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0201-12: New York Times Crossword Answers 1 Feb 12, Wednesday



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CROSSWORD SETTER: Elizabeth C. Gorski
THEME: WAR AND PEACE … the answers to the starred clues form a word ladder that moves from HAWK (a symbol of war) to DOVE (a symbol of peace). If that’s not clever enough, the letters circled in the grid when read from top to bottom spell out LEO TOLSTOY, the author of “War and Peace”:
39A. Classic novel of 1,000+ pages ... or a hint to the word ladder formed by the answers to the starred clues : WAR AND PEACE

1A. *Peddle : HAWK
15A. *Christmas carol starter : HARK
22A. *Storied also-ran : HARE
29A. *Managed ___ : CARE
51A. *Center : CORE
58A. *Place to moor : COVE
69A. *Valentine sentiment : LOVE
73A. *Chocolate brand : DOVE
COMPLETION TIME: 11m 45s
ANSWERS I MISSED: 0

0131-12: New York Times Crossword Answers 31 Jan 12, Tuesday



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CROSSWORD SETTER: Doug Peterson
THEME: Moving About … all of the theme answers end with a word that means “to move about”:
17A. Newspaper puzzle with anagrams : DAILY JUMBLE
28A. MP3 player that weighs less than an ounce : IPOD SHUFFLE
47A. Frenzied rush : MAD SCRAMBLE
63A. Tart powdered drink preparation : LEMONADE MIX
COMPLETION TIME: 8m 41s
ANSWERS I MISSED: 0

0130-12: New York Times Crossword Answers 30 Jan 12, Monday



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CROSSWORD SETTER: Francesco Trogu
THEME: Hidden Nests … the BIRDS at the center of the grid lay EGGS (1-across) in a NEST (66-across), and each of the themed answers contains the letters NEST hidden way somewhere:
20A. Not-so-fancy places to stay : O(NE-ST)AR HOTELS
27A. Maryland's nickname : OLD LI(NE ST)ATE
44A. Big Apple list : ITU(NES T)OP TEN
51A. Osteoporosis threatens it : BO(NE ST)RUCTURE
66A. Where 38-Across lay 1-Across ... or a word hidden in 20-, 27-, 44- and 51-Across : NEST
COMPLETION TIME: 5m 17s
ANSWERS I MISSED: 0

0129-12: New York Times Crossword Answers 29 Jan 12, Sunday



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CROSSWORD SETTER: Ian Livengood
THEME: Networking Event … each of the theme answers starts with the name of a television station:
22A. Fancy footwear at a TV station? : SPIKE HEELS (Spike)
24A. Advertising department at a TV station? : E-MARKETING (E! Entertainment Television)
36A. Slide show at a TV station? : ENCORE PRESENTATION (Encore)
56A. Q&A at a TV station? : ION EXCHANGE (Ion Television)
72A. Expert at a TV station? : HISTORY BUFF (History Television)
86A. Enrollment at a TV station? : LIFETIME MEMBERSHIP (Lifetime Television)
104A. Recruiters at a TV station? : FOX HUNTERS (Fox Broadcasting Company)
106A. Fish holder at a TV station? : OXYGEN TANK (Oxygen)
COMPLETION TIME: 40m 57s
ANSWERS I MISSED: 2 … COE (Roe), HECATE (Herate).

