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NYT Crossword Puzzle 7-3-21 Complete (contains spoilers)

Ignore the 1 DAY STREAK badge. It’s now 10pm on Saturday, but since it’s tomorrow in New York, the system doesn’t show the actual streak. Sunday’s will show the actual streak count, assuming I finish it.

I pulled out 48A McCarthyite called out in Billy Joel’s “We Didn’t Start the Fire”: ROYCOHN because every so often, I’ll do my best Donald Trump impression and demand of Calah, “WHERE’S MY ROY COHN?!” This can be triggered by one of us (usually me) being unreasonable, discussions about a third party being nonsense, especially as related to wedding stuff, or that I hadn’t said it in a while. Now I know where my ROY COHN is: today’s NYTXW. Luckily for me, I’ll have a couple months till Calah catches up to this blog post. Hooray for grad school and studying and being a nurse.

Since tomorrow’s a packed day, I’m going to start on the Sunday so I can get that done. I’m hoping for a theme there I can write about in tomorrow’s timed post.

Finished this one in 32:21, which is right in my Saturday range.

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NYT Crossword 11-20-20 Complete

First Friday I’ve finished in a long time. That brings the streak to five days in a row. It’s almost too bad that I solve the Saturday crossword with friends on Tuesday nights so the streak ends tomorrow. But I don’t really mind. It’s fun to solve it with them. And often well under 10 minutes.

I’ve stated in the past that I cut it off at half an hour. Clearly this took more than half an hour. I had the grid filled out completed in the 29th minute. Of course it has to be filled out and be completely right. That meant going through the entire puzzle clue by clue, changing AYCARAMBA to AYCARUMBA followed by NETTLES to NESTLES and finally AYCARUMBA back to AYCARAMBA.

I opted for 19A Place name in Manhattan: ASTOR to be my highlighted clue of the day because it reminds me of the first time I went to New York City. It was pre-9/11. I was 12 years old. Somehow we got upgraded to business class for the flight there. It’s still the only time I’ve flown business class.

My dad came across times for Blue Man Group. I recognized them from the Pentium III commercials.

My dad waited for I don’t know how many hours to buy house seats as the show had long been sold out.

The show then was at the Astor Place Theatre. And now the Astor Place Theatre is owned by Blue Man Group.

I think I know this puzzle’s theme: HARD.

The NYT Crossword stats section is kinda screwy. The only puzzles tracked are those that were completed. So today’s completion time of 37:50 is well above my average Friday solve time of 31:03. My PR is 16:59 back in October of 2018. What was going on then? I have so many personal records attributable to October 2018.