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Greetings from the 38th annual American Crossword Puzzle Tournament (ACPT) in Stamford!

This is my first time to participate in a crossword competition, so I'll be beaming if I can avoid last place. Good luck to all the folks competing this year!

1129-09 New York Times Crossword Answers 29 Nov 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.

Here is a link to my answers to today's SYNDICATED New York Times crossword.


Mike said...

Bill - - I give up. I got the "ell" for 13 down by default but I'm having a brain cramp on why it is "Head of Lettuce"? Thanks, Mike

Mike said...

Bill - - I must just be getting old or maybe it was too much wine last night. As soon as I sent the earlier post I figured it out. Duh...Thanks again for your site. I'm a regular user.


Bill Butler said...


It's good to hear from you, twice as good to hear from you twice :)

Glad you sorted out the ELL clue. That type of clues comes relatively easily to we cryptic crossword fans!

Take care,


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About This Blog

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.

I answer all emails, so please feel free to email me at, contact me on Google+ or leave a comment below.

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.

January 29, 2009

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