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Greetings from Dundalk, County Louth in Ireland

I am on vacation in Ireland, and have extended my stay until October 24th. I am focused on getting the puzzle solved and at least a basic post up each day. It's proving to be difficult to do much more than that due to pressure of time, which I am sure you can understand. Happy puzzling, and slainte!

Bill

0601-11: New York Times Crossword Answers 1 Jun 11, Wednesday



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CROSSWORD SETTER: Elizabeth C. Gorski
THEME: OOO … all the theme answers are 3-word terms, with each word starting with the letter O:
14A. "Love the skin you're in" sloganeer, once : OIL OF OLAY
19A. Undergrads' Greek leadership society : ORDER OF OMEGA
35A. Warren Buffett's sobriquet : ORACLE OF OMAHA
54A. You need to raise your hand to receive this : OATH OF OFFICE
60A. Pulitzer-winning novel by Willa Cather : ONE OF OURS
32D. Tic-tac-toe line ... and a hint to this puzzle's theme : O-O-O
COMPLETION TIME: 13m 20s
ANSWERS I MISSED: 0

0531-11: New York Times Crossword Answers 31 May 11, Tuesday



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CROSSWORD SETTER: Nina Rulon-Miller,
THEME: TWENTY-ONE … all the theme answers are associated with the number TWENTY-ONE:
17. Something to play at a casino : BLACKJACK
25. Pips : SPOTS ON A DIE
41. Jack Barry once hosted a rigged one : FIFTIES GAME SHOW
51. Place for Manhattanites to drink and dance : NEW YORK CLUB
65. Number associated with 17-, 25-, 41- and 51-Across : TWENTY-ONE
COMPLETION TIME: 8m 19s
ANSWERS I MISSED: 0

0530-11: New York Times Crossword Answers 30 May 11, Monday



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CROSSWORD SETTER: Michael Barnhart
THEME: BREAK A LEG … all the theme answers feature a broken LE-G i.e. the answer contains a word ending in -LE followed by a word starting with G-
17. Bonding material for bathroom floors : TILE GROUT
25. Playground fixture : JUNGLE GYM
39. Donations : CHARITABLE GIFTS
51. Upholsterer's tool : STAPLE GUN
63. "Good luck!" ... and a hint to 17-, 25-, 39- and 51-Across : BREAK A LEG
COMPLETION TIME: 6m 27s
ANSWERS I MISSED: 0

0529-11: New York Times Crossword Answers 29 May 11, Sunday



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CROSSWORD SETTER: Jeremy Newton & Tony Orbach
THEME: You’ll Get Through This … the instructions for the puzzle read:
The grid represents a maze. Enter the room at the upper left and exit at the lower right, following a path that will become apparent as you solve the crossword. When the puzzle is done, read the circled letters in the order in which the rooms are visited to spell a quote by 153-Across.
The doors are indicated by answers next to each other in the grid, between which the word “DOOR” naturally fits. Here are the “doors” in the order they appear as you go through the maze, along with the letter circled in each section of the maze:
E - 25A. Done for, finito, kaput : DEAD AS A (DOOR)NAIL
V - 8A. Go canvassing, say : RING (DOOR)BELLS
E - 27A. Auto security feature : POWER (DOOR)LOCK
R - 18D. UPS drop-off site, often : FRONT (DOOR)STEP
Y - 53D. Seinfeld vis-à-vis Kramer : NEXT (DOOR) NEIGHBOR

W - 86A. Show a bit of courtesy (for) : HOLD THE (DOOR) OPEN
A - 39D. Hush-hush powwow : CLOSED-(DOOR) MEETING
L - 57A. Some fun in the sun : OUT(DOOR) GAMES
L - 75A. Teaser on party fliers : WIN A (DOOR) PRIZE

I - 34D. All-weather resort amenity : HEATED IN(DOOR) POOL
S - 89D. Involuntary extension of troop tours : BACK (DOOR) DRAFT

A - 146D. Chrysler 300, e.g. : FOUR-(DOOR) SEDAN

D - 96D. Colosseum entrance, e.g. : ARCHED (DOOR)WAY
O - 115A. Hilton or Westin welcomer : HOTEL (DOOR)MAN
O - 141A. Burrowing arthropods : TRAP(DOOR) SPIDERS
R -
As you can see from the letters running down the left hand side (above), the quote from Emerson is, “Every wall is a door.”

COMPLETION TIME: 48m 50s
ANSWERS I MISSED: 6 … all in the part of the maze starting with 89A: BOPS ( I am too embarrassed to disclose the rubbish answers I “forced” in!)

