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NYT Minimised 2023-09-28

· By kieranjboyd · Published 2023-09-28T04:57:06.717Z

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Today's NYT author: Ricky Cruz
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  • kieranjboyd constructor · 2023-09-28T04:58:53.803Z
    Shame the implementation of the NYT puzzle didn't work out for many solvers (including me) - it's a really fun idea.
    This'll be the last NYT Minimised for a bit while I'm on holidays. Thanks for the continued support!
    • SMEE 🤓7:55 · 2023-09-28T05:58:15.092Z
      The eyes have it.
      • JeffsPuzzles 🤓1:20 · 2023-09-28T11:42:29.620Z
        Have a wonderful time! (The key sigs in the clues don't match the answers - is that what you meant by implementation?)
        • kieranjboyd constructor · 2023-09-29T00:34:09.576Z
          I was referring to how many app users saw black bars instead of the intended key + clue combinations. Linking to all-image clues was my workaround, and I think I got the music keys right - let me know if they need correcting!
          • sw3aterCS 1:38 · 2023-09-29T02:10:42.375Z
            Assuming all keys are supposed to be major keys, 1A should be two sharps and 10A should have… eight sharps‽
            • kieranjboyd constructor · 2023-09-29T23:14:37.089Z
              Apologies guys, I added one too many sharps and missed a double sharp. My lack of musical training is showing. The images should be correct now!
        • Puzzled 🤓4:04 · 2023-09-28T12:43:16.487Z
          I was half expecting today's minimized NYT crossword to lean into the accidental theme and have a bunch of enigmatic boxes (instead of trying to follow the musical theme at all).
          Maybe one box could represent the monolith from 2001. There have got to be a bunch of other things that can be represented by an empty rectangle. 😛
          • kieranjboyd constructor · 2023-09-29T00:33:01.773Z
            I did upload this crossword a long time ago [over a year, whoa], and when I first saw the bars that's where I thought the puzzle was going. In the end I decided that honouring the intent of the author was more fun.
            But hey, the concept's still there, and you've got ideas - make it so!
            • Puzzled 🤓4:04 · 2023-09-29T16:14:23.526Z
              Yeah, I think honoring the intent of the author was a great choice.
              If it weren't such a busy week at work, I might have found time yesterday to do one. It's just not something that makes sense to do a week or two later when no one knows the context anymore.
              And your approach is just nicer, anyway.
          • kurtalert 🤓51s · 2023-09-28T14:45:26.540Z
            Unique, thanks!
            • sjones8888 2:13 · 2023-09-28T17:54:49.251Z
              Very nice, thanks!
              • Brian Callahan 🤓1:21 · 2023-09-28T18:46:22.321Z
                These are always great. Enjoy the time off!
                • Nick 🤓1:34 · 2023-09-28T22:36:55.495Z
                  Loved this one! Have a nice vacation!
                  • apopple 🤓2:31 · 2023-09-29T19:12:05.738Z
                    Your image for 1A is in A major, not D!
                    • kieranjboyd constructor · 2023-09-29T23:14:46.016Z
                      Fixed, sorry!
                    • Sendhil Revuluri 🤓56s · 2023-09-29T19:58:43.618Z
                      Very fun! (And you definitely did a better job implementing the theme entry pictorial clues than the NYT iOS app did!)
                      • Gem 🤓3:31 · 2023-09-30T03:54:19.123Z
                        1. 7A
                          Organisation that's given awards to the likes of Tim McGraw and Carrie Underwood (abbr.)
                        2. 10A
                          See image clue (A flat is preferred, but that doesn't work here!)
                        3. 14A
                          Feared barbarian ruler of the 5th century
                        4. 15A
                        1. 1D
                          Suffix for man or she?
                        2. 2D
                        3. 3D
                          Japanese stringed instrument [you solved my musical midi contest entry, right?]
                        4. 4D
                          "Just joshin'!"
                        5. 5D
                          Love for the game?
                        6. 6D
                          Kind of test in genealogy
                        7. 7D
                        8. 8D
                          When doubled, a Hawaiian fish
                        9. 9D
                          Make ___ for it
                        10. 11D
                          Sporty sports cars
                        11. 12D
                          "Fo ___!" (definitely)
                        12. 13D
                          File format used for the image clues