0130-23 NY Times Crossword 30 Jan 23, Monday

Constructed by: David Steinberg
Edited by: Will Shortz

Today’s Reveal Answer(s): Right Between the Eyes

Themed answers each include a letter sandwiched RIGHT BETWEEN two letters I. Those letters spell out “NOSE”, which is found RIGHT BETWEEN THE EYES on the face:

  • 56A With 67-Across, in a sudden and completely apparent way … or a punny description of this puzzle’s circled letters : RIGHT BETWEEN THE …
  • 67A See 56-Across : … EYES
  • 17A Engaged in some risky behavior : SKATED ON THIN ICE (giving “N”)
  • 22A Microphone jack, for one : AUDIO INPUT (giving “O”)
  • 36A “I’m appalled!” : THIS IS AN OUTRAGE! (giving “S”)
  • 48A Be honored before burial : LIE IN STATE (giving “E”)

Bill’s time: 8m 08s!

Bill’s errors: 2

  • O’ER (e’er)
  • NORA (Nera!)

Today’s Wiki-est Amazonian Googlies

My wife and I are enjoying the final days of an extended vacation in Europe with a few days in London. 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.

Normal “service” will resume on or before Friday Feb 3rd, the day after we get back home to California.

Thank you for your understanding.

Bill

Complete List of Clues/Answers

Across

1 Trace of smoke : WISP
5 McEntire known as “The Queen of Country” : REBA
9 Like aged cheddar : SHARP
14 Length x width, for a rectangle : AREA
15 Major monitor maker : ACER
16 Flooring installer : TILER
17 Engaged in some risky behavior : SKATED ON THIN ICE
20 “Eww, I didn’t need to know that” : TMI
21 Nonnegotiable salary limit : HARD CAP
22 Microphone jack, for one : AUDIO INPUT
27 Sit-___ (some protests) : INS
28 “Thar ___ blows!” : SHE
29 Poetic contraction that omits a “v” : O’ER
30 Measure of time, in music : BEAT
32 Alternative to a station wagon, in brief : SUV
33 Cook for too long, say : BURN
35 Chunk floating in the Arctic Ocean : BERG
36 “I’m appalled!” : THIS IS AN OUTRAGE!
41 “Whose ___ Is It Anyway?” (long-running improv show) : LINE
42 Alphabetically first group in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame : ABBA
43 Curtain hanger : ROD
44 Watch over, as a fire : TEND
45 Agcy. for drivers : DMV
46 Veer suddenly : ZAG
47 Flaky fish : COD
48 Be honored before burial : LIE IN STATE
52 Portuguese or Spanish : IBERIAN
55 French word that sounds like an English pronoun : OUI
56 With 67-Across, in a sudden and completely apparent way … or a punny description of this puzzle’s circled letters : RIGHT BETWEEN THE …
62 Enclosures for shark watchers : CAGES
63 The “R” of I.R.L. : REAL
64 Messy, semiliquid substance : GOOP
65 Analyze, as ore : ASSAY
66 Droops : SAGS
67 See 56-Across : … EYES

Down

1 “A good time ___ had by all” : WAS
2 Tick off : IRK
3 Dolphin’s home : SEA
4 LaBelle known as “The Godmother of Soul” : PATTI
5 Half-diameters : RADII
6 Prefix with system : ECO-
7 Jerry’s partner in ice cream : BEN
8 Bespectacled cartoon aardvark : ARTHUR
9 Move slightly : STIR
10 Rear : HIND
11 Activist who co-founded Black Lives Matter : ALICIA GARZA
12 Disavow : RECANT
13 Gets ready : PREPS
18 Genre sometimes mixed with rap : EMO
19 Word before trick or tip : HAT
22 Aide: Abbr. : ASST
23 “That’s not true!” : UH-UH!
24 Appetizers sprinkled with paprika : DEVILED EGGS
25 “Awkwafina Is ___ From Queens” (Comedy Central series) : NORA
26 George Eliot or Mark Twain : PEN NAME
30 Letter after alpha : BETA
31 Mis-enter a passcode, say : ERR
33 Assemble, as a book : BIND
34 ___ with caution : USE
35 Fella : BUB
37 Greed, gluttony or sloth : SIN
38 “Duh!,” in modern slang : OBVI!
39 Source of milk for some cheeses : GOAT
40 Relatively easy section of a jigsaw puzzle : EDGE
44 Wolff who wrote “This Boy’s Life” : TOBIAS
45 Certain restaurants … or their customers : DINERS
47 About, in dates : CIRCA
48 Place to wear goggles : LAB
49 Christmas carols : NOELS
50 Take to court : SUE
51 Little bit of color : TINGE
53 Mother of Zeus : RHEA
54 ___-bitsy : ITSY
57 Steaming cupful : TEA
58 Make like a puppy’s tail : WAG
59 Smallest poodle variety : TOY
60 Clod-breaking tool : HOE
61 Records with only a few tracks, for short : EPS

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