Tag Archives: Crossword

NYT Crossword Puzzle 12-1-21 Complete (contains spoilers)

I pulled out 38A Smooths (out): IRONS because going to the Magic Castle as much as I do means that I have been wearing my button-down shirts. When I get back, sometimes I hang up my shirt on a hanger, and something I throw it over a chair. But no matter what, I have to either launder my shirts or iron them before I wear them again. The amount to iron builds up, and I had 10 shirts that were taking up space outside my closet. I learned how to iron a long time ago, and then I re-learned how to iron from the T.M. Lewin ironing video on youtube.

The video says that you should be able to iron a shirt in three minutes. I haven’t experienced anything close to that speed, but I do like the way the shirts turn out. I also don’t put water in the iron because years ago I found that there’s calcification that then flakes onto the shirts, and that’s super annoying. I use a spray bottle. I don’t use starch. My real preference is to iron shirts that are wet and just out of the washing machine. Those are the easiest to do.

Theme!

17A Play a wrong note during a violin sonata?: ERRONTHEGSTRING.
28A Little prince taking a bath?: CLEANHEIRACT. It’s like WhoCARESact.com.
44A “We all put things on TV sometimes”?: TOAIRISHUMAN.
59A Headline after Jane becomes queen?: EYRETOTHETHRONE.

Finished this one in 11:19.

NYT Crossword Puzzle 11-30-21 Complete (contains spoilers)

I pulled out 43D Notoriously fast starter: HARE because the first-ever place I ever performed for anyone at the Magic Castle was at the Hat and Hare Lounge. Some people absolutely love performing there. I prefer the Cellar. I think I like the Palace Bar as the second-favorite place to perform, but I’ve performed there the least. Weird.

The theme is all what the games really are.

20A Sign outside a Stratego tournament?: CAPTURETHEFLAG.
25A Sign outside a Scrabble tournament?: SITFORASPELL.
48A Sign outside a Taboo tournament?: DONTSAYAWORD.
56A Sign outside a dominoes tournament?: CONNECTTHEDOTS.

Finished this one in 8:02.

NYT Crossword Puzzle 11-29-21 Complete (contains spoilers)

I pulled out 4D Mouth-puckering green drink: LIMEADE because I haven’t had limeade in a long time, but I used to have it in summertime, and I like it way more than I like lemonade. I don’t know what it is about the drink, but I find it to be way more refreshing. Why is it not as popular as its yellow brother?

Theme!

20A Hoped-for experience at a casino: STREAKOFLUCK.
28A Sprinkle often paired with salt: DASHOFPEPPER. I made latkes last night and tonight. I made the recipe last night, though. Cooked more today. Anyway, I added salt and pepper, but I feel like I could have done more pepper. It would have benefitted from more pepper.
45A Fashion designer’s purchase: BOLTOFFABRIC. Just like how fabric is sold in bolts and there are bolt ends that are sold for less as scrap, that’s how I get my pieces of wood for my woodworking projects! But scrap from the hardwood store. Not from the fabric store.

54A Early advantage … or what 20-, 28- and 45-Across each have?: RUNNINGSTART. Streak, dash, bolt.

Finished this one in 4:55.

NYT Crossword Puzzle 11-28-21 Complete (contains spoilers)

I pulled out 33D Pin point?: LAPEL because I routinely wear two lapel pins when I wear a suit. Most frequently I wear a suit to the Magic Castle in Hollywood. When I go, I wear my magician member pin and a pin that another magician member friend of mine gave to me about a year ago. That second pin is of a hand and a card fan. It’s really cool both in its appearance and its meaning. Nader Hanna is immensely nice and a wonderful performer.

The puzzle’s title is Garage Sale Pitches.

23A TV, volume knob broken, only $10!: CANTTURNTHATDOWN.
43A Baseball mitt, has a small hole, just $1!: DROPEVERYTHING.
68A Guitar, never used, $15!: NOSTRINGSATTACHED. I don’t know of any guitars that come not pre-strung.
91A Textbook, a few pages torn out, $2!: LIMITEDEDITION. As long as it’s not the cover because stripped books are no joke.
114A Two fish tanks, accessories included, $5!: ROCKBOTTOMPRICES.

Finished this one in 34:59.

NYT Crossword Puzzle 11-27-21 Complete (contains spoilers)

I pulled out 24A Brilliant display: BLAZE because I had GLAZE in there for a long time, and that made me think that 24D The world’s most-visited city (20+ million travelers annually): BANGKOK was GANGNAM, which I knew couldn’t make sense. Like, it might as well be Itaewon, amirite? I don’t like BLAZE as an answer for that clue.

No theme, but there were some long answers.

16A Operative: UNCERCOVERAGENT.
53A “You can come out now”: THECOASTISCLEAR. Calah and I were in Orange County on a mini-moon, and the coast was pretty clear! We did a ton of walking, so that’s a good thing.

Finished this one in 28:08.

NYT Crossword Puzzle 11-26-21 Complete (contains spoilers) #nytxw

Tomorrow I’ll be back to my computer. Still on my phone today.

I pulled out 5A Onetime chain that offered Free Battery Club memberships: RADIOSHACK mainly because I love this 2007 article from The Onion: Even CEO Can’t Figure Out How RadioShack Still In Business.

Finished this one in 33:24.

