NYT Crossword 1-8-21 Complete

Ben Carson is trending this morning as the only member of the cabinet left. This may reflect more on me than on him or the reverse, but I didn’t know he was still in government. Why is he still there? Isn’t he a doctor? It can’t possibly the government pay.

I pulled out 1D Home to the so-called “Silicon Docks,” a European equivalent to Silicon Valley: DUBLIN for two reasons. One is that I learned that Silicon Docks is a thing. Mainly, though, it’s that using quotation marks is not necessary after using so-called. Good job, Will Shortz for editing properly.


The theme of this puzzle is hard? But not too hard.

14A Simply not done: UNHEARDOF. You know, like storming the Capitol.
17A Welcome abroad: BIENVENUE. It’s like welcome aboard but abroad so it’s in another language. I get it.
37A “See, someone understands what I’m saying!”: THISGUYGETSIT.

Oh, The Room.

61A Token reprimand: WRISTSLAP. Like being censured or impeached without conviction.
64A Resolve: DETERMINE. Resolve/determine he’s gotta go.

Finished this one in 33:42.

Have a great and safe weekend, everyone!

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