NYTimes Crossword

Monday June 20, 2016 — NYTimes Crossword No. 0516

Monday June 20, 2016 — NYTimes Crossword No. 0516

Monday puzzles are the easiest of the week. My average time on a Monday is 12 minutes. Today was eleven — not really easier than normal, I just was being quick this morning. 

Happy Birthday today to my good friend Joshua Bryant!! I only remember his birthday because he was born the same day “JAWS” was released in theaters. But hey. 

Cute theme today, with the reveal at 59A: WEREALLSET (“Ready to go!” … or a description of 17-, 25-, 37-, and 48-Across?) [We’re all set]. Other themed clues include: 17A: BROKENBONE (Reason for a cast); 25A: VOLLEYBALL (Piece of sports equipment that’s spiked); 37A: DINNERTABLE (Family gathering place), I started filling as “Kitchen Table,” before I realized it didn’t fit; and 48A: ALARMCLOCK (Device with a snooze button).

There were a couple long-ish verticals at: 11D: AMENABLE (Willing to go along); and 37D: DONATION (Gift to a nonprofit). And a couple longer horizontals: 32A: TEAPOTS (Cozies keep them hot); and 41A: TAKESTO (Starts liking).

Also: 12D: LIBELED (Defamed in print) [Bibles full of Libels]; 13D: BEETLES (Small VWs); 39D: SPAMMED (Sent millions of emails, say); 40D: PALEALE (Brew with a rhyming name).

In the six-lettered category: 1D: IMBEAT (“Man, what a day!”) [I’m Beat]; 2D: DAREME (Comment after “You think I’m chicken?”) [Dare Me]; 3D: INONIT (Part of a prank, say) [In on it]; 45D: BOOSTS (Raises); 46D: APPEAL (Take to a higher court); and 47D: NESTLE (Snuggle).

Love seeing 52D: KEA (Mauna ___ (Hawaiian peak) [One never knows going in if it’s Mauna Loa or Mauna Kea — bringing you up on a little game early this week].

Also cute was 35D: ORK (Mork’s birthplace, on TV). Love Robin Williams, and Mork from Ork is the character that really introduced him to the world. 

Sipping my cuppa Joe early on this Monday, answering 26D: LATTE (Foamy coffee order).

Visit Idaho often, and been through many times 28A: TETON (Grand ___ National Park). Also I remember in the 1970’s when the dam broke and flooded Rexburg, Idaho. That was an amazing site to see [the aftermath].

Also loved seeing 22A: MONET (Impressionist Claude), one of my favorite painters. 

Finally a shout out to 62A: ELON (Tesla co-founder Musk), who is becoming of late a fixture in the NYT crossword puzzle. 

Worthy Monday morning fare. Altogether not a bad way to start the week. 

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May 19, 2016 — Thursday Crossword — NYTimes No. 0414 (originally published 4/14/16)

May 19, 2016 — Thursday Crossword — NYTimes No. 0414 (originally published 4/14/16)
Thursday puzzles typically include some type of tricky solving mechanism, often involving a rebus or some other sneakiness. Today the inner puzzle clue was at the center, 37A: WATERSLIDES (Summer amusements … or a literal description of three answers in this puzzle). 

The three referenced answers are, in the order I encountered them: 51A: DONNYBROOK (Free-for-all), the “brook” being on a downward sloping diagonal (a “waterslide”); 21A: CHICKENRUN (Fowl territory?), I had issues with this definition of “run” as referring to a body of water (it took me awhile to “run down” this definition — Google lists it as the 11th definition of the noun run: “a small stream or brook” — feels like a stretch to me); and 28A: LAMESTREAM (Like traditional media, to some), I hadn’t heard this usage before, but it sounds fun, plus I had trouble spotting “stream,” as perhaps this flows across more geography than I expected. 

I started with some shorties in the SW-ish, with: 41D: IPO (Angel’s payoff, for short); 40A: CIA (Employer whose workers don’t discuss their jobs much, in short); and 40D: CAD (Stinker). Then moved south, where I solved: 63A: IDEA (Noodle concoction), one of my favorite clues of the day; 60D: IDS (Subjects of some voting laws); and 59D: VIE (Battle). 

I was also able to resolve: 45D: AYN (Rand popular with the Tea Party); 43A: APNEA (Nighttime irregularity); 37D: WANNABET (“Care to make it interesting?”); but I was having difficulty completing the corner, not the least reason being that 44D: ENNEAD (Santa’s reindeer, counting Rudolph) was eluding me — in fact, once I got all the crossers, I am able to confirm this word as being unknown to me. 

I then worked East along the southern border. 54A: ANNARBOR (Home of the Big House in college football) helped. I didn’t know this exactly, but it was easy to figure out, especially with the vertical crossers coming into view: 55D: ROAN (Equine color); and 57D: OMOO (Melville’s second novel), a crossword standard. 

The additions of 61A: ROOMY (Spacious) and 53A: MINNOW (Small fry) gave me 53D: MRYUK (Iconic green poison symbol), which was not really known to me, but came quickly, and the corner “K” helped me to spot “Donnybrook.”

I did have problems completing the South with the crossers: 56D: BOYO (Laddie); and 67A: SNOOK (Gesture made with the thumb and nose). I didn’t know either one, and had a hole where these two intersect. I used logic to place the “O,” which turns out to be correct. 

I liked seeing 39D: ELONMUSK (SpaceX CEO) and can’t help wondering: When is he running for President? 

Cute clues for: 50D: TWERKS (Moves behind); and 42A: DREIDEL (Top choice in December?).

But hands down my favorite clue of the day was 10D: CONNOR (Sarah ___, protagonist of “The Terminator”). 

I had fun, even if this crossword took me longer to solve than I like. 54 minutes. Happy Thursday.