Tuesday, June 5, 2018

Tuesday's New York Times puzzle solved: June 5, 2018

My time: 7:34, ugh.


Kudos to Peter Gordon for working into today's puzzle not three but four idioms which use a food plus a body organ to describe a trait.  When someone is "klutzy" we say they're BUTTER-FINGERED; "stupid" people are MUTTON-HEADED.  If you're "eloquent" you're HONEY-TONGUED, and another way to say "cowardly" is CHICKEN-LIVERED.

A deliciously clever theme for a Tuesday!  Bravo.

For "person handing out chocolate cigars, maybe" I put *NEW FATHER but that just happens to fit the real answer, PROUD PAPA.

Dodge produced the subcompact hatchbacks OMNIS from 1977-1990.

"Expert in calculus" is DDS.  Doctor of Dental Surgery?  Yes, because calculus is another name for tartar.  Clever clue!  Uninformed solver.

"Goatish" is a good clue for LECHEROUS.  PIE-EYED is a good answer for "drunk."

Jean SIBELIUS was an early 20th-century Finnish composer and violist.  A park in Helsinki, and an organ-like monument of metal pipes, are named after him.

NEWB is usually spelled *NOOB.

The island IONA, off of Scotland's peninsula the Ross of Mull, came up as a hidden word way back on October 3, 2017.

Clever clues: "Bad looking" is LEERING.  "Rock singer?" is LORELEI.  "Heat shields?" is BADGES.   "Like some peanuts and winter roads" is SALTED.  "Person whose inner child has been released?" is MOTHER.

Again, there was not much new to me today, but I had a slow-ISH time.  I don't know why.  It's SNOT that the theme was overly puzzling.  Sometimes the brain is sleepy I guess.

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