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0701-12: New York Times Crossword Answers 1 Jul 12, Sunday



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CROSSWORD SETTER: Dan Schoenholz
THEME: Yankee Doodle Dandies … each of the theme answers is a celebrity who was BORN ON THE FOURTH OF JULY:
28A. President who was 65-Across (1872) : CALVIN COOLIDGE
39A. Presidential daughter who was 65-Across (1998) : MALIA OBAMA
45A. Novelist who was 65-Across (1804) : NATHANIEL HAWTHORNE
65A. See 28-, 39-, 45-, 83-, 95- and 107-Across : BORN ON THE FOURTH OF JULY
83A. Team owner who was 65-Across (1930) : GEORGE STEINBRENNER
95A. Columnist who was 65-Across (1918) : ANN LANDERS
107A. Literary critic who was 65-Across (1905) : LIONEL TRILLING
COMPLETION TIME: 36m 06s
ANSWERS I MISSED: 0

0630-12: New York Times Crossword Answers 30 Jun 12, Saturday



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CROSSWORD SETTER: Tim Croce
THEME: None
COMPLETION TIME: 36m 06s
ANSWERS I MISSED: 0

0629-12: New York Times Crossword Answers 29 Jun 12, Friday



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CROSSWORD SETTER: Patrick Berry
THEME: None
COMPLETION TIME: 34m 48s
ANSWERS I MISSED: 0

0628-12: New York Times Crossword Answers 28 Jun 12, Thursday



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CROSSWORD SETTER: Elizabeth C. Gorski
THEME: TIME FRAMES … the ten answers FRAMING the grid (around the edges) are all kinds of TIME:
34A. Window, of sorts ... or a hint to completing 10 answers in this puzzle : TIME FRAME
1A. You might give this to someone you don't like : HARD (TIME)
5A. When to have a nosh : SNACK(TIME)
10A. Football break : HALF(TIME)
62A. Period for preparation : LEAD (TIME)
63A. Dark hours : NIGHT(TIME)
64A. School recess : PLAY(TIME)
1D. Autumn, typically : HARVEST (TIME)
13D. When a zookeeper makes the rounds with a bucket : FEEDING (TIME)
37D. Flight board listing : ARRIVAL (TIME)
44D. Focused face-to-face contact : QUALITY (TIME)
COMPLETION TIME: 19m 56s
ANSWERS I MISSED: 0

0627-12: New York Times Crossword Answers 27 Jun 12, Wednesday



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CROSSWORD SETTER: Mike Buckley
THEME: PENTOMINOES … the black squares in the grid make up the twelve possible “pentominoes”, shapes made from five squares of the some size connected at the edges. The grid features clues and answers related to the use of these twelve shapes:
15A. Descriptive of this puzzle's grid : LACKING SYMMETRY
37A. Complete set of 12 shapes formed by this puzzle's black squares : PENTOMINOES
54A. Like this puzzle's 37-Across : NON-INTERLOCKING
COMPLETION TIME: 20m 16s
ANSWERS I MISSED: 0

0626-12: New York Times Crossword Answers 26 Jun 12, Tuesday



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CROSSWORD SETTER: Mike Torch
THEME: THE DEAD MAN’S HAND … each of the theme answers starts with a playing card, and together all the cards make up THE DEAD MAN’S HAND in poker: a pair of aces and a pair of eights:
38A. What 17-, 26-, 46- and 57-Across's beginnings represent : THE DEAD MAN’S HAND

17A. Jim Carrey title role : ACE VENTURA
26A. Company for which John Madden was once pitchman : ACE HARDWARE
46A. Film about the 1919 Black Sox scandal : EIGHT MEN OUT
57A. Old tape format : EIGHT TRACK
COMPLETION TIME: 8m 45s
ANSWERS I MISSED: 0

0625-12: New York Times Crossword Answers 25 Jun 12, Monday



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CROSSWORD SETTER: Nancy Kavanaugh
THEME: Quickly … each of the theme answers starts with a word that can be used to mean “quickly” when used in the form “in a xxx”:
20A. Santa Claus facial feature : TWINKLING EYES (in a twinkling)
35A. Aid for night photos, once : FLASHBULB (in a flash)
41A. Oil change chain : JIFFY LUBE (in a jiffy)
58A. Drink made with crystals : INSTANT COFFEE (in an instant)
COMPLETION TIME: 5m 17s
ANSWERS I MISSED: 0

0624-12: New York Times Crossword Answers 24 Jun 12, Sunday



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CROSSWORD SETTER: Elizabeth C. Gorski
THEME: Element of Surprise … today’s puzzle has an environmental theme, with a reference to C, the atomic symbol for carbon. Joining the letters C in the grid produces the outline of a “carbon” footprint:
42D. Global warming calculation whose shape is suggested by connecting 14 squares in this puzzle in a closed loop based on the appropriate 23-Across : CARBON FOOTPRINT
23A. Every chemical element has one : ATOMIC SYMBOL

