Tuesday 23 May 2023 | (2023)

Jones'6:18 (Erin)

LATno timestamp (Jenni)

NOT4:20 (Amy)

The New Yorkerutidsbestet (Pannonica)

Universalindefinite (Matt F)

USA today3:27 (Sophia)

WSJ6:20 (Jim)

Xword Nationwithout time indication (Ade)

Matt Jones' Jonesin' Crossword, "Supernova" - You're all so smart - Erin's article

Tuesday 23 May 2023 | (1)

Jones' solution 05/23/23

Hello, my dears! This week's Jonesin' theme might surprise you a little because the last word in each theme sentence is an anagram of STAR:

  • 17a.[Replacement leader before 1918?]GASTZAR
  • 23a.[Beordrer piraterne at begynde at tale?]ALL THE CONVERTERSTeer
  • 39a.[Like pointer painting and Scottie sculpture?]DOGART
  • 53a.[Heavily discounted versions of hedgehogs (with much less quills)?]THE FIVE POINTSGUESS
  • 62a.[Fruit flavored candy (or whatever happens at the end of each item answer)]HARDBREAST

Love the inclusion of CONVERSE ALL STAR sneakers here. Did you know you can customize a pair of Chuck Taylors on the Converse website? It's tempting. At least I don't mind the porcupine entrance. I understand FIFTY because it only has five quills, but even though hedgehogs are also rodents, they don't look much like rats.

Other things:

  • Today I learned oneSQUIBis a small biscuit.
  • I love the tip [It's okay to call him Boomer] for BoomerTHE PROHIBITION
  • Loup-GAROUwas new to me. Loup means wolf in French, and Garou comes from the Old French word garoul or garulf, meaning werewolf.

Until next week!

Stella Zawistowskis Wall Street Journal Crossword Line 'Em Up - Jim's anmeldelse

Topic clues are familiar two-word sentences that end with the word "line." Topic answers are colloquial phrases ("lines") connected to the first few words of the clues.

Wall St Journal Crossword Solution · "Line 'Em Up" · Stella Zawistowski · Tir 23/5/23

  • 17a. [assembly line?]"COME TO ORDER
  • 26a. [Hotline?]“I'M SWEATING
  • 50 a. [the finish line?]"THIS IS A WRAP
  • 59a. [Straight line?] "IT'S THE TRUTH

Beautiful. I'm pretty sure I've seen this exact topic before, but there are a lot of options for answers to the topic, so I wouldn't mind seeing it again. And common, everyday phrases as thematic answers always make for a fun and lively grid, at least in my opinion.

I like the filling"DOESN'T MEAN MEANING","rolled up,HONESTY,ALT, AndRotten. I did not know itRAFFInor the book of the titleLean in.

Notable Notes:

  • 15a. [Nabisco creation of 1912].OREO. Maybe, but they stole the idea from Hydrox (which, let's face it, is a terrible name for a cookie).
  • 20 a. ["Brush your teeth"-Sänger].RAFFI. I have never heard this song, despite my years as a house father. I like his performance in the video below, but I think I'm glad my kids never had it as a catchy tune.
  • 23a. [Hand or foot, but not wrist or ankle].UNIT. Difficult but good debugging.

Fun puzzle. Four stars.

Elizabeth C. GorskisCRSSwRDRiddle of Nations (Week 625), "It is high time!" - Ade's opinion

Tuesday 23 May 2023 | (3)

Crossword Nation Puzzle Solution, Week 625: "It's High Time!"

Hi every one. We hope you are all doing well to start the new week!

We have a puzzle where all thematic answers go down and the first word in each of those answers is a word that can come before the word "time". The answer to the second topic is certainly appropriate given the warmer weather across the country... and not a bad song to keep in mind when thinking about the warm weather!

        • QUALITY IS A JOB (3D: [former Ford Motor Co. slogan])
        • SUMMER IN THE CITY (5D: [Lovin' Spoonful-Hit mit dem lyrics "the back of my neck gets dirty and dirty"))
        • PRIME PROPERTY (9D: [picturesque beachfront property, for an investor])
        • PERSONAL PRONOUN (11D: [I, for one])

Speaking of good songs that got stuck in your head. I'm sure a few will come to mind once you've played themBANANANAMA, with "Venus" certainly a good candidate to hum loudly for the next few seconds(2D: [music group "Venus" with a fruity-sounding name]). In keeping with the summer theme, I can't wait to smell the juicy meat being cooked on the grillBBQswhen I stroll around on a summer weekend(1A: [Short Grills on the 4th of July]). Very punctual typing ofMIAMI, with the Miami Heat just one win away from reaching the NBA Finals in their Eastern Conference Finals series(18A: [heat setting?]). Another timely response is in a way:POL, as last Sunday the pole position for next weekend's Indianapolis 500 was determined(59A: [Copernicus, at birth]). Congratulations to pole sitter Alex Palou, whose name is certainly scratched enough to be a welcome addition across the board should he win The Greatest Spectacle in Racing.

