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NYT Crossword Puzzle 9-30-21 Complete (contains spoilers)

I pulled out 14A Like soil that combines sand, silt and clay: LOAMY because I like BoJack Horseman, and it reminded me of Todd’s rock opera:

The theme today was a decent addition to the puzzle. The puns worked. Good change of pace from the bargaining chip/firecracker/whatever other nonsense puzzle from a month ago or so.

17A [Birds] + [Bees] = P.R. campaign goal: TWITTERBUZZ.
26A [Lightsaber] + [Impatient fingers] = Boring: HUMDRUM.
36A [Cellphone] + [Bubble] = Edible accessory: RINGPOP.
48A [Cow] + [Thunder] = Snake eyes, e.g.: LOWROLL.

57A Academy Awards category eliminated in 2021 … or a hint to interpreting four clues in this puzzle: SOUNDMIXING. I had initially guessed that the eliminated category was BESTACTRESS in order to have a single best performer. I thought that would be a dumb idea because why rob someone of a statue? But also why rob a sound mixer of a statue?

Finished this one in 29:20.

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NYT Crossword 7-17-20 DNF

This was a tough one for sure. I didn’t finish but called it a little more than half an hour in. The layout was a smiley face, which was cool, but the result was a lot of empty, which I’m OK with. At some point I’ll get it. Just like at some point Will Shortz may realize how hurt I am by what he did to me. I’m more confident in the former.

I started this puzzle on my phone and continued on the computer. Computer was easier to fill out and see things in perspective. I was going to give up way earlier because I have a bunch of stuff to do, but when I got to the computer, things started to fall into place. Were all those things right? I’m certain that the answer is very much no.

For example: Is there a NAMON WAYANS? Maybe! I’M not going to be the one to rule that out.

I do Saturday puzzles with some friends. I give some answers, so I’m going to keep that up with them and just do old WSJ puzzles for Saturdays here.