40A. Worrisome Arctic and Antarctic developments : OZONE HOLES
69A. Conservationist's catchphrase : SAVE WATER
94A. Arborist's catchphrase : PLANT A TREE
117A. Environmentalist's catchphrase : CONSERVE FUEL
8D. Potential landfill pollutants, for short : PCBS
9D. Car opener? : ECONO-
14D. Atmospheric worries : GREENHOUSE GASES
44D. Kind of society that is careless of the environment : THROW-AWAY
97D. Green vehicle : ECOCAR
COMPLETION TIME: 25m 33s
ANSWERS I MISSED: 0

0623-12: New York Times Crossword Answers 23 Jun 12, Saturday



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CROSSWORD SETTER: Laura Sternberg
THEME: None
COMPLETION TIME: 33m 18s
ANSWERS I MISSED: 0

0622-12: New York Times Crossword Answers 22 Jun 12, Friday



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CROSSWORD SETTER: Josh Knapp
THEME: None
COMPLETION TIME: Did not finish!
ANSWERS I MISSED: Too many in the top right!

0621-12: New York Times Crossword Answers 21 Jun 12, Thursday



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CROSSWORD SETTER: Caleb Emmons
THEME: Number Included … for each of the themed clues, the actual number of the clue is included in the answer:
18A. Standard golf outing : 18-HOLE ROUND
57A. Heinz offering : 57 VARIETIES
4D. Apocalyptic figures : 4 HORSEMEN
19D. A dystopian novel : 19 EIGHTY-FOUR
21D. 1980s-'90s police drama : 21 JUMP STREET
39D. Like Jack Benny, as he always said : 39 YEARS OLD
COMPLETION TIME: 31m 06s
ANSWERS I MISSED: 0

0620-12: New York Times Crossword Answers 20 Jun 12, Wednesday



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CROSSWORD SETTER: Alan Arbesfeld
THEME: Celebrity Spoonerisms … all of the theme answers are Spoonerisms of American celebrities:
17A. Actor's order to sock an N.B.A. legend? : WHACK JORDAN (Jack Warden)
24A. Teammate of the 17-Across legend avoiding toilet trainin'? : POTTY SKIPPIN (Scottie Pippin)
33A. Old comic actor's Little Bighorn headline? : CUSTER BEATEN (Buster Keaton)
43A. Threaten a classic comedienne like a talk-show host? : MENACE DILLER (Dennis Miller)
51A. Writer-turned-Utah carpenter? : MORMON NAILER (Norman Mailer)
62A. Controls a prison guard like a pop singer? : TAMES JAILER (James Taylor)
COMPLETION TIME: 15m 34s
ANSWERS I MISSED: 0

0619-12: New York Times Crossword Answers 19 Jun 12, Tuesday



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CROSSWORD SETTER: Steven Riley
THEME: All the Os … the grid is replete with the letter O, 69 of them in fact. And there’s not one other vowel.
COMPLETION TIME: 10m 56s
ANSWERS I MISSED: 0

0618-12: New York Times Crossword Answers 18 Jun 12, Monday



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CROSSWORD SETTER: Peter A. Collins
THEME: There is a note that goes along with today’s puzzle:
When this puzzle is done, the circled letters, reading from left to right and top to bottom, will reveal who wrote the seven songs in the theme.
Looking at those circled letters we spell out LENNON MCCARTNEY, and today is Paul McCartney’s 70th birthday.
COMPLETION TIME: 7m 48s
ANSWERS I MISSED: 0

0617-12: New York Times Crossword Answers 17 Jun 12, Sunday



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CROSSWORD SETTER: Kyle T. Dolan
THEME: Play-a-BLE … each of the theme answers is well-known expression, with the letters BLE added somewhere:
22A. Falter while imitating Jay-Z? : BUM(BLE) RAP
24A. Something thrown in "West Side Story"? : RUM(BLE) PUNCH
36A. Sing high notes? : WAR(BLE) ON DRUGS
54A. Cry upon arriving at an earthquake site? : THERE’S THE RUB(BLE)
77A. What the turnover-prone football player had? : DROPPING TROU(BLE)
92A. Shenanigans at the royal court? : NO(BLE) NONSENSE
110A. Nickname for a hard-to-understand monarch? : QUEEN MUM(BLE)
114A. Lens cover for a large telescope? : HUB(BLE) CAP
COMPLETION TIME: 41m 51s
ANSWERS I MISSED: 0

0616-12: New York Times Crossword Answers 16 Jun 12, Saturday



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CROSSWORD SETTER: Barry C. Silk
THEME: None
COMPLETION TIME: 43m 50s
ANSWERS I MISSED: 0