0128-12: New York Times Crossword Answers 28 Jan 12, Saturday



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CROSSWORD SETTER: Barry C. Silk
THEME: None
COMPLETION TIME: 33m 37s
ANSWERS I MISSED: 0

0127-12: New York Times Crossword Answers 27 Jan 12, Friday



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CROSSWORD SETTER: Joe Krozel
THEME: Box in a Box … the letters BOX don’t appear anywhere in the puzzle, except in the box in the middle of the grid:
36A. Enclosure ... and an alphabetical listing of letters not appearing elsewhere in this puzzle's answer : BOX
COMPLETION TIME: 18m 18s
ANSWERS I MISSED: 0

0126-12: New York Times Crossword Answers 26 Jan 12, Thursday



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CROSSWORD SETTER: Alan Arbesfeld
THEME: Start with an ST … each of the theme answers are common expressions with the letters ST added to the front of one word:
17. Private quarters in a stable? : (ST)ALL FOR ONE
23. Dallas tourists, perhaps? : TEXAS (ST)RANGERS
37. Name for a bachelorette party performer? : JACK THE (ST)RIPPER
49. Vacation spot for some who stop working? : (ST)RIKER’S ISLAND
60. Not saluting for quite some time? : (ST)ILL AT EASE
COMPLETION TIME: 19m 31s
ANSWERS I MISSED: 0

0125-12: New York Times Crossword Answers 25 Jan 12, Wednesday



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CROSSWORD SETTER: Gareth Bain
THEME: Three-Lettered Trees … this is a rebus puzzle, with four squares each containng a ring, and each ring containing the name of a tree that has three letters in its name:
38A. Indicators of age ... and a hint to this puzzle's theme : TREE RINGS
- ELM
- ASH
- YEW
- FIR

COMPLETION TIME: 12m 02s
ANSWERS I MISSED: 2 … KREME (creme), KANYE WEST (Canye West)

0124-12: New York Times Crossword Answers 24 Jan 12, Tuesday



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CROSSWORD SETTER: Alex Boisvert
THEME: DaE, DeE, DiE, DoE, DuE, DyE … each of the theme answers includes the letter D followed by a vowel and then the letter E, with each vowel appearing in the alphabetical order AEIOUY as the theme answers progress down the grid:
18A. He played Jin-Soo Kwon on "Lost" : DANIEL (DAE) KIM
20A. "Through the Looking-Glass" character : TWEEDLE(DEE)
31A. Some collectible toys : (DIE)-CAST CARS
41A. 1941 Frank Capra film : MEET JOHN (DOE)
55A. Cornerstone of the American legal system : (DUE) PROCESS
59A. Some hippie wear : TIE-(DYE) SHIRTS
COMPLETION TIME: 7m 43s
ANSWERS I MISSED: 0

0123-12: New York Times Crossword Answers 23 Jan 12, Monday



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CROSSWORD SETTER: Sarah Keller
THEME: Body Part and Body Part … each of the theme answers is a common expression that starts and ends with a body part:
20A. Fiercely : TOOTH AND NAIL
35A. Embarrassingly imprudent : FOOT IN MOUTH
42A. Next to one another : CHEEK BY JOWL
59A. Fast and in large amounts : HAND OVER FIST
COMPLETION TIME: 5m 32s
ANSWERS I MISSED: 0

0122-12: New York Times Crossword Answers 22 Jan 12, Sunday



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CROSSWORD SETTER: Adam Fromm
THEME: Snow White’s Employment Agency … each of the theme answers is an occupation NOT suited for the dwarf mentioned in the clue:
24A. Bad occupation for Sleepy? : NIGHT WATCHMAN
29A. Bad occupation for Happy? : GOTH MUSICIAN
57A. Bad occupation for Sneezy? : FLORAL ARRANGER
63A. Bad occupation for Grumpy? : MOTIVATIONAL SPEAKER
73A. Bad occupation for Dopey? : ALGEBRA TEACHER
98A. Bad occupation for Doc? : VILLAGE IDIOT
110A. Bad occupation for Bashful? : TV PERSONALITY

In the original Brothers Grimm fairy tale called "Snow White", the seven dwarfs were not given any names. The names were added for the 1937 classic animated film from Walt Disney, "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs". The seven dwarfs are:
- Doc (the leader of the group)
- Grumpy (that would be me, according to my wife ...)
- Happy
- Sleepy
- Bashful
- Sneezy
- Dopey

