Monday, December 10, 2018

Monday's New York Times crossword puzzle solved: December 10, 2018

My time: 5:27.


Alex Eylar carefully cultivated this puzzle, which plays on the phrase THE PLOT THICKENS.  Four themed answers riff on plot as in a garden plot: DIRT CHEAP, GRASS ROOTS, BUSH LEAGUE, and JUNGLE GYM ("bars that kids go to?").  Note how they get progressively thicker vegetation in order.

I thought "Texas city seen in many westerns" would be *EL PESO, but it's LAREDO.

"Sacred peak in Greek myth" is MT. IDA, which was last spotted on April 26.

Clever clue: "Pop a fly?" is SWAT.

Say, why did this take so long?  I knew everything.  I should have done it in a JIF.

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