Category Archives: Crosswords

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

I pulled out 43A Tax pro, for short: CPA because I’m a CPA and I do not do tax. I knew when I went into financial accounting that people would ask me tax questions and that people would not remember that I do not do tax. It has panned out that. Some people don’t even believe that I don’t do tax. Some say, “But you used to, right?” The answer to that always is no.

The title of this puzzle is Clue: The Movie.

23A Field of Dreams: PSYCHOANALYSIS.
38A Star Trek: THEREDCARPET.
50A Top Gun: TSHIRTGUN. How are those always awesome?
66A Letters From Iwo Jima: KANJI.
67A The Imitation Game: SIMONSAYS.
69A The Fifth Element: BORON.
84A A Man for All Seasons: BINGEWATCHER. OK, so Calah and I started watching Squid Game, and it’s sooooooooo slooooooooooooooooow. It was described to me as a Netflix show in Korean rather than a K-drama. We’re not even halfway through the show yet, but the formula tends to be that they telegraph what’s going to happen, the obvious thing happens, and then they remind you of the thing that just happened. That way you never fall behind. Or have to think. Or pay attention the whole way through. It’s not a popular opinion, but still.
97A Scent of a Woman: CHANELNOFIVE.
113A Wayne’s World: GOTHAM. Bruce Wayne.
114A Space Jam: FLYMETOTHEMOON. And let me play on the red carpet?

Finished this one in 42:07.

DayThis WkBestAverage4-Wk AvgStreak
Monday4:053:499:245:1277
Tuesday8:425:2213:1410:411
Wednesday23:087:3817:0414:5318
Thursday23:4612:1228:3830:324
Friday10:2910:2931:2119:4218
Saturday26:0320:1233:3032:2718
Sunday42:0715:1153:4943:225

NYT Crossword Puzzle 10-9-21 Complete (contains spoilers)

I pulled out 57A Shapes of some dog treats: STEAKS because I didn’t know this. I thought dog treats were in the shape of bones. That’s what dogs like, right? Bones? Why would treats be in the shape of steaks? What do dogs know about steaks?

The theme of this puzzle seems to be baseball? Dodgers won tonight, by the way. Great game. And lolz at the Giants shift. Didn’t work! ROFL.

15A Its national animal is the beaver: CANADA. They have baseball in Canada.
26A Baseball team whose mascot is Screech the eagle, familiarly: NATS.
27A Sinking fastballs: SPLITTER. The Vulcan Change may be my favorite pitch name.


33A Start of a count: STRIKEONE. Sometimes Angel Hernandez gets it right. Hey, it could happen!
34A Conductor’s cry: ALLABOARD. Bases loaded.
35A Popular podcast genre: TRUECRIME. I’m looking at you, Houston Astros.
44A Sticky candy?: LOLLIPOP. Like a big curveball.
54A Place: ORIENT. I mean we call it Asia now, but sure.

Finished this one in 26:03.

DayThis WkBestAverage4-Wk AvgStreak
Monday4:053:499:245:1277
Tuesday8:425:2213:1410:411
Wednesday23:087:3817:0414:5318
Thursday23:4612:1228:3830:324
Friday10:2910:2931:2119:4218
Saturday26:0320:1233:3032:2718
Sunday15:1153:4940:564

NYT Crossword Puzzle 10-8-21 Complete (contains spoilers)

I pulled out 38A One who objects to screw caps, say: WINESNOB because it reminds me of a conversation I had with the sommelier of a restaurant that had won a Michelin star. It was during one of my inventory observations when I was an auditor at an accounting firm. I asked about bottles of wine priced in the thousands of dollars and how he knew the bottles were any good. He told me that the wine could have gone bad like immediately because the cork could have come from a bad batch of cork. When I saw some bottles that were listed as very expensive that had screw tops, he told me that there is a movement to store wine in bottles without risking improper preservation due to inconsistent cork. He said that from the standpoint of some consumers, the cork is part of the experience, but from a wine-remaining-good-over-time perspective, well-made screw tops may be the future.

No theme in this Friday puzzle, but maybe there were some clues/answers that were related?

1A Epiphanies: AHAMOMENTS.
57A Epiphanies: EYEOPENERS.

15A Classic Warhol subject: TOMATOSOUP.
55A Be in direct competition: GOTOETOTOE.

Finished this one in 10:29! A new Friday personal best! The previous Friday record was 16:23. 😲😲😲

DayThis WkBestAverage4-Wk AvgStreak
Monday4:053:499:245:1277
Tuesday8:425:2213:1410:411
Wednesday23:087:3817:0414:5318
Thursday23:4612:1228:3830:324
Friday10:2910:2931:2119:4218
Saturday20:1233:5733:3817
Sunday15:1153:4940:564

NYT Crossword Puzzle 10-7-21 Complete (contains spoilers)

I pulled out 25D One who’s not a fan: BOOER because I had had HATER there for a while, and I couldn’t understand how 23A Frozen asteroid or planet was ICEHALL. Turned out it was ICEBALL because HATER was BOOER, and that makes way more sense.

The theme today was a grid-based one?

58A With 59-Across, lakeside activity … or a hint to the words spelled across the fifth, eighth and 11th rows of the completed grid: SKIPPING STONES.

R█O█L█L█I█N█G ROLLING STONE
R█O█S█E█T█T█A ROSETTA STONE
B█L█A█R█N█E█Y BLARNEY STONE

Finished this one in 23:46.

DayThis WkBestAverage4-Wk Avg
Monday4:053:499:245:12
Tuesday8:425:2213:1410:41
Wednesday23:087:3817:0414:53
Thursday23:4612:1228:3831:09
Friday16:2331:5921:39
Saturday20:1233:5733:38
Sunday15:1153:4940:56

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