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NYT Crossword Puzzle 7-28-21 Complete (contains spoilers)

I pulled out 14A Cookie that has been deemed kosher since 1997: OREO because I remember when this happened. I’d grown up eating Hydrox, the cookie that Oreo copied and that helped nationally recognized kosher symbols rise to prominence. But even after they’d stopped using lard or whatever was making it not kosher in their ingredients, I didn’t eat oreos for months, lest the ones in front of me were from the old pre-kosher run. Now I keep oreos in the freezer because they’re way better frozen. Also freezing the cookies fixes the staleness that seems to plague some sleeves in the Costco boxes.

This puzzle’s theme made a splash.

17A Porky’s significant other: PETUNIAPIG -> PE[T]UN[I][A][P]IG -> TNIAP | PAINT.
11D Somewhat: UPTOAPOINT -> U[P]TO[A]PO[I][N][T] -> PAINT.
29D Where you might find love away from home?: TENNISCAMP -> [T]E[N]N[I]SC[A]M[P] -> TNIAP | PAINT.
61A _ station, Central London railway terminal: PADDINGTON -> [P][A]DD[I][N]G[T]ON -> PAINT.

53A With 21-Across, artist known to 39-Across pigments back and forth onto canvases: JACKSON POLLOCK.

39A Make art like 53-/21-Across (as suggested by this puzzle’s circled letters?): DRIBBLE.

Finished this one in 29:35.

DayThis WkBestAverage4-Wk AvgStreak
Monday7:013:499:288:2067
Tuesday7:515:2213:4012:3810
Wednesday29:357:3817:3617:198
Thursday12:1229:1928:057
Friday16:2334:5629:227
Saturday27:4334:0633:367
Sunday15:1156:4742:247

NYT Crossword Puzzle 7-27-21 Complete (contains spoilers)

I pulled out 7D Best Musical Tony winner of 1975, with “The”: WIZ and 9D Cousin of a trumpet: CORNET because when I was a child, I was in a production of The Wiz through the Youth Academy of Dramatic Arts, which was at The Coronet Theater in LA. I could have sworn there was a sign out front of a cornet, but a small crown is not the same as a trumpetlike instrument.

This puzzle has a pieceful theme.

16A Inject new life into: REVITALIZE. Literally what that means.
24A Bridge and highway designers: ENGINEERS. Nobody ever remembers the train operators.
44A Hawaii _ National Park: VOLCANOES. I had initially put in HALEAKALA, but that wasn’t it.
57A End of the world: APOCALYPSE. Yes.

36A Technology used by smartphones nowadays … or a hint to the ends of 16-, 24-, 44- and 57-Across: FACERECOGNITION.

Because:

16A REVITALIZE->EYES.
24A ENGINEERS->EARS.
44A VOLCANOES->NOSE.
57A APOCALYPSE->LIPS.

Finished this one in 7:51.

DayThis WkBestAverage4-Wk AvgStreak
Monday7:013:499:288:2067
Tuesday7:515:2213:3812:3810
Wednesday7:3817:2812:357
Thursday12:1229:1928:057
Friday16:2334:5629:227
Saturday27:4334:0633:367
Sunday15:1156:4742:247

NYT Crossword Puzzle 7-26-21 Complete (contains spoilers)

I pulled out 44A Make giggle, say: AMUSE because it’s just 20 days till the wedding, and if I can make Calah giggle for years to come, that will be good, right?

The theme of this puzzle is contained in 1A With 68-Across, what the trio in this puzzle’s clues is trying to promote: JAZZ SHOW.

20A The first member of the trio said he’d …: TOOTHISOWNHORN. Very humble.
38A The second member of the trio said he’d …: PULLSOMESTRINGS. Kind.
53A The third member of the trio said she’d …: DRUMUPBUSINESS. A real go-getter.

Finished this one in 7:01.

DayThis WkBestAverage4-Wk AvgStreak
Monday7:013:499:298:2067
Tuesday5:2213:4012:019
Wednesday7:3817:2812:357
Thursday12:1229:1928:057
Friday16:2334:5629:227
Saturday27:4334:0633:367
Sunday15:1156:4742:247

NYT Crossword Puzzle 7-25-21 Complete (contains spoilers)

I hate to do this, but I will update this post tomorrow with fuller analysis.

Finished this one in 34:53.

DayThis WkBestAverage4-Wk AvgStreak
Monday6:103:499:298:0566
Tuesday9:545:2213:4012:019
Wednesday14:277:3817:2812:357
Thursday12:1212:1229:1928:057
Friday33:3016:2334:5629:227
Saturday20:1227:4334:0633:367
Sunday34:5315:1156:4742:247

NYT Crossword Puzzle 7-24-21 Complete (contains spoilers)

I pulled out 50A Deck builder’s tool: NAILER because I have never heard a nail gun called that. Also when building a deck, I recommend screws instead. Now, I’ve never built a deck, but I’ve built other things, and deck screws seem like they’d be way more durable.

