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NYT Crossword Puzzle 10-6-21 Complete (contains spoilers)

I pulled out 66A Battery ends: ANODES because it’s ends only because it’s multiple, but it’s not both ends of a single battery. The other end of a single battery is a cathode. Individual batteries have both; however, groups of batteries have many anodes.

Scrunched theme!

16A Good advice during an emergency: KEEPACOOLHEAD -> KEEPA[COO]LHEAD.
29A Geezers and fogies: OLDCOOTS -> OLD[COO]TS.
49A Brand with a snow-covered mountain on its label: COORSLIGHT -> [COO]RSLIGHT. And the mountains turn blue when the beer is as cold as the Rockies!
56A Doing dinner and a movie at home, say: COCOONING -> CO[COO]NING.
10D “How are plans coming along?”: WHATSCOOKING -> WHATS[COO]KING.
14D Slid over a bit: SCOOCHED -> S[COO]CHED.
23D Rockefeller or Getty: OILTYCOON -> OILTY[COO]N.
27D TV monster’s catchphrase: MEWANTCOOKIE -> MEWANTC[COO]KIE.

I love it!

63A Typecasts, in a way … or a hint to four squares in this puzzle: PIGEONHOLES.

Finished this one in 23:08.

DayThis WkBestAverage4-Wk AvgStreak
Monday4:053:499:245:1277
Tuesday8:425:2213:1410:411
Wednesday23:087:3817:0414:4418
Thursday12:1228:4431:093
Friday16:2331:5921:3917
Saturday20:1233:5733:3817
Sunday15:1153:4940:564

NYT Crossword Puzzle 10-5-21 Complete (contains spoilers)

I pulled out 39D Toque: CHEFSHAT because I learned a while ago that a toque is what Canadians call a beanie. How did I learn that? Well, it was in an episode of Nathan for You. I looked it up back then and saw that here it’s a chef’s hat.

Kind of a sad theme in today’s puzzle.

17A Classic work with chapters titled “Attack by Stratagem” and “Maneuvering an Army”: THEARTOFWAR -> T[HEART]OFWAR.
24A Signature Phil Collins hit ranked among VH1’s “100 Greatest Songs of the 80s”: INTHEAIRTONIGHT -> INT[HEA]I[RT]ONIGHT.

38A Changes political affiliation: SWITCHESPARTIES -> SWITC[HE]SP[ART]IES.
48A Flee to remote safety: HEADFORTHEHILLS -> [HEA]DFO[RT]HEHILLS.

60A Despondent … as progressively suggested by 17-, 24-, 38- and 48-Across?: HEARTBROKEN. Though I had initially put BROKENHEART, it became evident quickly that it was not in that order.

Finished this one in 8:42.

DayThis WkBestAverage4-Wk AvgStreak
Monday4:053:499:245:1277
Tuesday8:425:2213:1410:411
Wednesday7:3817:0011:4017
Thursday12:1228:4431:093
Friday16:2331:5921:3917
Saturday20:1233:5733:3817
Sunday15:1153:4940:564

NYT Crossword Puzzle 10-4-21 Complete (contains spoilers)

I pulled out 30D What screen doors usually don’t do: OPENIN because the thought of a screen door opening in is comical. You know, you walk up to someone’s house and knock on the door. You can’t knock on the screen door because it sounds like nothing. So you try to open the screen door to knock on the real door, and the thing opens in?! 🤦‍♂️

Theme for Monday!

17A Traditional end of summer: LABORDAYWEEKEND. I had initially tried LABORDAYBARBECUE, but it was too long. Summer doesn’t really end until the fourth week of September, and I tended to have second-week-of-September summer birthday during school while those kids born in June got to celebrate their birthdays during summer break. But UCSB (and most other University of California schools) started at the end of September, so I got to have my summer birthday on summer break and go to school starting in real fall.
27A Dare to exceed normal limits: PUSHTHEENVELOPE. A thing Louis DeJoy kinda does but in the bad way and definitely not in the physical way. #wheresmymail.
46A FedEx or DHL: DELIVERYSERVICE. Why not UPS? The only thing I ever get delivered DHL is my Indochino suits.

