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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!

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0501-12: New York Times Crossword Answers 1 May 12, Tuesday



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CROSSWORD SETTER: Zoe Wheeler & Aimee Lucido
THEME: i.e. Added … each of the theme answers is a well-known, two-part expression with “-IE” added onto the end of the first part:
17A. Package full of syringes? : JUNKIE MAIL (junk mail)
23A. Thesis topic for sex ed? : QUICKIE STUDY (quick study)
36A. Cameras taking pictures of permanent markers? : SHARPIE SHOOTERS (sharpshooters)
46A. Pompom on a skullcap? : BEANIE SPROUT (bean sprout)
57A. Police investigation of a betting house? : BOOKIE CASE (bookcase)
COMPLETION TIME: 8m 45s
ANSWERS I MISSED: 0

0430-12: New York Times Crossword Answers 30 Apr 12, Monday



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CROSSWORD SETTER: Susan L. Stanislawski
THEME: B AND B … each of the theme answers is two words, the first starting with B, and the second ending with B:
18A. Group that includes North, South, East and West : B(RIDGE CLU)B
20A. Actor Thornton of "Sling Blade" : B(ILLY BO)B
28A. Chesapeake Bay delicacy : B(LUE CRA)B
42A. Activity a puppy loves : B(ELLY RU)B
51A. Service provided at Meineke and Pep Boys : B(RAKE JO)B
55A. Sparring injury, perhaps : B(RUISED RI)B
28D. Quaint lodging hinted at by the outsides of 18-, 20-, 28-, 42-, 51- or 55-Across : B AND B
COMPLETION TIME: 5m 23s
ANSWERS I MISSED: 0

0429-12: New York Times Crossword Answers 29 Apr 12, Sunday



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CROSSWORD SETTER: Tracy Gray
THEME: Infractions … the theme answers all include a fraction, but this fraction is written out as 1/x, with ONE written within the clue and the appropriate denominator sitting below the ONE, in the answer below:
23A. With 26-Across, like grandchildren : THIRD (ONE over THREE) GENERATION
26A. See 23-Across : THREE
33A. With 44-Across, execute, in a way : DRAW AND QUARTER (ONE over FOUR)
44A. See 33-Across : FOUR
45A. With 50-Across, euphoric : IN SEVENTH (ONE over SEVEN) HEAVEN
50A. See 45-Across : SEVEN
71A. With 77-Across, high-end retail chain : SAKS FIFTH (ONE over FIVE) AVENUE
77A. See 71-Across : FIVE
94A. With 103-Across, 1999 Shyamalan thriller : THE SIXTH (ONE over SIX) SENSE
103A. See 94-Across : SIX
105A. With 112-Across, compromise : MEET HALF (ONE over TWO) WAY
112A. See 105-Across : TWO
122A. With 127-Across, classical work that's the source of the European Union's anthem : BEETHOVEN’S NINTH (ONE over NINE)
127A. See 122-Across : NINE
COMPLETION TIME: 29m 21s
ANSWERS I MISSED: 0

0428-12: New York Times Crossword Answers 28 Apr 12, Saturday



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CROSSWORD SETTER: Gary J. Whitehead
THEME: None
COMPLETION TIME: 52m 40s
ANSWERS I MISSED: 2 … SID (Syd), TIANT (Tyant)

0427-12: New York Times Crossword Answers 27 Apr 12, Friday



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CROSSWORD SETTER: Patrick Berry
THEME: None
COMPLETION TIME: 22m 28s
ANSWERS I MISSED: 0

