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NEW YORK TIMES CROSSWORD Across 1 Veronica ___, author of the best-selling “Divergent” series 5 Green and soft, say 10 Movie with famous “dun dun” theme music 14 Measurement that might be a lot? 15 Some Japanese cartoons 17 Profess 18 Menu item #1: A bowlful of Cap’n Crunch that’s been on top of the fridge for four years 20 Rhyming opposite of break 21 Officers-to-be 22 Opera term that’s sometimes a woman’s name

24 Coffee alternative 25 Austin Powers or Jack Bauer 26 Menu item #2: The charred remains of a slice of whole wheat 29 W.C. 30 “___ Flux” (1990s sci-fi series) 32 Kinds 33 Org. whose participants wear helmets 35 Follower of Mary 37 Zip 38 Plea concerning the menu in 18-, 26-, 53- and 64-Across? 42 Chest coverer 43 “Eight more hours and I’m outta here!” 44 “Ya got that right” 46 Subject of a sleep lab study 49 Words to a backstabber



WORD GAMES May 22 WORD — LEUKOCYTE (LEUKOCYTE: LOO-kuh-site: A white blood cell.) Average mark 23 words. Time limit 40 minutes. Can you find 33 or more words in LEUKOCYTE? The list will be published tomorrow. YESTERDAY’S WORD — STORIES tore sire toss sister tress site tries sore trio sorest resist sort rest sortie riot sties rise stir rite store rose tier rosiest tire rote tiro RULES OF THE GAME: 1. Words must be of four or more letters. 2. Words that acquire four letters by the addition of “s,” such as “bats” or “dies,” are not allowed. 3. Additional words made by adding a “d” or an “s” may not be used. For example, if “bake” is used, “baked” or “bakes” are not allowed, but “bake” and “baking” are admissible. 4. Proper nouns, slang words, or vulgar or sexually explicit words are not allowed.


51 Go out for a bit 53 Menu item #3: A Red Delicious, assuming you find sawdust delicious 57 Writing surface 59 Wrath 60 Fail to enunciate 61 Cow sans calf 62 Ben ___, pirate in “Treasure Island” 64 Menu item #4: Something to pour in coffee for a sour surprise 67 “Stat!” 68 Pig, cutely 69 Dot on an ocean map 70 Future-gazer 71 City in West Yorkshire 72 NBA’s Young, familiarly

Down 1 Troublemaker 2 Stop sign shape 3 Sacrifice of square footage for location, e.g. 4 ___ Keller, first deaf and blind person to earn a Bachelor of Arts 5 PC alternatives 6 “He still the ___” (lyric in Beyoncé’s “Countdown”) 7 Word before and after yes, in the military 8 Below-the-belt campaign tactic 9 Long (for)

Puzzle by Alison Ohringer and Erik Agard

10 Song one loves, in modern slang 11 Image next to a user name 12 Most socially conscious 13 Comfy pants 16 Not much light can get through it 19 Grammy-winning James 23 Bewildered 26 Wild hog 27 Not satisfied, as expectations 28 “___-daisy!”

31 Actor Idris 34 Media lawyer’s specialty 36 Roll with a hole 37 Sound of failure 39 Broken bone revealers 40 Toy for a windy day 41 Ingredient in a melt 45 Kneecap 46 Close chicas 47 Read over 48 Dance done to the 2015 hit “Watch Me”

50 Not new 52 Started listening, with “up” 54 As well 55 It gets bigger in the dark 56 Accident-___ 58 The sky, perhaps 61 That woman’s 63 Broadcaster of “Wait Wait ... Don’t Tell Me!” 65 1950s prez 66 Guided

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HOROSCOPE • JACQUELINE BIGAR Note: Bigar’s Stars is based on the degree of your sun at birth. The sign name is simply a label astrologers put on a set of degrees for convenience. For best results, readers should refer to the dates following each sign. HAPPY BIRTHDAY FOR WEDNESDAY, MAY 22, 2019: This year, your upbeat personality melts the barriers of others. If single, you could have quite a few choices to make. You also need to decide if you want a committed longterm tie. If you’re attached, the two of you like hanging out together. Your sweetie helps inspire you but also encourages you to grow past your present thinking. Avoid ruts and standoff situations that CAPRICORN points out. ARIES (MARCH 21-APRIL 19) ★★★★ Take charge of a problem. You will be able to handle the matter once you cool off some. You will need to take a strong stand and be willing to walk past a problem. You might feel as if a change is needed. Tonight: Whatever you are doing, you are noticed. TAURUS (APRIL 20-MAY 20) ★★★★★ You have the ability to see a problem beyond its obvious beginning. You can identify the irritants and also find successful solutions. Someone might call upon your abilities. Be aware of your finances and not overspending. Tonight: Return calls first. GEMINI (MAY 21-JUNE 20) ★★★★ Your ability to get past a problem allows you more flexibility than you realize. A partner could get stuck on one solution and not open up to different thoughts. Be aware of your limits when dealing with a person who often acts like a stick in the mud. Tonight: Say yes to an offer. CANCER (JUNE 21-JULY 22) ★★★★ You might want to defer to a friend or loved one, as you have a lot going on. You feel as if you cannot make a change fast enough. You feel relief when another person tosses his or her hat in the ring and pitches in. Adapt to this positive effort. Tonight: Flow with the moment. LEO (JULY 23-AUG. 22) ★★★ Pace yourself and get as much done as possible. You could experience a jolt out of the blue, which could take some extra time to work through. A partner has an idea that you might not be able to realize. Make a change if possible. Tonight: Take a night off for yourself.

VIRGO (AUG. 23-SEPT. 22) ★★★★★ Creative ideas come forth with an unexpected development. A partner is inspirational. You might be overly serious when trying to get a project going. You might try making some major changes if possible. Tonight: Swap ideas with a close associate. LIBRA (SEPT. 23-OCT. 22) ★★★ Defer to someone who cares about the outcome of a problem in much the same way you do. You might not always agree with this person, but you often agree on the process or on how a problem is handled. A family member could be difficult, to say the least. Tonight: Get past a problem. SCORPIO (OCT. 23-NOV. 21) ★★★★ Talking might take some of the pressure off a situation. The problem might surround someone who does not want to share. You see a personal matter far differently than others. You try to open up a discussion unsuccessfully. Tonight: Stay open. SAGITTARIUS (NOV. 22-DEC. 21) ★★★★ You have a unique style that others often do not get. In fact, many people look at you as a risk taker with no boundaries. You might be held back from advancing or agreeing to a project. You see a financial problem heading your way. Tonight: Let someone else treat. CAPRICORN (DEC. 22-JAN. 19) ★★★ Your way of approaching a personal issue on your mind might not get through to others. You might feel like shutting down, but that might not work at all. Evaluate the possibility of a sudden change in pace or attitude. Tonight: Whatever you want. AQUARIUS (JAN. 20-FEB. 18) ★★★ What is happening behind the scenes could stun you. The less said, the more comfortable others will be with you. What you hear could shock you at times. Use caution around finances. Tonight: Go for R and R. PISCES (FEB. 19-MARCH 20) ★★★★ A meeting could energize you. Stop and decide how realistic you are about this matter. Your imagination can find solutions should you hit a problem. Trust yourself to come up with the right idea for the majority of people. Tonight: Adapt to a last-minute change. BORN TODAY Doctor/author Arthur Conan Doyle (1859), model Naomi Campbell (1970), composer Richard Wagner (1813)


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Jumbles: TIGER CRANK HAPPEN HOMILY Answer: His wife found out that her new ring was a cheap imitation, and now he’d — PAY THE PRICE