NYT Crossword 8-4-20 Complete

I learned a bunch from this puzzle. Like Brian McKnight would say, “Start it back at 1,” so here we go. 1D Mocking remark: JAPE. JAPE?! No idea. jape (v.)late 14c., “to trick, beguile, jilt; to mock,” also “to act foolishly; to speak jokingly, jest pleasantly,” perhaps from Old French japer “to howl, bawl, scream” (Modern French japper), ofContinue reading “NYT Crossword 8-4-20 Complete”

NYT Crossword 8-3-20 Complete

Ahhhh Monday. The return of the simple puzzle. Easy and educational. 30A Ancient carver of stone heads in Mesoamerica: OLMEC. Olmec or Ol’ Mec? To the googles! They were an entire civilization independent of the Mayas. Worth a read: https://www.mexicanist.com/l/olmec-heads/ Here’s something glaringly sloppy in this crossword:42D H2O, south of the border: AGUA47D Light blueContinue reading “NYT Crossword 8-3-20 Complete”

NYT Crossword Special March 2020 Equal Pay Day Complete

There’s no WSJ Friday puzzle, so here’s a special puzzle from NYT from March of this year. Overall easy, which seems always to be the case for the special puzzles. I don’t mind that. I finished this one in 6:49. And, like the other special puzzles, it taught me something. 14A Music genre from theContinue reading “NYT Crossword Special March 2020 Equal Pay Day Complete”

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”

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”

NYT Crossword 7-20-20 Complete

So this is the first NYT Monday of this blog. I raced through it with almost no skips as I was going through. I was excited by the time I was going to finish, but it turned out I had to finish it properly. I found the error semi-quickly. I had put EDIE when theContinue reading “NYT Crossword 7-20-20 Complete”

NYT Crossword 7-19-20 Complete

I think this is the first time ever that I’ve taken the time to complete a Sunday crossword. These usually are just too big for me to want to take on, but today I tried it. And I won! Yes, it took me about an hour, but I got through it. I struggled a littleContinue reading “NYT Crossword 7-19-20 Complete”

NYT Crossword 7-17-20 DNF

This was a tough one for sure. I didn’t finish but called it a little more than half an hour in. The layout was a smiley face, which was cool, but the result was a lot of empty, which I’m OK with. At some point I’ll get it. Just like at some point Will ShortzContinue reading “NYT Crossword 7-17-20 DNF”