COMPLETION TIME: 23m 42s
ANSWERS I MISSED: 0

0121-12: New York Times Crossword Answers 21 Jan 12, Saturday



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CROSSWORD SETTER: Martin Ashwood-Smith
THEME: None
COMPLETION TIME: 40m 48s
ANSWERS I MISSED: 0

0120-12: New York Times Crossword Answers 20 Jan 12, Friday



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CROSSWORD SETTER: Patrick Berry
THEME: None
COMPLETION TIME: 18m 39s
ANSWERS I MISSED: 0

0119-12: New York Times Crossword Answers 19 Jan 12, Thursday



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CROSSWORD SETTER: Derek Bowman & Sarah Keller
THEME: TO-DO LIST … all of the theme answers are words that mean “to-do”:
1A. *Rumpus : BROUHAHA
16A. *Excitement : HOO-HAH
63A. *Foofaraw : HOOPLA
66A. Agenda ... or, together, what the seven starred clues and their answers constitute? : TO-DO LIST
7D. *Hubbub : HURLY-BURLY
10D. *Turmoil : COMMOTION
30D. *Ruckus : HULLABALOO
32D. *Tumult : KERFUFFLE
COMPLETION TIME: 9m 33s
ANSWERS I MISSED: 0

0118-12: New York Times Crossword Answers 18 Jan 12, Wednesday



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CROSSWORD SETTER: Chris Handman
THEME: SPARE TIRE … all of the theme answers are well-known terms but with an extra (spare) letter added at the start, the letters T-I-R-E in turn:
18A. Monopolist's clothing accessory? : (T)RUST BELT
24A. Designers for Microsoft Windows? : (I)CON ARTISTS
41A. What Martian invaders may be intent on? : (R)OUT OF THIS WORLD
53A. What the backer of a failing business may do? : (E)AT ALL COSTS
64A. Trunk item ... or what has been put on 18-, 24-, 41- and 53-Across? : SPARE TIRE
COMPLETION TIME: 12m 44s
ANSWERS I MISSED: 0

0117-12: New York Times Crossword Answers 17 Jan 12, Tuesday



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CROSSWORD SETTER: Elizabeth A. Long
THEME: VINCENT VAN GOGH … the circled squares in the grid (and the letters in those squares) represent the main features of a face. The fact that the left ear is missing tells us that we are looking at a representation of the face of the troubled artist Vincent van Gogh.
COMPLETION TIME: 9m 41s
ANSWERS I MISSED: 0

0116-12: New York Times Crossword Answers 16 Jan 12, Monday



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CROSSWORD SETTER: Andrea Carla Michaels
THEME: Three Times … all of the theme answers are phrases made up of a word repeated twice:
17A. Hamlet's reply to "What do you read, my lord?" : WORDS, WORDS, WORDS
32A. "You're too hard to please!" : PICKY, PICKY, PICKY
42A. 1976 Abba hit : MONEY, MONEY, MONEY
63A. How the trolley went in a 1944 song : CLANG, CLANG, CLANG
COMPLETION TIME: 5m 25s
ANSWERS I MISSED: 0

0115-12: New York Times Crossword Answers 15 Jan 12, Sunday



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CROSSWORD SETTER: Finn Vigeland
THEME: Weather Report … the circled letters in the grid spell out breeds of cats and dogs “raining” down the grid in vertical lines:
66A. Weather comment represented visually by this puzzle's circled letters : IT’S RAINING CATS AND DOGS
13D. It's lowered to hear music : PHONOGRAPH NEEDLE (Poodle)
29D. You probably raise your arm for this : ANTIPERSPIRANT (Persian)
31D. It's north of the South : MASON-DIXON LINE (Manx)
34D. Big Apple team : BRONX BOMBERS (boxer)
39D. Shows that can be racier than their network counterparts : CABLE SITCOMS (calico)
41D. Cheating : BREAKING THE RULES (beagles)
COMPLETION TIME: 27m 25s
ANSWERS I MISSED: 0

