Saturday, February 23, 2019

Saturday's New York Times crossword puzzle solved: February 23, 2019

My time: 11:43.


Today we are treated to a themeless by Sam Ezersky.  It's nothing jaw-dropping, but it's a solid Saturday.  And it has some fresh and interesting fill, such as AARP CARD, SEX TAPE ("celebrity embarrassment, maybe"), TMZ LIVE ("web and TV broadcast about celebrities"), ZIKA VIRUS, and TEEN DRAMA ("'Riverdale' or 'The O.C.'")

Always keeping it in the now, the New York Times puzzle.  Kamala Harris, California senator since 2017, appears in the clue for OAKLAND, her hometown.

The NISSAN ROGUE is the "best-selling compact SUV introduced in 2007."  Good fill but boring clue.

For "captures" I really tried to put *NABS but it's NETS.

For "fruit with a yellow rind" I put *CASAVA but it's CASABA.  This has happened before.

I know of the TV show ORPHAN BLACK but I've never seen it.  Apparently it's about a bunch of clones.

"Man's name that spells a fictional people backward" is IVAN.  But who are the Navi?  They're the Na'vi, the blue people in Avatar!

Remember Sally YATES, of the Obama administration?  I didn't!  She was the United States Deputy Attorney General, and the interim Attorney General under Trump for about five minutes until that fat blowhard fired her for following the Constitution and not enforcing the Muslim ban.

Clever clues: "String of churches?" is ROSARY.  "Mob rule?" is RIOT ACT.  "Important word in both physics and religion" is MASS.  "Hebrew leaders" is ALEPHS.  "Wee wee?" is LI'L.

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