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NYT Crossword Puzzle 1-12-22 Complete (contains spoilers)

I pulled out 1A End of a dorm name, usually: HALL because that was not my dorm in college, so it took me a little longer than it should have. While UCSB had a lot of dorms whose name ended that way, I lived in Manzanita Village. I think it had the number of residents of a normal dorm, but what would have been individual floors of a big building were houses of smaller buildings. Each floor-equivalent was 3-4 stories tall. I lived in Jalama House in a single-occupancy room with an ocean view and soundtrack.


17A “A Fish Called Wanda” co-star [7,9]: KEVINKLINE.
26A A total blast [8,1]: GREATFUN.
40A Purple Heart honoree, maybe [4,0]: WARHERO.
51A Eschew scuba gear, say [3,5]: FREEDIVE.
64A Some poster-making supplies [2,6]: GLUESTICKS.

46D Like 17-, 26-, 40-, 51- and 64-Across, with respect to the numbers in their clues: RHYMING.

Oh, I just got it.


Finished this one in 8:13.

NYT Crossword Puzzle 1-5-22 Complete (contains spoilers)

I pulled out 32D Goad: EGGON because this morning I made two single-pan egg sandwiches. I had two pans going. One sandwich was for me, and one sandwich was for Calah.



2 slices sourdough bread
2 eggs
2 leaves romaine lettuce
4 slices tomato
9 slices part of a bell pepper
? mozzarella cheese
? butter for the pan


Pre-heat pan to egg-cooking temperature. Add butter when pan reaches temperature.

Scramble two eggs.

Pour scrambled eggs into pan and put slices of bread into pan with rounded parts toward the edge of the pan so the bottom parts of each slice face one another.

When the egg is cooked, flip the contents of the pan over so the scrambled egg is open to the air and the bread is hidden.

Add cheese and wait for it to melt.

When cheese is melted, add produce.

Fold the omelet over.

There will be pics in the future.


9A *One of two extremes in a saying: FEAST.
20A *Description of a glass, maybe: HALFFULL.
38A *Word in a classic Tolstoy title: PEACE.
62A *Certain forecast: SHINE.

54A One who identifies with the answers to the starred Across clues: OPTIMIST.

4D *Description of a glass, maybe: HALFEMPTY.
9D *One of two extremes in a saying: FAMINE.
35D *Word in a classic Tolstoy title: WAR.
53D *Certain forecast: RAIN.

36D One who identifies with the answers to the starred Down clues: PESSIMIST.


Finished this one in 12:36.

NYT Crossword Puzzle 12-29-21 Complete (contains spoilers)

I pulled out 27A It’s a little longer than a foot: SHOE because I was going back and forth in my mind between SOCK and SHOE. I put SHOE in and never had to change, but SOCK could work. And now that you bring up socks, I bought some more smartwool socks today. They’ll arrive in the new year. But smartwool socks are amazing. Highly recommend for the cold months. And with the rain in Los Angeles right now being measured in the INCHES plural, it’s a crazy, crazy world. Be safe out there!

This is from 5:31pm. Now it’s 9:43pm. More rain has happened.


17A Lettered awards show host?: EMMYEMCEE. M-E-M-C
30A Lettered adversary in a battle of wits?: CAGEYENEMY. K-G-N-M-E
49A Lettered home on the range when no one’s home?: EMPTYTEPEE. M-T-T-P
65A Lettered school paper that’s a snap to write?: EASYESSAY. E-Z-S-A

Figuring that out before finishing it helped me solve other clues.

Finished this one in 12:20.

NYT Crossword Puzzle 12-15-21 Complete (contains spoilers)

So far, this has been the hardest crossword post I’ve had to write. My hands are very, very cold, and moving my fingers to the proper places to put words up here is difficult, my brain thinks a sentence, and my fingers are like, “Nah, we’re good where we are.” I’m glad I can write this in private because blowing into my cupped hands has been more effective than letting them freeze in place. The living room is at about 60 right now, but in my office area, it’s, wait, it’s way colder than 61. This thermometer clearly is garbage.

I pulled out 22A Start of a tax form: LINEA because I’m a CPA in California, but I don’t do tax. So this clue was not an easy solve for me.

I’ll pick this up again when my fingers work.

Finished this one in 16:15.

NYT Crossword Puzzle 12-8-21 Complete (contains spoilers)

I pulled out 19A Automaker that went bankrupt in 2011: SAAB because I had liked that brand when I was a child and thought I’d get one and knock off the S from the badge and replace it with an R. But then I started learning about cars and didn’t think I’d ever get a Saab, and then they went under, and that was that. Also Saab is pronounced Sob, while Raab is pronounced Rab.


20A What intellectual rivals engage in: ABATTLEOFWITS -> (A)BATTLEOFW(I)(T)(S).
37A “Theodore Roosevelt” or “Robert Louis Stevenson”: SARGENTPORTRAIT -> (S)(A)RGENTPORTRA(I)(T).
58A Mid-19th-century Russian ruler described as “autocracy personified”: TSARNICHOLASI -> (T)(S)(A)RNICHOLAS(I).

