1225-22 NY Times Crossword 25 Dec 22, Sunday

Constructed by: John Martz
Edited by: Will Shortz

Today’s Theme: Novel Thinking

Merry Christmas, everyone! Themed answers are common phrases reinterpreted to describe novels cited in the corresponding clues. Clever …

  • 24A “Little House on the Prairie,” e.g.? : HOME PAGES
  • 26A “The Haunting of Hill House,” e.g.? : GHOSTWRITING
  • 40A “20,000 Leagues Under the Sea,” e.g.? : FLUID VOLUME
  • 45A “Back to Treasure Island,” e.g.? : SECOND STORY
  • 61A “Crime and Punishment,” e.g.? : PRISON SENTENCES
  • 80A “If Beale Street Could Talk,” e.g.? : ADDRESS BOOK
  • 89A “Fantastic Mr. Fox,” e.g.? : ANIMAL PRINT
  • 99A “The Help,” e.g.? : WORKING TITLE
  • 105A “The Secret Life of Bees,” e.g.? : BUZZWORDS

Bill’s time: 25m 12s

Bill’s errors: 2

  • BUGS (Gugs!!!)
  • BONG (gong)

Today’s Wiki-est Amazonian Googlies

Across

10 Language of Lahore : URDU

Urdu is one of the two official languages of Pakistan (the other being English), and is one of the 22 scheduled languages in India. Urdu partly developed from Persian and is written from right to left.

Lahore is a large city in Pakistan that is second in size only to Karachi. It is known as the Garden of the Mughals (or in English, Moguls) because of its association with the Mughal Empire. The Mughals ruled much of India from the sixteenth to the nineteenth centuries.

19 1984 comedy in which Daryl Hannah plays a mermaid : SPLASH

“Splash” is a 1984 comedy movie directed by Ron Howard, and starring Tom Hanks and Daryl Hannah. Hanks plays a guy who falls for a mysterious woman (Hannah), who turns out to be a mermaid. One thing notable about “Splash” is that it was the first film to be released under Walt Disney’s “Touchstone Pictures” label.

Daryl Hannah is an actress from Chicago who got her big break in movies playing a violent replicant called Pris in the 1982 sci-fi classic “Blade Runner”. A couple of years later she played the female lead opposite Tom Hanks in the hit film “Splash”.

22 Rapper ___ Dogg : NATE

Nate Dogg was the stage name of rapper Nathaniel Hale from Clarksdale, Mississippi. Nate Dogg is no longer with us, as he died at the age of 41 after suffering multiple strokes.

29 Grilled cornmeal cake popular in Latin America : AREPA

An arepa is a cornmeal cake or bread that is popular in Colombian and Venezuelan cuisines in particular. Each arepa has a flat, round shape and is often split to make a sandwich.

30 Singer Zadora : PIA

Pia Zadora is an American actress and singer. Zadora’s most famous role was in the 1982 film “Butterfly” in which she worked with Orson Welles and Stacey Keach. The film was based on the novel “The Butterfly” by James M. Cain and deals with the difficult subject of father-daughter incest.

32 The “A” of P.G.A.: Abbr. : ASSN

Professional Golfers’ Association (PGA)

38 Cocktail made with grenadine : PINK LADY

A pink lady is a cocktail consisting of gin, grenadine and egg white. The most basic recipe is:

  • a glass of gin
  • a tablespoon of grenadine
  • an egg white

40 “20,000 Leagues Under the Sea,” e.g.? : FLUID VOLUME

The Jules Verne sci-fi novel “Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea” was first published in 1869-1870 as a serial in a French magazine. Star of the novel (to me) is Captain Nemo’s magnificent submarine called the Nautilus. The “20,000 leagues” in the title is the distance traveled by the Nautilus underwater, and not a depth. 20,000 leagues is about three times the circumference of the Earth.

42 One studying for a bar or bat mitzvah, usually : PRETEEN

A Jewish girl becomes a bat mitzvah at 12 years of age, the age at which she becomes responsible for her actions. Boys become bar mitzvahs at 13. The terms translate into English as daughter and son of the commandments.