56A 1967 hit by the Tremeloes suggested by the starts of 17-, 27- and 46-Across: HERECOMESMYBABY.


Finished this one in 4:05.

DayThis WkBestAverage4-Wk AvgStreak
Monday4:053:499:245:1277
Tuesday5:2213:169:540
Wednesday7:3817:0311:4017
Thursday12:1228:4431:093
Friday16:2331:5921:3917
Saturday20:1233:5733:3817
Sunday15:1153:4940:564

NYT Crossword Puzzle 10-3-21 Complete (contains spoilers)

I pulled out 25D Generational divide: AGEGAP because it reminds me of a show that had been on Netflix: Age Gap Love. If you didn’t watch it, here’s a little bit:

At the time it was on Netflix, I told a coworker about it. She pulled Netflix up on her computer, and I guided her to the show. She didn’t care for it and didn’t want it in her Continue Watching section. She then errantly continued to take my advice and advanced to the end of each episode with the logic that Netflix would no longer remind her of all the wrinkly people. However, she really just told Netflix that she went through the series very quickly and wanted lots of content similar to the show she had just devoured.

The title of this puzzle is Snoozefest. Lots of Z’s. How hard could it be? ZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ!

18A Harriet’s partner on 1950s-’60s TV: OZZIE.
22A Inaptly named bear of a tongue twister: FUZZYWUZZY.

28A Winter weather hazard: FREEZINGDRIZZLE. That sounds horrible.
37A Get closer and closer: ZEROIN. A sugar-fee drug!
42A Transfixed: AGAZE.
45A Ostentatious display: RAZZLEDAZZLE.
63A Final creature encountered in “Dr. Seuss’s ABC”: ZIZZERZAZZERZUZZ.
85A Sportscaster Jim with the classic opening “Hello, friends”: NANTZ.
86A Opportunities to win a vacation on “Wheel of Fortune”: PRIZEPUZZLES.
91A Actress Ana of “Love, Victor”: ORTIZ.
93A Bistro sign word: CHEZ. Also a lounge sign word.
101A “Which Disney Princess Are You?” and the like: BUZZFEEDQUIZZES.
107A Eye shade: HAZEL. Like my wife‘s eyes.
113A Conflagration: BLAZE.
116A Popeye creator Segar: ELZIE.
2D Côte d’_: AZUR. Calah read A Year in Provence to me.
3D Nickname for Isabelle or Isidore: IZZY. Awful clue. Really, really bad.
4D Fashion designer Lange: LIZ.
7D Rattles: FAZES.
8D Opposite of flatness: FIZZ. FizzBuzz, am I right? Some of you know what I’m talking about.
12D Many a collaboration between Louis Armstrong and Ella Fitzgerald: JAZZDUET.
14D Spanish composer Isaac: ALBENIZ.
30D Nintendo princess: ZELDA.
31D Order of roses: DOZEN.
34D Kilt-wearing Greek infantryman: EVZONE.
37D Chain that sells chains: ZALES.
39D Levels: RAZES.
40D Old fogy: GEEZER.
43D Partner of glamour: GLITZ.
46D _ garden: ZEN.
47D When repeated, one of the Gabor sisters: ZSA.
50D Mercedes-_: BENZ.
54D Stupor: DAZE.
57D Pac-Man navigates through one: MAZE.
58D Wood-shaping tool: ADZ.
61D Six-Day War leader Weizman: EZER.
63D Unsightly spot: ZIT.
65D Counterfeit: ERSATZ.
67D Having some pep: ZINGY.
73D Nervous state: TIZZY.
75D Football sideline reporter Kolber: SUZY.
76D Brand of pretzels and chips: UTZ.
81D Pointy-eared dog: SPITZ.
82D Big name in car parts: AUTOZONE. Get in the zone.
87D Victoria Falls river: ZAMBEZI.
99D Pound and others: EZRAS.
100D Worshiper of the rain god Tlaloc: AZTEC.
104D Eleven, en français: ONZE.
109D Country music’s _ Brown Band: ZAC.