0615-12: New York Times Crossword Answers 15 Jun 12, Friday



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CROSSWORD SETTER: Mark Diehl
THEME: None
COMPLETION TIME: 44m 15s
ANSWERS I MISSED: 0

0614-12: New York Times Crossword Answers 14 Jun 12, Thursday



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CROSSWORD SETTER: Tracy Gray
THEME: RIGHT ON RED … each of the theme clues has a down answer which turns to the “right” at the letters RED, continuing in an across answer:
1A. Percussion in a marching band : SNA(RE D)RUM
8A. Co-star of Showtime's "Homeland" : CLAI(RE D)ANES
28A. Gung-ho : FI(RED) UP
31A. Tattered : IN SH(RED)S
41A. Legal maneuver ... with a hint to answering seven clues in this puzzle : RIGHT ON (RED)
48A. Actor's screen recognition : FILM C(RED)IT
55A. Rooted for : CHEE(RED) ON
COMPLETION TIME: 13m 14s
ANSWERS I MISSED: 0

0613-12: New York Times Crossword Answers 13 Jun 12, Wednesday



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CROSSWORD SETTER: Susan Gelfand
THEME: PLAYING WITH FIRE … each of the theme answers has two components, which can be combined with the word FIRE:
17A. *Staffing level : MANPOWER (fireman & firepower)
25A. *Refuse to cooperate : STONEWALL (firestone & firewall)
38A. Inviting danger ... the end of which can precede each half of the answer to each asterisked clue : PLAYING WITH FIRE
52A. *Woodcraft hobbyist's creation : BIRDHOUSE (firebird & firehouse)
64A. *Toothless mammal : ANTEATER (fire ant & fire eater)
COMPLETION TIME: 16m 32s
ANSWERS I MISSED: 2 … OMER (Omes), ARPELS (Aspels)

0612-12: New York Times Crossword Answers 12 Jun 12, Tuesday



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CROSSWORD SETTER: Peter A. Collins
THEME: “A River Runs Through It” … if you take the first letters of the across clues there’s an allusion to the theme of the puzzle, namely “THE ROBERT REDFORD FILM A RIVER RUNS THROUGH IT”. Then several answers in the grid are films featuring the word “river” or “rio”:
1D. With 59-Down, star of the work revealed by the first letters of the Across clues, which hint at this puzzle's theme : BRAD
59D. See 1-Down : PITT

25A. First part of a 1952 best seller's title, followed by 37- and 51-Across : THE BRIDGE
37A. More of the book title : OVER THE
51A. Rest of the book title : RIVER KWAI
3D. 1948 John Wayne western : RED RIVER
9D. 1960 Elia Kazan film : WILD RIVER
33D. It's "wider than a mile," in an old song : MOON RIVER
39D. 1959 John Wayne western : RIO BRAVO
COMPLETION TIME: 21m 46s
ANSWERS I MISSED: 0

0611-12: New York Times Crossword Answers 11 Jun 12, Monday



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CROSSWORD SETTER: Andrea Carla Michaels & Michael Blake,
THEME: FALL to FULL … the puzzle progresses alphabetically through the words FALL, FELL, FILL, FOLL and FULL as these four-letter combinations start the themed answers:
18A. One knocked off a pedestal : (FALL)EN IDOL
24A. Paid postgraduate position at a university : (FELL)OWSHIP
39A. Solve a crossword, e.g.? : (FILL) IN THE BLANKS
55A. Put a spade atop a spade, say : (FOLL)OW SUIT
63A. Illegal wrestling hold : (FULL) NELSON
COMPLETION TIME: 7m 59s
ANSWERS I MISSED: 0

0610-12: New York Times Crossword Answers 10 Jun 12, Sunday



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CROSSWORD SETTER: Xan Vongsathorn
THEME: Getting Around … each of the theme answers contains some letters that are in circles, and the answer refers to that fact:
23A. *Ready for the present? : GIFT-WRAPPED (the letters GIFT are “wrapped” in circles)
25A. *Makeshift swing : INNER TUBE (the letters TUBE are “inner” to four circles)
47A. *Brushback pitch : INSIDE FASTBALL (the letters FASTBALL are “inside” circles)
51A. *All-in-one : SELF-CONTAINED (the letters SELF are “contained” in circles)
66A. *Animal that gives birth to identical quadruplets : NINE-BANDED ARMADILLO (the “nine” letters in ARMADILLO are “banded” by circles)
86A. *Saturn and others : RINGED PLANETS (the letters PLANETS are “ringed")
90A. *Contents of a chest? : INTERNAL ORGANS (the letters ORGANS are “internal” to circles)
113A. *Surfaced, in a way : BUBBLED UP (the letters UP are contained in circular “bubbles”)
116A. *Be repetitive ... or what parts of the answers to the starred clues do? : GO IN CIRCLES
COMPLETION TIME: 42m 14s
ANSWERS I MISSED: 0

