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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

NYT Crossword Puzzle 10-17-21 Complete (contains spoilers)

I spent much of this day on my newest project that I’ll document in my weekly woodworking blog that drops every Tuesday at 10am PT. When the time changes after Halloween, it still will be at 10am PT, but t will be PST rather than PDT. I don’t know why we don’t have PDT for forever like we’d told the California legislature that we approve them to do.

I pulled out 76D Abacus piece: BEAD because I thoroughly enjoy the Arrested Development gag.

The title of this puzzle is Common Core. Because teaching to a test is always the way to make sure students learn, but if there are no standards, how do we make sure things don’t go off the rails? I’m just glad that I don’t have to make education policy. I’m sure that Joy Resmovits has more to say on this topic.

23A Meaningful work?: ROGETSTHESAURUS. Until I was in my early 20s, I thought that Roget was pronounced as written. Like Rodget’s. During a discussion with my dad, I said something about Roget’s (pronounced Rodget’s) Thesaurus, and he started to ridicule me. As this is an infrequent activity of his, I was confused as to why. “I’ts pronounced ro-ZHAY.” I didn’t believe him because why would that be? These are English words. But it was ro-ZHAY all along.
36A Ballet supporter, e.g.: PATRONOFTHEARTS. I know ballet is hard to do, but I know that I want to go to the ballet. I’d rather support the magical arts.
63A Present without being present: THEREINSPIRIT. Good name for a Halloween-themed band.
87A Ritzy transports: CHARTEREDPLANES. I want to take a private jet one day. I don’t want to pay for it, but maybe I’ll get to go on a trip with someone?
106A You wouldn’t want them to have a crush on you: BOACONSTRICTORS. This reminds me of a thing that was brought to my attention by William Goldman’s book Which Lie Did I Tell? More Adventures in the Screen Trade:

Okay. This is from a supposed U.S. Government Peace Corps manual. It is given to volunteers who work in the Amazon jungle. It tells what to do if an anaconda attacks you. In case you don’t know much about them, maybe this will help: they are the largest snakes in the world, they can grow to thirty-five feet, can weigh four hundred pounds.

This is what the manual said:

1. If you are attacked by an anaconda, do not run. The snake is faster than you are.

2. Lie flat on the ground. Put your arms tight against your sides, your legs tight against one another.

3. Tuck your chin in.

4. The snake will come and begin to nudge and climb over your body.

5. Do not panic.

6. After the snake has examined you, it will begin to swallow you from the feet. Permit the snake to swallow your feet and ankles. Do not panic!

7. The snake will now begin to suck your legs into its body. You must lie perfectly still. This will take a long time.

8. When the snake has reached your knees, slowly and with as little movement as possible, reach down, take your knife and very gently slide it into the snake’s mouth between the edge of its mouth and your leg. Then suddenly rip upwards, severing the snake’s head.

9. Be sure you have your knife.

10. Be sure your knife is sharp.

Email hoax reprinted in William Goldman’s book Which Lie Did I tell? More Adventures in the Screen Trade

There was a metapuzzle in there with four clues.

This puzzle has five Diagonal clues, in addition to Across and Down.

Diagonals (in mixed order):
1) Breakfast side dish: BACONSTRIPS.
2) Compassionate: SOFTHEARTED.
3) Nickname for Mars: THEREDPLANET.
4) Starts drinking: HITSTHESAUCE.
5) Truly magnificent: AWEINSPIRING.

Finished this one in 26:11.

DayThis WkBestAverage4-Wk AvgStreak
Monday4:413:499:235:1578
Tuesday9:115:2213:139:532
Wednesday15:347:3817:0315:5719
Thursday12:2112:1228:2026:545
Friday17:3310:2930:5817:3019
Saturday20:1120:1132:4831:5919
Sunday26:1115:1152:4140:336

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