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0801-11: New York Times Crossword Answers 1 Aug 11, Monday

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CROSSWORD SETTER: Joel Fagliano
THEME: A WORK IN PROGRESS … all the answers to the starred clues contain the letters ART, and the ART (“work”) “progresses” to the right from answer to answer:
13. *Eloquent : (ART)ICULATE
17. *British novelist who wrote "London Fields" : M(ART)IN AMIS
20. *College near Philadelphia : SW(ART)HMORE
25. *Having both Republican and Democratic support : BIP(ART)ISAN
36. Unfinished project ... or, literally, what the answers to the eight starred clues contain? : A WORK IN PROGRESS
45. *National discount store chain : DOLL(AR T)REE
51. *Container next to a bowl of cereal : MILK C(ART)ON
60. *Like some checks and vendors : THIRD P(ART)Y
64. *Gradually separated : MOVED AP(ART)
COMPLETION TIME: 7m 01s
ANSWERS I MISSED: 0

0731-11: New York Times Crossword Answers 31 Jul 11, Sunday

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0730-11: New York Times Crossword Answers 30 Jul 11, Saturday

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CROSSWORD SETTER: Patrick Berry
THEME: None
COMPLETION TIME: 40m 22s
ANSWERS I MISSED: 3 … PLATTSBURGH (PLANESURGH), META (MENA) & BITTS (BITES)

0729-11: New York Times Crossword Answers 29 Jul 11, Friday

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CROSSWORD SETTER: Paula Gamache
THEME: None
COMPLETION TIME: 15m 05s!!!
ANSWERS I MISSED: 0

0728-11: New York Times Crossword Answers 28 Jul 11, Thursday

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CROSSWORD SETTER: Alan Arbesfeld
THEME: Answer UP … this is a rebus puzzle with the letters UP filling some squares. The down answers that contain the letters UP are read upwards in order to make sense:
3D. Prince's partner : PA-UP-ER (RE-UP-AP upside down)
13D. Over : UP-ON (NO-UP upside down)
27D. Union requirement, maybe? : PREN-UP (UP-NERP upside down)
35D. Bothers : UP-SETS (STES-UP upside down)
36D. Overseer of schools: Abbr. : S-UP-T (T-UP-S upside down)
59D. Tomato and vegetable : SO-UP-S (S-UP-OS upside down)
60D. Beat and how! : WH-UP (UP-HW upside down)
COMPLETION TIME: 31m 34s
ANSWERS I MISSED: 0

0727-11: New York Times Crossword Answers 27 Jul 11, Wednesday

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CROSSWORD SETTER: Bill Thompson
THEME: NOELS … each themed answer is a common expression with the letters EL removed:
17A. Groom? : WEDDING CHAP(EL)
25A. Verbal exchange about a harsh review? : PAN(EL) DISCUSSION
37A. Seasonal songs ... or a hint to 17-, 25-, 46- and 59-Across : NOELS
46A. Demand during a roadside negotiation? : THROW IN THE TOW(EL)
59A. Stylish Lionel? : MOD(EL) TRAIN SET
COMPLETION TIME: 16m 10s
ANSWERS I MISSED: 0

0726-11: New York Times Crossword Answers 26 Jul 11, Tuesday

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CROSSWORD SETTER: Michael Black
THEME: Colors of Road Signs … all the theme answers are road signs, with each clue simply being the color of the sign:
17. [White] : SPEED LIMIT
26. [Yellow] : DEER XING
37. [Green] : EXIT
40. [Red] : STOP
53. [Blue] : HOSPITAL
64. [Orange] : MEN WORKING
COMPLETION TIME: 6m 48s
ANSWERS I MISSED: 0