68A With 66-Across, director’s cry … or hint to 20-, 37- and 58-Across: ITSA WRAP. Because ITSA wraps around the grid with each clue.

Finished this one in 12:10.

NYT Crossword Puzzle 12-1-21 Complete (contains spoilers)

I pulled out 38A Smooths (out): IRONS because going to the Magic Castle as much as I do means that I have been wearing my button-down shirts. When I get back, sometimes I hang up my shirt on a hanger, and something I throw it over a chair. But no matter what, I have to either launder my shirts or iron them before I wear them again. The amount to iron builds up, and I had 10 shirts that were taking up space outside my closet. I learned how to iron a long time ago, and then I re-learned how to iron from the T.M. Lewin ironing video on youtube.

The video says that you should be able to iron a shirt in three minutes. I haven’t experienced anything close to that speed, but I do like the way the shirts turn out. I also don’t put water in the iron because years ago I found that there’s calcification that then flakes onto the shirts, and that’s super annoying. I use a spray bottle. I don’t use starch. My real preference is to iron shirts that are wet and just out of the washing machine. Those are the easiest to do.


17A Play a wrong note during a violin sonata?: ERRONTHEGSTRING.
28A Little prince taking a bath?: CLEANHEIRACT. It’s like WhoCARESact.com.
44A “We all put things on TV sometimes”?: TOAIRISHUMAN.
59A Headline after Jane becomes queen?: EYRETOTHETHRONE.

Finished this one in 11:19.

NYT Crossword Puzzle 11-24-21 Complete (contains spoilers) #nytxw

I pulled out 31D Dark green side dish: KALESALAD because the Trader Joe’s kale something or other that’s sold in glass jars is being recalled because it may have glass in it! Moral of the story: no kale. Get your roughage from broccoli.

Writing this one from my phone, which isn’t ideal, but there you go. Have a happy Thanksgiving!

Finished this one in 15:10.

NYT Crossword Puzzle 11-17-21 Complete (contains spoilers)

I pulled out 36A One of 12 on a die: EDGE because I have been dealing with this while making cutting boards. I put a chamfer on the edges of the cutting boards to make them easier to handle. If you’re unfamiliar with the term chamfer, think bevel. There are a lot of edges, and it’s important to get all of them to kick out a product of good quality.


Since the answers are long and span many clues, I’ll start with the clue theme and then spell out the answers.

58A What the five formations of circled letters in this puzzle represent: YOGAPOSES.


Downward Dog from EkhartYoga.


Cobra from Ekhart Yoga.


Chair from EkhartYoga.


Cat from EkhartYoga.


Boat from EkhartYoga.

Now I know what those look like.

Finished this one in 11:42.

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NYT Crossword Puzzle 11-10-21 Complete (contains spoilers)

I pulled out 4D Lotion letters: SPF because Calah is convinced that I should wear sunscreen when I do woodworking. She thinks that sunscreen will help prevent sunburns and skin damage and will get in the way of me getting melanoma, which she claims is not one of the fun cancers. One of the fun Cancers is Calah, and a quick read of some astrology websites say that she’s a great match for me, a Virgo. I didn’t need an astrology website to tell me that she and I are great together, but it’s not like I’m going to call bullshit on everyone who roots for us. Anyway, I’m doing a lot better at the wearing-sunscreen thing.


17A 56-Across, to a dairy farmer: LOWFATMILK.
22A 56-Across, to a smartphone user: DYINGBATTERY. see: mybatterydied.com and batterydied.com and ikilledmybattery.com.
34A 56-Across, to a gambler: UNFAVORABLEODDS.
46A 56-Across, to Occupy protesters: THEULTRARICH.

56A Small amount: ONEPERCENT.

Finished this one in 13:31.

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WSJ Crossword Puzzle Obviously 11-3-21 Complete (contains spoilers)

I pulled out 24A Good place to get vegan food?: PLANT because that’s a terrible clue for that answer. The plant? Maybe! A plant? Sure! Just plant? Get outta here. Really garbage.

The title of this puzzle is Obviously.

17A Like fish refusing to bite?: NOTUPFORTHEBAIT. It’s like not up for debate but more of a pun. And it’s a real pun! Something the NYTXW should be able to do but somehow can’t.
26A Podiatrist’s concern: AGONYOFTHEFEET. It’s like agony of defeat. On that topic, there’s a book I once got as a birthday present. The Ecstasy of Defeat is a book from The Onion. Hilarious.
42A What many an African crocodile does?: LIVESINTHENILE. I don’t know how crocs live in denial generally, so this is just half-assed.
54A What a good book publisher must have?: ANEYEFORTHETALE. I don’t know what this is. An eye for the tail? An eye for retail? Oh, dammit. It’s an eye for detail. My bad there. That one was pretty good once I got it.

Finished this one in 19:48.

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