111A Quick nap … or a playful description of the 64-Down here: FORTYWINKS.
64D Sleep indicators: ZEES.

In case you’re wondering, I showed my coworker how to delete an item from watch history so no recommendations would be made from having gotten to the end of every episode of Age Gap Love.

Finished this one in 49:47.

DayThis WkBestAverage4-Wk AvgStreak
Monday6:083:499:256:0576
Tuesday10:555:2213:169:540
Wednesday15:367:3817:0311:4017
Thursday29:2012:1228:4431:093
Friday23:2916:2331:5921:3917
Saturday27:0520:1233:5733:3817
Sunday49:4715:1153:4940:564

NYT Crossword Puzzle 10-2-21 Complete (contains spoilers)

I pulled out 30A Accords, e.g.: SEDANS because I drive a Honda Accord. My Accord is not a sedan. My Accord is a coupe. I like having two doors. I like my V6 with 271hp. I like that I can use my paddle shifters on the 405 when I see an opening to get in front of that Prius. So get outta here with the assertion that all Accords are sedans.

No theme today, but here’s a thing:

20A Pearl Harbor hero for whom a future U.S. aircraft carrier is scheduled to be named: DORISMILLER.

On December 7, 1941, Mess Attendant Second Class Doris Miller was collecting soiled laundry just before 8:00 A.M. When the first bombs blasted his ship at anchor in Pearl Harbor, Miller went to the main deck where he assisted in moving the mortally wounded captain.

He then raced to an unattended deck gun and fired at the attacking planes until forced to abandon ship. It was Miller’s first experience firing such a weapon because black sailors serving in the segregated steward’s branch of the navy were not given the gunnery training received by white sailors. Although news stories have credited Miller with downing from two to five airplanes, these accounts have never been verified and are almost certainly apocryphal. Miller himself told Navy officials he thought he hit one of the planes. Navy officials conferred the Navy Cross upon Miller on May 27, 1942, in a ceremony at Pearl Harbor.

Following a Christmas leave in 1942, when he saw his home and family in Waco for the last time, Miller reported to duty aboard the aircraft carrier Liscome Bay (or Liscomb Bay) as a mess attendant, first class. During the battle of the Gilbert Islands, on November 24, 1943, his ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Pacific Ocean, and Miller perished. At that time, he had been promoted to cook, third class, and probably worked in the ship’s galley. In addition to conferring upon him the Navy Cross, the navy honored Doris Miller by naming a dining hall, a barracks, and a destroyer escort for him. The USS Miller is the third naval ship to be named after a black navy man.

Doris Miller Memorial

The USS Miller was decommissioned a couple decades ago, and this new aircraft carrier will be the second ship to bear Dorie Miller’s name. The USS Doris Miller is still more than a decade away from being commissioned.

Finished this one in 27:05.

DayThis WkBestAverage4-Wk AvgStreak
Monday6:083:499:256:0576
Tuesday10:555:2213:169:540
Wednesday15:367:3817:0311:4017
Thursday29:2012:1228:4431:093
Friday23:2916:2331:5921:3917
Saturday27:0520:1233:5733:3817
Sunday15:1153:5646:413

NYT Crossword Puzzle 10-1-21 Complete (contains spoilers)

I pulled out 39A Good name for a wrestler?: MATT because it took me longer than it probably should have for me to realize it is my name. I got there, though. I liked that there are M’s in the grid itself!

There was a Friday theme!