45 “Back to Treasure Island,” e.g.? : SECOND STORY

I’d say that the most celebrated work from the pen of Robert Louis Stevenson (RLS) is “Treasure Island”, which was originally written as a series for a children’s magazine in 1881. I remember “Treasure Island” as the first “real” novel I read as a youngster …

48 “Ideas worth spreading” offshoot : TEDX

The acronym “TED” stands for “Technology, Entertainment and Design”. TED is a set of conferences held around the world by a non-profit group called the Sapling Foundation. The conference subjects are varied, and the meetings are often led by big names such as Bill Clinton, Al Gore, Bill Gates and Jane Goodall. The Sapling Foundation then makes recordings of the conferences available for free online with the intent of disseminating the ideas globally. These conferences are known as “TED Talks”. There are also TEDx events, which are locally-run talks presented under license from TED.

49 Designers’ degs. : MFAS

Master of Fine Arts (MFA)

51 Grandmother: Ger. : OMA

The German for “grandpa” is “Opa”, and for “grandma” is “Oma”.

54 Slugger Sammy : SOSA

Sammy Sosa was firmly in the public eye in 1998 when he and Mark McGwire were vying to be the first to surpass the home run record held by Roger Maris. McGwire fell out of public favor due to stories of steroid abuse (stories which he later admitted were true) while Sosa fell out of favor when he was found to be using a corked bat in a 2003 game.

56 Justice ___ Brown Jackson : KETANJI

Nominated by President Joe Biden, Ketanji Brown Jackson succeeded Associate Justice Stephen Breyer on the US Supreme Court in 2022. In doing so, she became the first Black woman to serve on the court. Jackson clerked for Justice Breyer, from 1999 to 2000.

59 Like a bialy : ONIONY

“Bialy” is a Yiddish name for a small onion roll that takes its name from Bialystok, a city in Poland.

61 “Crime and Punishment,” e.g.? : PRISON SENTENCES

Fyodor Dostoyevsky’s most famous novels are “Crime and Punishment” and “The Brothers Karamazov”. Dostoyevsky was arrested in 1849 and sentenced to death by Tsar Nicholas I for being part of a liberal intellectual group. He endured a mock execution before being told that his sentence was commuted to four years hard labor and exile in a camp at Omsk in Siberia.

68 Site of Vulcan’s forge : ETNA

Our word “volcano” comes from “Vulcano”, the name of a volcanic island off the coast of Italy. The island’s name comes from Vulcan, the Roman god of fire. The Romans believed that the island of Vulcano was the chimney of the forge belonging to the god Vulcan. The Romans also believed that the eruptions on Mount Etna in Sicily were caused by Vulcan getting angry and working his forge so hard that sparks and smoke flew out of the top of the volcano.

72 Vinaigrette vessel : CRUET

A cruet is a small glass bottle that holds a condiment or perhaps a dressing. The word “cruet” comes from an Old French word meaning “earthen pot”.

A vinaigrette is a mixture of oil with an acid such as vinegar or lemon juice. A traditional mixture of 3 parts oil to 1 part vinegar forms a stable emulsion that is commonly used as a salad dressing. The term “vinaigrette” is a diminutive form of the French word “vinaigre” (meaning “vinegar”). Back in the 1800s, such a mixture was referred to as “French dressing”, a term that has evolved to describe a creamy dressing in contemporary American cuisine.

76 ___ vivant : BON

A bon vivant (plural “bons vivants”) is a person who enjoys the best of food and drink, a person with very refined tastes. The term is French, coming from “good living” in that language.

80 “If Beale Street Could Talk,” e.g.? : ADDRESS BOOK

Beale Street in downtown Memphis, Tennessee is a major tourist attraction. In 1977, by act of Congress, the street was officially declared the “Home of the Blues” due to its long association with the musical genre. Apparently “Beale” is the name of some forgotten military hero.

85 Some speaker systems, in brief : PAS

Public address (PA) system

86 They often have large dollar signs on them, in cartoons : LOOT BAGS

The dollar sign ($) was first used for the Spanish-American peso, in the late 18th century. The peso was also called the “Spanish dollar” (and “piece of eight”). The Spanish dollar was to become a model for the US dollar that was adopted in 1785, along with the dollar sign.

