NYT Crossword Special July 2020 National Drive-Thru Day Complete

Since there’s no Wall Street Journal Friday puzzle, I did the New York Times July 2020 special puzzle: National Drive-Thru Day. It was pretty easy and kinda fun. The fun part probably was that there was no mention of Will Shortz, so go Fred Piscop! The clue for 39A “Get a _ _ _!” (callContinue reading “NYT Crossword Special July 2020 National Drive-Thru Day Complete”

NYT Crossword 7-24-20 DNF

Back to not finishing, but at least I got close. That upper right side plagued me for a long time. I just don’t know the answers. The puzzle itself was kinda daunting because of all the open area, but it wasn’t so bad, save for that part that I couldn’t do that prevented me fromContinue reading “NYT Crossword 7-24-20 DNF”

WSJ Crossword 7-23-20 Complete

Yet another puzzle that took me longer than half an hour that I pushed through to completion. This was an annoying one, but I felt I’d be even more annoyed if I didn’t power through. I’ve certainly felt more excited by figuring out the trick to the puzzle than I was with this. This single-for-doubleContinue reading “WSJ Crossword 7-23-20 Complete”

NYT Crossword 7-23 Complete

Usually I cut off the puzzle at half an hour because I can’t spend forever on this stuff, but every time I was about to call it, I thought of one more thing that opened up answers to whole sections. I made guesses in some areas, too, and that helped me out. The theme ofContinue reading “NYT Crossword 7-23 Complete”

My Unlikely Experience with Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

When I was a teenager, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar met me, and it was awesome. For those who are unaware of my numismatic background, I collect coins and used to work in rare coins and auctions. By work, I mean when I was in high school I coordinated with the administration so I could get a workContinue reading “My Unlikely Experience with Kareem Abdul-Jabbar”

NYT Crossword 7-22-20 Complete

Longest puzzle of the week so far, but I finished! Total time was 20:37, partially because I couldn’t figure out what B+ was. Every answer I thought of (NOTGOODENOUGH, JUSTMISSED, NEVERGETTINGINTOCOLLEGE) didn’t fit. Which brings up a weird dream I had last night that I was taking Spanish class in college and aced the firstContinue reading “NYT Crossword 7-22-20 Complete”

WSJ Crossword 7-22-20 Complete

I wish that at at the start of every Wall Street Journal crossword that I wouldn’t have to change the settings to skip the filled-in squares. It’s not even like I’m not logged in. I am logged in. Why won’t it save the settings? OK now for today’s puzzle. The theme became obvious early, soContinue reading “WSJ Crossword 7-22-20 Complete”

WSJ Crossword 7-21-20 Complete

This Tuesday Wall Street Journal crossword was annoying. Like a dull pain. One that lasted for 13:23. I didn’t like that an answer in the crossword puzzle was CROSSWORDPUZZLE. It’s not meta. Just a bummer. But I learned something new today: Erin go Bragh. I hadn’t heard that phrase before. Exactly a year ago IContinue reading “WSJ Crossword 7-21-20 Complete”

NYT Crossword 7-21-20 Complete

For the third day in a row, we’ve got Will “Drop” Shortz editing this puzzle. I don’t need to explain further than what’s highlighted in the image for this post. I think it’s weird to have a 2020 puzzle more than halfway through the year. Why not earlier? We all know that Will Shortz isContinue reading “NYT Crossword 7-21-20 Complete”

My Beef with Will Shortz

I didn’t always hate Will Shortz. I used to look forward to Weekend Edition on NPR to hear the Sunday Puzzle. I’d submit answers regularly to the weekly puzzles but never got picked to play on the air. I was fine with that. But shortly after I turned 18, I thought of my own puzzleContinue reading “My Beef with Will Shortz”