0725-11: New York Times Crossword Answers 25 Jul 11, Monday

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CROSSWORD SETTER: Nina Rulon-Miller
THEME: Cocktail Garnishes … all the themed answers are garnishes traditionally used for specific cocktails:
17A. Whiskey sour garnish : ORANGE SLICE
27A. Gibson garnish : PICKLED ONION
47A. Martini garnish : PIMENTO OLIVE
62A. Bloody Mary garnish : CELERY STICK
COMPLETION TIME: 6m 14s
ANSWERS I MISSED: 0

0724-11: New York Times Crossword Answers 24 Jul 11, Sunday

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CROSSWORD SETTER: Kurt Mueller
THEME: Nine of Diamonds … there are NINE answers in this puzzle that are terms from baseball (“the DIAMONDS”), each given a cryptic clue:
23A. Cuts in a cardboard container? : BOX SCORES
31A. Yelled initially? : CALLED OUT AT FIRST
44A. So-so formal dance? : FAIR BALL
46A. Went far too slowly during the 10K? : WALKED IN A RUN
63A. Piece of black-market playground equipment? : SWING FOR THE FENCES
83A. Wool or cotton purchase request? : BATTING ORDER
85A. Disgusting advice? : FOUL TIPS
98A. Whiskey bottle dregs? : BOTTOM OF THE FIFTH
113A. Nobleman after a banquet? : FULL COUNT
COMPLETION TIME: 30m 12s
ANSWERS I MISSED: 0

0723-11: New York Times Crossword Answers 23 Jul 11, Saturday

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CROSSWORD SETTER: Tom Heilman
THEME: None
COMPLETION TIME: 31m 29s
ANSWERS I MISSED: 0

0722-11: New York Times Crossword Answers 22 Jul 11, Friday

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CROSSWORD SETTER: Todd McClary
THEME: None
COMPLETION TIME: 24m 00s
ANSWERS I MISSED: 2 … LYNDA (LINDA), DYSON (DISON)

0721-11: New York Times Crossword Answers 21 Jul 11, Thursday

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CROSSWORD SETTER: Michael Sharp (aka Rex Parker, the renowned NYTCrossword blogger)
THEME: SLICED CHEESE … all of the theme answers are the names of cheeses, but clued with reference to the name of the cheese “sliced up” into pieces:
17A. French writer with snaky hair and a petrifying gaze? : GORGON ZOLA (Gorgonzola)
26A. In favor of the first book?: Abbr. : PRO VOL ONE (Provolone)
36A. With 38-Across, deli purchase ... or a description of the answer to 17-, 26-, 47- or 55-Across : SLICED
38A. See 36-Across : CHEESE
47A. One trying to shake a leg, for instance? : LIMB URGER (Limburger)
55A. Mom's special road-trip corn bread? : MA’S CAR PONE (Mascarpone)
COMPLETION TIME: 7m 17s
ANSWERS I MISSED: 0

0720-11: New York Times Crossword Answers 20 Jul 11, Wednesday

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CROSSWORD SETTER: Peter A. Collins
THEME: ROYAL FLUSH … the end of the starred clues give us the cards making up a ROYAL FLUSH. There is a “blurb” which comes with the puzzle helping us to solve it ... “When this puzzle is done, you will find that the ends of the answers to the five starred clues, when in the 15-/67-Across, comprise a 1-/71-Across”.

When this puzzle is done, you will find that the ends of the answers to the five starred clues:
20A. *Midwest conference : (BIG) TEN
22A. *Pancake : (FLAP)JACK
39A. *1951 Bogart/Hepburn film : (THE AFRICAN) QUEEN
56A. *Billy Crystal's "Memories of Me" co-star : (ALAN) KING
59A. *Shooting star? : (AIR) ACE
when in the:
15A. [See blurb] : SAME
67A. [See blurb] : SUIT
comprise a:
1A. [See blurb] : ROYAL
71A. [See blurb] : FLUSH