88 Stage name (and middle name) of Robyn Fenty : RIHANNA

Singer Rihanna was born and grew up on the island of Barbados and moved to the US when she was 16-years-old to pursue a singing career. The name “Rihanna” is derived from the Welsh name “Rhiannon”. And, Rihanna sometimes goes by the nickname “RiRi”, which is also the name of her line of beauty products.

89 “Fantastic Mr. Fox,” e.g.? : ANIMAL PRINT

“Fantastic Mr. Fox” is a children’s novel by Roald Dahl. It was adapted into a 2006 animated film directed by Wes Anderson.

93 14-time winner of the French Open : NADAL

Rafael “Rafa” Nadal is a Spanish tennis player. He is noted for his expertise on clay courts, which earned him the nickname “The King of Clay”.

95 Reddit Q&A : AMA

Reddit.com is a networking and news website that started up in 2005. It is essentially a bulletin board system with posts that are voted up and down by users, which determines the ranking of posts. The name “Reddit” is a play on “read it”, as in “I read it on Reddit”. One popular feature of the Reddit site is an online forum that is similar to a press conference. Known as an AMA (for “ask me anything”), participants have included the likes of President Barack Obama, Madonna, Bill Gates, Stephen Colbert and Gordon Ramsay. President Obama’s AMA was so popular that the high level of traffic brought down many parts of the Reddit site.

97 Author Calvino : ITALO

As well as being an author, Italo Calvino was a famous Italian journalist. He was a supporter of communism and so wasn’t very popular in the US nor in Britain.

99 “The Help,” e.g.? : WORKING TITLE

“The Help” is a 2011 film that is an adaptation of a 2009 novel of the same name written by Kathryn Stockett. The story centers on a young female journalist who writes a book exposing the racism experienced by African American maids working in Jackson, Mississippi in the sixties.

105 “The Secret Life of Bees,” e.g.? : BUZZWORDS

Sue Monk Kidd’s first novel is probably her most famous, namely “The Secret Life of Bees”, published in 2002. Said novel was adapted into a 2008 movie of the same name starring Queen Latifah and Dakota Fanning. Kidd also wrote a 2020 novel titled “The Book of Longings” that tells the story of a woman who marries Jesus Christ.

109 One hundred, in Honduras : CIENTO

Honduras is a country in Central America that used to be known as Spanish Honduras, in order to differentiate it from British Honduras that is now called Belize. “Honduras” is the Spanish word for “the depths”, which is probably a reference to deep coastal waters.

110 Sound from R2-D2 : BEEP

Artoo’s proper name is R2-D2 (also “Artoo-Detoo”). R2-D2 is the smaller of the two famous droids from the “Star Wars” movies. British actor Kenny Baker, who stood just 3 feet 8 inches tall, was the man inside the R2-D2 droid for the first six of the “Star Wars” movies.

115 Autodom’s 88 or Toronado, once : OLDS

Oldsmobile was an automobile brand founded by Ransom E. Olds (REO) in 1897. The brand was finally phased out by General Motors in 2004.

116 Letters before the ZIP code 10001 : NY, NY

The ZIP code 10001 covers much of Midtown Manhattan.

118 Terrier type : SKYE

The Skye terrier is a breed of dog that is actually under threat of extinction. A few years ago, there were only 30 Skye terriers born in the breed’s native land of the UK. The breed was named for the Isle of Skye in Scotland.

Down

2 Sundance Film Festival locale : UTAH

The Sundance Film Festival is the largest independent film event in the country, and takes place every year around the Sundance Resort near Provo, Utah. The festival has its roots in the Utah/US Film Festival which started in Salt Lake City in 1978. Management of the festival was taken over by Robert Redford’s Sundance Institute in 1985. The festival has become a bit of a media feeding frenzy in recent years, as a lot of A-list celebrities attend. The Festival organizers introduced a “Focus on Film” campaign in 2007 in an attempt to offset some of the madness.