0426-12: New York Times Crossword Answers 26 Apr 12, Thursday



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CROSSWORD SETTER: Julian Lim
THEME: IT’S A SMALL WORLD … this is a rebus puzzle, with the word WORLD used in some squares (represented by a black disk in the grid):
1A. With 40-Across, a chorus line ... or a hint to this puzzle's theme : IT’S
40A. See 1-Across : A SMALL (WORLD) AFTER ALL
10A. Where dolphins perform tricks : SEA(WORLD)
23A. The Treaty of Versailles ended it : FIRST (WORLD) WAR
59A. Oscar-winning song from "Aladdin" : A WHOLE NEW (WORLD)
67A. Europe, Asia and Africa : OLD (WORLD)
5D. Long-running MTV show, with "The" : REAL (WORLD)
13D. Group making billion-dollar loans : (WORLD) BANK
41D. Realm of many searches : (WORLD) WIDE WEB
50D. 1970 Hugo Award-winning novel by Larry Niven : RING (WORLD)
63D. Possessing much life experience : (WORLD)LY
COMPLETION TIME: 18m 10s
ANSWERS I MISSED: 0

0425-12: New York Times Crossword Answers 25 Apr 12, Wednesday



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CROSSWORD SETTER: Peter Wentz
THEME: SEVEN Cs … each of the seven theme answer starts with two initials, the second of which is always a “C”:
17. *Football club that plays at San Siro : AC MILAN
18. *First soft drinks sold in cans : RC COLAS
19. *Green Lantern company : DC COMICS
33. *He said "Start every day off with a smile and get it over with" : WC FIELDS
43. *Big clothing retailer : JC PENNEY
56. *Baggy pants popularizer in the 1980s : MC HAMMER
59. *The Wolfpack, informally : NC STATE
COMPLETION TIME: 15m 53s
ANSWERS I MISSED: 0

0424-12: New York Times Crossword Answers 24 Apr 12, Tuesday



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CROSSWORD SETTER: Adam G. Perl
THEME: THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO … all the theme answer relate to the incredibly successful novel “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo”, and the book’s title is (almost) spelled out by two answers at the top of the grid (GIRL WITH) and the “dragon-like” circled letters across the center of the grid:
1A. With 10-Across and the circled letters, a best-selling novel, with "The" : GIRL
10A. See 1-Across : WITH (THE DRAGON TATTOO)
17A. Heroine of 1-/10-Across, etc. : LISBETH SALANDER
54A. Hero of 1-/10-Across, etc. : MIKAEL BLOMKVIST
62A. Author Larsson of 1-/10-Across, etc. : STIEG
COMPLETION TIME: 6m 21s
ANSWERS I MISSED: 0

0423-12: New York Times Crossword Answers 23 Apr 12, Monday



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CROSSWORD SETTER: Michael David
THEME: KINGS … all of the theme answers end with -KING:
20A. Ruler on a golf course? : PAR KING (parking)
53A. Ruler in a vegetable garden? : PEA KING (peaking)
4D. Ruler after a diet? : THIN KING (thinking)
10D. Ruler on a beach? : TAN KING (tanking)
20D. Ruler in a Utah city? : PROVO KING (provoking)
40D. Ruler with custard desserts? : FLAN KING (flanking)
42D. Ruler in a W.C.? : LOO KING (looking)
COMPLETION TIME: 8m 41s
ANSWERS I MISSED: 0

0422-12: New York Times Crossword Answers 22 Apr 12, Sunday



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CROSSWORD SETTER: Paula Gamache & Ed Stein
THEME: Letting Go Of … each of the themed answers is a common expression with the word “of” left out:
23A. Diet? : BATTLE (of) THE BULGE
31A. Be very successful at fishing? : LAND (of) PLENTY
37A. Do a clerk's work at a morgue? : BOOK (of) THE DEAD
50A. Throw large bank notes around? : CAST (of) THOUSANDS
67A. Take advantage of good Samaritans? : MILK (of) HUMAN KINDNESS
86A. Forge some personal notes? : DOCTOR (of) LETTERS
94A. Outdo one's buddies? : BEST (of) FRIENDS
103A. Be a sadistic masseuse? : POUND (of) FLESH
118A. Send for a special bridal accessory? : ORDER (of) THE GARTER
COMPLETION TIME: 20m 15s
ANSWERS I MISSED: 0

0421-12: New York Times Crossword Answers 21 Apr 12, Saturday



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CROSSWORD SETTER: Barry C. Silk
THEME: None
COMPLETION TIME: 28m 12s
ANSWERS I MISSED: 2 … DUN (dud), NESSEN (Dessen)

