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My wife and I are on vacation until Friday, July 25th; a road trip through the backroads of the states east of California. I anticipate late-night solving and posting, with acknowledgement of comments and emails suffering. Please, don't be offended at my silence as I prioritize the writing of posts! We had a long and spectacular drive across the Sierra Nevada today, and saw Julianne and Derek Hough's dance spectacular this evening. Back home and back to reality tomorrow (Friday) ...

Bill

0402-09 New York Times Crossword Answers 2 Apr 09



This is the solution to the crossword published in the New York Times today. If you are doing the New York Times crossword in any other publication, you are working on the syndicated puzzle.

Today's syndicated solution is in the blog here.


2 comments :

katie said...

Why is "ex-lax" (70 across) "tense"? And can someone enlighten me as to why "beginner" (35 across) is "tiro"?

Bill Butler said...

Hi Katie,

Re TENSE
I took it that the clue was being a little whimsical "Ex-lax?", meaning something or someone that used to be lax, was not tense. So now, the person is no longer lax, and is therefore now TENSE.

Re TIRO
This is more usually spelled 'tyro', and means a novice or a beginner.

I hope that helps, Katie, and thanks for stopping by and visiting the blog. :o)

Bill

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I do the New York Times puzzle online every evening, the night before it is published in the paper. Then, I "Google & Wiki" the references that puzzle me, or that I find of interest. I post my findings, along with the solution, as soon as I am done, usually well before the newsprint version becomes available.

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