0124-23 NY Times Crossword 24 Jan 23, Tuesday

Constructed by: Aaron M. Rosenberg & Jeff Chen
Edited by: Will Shortz

Today’s Reveal Answer: Bubble Tea

Themed answers each include a type of TEA as a hidden word, spelled out with letters in BUBBLES (circled):

  • 39D Beverage mixed with tapioca pearls … or a description of this puzzle’s circled letters? : BUBBLE TEA
  • 3D Electronic device for a person with voice impairment : SPEECH AID (bubbled “CHAI”)
  • 7D Response from someone who merely glanced at an online post, maybe : TOO LONG, DIDN’T READ (bubbled “OOLONG”)
  • 9D What a U.F.O. might turn out to be : WEATHER BALLOON (bubbled “HERBAL”)
  • 18D Go through one of life’s significant moments : PASS A MILESTONE (bubbled “ASSAM”)

Bill’s time: 8m 13s

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 Luxuriate : BASK
5 Bread that may be stuffed with shawarma : PITA
9 Moves like a dog’s tail : WAGS
13 Clamp that transposes a guitar’s pitch : CAPO
14 “Hurry! We’re late!” : C’MON!
15 Horse, in Latin : EQUUS
17 Unfair dig in an argument : CHEAP SHOT
19 “We ___ please” : AIM TO
20 Actress Ward of “CSI: NY” and “FBI” : SELA
21 Choose : ELECT
23 Red October in “The Hunt for Red October,” e.g. : SUB
24 San Francisco neighborhood with the GLBT Historical Society Museum, with “the” : … CASTRO
26 “I’m not THAT gullible!” : OH SURE!
28 “Not feeling it” : NAH
30 Witnessed : SEEN
31 One pitching in : HELPER
32 Scratch like an unhappy tabby : CLAW AT
34 Sci-fi or horror : GENRE
36 Challenge for a translator, maybe : IDIOM
37 What free TV usually comes with : ADS
38 Elephant of children’s literature : BABAR
42 “Me too!” : SO DO I!
43 Quick plunge : DIP
44 Sky-blue : AZURE
45 Cataclysm in the lore of many world cultures : FLOOD
47 Space missions that collect data without landing : FLYBYS
48 Professional occupation : CAREER
51 Actor ___ Patrick Harris : NEIL
53 Article of cricket equipment : BAT
54 Opposed (to) : AVERSE
55 Distilled coal product used to preserve wood : TAR OIL
57 Maya who designed the Vietnam Veterans Memorial : LIN
58 Some travel packages : TOURS
60 Roughly half of binary code : ONES
62 Unleavened Passover staple : MATZO
64 On again, as a flame or romance : REIGNITED
67 Oktoberfest vessel : STEIN
68 Swanky party : GALA
69 In the area : NEAR
70 Upper hand : EDGE
71 Ice cream brand : EDY’S
72 Green that might go in a smoothie : KALE

Down

1 Include covertly in an email thread : BCC
2 Sounds of bliss : AAHS
3 Electronic device for a person with voice impairment : SPEECH AID (bubbled “CHAI”)
4 Eucalyptus-eating “bear” : KOALA
5 Mac alternatives : PCS
6 Egotist’s “The party can start now!” : I’M HERE!
7 Response from someone who merely glanced at an online post, maybe : TOO LONG, DIDN’T READ (bubbled “OOLONG”)
8 Poker buy-in : ANTE
9 What a U.F.O. might turn out to be : WEATHER BALLOON (bubbled “HERBAL”)
10 E.P.A. pollution stat : AQI
11 Clogs, as a machine or process : GUMS UP
12 Surgeon’s stitch : SUTURE
16 Clearheaded : SOBER
18 Go through one of life’s significant moments : PASS A MILESTONE (bubbled “ASSAM”)
22 Journalist/political analyst Nate : COHN
25 Vietnamese New Year : TET
27 Sordid : SLEAZY
28 Long-running CBS police drama : NCIS
29 Designer Gucci : ALDO
33 Low-frequency speaker : WOOFER
35 Mind reader’s ability, in brief : ESP
37 Hubbub : ADO
39 Beverage mixed with tapioca pearls … or a description of this puzzle’s circled letters? : BUBBLE TEA
40 One of the Starks on “Game of Thrones” : ARYA
41 Breather : REST
46 Black-and-white cookie : OREO
47 Christmas tree : FIR
48 Quiets : CALMS
49 Pilot a plane : AVIATE
50 Like apartments and many tuxedos : RENTED
52 With little effort : EASILY
56 Bold way to solve a sudoku : IN INK
59 Impulse : URGE
61 Notary public’s authorizing stamp : SEAL
63 Sharp turn : ZIG
65 Nitrous oxide, e.g. : GAS
66 “Dr.” who performed at the Super Bowl LVI halftime show : DRE

4 thoughts on “0124-23 NY Times Crossword 24 Jan 23, Tuesday”

  1. 8:59. Caught onto the tea theme early, but it didn’t really aid in the solve. I prefer coffee…

    I remember TOO LONG DIDNT READ (TLDR) from a recent crossword. It was the first I’d heard of it. I still find it amusing.

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