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Greetings from Mammoth Lakes, California

My wife and I are on vacation until Friday, July 25th; a road trip through the backroads of the states east of California. I anticipate late-night solving and posting, with acknowledgement of comments and emails suffering. Please, don't be offended at my silence as I prioritize the writing of posts! We had probably the last hike of our trip this morning (strenuous, past beautiful alpine lakes), and then opted for vegging out by the pool for a change this afternoon. Almost home ...

Bill

0901-12: New York Times Crossword Answers 1 Sep 12, Saturday



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CROSSWORD SETTER: Tim Croce
THEME: None
COMPLETION TIME: 38m 38s
ANSWERS I MISSED: 3 … SAE (STE), ENNA (ETNA), LENA OLIN (Len Tolit!!!)

0831-12: New York Times Crossword Answers 31 Aug 12, Friday



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CROSSWORD SETTER: Patrick Berry
THEME: None
COMPLETION TIME: 18m 48s
ANSWERS I MISSED: 0

0830-12: New York Times Crossword Answers 30 Aug 12, Thursday



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CROSSWORD SETTER: Stu Ockman
THEME: OOO, eggs! … there are a dozen “eggs” (denoted by the letter “O”) in the center of the grid, laid out in two rows of six as if they are in an egg carton, and several egg-themed answers:
16A. Popular kind of 31- and 37-Across : FREE RANGE
31A. With 37-Across, dairy aisle purchase : OOOOOO
37A. See 31-Across : OOOOOO
55A. Holder of 31- and 37-Across : EGG CARTON
10D. One way to prepare 31- and 37-Across : OVER-EASY
36D. Number of 31- and 37-Across in a 55-Across : ONE DOZEN
COMPLETION TIME: 20m 18s
ANSWERS I MISSED: 0

0829-12: New York Times Crossword Answers 29 Aug 12, Wednesday



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CROSSWORD SETTER: Tony Orbach
THEME: AL comes from LA … each of the theme answers is a well-known phrase, but with the letters AL turned around to LA:
17A. Balm business? : SALVE TRADE (from “slave trade”)
23A. Yodeling tribute band's repertoire? : ALP-TOP COVERS (from “laptop covers”)
38A. Words of encouragement to a tailor? : ALTER ON! (from “later on”)
48A. Figure at Sarah's cigar store? : PALIN’S INDIAN (from “Plains Indian”)
57A. "Columbo" trench coat? : FALK JACKET (from “flak jacket”)
COMPLETION TIME: 13m 19s
ANSWERS I MISSED: 0

0828-12: New York Times Crossword Answers 28 Aug 12, Tuesday



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CROSSWORD SETTER: Lou Borenstein
THEME: HEAVEN and HELL … each of the theme answers is a popular song title that features the word HEAVEN or HELL, although in each case HEAVEN is replaced by HELL and vise versa. As an added twist, the words ABOVE and BELOW appear at the top and bottom of the grid, and we think of HEAVEN as being ABOVE, and HELL as being BELOW:
1A. Traditional location of one of this puzzle's theme words : BELOW (i.e. HELL)
64A. Traditional location of one of this puzzle's theme words : ABOVE (i.e HEAVEN)

17A. Opposite of an AC/DC song? : HIGHWAY TO HEAVEN (from “Highway to Hell”)
25A. Opposite of a Led Zeppelin number? : STAIRWAY TO HELL (from “Stairway to Heaven”)
42A. Opposite of a Meat Loaf tune? : BAT OUT OF HEAVEN (from “Bat Out of Hell”)
56A. Opposite of a Bing Crosby hit? : PENNIES FROM HELL (from “Pennies from Heaven”)
COMPLETION TIME: 7m 47s
ANSWERS I MISSED: 0

0827-12: New York Times Crossword Answers 27 Aug 12, Monday



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CROSSWORD SETTER: Michael Farabaugh
THEME: L + vowel sounds … each of the theme answers starts with word composed on a letter L followed by each of the vowel sounds in order, AEIOU:
17A. Purchasing system with payments made over time : LAYAWAY PLAN
29A. Former Chrysler C.E.O. : LEE IACOCCA
34A. Goldbrick : LIE DOWN ON THE JOB
43A. Healthful food regimen, traditionally : LOW-FAT DIET
56A. He played the Hulk on 1970s-'80s TV : LOU FERRIGNO
COMPLETION TIME: 5m 48s
ANSWERS I MISSED: 0