0114-12: New York Times Crossword Answers 14 Jan 12, Saturday



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CROSSWORD SETTER: Mark Diehl
THEME: None
COMPLETION TIME: Did not finish
ANSWERS I MISSED: Several, all in the very top right of the grid

0113-12: New York Times Crossword Answers 13 Jan 12, Friday



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CROSSWORD SETTER: Todd Gross & Doug Peterson
THEME: None
COMPLETION TIME: 12m 10s!!
ANSWERS I MISSED: 0

0112-11: New York Times Crossword Answers 12 Jan 12, Thursday



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CROSSWORD SETTER: Gareth Bain,
THEME: CANADIAN PROVINCES … this is a rebus puzzle with ten of the squares occupied by the accepted abbreviation for the ten Canadian provinces, namely:
AB - Alberta
BC - British Columbia
MB - Manitoba
NB - New Brunswick
NL - Newfoundland and Labrador
NS - Nova Scotia
ON - Ontario
PE - Prince Edward Island
QC - Quebec
SK - Saskatchewan
COMPLETION TIME: 21m 28s
ANSWERS I MISSED: 0

0111-12: New York Times Crossword Answers 11 Jan 12, Wednesday



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CROSSWORD SETTER: Chuck Deodene
THEME: Add a CH … all of the theme answers are well-known phrases but with the letters CH inserted to give an answer that suits the clue:
17A. Fabric store employees? : SWAT(CH) TEAM
23A. Repair for a torn pullover? : PAT(CH) ON THE BACK
35A. Attend a tennis tournament because one is a fan of? : GO TO THE MAT(CH) FOR
50A. Cookies baked by Satan? : BAT(CH) OUT OF HELL
59A. Arrest made on a side street? : ALLEY CAT(CH)
COMPLETION TIME: 10m 24s
ANSWERS I MISSED: 0

0110-12: New York Times Crossword Answers 10 Jan 12, Tuesday



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CROSSWORD SETTER: Gary Cee
THEME: Tepee … all of the theme answers are terms with two component words. The first word begins with T, and the second with P:
17A. Essay, say : THINK PIECE
21A. Lapel attachment : TACK PIN
40A. Indian home ... or a hint to nine other answers in this puzzle : TEPEE
58A. Backup group for Gladys Knight : THE PIPS
63A. One not looking for individual glory : TEAM PLAYER
4D. Coach on the court : TENNIS PRO
11D. Group associated with 2009's Taxpayer March on Washington : TEA PARTY
25D. La Brea fossil preserve : TAR PITS
36D. Disneyland, e.g. : THEME PARK
39D. Singer with the Heartbreakers : TOM PETTY
COMPLETION TIME: 6m 35s
ANSWERS I MISSED: 2 … BELEM (Belam) & LEVENE (Lavene)

0109-12: New York Times Crossword Answers 9 Jan 12, Monday



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CROSSWORD SETTER: Michael Dewey
THEME: Like a Bird … all of the theme answers are similes, and each ends with a type of bird:
20A. Soar : FLY LIKE AN EAGLE
38A. Tell everything to the coppers : SING LIKE A CANARY
51A. Carefully guard : WATCH LIKE A HAWK
COMPLETION TIME: 5m 41s
ANSWERS I MISSED: 0

0108-12: New York Times Crossword Answers 8 Jan 12, Sunday



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CROSSWORD SETTER: Tony Orbach
THEME: Doing Without … all of the theme answers are common expressions with the word “with” taken out to suit the clue:
24A. "Just do drills for now"? : DON’T PLAY (with) MATCHES
30A. Disturb one's neighbors at night? : KEEP UP (with) THE JONESES
52A. Duffer's feeling toward a putting pro? : GREEN (with) ENVY
54A. Meeting one's soul mate, perhaps? : DATE (with) DESTINY
67A. Successfully perform a download? : GET (with) THE PROGRAM
91A. One man's declaration to an upset party planner? : I’M (with) THE BAND
105A. Drive by the United Nations? : PASS (with) FLYING COLORS
117A. Impostor's excuse? : I ONLY WANNA BE (with) YOU
COMPLETION TIME: 31m 35s
ANSWERS I MISSED: 2 … DULCINEA (Dulcimea), MICO (Nico)

