Thursday, September 26, 2019

Thursday’s New York Times crossword puzzle solved: September 26, 2019
























  • IDA Lupino was used yesterday.
  • Titan II was an ICBM discontinued in 1987. 
  • I know KAL Penn by face and resumé (He's Kumar!), but didn't know his name.
  • EL AL does indeed have planes with a blue stripe.
  • "Cos. with many connections" is ISPS, which is droll, but I had a hard time reading "cos." as "companies."
  • Singer SARA Evans is someone I don't know.
  • You manufacture plows?  SNO-Way!
  • Red ADAIR was an innovator in fighting oil well fires.

Wednesday, September 18, 2019

Wednesday’s New York Times Crossword Puzzle Solved: September 18, 2019
























  • The shaded answers all end in an invisible pipe.  
  • The three big answers WATER TOWER, OIL PLATFORM, and GAS STATION almost have a theme going between them, but not quite.

Tuesday, September 17, 2019

Tuesday‘s New York Times Crossword Puzzle Solved: September 17, 2019


























  • Who ever heard of a LAP CAT?  I put *KITTEN at first.
  • I never heard of the events of ARGO as "The Canadian Caper." It's because the rescuers used fake Canadian passports.
  • PHEASANTS: "they're game."

Saturday, February 23, 2019

Saturday's New York Times crossword puzzle solved: February 23, 2019

My time: 11:43.

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Today we are treated to a themeless by Sam Ezersky.  It's nothing jaw-dropping, but it's a solid Saturday.  And it has some fresh and interesting fill, such as AARP CARD, SEX TAPE ("celebrity embarrassment, maybe"), TMZ LIVE ("web and TV broadcast about celebrities"), ZIKA VIRUS, and TEEN DRAMA ("'Riverdale' or 'The O.C.'")

Always keeping it in the now, the New York Times puzzle.  Kamala Harris, California senator since 2017, appears in the clue for OAKLAND, her hometown.

The NISSAN ROGUE is the "best-selling compact SUV introduced in 2007."  Good fill but boring clue.

For "captures" I really tried to put *NABS but it's NETS.

For "fruit with a yellow rind" I put *CASAVA but it's CASABA.  This has happened before.

I know of the TV show ORPHAN BLACK but I've never seen it.  Apparently it's about a bunch of clones.

"Man's name that spells a fictional people backward" is IVAN.  But who are the Navi?  They're the Na'vi, the blue people in Avatar!

Remember Sally YATES, of the Obama administration?  I didn't!  She was the United States Deputy Attorney General, and the interim Attorney General under Trump for about five minutes until that fat blowhard fired her for following the Constitution and not enforcing the Muslim ban.

Clever clues: "String of churches?" is ROSARY.  "Mob rule?" is RIOT ACT.  "Important word in both physics and religion" is MASS.  "Hebrew leaders" is ALEPHS.  "Wee wee?" is LI'L.