Monday, September 17, 2018

Monday's New York Times crossword puzzle solved: September 17, 2018

My time: 4:51.


Caitlin Reid is angling for congratulations with this clever Monday that has FISH on its mind.  Four themed phrases end in words that have FISH at the end: TELEPHONE POLE, SLIDE TACKLE ("aggressive defensive soccer maneuver"), BLOOPER REEL, and FIDGET SPINNER.

If the pH scale were only reversed, it would be easy to remember, with base being the low end (or bass being low, even) and aces (acids) high.  But it isn't!  The more acid, the lower the score.  Battery acid is a 0; lemon juice is 2; urine is 6.  Bases are high: ammonia is 11 and bleach is 13.

ENOS, grandson of Adam and Eve, is the son of Seth, the forgotten Adam and Eve son.

IONA, a college in New Rochelle, NY, first came up way back on October 5, 2017.

Not much new for me here, and no particularly devious clues, so I got through this one at a rapid PACE.

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