"SportWillemake yousmarter"Tagu's Moment:DONS (60A: [Mob-Bosse])- Before becoming one of the greatest players in NBA history, Bill Russell was a member of the University of San Francisco Dons men's basketball team, which won back-to-back national championships in 1955 and 1956. In the '55 season, USF and its head coach, Phil Woolpert, the first major college basketball team to field three black players who made up the majority of the starting roster: Russell, KC Jones and Hal Perry. Russell and Jones are said to have been one of the first pairs of teammates to direct the play now known as the Alley-Oop.

Thank you all for the time! Have a nice and safe rest of the day and keep solving as always!



Lee Taylors New York Times krydsord - Amys resumé

NY Times Crossword Solver, 5 23 23, #0523

The themes are a sort of riff on cryptic crossword "container" clues. Spell the number in the clue, insert the name of the number in the word that appears at the beginning of the clue, and what you get is defined by the clue words that follow the equals sign:

  • 16A. [poet + 10 = serves drinks], BARTENDS. TEN indoor BARDS.
  • 35A. [Small Amphibians + 7 = Story Worth Covering] NEWS EVENT. NEWT ate SEVEN.
  • 58A. [phase + 1 = ancient], STONE AGE. ET i Stage.
  • 18D [Superior + 9 = quality that makes a fish difficult to eat], POWER. NEUN i BOSS.
  • 28D. [Annoyed + 2 = "Success!"] IT WORKED! TWO, ​​sorry.

My guess is that the subject notes are in italics because otherwise the subjects are hard to spot - four 8s and a 9, they blend in with the filling.

favorite filling:NYONG'O, GAZEBO, andZIP-FILThat's itEDITORsince I use it all the time.

Four stars from me.

Natan Lasts New York Crosswords - Pannonicas artikel

Tuesday 23 May 2023 | (5)

New Yorker • 23/05/23 • Tue • Last • Solution •20230523

Wow, for me this game played significantly harder than yesterday's offering at the same venue. I attribute that to the amount of proper names I didn't know about, but also some difficult clues.

After finally filling in the grid, I was told that at least one letter was wrong. It took me a while to find it, although it was right there in the first cross entry (and the first answer I wrote):1a[Precursor to "Kermit the Frog"]HELLO HELLO, for which I filled in HI-YO. The related traverse helped:3d[Kathryn of "Glass Onion"]HAHNis much more credible than YAHN!

  • 12a [author of the 1795 romance Clisson and Eugenie]BONAPARTE. Had no idea about this aspect of Napoleon's career.
  • 18a [Premed sci. Hürde]ABOUT WHO, toorganic chemistry.
  • 23a [ __ Hjørne (D.C.-area suburb)]TYSONS. Now officially namedTysons.
  • 26a [avant-garde writer Theresa Hak Kyung __]CHA. One of the names I didn't know. Others are 37a [Emmy-winning writer and actress __ Nicole Black]ASHLEY, 22d [actress by Tiffany Welles in "Charlie's Angels"]SHELLEY HACK.
  • Substantial crossings were required for all three long stair approaches: 28a [production with contributions from both right and left?]FRENCH BRAID, 30a [Punny progressive motto since 2015]MARK THE CHILD, 31a [author of the Pulitzer-winning collection "Postcolonial Love Poem"]NATALIE DIAZ. It seems that I have not been able to keep up with the current well-known authors.
  • 34a [Translation, perhaps: abbreviation]GNC,gender deviant.
  • 40a [penultimate letter before ampersand in an obsolete version of the alphabet]ZEE. Yes, the ampersand was considered a letter for a while. The recitation ended with "... and in itself,And', which became Elisionand sign.
  • 44a [They can be stabbed or strung]EARS. Quasi-quick observation there.
  • 46a ["Temporary __" (term of accessibility activist Ed Roberts)]ABILITY. validity period; offers most people a completely different perspective.
  • 1d [Hair raising stuff?]HOT WAX. Of!
  • 5d [group of countries once expected to drive economic growth in the 21st century, whose name is an acronym of its five members]BRICS. I read that it was overkill; that it was the creation of a British economist, and that countries' economies are so different that it was never really a useful analytical tool.
  • 7d [television with antennas]TELETUBBIES. Good tip! Such a good error correction that I will overlook the small overlaptelevision andTeleTubbies.
  • 10d [Wednesday the third?]STYLE D. I don't know if the intentional misdirection involved the calendar or Jenna Ortega, the third high-profile person to portray Wednesday Addams (had to look up the other actresses: Nicole Fugere (1998-1999), Krysta Rodriguez (2009-2011) . ), Rachel Potter (2011)).
  • 24d [“Performance"Player?]STARZ. I had no idea.
  • 27d [nickname for a Serbian tennis star, probably derived from his penchant for impersonation]DJOKER'S. I would have preferred the clue to say "partially derived" since it's obvious it's also inspired by his last name.Djokovic.
  • 28d [ __ Position]Foster. This was an important item in my solution. At first the hint was so open that I had no idea. Once I settled on 32a ("Can we talk real quick?") and started with GOT A and thus had the A, I was able to make the conceptual leap to FETAL - which in turn eased my entry into this large central section.
  • 43d ["__ without an object cannot live": Coleridge]HOPE. Good quote, although LOVE seemed just as plausible.

