0105-23 NY Times Crossword 5 Jan 23, Thursday

Constructed by: Emily Carroll
Edited by: Will Shortz

Today’s Reveal Answer: Squeeze Play

We have a rebus puzzle today, with the names of four PLAYS SQUEEZED into four boxes in the grid:

  • 54A Risky baseball strategy that’s indicated four times in this puzzle? : SQUEEZE PLAY
  • 17A Rise in the air : LEVITATE
  • 2D Certain to happen : INEVITABLE
  • 21A Establishment offering tom yum soup or pad woon sen noodles : THAI RESTAURANT
  • 5D Runs together, in a way : CO-CHAIRS
  • 36A Acclaimed HBO comedy series whose creator stars as himself : CURB YOUR ENTHUSIASM
  • 28D Kind of guidance : PARENTAL
  • 61A Body image? : CAT SCAN
  • 61D Condiment for a burger : CATSUP

Bill’s time: 12m 28s

Bill’s errors: 0

Today’s Wiki-est Amazonian Googlies

My wife and I are in Ireland right now, for Christmas and to start off the New Year with family. I just managed to slip away to solve the puzzle, and write up this abbreviated post. I will get to the full post just as soon as I can.

Thank you for your understanding.

Bill

Complete List of Clues/Answers

Across

1 Fake news source? : LIAR
5 ___ lab (hosp. location for stent placements) : CATH
9 “American Psycho” novelist : ELLIS
14 To whom Mama Cocha was goddess of the sea : INCA
15 Fantasy foe : OGRE
16 Smallest South Pacific nation : NAURU
17 Rise in the air : LEVITATE
18 “Veep” actress DuVall : CLEA
19 Biblical mount : SINAI
20 Pilates target : ABS
21 Establishment offering tom yum soup or pad woon sen noodles : THAI RESTAURANT
23 Most immediate : CLOSEST
25 GPS options: Abbr. : RTES
26 Yellow-flowered medicinal plant : SENNA
27 Goes toe to toe (with) : SPARS
29 Can alternative : MAY
32 Fantasy foe : ORC
34 “___ said …” : AS I
35 Certain entry requirement : VISA
36 Acclaimed HBO comedy series whose creator stars as himself : CURB YOUR ENTHUSIASM
41 Unwanted responsibility : ONUS
42 Strand in a cell : RNA
43 Dallas pro : MAV
44 Relentlessly follow : DOG
45 Vodka brand, informally : STOLI
47 Leisurely paces : TROTS
51 Wheels on a base : JEEP
52 Recover from a bender : SOBER UP
54 Risky baseball strategy that’s indicated four times in this puzzle? : SQUEEZE PLAY
58 Stand-up comedian Wong : ALI
59 Boots : OUSTS
60 Within reach : NEAR
61 Body image? : CAT SCAN
62 Work at St. Peter’s Basilica : PIETA
63 Ending with leather or towel : -ETTE
64 Body part that’s an anagram of 11-Down : ULNA
65 This is for suckers : STRAW
66 One of 28 in a Monopoly box : DEED
67 Negroni garnish : PEEL

Down

1 The flowers in Amy Lowell’s “Your great puffs of flowers / Are everywhere in this my New England” : LILACS
2 Certain to happen : INEVITABLE
3 Pursues, as a hunch : ACTS ON
4 Good name for a marine biologist? : RAE
5 Runs together, in a way : CO-CHAIRS
6 Tips for shoemakers : AGLETS
7 ___ leches (Latin American cake) : TRES
8 Summer eruption : HEAT RASH
9 Comes after : ENSUES
10 Haunts : LAIRS
11 Roman goddess who’s an anagram of 64-Across : LUNA
12 Modern-day site of ancient Persepolis : IRAN
13 Word with power or strong : SUIT
21 Lachrymose : TEARY
22 Many a fancy hotel lobby : ATRIUM
24 Self-important types : SNOBS
28 Kind of guidance : PARENTAL
29 Soccer great Hamm : MIA
30 Biblical mount : ASS
31 Agricultural item that Nigeria produces more of than the rest of the world combined : YAM
33 Nevada senator Catherine ___ Masto : CORTEZ
35 Joie de ___ : VIVRE
36 The fish in fish and chips, commonly : COD
37 Cry at a card table : UNO
38 It’s cut by a dancer : RUG
39 Still sealed : UNOPENED
40 Did nothing : SAT BY
45 School board? : SEESAW
46 Falls behind : IS LATE
48 Big competitor of Microsoft and IBM : ORACLE
49 University with a pelican mascot : TULANE
50 Kind of column : SPINAL
51 Compact Volkswagen : JETTA
53 Sculled, e.g. : OARED
54 Dips in gravy : SOPS
55 Give up : QUIT
56 End-___ : USER
57 Politico Buttigieg : PETE
61 Condiment for a burger : CATSUP

One thought on “0105-23 NY Times Crossword 5 Jan 23, Thursday”

  1. 22:04. Got CURB YOUR ENTHUSIASM fast enough, but it took me a while to get the other three rebuses.

    I kept wanting to put ketchup before CATSUP (this was before I had seen the reveal). Who says CATSUP anymore anyway??

    I always thought the smallest South Pacific nation was Gilligan’s Island

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