0123-23 NY Times Crossword 23 Jan 23, Monday

Constructed by: Adrian Johnson
Edited by: Will Shortz

Today’s Reveal Answer: Don’t Blow It

Themed answers each end with a homonym of an instrument that one plays by BLOWING:

  • 51A Advice to a musician with a 23-, 26- or 43-Across? : DON’T BLOW IT
  • 23A Device with Rewind and Fast Forward functions : TAPE RECORDER
  • 26A Aid for squeezing into a tight piece of footwear : SHOEHORN
  • 43A Glass frequently used for toasting the New Year : CHAMPAGNE FLUTE

Bill’s time: 5m 20s

Bill’s errors: 0

Today’s Wiki-est Amazonian Googlies

My wife and I are enjoying the final days of an extended vacation in Ireland. 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 House overhang : EAVE
5 Sci. class that might have controlled explosions : CHEM
9 Look at rudely : OGLE
13 Holey shoe : CROC
14 Camera setting for novice photographers : AUTO
15 Cartoon brother of Dewey and Louie : HUEY
16 Heaven’s opposite : HELL
17 5, for the set [2, 4, 6, 8] : MEAN
18 Be philanthropic : GIVE
19 Not delayed : ON TIME
21 Crystal-filled rocks : GEODES
23 Device with Rewind and Fast Forward functions : TAPE RECORDER
26 Aid for squeezing into a tight piece of footwear : SHOEHORN
27 Extreme point in the Arctic or Antarctic : POLE
30 World Cup cheers : OLES
31 Store sign displayed from 9 to 6, say : OPEN
35 “If you ask me …,” online : IMO …
36 True or false, on a true/false test : ANSWER
38 Promise in front of a judge : I DO
39 Unsaid yet understood : TACIT
41 Have dinner at home : EAT IN
43 Glass frequently used for toasting the New Year : CHAMPAGNE FLUTE
48 Two quarters : HALF
49 Wet forecast : RAIN
50 Meat of the matter : GIST
51 Advice to a musician with a 23-, 26- or 43-Across? : DON’T BLOW IT
54 Egyptian counterpart of Hades and Pluto : OSIRIS
56 Deals from the bottom or marks cards, say : CHEATS
59 Lack of seriousness about a serious situation : LEVITY
60 “Yay!” : HURRAH!
61 Juicy bits of info : DEETS
62 Future therapist’s major, for short : PSYCH

Down

1 “HELLO … Hello … hello …” effect : ECHO
2 “Well, ___ you clever?!” : AREN’T
3 Alessandro who invented the electric battery : VOLTA
4 High-level cover-up? : ECLIPSE
5 Country between Nigeria and Equatorial Guinea : CAMEROON
6 Shade of color : HUE
7 Prediction of a flight tracker app, for short : ETA
8 African mammal that’s resistant to snake venom : MONGOOSE
9 “What a terrible, awful idea!” : OH GOD NO!
10 Tour leader : GUIDE
11 Bar used on a fulcrum : LEVER
12 “Blinkers” or “peepers” : EYES
20 Passable, at best : MEH
22 Make a mistake : ERR
24 Jellied fish in some British pies : EELS
25 Enjoy, as gum : CHEW
27 Marketing spiel : PITCH
28 Largest city in Nebraska : OMAHA
29 Neighborhood spot for cheap booze : LOCAL DIVE
32 So-called “master gland” of the endocrine system : PITUITARY
33 Revises, as an essay : EDITS
34 Nine-person combo : NONET
36 Sports org. for Nadal and Djokovic : ATP
37 Official with a whistle : REF
40 “Sounds good to me” : I’M FOR IT
42 Capital of Africa’s largest country : ALGIERS
44 Pretentious : ARTSY
45 Gift of ___ : GAB
46 Zero, in a soccer result : NIL
47 Cain’s eldest son : ENOCH
52 Tiny faults : NITS
53 Beat decisively, informally : WHUP
54 Aged : OLD
55 “Catch my drift?” : SEE?
57 Tic-___-toe : TAC
58 [Excuse me, this is a library …!] : SHH!

4 thoughts on “0123-23 NY Times Crossword 23 Jan 23, Monday”

  1. 8:54, no errors. Same experience as Alaska Steve. Got snarled up trying to make CHAMPAGNE GLASS, HOORAY, WHIP and a misspelling of PITUITARY work.

  2. 5:59. Much more engaged with the theme than I normally am on a Monday.

    Anyone know “The country between Nigeria and Equatorial Guinea” off the top of their head? I didn’t.

    Best –

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