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0320-17 New York Times Crossword Answers 20 Mar 17, Monday

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CROSSWORD SETTER: Neil deGrasse Tyson and Andrea Carla Michaels
THEME: Astronomical Puns
There’s a note with today’s puzzle:
To mark the 75th anniversary of the New York Times crossword, which debuted in 1942, we are publishing a series of puzzles co-created by famous people who solve the Times crossword, working together with regular Times puzzle contributors.

This collaboration is by the astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson and his Harvard classmate Andrea Carla Michaels (with her 56th puzzle for The Times).

The celebrity collaborations will continue periodically through the year.

More information about the making of today's puzzle appears in the Times's daily crossword column (
Today’s themed answers are terms from the world of astronomy, but each each is clued in “punny” way:
20A. Toe testing the waters? : LITTLE DIPPER
24A. ExxonMobil? : GAS GIANT
37A. Oscar nominees' gathering? : STAR CLUSTER
52A. Bashful? : RED DWARF
57A. Total hottie? : HEAVENLY BODY

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For the sake of completion, here is a full listing of all the answers:
1. Fix, as a cat : SPAY
5. "Get cracking!" : ASAP!
9. "Jurassic Park" insect casing : AMBER
14. Pack animal : MULE
15. "___ girl!" : IT'S A
16. First lady after Hillary : LAURA
17. "That's my cue!" : I'M ON
18. Like Dorothy's slippers : RUBY
19. Boston airport : LOGAN
20. Toe testing the waters? : LITTLE DIPPER
23. Potentially dangerous bacterium : E COLI
24. ExxonMobil? : GAS GIANT
28. "___ Comedy Jam" : DEF
29. Command to Rover : BEG
32. "Bald-faced" thing : LIE
33. "Who goes there, friend or ___?" : FOE
34. Bowling scoresheet unit : FRAME
36. Square dance site : BARN
37. Oscar nominees' gathering? : STAR CLUSTER
41. Vittles : FOOD
43. Manipulate, as bread dough : KNEAD
44. Bird that hoots : OWL
45. Mai ___ (cocktail) : TAI
48. Admit, with "up to" : OWN
49. '50s high school dance : HOP
52. Bashful? : RED DWARF
55. Inventory items : GOODS
57. Total hottie? : HEAVENLY BODY
60. Simple pond life : ALGAE
63. "Me as well" : I TOO
64. "Voulez-vous coucher ___ moi ce soir?" : AVEC
65. It may be reasonable to a jury : DOUBT
66. Catches forty winks : NAPS
67. Intertwine : MESH
68. New Mexican pueblo builders : ZUNIS
69. Exuberance : GLEE
70. Regarding, in a memo : AS TO

1. Wore an upside-down frown : SMILED
2. Volcanic rock : PUMICE
3. Many, many : A LOT OF
4. 1983 film in which Barbra Streisand dresses as a man : YENTL
5. Suffix with million : -AIRE
6. ___ poker : STUD
7. Equally large : AS BIG
8. E-commerce site formerly owned by eBay : PAYPAL
9. Declare to be true : ALLEGE
10. Native New Zealanders : MAORI
11. Computer program glitch : BUG
12. Paleozoic or Mesozoic : ERA
13. Sought political office : RAN
21. "The Scales" constellation : LIBRA
22. Greek letter before omega : PSI
25. Quite a distance off : AFAR
26. Neither's partner : NOR
27. Hamilton's bill : TEN
30. Body part to lend or bend : EAR
31. Big inits. in trucks : GMC
34. 1-800-FLOWERS alternative : FTD
35. Certain fraternal order member : ELK
36. Place to dream : BED
37. Successful auctioneer's last word : SOLD
38. Commercial game with wild cards : UNO
39. Put in stitches : SEW
40. Having an aftertaste, as some barbecue sauce : TANGY
41. Debate position against "against" : FOR
42. Have debts : OWE
45. 140-character messages : TWEETS
46. Drivers' org. : AAA
47. John who wrote "The World According to Garp" : IRVING
49. Reindeer feet : HOOVES
50. Most bizarre : ODDEST
51. 1960 Alfred Hitchcock thriller : PSYCHO
53. Abu ___ (Mideast land) : DHABI
54. Prebirth : FETAL
56. President who won the 2009 Nobel Peace Prize : OBAMA
58. "Ain't happening" : NOPE
59. Finish second : LOSE
60. Woodworking tool : ADZ
61. Baseballer Gehrig : LOU
62. Rifle or revolver : GUN

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1 comment :

Dave Kennison said...

7:29, no errors.

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