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0830-09 New York Times Crossword Answers 30 Aug 09

This is my 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.

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Anonymous said...

Since when are eggs Halooween purchases?

Bill Butler said...

Hi there, "anonymous".

I put MASK in here for "Halloween purchase" at first, but then came up with EGGS from the down clues. It seemed a strange answer to me, so I checked after I had finished the puzzle and discovered two new uses for eggs! Some people make deviled eggs on Halloween, dropping an olive slice in the middle so that the whole thing resembles an eyeball (!) Also, a lot of people decorate eggs just as they would do at Easter, but with Halloween themes. Personally, I've never come across either, but it's apparently done.

Thanks for dropping by and asking a very valid question!

wineanddine said...

At least in the midwest eggs used to be the purchase of choice at halloween for teens that chose to egg cars and houses as the "trick" part of trick or treat. Even with that I thought it was an odd choice.

Bill Butler said...

Hi wineanddine (nice name!)

I have some dried egg in between the boards that make up the siding on my house, the remnants of an "egging" of our house one time. Maybe it was Halloween ...

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This is the simplest of blogs.

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.

About Me

The name's William Ernest Butler, but please call me Bill. I grew up in Ireland, but now live out here in the San Francisco Bay Area. I am retired, from technology businesses that took our family all over the world.

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Crosswords and My Dad

I worked on my first crossword puzzle when I was about 6-years-old, sitting on my Dad's knee. He let me "help" him with his puzzle almost every day as I was growing up. Over the years, Dad passed on to me his addiction to crosswords. Now in my early 50s, I work on my Irish Times and New York Times puzzles every day. I'm no longer sitting on my Dad's knee, but I feel that he is there with me, looking over my shoulder.

This blog is dedicated to my Dad, who passed away at the beginning of this month.

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