0528-11: New York Times Crossword Answers 28 May 11, Saturday



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CROSSWORD SETTER: David Quarfoot
THEME: None
COMPLETION TIME: 36m 56s
ANSWERS I MISSED: 0

0527-11: New York Times Crossword Answers 27 May 11, Friday



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CROSSWORD SETTER: Ashton Anderson
THEME: None
COMPLETION TIME: 28m 26s
ANSWERS I MISSED: 0

0526-11: New York Times Crossword Answers 26 May 11, Thursday



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CROSSWORD SETTER: Ashish Vengsarkar (or ASXYH VENGSARKAR!)
THEME: XY AND XX … all the theme answers substitute either XY for HIS, or XX for HERS:
17. It's celebrated for 30 days each year beginning September 15 : XYPANIC HERITAGE (HIS-panic heritage)
21. "Take my word for it" : TRUST ME ON TXY (trust me on t-HIS)
38. Matching towel set ... with a hint to this puzzle's theme : XY AND XX (HIS and HERS)
48. Foiled bites? : XXHEY’S KISSES (HERS-hey’s Kisses)
58. Newsmakers of 1903 : THE WRIGHT BROTXX (the Wright brotHERS)
COMPLETION TIME: 31m 25s!!
ANSWERS I MISSED: 0

0525-11: New York Times Crossword Answers 25 May 11, Wednesday



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CROSSWORD SETTER: Jeff Dubner
THEME: ITALIAN SONNET … the circled letters spell out the rhyming scheme of the ITALIAN SONNET, namely ABBA, ABBA, CDE, CDE:
17A. Adoptable doll of the '80s : C(ABBA)GE PATCH KID
27A. Friday night ritual, in Judaism : S(ABBA)TH BLESSING
45A. Some Court of Appeals work : EN BAN(C DE)CISIONS
57A. "An Unquiet Mind" subject : MANI(C DE)PRESSION
COMPLETION TIME: 12m 47s
ANSWERS I MISSED: 0

0524-11: New York Times Crossword Answers 24 May 11, Tuesday



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CROSSWORD SETTER: Michael Blake & Andrea Carla Michaels
THEME: Pairs of Partners … every theme answer is a pair of words, each of which is often paired with the key word in the clue:
17. Tell partners? : KISS AND SHOW (kiss and tell, show and tell)
24. High partners? : DRY AND MIGHTY (high and dry, high and mighty)
38. Pride partners? : PREJUDICE AND JOY (“Pride and Prejudice”, pride and joy)
49. Go partners? : TOUCH AND STOP (touch and go, stop and go)
60. Shine partners? : RISE AND SPIT (rise and shine, spit and shine)
COMPLETION TIME: 8m 38s
ANSWERS I MISSED: 0

0523-11: New York Times Crossword Answers 23 May 11, Monday



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CROSSWORD SETTER: Steve Salitan
THEME: GOOD LUCK … all the theme answers are things associated with good luck:
17. Mickey Mantle wore it : NUMBER SEVEN
24. One who's an overnight success : SHOOTING STAR
47. Much-kissed rock : BLARNEY STONE
58. Common key chain adornment : RABBIT’S FOOT
28. With 37-Down, what 17-, 24-, 47- and 58-Across are all said to bring : GOOD
37. See 28-Down : LUCK
COMPLETION TIME: 7m 13s
ANSWERS I MISSED: 0

0522-11: New York Times Crossword Answers 22 May 11, Sunday



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CROSSWORD SETTER: Bob Klahn
THEME: Happy Birthday, New York Public Library! … all the theme answers refer to the New York Public Library, which first opened its doors for business on May 23rd, 1911:
24A. The Library's rare first-edition printing of "The Star-Spangled Banner" is, to its publisher's chagrin, ___ : SUBTITLED A PARIOTIC SONG
43A. Norbert Pearlroth spent 52 years of 60-hour weeks in the Library's Reading Room collecting material for ___ : RIPLEY’S BELIEVE IT OR NOT
69A. The Library's Special Collections include one of George Washington's creations, ___ : A HANDWRITTEN BEER RECIPE
97A. The Library's Periodicals Room was the source of most of the excerpted material in the first issue of ___ : READER’S DIGEST MAGAZINE
120A. The handle of Charles Dickens's ivory letter opener, in the Library's collection, is ___ : THE PAW OF HIS DECEASED CAT
COMPLETION TIME: 37m 13s
ANSWERS I MISSED: 0

0521-11: New York Times Crossword Answers 21 May 11, Saturday



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CROSSWORD SETTER: Barry C. Silk
THEME: None
COMPLETION TIME: 29m 12s
ANSWERS I MISSED: 0