0826-12: New York times Crossword Answers 26 Aug 12, Sunday



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CROSSWORD SETTER: Amanda Yesnowitz & Doug Peterson,
THEME: Put a Lid in It … this is a rebus puzzle, with the word HAT appearing in six squares:
25A. Banned book of 1928 : LADY C(HAT)TERLEY’S LOVER
43A. Source material for Broadway's "Seussical" : HORTON (HAT)CHES THE EGG
59A. Time's 1930 Man of the Year : MA(HAT)MA GANDHI
74A. 1955 Grant/Kelly thriller : TO CATC(H A T)HIEF
88A. World's first certified gold record, 1942 : C(HAT)TANOOGA CHOO CHOO
107A. Source of the line "They say miracles are past" : ALL’S WELL T(HAT) ENDS WELL
18D. Nirvana achievers : AR(HAT)S
45D. 1962 John Wayne film : (HAT)ARI
53D. Talking doll that debuted in 1960 : C(HAT)TY CATHY
71D. Mock response to a friend who pulls a practical joke : I(HAT)E YOU
84D. Hut cover : T(HAT)CH
110D. Storage item ... or one of six in this puzzle? : (HAT)BOX
COMPLETION TIME: 26m 40s
ANSWERS I MISSED: 2 … LYNX (Lenx!), SLATY (slate)

0825-12: New York Times Crossword Answers 25 Aug 12, Saturday



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CROSSWORD SETTER: Caleb Madison
THEME: None
COMPLETION TIME: 44m 58s
ANSWERS I MISSED: 0

0824-12: New York Times Crossword Answers 24 Aug 12, Friday



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CROSSWORD SETTER: Mark Diehl
THEME: None
COMPLETION TIME: 40m 44s
ANSWERS I MISSED: 0

0823-12: New York Times Crossword Answers 23 Aug 12, Thursday



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CROSSWORD SETTER: Mark Feldman
THEME: Yiddish, right-to-left … all of the theme answers are Yiddish-derived words, and are written from right-to-left, mimicking the practice of Yiddish being written from right-to-left:
17A. Effrontery : CHUTZPAH (HAPZTUHC)
20A. Lug : SCHLEP (PELHCS)
33A. Gossip : YENTA (ATNEY)
40A. Title on certain language videos ... with a hint to entering six answers in this puzzle : LEARNING YIDDISH
46A. Butterfingers : KLUTZ (ZTULK)
56A. Offer unwanted advice : KIBITZ (ZTIBIK)
66A. Shoot the breeze : SCHMOOZE (EZOOMHCS)
COMPLETION TIME: 23m 21s
ANSWERS I MISSED: 0

0822-12: New York Times Crossword Answers 22 Aug 12, Wednesday



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CROSSWORD SETTER: Peter A. Collins
THEME: JOHANN GOETHE … the two main theme answers in the puzzle are the name of the movement in German literature and music fomented by Johann Goethe, written in German and in English:
26A. Country associated with 38-/40-/41-Across : GERMANY

38A. With 40- and 41-Across, 18th-century literary and musical movement : STURM
40A. See 38-Across : UND
41A. See 38-Across : DRANG

45A. With 47-Across, writer associated with 38-/40-/41-Across : JOHANN
47A. See 45-Across : GOETHE

7D. With 36- and 53-Down, translation of 38-/40-/41-Across : STORM
36D. See 7-Down : AND
53D. See 7-Down : STRESS
COMPLETION TIME: 14m 33s
ANSWERS I MISSED: 0

0821-12: New York Times Crossword Answers 21 Aug 12, Tuesday

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CROSSWORD SETTER: Josh Knapp
THEME: PL First … each of the theme answers is a well-known phrase, preceded by the letters PL:
18A. Magazine for arithmetic lovers? : (PL)US WEEKLY
24A. Bizarre demand to a dry cleaner? : (PL)EAT MY SHORTS
39A. Zales or Tiffany's? : (PL)ACE OF DIAMONDS
51A. Overfish? : (PL)UNDER THE SEA
60A. Light shower? : (PL)ACID RAIN
COMPLETION TIME: 9m 53s
ANSWERS I MISSED: 0