17A Fictional home with a secret basement: WAYNEMANOR.
21A Super group: AVENGERS. Avengers is Marvel, so this is a sloppy clue.
35A Range of consideration, metaphorically: RADARSCREEN. Beep beep beep!
53A Environmentally friendly way to travel: SOLARCAR. Eco-Batmobile.
57A Locale below 17-Across, as suggested by three images in this puzzle’s grid: THEBATCAVE. See, the M’s aren’t M’s, they’re bats!

Finished this one in 23:29.

DayThis WkBestAverage4-Wk AvgStreak
Monday6:083:499:256:0576
Tuesday10:555:2213:169:540
Wednesday15:367:3817:0311:4017
Thursday29:2012:1228:4431:093
Friday23:2916:2331:5921:3917
Saturday20:1234:2234:2516
Sunday15:1153:5646:413

NYT Crossword Puzzle 9-30-21 Complete (contains spoilers)

I pulled out 14A Like soil that combines sand, silt and clay: LOAMY because I like BoJack Horseman, and it reminded me of Todd’s rock opera:

The theme today was a decent addition to the puzzle. The puns worked. Good change of pace from the bargaining chip/firecracker/whatever other nonsense puzzle from a month ago or so.

17A [Birds] + [Bees] = P.R. campaign goal: TWITTERBUZZ.
26A [Lightsaber] + [Impatient fingers] = Boring: HUMDRUM.
36A [Cellphone] + [Bubble] = Edible accessory: RINGPOP.
48A [Cow] + [Thunder] = Snake eyes, e.g.: LOWROLL.

57A Academy Awards category eliminated in 2021 … or a hint to interpreting four clues in this puzzle: SOUNDMIXING. I had initially guessed that the eliminated category was BESTACTRESS in order to have a single best performer. I thought that would be a dumb idea because why rob someone of a statue? But also why rob a sound mixer of a statue?

Finished this one in 29:20.

DayThis WkBestAverage4-Wk AvgStreak
Monday6:083:499:256:0576
Tuesday10:555:2213:169:540
Wednesday15:367:3817:0311:4017
Thursday29:2012:1228:4431:093
Friday16:2332:1521:0116
Saturday20:1234:2234:2516
Sunday15:1153:5646:413

NYT Crossword Puzzle 9-29-21 Complete (contains spoilers)

I pulled out 34A Helpfully pushy person: NUDGER because I had put in NUDNIK, even though it didn’t really make sense that a nudnik would be helpful. Ultimately, that nagging feeling that a nudnik wasn’t helpful turned out to be accurate, and nudger–a word that apparently merits a red squiggly–was the word that does fit. So there you have it: Red squiggly words are well incorporated in the New York Times Crossword Puzzle. Yay.

There was (no) theme today.

13A *Stay in power: RESIGN -> RE(S)IGN -> REIGN + S.
23A *Hold on to: HEAVE -> H(E)AVE -> HAVE + E.
26A *Done openly: COVERT -> (C)OVERT -> OVERT + C.
37A *Changing gradually: REVOLUTIONARY -> (R)EVOLUTIONARY -> EVOLUTIONARY + R.
50A *Doesn’t eat: FEASTS -> F(E)ASTS -> FASTS + E.
54A *On this spot: THERE -> (T)HERE -> HERE + T.

66A When revealed in this puzzle, it reverses the meanings of the answers to the starred clues: SECRET. The letters that make the answers opposite make them secret? It’s weird, but fine.

Finished this one in 15:36.

DayThis WkBestAverage4-Wk AvgStreak
Monday6:083:499:256:0576
Tuesday5:2213:169:110
Wednesday15:367:3817:0311:4017
Thursday12:1228:4329:352
Friday16:2332:1521:0116
Saturday20:1234:2234:2516
Sunday15:1153:5646:413

NYT Crossword Puzzle 9-21-21 Complete (contains spoilers)

Since I am off today due to the holiday of Shmini Atzeret, here’s the puzzle I missed from last week due to the first day of the holiday of Sukkot.

I pulled out 51D How many people get around town: INACAB because that’s such a stereotypical New York answer. Even in New York, though, do people still take cabs? I mean didn’t the price of New York taxi medallions plummet because everyone takes Lyft or Uber or Via over there? Michael Cohen made that claim many times.