0520-11: New York Times Crossword Answers 20 May 11, Friday



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CROSSWORD SETTER: David Levinson Wilk
THEME: None
COMPLETION TIME: 17m 03s
ANSWERS I MISSED: 0

0519-11: New York Times Crossword Answers 19 May 11, Thursday



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CROSSWORD SETTER: Paula Gamache
THEME: CRUSHED ICE … the letters I-C-E are “crushed” together and placed into some of the squares in the answer grid.
COMPLETION TIME: 21m 14s
ANSWERS I MISSED: 0

0518-11: New York Times Crossword Answers 18 May 11, Wednesday



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CROSSWORD SETTER: David J. Kahn
THEME: SIDNEY LUMET … all the theme answers relate to movie director Sidney Lumet, who passed away in April 2011:
4A. 58-/46-Across movie (1973) : SERPICO
16A. Workplace for 58-/46-Across : LOT
20A. "Murder on the ___ Express," 58-/46-Across movie (1974) : ORIENT
23A. With 55-Across, 58-/46-Across movie (1964) : FAIL
28A. "12 ___ Men," 58-/46-Across movie (1957) : ANGRY
37A. 58-/46-Across movie (1975) : DOG DAY AFTERNOON
46A. See 58-Across : LUMET
55A. See 23-Across : SAFE
58A. With 46-Across, late, legendary director : SIDNEY
64A. Workplace for 58-/46-Across : SET
68A. Frequent location of 58-/46-Across movies : NEW YORK
7D. 58-/46-Across movie (1981) : PRINCE OF THE CITY
11D. Star of 4- and 37-Across : AL PACINO
39D. D. W. ___ Award, honor for 58-/46-Across for lifetime achievement : GRIFFITH
COMPLETION TIME: 12m 15s
ANSWERS I MISSED: 0

0517-11: New York Times Crossword Answers 17 May 11, Tuesday



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CROSSWORD SETTER: John Farmer
THEME: Four-Letter Names … each of the theme answers is the name of a celebrity who has four occurrences of the same letter in his or her name, with those occurrences in groups of two (all circled, and all fitting within the symmetry of the grid):
17. ABC late-night host : JIMMY KIMMEL
29. Lead singer of Pearl Jam : EDDIE VEDDER
44. "Walking on Broken Glass" singer : ANNIE LENNOX
57. "The Greatest Show on Earth" co-star, 1952 : BETTY HUTTON
COMPLETION TIME: 8m 57s
ANSWERS I MISSED: 0

0516-11: New York Times Crossword Answers 16 May 11, Monday



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CROSSWORD SETTER: Ian Livengood
THEME: HORSEPLAY … all the theme answers end with words that often precede “horse”:
17. Greece/Turkey separator : AEGEAN SEA (seahorse)
21. Lumberjack's tool : CHAINSAW (sawhorse)
26. Advocating "Bring the troops home now!," say : ANTIWAR (warhorse)
33. In the evening : AFTER DARK (dark horse)
40. Daily nine-to-five struggle : RAT RACE (racehorse)
43. Really dimwitted : BRAIN DEAD (dead horse)
47. Like the best straight in poker : ACE HIGH (high horse)
56. Lift weights : PUMP IRON (iron horse)
63. Roughhousing ... or a hint to the ends of 17-, 21-, 26-, 33-, 40-, 43-, 47- and 56-Across : HORSEPLAY
COMPLETION TIME: 6m 05s
ANSWERS I MISSED: 0

0515-11: New York Times Crossword Answers 15 May 11, Sunday



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CROSSWORD SETTER: Cathy Allis
THEME: INCLUDED HEREWIT … all the theme answers are well-known phrases with a “TH” sound replaced with a “T” sound, as in “herewit” replacing “herewith”, reminiscent of the way Joe Pesci speaks in the movie “My Cousin Vinnie”:
24A. Salt Lake City athlete's dear hawk mascot? : SWEET BIRD OF UTE (“Sweet Bird of Youth”)
27A. Possible result of a costly Italian vacation? : DEBT IN VENICE (“Death in Venice”)
55A. Jokes in a campy 1960s TV locale? : BAT ROOM HUMOR (bathroom humor)
59A. Marisa who played 75-Down's girlfriend : TOMEI
64A. Akin to milking a cow? : LIKE PULLING TEAT (like pulling teeth)
78A. Bless butter with a gesture? : CROSS ONE’S PAT (cross one’s path)
108A. Vessel for just the two of us? : YOU AND ME BOAT (you and me both)
113A. Role of a boxer's physician? : WELT MANAGEMENT (wealth management)
4.D What Ernie may wish he had vis-à-vis his roommate? : BERT CONTROL (birth control)
68D. Non-choice for restaurant seating? : TABLE OR BOOT (table or booth)
75D. Film cousin whose accent this puzzle spoofs : VINNY
COMPLETION TIME: 30m 21s
ANSWERS I MISSED: 2 … SHAMAN (SWAMAN), MEH (MEW)