0420-12: New York Times Crossword Answers 20 Apr 12, Friday



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CROSSWORD SETTER: Mike Nothnagel
THEME: None
COMPLETION TIME: 18m 45s
ANSWERS I MISSED: 0

0419-12: New York Times Crossword Answers 19 Apr 12, Thursday



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CROSSWORD SETTER: Sean Dobbin
THEME: OUTSIDE Rs … all of the theme answers are missing an R at the beginning and an R at the end:
35A. Nonmembers ... or what 4-, 7- and 10-Down lack? : OUTSIDERS (outside Rs)
4D. Checker or Domino : R-OCK AND ROLL SINGE-R
7D. It may include two weeks' notice : R-ESIGNATION LETTE-R
10D. John Calvin, e.g. : R-ELIGIOUS REFORME-R
COMPLETION TIME: 16m 02s
ANSWERS I MISSED: 0

0418-12: New York Times Crossword Answers 18 Apr 12, Wednesday



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CROSSWORD SETTER: Steven Riley
THEME: SQUARE DANCE … the circled letters in the grid are arranged as SQUARES and when read clockwise starting from the top left of each square, each SQUARE spells out a DANCE:
HULA
FANDANGO
BOOGALOO
MACARENA
HABANERA
HORA
COMPLETION TIME: 8m 31s
ANSWERS I MISSED: 2 … IKEBANA (ikebani), IBANEZ (Ibinez)

0417-12: New York Times Crossword Answers 17 Apr 12, Tuesday



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CROSSWORD SETTER: Milo Beckman
THEME: ARROW … there is a note with today's puzzle that reads:
The circled letters in this puzzle, when read in the correct order, spell the name of a shape. The four unclued answers are common three-word phrases usually accompanied by this shape.
The circled letters spell out the word “ARROW”, and the unclued answers work with the clue “Words accompanying an arrow”:
17A. [See note] : YOU ARE HERE
26A. [See note] : USE OTHER DOOR
48A. [See note] : I’M WITH STUPID
64A. [See note] : THIS SIDE UP
COMPLETION TIME: 8m 27s
ANSWERS I MISSED: 0

0416-12: New York Times Crossword Answers 16 Apr 12, Monday



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CROSSWORD SETTER: Lynn Lempel
THEME: Food for People … each of the theme answers describes a type of person, using a food item as the second of two words:
17A. Sexy sort : STUD MUFFIN
23A. Influential sort : BIG ENCHILADA
39A. Amiable sort : GOOD EGG
50A. Supple sort : HUMAN PRETZEL
59A. Precious sort : SWEETIE PIE
COMPLETION TIME: 5m 43s
ANSWERS I MISSED: 0

0415-12: New York Times Crossword Answers 15 Apr 12, Sunday



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CROSSWORD SETTER: Kevin G. Der
THEME: Grid Iron … the grid contains the letters FE (standing for “iron”) in several squares. Joining these FE squares draws the outline of the Titanic, with the circled squares forming the ship's four funnels. There’s a note with the puzzle giving us further instructions:
When this puzzle is finished, 12 special squares, along with the circled squares, will create an image of 56-Down. The 12 squares corresponding to the "reflection" of the special squares, when read clockwise from top left, will spell an alternative name for 56-Down.
So, each FE square has a “reflection”, and that collection of “reflection” squares spells out “SHIP OF DREAMS”. On top of all that, there are several clues that relate to the Titanic itself and the James Cameron movie “Titanic”:
29A. Where 56-Down embarked : SOUTHAMPTON
33A. Iconic line shouted in "56-Down" : I’M THE KING OF THE WORLD
35A. With 37-Across, #1 song from "56-Down" : MY HEART
37A. See 35-Across : WILL GO ON
125A. "56-Down" co-star : WINSLET
128A. "56-Down" co-star : DICAPRIO
141A. Record-tying achievement for "56-Down" : ELEVEN ACADEMY AWARDS
152A. 56-Down, e.g. : LUXURY LINER
56D. [See blurb] : TITANIC
60D. Cause of 56-Down's demise : ICEBERG
COMPLETION TIME: 50m 03s
ANSWERS I MISSED: 0