0820-12: New York Times Crossword Answers 20 Aug 12, Monday

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CROSSWORD SETTER: Robert Cirillo
THEME: Luck-y Finish … each of the theme answers starts with a word that is often seen ahead of the word LUCK:
20A. Help for newbies : BEGINNER’S GUIDE (beginner’s LUCK)
26A. There's no such thing as this, according to a saying : DUMB QUESTION (dumb LUCK)
43A. Really strong : TOUGH AS NAILS (tough LUCK)
52A. First woman to sit in the British House of Commons : LADY NANCY ASTOR (lady LUCK)

52D. Word that can follow the starts of 20-, 26-, 43- and 52-Across : LUCK
COMPLETION TIME: 7m 10s
ANSWERS I MISSED: 0

0819-12: New York Times Crossword Answers 19 Aug 12, Sunday



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CROSSWORD SETTER: Freddie Cheng
THEME: Oh, Really? … all of the theme answers are well-known expressions or terms that have a word with an “el” sound replaced by a similar word with an “oh” sound:
23A. Ultranationalism? : JINGO ALL THE WAY (“jingle all the way”)
39A. "Thriller" Grammy sweep? : THE DAY OF THE JACKO (“The Day of the Jackal”)
48A. Speed at which the apocalypse is coming? : TEMPO OF DOOM (“... Temple of Doom”)
64A. Obsessive-compulsive soap purger? : RINSE PSYCHO (rinse cycle)
74A. Big gambling loss in the Biggest Little City in the World? : RENO FAILURE (renal failure)
91A. Bad precept for U.S. foreign policy? : AMERICAN EGO (American Eagle)
99A. Not a happy ending on the yellow brick road? : TOTO ANNIHILATION (total annihilation)
121A. TV detective with his unbalanced suspect? : HAMMER AND SICKO (hammer and sickle)

122D. New element in each of this puzzle's theme answers : AN O
COMPLETION TIME: 32m 10s
ANSWERS I MISSED: 2 … RONZONI (Ronzini), LETO (Leti)

0818-12: New York Times Crossword Answers 18 Aug 12, Saturday



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CROSSWORD SETTER: Dana Motley
THEME: None
COMPLETION TIME: 22m 43s
ANSWERS I MISSED: 0

0817-12: New York Times Crossword Answers 17 Aug 12, Friday



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CROSSWORD SETTER: Peter Wentz
THEME: None
COMPLETION TIME: 36m 09s
ANSWERS I MISSED: 0

0816-12: New York Times Crossword Answers 16 Aug 12, Thursday



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CROSSWORD SETTER: Ethan Cooper
THEME: Keys on a Keyboard … each of the theme answers is a combination of keys found on a computer keyboard:
20A. Prison guard system? : ESCAPE CONTROL
30A. Hipster Capitol Hill worker after collapsing? : ALT PAGE DOWN
39A. Bill at the "Star Wars" cantina? : SPACE BAR TAB
52A. Restyle a bit of a D.C. hockey player's hair? : SHIFT CAPS LOCK
COMPLETION TIME: 19m 11s
ANSWERS I MISSED: 0

0815-12: New York Times Crossword Answers 15 Aug 12, Wednesday



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CROSSWORD SETTER: Elizabeth C. Gorski
THEME: TOWN SQUARES … The grid contains some circled letters arranged in squares, and those letters spell words that often precede the word TOWN, so they’re TOWN SQUARES:
- BOOM TOWN
- HOMETOWN
- BOYS TOWN
- DOWNTOWN
- CAPETOWN
- FREETOWN
COMPLETION TIME: 9m 28s
ANSWERS I MISSED: 0