5 One side in the Battle of Thermopylae : SPARTANS

The Battle of Thermopylae took place in 480 BC, fought between the Persian Empire of Xerxes and an alliance of Greek city-states led by Sparta. The Greeks chose the narrow pass of Thermopylae to make a stand against the advancing Persian army, as there they could minimize the advantage that the Persians had with their large army. The pass of Thermopylae was so narrow that only one chariot could pass through at a time. Famously, the vastly outnumbered Spartan forces (the “300”) held this pass with hand-to-hand combat for two full days, until a local resident showed the Persians a way around the pass so that the Greek army could be attacked and annihilated from the rear.

8 Sparkling wine region : ASTI

Asti is in the Piedmont region of northwestern Italy. It is perhaps most famous for its Asti Spumante sparkling white wine. Moscato d’Asti is produced from the same grape (Moscato Bianco). Moscato is a much sweeter wine with a lower alcohol content, and is usually served as a dessert wine.

11 Hundred Acre Wood resident who sometimes falls into mouse holes while practicing jumping : ROO

In A. A. Milne’s “Winnie-the-Pooh” collection of stories, Pooh has many friends in the Hundred Acre Wood. Besides Christopher Robin, who doesn’t actually live in the woods, the list includes Piglet, Eeyore, Kanga, Roo, Rabbit, Tigger and Owl.

17 Seoul singers : BTS

BTS is a boy band from South Korea with seven members. The initialism “BTS” stands for the phrase “Bangtan Sonyeondan”, which translates literally as “Bulletproof Boy Scouts”. BTS is the best-selling musical act in the history of South Korea.

25 Toluca lucre : PESOS

The peso is used in many Spanish-speaking countries around the world. The coin originated in Spain where the word “peso” means “weight”. The original peso was what we know in English as a “piece of eight”, a silver coin of a specific weight that had a nominal value of eight “reales”.

38 Spaghetti sauce brand : PREGO

The Prego brand of pasta sauce is owned by the Campbell Soup Company. It is actually based on the family recipe of one of the company’s chefs. “Prego” literally means “I pray” in Italian, but it translates best in English as “you’re welcome” when it is used after a “thank you” (“grazie”, in Italian).

42 Some spots for vaccines, in brief : PSAS

Public service announcement (PSA)

46 Film role played by a terrier named Terry : TOTO

Toto is Dorothy’s dog in the film “The Wizard of Oz”, and in the original book “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz” by L. Frank Baum. Toto was played in the movie by a dog called Terry, but Terry’s name was soon changed to Toto in real life due to the success of the film.

52 Parts of A.T.M.s : PIN PADS

One enters a Personal Identification Number (PIN) when using an Automated Teller Machine (ATM). Given that the N in PIN stands for “number”, then “PIN number” is a redundant phrase. And, given that the M in ATM stands for “machine”, then “ATM machine” is a redundant phrase as well. Grr …!

53 ___ chart : PIE

A pie chart can also be referred to as a circle graph. It is often stated that Florence Nightingale invented the pie chart. While this is not in fact true, she is due credit for popularizing it, and for developing the pie chart variation known as the polar area diagram. The earliest known pie chart appears in a book published in 1801 by Scottish engineer William Playfair.

56 Wine cocktail : KIR

Kir is a French cocktail made by adding a teaspoon or so of crème de cassis (blackcurrant liqueur) to a glass, and then topping it off with white wine. The drink is named after Felix Kir, the Mayor of Dijon in Burgundy, who used to offer the drink to his guests. My wife is particularly fond of a variant called a kir royale, in which the white wine is replaced with champagne.

58 Actress Aniston, familiarly : JEN

Jennifer Aniston won a 2002 Emmy for playing Rachel on the great sitcom “Friends”. Jennifer’s parents are both actors, and her godfather was the actor Telly Savalas.

59 I, to Claudius : ONE

I find Claudius to be the most fascinating of all the Roman Emperors. He had a lot going against him, as he walked with a limp and was slightly deaf. Claudius was put in office by the Praetorian Guard (the emperor’s bodyguards) after Caligula was assassinated. Claudius had very little political experience and yet proved to be very forward-thinking and capable.

