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Pest Control NYT Crossword Puzzle 12-26-21 Complete (contains spoilers)

I pulled out 43A New York City transport stopping at Kennedy Airport: ATRAIN because I have taken this train to get to JFK. This is not a difficult or notable clue for those familiar with NYC, but I’ve been to NYC three times, and one of those times was when I was 12. The second time I was there was on my way back from Birthright in 2015. I took the A Train back to JFK. The third time was when I was in New York and New Jersey for a wedding in New Jersey. I ended up taking a Lyft from Fairlawn to JFK. I absolutely did spend time in New York while I was on that trip and stayed with a good buddy of mine when I was in NYC. So don’t come at with me you were in New Jersey not in New York. I was in both.

The title of this puzzle is Pest Control.

22A One wearing chapstick, perhaps: HORSEBACKRIDER.
32A Antarctic coordinate: NORTHPOLE.
51A Blouse and broach, perhaps: PUBLICHOUSE.
65A It has many beet and beef options: TRUEFALSETEST.
96A Pop fly: SOFTDRINK.
37D Antelope, say: GETHITCHED.
47D Approach for directions: GOOGLEMAPS.

113A Gradually fix something … or what to do to understand this puzzle’s italicized clues?: WORKOUTHEBUGS.

22A One wearing chapstick [-TICK], perhaps: HORSEBACKRIDER.
32A Antarctic [-ANT] coordinate: NORTHPOLE.
51A Blouse [-LOUSE] and broach, perhaps: PUBLICHOUSE.
65A It has many beet [-BEE] and beef [-BEE] options: TRUEFALSETEST.
96A Pop fly [-FLY]: SOFTDRINK.
37D Antelope [-ANT], say: GETHITCHED.
47D Approach [-ROACH] for directions: GOOGLEMAPS.

Finished this one in 38:35.

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.

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

I pulled out 97D Apps made with jalapeños and cheese: POPPERS because I like them. Calah doesn’t, but maybe she’ll change. She says she won’t because they’re too spicy, but she also made some lentils or something a while ago that used like a cup and a half of chili powder.

I am salivating over these things that I made.

Today’s puzzle was a puzzle!

27A “First, you’re going to want to dump out the box and _“: PICKUPTHEPIECES.
40A “What’s most useful next is to _“: GOOVERTHEEDGE.
57A “To connect things up you’ll have to _“: PLAYWITHMATCHES.
83A “As you go, make sure you exercise your _“: FREEDOMOFASSEMBLY.
93A “With patience and perseverance you’re sure to _“: GETITTOGETHER.

These are all puzzle-related clues for the puzzle whose gray squares come together to make the phrase PICTURE PERFECT MOMENT.

Finished this one in 36:12.

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NYT Crossword 1-5-21 Complete

Opened my eyes this morning but really started moving when I decided to play Sugar Ray on YouTube Music. The resulting automatically generated playlist contains 311, Third Eye Blind, Vertical Horizon, Smash Mouth, and Incubus. I could scroll down more, but I won’t right now.

I pulled out 9D One who didn’t make it to the office: ALSORAN because huuuuge election in Georgia going on right now. And then tomorrow is the counting of the Electoral College votes. It’s almost like they put this in today’s puzzle intentionally. I see you, Will Shortz.

I figured out the key to this puzzle early on.

16A Singer Benatar feels blue: PATSDOWN. Pat Benatar but also something I went through plenty before I got TSA Precheck. Later I got Global Entry. I don’t recommend getting either because I like the line to be as short as possible. I am selfish.
20A Author Grafton has arrived for dinner: SUESOVER. Sue Grafton but also litigiousness. There’s never enough litigation in this country.
26A Actress Wells has just entered the scene: DAWNSON. Dawn Wells but also I just got why this answer makes sense. OK, I got it a long time ago, but the prior sentence fit better in context.
37A Actor Nicholson will bat next: JACKSUP. Jack Nicholson and what I did to 59A before finally figuring that one out.
48A Baseball’s Boggs has agreed to join us: WADESIN. Wade Boggs but also venturing into consecutive clues referencing America’s pastime? I like baseball as much as the next guy, but this seems a little sloppy. How about Actor Nicholson has the lead for 37A?
53A Actor Norris got tagged: CHUCKSIT. Chuck Norris, but I wouldn’t want to try to tag him for fear of getting a roundhouse kick to the face.
59A TV father Cleaver has just left the starting line: WARDSOFF. I actually had a little trouble with this one. I had put WALLSOFF, but that was wrong because 49D Cool cat: DADDYO is clearly that and not DADLYO. Though, now that I think about it, it could be a combination of dad and dealio. What’s the dadlyo? could be an inquiry about someone’s father. We should start that.

Finished this one in 14:10.

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