0814-12: New York Times Crossword Answers 14 Aug 12, Tuesday



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CROSSWORD SETTER: Ian Livengood
THEME: INNER CITY … each of the theme answers contains the name of a capital city:
17A. John Gotti's nickname, with "the" : TEF(LON DON)
24A. First human in space : YU(RI GA)GARIN
32A. Folk song played at Jewish weddings : (HAVA NA)GILA
43A. Giant who was the Super Bowl XLVI M.V.P. : E(LI MA)NNING
51A. Flat item to cook food on : BA(KING STON)E
63A. Densely populated area ... or what 17-, 24-, 32-, 43- and 51-Across each have? : INNER CITY
COMPLETION TIME: 9m 20s
ANSWERS I MISSED: 0

0813-12: New York Times Crossword Answers 13 Aug 12, Monday



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CROSSWORD SETTER: Gareth Bain
THEME: Make Up … all of the theme answers have two words, the second being a make up item:
18A. Luxury craft crossing the Atlantic, say : OCEAN LINER
23A. Paris cabaret : MOULIN ROUGE
39A. Good grounding : SOLID FOUNDATION
53A. Spooned-out Nestlé product : COCOA POWDER
62A. What this crossword is, in a way? : MAKE-UP TEST
COMPLETION TIME: 05m 01s
ANSWERS I MISSED: 0

0812-12: New York Times Crossword Answers 12 Aug 12, Sunday



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CROSSWORD SETTER: Patrick Berry
THEME: The Meaning of It … each of the theme answers is a common expression containing the word “it”. Each theme clue points to each theme answer, but literally, by suggesting what “it” might be:
22A. "Talking isn't going to reseal that wine bottle!" : PUT A CORK IN IT
25A. "Quit trying to make a paper doll by ripping the paper!" : CUT IT OUT
26A. "I can see why shoppers avoid this off-brand white bread!" : IT’S NO WONDER
36A. "I already know my homemade cold cream is useless!" : DON’T RUB IT IN
38A. "So you finally got the gist of that Stephen Hawking book!" : IT’S ABOUT TIME
63A. "Of course this car isn't voice-controlled!" : IT GOES WITHOUT SAYING
88A. "This tippy Christmas tree is driving me crazy!" : I CAN’T STAND IT
91A. "Stop dillydallying and use your boarding pass!" : GET ON WITH IT
104A. "How dare you climb a barbed-wire fence wearing my sweater!" : THAT TEARS IT
106A. "I'm in a hurry to see that bug squashed!" : STEP ON IT
110A. "Yeah, I'm asking for people's impression of this inkblot -- so?!" : WHAT’S IT TO YOU
COMPLETION TIME: 15m 28s
ANSWERS I MISSED: 0

0811-12: New York Times Crossword Answers 11 Aug 12, Saturday



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CROSSWORD SETTER: Josh Knapp
THEME: None
COMPLETION TIME: Did not finish
ANSWERS I MISSED: Too, too many!

0810-12: New York Times Crossword Answers 10 Aug 12, Friday



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CROSSWORD SETTER: John Lampkin
THEME: None
COMPLETION TIME: 22m 04s
ANSWERS I MISSED: 0

0809-12: New York Times Crossword Answers 9 Aug 12, Thursday



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CROSSWORD SETTER: Joe Krozel
THEME: TIC-TAC-TOE … today’s grid is meant to remind us of a tic-tac-toe grid. Each of the nine squares of the tic-tac-toe grid contains either an X or an O, but not both:
23A. With 24- and 45-Across, game represented by this completed puzzle's grid : TIC
24A. See 23-Across : TAC
45A. See 23-Across : TOE
COMPLETION TIME: 20m 28s
ANSWERS I MISSED: 0

0808-12: New York Times Crossword Answers 8 Aug 12, Wednesday



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CROSSWORD SETTER: Peter A. Collins
THEME: Hank Aaron to Barry Bonds … there’s a note with today’s puzzle that reads:
When this puzzle is done, the answers to the six starred clues will form a word ladder, starting with 4-Across, whose record of 33-/42-Across was broken by 68-Across.
4A. *Brother of Moses : AARON
9A. *Von Richthofen, e.g. : BARON
25A. *Element in the cleanser 20 Mule Team : BORON
53A. *Bklyn., Queens and others : BOROS
67A. *Sonny and Chaz : BONOS
68A. *Adheres : BONDS
COMPLETION TIME: 8m 33s
ANSWERS I MISSED: 0