0514-11: New York Times Crossword Answers 14 May 11, Saturday



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CROSSWORD SETTER: Mike Nothnagel
THEME: None
COMPLETION TIME: 50m 38s
ANSWERS I MISSED: 0

0513-11: New York Times Crossword Answers 13 May 11, Friday



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CROSSWORD SETTER: Joe Krozel
THEME: SUPERSTITION … recognizing that this puzzle is first appearing on Friday the 13th, the puzzle has answers that are every length from 3 to 15 letters, except there is no 13-letter answer.
NOTE: I solve the puzzle online, and today’s online puzzle is numbered differently than the print version. The print crossword reflects the superstition of the setter, so there is no clue number 13 (across or down). As a result the clue numbers may not jive here with your clue numbers. Apologies, but there is not much I can do about it!
COMPLETION TIME: 14m 10s
ANSWERS I MISSED: 0

0512-11: New York Times Crossword Answers 12 May 11, Thursday



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CROSSWORD SETTER: Patrick John Duggan
THEME: IDENTITY THEFT … the four theme answers are common phrases with the letters ID-EN-TI-TY “stolen” in sequence:
17A. Sparring session? : CASUAL FR(ID)AY
26A. Pitch for a pistol? : GLOCK(EN) SPIEL
37A. Crime of which 17-, 26-, 51- and 59-Across are victims? : IDENTITY THEFT
51A. Suffering from chicken pox? : SICK AND (TI)RED
59A. Jail cells? : PENAL(TY) BOXES
COMPLETION TIME: 17m 25s
ANSWERS I MISSED: 0

0511-11: New York Times Crossword Answers 11 May 11, Wednesday



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CROSSWORD SETTER: Jonah Kagan
THEME: FIBONACCI SERIES … all the theme answers relate to the FIBONACCI SERIES of numbers popularized by Leonardo of PISA. Patterns found in nature (e.g. flowering of an ARTICHOKE, shell of a NAUTILUS, cochlea in the INNER EAR, florets in a SUNFLOWER) can all be mathematically described the FIBONACCI SERIES. The circled squares define a FIBONACCI SPIRAL, a pattern created using the FIBONACCI SERIES. And the circled squares spell out GOLDEN RATIO, a number that is also defined by the FIBONACCI SERIES, and is represented by the Greek letter PHI:
14A. Leonardo of ___ (mathematician who wrote about the 33-Across) : PISA
17A. Food with a heart : ARTICHOKE
29A. Cephalopod known for its shell : NAUTILUS
33A. Mathematical sequence related to a pattern found in a 17-, 29-, 42- or 58-Across, informally : FIBONACCI SERIES
42A. Cochlea locale : INNER EAR
58A. Van Gogh subject : SUNFLOWER
27D. Greek letter associated with the 33-Across : PHI
COMPLETION TIME: 8m 56s
ANSWERS I MISSED: 0

0510-11: New York Times Crossword Answers 10 May 11, Tuesday



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CROSSWORD SETTER: Alan Arbesfeld
THEME: BALL to BALL … the theme answers are linked sequentially by the last word of one answer to the first work of the next:
17. Paper Mate product : BALLPOINT
25. Hoops play maker : POINT GUARD
31. Junkyard's security, maybe : GUARD DOG
45. Place for one in disfavor, so to speak : DOGHOUSE
51. Sherwin-Williams offering : HOUSEPAINT
63. Indoor or outdoor war game : PAINTBALL
COMPLETION TIME: 7m 42s
ANSWERS I MISSED: 0

0509-11: New York Times Crossword Answers 9 May 11, Monday



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CROSSWORD SETTER: Nina Rulon-Miller
THEME: The JOKER and His SUITS … the last word in four of the theme answers is a suit in a deck of cards, and the fifth is the JOKER:
17. Daily kids' TV show that debuted in 1955, with "The" : MICKEY MOUSE CLUB
21. Classic song about an Irish lass that was a #1 hit in 1913 and 1947 : PEG O’ MY HEART
35. A real wag : QUITE THE JOKER
50. Tool for turning up soil : GARDEN SPADE
57. Setting for the Cardinals or Orioles : BASEBALL DIAMOND
COMPLETION TIME: 6m 21s
ANSWERS I MISSED: 0

