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NYT Crossword Puzzle 10-20-21 Complete (contains spoilers)

Dodgers lost. I’ll update this later with the rest of the post.

Finished this one in 15:52.

NYT Crossword Puzzle 10-13-21 Complete (contains spoilers)

I pulled out 14A Low-carb “stone age” diet: PALEO because the word simply means old.


before vowels pale- word-forming element used in scientific combinations (mostly since c. 1870) meaning “ancient, early, prehistoric, primitive, fossil,” from Latinized form of Greek palaios “old, ancient,” from palai “long ago, far back” (from PIE root *kwel- (2) “far” in space or time).

From the Online Etymology Dictionary

I used to joke that I’m on the real paleo diet: I eat whatever I have in the fridge, and I almost never go shopping. Also I eat in the dark.

But now I’m married, so that would reflect poorly on my wife if I were to continue to make that joke.


20A First and only female prime minister of India: INDIRAGANDHI.
32A “Red Cube” sculptor with an eponymous museum in New York: ISAMUNOGUCHI.

Untapped Cities

42A First M.L.B. player to enter the Meikyukai (a Japanese baseball hall of fame): ICHIROSUZUKI.

57A Fashion designer and judge on “Project Runway All Stars”: ISAACMIZRAHI.

65D With 70- and 71-Across, agree … and a phonetic hint to this puzzle’s theme: SEE EYE TOEYE. The answers start and end with the letter I.

Finished this one in 15:34.

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NYT Crossword Puzzle 10-6-21 Complete (contains spoilers)

I pulled out 66A Battery ends: ANODES because it’s ends only because it’s multiple, but it’s not both ends of a single battery. The other end of a single battery is a cathode. Individual batteries have both; however, groups of batteries have many anodes.

Scrunched theme!

16A Good advice during an emergency: KEEPACOOLHEAD -> KEEPA[COO]LHEAD.
29A Geezers and fogies: OLDCOOTS -> OLD[COO]TS.
49A Brand with a snow-covered mountain on its label: COORSLIGHT -> [COO]RSLIGHT. And the mountains turn blue when the beer is as cold as the Rockies!
56A Doing dinner and a movie at home, say: COCOONING -> CO[COO]NING.
10D “How are plans coming along?”: WHATSCOOKING -> WHATS[COO]KING.
14D Slid over a bit: SCOOCHED -> S[COO]CHED.
23D Rockefeller or Getty: OILTYCOON -> OILTY[COO]N.
27D TV monster’s catchphrase: MEWANTCOOKIE -> MEWANTC[COO]KIE.

I love it!

63A Typecasts, in a way … or a hint to four squares in this puzzle: PIGEONHOLES.

Finished this one in 23:08.

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NYT Crossword Puzzle 9-29-21 Complete (contains spoilers)

I pulled out 34A Helpfully pushy person: NUDGER because I had put in NUDNIK, even though it didn’t really make sense that a nudnik would be helpful. Ultimately, that nagging feeling that a nudnik wasn’t helpful turned out to be accurate, and nudger–a word that apparently merits a red squiggly–was the word that does fit. So there you have it: Red squiggly words are well incorporated in the New York Times Crossword Puzzle. Yay.

There was (no) theme today.

13A *Stay in power: RESIGN -> RE(S)IGN -> REIGN + S.
23A *Hold on to: HEAVE -> H(E)AVE -> HAVE + E.
26A *Done openly: COVERT -> (C)OVERT -> OVERT + C.
50A *Doesn’t eat: FEASTS -> F(E)ASTS -> FASTS + E.
54A *On this spot: THERE -> (T)HERE -> HERE + T.

66A When revealed in this puzzle, it reverses the meanings of the answers to the starred clues: SECRET. The letters that make the answers opposite make them secret? It’s weird, but fine.

Finished this one in 15:36.

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NYT Crossword Puzzle 9-22-21 Complete (contains spoilers)

I pulled out 1A Indian wedding garb: SARI because I don’t know that that’s specifically just for weddings. I feel like it’s not. I mean how could I contest Grant Boroughs and infallible editor Will Shortz with such a fashion question, right?


17A Much of Roy Lichtenstein’s work?: DOTCOMICS. You know, because Roy Lichtenstein spent much of his time on the internet with his quasi-pointillism(?) art.

From American Suburb X

28A Euclid’s “Elements,” Descartes’s “La Géométrie,” etc.?: MATHCLASSICS. Because they’re classics, and it’s math. And MATH CLASS.
38A Wacky shenanigans of a woodworker?: CAPENTERANTICS. First of all, woodworking and carpentry are different. Those who read my weekly woodworking blog know that I’m not writing about putting up frames for houses; rather, I’m writing about finer projects. I don’t know why the NYT is insistent on exposing how unsophisticated the crossword writers are. Just help them out, you know? Or maybe Will Shortz is just slipping and can’t edit a puzzle worth a damn anymore. But, yeah, carpenter ants. Antics. Whatevz.
46A Frights upon waking up from sunbathing naps?: FRYINGPANICS. Ugh. I mean I get that it’s a panic because did I get sunburned? But also it’s not a panic because you did. Grab the aloe. Drink water. And frying pan. Meh.
64A Things that dad likes to discuss?: POPTOPICS. Lazy.

