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Sunday, September 11, 2022 |







Derrick Niederman’s New York Times crossword, “Opposites Attract” —Nate’s write-up

Hi all! It’ll be a fast write up right this moment, as I’m a couple of day after getting my bivalent COVID booster shot and flu shot… and gosh is my physique doing it’s job. Even nonetheless, I’m glad I obtained each of the pictures and I hope you do, too (in the event you’re ready!), particularly to guard these round you who aren’t capable of get them.

Ok, now onto the puzzle, which is a examine in contrasts:

09.11.22 Sunday New York Times Puzzle

– 24A: ALFRED NOYES [English poet who wrote “The Highwayman”] – NO / YES
– 30A: POOR RICHARD [Early American pseudonym] – POOR / RICH
– 37A: FACE THE MUSIC [Accept imminent punishment] – THEM / US
– 68A: HEART OF ROMAINE [Caesar salad ingredient] – TO / FROM
– 98A: FIX BREAKFAST [Scramble some eggs, say] – FIX / BREAK
– 107A: ENDODONTICS [Branch of dentistry that specializes in root canals] – DO / DON’T
– 114A: KARLA BONOFF [Noted songwriter behind Wynonna Judd’s “Tell Me Why” and Linda Ronstadt’s “All My Life”] – ON / OFF
– 55D: PANDORA [Her name is Greek for “all-gifted”] – AND / OR
– 46D: ROUTINE [Same old, same old] – OUT / IN

Each theme entry incorporates contiguous opposites, which is fairly neat! I can’t think about there are a lot of entries that match the theme this tightly, which might be why a few of them possibly felt a bit harder to plunk in. I’ll admit I didn’t know most of the correct title theme entries, however the theme truly helped me fill them in based mostly on apparent reverse pairings. FIX BREAKFAST might need been my favourite themer for its sheer simplicity!

Random ideas:
– It felt like there have been just a few robust crossings that didn’t must be, primarily CHEAT [Mountebank] crossing SHAY [Horse-drawn carriage] (whose H might have simply been an L or whose clues might have been extra gettable) and (for me, no less than) ELIA [___ Martell, “Game of Thrones” princess] crossing MCKAY [Longtime sport journalist Jim].
– That stated, I actually did like the concept of intentional FLAWs through [Persian ___ (rugmaker’s deliberate mistake)].
– 90A: LEAR [Norman or English king?] – Clever wordplay happening right here, referencing both Norman LEAR (whose daughter I taught!) or King LEAR.
– 93D: PAYROLL [What all companies try to make] – I don’t know why, however the wording of the clue right here irked me, because it implies to me that firms will attempt to compensate employees for his or her time and, gosh, if they’ll’t, what might they presumably do? I perceive that the clue is probably going implying that some companies aren’t profitable sufficient to make PAYROLL and revenue, however revenue shouldn’t come till the employees have been pretty paid. I’d ship this again for a clue rewrite.

What did you consider the puzzle? Can you consider different entries that’d match this theme? If so, tell us within the feedback. Be properly, get vaccinated in the event you can, and deal with your self and people round you! 🙂





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