0711-19 NY Times Crossword 11 Jul 19, Thursday

Constructed by: Alex Eaton-Salners
Edited by: Will Shortz

Today’s Theme (according to Bill):It’s All Backwards

Themed clues are written in reverse, as are the themed answers:

  • 17A RED ROOT (TO ORDER): DEZIMOTSUC (CUSTOMIZED)
  • 26A SLIP UP (PUPILS) : STNEDUTS (STUDENTS)
  • 38A DIAPER (REPAID) : DEGNEVA (AVENGED)
  • 51A WENT ON (NOT NEW) : GNITSIXE (EXISTING)
  • 63A NAME TAG (GATEMAN) : RETEPTNIAS (SAINT PETER)

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Bill’s time: 10m 17s

Bill’s errors: 0

Today’s Wiki-est Amazonian Googlies

My wife and I are moving into our “forever home” today and tomorrow. As a result, I only found time to solve the puzzle this evening, and write up this brief post. I’ll get to the full post just as soon as I can, in a few days time.

Thanks you for understanding.

Bill

Complete List of Clues/Answers

Across

1 Takes out : OFFS
5 Deckhand : SWAB
9 Covertly drops a line to : BCCS
13 Make faces, perhaps : DRAW
14 Window’s counterpart : AISLE
16 ___-chic (hippie-influenced style) : BOHO
17 RED ROOT (TO ORDER): DEZIMOTSUC (CUSTOMIZED)
19 Groan-inducing dice roll : CRAP
20 Note below F, perhaps? : SEE ME
21 Judean king : HEROD
23 Undefined degree : NTH
24 Certain red wine, to connoisseurs : CAB
26 SLIP UP (PUPILS) : STNEDUTS (STUDENTS)
28 Kind of scenario : WHAT IF
31 Comfort : SOLACE
32 Give a good beatin’ : WHUP
33 Ornamental pond fish : KOI
35 One of many in Jesus’ crown : THORN
37 Line of clothing : HEM
38 DIAPER (REPAID) : DEGNEVA (AVENGED)
41 Org. whose members meet in an alley : PBA
42 Live in a studio : ON AIR
44 “___: Cyber” (2010s TV spinoff) : CSI
45 Symbol of England : LION
46 Altogether : IN TOTO
49 Long-handled weapon : POLEAX
51 WENT ON (NOTNEW) : GNITSIXE (EXISTING)
53 Fortune : LOT
54 It “lives from constraints and dies from freedom,” per Leonardo da Vinci : ART
55 Went after : SET AT
57 Tennis star Naomi : OSAKA
61 “I dare you!” : DO IT!
63 NAME TAG (GATEMAN) : RETEPTNIAS (SAINT PETER)
65 Blood moon, to some : OMEN
66 Slightly brown : SAUTE
67 Old Dodge : OMNI
68 Cause of class struggle? : TEST
69 Video file extension : MPEG
70 Handful of golfers? : TEES

Down

1 Figures at a racetrack : ODDS
2 Let go : FREE
3 Rattle : FAZE
4 Stretchy headwear : SWIM CAP
5 ___ João de Meriti, Brazil : SAO
6 Employed by : WITH
7 They may be packed for a trip in the mountains : ASSES
8 Says quickly without thinking : BLURTS
9 ___ World Service : BBC
10 Thanksgiving centerpiece : CORNUCOPIA
11 One talking on and on and on : CHATTERBOX
12 They outrank frosh : SOPHS
15 Affordable, in company names : ECONO
18 It may be well done : MEAT
22 “Keep Climbing” sloganeer : DELTA
25 Need for a triathlon : BIKE
27 – : DAH
28 “Well, I guess if everyone else is …” : WHEN IN ROME …
29 History and literature, e.g. : HUMANITIES
30 Problem for a mariner : FOG
32 “Am I supposed to know this person?” : WHO?
34 Close of business? : INC
36 Old ___, “Game of Thrones” caretaker : NAN
38 Rubbish : DROSS
39 Subj. of some thought experiments : ESP
40 Six-stringed instrument : VIOL
43 ___ Tech, notable bankruptcy of 2016 : ITT
45 “I’d rather we skip it” : LET’S NOT
47 Strata : TIERS
48 Yoked pair : OX TEAM
50 Pillage : LOOT
51 Gal in “Wonder Woman” : GADOT
52 Gobble : EAT UP
56 Place for un béret : TETE
58 “Je t’___” (French for “I love you”) : AIME
59 Xanadu resident : KANE
60 Without change : AS IS
62 It may be placed in mines : TNT
64 Coatroom item : PEG