0807-12: New York Times Crossword Answers 7 Aug 12, Tuesday



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CROSSWORD SETTER: Mike Buckley
THEME: Tweet, Tweet … the puzzle contains a witty and contemporary exchange:
20A. With 38-Across, a complaint : DOC, I’M ADDICTED TO
38A. See 20-Across : TWITTER

40A. With 57-Across, response to the complaint : SORRY, I’M
57A. See 40-Across : NOT FOLLOWING YOU
COMPLETION TIME: 8m 54s
ANSWERS I MISSED: 0

0806-12: New York Times Crossword Answers 6 Aug 12, Monday



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CROSSWORD SETTER: Lynn Lempel
THEME: What To Do at the Olympics … the theme answers all end with a verb associated with a Summer Olympics event:
16A. *Big gamble : CRAPSHOOT
24A. *Election Day receptacle : BALLOT BOX
37A. *Result of a financial panic : BANK RUN
40A. *Tight braid : CORNROW
51A. *Series of changes from birth to death : LIFE CYCLE
63A. *Precipitous drop in cost : PRICE DIVE

50D. 2012 Olympics locale, with a hint to the ends of the answers to the six starred clues : LONDON
COMPLETION TIME: 5m 21s
ANSWERS I MISSED: 0

0805-12: New York Times Crossword Answers 5 Aug 12, Sunday



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CROSSWORD SETTER: Patrick Merrell
THEME: Single-Minded … each of the theme answers is a well-known expression, but given in the singular:
23A. Disappointing "Who's with me?" response? : SHOW OF HAND(S)
25A. Work to maintain a C average? : HIT THE BOOK(S)
31A. Mention that you know a secret? : SPILL THE BEAN(S)
51A. One who's read an encyclopedia's first volume? : MAN OF LETTER(S)
58A. Podunk's directory? : YELLOW PAGE(S)
71A. Having finished just one month of a job? : WET BEHIND THE EAR(S)
87A. What one with a small nest egg enjoys? : GOLDEN YEAR(S)
96A. Despot's concession? : BILL OF RIGHT(S)
109A. Occasional klutz? : BUTTERFINGER(S)
121A. Beginning magician's arsenal? : BAG OF TRICK(S)
123A. Go on a brief youthful binge? : SOW ONE’S OAT(S)
COMPLETION TIME: 31m 51s
ANSWERS I MISSED: 0

0804-12: New York Times Crossword Answers 4 Aug 12, Saturday



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CROSSWORD SETTER: Jim Page
THEME: None
COMPLETION TIME: 40m 32s
ANSWERS I MISSED: 7 … including OPRAH instead of ALLAH!!!

0803-12: New York Times Crossword Answers 3 Aug 12, Friday



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CROSSWORD SETTER: Jeff Chen
THEME: None
COMPLETION TIME: 23m 09s
ANSWERS I MISSED: 0

0802-12: New York Times Crossword Answers 2 Aug 12, Thursday



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CROSSWORD SETTER: Xan Vongsathorn
THEME: Duck, Duck Goose … this is a rebus puzzle with some squares accepting the letters DUCK and one square at the bottom of the grid taking the letters GOOSE. I think the idea is to remind us of the children’s game “Duck, Duck Goose”. In the grid above, the black bird symbol represents DUCK, and the white bird symbol represents GOOSE:
1A. Vulnerable one : SITTING DUCK
22A. Makes like Chuck Berry : DUCK-WALKS
26A. Dish often served with hoisin sauce : PEKING DUCK
50A. Platypus-like, in a way : DUCKBILLED
53A. Disney character with long eyelashes : DAISY DUCK
68A. Relatives of currants : GOOSEBERRIES
8D. Something short found in an alley : DUCKPIN
14D. Kind of session : LAME DUCK
22D. A cinch : DUCK SOUP
36D. Toast, with "a" : DEAD DUCK
50D. Centerpiece of many a park : DUCK POND
56D. Animal in a Kipling story : MONGOOSE
COMPLETION TIME: 15m 26s
ANSWERS I MISSED: 0

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