Sam Donaldson’s New York Times crossword—Amy’s write-up


NY Times crossword solution, 8 28 2015, no 0828

Four weeks ago at this time, I was soon to head back to my room after transplant surgical procedure. Checked right into the hospital at 5:30 that morning, so it was a hella long day. Actually had actually my initially solo outing today—went in for lab job-related and picked up groceries. Then I sat on my duff for pretty a lot the remainder of the day. My body is still functioning on healing and also acquiring that kidney anchored into place, you know.

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So! The puzzle. Loved it! So much dandy fill. Sam gives a shout-out to Deb Amlen, who responds to random New York Times bungles by saying “I DIDN’T DO IT“™. He’s also got the super-colloquial “WAIT, WHAT?” The colorful LAWYER UP at 1-Across signals Sam’s career (though that lawyers up with a taxes legislation professor?). LES MIZ, GO PUBLIC, PARSLEY, FIRE CODE, “YOU’RE OK,” FREAK OUT ON, FOISTED, and MASS EXODUS are also excellent fill. And Wanda SYKES! Love her.

Favorite clue: 12d. for MASS EXODUS. The “exiting” sort of outgoing, not “extroverted.”

Three more things:

Amerihave the right to Red Cross headquarters as watched from the hotel across 20th

19a. , E STREET. Indeed! When I went to D.C. for the Indie 500 tournament, I continued to be at the Courtyard Foggy Bottom ideal across from the ARC HQ. I had hoped the photo would display the ornamentation better than it did.43d. , JETER. I can’t say that nickname is ringing a bell below.44d. , VERDI. Let’s watch … there’s Otello, and … the other personalities in Othello, and … I acquired nothin’. Opera’s not my forte.

Such a fun fix, and pitched appropriate in the sweet spot of Friday NYT obstacle. 4.25 stars from me.

Oh! For one more fun freestyle puzzle packed through zippy fill, don’t miss out on Sam Ezersky’s puzzle #49. I’ll let you in on a secret: It’s not really thememuch less. I loved the template. 4.5 stars.

Melina Merchant’s Wall Street Journal crossword, “Tennis, Anyone?” — pannonica’s write-up


Often while fixing, the top quality of the suffer resolves to a solitary, distilled word as impression. For this providing that was especially salient, and the word was “lively”. Not just the layout, but the other fill and the cluing and also more.


Not the a lot of innovative or amazing of themes, but the puns are exceptionally well crafted and also that counts for a entirety lot. I mean it helps that tennis has actually some idiosyncratic terminology.

43d GRAF, 102d TEA.

6d SONNET, 34d ELEGY, 78d ODIST.11d EGRET, 81d VENOM, 119a SNIPE. 19a OMAR, 83d JOSÉ, 28a ERNIE. 103a MARE, 86a PONIES, 67d TAMES. 117a NASA, 35d OCEAN, 101d O’HARE.55d GENOME, 91d ROTINI. 84a EMU, 89a SUN. 58d TAO, 114d CHI. 53a BIG, 106a WEE.Entries such as the above twosomes and threesomes add to the liveliness I discussed previously. So perform entries prefer BEDEVIL, NERVY, SCARE UP, MORTIFY; possibly the sinister sound of these provide them an extra charge, some VIM (75a)?Most obscure clue? <21a IRENE?77d CONIC. Needed to look up whether the word attributes as a noun and an adjective; indeed it does, and also is associated through conic section.TERRENE, SEWED: leastern favorite fill. (51d, 38a)

But tright here was so exceptionally bit creaky fill, crosswordese, fill-in-the-blanks, abbrevs., and so on. Combined via those various other positive elements currently questioned, that equals lively.

Jeffrey Wechsler’s LA Times crossword – Gareth’s write-up


LA Times 150828

I made a rejected puzzle that provided this exact same revealer: POETRYINMOTION; I had actually it clued as the Tillotkid smash (natch). I find it fascinating just how divergent the themes are. I had actually ODE move from left to ideal in succeeding template entries. Here we have actually the actual word POETRY used, and the motion itself is a change in the order of its letters. POETRYINMOTION is absolutely a good revealing answer (other than for its pesky 14-letter length!) The thematic string right here varies in area via two instances being consisted of within one word (less elegant) and also 2 doing the appropriate split-across-two-words thing. It is a six-letter string so some allowances need to be made!