COMPLETION TIME: 11m 17s
ANSWERS I MISSED: 0

0719-11: New York Times Crossword Answers 19 Jul 11, Tuesday

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CROSSWORD SETTER: Mark Feldman
THEME: Add a “K” … all of the theme answers are common expressions with the letter “K” added to change the meaning:
17A. Guinevere to Lancelot? : LADY OF THE (K)NIGHT
26A. Shopper for woolen goods? : (K)NIT PICKER
44A. Ewing, DeBusschere and Frazier? : (K)NICK NAMES
59A. Universal tie? : (K)NOT FOR EVERYONE
COMPLETION TIME: 6m 48s
ANSWERS I MISSED: 0

0718-11: New York Times Crossword Answers 18 Jul 11, Monday

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CROSSWORD SETTER: Kevin Donovan
THEME: FIVE CCS ... there are five theme answers, each with two words, starting with the letters CC:
17A. Legendary 1920s-'30s Harlem nightspot : COTTON CLUB
39A. Popular Massachusetts vacation area : CAPE COD
61A. Pioneering French designer with her own fragrance : COCO CHANEL
11D. Comic actor who shares a name with a Washington suburb : CHEVY CHASE
25D. Small amount of blood serum ... or a title for this puzzle : FIVE CCS
29D. Capital of Nevada : CARSON CITY
COMPLETION TIME: 7m 17s
ANSWERS I MISSED: 0

0717-11: New York Times Crossword Answers 17 Jul 11, Sunday

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CROSSWORD SETTER: Daniel A. Finan
THEME: The End Is in Sight … all the theme answers are common expressions, but with the last word missing. The circled letter(s) within the answer provide a homophone for the missing word:
25A. Parting words from the busy type : PLA(C)ES TO GO, PEOPLE TO … SEE (C)
36A. Hans Christian Andersen story : THE (P)RINCESS AND THE … PEA (P)
53A. Hardly breaking a sweat : WITH R(E)LATIV(E) … EASE (EE)
66A. End of a command at the Battle of Bunker Hill : THE WH(I)TES OF THE(I)R … EYES (II)
82A. "Godspeed!" : BEST OF L(U)CK TO … YOU (U)
93A. End of a Benjamin Franklin aphorism : HEALTH(Y), WEALTH(Y) AND … WISE (YY)
111A. 2009 fantasy film based on a best-selling book : WHE(R)E THE WILD THINGS … ARE (R)
COMPLETION TIME: 47m 12s
ANSWERS I MISSED: 2 … THA (THE), CAMACHO (COMECHO)

0716-11: New York Times Crossword Answers 16 Jul 11, Saturday



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CROSSWORD SETTER: Patrick Berry
THEME: None
COMPLETION TIME: Didn’t finish!
ANSWERS I MISSED: Several in the very top-left

0715-11: New York Times Crossword Answers 15 Jul 11, Friday



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CROSSWORD SETTER: Martin Ashwood-Smith, Joe Krozel,
THEME: COMPLETION TIME: Didn’t finish!
ANSWERS I MISSED: Loads in the top section!

0714-11: New York Times Crossword Answers 14 Jul 11, Thursday



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CROSSWORD SETTER: Brendan Emmett Quigley & Ian Livengood,
THEME: Mind your PS AND QS … there are two diagonal lines, one of Ps and the other of Qs, running across the grid:
51A. Good behavior ... or a hint to two lines of letters in this puzzle : PS AND QS
COMPLETION TIME: 13m 02s
ANSWERS I MISSED: 0

0713-11: New York Times Crossword Answers 13 Jul 11, Wednesday



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CROSSWORD SETTER: Joon Pahk
THEME: COFFEE TALK … all of the theme answers are common expressions that contain a word that can be used for “coffee”:
17A. Large order of morning drinks? : “JOE” SIX-PACK
23A. Activity for a hyperactive barista? : “MUD” SLINGING
47A. Interactive features of starbucks.com? : “JAVA” APPLETS
59A. Classic Mike Myers "S.N.L." sketch ... or an apt title for this puzzle : COFFEE TALK
COMPLETION TIME: 15m 49s
ANSWERS I MISSED: 0