60 Prominent manufacturer of A.T.M.s : NCR

NCR is an American company that has been in business since 1884 and was originally called the National Cash Register Company. The company has done well in a market where new technologies seem to be constantly disrupting the status quo. NCR is a leading supplier of automated teller machines (ATMs) and barcode scanners.

63 Mary ___, first lady’s maiden name : TODD

Mary Todd moved in the best of the social circles in Springfield, Illinois and there met the successful lawyer, Abraham Lincoln. The path to their marriage wasn’t exactly smooth, as the engagement was broken once but reinstated, with the couple eventually marrying in 1842.

65 Grande who has broken 27 (and counting) Guinness world records for musical accomplishments : ARIANA

Ariana Grande is a singer and actress from Boca Raton, Florida. Grande plays the role of Cat Valentine on the sitcom “Victorious” that aired for four seasons on Nickelodeon. Grande’s singing career took off with the release of the 2011 album “Victorious: Music from the Hit TV Show”.

71 “My Way” lyricist Paul : ANKA

The song “My Way” has lyrics that were written by Paul Anka in 1969, but the tune itself was composed two years earlier by Claude François and Jacques Revaux. The song had been released with completely different lyrics in France as “Comme d’habitude” (“As Usual”). When Anka heard the song on television in Paris he sought out and obtained the rights to use it himself, for free. Supposedly, “Comme d’habitude” has been recorded in more languages, by more artists than any other song in the contemporary repertoire.

And now, the end is near
And so I face the final curtain
My friend, I’ll say it clear
I’ll state my case, of which I’m certain
I’ve lived a life that’s full
I traveled each and every highway
And more, much more than this, I did it my way

72 Debate airer : C-SPAN

C-SPAN is a privately-funded, nonprofit cable channel that broadcasts continuous coverage of government proceedings. C-SPAN Video Library is an amazing online archive provided by C-SPAN that offers a complete audio and video archive of Congressional proceedings going back to 1987. Users can search the archive for free, by topic, speaker date and more. When the site was launched in 2010, the archive already contained 160,000 hours of programming. There is a section of the archive called “Congressional Chronicle” that is particularly easy to navigate.

73 The Rose City, so nicknamed for its pink sandstone : PETRA

The archaeological city of Petra in Jordan sounds like a fabulous sight, and is known for its beautiful buildings that have been carved out of the natural rock. Petra is Jordan’s most visited tourist attraction.

78 Sun, in Santiago : SOL

Santiago is the capital of Chile. The city was founded in 1541 by the Spanish as Santiago de Nueva Extremadura. The name was chosen in honor of Saint James and the community of Extremadura in western Spain.

86 1980s-’90s legal drama : LA LAW

“L.A. Law” ran on NBC from 1986 to 1994, and was one of the network’s most successful drama series. It took over from the equally successful “Hill Street Blues” in the Thursday night 10 p.m. slot until, after a six-year run, it was itself replaced by yet another respected drama, “E.R.” The opening credits showed that famous California license plate. The plate was on a Jaguar XJ for most of the series, but moved onto a Bentley towards the end of the run. For each series the registration sticker was updated, so no laws were being broken.

90 Passover servings : MATZOS

Matzo is an unleavened flatbread used in Jewish cuisine, and which plays a central role in the Seder ritual feast that marks the beginning of Passover.

91 ___ dozen : BAKER’S

A baker’s dozen is thirteen, with the phrase dating back to the sixteenth century. Apparently, the expression comes from the practice of bakers adding one loaf to every twelve, primarily for fear of being fined for supplying fewer loaves than had been purchased.

92 Some acids, informally : AMINOS

Amino acids are essential to life in many ways, not least of which is their use as the building blocks of proteins. Nine amino acids are considered “essential” for humans. These nine must be included in the diet as they cannot be synthesized in the body.

100 Phil ___, Joan Baez contemporary : OCHS

Phil Ochs was an American protest singer who was active in the days of the Vietnam War. Sadly, the singer’s mental health declined at the very time the war was winding down. Saigon fell in 1975, and Ochs committed suicide in 1976.

101 Antipiracy org. : RIAA

The Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) represents music distributors. It is the RIAA that certifies records that have gone gold and platinum i.e. reached fixed sales thresholds. It’s also the RIAA that goes after individuals who share music illegally online.

