WSJ Crossword 12-9-20 Complete

The Wall Street Journal puzzle has been consistent in taking me substantially longer to complete. I don’t know exactly why that is. I think I’ve made this comment before, and it remains true.

I pulled out 57D Conical wind: OBOE for more than one reason. First off, I had originally read it as Comical wind. My thoughts ranged from NOSE because of the gag to twist someone’s nose and wind with the long i sound to FART because breaking wind is funny.

A real Bronx cheer!

But when I realized that is was Conical wind, it couldn’t have been those. Ultimately, it became apparent that it was OBOE.

This coincided with the answer to today’s NYTXW clue 26A O, in the W.W. II Army/Navy alphabet. Neither was an easy clue.

Today’s puzzle has the title Spy vs. Spy. I don’t understand that yet, but I should be able to figure it out.

20A *South Sudan became the 193rd in 2011: UNMEMBER.
31A *Scam artists: CONMEN.
53A *Not fully achieved: UNMET.
4D *Bluish-gray color: GUNMETAL.
10D *They may include Gardenburgers and Tofurky: VEGANMENUS.
28D *TV dinner, perhaps: FROZENMEAL.

They all have ME in them, but I don’t understand what that has to do anything.

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