0508-11: New York Times Crossword Answers 8 May 11, Sunday



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CROSSWORD SETTER: Daniel A. Finan
THEME: Working in Opposition … all of the theme answers are composed of words that are opposites:
23A. Capris? : LONG SHORTS
30A. Domes to let in London? : ROUND FLATS
38A. Pre-2004 purchase from G.M.? : NEW OLDS
47A. Sour notes? : FAULTY SOUNDS
56A. Fractions of acres? : LITTLE LOTS
70A. Shabby wares sold at an expo? : BAD FAIR GOODS
83A. What socialists campaign for? : LEFT RIGHTS
91A. B and O, for presidents #43 and #44? : LAST INITIALS
101A. Career criminals? : PRO CONS
111A. Material for a biographer with a recorder? : TAPED LIVES
121A. Best-looking rear ends? : TOP BOTTOMS
COMPLETION TIME: 37m 58s
ANSWERS I MISSED: 3 … NOURI (NOTWI), SUA (STA), RISIBLES (WISIBLES)

0507-11: New York Times Crossword Answers 7 May 11, Saturday



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CROSSWORD SETTER: Tim Croce
THEME: None
COMPLETION TIME: 33m 39s
ANSWERS I MISSED: 0

0506-11: New York Times Crossword Answers 6 May 11, Friday



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CROSSWORD SETTER: Natan Last
THEME: None
COMPLETION TIME: 16m 38s
ANSWERS I MISSED: 0

0505-11: New York Times Crossword Answers 5 May 11, Thursday



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CROSSWORD SETTER: Joel Fagliano
THEME: Jr … the black squares spell out the letters JR, and all the theme answers are celebrities who are “Juniors”, who use the abbreviation “Jr” in their names:
4. Baseball star : KEN GRIFFEY
5. Jazz/pop singer : HARRY CONNICK
20. Actor : ROBERT DOWNEY
29. Singer/dancer/actor : SAMMY DAVIS
COMPLETION TIME: 17m 29s
ANSWERS I MISSED: 0

0504-11: New York Times Crossword Answers 4 May 11, Wednesday



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CROSSWORD SETTER: Jeff Chen
THEME: U-TURN … all the theme answers are palindromes. Each palindrome is a down answer that runs into a dead-end in a “U”. The answer is revealed by reading the down letters, then u-turning and adding the same letters read upwards:
2. Lionized : DEIFIED
7. Phrase inspired by Napoleon : ABLE WAS I ERE I SAW ELBA
12. Kind of cuff : ROTATOR
25. Classic introduction : MADAM, I’M ADAM
30. Jocular term for fear of palindromes : AIBOHPHOBIA
65. Maneuver required five times to finish this puzzle : U-TURN
COMPLETION TIME: 10m 23s
ANSWERS I MISSED: 0

0503-11: New York Times Crossword Answers 3 May 11, Tuesday



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CROSSWORD SETTER: Kevan Choset
THEME: COMIC MAN … all the theme answer start with a word that can preface -MAN to make a famous comic book superhero:
18. Event held on January 26, 1986 : SUPERBOWL XX (giving SUPERMAN)
24. Blue-green gem : AQUAMARINE (giving AQUAMAN)
38. Idly debate : BAT AROUND (giving BATMAN)
53. Long-legged sea animal seen along the Atlantic Coast : SPIDER CRAB (giving SPIDER-MAN)
61. Continental divide, once : IRON CURTAIN (giving IRON MAN)
71. Word that can follow the start of 18-, 24-, 38-, 53- or 61-Across : MAN
COMPLETION TIME: 8m 22s
ANSWERS I MISSED: 0

0502-11: New York Times Crossword Answers 2 May 11, Monday



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CROSSWORD SETTER: Caleb Madison
THEME: -IFT ... all the theme answers end with the letters IFT:
17A. Country-pop star with the 2008 six-time platinum album "Fearless" : TAYLOR SWIFT
24A. Vehicle moving items in a warehouse : FORKLIFT
36A. "From Here to Eternity" Best Actor nominee : MONTGOMERY CLIFT
50A. What a Don Juan thinks he is to women : GOD’S GIFT
58A. Opposite of a tightwad : SPENDTHRIFT
11D. Road blocker after a winter storm : SNOWDRIFT
32D. Move to a lower gear : DOWNSHIFT
COMPLETION TIME: 6m 24s
ANSWERS I MISSED: 0

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