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NYT Minimised 2022-09-15

· By kieranjboyd · Published 10 days ago

Constructor's Note: Today's NYT author: Ruth Bloomfield Margolin
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  • JeffsPuzzles 🤓41s · 10 days ago
    Fun puzzle, with a great clue on LOWER
    9A LOWERCow, for one? [or what you have to do to one Down entry in this grid]
    - and to me, the theme works better in a mini. The NYT puzzle is solid, but I felt like once I got the trick it was too much of the same thing.
    • Emma Oxford 🤓46s · 10 days ago
      You are much more generous than the commenters on Crossword Fiend (https://crosswordfiend.com/2022/09/14/thursday-september-15-2022/#comments - how the heck do I get the words Crossword Fiend to link to this instead of having to put the full link in? IDK how anyone gets formatting in these comments) today. I quote, "I’ll just state the obvious: this one should never have seen the light of day."
      • kieranjboyd constructor · 10 days ago
        See the "Link" section on this page.
        Ooft, those comments!
    • Jon 1:27 · 10 days ago
      Nice
      • Emma Oxford 🤓46s · 10 days ago
        4D
        4D SEINE"Did you hear about the guy who backflipped off a bridge in Paris? He was in _____!"
        cracked me up, nice one. I still don't get this theme! Why does having one letter off the grid equate to "raising" or "lowering"? The entry has just been raised or lowered off the grid? WHY???? I like this mini way better than the NYT version though because, in what might be called "Evan Birnholz style," the words that are left in the grid are meaningful entries on their one. Thumbs up to that.
        • Emma Oxford 🤓46s · 10 days ago
          *their own. (Mike, where is the edit comment feature??)
          • kieranjboyd constructor · 10 days ago
            As someone who's done many more variety cryptic crosswords than straight crosswords, where the former often involve convoluted entry transformations that usually result in valid grid entries, put me squarely under the "Evan Birnholz" heading!
          • Maxish 🤓1:13 · 10 days ago
            I like that ESTER
            5D ESTERThey might laugh someone out of court
            is still a word. TBH, I wasn't thrilled with the NYT execution (not that I could do any better)
            • Mike D 🤓1:55 · 10 days ago
              This was fun!
              • Jewel 4:58 · 8 days ago
                Lower really got me!!!
                1APoker table action [or what you have to do to one Down entry in this grid]
                1
                2
                3
                4
                5
                6
                7
                8
                9
                Across
                1. 1A
                  Poker table action [or what you have to do to one Down entry in this grid]
                2. 6A
                  Certain piscivore avians
                3. 7A
                  Question after a joke that didn't land [such as 4D
                  "Did you hear about the guy who backflipped off a bridge in Paris? He was in _____!"[-----]
                  ]
                4. 8A
                  In unison
                5. 9A
                  Cow, for one? [or what you have to do to one Down entry in this grid]
                Down
                1. 1D
                  Entertain lavishly, like a 5D
                  They might laugh someone out of court[-----]
                  might
                2. 2D
                  "You ___ __ beautiful/right/good to me"
                3. 3D
                  Like ducklings, vis-à-vis their mother
                4. 4D
                  "Did you hear about the guy who backflipped off a bridge in Paris? He was in _____!"
                5. 5D
                  They might laugh someone out of court
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