0107-12: New York Times Crossword Answers 7 Jan 12, Saturday



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CROSSWORD SETTER: Joe Krozel
THEME: None
COMPLETION TIME: 34m 27s
ANSWERS I MISSED: 0

0106-12: New York Times Crossword Answers 6 Jan 12, Friday



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CROSSWORD SETTER: David Steinberg
THEME: None
COMPLETION TIME: Didn’t finish!
ANSWERS I MISSED: I was missing several in the top left of the grid.

0105-12: New York Times Crossword Answers 5 Jan 12, Thursday



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CROSSWORD SETTER: Dan Schmiedeler
THEME: ALL FOR ONE and ONE FOR ALL … in four pairs of answers the letters ALL have been swapped for ONE, so in effect the answer for each clue in a pair is really the answer for its partner:
34A. With 21-Down, catchphrase that provides a hint to eight answers in this puzzle : ALL FOR ONE
21. See 34-Across : ONE FOR ALL
14A. "That was funny!" : GOODALL (GOOD ONE)
59A. Jane who wrote "In the Shadow of Man" : GOOD ONE (GOODALL)
24A. Captivates : ENTHRONES (ENTHRALLS)
47A. Crowns : ENTHRALLS (ENTHRONES)
3D. Set up, as software : IN STONE (INSTALL)
41D. Fixed : INSTALL (IN STONE)
4D. Schoolyard game : T-BONE (T-BALL)
49D. Certain steak : T-BALL (T-BONE)
COMPLETION TIME: 17m 40s
ANSWERS I MISSED: 0

0104-12: New York Times Crossword Answers 4 Jan 12, Wednesday



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CROSSWORD SETTER: Brendan Emmett Quigley
THEME: Brendan Behan Said … today’s theme is a quip from the notorious Irish author and playwright Brendan Behan:
18A. Start of a quip by 44-Across : I SAW A NOTICE
28A. Quip, part 2 : WHICH SAID
34A. Quip, part 3 : DRINK CANADA
47A. Quip, part 4 : DRY, AND I’VE
56A. End of the quip : JUST STARTED
44A. Writer Brendan : BEHAN
ANSWERS I MISSED: 0

0103-12: New York Times Crossword Answers 3 Jan 12, Tuesday



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CROSSWORD SETTER: Allan E. Parrish
THEME: Anagram of “STAKE” … all of the theme answers end with a word that is an anagram of the letters STAKE:
17A. It goes in the ground at a campground : TENT STAKE
24A. Four-wheeled wear : ROLLER SKATE
35A. Tenderized cut of beef : MINUTE STEAK
47A. "Huh ... what?" reactions : DOUBLE TAKES
56A. "Ode on a Grecian Urn" poet : JOHN KEATS
ANSWERS I MISSED: 0

0102-12: New York Times Crossword Answers 2 Jan 12, Monday



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CROSSWORD SETTER: Paula Gamache
THEME: Sight Unseen … each of the theme answers is a phrase that refers to something that is out of sight:
18A. Elderly, so to speak : OVER THE HILL
24A. Soon to arrive : AROUND THE CORNER
40A. Pulitzer-winning 1920 Eugene O'Neill play : BEYOND THE HORIZON
49A. Secret or illegal : UNDER THE COUNTER
62A. Literal description of something that is 18-, 24-, 40- or 49-Across : SIGHT UNSEEN
COMPLETION TIME: 5m 47s
ANSWERS I MISSED: 0

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