Friday, July 17, 2020
Friday's New York Times crossword puzzle solved: July 17, 2020
My time: 13:01, four minutes faster than average and four minutes slower than my Friday record!
About today's puzzle I have so many questions. Well, one main question. Why a bear-like smiley face? The answer, my friends, is blowing in the grid.
You have to admire the crazy grid-length fill, though: INTIMATE APPAREL (with the devilishly vague clue "slips, e.g."), STATE LEGISLATOR, AUTO PARTS STORES.
I guessed that the name EVE means "life," but I'm no Hebrew scholar!
For "home where the heart is?" I immediately put *TORSO, but unfortunately it's CHEST. Missed it by that much.
I think I've vaguely heard of Joey Dee and the STARLITERS, but I had to have a lot of crossfill help before it clicked.
I'm not really sure why "one who might grade on the curve?" is ART TEACHER. Does it mean the curve of a drawing model?
It took a long time for me to understand why "backing" is PRO. They're both adjectives meaning "being in favor of."
Brand-new piece of information: DESI, a term for the people and culture of the Indian subcontinent.
Tokyo-based air carrier ANA has come up before.
Clever clue: "Links things?" is CARTS. That took me a while: it's golf carts. "It forms at the mouth" is DELTA. "Majors in acting" is LEE.
A fun puzzle. The grid made me smile, although I wish there were some answer that tied in somehow. Oh, well. I had a good solve time today. As a SOLO PERFORMER, it's my time to GLOAT.
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