Complete List of Clues/Answers

Across

1 Nickname of Looney Tunes animator Ben Hardaway : BUGS
5 Occupied, as a desk : SAT AT
10 Language of Lahore : URDU
14 Cantankerous sort : CRAB
18 Siouan people : OTOE
19 1984 comedy in which Daryl Hannah plays a mermaid : SPLASH
20 Takes a turn : GOES
21 “Stop right there!” : HALT!
22 Rapper ___ Dogg : NATE
23 Private address? : SALUTE
24 “Little House on the Prairie,” e.g.? : HOME PAGES
26 “The Haunting of Hill House,” e.g.? : GHOSTWRITING
29 Grilled cornmeal cake popular in Latin America : AREPA
30 Singer Zadora : PIA
31 No. in an email signature line : TEL
32 The “A” of P.G.A.: Abbr. : ASSN
35 They’re in it for the long haul : SEMIS
38 Cocktail made with grenadine : PINK LADY
40 “20,000 Leagues Under the Sea,” e.g.? : FLUID VOLUME
42 One studying for a bar or bat mitzvah, usually : PRETEEN
43 Onboarding participants : TRAINEES
44 Wetland : FEN
45 “Back to Treasure Island,” e.g.? : SECOND STORY
48 “Ideas worth spreading” offshoot : TEDX
49 Designers’ degs. : MFAS
50 Ripen : AGE
51 Grandmother: Ger. : OMA
52 Prayer support? : PEW
53 Ballerina’s asset : POISE
54 Slugger Sammy : SOSA
56 Justice ___ Brown Jackson : KETANJI
59 Like a bialy : ONIONY
61 “Crime and Punishment,” e.g.? : PRISON SENTENCES
65 Make certain : ASSURE
67 Running the show, so to speak : IN POWER
68 Site of Vulcan’s forge : ETNA
72 Vinaigrette vessel : CRUET
73 Bit of butter : PAT
75 Suffix with block or stock : -ADE
76 ___ vivant : BON
77 Some family members, informally : SIBS
78 Apple feature not found on the Apple logo : STEM
80 “If Beale Street Could Talk,” e.g.? : ADDRESS BOOK
85 Some speaker systems, in brief : PAS
86 They often have large dollar signs on them, in cartoons : LOOT BAGS
88 Stage name (and middle name) of Robyn Fenty : RIHANNA
89 “Fantastic Mr. Fox,” e.g.? : ANIMAL PRINT
91 They run parallel in a grocery store : BARCODES
93 14-time winner of the French Open : NADAL
94 Fortune : FATE
95 Reddit Q&A : AMA
96 Some campers, in brief : RVS
97 Author Calvino : ITALO
99 “The Help,” e.g.? : WORKING TITLE
105 “The Secret Life of Bees,” e.g.? : BUZZWORDS
109 One hundred, in Honduras : CIENTO
110 Sound from R2-D2 : BEEP
111 Ice cream flavor with a crunch : OREO
112 Straddling : ATOP
113 Purple-crayon-carrying boy of children’s literature : HAROLD
114 Spot for a trough : EAVE
115 Autodom’s 88 or Toronado, once : OLDS
116 Letters before the ZIP code 10001 : NY, NY
117 Fresh : SASSY
118 Terrier type : SKYE