And on the topic of lawyers or former lawyers or whatever, it’s time for the theme!

17A Advocate for U2’s frontman?: PROBONOATTORNEY. Maybe the rest of the attorneys were hired by bandmate The Edge as he attempted to destroy part of California. You know, because the band cares about the environment and poverty and whatever. Suck it, The Edge. And, for that matter, Bono. Try making a song that doesn’t sound like every other one of your songs. Jeez.
27A Swing of a bowler’s arm?: MOVETOSTRIKE. I took bowling class in college. My best score ever was 182 or 186. Maybe 184. I still have my bowling shoes. They have flames that glow in UV light, so you know they go fast.
49A A little tied up at the moment?: MOTIONDENIED. It had looked real bad for a while with the whole Sweetwater Mesa thing, but then he was the one who was denied. In your FACE, The Edge.
65A Attire for gym period?: CLASSACTIONSUIT. It’s like that time there was the class action lawsuit against Red Bull because no one actually got wings. I got money because I was part of the class. Probably better than wings. I distinctly remember buying three cans of Red Bull in college during finals week for my friend Mitchell. The total came to $6.66. I received no wings.

Finished this one in 10:43.

DayThis WkBestAverage4-Wk AvgStreak
Monday3:499:256:0576
Tuesday10:435:2213:179:110
Wednesday7:3817:0411:3216
Thursday12:1228:4329:352
Friday16:2332:1521:0116
Saturday20:1234:2234:2516
Sunday15:1153:5646:413

NYT Crossword Puzzle 9-27-21 Complete (contains spoilers)

I pulled out 15A One of 10 on a ten-speed: GEAR because it’s not true. This is about combinations of gears. A 10sp bike normally has two chainrings (gears near the pedals) and five cogs in the back. Gear 1 in the front can connect to gears 1-5 in the back, and gear 2 in the front can connect to gears 1-5 in the back, so that’s 10 speeds. Another way to do 10 speeds is to have a single gear in the front and then 10 gears in the back. But if you do that, it’s 11 gears total. Now, there are bikes that have fewer than the number of combinations possible. Like a 30sp mountain bike may have a 22-tooth chainring, a 33-tooth chainring, and a 44-tooth chainring. In the back, it could have an 12-tooth cog and a 24-tooth cog, among others. The 44, 24 combination is the same speed as the 22, 12 combination. This may not necessarily matter in practice, but it still means that the clue is garbanzo beans.

A theme for Monday!

17A Olympic event for which the world record stands at a little over 20 feet: POLEVAULT. This is a very impressive sport to watch live. The craziest moments are when the pole snaps.


23A Magic duo with a 20+ year act in Las Vegas: PENNANDTELLER. Amazing magicians. I saw them in London years ago.
37A “Spring forward” and “fall back” plan: DAYLIGHTSAVINGS. Years ago we voted to allow the state legislature to make it always daylight savings for California. I don’t know what’s become of that other than it not happening yet.
50A Added cost of buying soda: BOTTLEDEPOSIT. In California, CRV isn’t a deposit. Normally, you give a deposit with a recyclable container and get it back if you turn it in. In California, it isn’t that way. If you pay 10c, you might get 5c back. Maybe. But you have to go to a recycling center, and those are generally mad sketch. Adnd then they do it by weight instead of by quantity.

61A Guaranteed … or where you can find the ends of 17-, 23-, 37- and 50-Across: INTHEBANK. Vault, teller, savings, deposit. All bank terms.

Finished this one in 6:08.

DayThis WkBestAverage4-Wk AvgStreak
Monday6:083:499:256:3576
Tuesday5:2213:179:090
Wednesday7:3817:0411:3216
Thursday12:1228:4329:352
Friday16:2332:1521:0116
Saturday20:1234:2234:2516
Sunday15:1153:5646:413