53 seconds for a Saturday and at a computer. Rareties abound!
I pulled out 4D Japanese watch brand: SEIKO because I have picked up watch repair as a hobby. I have been gravitating toward Citizen and Seiko that I can get for not that much and then work on them. Recently I bought two used Seiko watches that looked great in the pictures. They were described as not functioning, though that can just mean needs a battery. I opened one of them up and saw that the battery had leaked.
The leak got into the movement, so it seized. Yes, it turned a Seiko into a seizedko. I researched the Seiko 8123 movement (coincidentally I finished this puzzle in 18:32) to see how I could do a straight swap. But they no longer make the 8123 movement. I kept looking and found two possible replacements. The Seiko 7N43 movement is the same size and has one jewel, compared to the 8123’s five jewels. The 7N43 also has SAB/SAT in blue like the 8123 has. But then there’s the Hattori VX43 that has zero jewels and doesn’t have the SAB/SAT in blue. For cheaper the 7N43, I got a busted watch that has a 7N43 movement. There was an inscription on the back of the watch: “CHARLES STANLEY MARSHALL GOD’S SAINTLEY [sic] GIFT TO ALL HE MEETS.” I’m waiting for the battery to arrive, but if it doesn’t, I’ll replace the movement with a VX43.
No theme for this Friday puzzle.
Finished this one in 18:32.
A tad slow at 43 seconds.
I hate the clue too much to look up if there’s any merit to it.
Finished this one in 25 seconds.
I pulled out 29A One in peak singing condition?: YODELER because I actually think that was pretty good.
Also here’s Jewel yodeling:
18A With 20-Across, goes to great lengths: BENDS
20A BACKWARDS to make BENDS over BACKWARDS.
35A With 39-Across, superior: ACUT
39A THEREST to make A CUT above THE REST.
41A With 36-Across, plays dirty: HITS to make HITS below THE BELT.
55A THE BRIDGE
60A With 55-Across, no longer an issue: WATER to make WATER under THE BRIDGE.
Finished this one in 12:49.
What is a grebe?
This is a grebe!
Got this Wednesday in 27 seconds.
Yeesh is right. A 50-second finish for a Tuesday.
I pulled out 8D Breakout movie role, say: STARTURN because I’ve never heard this term before. Maybe I have, and maybe it was a crossword answer before. If so, I’ve solved it only from the cross words.
16A It doesn’t need time to rise before baking: QUICKBREAD.
29A One of two “royal” sleeping options: QUEENBED.
35A Social crafting event: QUILTINGBEE.
42A ATV with four tires: QUADBIKE.
59A Key member of a football team, in brief … or a feature of 16-, 29-, 35- and 42-Across?: STARTINGQB.
Nyah-nyah, Tom Brady. LFGR.
Finished this one in 6:23.
Man, 27 seconds for a Monday mini?