Finished this one in 8:51.

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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!


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.

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NYT Crossword Puzzle 9-8-21 Complete (contains spoilers)

I pulled out 10A Red felt hat with a tassel: FEZ because I used to play Nouns in a Bowl with friends, but Nouns in a Fez is way more fun because you use a fez instead of a bowl. Nouns in a Bucket Hat is trendier, sure, but it’s not nearly as stable.

Theme coming soon. I’ve spent a bunch of time trying to get the table to format properly. I don’t know what’s going on with WP right now.

Finished this one in 10:53.

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NYT Crossword Puzzle 9-1-21 Complete (contains spoilers)

I pulled out 28A Young newt: EFT because I didn’t know that this was a thing. I went through the puzzle thinking I’d have to fix it later, but I couldn’t imagine what the cross words would be if I’d gotten the answer wrong.

The theme of this puzzle doesn’t have to do with the longest answers or any answers!

19D Exclamation upon seeing this puzzle: THATSABIGIF. Yep, the pattern has a big IF in it.

The long answers were good, though.

3D They can rate up to 350,000 on the Scoville scale: HABANEROPEPPERS. A lot of people write Habañero rather than Habanero because jalapeño is correct and jalapeno isn’t as correct. But Habanero peppers are so called because they’re from Havana, Cuba. They’re not from Havaña, Cuba. So jalapeno is fine, jalapeño is better, Habanero is always correct, and Habañero is NEVER correct.
4D “Nevertheless … look at our current situation”: ANDYETHEREWEARE. It’s a good thing to say in an argument. Try it.
6D Grass-roots group focused on addressing climate change: SUNRISEMOVEMENT. I don’t know how effective they are with donations because Charity Navigator looks at three-year trends.
7D Difficult to understand: BEYONDONESGRASP.
11D Performer known as the “King of Latin Pop”: ENRIQUEIGLASIAS.

How can Enrique Iglesias be made better? By Mr. Worldwide, of course! Now where did I put my Bud Light?

Finished this one in 15:04.

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NYT Crossword Puzzle 8-25-21 Complete (contains spoilers)

I pulled out 4D Gilead in “The Handmaid’s Tale,” for one: DYSTOPIA because whenever I hear that word, I think of Euphoria: Build a Better Dystopia. I imagine that others in my board game night group also have thought about that game upon solving this clue. It’s a game that we’ve not yet played together, despite my repeated (albeit half-hearted) attempts to convince the group to play and threats(?) that the game is in the car, even though the game hasn’t left my home in years. Recently Calah and I played Balance of Power, a two-player game that is simple and exciting!

Someone’s selling one on eBay!

Theme of Puns!

17A “Please continue your generous support of the church”: MASSAPPEAL. I am sad to miss the appeal during the High Holidays this year. Usually the speech that goes along with it is worth listening to.
27A “This device makes prepping cherries a breeze”: PITTERPATTER. Let’s get at ‘er.
44A “Students should report to the gym for a special presentation”: ASSEMBLYLINE.
58A “This medicine will reduce your temperature in no time”: FEVERPITCH. Not really pitching a fever, though. Really forcing it with this clue.

Finished this one in 10:06.

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NYT Crossword Puzzle 8-18-21 Complete (contains spoilers)

I’m on a 73-day streak, but I know that that will end soon. The Jewish holidays are coming, and that will mean missing the days puzzle here and there. Don’t worry, though, I’ll have other content posted on those days.

I pulled out 65A Brand in the ice cream aisle: EDYS because I feel like the brand only exists to be featured in the NYTXW so frequently. Out here in the west, Dryers is the same brand but the one used on the east coat. Like Carl’s Jr. and Hardees.

Theme time!

16A With 26-Across, game that uses a blindfold: PINTHETAIL / ONTHEDONKEY. I immediately got this. The only one I could think of as an alternative is Hit the Piñata, but that didn’t quite fit.
36A Item exchanged in a so-called “yankee swap”: WHITEELEPHANT. Probably my least-favorite office holidaytime tradition. (My favorite? Vacation! Wooo!)
50A Frequent reveler, or a hint to 16-/26- and 36-Across: PARTYANIMAL.

I now realize that the theme is specifically political. The Democratic Party is the donkey, and the GOP is the elephant.

Finished this one in 7:58.

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