Juliana Tringali Golden's Los Angeles Times Crossword - Jenni's article

I'm very, very tired today, so maybe I've missed something in this thread. I hope so, because at the moment I don't quite understand it.

The subject answers:

  • 17a [Good dog?] isLHASA APSO.
  • 25a [Good shot?] isESPRESSO.
  • 37a [Good condition?] isRESERVATION.
  • 40a [Good measures?] isCALYPSO.
  • 48a [Good character?] isTED LASSO.

And the revealer of 60a: [With good reason and a clue of five answers in this puzzle] isIT IS TRUE. I suppose every answer to a topic fits the definition in a weird way that ends in "SO". Is that all? The puns are amusing, but something just doesn't feel right. It could well be my tired brain.

What I didn't know before this puzzle: Like I said tired. I have nothing.

Rafael Musas USA Today krydsord, 'Splits Pose' - Sophias resume

Editor:Erik Agard
He: Each topic answer starts with PO and ends with SE, which literally splits the word POSE.

USA Today, 23.05.2023, "Splits Pose"

  • 16a [Impressive team] –KRAFTWERK
  • 34a [the writer's artistic freedom] –POETIC LICENSE
  • 55a [Most spoken languages ​​in the southern hemisphere] –PORTUGUESE

I like this theme but thought it just said "splits" and not "splits pose"? Unless it's something else... I don't know, I've never done a split in my life so I managed to avoid learning all the jargon. I did not know that eitherPORTUGUESEwas the most spoken language in the southern hemisphere, that's a cool fact!POETIC LICENSEAndKRAFTWERKis also a good choice for thematic responses.

Fill in Highlights: All 8 (!!) of the long answers are great:PARAMORE, POSTPONED, SNEAK PEEK, STONEBLADED, OH is that in a minute I'm at a loss, side note.This puzzle makes incredible use of the freedom afforded by only having three thematic answers.

Hint Highlights: [„Ups! . . . ___ It Again”] forI DID(Love to raise a portion!) [Dumpster Visitor] tooGEAR.

New to me: ["Obie is ___ enough" (novel by Schuyler Bailar)] forMANN.

Sam Ackers Universal Crossword - "The Color of Money" - Matt F's artikel

Tuesday 23 May 2023 | (8)

Universal solution 23/05/2023

First of all, I want to apologize to the creator and everyone who expected this post today. I was just catching up with work after a week off and my blogging duties fell by the wayside. I will do my best to keep you updated in the future! Now for the puzzle.

Subject overview:

The first word in each item answer is a synonym for the given color and the last word is a synonym for "money". Let's take a look at the kit:

  • 20A– [Red money?] =MUFFLED(as ticked)KOHL
  • 35A– [Blue money?] =LAV(as in sad)REMARKS
  • 44A– [Green money?] =ROH(as in inexperienced)WATER
  • 56A– [Yellow money?] =CHICKEN(as in cowardice)SCRATCH

Nice tight topic today. All the sentences make sense as independent entries, and I guess the synonyms, especially for the colors, are not very common - red = muted; yellow = chicken? – these improved the solving experience for me. I didn't know that "yellow" was synonymous with "coward", but after looking it up I can confirm that it is a legitimate answer.

Overall impression:

I didn't encounter any major problems in the web and enjoyed the use of unusual letters like Q, X and Z (QUIZ/DOZED, TAXI/HOAX). The long bonus slots are also well used - NANNY CAMS, bet I did, don't worry - good job. You don't see USMA in puzzles very often (for the US Military Academy) and while it feels a little tacky, it does include a nice little section in the left pocket of the grid, so I'll leave it!

Thanks for the puzzle Sam!


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