Anyway, the answers:

, MINORITYREPORT. Had no idea that was a generic thing!, STEREOTYPE. I recognize I was in search of somepoint even more specific like WHITEHAT (as well short)., PYROTECHNICIANS. The rare one-word 15 letter design template answer!, SOYPROTEIN. That looks really odd without the A. But the template isn’t POETARYINMOTION! I would say it stselection that so many vegans are terrified of “the chemicals”, but not the least worried about the phyto-oestrogens naturally occurring in soya. But then we recognize that nothing organic deserve to ever be harmful. I say this via a mouthful of Digitalis purpurea and also Datura stramonium seed salad!

In spite of a hefty template, this puzzle has lengthy non-layout answers. This is greatly because of grid constraints put by having actually a 14-letter revealer. The pair are ARISTOCRACY (grisly clue!) and also the slightly stilted sounding YOUAREWRONG. GEOLOGY and also BASETEN administer some science; MCENROE and also KIMMEL bring the pop culture names.

An necessary, yet subtle, design consideration in this puzzle, is the placement of the ‘Y’s. You desire as many as feasible to be relaxing on black squares, so that they have the right to be final letters in answers. This occurs in three instances, with the other 2 being offered as initially letters.

Apparently this puzzle is the first sign of Christmas: <“It came without ribbons. It came without __”: The Grinch>, TAGS is intersected by , SOOT.

Top clues: , HOOCH; , GEOLOGY; , OAT.

4 Stars Gareth

Gail Grabowski’s CrosSynergy/Washington Post crossword, “By George!”—Ade’s write-up

CrosSynergy/Washington Post crossword solution, 08.28.15: “By George!”

Happy Friday, everybody! I hope you all have some great plans to look forward to in sending the month of August out in style. Today’s crossword puzzle, lugged to us by Ms. Gail Grabowski, may not have been around Curious George, yet still encountered well known human being with the initially name of George. Each of the theme answers are multiple-word answers in which the last word is also the last name of famous perchild through the initially name of George.

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BLACKBERRY BUSH (20A: )PLANT FOREMAN (27A: ) – If I remember properly, all of the boxing Hall-of-Famer’s sons all have the initially name of George also. There’s maintaining a name in the family members, and then there’s that!BERING STRAIT (43A: )WHITEWATER RAFT (52A: )

Like yesterday, once you gained a hold of the theme, then it was a race to head to the various other layout answers to view if they might fall immediately afterward. (Bering Strait and also Whitewater Raft were locks, without having filled in any kind of letter before answering.) Nice little little bit of trivia around SHEBA that I didn’t recognize around stands out for me when initially looking at the completed grid (31D: ). Got an earworm trying to figure out the tune to OVER THERE (33D: ). Love the synergy of doing this puzzle while at a tennis tournament that automatically precedes the UNITED STATE Open, then seeing a clue about a historic moment in Queens: ILIE Nastase winning the 1972 UNITED STATE Open (16A: ). Unlike this particular day, that enhance was played on a grass court, at the previous house of the tournament in the Foremainder Hills section of Queens. Want to watch some of that match?! Well, below you go! Look at every one of the serve-and-volleying, tennis purists!!

“Sports will make you smarter” moment of the day: HASKELL (5D: )  – One of the many anticipated races in the steed racing year, the HASKELL Invitaional Stakes is a 1 and also 1/8 mile thoroughbred race that occurs in in between the finish of the Triple Crvery own and also the Breeders’ Cup. The race is run in Monmouth Park in Oceanport, N.J., and is an invitation-only race consisting all of three-year olds. The winner of this year’s Haskell Invitational was American Pharoah, the steed that won the Triple Crvery own this past spring. It was his first race after winning the Triple Crvery own. (In situation you didn’t know by currently, “Pharoah” is purposely spelled favor that, with the “o” coming prior to the second “a.”)

Have a great weekfinish, everyone, and also I’ll check out you tomorrow!!

Take care!


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