Down

1 Hit it! : BONG!
2 Sundance Film Festival locale : UTAH
3 Break down : GO TO PIECES
4 Uses X-ray vision on : SEES INTO
5 One side in the Battle of Thermopylae : SPARTANS
6 On the same team : ALLIED
7 How guitars are strung : TAUTLY
8 Sparkling wine region : ASTI
9 Ergo : THEN
10 “Nasty!” : UGH!
11 Hundred Acre Wood resident who sometimes falls into mouse holes while practicing jumping : ROO
12 Issued an edict, say : DEMANDED
13 App developer’s target : USER
14 Place of worship : CHAPEL
15 Cat breed with a shabby-sounding name : RAGAMUFFIN
16 Fermented brew : ALE
17 Seoul singers : BTS
19 Indy-to-Memphis dir. : SSW
25 Toluca lucre : PESOS
27 Reserved, as seats : TAKEN
28 Big affair : GALA
33 One might have three parts, with or without its last letter : SUITE
34 Strength : SINEW
36 “Whatevs” : I’M EASY
37 Pick up : SENSE
38 Spaghetti sauce brand : PREGO
39 Chaired : LED
40 Word with small or deep : … FRY
41 Perturb : VEX
42 Some spots for vaccines, in brief : PSAS
43 Buses and trains : TRANSIT
46 Film role played by a terrier named Terry : TOTO
47 Saudi Arabia neighbor : OMAN
49 Animal whose name comes from the Narragansett word for “twig-eater” : MOOSE
52 Parts of A.T.M.s : PIN PADS
53 ___ chart : PIE
55 Some recesses : APSES
56 Wine cocktail : KIR
57 Legal suffix : -ESE
58 Actress Aniston, familiarly : JEN
59 I, to Claudius : ONE
60 Prominent manufacturer of A.T.M.s : NCR
62 Daily grind : RUT
63 Mary ___, first lady’s maiden name : TODD
64 Large jug : EWER
65 Grande who has broken 27 (and counting) Guinness world records for musical accomplishments : ARIANA
66 Partly covered, in a way : SUBSIDIZED
69 Cut with a letter opener? : T-BONE STEAK
70 High times? : NOONS
71 “My Way” lyricist Paul : ANKA
72 Debate airer : C-SPAN
73 The Rose City, so nicknamed for its pink sandstone : PETRA
74 Bounds : AMBIT
78 Sun, in Santiago : SOL
79 Hit list : TOP FORTY
80 I.R.S. employee: Abbr. : AGT
81 Without direction : ERRANTLY
82 [I know it’s wrong] : [SIC]
83 Snippy : SHORT
84 The creeps : BAD VIBES
86 1980s-’90s legal drama : LA LAW
87 All over again : ANEW
90 Passover servings : MATZOS
91 ___ dozen : BAKER’S
92 Some acids, informally : AMINOS
98 Student ___ : LOAN
100 Phil ___, Joan Baez contemporary : OCHS
101 Antipiracy org. : RIAA
102 Role for George Burns, Morgan Freeman and Whoopi Goldberg : GOD
103 Tax amount : LEVY
104 Pointer for an Olympian? : EPEE
105 Scare word : BOO!
106 Safari or Chrome address, in brief : URL
107 Slip into : DON
108 Catch sight of : SPY

11 thoughts on “1225-22 NY Times Crossword 25 Dec 22, Sunday”

  1. 18:19. All is quiet in the house. Christmas with little kids is kinda fun, but Christmas with grown kids is definitely more peaceful.

  2. 34:32, no errors. I had IRK before VEX and IRAN before OMAN. About an average Sunday for me. Merry Christmas everyone.

  3. 44:30. Very easy puzzle except most of it which was difficult…

    Too many missteps to put into one post.

    Phil OCHS used to be in crosswords as much as OREO, OTT, ASP etc. Haven’t seen his name in a long time. Took me a second to remember.

    Merry Christmas !

    Best –

  4. 48:44, 2 errors: CHAGEL/ARAGA. Merry Christmas all! Trying out a new laptop, much better than the cranky old table; but trying to get used to navigating with arrow keys and mouse pad. Not sure how the ‘G’ got in there, entered TEMPLE before CHURCH before CHAPEL.

  5. According to my records, I did this one on Christmas Eve in 25 minutes and 6 seconds, with no errors. I recall that I enjoyed it and that I found the theme pleasant enough. So, for me at least, it did not absolutely, completely, and totally … um … fail … in its mission … 😜. Our anonymous poster would be well advised to find another way to spend his or her time … 😳.

  6. thats right Dave, because god forbid anyone should have an opinion you don’t agree with. by the way, emojis suck

    1. Wow, you’re just surrounded by things that … um … annoy you. I can relate; there are things that annoy me, too.

  7. Like @jeff – “Very easy puzzle except most of it which was difficult”

    This one reminded me of another recent puzzle where you had to reinterpret a title. Not good for me.

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