0609-12: New York Times Crossword Answers 9 Jun 12, Saturday



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CROSSWORD SETTER: David Quarfoot
THEME: None
COMPLETION TIME: Did not finish!
ANSWERS I MISSED: Several in the bottom left corner

0608-12: New York Times Crossword Answers 8 Jun 12, Friday



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CROSSWORD SETTER: Martin Ashwood-Smith
THEME: None
COMPLETION TIME: 21m 20s
ANSWERS I MISSED: 2 … HALAL (halag), LENE (Gene)

0607-12: New York Times Crossword Answers 7 Jun 12, Thursday



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CROSSWORD SETTER: Joe Krozel
THEME: I BEFORE E, EXCEPT AFTER C … there’s a message in the puzzle, that the old grammar rule “I before E, except after C” has many exceptions. The circled letters give us two examples of the rule in action, and two examples where it doesn’t apply:
13A. With 14- and 64-Across, familiar rule not always followed : I BEFORE
14A. See 13-Across : E EXCEPT
64A. See 13-Across : AFTER C

30A. Part of an extended family : NIECE
35A. Cap : CEILING
37A. It's good for your health : HYGIENE
42A. ___ Tales, magazine where many H. P. Lovecraft stories first appeared : WEIRD
COMPLETION TIME: 15m 22s
ANSWERS I MISSED: 0

0606-12: New York Times Crossword Answers 6 Jun 12, Wednesday



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CROSSWORD SETTER: Gary Cee
THEME: FLIP SIDE … each of the themed answers includes the letters “SIDE” but they are FLIPPED to read “EDIS”:
1A. With 65-Across, part of a record ... or what each of this puzzle's five long Across answers has? : FLIP
65A. See 1-Across : SIDE

17A. Puerto Rico, affectionately, with "the" : ENCHANT(ED IS)LAND
25A. Malady named after a Connecticut town : LYM(E DIS)EASE
36A. London's West End, e.g. : THEATR(E DIS)TRICT
43A. Record collector's curio : PICTUR(E DIS)C
57A. Lucasfilm aircraft : J(EDI S)TARFIGHTER
COMPLETION TIME: 12m 19s
ANSWERS I MISSED: 0

0605-12: New York Times Crossword Answers 5 Jun 12, Tuesday



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CROSSWORD SETTER: Sharon Delorme
THEME: I Becomes U … the themed answers are well-known expressions with an I changed to a U:
17A. Boring predicaments? : DULL PICKLES (from “dill pickles”)
28A. Tulip planters, perhaps? : DUTCH DIGGERS (from “ditch diggers”)
35A. Strong advocates of margarine? : BUTTER ENEMIES (from “bitter enemies”)
43A. Bring Ebert and Moore together? : MUSTER ROGERS (from “Mister Rogers”)
59A. Expert ladder climbers? : RUNG MASTERS (from “ringmasters”)
COMPLETION TIME: 12m 02s
ANSWERS I MISSED: 0

0604-12: New York Times Crossword Answers 4 Jun 12, Monday



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CROSSWORD SETTER: John R. O'Brien
THEME: Planets … all of the theme answers feature one of the planets in our solar system:
17A. A classic beauty who is not all there : VENUS DE MILO
27A. Booster of the Apollo space program : SATURN ROCKET
48A. 1960s-'70s Ford Company model : MERCURY COMET
65A. Milky Way bars and others : MARS CANDIES
COMPLETION TIME: 5m 35s
ANSWERS I MISSED: 0

0603-12: New York Times Crossword Answers 3 Jun 12, Sunday



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CROSSWORD SETTER: Patrick Berry
THEME: Myth-Labeled … each of the theme answers is something from the world of mythology:
23A. WARNING: Suspension system prone to failure : SWORD OF DAMOCLES
29A. WARNING: May contain Greeks : TROJAN HORSE
50A. WARNING: Possible heart-related side effects : CUPID’S ARROW
75A. WARNING: Cutting tool required : GORDIAN KNOT
96A. WARNING: Do not open : PANDORA’S BOX
103A. WARNING: Effects on children unknown : FOUNTAIN OF YOUTH
4D. WARNING: May cause damnation if swallowed : FORBIDDEN FRUIT
54D. WARNING: Improper use could lead to jealousy, treachery and/or war : APPLE OF DISCORD
COMPLETION TIME: 41m 41s
ANSWERS I MISSED: 2 … SYMS (Sims), Lynde (Linde)

0602-12: New York Times Crossword Answers 2 Jun 12, Saturday



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CROSSWORD SETTER: Tim Croce
THEME: None
COMPLETION TIME: 21m 27s
ANSWERS I MISSED: 0

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