0125-23 NY Times Crossword 25 Jan 23, Wednesday

Constructed by: Nancy Serrano-Wu
Edited by: Will Shortz

Today’s Themed Clue: Sports Bar Purchases

Themed answers are common SPORTS phrases reinterpreted as PURCHASES in a SPORTS BAR:

  • 20A Sports bar purchases? : FANTASY DRAFTS
  • 33A Sports bar purchases? : PENALTY SHOTS
  • 41A Sports bar purchases? : STAR PITCHERS
  • 56A Sports bar purchases? : TRIPLE-DOUBLES

Bill’s time: 8m 05s

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 Composer of the piano piece played in the “Tom and Jerry” short “The Cat Concerto” : LISZT
6 Fuse : WELD
10 Sugarcoated, in a way : ICED
14 Dancing like a ballerina : ON TOE
15 “Sounds good!” : OKAY!
16 First line on a form, often : NAME
17 Par ___ (by airmail, in French) : AVION
18 Word after lo or chow : … MEIN
19 Phaser setting : STUN
20 Sports bar purchases? : FANTASY DRAFTS
23 Summer setting in Mass. : EDT
24 Actor Kingsley : BEN
25 Guy in a crew : SEAMAN
28 Do a cobbler’s job on : RESOLE
30 Like a kitten cuddling with a puppy : CUTE
32 Before, in poetry : ERE
33 Sports bar purchases? : PENALTY SHOTS
36 Recipient of the inaugural A.T.P. Player of the Year award : ASHE
39 “Chandelier” singer : SIA
40 Has a student loan, say : OWES
41 Sports bar purchases? : STAR PITCHERS
46 Assistance : AID
47 Every which way : AMOK
48 Relents : LETS UP
52 Gets the hair just right, say : PRIMPS
54 “Better Call Saul” network : AMC
55 Spanish article : UNA
56 Sports bar purchases? : TRIPLE-DOUBLES
60 Recite the rosary, e.g. : PRAY
62 Currency of Portugal : EURO
63 Occupied, as a desk : SAT AT
64 Free speech org. : ACLU
65 Hair removal brand : NAIR
66 Cut down to size : ABASE
67 “Golf is a good ___ spoiled” : WALK
68 Fix because of flatness, say : TUNE
69 Some are for passing : LANES

Down

1 Apt shoe for a bread maker? : LOAFER
2 What the aliens do in “The War of the Worlds” : INVADE
3 Work assignments : STINTS
4 ___ suit : ZOOT
5 Not ridiculous, as an argument : TENABLE
6 Persons who identify as female, in an alternative spelling : WOMYN
7 Scraped together, with “out” : EKED …
8 Hideout : LAIR
9 Tang, for one : DYNASTY
10 App with “Stories,” informally : INSTA
11 Bee’s knees : CAT’S MEOW
12 Outback bird : EMU
13 Hideout : DEN
21 In view : SEEN
22 Brokers’ charges : FEES
26 Fotografía, por ejemplo : ARTE
27 Loch ___ : NESS
29 Abbr. above “0” : OPER
30 Quickly form a friendship (with) : CLICK
31 Home of the Sundance Film Festival : UTAH
34 Apropos of : AS TO
35 Zoom meeting leader : HOST
36 Lickety-split : ASAP
37 Ruckus : STIR
38 Wanted for nothing : HAD IT ALL
42 Daddy, in Spanish : PAPI
43 “Whew! That was exhausting!” : I’M SPENT!
44 Muppet who speaks in a falsetto : ELMO
45 Withdrawal to avoid a conflict of interest : RECUSAL
49 Oman’s ruler, e.g. : SULTAN
50 Agita : UNEASE
51 Presses Ctrl-V on a PC : PASTES
53 Symbol of poison on a warning label : MR YUK
54 Treasure : ADORE
57 Feast with poi : LUAU
58 Blarney Stone locale : ERIN
59 Dad, in Chinese : BABA
60 Fido’s foot : PAW
61 Record label that released the first 45 r.p.m. single (1949) : RCA