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Matt Jones’s Jonesin’ Crossword, “If I Only Had a Grain” – Erin’s write-up

Jonesin’ resolution 11/15/22

Hello lovelies! This week’s theme includes including OAT to phrases:

  • 17a. [Stumble over the jacket holder?] STEP ON A COAT RACK (step on a crack)
  • 33a. [Regatta completely taking place on a watch surface?] WRIST BOAT RACE (wrist brace)
  • 41a. [How to tell which hive dwellers are evil twins?] THE BEE GOATEES (The Bee Gees). From the Evil Twin trope, the place the evil twin appears the identical as the primary character apart from a goatee, glasses, and so forth.
  • 58a. [Place to call for gas pain tips?] HOTLINE BLOATING (“Hotline Bling”). I can’t consider the Drake track with out remembering this mashup between it and “Hark the Herald Angels Sing.”

Other issues, aka individuals I realized about as we speak because of this grid:

  • 35d. [Grammy-nominated gospel singer Tribbett] TYE. Most of his albums have topped the US Gospel charts.
  • 45a. [Actress Lotte who was married to Kurt Weill] LENYA. Lotte Lenya was an Austrian-American singer, actress, and diseuse.
  • 32d. [“Paddington” actor Whishaw] BEN. Besides voicing the titular bear within the motion pictures and TV collection and, he’s additionally recognized for portraying Q in three Bond movies, amongst many different roles.

Until subsequent week!

Elizabeth C. Gorski’s Crsswrd Nation puzzle (Week 598), “The Wild, Wild Quest”—Ade’s take

Crossword Nation puzzle resolution, Week 598: “The Wild, Wild Quest”

Good day, everyone! I hope you’re all doing nicely as some winter-like chill is beginning to descend upon some sections of the nation proper now.

Today’s puzzle undoubtedly would rank excessive in Q-Rating, if that existed for crossword puzzles. The 4 theme solutions are puns, created when taking the names of nouns and altering their sounds ever so barely by changing the “w” syllable with a “q”-sounding syllable.  

      • QUASHING MACHINE (17A: [Political organization that puts the kibosh on everything?])  – Washing machine
      • KILLER QUAIL (36A: [Dangerous bevy bird?]) – Killer whale
      • QUACKS PAPER (43A: [Daily news for ducks?]) – Wax paper
      • SCHOLARLY QUIRKS (64A: [Peculiarities that are purely academic?]) – Scholarly works

Only actual slowdown in fixing was placing in “it groups” as an alternative of IN-GROUPS (27A: [Cliques]). Of course I’d get that fallacious at the start since I’ve by no means been in any in-group in my life…nicely, perhaps Crossword Fiend and the group of superheroes right here saving the day on a regular basis would qualify as such! Probably the spotlight of the grid was coming throughout HUROK, whom I used to be not conversant in, and getting an opportunity to examine him a little bit and his influence on classical music and leisure in America (18D: [Memorable impresario Sol]).

“Sports will make you smarter” second of the day: NESTOR (4D: [Yankees pitcher ___ Cortes]) – One of the explanations that the New York Yankees had top-of-the-line begins to a season in Major League historical past within the 2022 season was due to the emergence of left-handed beginning pitcher Nestor Cortes, who would have completed fifth within the American League if he had pitched sufficient innings to qualify for the league leaders. Cortes made the All-Star Game for the primary time this previous July, and completed with a 12-4 file whereas pitching 158.1 innings and solely permitting 108 hits. (In common, permitting lower than successful per inning as a beginning pitcher is actually good.)

Thank you a lot for the time, everyone! Have an exquisite and protected remainder of your day and, as all the time, preserve fixing!

Take care!


Blake Slonecker’s Wall Street Journal crossword, “Support Groups”—Jim P’s evaluate

Theme: ROCK BOTTOM (29d, [Lowest possible level, and a musical feature of four answers]). Those different (vertical) solutions have rock bands hidden at their ends (i.e. the “bottom”).

Wall St Journal crossword resolution · “Support Groups” · Blake Slonecker · Tue., 11.15.22

  • 3d. [Sweet game franchise] CANDY CRUSH.
  • 7d. [Loud therapy] PRIMAL SCREAM.
  • 14d. [Cutting-edge] STATE OF THE ART.
  • 20d. [“Quit denying it!”] “OPEN YOUR EYES!”

Nice decisions in theme solutions and a constant software of the theme. I like the fashionable CANDY CRUSH and the evocative PRIMAL SCREAM most of all.

There’s a powerful 60s/70s vibe with the bands, although. It would have been good if some extra trendy teams had been added, however perhaps less complicated band names was a factor again within the 60s. The closest I may come (with only a cursory look) was Weezer hidden in “tweezer.” But there’s no frequent phrase that ends in a singular “tweezer.” Live (the band) or Tool would work (hidden “black olive” and “toadstool,” maybe), however these bands will not be as extensively recognized.

Fillwise, we get the beautiful POT STICKER in addition to DIRTY HARRY within the Across path. I additionally like PAN OUT and GAUDY. Nothing a lot to scowl over, both.

Clues of notice:

  • 21a. [Brig’s pair]. MASTS. I used to be not conscious a brig was a kind of ship in addition to a jail on a ship. Way to confuse individuals, sailors.
  • 38a. [The four seasons, for one]. CYCLE. Well, SITE FOR A RUDY GIULIANI PRESS CONFERENCE didn’t match.
  • 45a. [Bountiful setting]. UTAH. Needed 75% of the crossings. The metropolis has a inhabitants of round 44,000.

Nice Tuesday theme. 3.75 stars.

Sandy Ganzell’s New York Times crossword–Amy’s recap

NY Times crossword resolution, 11 15 22, no. 1115

The theme is the youngsters’s track “OLD MACDONALD,” with its E-I-E-I-O refrain. The themers have animals featured within the track: DON’T HAVE A COW (moo!), the fish (and Wisconsin card sport) SHEEPSHEAD (baa), and WHITEHORSE (neigh). Reasonable Tuesday fodder.

Excited to see HAROLD’S Chicken get a shout-out! There are a pair Harold’s eating places in my neighborhood, and my husband noticed a Harold’s meals truck this afternoon. If you don’t know the Harold’s Chicken story, right here you go. The mainstay is fried rooster doused with sauce and served with white bread. Authentic South Side vibes. (Granted, Harold’s isn’t an enormous, nationwide chain, but it surely’s gonna be robust to clue HAROLDS in any other case with out resorting to the dreaded identify plural.)

Surprised to see LIANA, the jungle vine and not-so-common identify, in a Tuesday puzzle. Used to be in crosswords much more typically. Could see the crossing of HSBC ([U.K.-based financial giant]) and BABA ([Rum-soaked cake]) being a tricky spot for some solvers.

3.75 stars from me.



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