Monday, August 6, 2018

Monday's New York Times crossword puzzle solved: August 6, 2018

My time: 5:22.


Andrea Carla Michaels and Mark Diehl take us back to the '60S, man, with this puzzle that has a hidden message.  Four phrases are featured in the puzzle from top to bottom --- MAKE IT SNAPPY, LOVE POTION, NOT SO LUCKY, and WAR ON POVERTY.  The capper clue instructs us to look at the first words of these, to reveal MAKE / LOVE / NOT / WAR, a slogan from the '60S.

That decade appears in the puzzle just like that, with numerals.  The crossed answers are 6-IRON and 0-CARB.

"Seafood often served on a toothpick" is PRAWN (not shrimp).

I had no idea that EUNICE Kennedy Shriver founded what became the Special Olympics.

"Game of Thrones" actress LENA Headey, who plays Cersei Lannister, appeared on November 30, 2017.

Clever clues: "It can get you into a lather" is SHAMPOO.  "Bump on a log, literally" is NODE.

I liked today's theme.  A fun puzzle for Monday.  There was almost nothing new to me, but sadly the time wasn't great thanks to a few SLIP-UPS (for example, I put *STUMBLE for "walk drunkenly" but it's STAGGER, and I wanted "swashbuckler's weapon" to be the more exotic *SABER instead of just plain SWORD).

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