0104-23 NY Times Crossword 4 Jan 23, Wednesday

Constructed by: Laura Breiman & Tom Bachant
Edited by: Will Shortz

Today’s Reveal Answer: Celestial Bodies

The circled letters in the grid spell out the names of CELESTIAL BODIES. Their “shape” in the grid represents the appearance of each body:

  • 39A Astronomical objects represented by the circled letters in this puzzle : CELESTIAL BODIES

The CELESTIAL BODIES are:

  • MOON
  • COMET
  • GALAXY
  • ASTEROID
  • STAR

Bill’s time: 8m 16s

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 Nonmagical sort, in the Harry Potter universe : MUGGLE
7 What’s found in cafés but not coffee shops? : ACCENT
13 Spanish loves : AMORES
14 St. Bernard or mastiff, often : DROOLER
15 Hoity-toity types : SNOOTS
16 Goofus : BIG DUMMY
17 Wireless speaker brand : SONOS
18 Place : PUT
19 Fencing equipment : EPEES
20 Shade akin to fuchsia : MAGENTA
23 Part of Q.E.D. : ERAT
24 ___ blind : ROB
27 Dispenser of drafts : TAP
28 “Black gold” or “Texas tea” : OIL
30 Out of the office : AWAY
32 Nine-digit ID : SSN
34 One leaving its pad quickly : ROCKET
39 Astronomical objects represented by the circled letters in this puzzle : CELESTIAL BODIES
42 One righting writing : EDITOR
43 “The lowest form of humor — when you don’t think of it first,” per Oscar Levant : PUN
44 “The Song of the ___” (Willa Cather novel) : LARK
45 First of the Chinese dynasties : XIA
47 Broadcaster of “The Price Is Right” for more than four decades : CBS
49 Letters requesting help : SOS
50 Back talk : SASS
54 Pablo Picasso and Georges Braque, for two : CUBISTS
57 Offering in church : TITHE
59 Noche’s counterpart : DIA
60 Nevada senator Jacky : ROSEN
64 Low-calorie cookie spinoff : OREO THIN
66 Adverb in a contract : HERETO
67 Eccentrics : WEIRDOS
68 Produce oxidation in : AERATE
69 Author Hemingway : ERNEST
70 Tablet tool : STYLUS

Down

1 Service that might be in Latin : MASS
2 “Yeah, that won’t work for me” : UM, NO
3 “I’m listening …” : GO ON …
4 Many a wedding cake topper : GROOM
5 Unleashes on : LETS AT
6 Intro to sociology? : ESS
7 “Evita” setting: Abbr. : ARG
8 Word with tax or cheat : … CODE
9 Type of car whose name comes from the French word for “cut” : COUPE
10 Toon hunting for a “scwewy wabbit” : ELMER
11 Site of a mythical lion slaying : NEMEA
12 Romantic rendezvous : TRYST
14 “Me, too!” : DITTO!
16 Patty’s place : BUN
18 ___ Challenge (famous taste test) : PEPSI
21 Gut-related : GASTRIC
22 Some short-term rentals : AIRBNBS
24 Hightail it : RACE
25 Was behind : OWED
26 Island between Java and Lombok : BALI
29 W.C. : LOO
31 As of now : YET
33 Bit of shut-eye : NAP
35 450, in ancient Rome : CDL
36 Sorento and Telluride : KIAS
37 Amazon-owned home Wi-Fi brand : EERO
38 Scolding sounds : TSKS
40 Part of some “Red” or “White” uniforms : SOX
41 St. ___ (Caribbean isle) : LUCIA
46 Some German cars : AUDIS
48 Word on the ___ : STREET
50 “Uncle Tom’s Cabin” author : STOWE
51 Broadcaster : AIRER
52 Oktoberfest vessel : STEIN
53 Place to wash up? : SHORE
55 Son of, in Arabic surnames : BIN
56 “___, not ___!” : SORRY
58 Approx. when planes take off : ETDS
61 Circus barker? : SEAL
62 “Not you, too!?” : ET TU?
63 Disappointing R.S.V.P.s : NOES
65 Over 100, say : HOT
66 Gives birth to : HAS