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NYT Crossword 12-5-22 Complete (contains spoilers)

I pulled out 15A Last car on classic trains: CABOOSE because it reminded me of the time I went to the CMSt.P&P railyard in Cle Elum, Washington. I’ve written about it before, but as a reminder, I was in Cle Elum for the financial audit of a resort, and I got to see this park that had a bunch of old cabooses. Some had platforms to walk up to them, and I tried the doors without success. Only years later–when I was writing the blog post about it–did I learn that the doors I had been trying were the doors to hotel rooms. I don’t know if anyone was in those hotel rooms on the snowy December day, but that was a thing I did.


16A ‘Bama rival: OLEMISS.
25A Bit of banking documentation: DEPOSITSLIP.
39A Cause of many California earthquakes: SANANDREASFAULT.
50A N.B.A. commissioner starting in 2014: HONEYBOOBOO.

62A “Oopsie!”… and a hint to the ends of 18-, 25-, 39- and 50-Across: MYBAD. MISS, SLIP, FAULT, BOOBOO.

Finished this one in 4:24.

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NYT Spelling Bee 8-4-21 final

Holy smokes the pangram for this one! I tried all sorts of stuff before getting it. HELLOKID, KILLEDHO, LIKEDHO, HIKELODE. Ultimately, I got it. Huge relief.

Also the countdown is to

Meatier Misses

Today’s summary

Letters: ODEIKLH
Final score: 31 words for 119 points.
Genius minimum: 105 points.
First word: LOOKED.
Last word: LIKELIHOOD.

NYT Spelling Bee 5-20-22 (contains spoilers)

Yesterday I missed LEVEL, LIEU (Sorry, Ted), and UNLEVEL.

Meatier Misses

JEJUNE: (of a person or action) showing a lack of experience, wisdom, or judgment.

jejune (adj.)

1610s, “dull in the mind, flat, insipid, wanting in interest,” from Latin ieiunus “empty, dry, barren,” literally “fasting, hungry,” a word of obscure origin. De Vaan finds it to be from a PIE root meaning “to worship, reverence,” hence “to sacrifice” (with cognates including Sanskrit yajati “to honor, worship, sacrifice,” Avestan yaza- “to worship,” Greek agios, agnos “holy;” see hagio-), and writes that the Latin word and its relatives “would be based on the habit to perform the first sacrifice of the day on an empty stomach.” Related: jejunaljejunally.

JULIENNE:A portion of food cut into short, thin strips.

VENULE: Anatomy A very small vein, especially one collecting blood from the capillaries.

Today’s summary

Final score: 24 words for 113 points.
Genius minimum: 108 points.
First word: CRUNCHY.
Pangram: RAUNCHY.

NYT Crossword Puzzle 2-18-22 Complete (contains spoilers)

I pulled out 4D Japanese watch brand: SEIKO because I have picked up watch repair as a hobby. I have been gravitating toward Citizen and Seiko that I can get for not that much and then work on them. Recently I bought two used Seiko watches that looked great in the pictures. They were described as not functioning, though that can just mean needs a battery. I opened one of them up and saw that the battery had leaked.

The leak got into the movement, so it seized. Yes, it turned a Seiko into a seizedko. I researched the Seiko 8123 movement (coincidentally I finished this puzzle in 18:32) to see how I could do a straight swap. But they no longer make the 8123 movement. I kept looking and found two possible replacements. The Seiko 7N43 movement is the same size and has one jewel, compared to the 8123’s five jewels. The 7N43 also has SAB/SAT in blue like the 8123 has. But then there’s the Hattori VX43 that has zero jewels and doesn’t have the SAB/SAT in blue. For cheaper the 7N43, I got a busted watch that has a 7N43 movement. There was an inscription on the back of the watch: “CHARLES STANLEY MARSHALL GOD’S SAINTLEY [sic] GIFT TO ALL HE MEETS.” I’m waiting for the battery to arrive, but if it doesn’t, I’ll replace the movement with a VX43.

No theme for this Friday puzzle.

Finished this one in 18:32.

NYT Crossword Puzzle 2-2-22 Complete (contains spoilers)

I pulled out 29A One in peak singing condition?: YODELER because I actually think that was pretty good.

Also here’s Jewel yodeling:


18A With 20-Across, goes to great lengths: BENDS

35A With 39-Across, superior: ACUT
39A THEREST to make A CUT above THE REST.

41A With 36-Across, plays dirty: HITS to make HITS below THE BELT.

60A With 55-Across, no longer an issue: WATER to make WATER under THE BRIDGE.

Finished this one in 12:49.