NYT Crossword 11-23-21 Complete (contains spoilers)

I pulled out 18A Font akin to Helvetica: ARIAL because it’s not exact, but it’s kinda close? They’re both sans-serif fonts that are clean and easy to read. I also prefer Arial to Calibri. I don’t know if it’s because I was raised with Arial or what, but it’s true.

Also the #raabidfun T-shirts are in Helvetica.

The #raabidfun T-shirt available in many sizes!

Theme! Today’s has down clues rather than across clues. Weird.

3D M.L.B. record-holder for most career home runs: BARRYBONDS. *
11D Singer profiled in the biopic “Walk the Line”: JOHNNYCASH.
29D N.B.A. commissioner starting in 2014: ADAMSILVER.

20A Sort of investment suggested by the ends of 3-, 11- and 29-Down: PERSONALFINANCE. Bonds, cash, silver.

Finished this one in 4:25–a new record! The old record was 5:22 that I had set back in July of this year.

DayThis WkBestAverage4-Wk AvgStreak
Monday4:133:499:185:0184
Tuesday4:254:2513:0611:458
Wednesday7:3816:5111:5524
Thursday12:1227:5022:1610
Friday10:2929:2318:1824
Saturday16:3330:3321:2624
Sunday15:1150:5738:3011

NYT Crossword Puzzle 11-22-21 Complete (contains spoilers)

I pulled out 27D Dehydrated plum: PRUNE because prune just means plum but in other languages. Here’s the etymology:

prune (n.)

mid-14c., “a plum,” also “a dried plum” (c. 1200 in place name Prunhill), from Old French pronne “plum” (13c.), from Vulgar Latin *pruna, fem. singular formed from Latin pruna, neuter plural of prunum “a plum,” a dissimilated borrowing of Greek proumnon, from proumnē “plum tree,” a word probably, like the tree itself, of Anatolian origin and thus from a language of Asia Minor. Slang meaning “disagreeable or disliked person” is from 1895. Prune juice is from 1807.

Theme!

17A Pastime for armchair sports enthusiasts: FANTASYBASEBALL. Fantasy baseball is pretty much the worst. The season is so, so long. And to play it right, you gotta do rotisserie rather than head-to head, so you don’t even really know how it goes until the season ends. It’s way too much of a commitment, and how can you be a fan of the game and play roto fantasy baseball? If you throw being a functioning human, forget it. Stay away from fantasy baseball.
29A Unidentifiable protein: MYSTERYMEAT.
45A Holy site in Jerusalem: WESTERNWALL.
61A Spanish or French, but not German: ROMANCELANGUAGE.

67A What the start of 17-, 29-, 45- or 61-Across is, in a bookstore: GENRE. Fantasy novels, mystery novels, westerns, and romance novels. Also what’s a bookstore?

Finished this one in 4:13.

DayThis WkBestAverage4-Wk AvgStreak
Monday4:133:499:185:0184
Tuesday5:2213:0611:457
Wednesday7:3816:5111:5524
Thursday12:1227:5022:1610
Friday10:2929:2318:1824
Saturday16:3330:3321:2624
Sunday15:1150:5738:3011

NYT Crossword Puzzle 11-21-21 Complete (contains spoilers)

I pulled out 98D Shower times: APRILS because I like to make the joke when it rains in April that Thanksgiving is the following month. Because April showers bring Mayflowers. But this month is November, and Thanksgiving is toward the end of this week. Thank you to all my readers. May this 411-day streak continue ad infinitum.

The title of this puzzle is Screen Sharing.

23A Salma Hayek: 1996, 2002: FROMDUSKTILLDAWN.
31A Dev Patel: 2008, 2016: SLUMDOGMILLIONAIRE.
50A Brad Pitt: 2001, 1995: OCEANSELEVEN.
68A Owen Wilson: 2005, 2006: WEDDINGCRASHERS.
86A Joaquin Phoenix: 2014, 2013: INHERENTVICE.
102A Al Pacino and Robert De Niro: 1974, 1995 (twice!): THEGODFATHERPARTII.
116A Modern tech feature for watching two programs on one screen … or an alternative title for this puzzle: PICTUREINPICTURE.

Finished this one in 23:26.

DayThis WkBestAverage4-Wk AvgStreak
Monday6:123:499:185:0583
Tuesday10:515:2213:0611:457
Wednesday11:427:3816:5111:5524
Thursday14:2312:1227:5022:1610
Friday14:5910:2929:2318:1824
Saturday16:3316:3330:3321:2624
Sunday23:2615:1150:5738:3011

NYT Crossword Puzzle 11-20-21 Complete (contains spoilers)

I pulled out 12D Fountain fare: MALTS because Calah and I got an ice cream maker for our wedding, and although we haven’t yet used it, malts will be something we will be able to create once we do. I men malteds are way better than regular mikshakes. The malty flavor elevates milkshakes to a level far beyond.

I don’t think there was a theme to this Saturday puzzle.

Finished this one in 16:33.

DayThis WkBestAverage4-Wk AvgStreak
Monday6:123:499:185:0584
Tuesday10:515:2213:0611:458
Wednesday11:427:3816:5111:5524
Thursday14:2312:1227:5022:1610
Friday14:5910:2929:2318:1824
Saturday16:3316:3330:3321:2624
Sunday15:1150:5742:3911