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NYT Crossword Puzzle 10-22-21 Complete (contains spoilers)

I’ve run out of time to write this post, so I’ll get back to this

Finished this one in 18:52.

NYT Crossword Puzzle 10-15-21 Complete (contains spoilers)

I pulled out 55A Kind of moment worth recording: KODAK because I feel like I wouldn’t have gotten this if I had been much younger. Does anyone still even say Kodak Moment? Is it relevant enough for hipsters to want to use the phrase? I feel like it would work fine in a Post Malone song. I mean, think about it:

I wish I could change myself
But I’m too broken
We looked so happy
In that Kodak Moment

From HighSnobiety.com

I feel like there was a theme, but I’m uncertain. There were a bunch of quote clues.

17A “Losing some illusions … perhaps to acquire others,” per Virginia Woolf: GROWINGUP. So true.
30A Cutesy “I beg your pardon?”: EXSQUEEZEME.
34A “What a shocker”: BIGSURPRISE.
35A “Heaven forbid!”: GODIHOPENOT.
7D “Put a sock in it!”: SHUTYOURPIEHOLE.

Finished this one in 17:33.

DayThis WkBestAverage4-Wk AvgStreak
Monday4:413:499:235:1578
Tuesday9:115:2213:139:532
Wednesday15:347:3817:0315:5719
Thursday12:2112:1228:2026:545
Friday17:3310:2930:5817:3020
Saturday20:1233:3032:2718
Sunday15:1153:2843:225

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 10-1-21 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

NYT Crossword Puzzle 9-24-21 Complete (contains spoilers)

I pulled out 35A Quadrennial bonus: LEAPDAY because it reminded me of the party I went to on Leap Day 2020. The world was different then. We had heard of COVID, but we’d all been reassured that it was just like a bad flu. (As long as we’re careful, nothing can go too wrong.) That was a little more than two weeks before I proposed to Calah, my wife of 40 days.

No theme for a Friday.

Finished this one in 18:30–mostly on my phone!

DayThis WkBestAverage4-Wk AvgStreak
Monday6:043:499:256:3575
Tuesday5:2213:179:090
Wednesday8:517:3817:0411:3216
Thursday42:4612:1228:4329:352
Friday18:3016:2332:1521:0116
Saturday20:1233:0228:3515
Sunday15:1154:1547:432

NYT Crossword Puzzle 9-17-21 Complete (contains spoilers)

I pulled out 55A Cheese whose name is a semordnilap: EDAM because I had no idea what a semordnilap is. I really, really didn’t want to solve around it and for sure not look it up because it seemed to be something I could try to figure out. So I stared at it and realized that it’s palindromes backwards. So then I tried to think of a cheese that’s a palindrome. Nonresultant. But EDAM is a crossword cheese. And EDAM backwards is MADE. So I figured a semordnilap must be a word that isn’t the same word backwards but a different, real word. Which, I guess, semordnilap now is, despite the red squiggly?

No theme, but some other tough clues from today’s puzzle:

18A Social protest lecture series: TEACHINS. Makes sense.
51A Monkey head mushroom, by another name: LIONSMANE. Now, I’ve never heard of either name.

From indiamart.com

Finished this one in 26:55.

DayThis WkBestAverage4-Wk AvgStreak
Monday4:313:499:266:5674
Tuesday12:225:2213:209:091
Wednesday11:207:3817:0911:5115
Thursday13:4512:1228:2625:501
Friday26:5516:2332:4221:0215
Saturday27:4333:4930:2514
Sunday15:1154:1247:051

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

I pulled 49A Nickname for Chicago’s Cloud Gate sculpture: THEBEAN because I got to visit it in 2009 (I think). It’s the only time for me in Chicago, and I got to meet some people I’m friends with to this day.

No theme on a Friday.

Finished this one in 18:20.

Day This Wk Best Average 4-Wk Avg Streak Monday 7:37 3:49 9:26 7:25 73 Tuesday 5:22 13:21 10:18 0 Wednesday 10:53 7:38 17:12 11:00 14 Thursday 12:12 28:49 25:08 0 Friday 18:20 16:23 33:24 25:04 14 Saturday 27:43 34:03 30:50 13 Sunday 15:11 54:58 44:30 0

(Still don’t know what has happened to this grid.)

NYT Crossword Puzzle 9-3-21 Complete (contains spoilers)

I pulled out 42A Show of hands?: CLOSEUPMAGIC because I had written SHADOWPUPPET before realizing that that wasn’t it. It was an unreasonably difficult clue for me to solve. Unreasonably difficult because as of July, I’ve been a magician member of the Magic Castle in Hollywood, and I have more decks of cards than my beautiful wife Calah ever thought she’d see in her life. While I don’t need any more right now, there will be a time when I have to buy more. It’s good that Costco has them in bulk.

No theme on a Friday.

Finished this one in 20:57.

DayThis WkBestAverage4-Wk AvgStreak
Monday8:083:499:278:2772
Tuesday8:025:2213:2110:1815
Wednesday15:047:3817:1613:1613
Thursday23:0412:1228:4925:0813
Friday20:5716:2333:2428:1813
Saturday27:4334:2234:4912
Sunday15:1154:5844:301

NYT Crossword Puzzle 8-27-21 Complete (contains spoilers)

I pulled out 16A Greek goddess who could turn water into wine: OENO because the word just means wine. Apparently Oeno was one of three daughters of Anius know was the Oenoetropae. Etymology: oeno (wine) tropae (turning). I really had hoped that story would be better, but I found it to be disappointing.

No theme for Friday, but the long answers were really simple to get.

17A Stargazer’s need: CLEARSKIES. Don’t fence me in.
25A What can follow “+/-“: MARGINOFERROR. So much for teaching tolerance.
41A “As long as we’re on the subject …”: BEFOREIFORGET. Rarely have I heard this used when something is on topic. Usually it’s something random that will go away for forever if not mentioned right then.
53A “Hmm … really?”: OHISTHATSO. Yes, it is.

Finished this one in 18:33.

DayThis WkBestAverage4-Wk AvgStreak
Monday7:273:499:277:3871
Tuesday10:255:2213:2512:2514
Wednesday10:067:3817:1811:3412
Thursday27:4912:1228:5726:2012
Friday18:3316:2333:5028:1812
Saturday27:4334:3835:3511
Sunday15:1155:1340:490

NYT Crossword Puzzle 8-20-21 Complete (contains spoilers)

I pulled out 17A Routine part of a routine: STALEJOKE because when I perform magic, I have to remember that the thing I’m doing is the first time anyone else has seen it. So I have to perform stuff as though I’m performing it for the first time.

I’ll update this with more things later, but I gotta post this right now.

Finished this one in 26:19.

DayThis WkBestAverage4-Wk AvgStreak
Monday6:523:499:277:3170
Tuesday10:075:2213:3711:4413
Wednesday7:587:3817:2516:2611
Thursday29:2312:1229:0727:1111
Friday26:1916:2334:4331:2111
Saturday27:4335:1033:1810
Sunday15:1155:1340:4910