0414-12: New York Times Crossword Answers 14 Apr 12, Saturday



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CROSSWORD SETTER: Mark Diehl
THEME: None
COMPLETION TIME: 21m 01s
ANSWERS I MISSED: 2 … RIPOSTED (reposted!!), RITALIN (Ritalen)

0413-12: New York Times Crossword Answers 13 Apr 12, Friday



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CROSSWORD SETTER: Tim Croce
THEME: None
COMPLETION TIME: 25m 06s
ANSWERS I MISSED: 0

0412-12: New York Times Crossword Answers 12 Apr 12, Thursday



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CROSSWORD SETTER: Michael Shteyman
THEME: RED CROSS … the theme answers today refer to the AMERICAN RED CROSS, which was founded by CLARA BARTON who died 100 years ago today. Also, there’s a big (black!) cross in the middle of the grid to celebrate the fact:
20A. Founder of the 26-/21-Down, who died on April 12, 1912 : CLARA BARTON
55A. Some 26-/21-Down volunteers : BLOOD DONORS
26D. With 21-Down, humanitarian organization : AMERICAN
21D. See 26-Down : RED CROSS
COMPLETION TIME: 26m 36s
ANSWERS I MISSED: 0

0411-12: New York Times Crossword Answers 11 Apr 12, Wednesday



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CROSSWORD SETTER: David Kwong
THEME: CASEY … the theme answers today relate to the poem “Casey at the Bat”, with three answers pointing to three strikes, leading to NO JOY IN MUDVILLE:
38A. Famed batter in an 1888 poem : CASEY
17A. Strike : MILITARY ASSAULT
27A. Strike : LABOR PROTEST
44A. Strike : BOWLING SCORE
58A. Result of three strikes for 38-Across : NO JOY IN MUDVILLE
COMPLETION TIME: 7m 40s
ANSWERS I MISSED: 0

0410-12: New York Times Crossword Answers 10 Apr 12, Tuesday



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CROSSWORD SETTER: Gregory Philip Butler
THEME: ROLE REVERSAL … the word ROLE appears in each of the theme answers, but reversed i.e. ELOR:
20. Longtime Nicaraguan president : DANI(EL OR)TEGA
26. Instrument that's played by turning a crank : BARR(EL OR)GAN
42. Citrus fruit originally grown in Brazil : NAV(EL OR)ANGE
51. Plot device used in "Freaky Friday" ... or a hint to the interior of 20-, 26- or 42-Across : ROLE REVERSAL
COMPLETION TIME: 7m 9s
ANSWERS I MISSED: 0

0409-12: New York Times Crossword Answers 9 Apr 12, Monday



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CROSSWORD SETTER: Nancy Kavanaugh
THEME: Tasty Types … all of the theme answers start with a different taste:
17A. Negative reaction to failure : SOUR GRAPES
23A. Sort of words that sailors are famous for : SALTY LANGUAGE
47A. Feuding families, e.g. : BITTER ENEMIES
57A. Sugar craving : SWEET TOOTH
COMPLETION TIME: 6m 59s
ANSWERS I MISSED: 0