0712-11: New York Times Crossword Answers 12 Jul 11, Tuesday



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CROSSWORD SETTER: Bill Thompson
THEME: The Day After and the Day Before … all of the theme answers are two-word expressions in which “day” can follow the first word, and day can precede the second:
22A. Remove snow from, e.g., as a car : CLEAR OFF (clear day & day off)
28A. Go-ahead signal : GREEN LIGHT (Green Day & daylight)
46A. Holiday bloom : EASTER LILY (Easter Day & day lily)
55A. One with a 1.0 G.P.A. : D STUDENT (D-Day & day student)
68A. Word that can follow the first part or precede the second part of 22-, 28-, 46- or 55-Across : DAY
COMPLETION TIME: 9m 23s
ANSWERS I MISSED: 0

0711-11: New York Times Crossword Answers 11 Jul 11, Monday



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CROSSWORD SETTER: Ellen Leuschner
THEME: Redundant … each of the theme answers is a common expression consisting of two words, the first of which really isn’t needed:
17A. Place of refuge, redundantly : SAFE HAVEN (a haven is always safe)
29A. Icy expanse, redundantly : FROZEN TUNDRA (tundra is always frozen)
47A. Synopsis, redundantly : BRIEF SUMMARY (a summary is always brief)
64A. Where snowbirds head, redundantly : DOWN SOUTH (south is always down)
COMPLETION TIME: 5m 23s
ANSWERS I MISSED: 0

0710-11: New York Times Crossword Answers 10 Jul 11, Sunday



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CROSSWORD SETTER: Ben Pall & David J. Kahn
THEME: Body Enhancement … all the theme answers are common expressions with an “enhancement”, an extra letter that is circled in the grid. The circled letters, when read from top to bottom, spells out the word IMPLANTS, and if you connect the letters they define the profile of a breast. But, I'll leave the drawing of breasts to you ...
22A. What a poltergeist investigator does? : COUNTS NO(I)SES
30A. What the tired waiter provided? : LI(M)P SERVICE
40A. Fruit for lagomorphs? : RABBIT (P)EARS
56A. Disorderly poultry workers? : CHICKEN F(L)INGERS
75A. Attempts to climb a mountain range? : TAKES ON THE CH(A)IN
90A. Sad sports headline in a Providence paper? : BROW(N) BEATEN
103A. Dusting on the side of a cut gem? : FACE(T) POWDER
116A. Churchgoers, sometimes? : P(S)ALM READERS
COMPLETION TIME: 37m 16s
ANSWERS I MISSED: 0

0709-11: New York Times Crossword Answers 9 Jul 11, Saturday



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CROSSWORD SETTER: Caleb Madison
THEME: None
COMPLETION TIME: 28m 10s
ANSWERS I MISSED: 0

0708-11: New York Times Crossword Answers 8 Jul 11, Friday



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CROSSWORD SETTER: Brendan Emmett Quigley
THEME: None
COMPLETION TIME: 41m 11s
ANSWERS I MISSED: 0

0707-11: New York Times Crossword Answers 7 Jul 11, Thrusday



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CROSSWORD SETTER: Caleb Rasmussen
THEME: NO U-TURN (violated!) … there are 12 answers that make TURNS within the grid, and each of the turns is at the letter U:
18A. Disagreeably direct : BRU-TAL
19A. Carry, as a burden : SHOU-LDER
35A. Traffic sign literally violated 12 times in this puzzle : NO U-TU-RN
44A. It's a blessing : GESU-NDHEIT
63A. Birthplace of many stars : NEBU-LA
65A. Winter item sold in pairs : EARMU-FF
4D. Happen again : RECU-R
7D. Result of being left out in the cold : GOOSEBU-MPS
10D. Transmitter, of sorts : NEU-RON
42D. Statistical shape : BELL CU-RVE
49D. Awaken : AROU-SE
COMPLETION TIME: 36m 40s
ANSWERS I MISSED: 0