This puzzle was shockingly basic for a Saturday.

But I guess when you start out with 1A Popular brand of alcoholic seltzer: WHITECLAW, how can it be anything but?

I like regular seltzer in a few different situations, but seltzer is the best for egg creams and to drink right after eating ice cream.

If you’ve not had an egg cream, you simply gotta.

You mix milk and chocolate syrup together to make chocolate milk. And then you add sparkling water.

There’s no egg involved.

Sounds nasty? It’s not! It’s wonderful.

Finished this one in 20:12.

DayThis WkBestAverage4-Wk AvgStreak
Monday6:103:499:298:0566
Tuesday9:545:2213:4012:019
Wednesday14:277:3817:2812:357
Thursday12:1212:1229:1928:057
Friday33:3016:2334:5629:227
Saturday20:1220:1234:0633:367
Sunday15:1157:4443:206

NYT Crossword Puzzle 7-23-21 Complete (contains spoilers)

I pulled out 2D Kind of treatment: ROYAL because that was holding me up from getting this pule done many minutes faster. For a long time, I’d had LOCAL in there instead. It made sense, I guess. LOCAL anesthetic, LOCAL bus, LOCAL dessert. But it was ROYAL instead. That let me knock out 17A Revelation: EYEOPENER and 4D Solid: STOUT.

No theme today, which is kind of a shame after some decent ones recently.

44A Spot of coffee?: BREAKROOM was a meh answer. I get the pun, but I don’t particularly like it.

I learned a little bit about geography with 41A Tasmania’s capital: HOBART.

64A Attraction at a water park: LAZYRIVER. I think the slides are far superior to the lazy river. I wouldn’t go to a water park to seek out the lazy river. But maybe I’m spoiled living walking distance from the ocean.

Finished this one in 33:30.

DayThis WkBestAverage4-Wk AvgStreak
Monday6:103:499:298:0566
Tuesday9:545:2213:4012:019
Wednesday14:277:3817:2812:357
Thursday12:1212:1229:1928:057
Friday33:3016:2334:5629:227
Saturday27:4336:2538:176
Sunday15:1157:4443:206

NYT Crossword Puzzle 7-22-21 Complete (contains spoilers)

I thought I was going kinda slow with this one, as I did it while waking up, but that was wrong! I beat my old Thursday best by almost a minute! But this did feel like an overly friendly Thursday puzzle. And you see that the streak is at 46 now. Like I said in yesterday’s post: “Tomorrow’s puzzle will show that my streak really is still alive.”

I pulled out 22A Land of plenty?: ASIA because I don’t understand this answer. I had been under the impression that Australia is the land of plenty. That’s why it’s easy for them to reject temptation.

The theme for this puzzle was far out.

17A Ones sporting man buns and ironic T-shirts, say: HIPSTERS. Did covid bring back the manbun or did it never leave. And can it please go away for forever? I mean ironichaircut.com aside, meh.
20A Closest living relatives of whales: HIPPOPOTAMUSES. How do you stop a hippo from charging?
35A They enforce discipline among legislators: PARTYWHIPS.
42A Locations of some dives: SHIPWRECKS.
63A Little dipper?: PITACHIP. Awful answer. Really dumb. Pita chips can be big.
57A Inseparable … or like three pairs of answers in this puzzle?: JOINEDATTHEHIP.

That caused doubling!

1D Get back into shape: REHHAB instead of REHAB.
2D Come up: ARIISE instead of ARISE.
3D Lukewarm: TEPPID instead of TEPID.

27D Exhibited relief, in a way: EXHHALED instead of EXHALED.
33D It can be heavier in the summer: AIIR instead of AIR.
21D Admits: ACCEPPTS instead of ACCEPTS.

51D Run-of-the-mill: HOHHUM instead of HOHUM.
52D Upper echelon: ELIITE instead of ELITE.
53D Took performance-enhancing drugs: DOPPED instead of DOPED. But in the world of stonks and hodl, DOPPED seems real.

With the bonus:
32A Pelvic joints: COXAE.

I realize now that I’m disappointed the the puzzle didn’t make giant HIPs. The formatting should have extended.

OK I fixed it. HIP HIP HIP HOORAY!

Finished this one in 12:12. A new personal best for a Thursday.

DayThis WkBestAverage4-Wk AvgStreak
Monday6:103:499:298:0566
Tuesday9:545:2213:4012:019
Wednesday14:277:3817:2812:357
Thursday12:1212:1229:1928:057
Friday16:2334:5528:156
Saturday27:4336:2538:176
Sunday15:1157:4443:206

NYT Crossword Puzzle 7-21-21 Complete (contains spoilers)

Finally had the chance to do the crossword puzzle! Tomorrow’s puzzle will show that my streak really is still alive.

