables : OMS

Down

1 Big fat lies : WHOPPERS
2 Where you might need to get a grip : MOVIE SET
3 In one’s heart of hearts : DEEP DOWN
4 Pop covers : BOTTLE CAPS
5 Stopped a flight : ALIT
6 Frosty encrustation : RIME
7 Its square equals its square root : ONE
8 Types who think school is too cool : NERDS
9 They’re kept under wraps for a long time : MUMMIES
10 Nut extract used in skin care : ALMOND OIL
11 Derisive chuckles : SNICKERS
12 Didn’t just hint at : SAID
13 Verdi’s “___ tu” : ERI
14 Gold digger’s goldmine : SUGAR DADDY
15 Alma mater of Tesla’s Elon Musk : WHARTON
16 Jazzman Blake : EUBIE
17 Like a crowd when the headliner takes the stage : AROAR
18 Pipsqueaks : RUNTS
24 Like some servings of Scotch : NEAT
29 “You get the idea” : ETC
30 New Guinea port that was Amelia Earhart’s last known point of departure : LAE
33 Large, purple Hanna-Barbera character : GRAPE APE
35 Campaign … or a campaign topic : RACE
36 Original N.Y.C. subway line : IRT
37 Non-pro : CON
42 Heaps : MOUNDS
44 Steamy : TORRID
46 Partner of 59-Across in the frozen food business : DREYER
47 Dairy sources : UDDERS
48 Biweekly occurrence, for many : PAYDAY
51 Actress Fay of the original “King Kong” : WRAY
53 Neuf + deux : ONZE
55 Abbr. between * and # : OPER
57 Separation at a wedding? : AISLE
60 What x’s sometimes represent : KISSES
61 Executor’s charge : ESTATE
62 Pounce on, as an opportunity : LEAP AT
63 The “two” in “two if by sea” : LANTERNS
64 Portuguese-speaking African nation : ANGOLA
65 What lettuce lends to a sandwich : CRUNCH
66 Popular D.I.Y. site : EHOW
68 Endeavor recognized by the César awards : CINE
69 Reid of “The Big Lebowski” : TARA
72 They come through when you need them most : LIFESAVERS
74 Total stunners : HOT TAMALES
77 Sketch out : DELINEATE
78 W-2 IDs : SSNS
81 Its closest neighbor is Andromeda : MILKY WAY
83 Mr. Wrong : CAD
84 All-vowel avowal : OUI
85 Carry some relevance for : MATTER TO
86 Mode, on a menu : ICE CREAM
87 Scatterbrains : AIRHEADS
89 Neon marker : HI-LITER
91 Is blinded by rage : SEES RED
95 Cent : euro :: ___ : krona : ORE
97 Modern, in Munich : NEU
99 Epic narrative : SAGA
100 Tiny objections : PEEPS
101 What many a navel-gazer gazes at : INNIE
102 Treatment for Parkinson’s : L-DOPA
104 Jag : SPREE
107 Word repeated in “___ ou ne pas ___” : ETRE
108 Lake bordered by four states and a province : ERIE
109 Yarn : TALE
111 Just ducky : A-OK
113 Person who might call you out : UMP

6 thoughts on “1027-19 NY Times Crossword 27 Oct 19, Sunday”

  1. 56:50…not sure if I should be proud to say I recognized all the candy/candy brands….. Hope you get the lights back on and the fires out, not a pleasant situation for anybody out west

  2. 35:38. Would have gone a little quicker, but even though I knew most of the candies it seemed to take a lot of letters for me to get them.

    Stay safe, Bill

    Best –

  3. Nowhere near as fast as you guys, but happy to have finished a NYT puzzle! Fun theme. Was anxious to finish and made a silly error…never heard of Gabon and used an e instead of o. Oh well. Stay safe, Bill!

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