0706-11: New York Times Crossword Answers 6 Jul 11, Wednesday



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CROSSWORD SETTER: Peter A. Collins
THEME: EAST TO WEST or WEST TO EAST … all of the theme answers are palindromes, and so can be read in either direction:
17A. Rub elbows with an expert on some Japanese cars? : KNOW A TOYOTA WONK
22A. How the sun proceeds ... and how to read the answers to 17-, 37- and 56-Across : EAST TO WEST
37A. Notice light-colored MacBooks? : SPOT PALE LAPTOPS
49A. How the jet stream proceeds ... and how to read the answers to 17-, 37- and 56-Across : WEST TO EAST
56A. Comment like a "Seinfeld" character? : REMARK A LA KRAMER
COMPLETION TIME: 9m 57s
ANSWERS I MISSED: 0

0705-11: New York Times Crossword Answers 5 Jul 11, Tuesday



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CROSSWORD SETTER: Andrea Carla Michaels & Johanna Fenimore
THEME: Add an O … all of the theme answers are well know phrases, but with an O added to the end of one word:
17A. Warning about a chubby guy in some skimpy swimwear? : FULL SPEED(O) AHEAD
26A. No-good, awful frozen waffle? : DIRTY ROTTEN EGG(O)
45A. Icy winter greeting? : SNOWBALL IN HELL(O)
59A. Result of cleaning up some building toys? : NO LEG(O) TO STAND ON
COMPLETION TIME: 8m 50s
ANSWERS I MISSED: 0

0704-11: New York Times Crossword Answers 4 Jul 11, Monday



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CROSSWORD SETTER: Paul Johnson
THEME: Movie Studios Pictures … all the theme answers are logos used by major movie studios:
17A. 20th Century Fox picture? : SEARCHLIGHT
36A. Universal picture? : GLOBE
51A. Columbia picture? : TORCH BEARER
11D. TriStar picture? : FLYING HORSE
25D. MGM picture? : ROARING LION
COMPLETION TIME: 4m 57s
ANSWERS I MISSED: 0

0703-11: New York Times Crossword Answers 3 Jul 11, Sunday



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CROSSWORD SETTER: Pete Muller
THEME: My Treat … all the theme answers relate to ICE CREAM SODA. There's a note that comes with this puzzle that says, "When this puzzle is done, the circles will contain five different letters of the alphabet. Connect each set of circles containing the same letter, without crossing your line, to make a simple closed shape. The resulting five closed shapes together will form a picture of a 117-Across. The five letters can be arranged to name a good place to get a 117-Across." The circled letters in the grid can be joined up to reveal a picture of an ICE CREAM SODA, complete with a glass, straw, spoon and two scoops of ice cream. The letters repeated in the circles are D-I-N-E-R, and a DINER is where one might find an ICE CREAM SODA on the menu.
25A. Some versions of a 117-Across : BROWN COWS
27A. Ingredient in a 117-Across : SELTZER WATER
59A. Ingredient in a 117-Across : FLAVORED SYRUP
83A. Utensil for a 117-Across : FLEXIBLE STRAW
117A. Something delicious to drink : ICE CREAM SODA
121A. Version of a 117-Across : COKE FLOAT
4D. Container for a 117-Across : TALL GLASS
11D. Like many a 117-Across : CHOCOLATE
84D. Utensil for a 117-Across : LONG SPOON
87D. Quantity of a key ingredient in a 117-Across : TWO SCOOPS
COMPLETION TIME: 41m 32s
ANSWERS I MISSED: 2 … DAMN (DARN), MADRONES (RADRONES)

0702-11: New York Times Crossword Answers 2 Jul 11, Saturday



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CROSSWORD SETTER: Joel Fagliano
THEME: None
COMPLETION TIME: 21m 47s
ANSWERS I MISSED: 0

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

Bill
January 29, 2009

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