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NYT Crossword Puzzle 12-12-21 Job Sharing Complete (contains spoilers)

I pulled out 109A Person with lots to show: REALTOR for two reasons. First reason is that I don’t know why some people say realitor instead of realtor. It’s always as jarring as it is wrong. The second reason is that the National Association of Realtors is the biggest lobbying spender. TheHill reported in January that the NAR spent $84 million on lobbying for the top spot, edging out the US Chamber of Commerce, which spent only $82 million. Now tell me how you feel about the $72.6 million the next three spent: Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America ($26m), The American Hospital Association ($23.6m), and Blue Cross/Blue Shield ($22.6m). I haven’t looked much into this, but these numbers can’t possibly be anywhere close to the amount these groups spend on politicians. Of course, insurance premiums are going up in 2022.

The title of this puzzle is Job Sharing.

23A Side hustle for a hairstylist?: LOCKSMITH. Because hairstylists deal with locks of hair. I have a haircut set for Thursday morning. I’m at the point where my hair is all over the place, and if I don’t get a haircut soon, it’s bad. Hooray for foresight that I have one scheduled for when I need it!
34A Side hustle for a veterinarian?: LABSPECIALIST. Because vets treat Labradors.

50A Side hustle for a therapist?: BAGGAGEHANDLERS. Because sometimes you need that help carrying everything.
67A Side hustle for an anesthesiologist?: OUTPATIENTCOORDINATOR. Kinda annoyed at this one because it’s in a related field.

87A Side hustle for a carpenter?: NAILTECHNICIAN. Manicures are important for some, but speed squares are important for everyone. Even if they don’t know how it affects their lives. It’s an important tool.

101A Side hustle for a marriage counselor?: CIVILENGINEER. Is there really a thing as a civil marriage anyway lolololol. I’m gonna get in trouble for that one.
118A Side hustle for a drill instructor?: BASECOACH. Don’t miss a sign. Ever.

Finished this one in 45:41.

NYT Crossword 6-14-21 Complete (contains spoilers)

Crossword streak to eight days! It used to show the Monday streak, but oh well. I like this one more.

The weather forecast for today is not so pleasant. High of 91 that feels like 96 but 88 in the shade. And breezy but not the cooling breeze. Convection oven breeze. But it’s going to be even hotter the next day. Pardon me while I fill the freezer with water bottles for when the power goes out.

OK I’m back.

I pulled out 2D 1960s dance craze: WATUSI because I’d not heard of it before. So I looked it up. And I found this video:

It’s amazing that it exists at all. The viewing experience is enhanced by its inconsistent video quality and color settings. Also dancing is fun. So go, them! Pre-TikTok dancing for all to see.

Homophonic theme today!

20A Food for Little Miss Muffet: CURDSANDWHEY.
31A Chinese dissident artist: AIWEIWEI.
36A U.S. Naval Academy anthem: ANCHORSAWEIGH.
43A Neighbor of Botswana: ZIIMBABWE
54A Breakup song by Fleetwood Mac: GOYOUROWNWAY.

Finished this one in 4:06. Happy Flag Day!

NYT Crossword 12-4-20 Complete

It took two people to write this puzzle, and it took two people to complete it. Man, this one was really rough. But I didn’t give up!

I pulled out 37A 6-9 months?: SUMMER because that answer fit, and I didn’t understand. If it were the LA Times crossword puzzle, it would make sense. We have almost exclusively summer here. But New York?

I realized that it wasn’t talking about the duration of the season but that it will be summer during the three-month period that starts in six months.

I would not have been able to finish today’s puzzle if Calah had not filled in some of 17A Tending (to): MINISTERING. She said the answer without hesitation, and I asked her why that would be the answer. “Because that’s what it means. You minister to someone. You tend to them.” Can’t argue with that.

For 19A Makes a splash, I had written FLOPS. Because belly flops make the loudest splashes, especially when you include the “OOH!” from everyone and the “AAAAAIIIIIEEEEEE!!!!!!!” from the newly red would-be diver. But it turned out to be PLOPS.

Final time: 1:14:19. Better than a DNF.

Have a great weekend, everyone!