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NYT Crossword Puzzle 10-19-21 Complete (contains spoilers)

I pulled out 22A Dead even: ALLTIEDUP because right now the Dodgers are up by two after one inning, and all tied up would be the best case outcome of tomorrow’s game. Now I’m back to this post, and Dodgers are down 5-2 at the Seventh Inning Stretch. Ridiculous.

Theme!

19A *Children’s book whose title character says “If I can fool a bug, I can surely fool a man. People are not as smart as bugs”: CHARLOTTESWEB.
6D *Chain known for its soft pretzels: AUNTIEANNES.
25D *Prominent left-leaning political action committee: EMILYSLIST.

28D Literary trio found in the answers to this puzzle’s starred clues: THEBRONTES. Charlotte Bronte, Anne Bronte, and Emily Bronte.

Finished this one in 7:10.

DayThis WkBestAverage4-Wk AvgStreak
Monday7:413:499:235:3979
Tuesday7:105:2213:118:603
Wednesday7:3817:0315:5719
Thursday12:1228:2026:545
Friday10:2930:5817:3019
Saturday20:1132:4831:5919
Sunday15:1152:4140:336

NYT Crossword Puzzle 9-15-21 Complete (contains spoilers)

I pulled out 1A _ Modern (London gallery): TATE because I went there back in 2014 and saw a piece of art and felt abused. See, I had thought that there was a patched part of the wall where art had been, and I looked to see what had been there because the plaque was still up. Unfortunately for me, it wasn’t a patched wall at all but the art itself:

Richard Tuttle’s 8th Paper Octagonal. (wikiart)

Tuttle’s Paper Octagonals are paper shapes that he cut from a template and glued to the wall. The orientation of the shape can vary from one installation to the next. Tuttle intends that the octagon should disappear into the wall as much as possible. Nonetheless, once noticed, the work becomes strangely present. As an object it is ultra-thin, but it still takes up an awkward place between painting and sculpture.

Tate Modern

I lamented to my brother-in-law about how it’s not art to put white paper on the wall, but he said that art is supposed to make you feel, and since anger is a feeling, it is art. So there!

Damn.

And now for the theme!

17A Socket replacement?: GLASSEYE.
24A Canine covering?: DENTALCROWN.
36A Batter’s additions?: FALSELASHES.
46A Old rug in a courtroom?: POWDEREDWIG.

57A Basketball feint … or a hint to 17-, 24-, 36- and 46-Across?: HEADFAKE.

Finished this one in 11:20.

DayThis WkBestAverage4-Wk AvgStreak
Monday4:313:499:266:5674
Tuesday12:225:2213:209:091
Wednesday11:207:3817:0911:5115
Thursday12:1228:4926:270
Friday16:2332:5321:0214
Saturday27:4333:4930:2514
Sunday15:1154:1247:051

NYT Crossword Puzzle 8-24-21 Complete (contains spoilers)

I pulled out 6A Wry reply to “How’d you do that?”: MAGIC because it’s a thing I say to Calah all the time. Or I say that I’ve got the magic touch. The difference is that that frequently is the case. At her mother’s wedding Sunday night I pulled my keys, sunglasses, and wallet out of the cloth napkin that had been on the table. Magic!

Themes!

17A *Miniaturized reference: POCKETATLAS.
60A *Iconic photograph taken by Voyager 1 at the request of Carl Sagan: PALEBLUEDOT. Really, I didn’t expect to be as awed by the photo as I am.

We’re in the rightmost band a little more than halfway down the image. (JPL/NASA)

And then there’s a new one!

Pale Blue Dot Revisited

23D *Facility where things are always looking up?: PLANETARIUM, a word I have difficulty reading with the T pronounced.

11D *Computer program that blurs out military installations: GOOGLEEARTH.

32A With 39- and 44-Across, promise that Aladdin sings to Jasmine (and a hint to the answers to the starred clues): ICANSHOW YOU THEWORLD.

Finished this one in 10:25, mostly on my phone.

DayThis WkBestAverage4-Wk AvgStreak
Monday7:273:499:277:3871
Tuesday10:255:2213:3612:2514
Wednesday7:3817:2516:2611
Thursday12:1229:0727:1111
Friday16:2334:2431:2111
Saturday27:4334:3835:3511
Sunday15:1155:1340:490