Monday, February 18, 2019

Monday's New York Times crossword puzzle solved: February 18, 2019

My time: 4:14.


Leslie Rogers and Andrea Carla Michaels have graduation garb on the mind: three themed answers represent different types of CAP AND GOWN.  The first, "sleep well!" is NIGHT NIGHT.  That's to evoke both nightcap and nightgown, you know.  Next we have WHITE WEDDING, for whitecap and wedding gown.  Last and least immediately obvious is "vegetarian spaghetti topper" MUSHROOM BALL (a real thing!), for mushroom cap and ball gown.

Well done, ladies!  Will Shortz, why didn't you run this in late May?

PASEO appeared on March 1, 2018 as a leisurely evening stroll; today it's clued as "bullfighters' entrance march."

Clever clues: "Stocking stuffer?' is TOE.  "Big bang maker" is TNT.

This was a fun quick puzzle with an admirably complex theme.  Breaking the four-minute Monday continues to ELUDE me but it's NICE to see clever wordplay anyway.

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