I pulled out 19A Action after a bad golf drive: RETEE because it reminds me of my first time in Scotland. I was playing the New Course in St Andrews with some randos, and I was having a rough time. Now, I’d been used to parkland golf, which has tree-lined fairways. But the New Course at St Andrews is a links course. It’s more like open field.

So after 11 tough holes, I stood at the 12th tee and planned it out in my mind. I hit a perfect draw to what I thought was the green. But it wasn’t the green. I found that out when the randos I was playing with asked me why I was celebrating when I’d hit the ball over there. When I said that it was exactly what I’d wanted to do because the green was right there, they laughed and pointed to the flag that was right in front of us. So to add one bizarre thing to the next, I reached the proper green on my second shot and two-putted for a birdie. Below is the markup of what I remember of my shots, seven years later. I didn’t retee.

This was another fun puzzle theme.

The grid itself has a Z in it, and there Z’s for deez. Zays for days.

14A Old pro: GRIZZLEDVETERAN.
17A Raucous music style similar to boogie-woogie: BARRELHOUSEJAZZ.

21A Bolivian capital: LAPAZ.
48A Spaces (out): ZONES.
53A The titular Nelsons of a classic sitcom: OZZIEANDHARRIET.
60A Dish with tomatoes and mozzarella: NEAPOLITANPIZZA. My cousin Ken makes a mean Neapolitan pizza in his pizza oven. He always seems to leave out the vanilla, strawberry, and chocolate, though. I don’t understand it.
4D Columnist Klein: EZRA.
12D Partner of confused: DAZED.
13D This clue number minus deux: ONZE.
15D Passions: ZEALS.
33D Make easier to recite, as the Great Lakes via HOMES: MNEMONIZE.
34D Vodka cocktail with cranberry and grapefruit juice: SEABREEZE.
46D Construction vehicle, informally: DOZER.
47D _ Day, Down Under holiday: ANZAC.

Finished this one in 14:27. It’s better than my overall Wednesday average, but it’s higher than my four-week Wednesday average. To be fair, I was distracted by Calah breaking open a coconut.

DayThis WkBestAverage4-Wk AvgStreak
Monday6:103:499:298:0566
Tuesday9:545:2213:4012:019
Wednesday14:277:3817:3012:357
Thursday13:0929:4630:206
Friday16:2334:5528:156
Saturday27:4336:2538:176
Sunday15:1157:4443:206

NYT Crossword Puzzle 7-20-21 Complete (contains spoilers)

I decided to add a four-week average to the table at the bottom to see how my daily time compares not only to my overall as logged by the NYTXW site but also how I’ve been doing recently. Have I been doing better? Have I been doing worse? Am I right on? Since it’s not too difficult for me to track, I figure I might as well.

I pulled out 29A Almost unfathomably large number: GOOGOL because that’s a word whose spelling I know only from the NYT Spelling Bee.

Theme time! Wait, no theme? Just long answers?

19A Kind of headlight on older cars: SEALEDBEAM.
26A Observation deck feature not for the squeamish: GLASSFLOOR.
44A Stored deeply and securely: INTHEVAULT.
52A Chocolaty treats that you might “break me off a piece of”: KITKATBARS.

Finished this one in 9:54.

DayThis WkBestAverage4-Wk Avg
Monday6:103:499:298:05
Tuesday9:545:2213:4012:01
Wednesday7:3817:3012:59
Thursday13:0929:4630:20
Friday16:2334:5528:15
Saturday27:4336:2538:17
Sunday15:1157:4443:20

NYT Crossword Puzzle 7-19-21 Complete (contains spoilers)

The Monday streak is in full effect. It’s stretched to 66 weeks. As a comparison, Calah and I have been going out for 106 weeks, so that’s more than 62% of our relationship.

I pulled out 23A Decorates with bathroom tissue, as in a Halloween prank: TPS to point out how crazy this activity seemed just 12 months ago. Just wasting toilet paper by throwing it over a house? A tree? Even Halloween mummy costumes. And now we all have too much toilet paper. Or do we? The Delta variant is causing LA to reinstate the mask mandate. Is a run on toilet paper next?

Well, unlikely.

The theme of this puzzle was fun. I enjoyed this theme a lot.

17A Summery quip, part 1: TAKINGADOG.
35A Quip, part 2: NAMEDSHARK.
40A Quip, part 3: TOTHEBEACH.
57A End of the quip: ISABADIDEA.

It’s true! Taking a dog named Shark to the beach is a bad idea. It’ll probably get sand in your car.

But then again, the humor of calling for Shark and then telling people, “It’s OK. He doesn’t bite,” would really be fun.

Finished this one in 6:10.

DayThis WkBestAverage
Monday6:103:499:29
Tuesday5:2213:42
Wednesday7:3817:30
Thursday13:0929:46
Friday16:2334:55
Saturday27:4336:25
Sunday15:1157:44