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1206-09 New York Times Crossword Answers 6 Dec 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.


Anonymous said...


Lots of this one I didn't get but I thought 88A "water carrier" was MAIN making the headwear clue "panamas" not padamas...funny thing about the puzzle, my dad (Italian)was an amateur boxer and he always talked about Primo Carnera when we were kids...never thought he'd be a crossword answer...Have a good week.

Mike Perino said...

Bill - - I fat fingered the previous entry...I'm really not anonymous...thanks again. Your friend.


Bill Butler said...

Hi Mike,

It's always good to hear from you. I guess I didn't check this puzzle as closely as I normally do, and didn't spot the error. So, thank you!! I've made the change in the grid above.

Apparently the movie, Requiem for a Heavyweight starring Anthony Quinn, bore some resemblance to Carnara's life story. Not sure how true that is though.

Thanks again for watching my back, Mike!

Mike said...


Thanks for the movie tip. I'll try to check that out. Have a good holiday season!


Bill Butler said...

You too, Mike :)

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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.

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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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