0408-12: New York Times Crossword Answers 8 Apr 12, Sunday



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CROSSWORD SETTER: Daniel A. Finan
THEME: In-Nuendos … the ultimate answer for each of the themed clues is in the format X IN Y. The “X” is the word spelled out by the circled letters “in” each answer. The “Y” is hinted at by the answer itself. It’s probably easier to understand by looking at the answers themselves:
22A. 1997 Will Smith/Tommy Lee Jones flick : (MEN in) AFRICAN AMERICAN = “Men in Black”
36A. Preventive measure, proverbially : (STITCH in) IT’S TOLD USING A WATCH = stitch in time
51A. Headstone phrase : (REST in) TREATY RESULT = rest in peace
69A. Lurid 1979 film about John Dillinger's girlfriend, with "The" : (LADY in) COLOR FOR VALENTINE’S DAY = “Lady in Red”
88A. "To be on the safe side ..." : (JUST in) JUDGE’S MATTER = just in case
101A. Golf ace : (HOLE in) THE LONELIEST NUMBER = hole in one
121A. One who looks friendly but isn't : (WOLF in) WOOL, FACETIOUSLY = wolf in sheep’s clothing
COMPLETION TIME: 31m 26s
ANSWERS I MISSED: 0

0407-12: New York Times Crossword Answers 7 Apr 12, Saturday



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CROSSWORD SETTER: Robert H. Wolfe
THEME: None
COMPLETION TIME: 25m 37s
ANSWERS I MISSED: 0

0406-12: New York Times Crossword Answers 6 Apr 12, Friday



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CROSSWORD SETTER: Mike Nothnagel
THEME: None
COMPLETION TIME: 21m 54s
ANSWERS I MISSED: 0

0405-12: New York Times Crossword Answers 5 Apr 12, Thursday



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CROSSWORD SETTER: Elizabeth C. Gorski
THEME: CHECKERBOARD … the theme answers point to the checkerboard pattern at the center of the grid, and to the letters CHECKERBOARD that should go into that checkerboard:
17A. Pastime for Napoleon and Fidel Castro : GAME OF CHESS
51A. Things waved at the Indy 500 : RACING FLAGS
11A. Colorful riding gear : JOCKEY SILKS
24A. Bee production : QUILT DESIGN
COMPLETION TIME: 19m 45s
ANSWERS I MISSED: ADELE H (ADELEE), as well as the letters in the middle of the CHECKERBOARD

0404-12: New York Times Crossword Answers 4 Apr 12, Wednesday



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CROSSWORD SETTER: Zoe Wheeler
THEME: Sounds Like … each of the theme answers fits its clue, but is a homophone for another, well-known term, and there's a "z" sound in each of those homophones:
18A. Acts the heckler at the Westminster dog show? : BOOS HOUNDS (sounds like “boozehounds”)
24A. Cheeses manufactured in the Mediterranean? : SEA BRIES (sounds like “sea breeze”)
37A. Entourages for Odysseus' faithful wife? : PENELOPE CREWS (sounds like “Penélope Cruz”)
53A. Ricky Martin and Neil Patrick Harris? : STAR GAYS (sounds like “star gaze”)
59A. Expressions of regret from apartment building managers? : SUPER SIGHS (sounds like “supersize”)
COMPLETION TIME: 13m 14s
ANSWERS I MISSED: 0

0403-12: New York Times Crossword Answers 3 Apr 12, Tuesday



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CROSSWORD SETTER: Paula Gamache
THEME: MOVING PARTS … each of the theme answers ends with an anagram of the words PARTS:
18A. Mosquito Magnets and flypaper : INSECT TRAPS
23A. Campers' lightweight cover-ups : NYLON TARPS
34A. Eater of lean, in rhyme : JACK SPRAT
47A. Feature of a gladiator sandal : ANKLE STRAP
53A. Working components of an engine ... or what the ends of 18-, 23-, 34- and 47-Across are? : MOVING PARTS
COMPLETION TIME: 9m 02s
ANSWERS I MISSED: 0

0402-12: New York Times Crossword Answers 2 Apr 12, Monday



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CROSSWORD SETTER: Lynn Lempel
THEME: Baseball … each of the theme answers is a two-word term, with the last word telling someone at bat what needs to be done to score:
16A. Relaxing spot on a veranda : PORCH SWING
23A. Huge success at the box office : SMASH HIT
37A. Virginia site of two Civil War battles : BULL RUN
46A. Hillside threat after a heavy rain : MUDSLIDE
56A. Sheet music for Van Cliburn, say : PIANO SCORE
COMPLETION TIME: 6m 20s
ANSWERS I MISSED: 0

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