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NYT Crossword Puzzle 1-5-22 Complete (contains spoilers)

I pulled out 32D Goad: EGGON because this morning I made two single-pan egg sandwiches. I had two pans going. One sandwich was for me, and one sandwich was for Calah.



2 slices sourdough bread
2 eggs
2 leaves romaine lettuce
4 slices tomato
9 slices part of a bell pepper
? mozzarella cheese
? butter for the pan


Pre-heat pan to egg-cooking temperature. Add butter when pan reaches temperature.

Scramble two eggs.

Pour scrambled eggs into pan and put slices of bread into pan with rounded parts toward the edge of the pan so the bottom parts of each slice face one another.

When the egg is cooked, flip the contents of the pan over so the scrambled egg is open to the air and the bread is hidden.

Add cheese and wait for it to melt.

When cheese is melted, add produce.

Fold the omelet over.

There will be pics in the future.


9A *One of two extremes in a saying: FEAST.
20A *Description of a glass, maybe: HALFFULL.
38A *Word in a classic Tolstoy title: PEACE.
62A *Certain forecast: SHINE.

54A One who identifies with the answers to the starred Across clues: OPTIMIST.

4D *Description of a glass, maybe: HALFEMPTY.
9D *One of two extremes in a saying: FAMINE.
35D *Word in a classic Tolstoy title: WAR.
53D *Certain forecast: RAIN.

36D One who identifies with the answers to the starred Down clues: PESSIMIST.


Finished this one in 12:36.

NYT Crossword Puzzle 10-25-21 Complete (contains spoilers)

I pulled out 2D Thorny tree: ACACIA because cutting boards are important to me, and acacia cutting boards are inexpensive and in abundance. Even Williams-Sonoma has acacia cutting boards for cheap.

Not even $30 for the pair!

But as you’ll see in tomorrow’s woodworking blog post, I like other woods for cutting boards.


17A Former CNN anchor with a true-crime series on the Investigation Discovery channel: PAULAZAHN.
24A Places where kids can feed goats and sheep: PETTINGZOOS.
40A Classic Nintendo character named after F. Scott Fitzgerald’s wife: PRINCESSZELDA.
52A Warsaw currency: POLISHZLOTY. Will they ever join the euro? No.

64A So simple … like 17-, 24-, 40- and 52-Across?: EASYPEASY. Because P Z for all the answers.

Finished this one in 4:28.

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NYT Crossword 12-18-20 Complete

I started this one last night and hit a wall. I though that if I had any chance at all to finish it, it’d have to happen this morning. And it did!

I pulled out 44A Things typically found in dens: ARMCHAIRS. Boy, did I struggle with this one. My answers went from thinking of den like a mancave. So I had AREA_____. Then I changed my mind and thought of lions. So it was AR__LAIRS. Then I went back to the room concept, so the L was gone. Finally, I was left with AR__HAIRS, and then it all came together.

An honorable mention to 14A Line outside the entrance?: OPENSESAME. For those lucky enough to have gone to the Magic Castle, the way to get the bookshelf to slide back to get in past the lobby is to say that phrase to the owl on one of the shelves.

I had good luck and bad luck with the long answers.

17A Using any means necessary: CATCHASCATCHCAN. I’ve always understood this phrase to mean that the amount of business exceeds capacity, so something may not work despite best efforts. Did I misunderstand this my whole life?
37A Setting for forensic investigations: SCENEOFTHECRIME. This was an early answer. And it helped get a lot resolved.
60A Stereotypical cry from a sailor: SHIVERMETIMBERS! Now I’m thinking that a broadcaster with a quaver could say, “Shiver me timbres!”
3D “Let’s go!”: BETTERGETMOVING. It’s 11:43, and I gotta get this post out.
7D People who might tell you to stop, but probably shouldn’t: BACKSEATDRIVER. I know where I’m going, OK?!
11D George Mallory’s famous response to “Why did you want to climb Mount Everest?”: BECAUSEITSTHERE. I’d been waiting almost the whole puzzle to know what he said. Pretty good.

Finished this one in 41:22.

Have a great weekend, everyone!