A Sign of the Times


Saturday, October 25,2014

Puzzle by Patrick Blindauer / Edited by Will Shortz

If you do the Times crossword on a daily basis you have probably noted the brouhaha surrounding this week of puzzles featuring the following note:

All the puzzles this week, from Monday to Saturday, have been created by one person, Patrick Blindauer.  Keep your solutions handy, because the Saturday puzzle conceals a meta-challenge involving the solution grids of all six.  When you have the answer to the meta-challenge, send it to crossword@nytmes.com.  Twenty correct solvers, chosen at random, whose entries are received by 6:00 p.m. E.T. Sunday, October 26, 2014, will win one-year online subscriptions to the New York Times crossword.  Only one entry person, please.  The answer and winners’ names will appear on Friday, October 31, at www.nytimes.com/wordplay.

The Times sent out messages to bloggers of the puzzle to not reveal material related to same due to being the final crossword of a metapuzzle — however, the following answers were mentioned in other crossword blogs:

ALPHANUMERIC (18D. Certain character set …), AMENS (19A. Shows of appreciation for services provided?), AND/OR and DRANO (47A. Bit of writing that’s slashed?; 48A. Household brand that‘s an anagram of 47-Across), ASSET (13D. What you will?), ATRIA (32D. Pair of hearts?), BENSON (41D. Half of a cigarette?), I CLAUDIUS (31D. 1977 PBS sensation), I DIDN’T CATCH THAT (36A. “Huh?!”), ION STORMS (54A. Sci-fi disturbances), LET’S PARTY (8D. Fraternity house cry), O’ER and OAR, OATS (29A. Some Arabian food), PIE JUSU (42A. Requiem Mass part), UPDO (57A. It‘s hair-raising).

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10.25.14 — Time Out


Friday, October 24, 2014

Puzzle by Patrick Blindauer / Edited by Will Shortz

What’s to say?


Of interest — ADAM BEDE (3D. Title carpenter of an 1859 novel), AZALEA (44D. Rhododendron relative), GANJA (51D. Pot), GIN JOINTS (61A. Saloons), IT’S A BLAST (63A. “Boy, am I having fun!”), LET IT GO (50A. Stop obsessing), MEETERS (8D. People with signs at airports, e.g.), ORAL EXAMS (1A. Times for speaking one’s mind?), ORG CHART (1D. Diagram showing company positions, briefly), PAMPLONA (37D. Site of an annual encierro), PEONY (60A. Flowering plant named for a Greek god), RED CARPET (15A. Spot for shooting stars), SPIDEY sense, TROUPES (36A. Groups with play dates?), T S ELIOT (34A. “Ash Wednesday” poet), TURN LOOSE (58A. Free), WONTON (45D. Chinese appetizer), X-RATED (21A. Beyond blue), ZIP UP (16A. Finish putting on pants, say).

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10.23.14 — Times Square


Thursday, October 23, 2014

Puzzle by Patrick Blindauer / Edited by Will Shortz


TIME TIME (56A. Where the ball drops on New Year’s Eve … as depicted literally in four places in this puzzle), along with the letters TIME TIME surrounding the lone black squares near each of the four corners of the puzzle constitutes the interrelated group of this Thursday crossword.

Times Square, 1958

Other — ATTEMPTED (3D. Went for), BASE METAL (37D. Lead, e.g.), CITADELS (50A. Holds), DEES (39D. Odd couple?), DMITRI (67A. One of the Brothers Karamazov), EMPANADA (16A. Tabasco turnover), GAMETE (5D. Life starter), HATE MAIL (10D. Letters that are hard to read?), INTIMATES (52A. Bosom buddies), MORTIMER Brewster, “Arsenic and Old Lace” role, OH PLEASE (29A. “Give me a break already!”), OPIATE (70A. Laudanum, e.g.), OVEN MITTS (26A. Range wear?), SASHIMIS (7A. They’re often dipped in wasabis).


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10.22.14 — Face Time


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Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Puzzle by Patrick Blindauer / Edited by Will Shortz

A sort of “face” roughly formed by black squares, FACE  / TIME (32A and 33A. Meeting with someone in person), PEEKABOO, I SEE YOU (17A. Words to a baby) and FOR YOUR EYES ONLY (59A. 007 film of 1981) constitutes the interrelated group of this Wednesday crossword.

Other — CARL ORFF (36D. “Carmna Burana” composer), DIOXIDE and OXYGEN (6D. Compound containing 10-Down; 10D. Element #8); GO ‘PFFT” (1D. Die). KUNG FU and SUMO (18D. A master of this really knows his chops; 56D. Bare-chested sport), LANCELOT (39D. Model of chivalry), ONE-LINER (38D. “I wonder what the word for ‘dots’ looks like in Braille,“ e.g.), POT and SANGRIA (53A. Ballot topic for decriminalization; 42A. Strong punch), SCROLL and UNCURL (37A. Reading for a king’s herald; 34A. Straighten out), SPINACH (14A. Catherine de‘ Medici is said to haven eaten it every day).

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10.21.14 — Time



Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Puzzle by Patrick Blindauer / Edited by Will Shortz

"TIME" is the clue for three 15-letter across answers, MARATHONERS STAT, PARTNER OF WARNER and WHAT PRISONERS DO, of this Tuesday crossword:

Other — DINOSAUR (5D. Natural history museum display), FRIJOLES (37D. Beans in a burrito), HIGH C (17A. Dramatic note in Verdi’s “Di quella pira”), IRAN (7D. Dry country whose name is an anagram of wet weather), MIGRATOR (3D. Seasonal traveler), NAVY SEAL (38D. Elite fighter), RHINOS (47D. Big chargers in Africa), TOM / SAWYER (36D. With 44-Down, fictional prankster).

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10.20.14 — Puzzle Note for the Week


10.20.14 — It's Time

Jean Harlow

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Monday, October 20, 2014

Puzzle by Patrick Blindauer / Edited by Will Shortz


SPLIT-SECOND (17A. Instant), MINUTE RICE (26A. Product that competes with Uncle Ben’s), THE WITCHING HOUR (35A. Midnight), DAY TRIPPER (50A. 1965 Beatles hit that begins “Got a good reason for taking the easy way out”) and PASSION WEEK (58A. Time leading up to Easter) constitutes the interrelated group of this Monday crossword.

Other — CORPSE and CRYPTS (49A. What a medical examiner examines; 48D. Underground tombs), DELEGATE (3D. Political conventiongoer), EYE and NYE, HARLOW (38D. Jean of “Bombshell”), OPPONENT (39D. Foe), OPTICAL illusion, SERAPHS (31A. High-ranking angels), TAX TIP (10D. Piece of advice from H and R Block), TEN (70A. Number of years in a decade) and TENN, THAI and THAT.

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10.19.14 — Elephant Company — the Acrostic


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Sunday, October 19, 2014

ACROSTIC, Puzzle by Emily Cox and Henry Rathvon
Edited by Will Shortz



“The remarkable story of James Howard “Billy” Williams, whose uncanny rapport with the world’s largest land animals transformed hm from a carefree young man into the charismatic war hero known as Elephant Bill.

“Billy Williams came to colonial Burma in 1920, fresh from service in World War I, to a job as a “forest man” for a British teak company.  Mesmerized by the intelligence, character, and even humor of the great animals who hauled logs through the remote jungles, he became a gifted “elephant wallah.”  Increasingly skilled at treating their illnesses and injuries, he also championed more humane treatment for them, even establishing an elephant “school” and “hospital.”  In return, he said, the elephants made him a better man.”  ~ amazon.com 

The quotation:  A TRUNK … ACTS, AMONG OTHER THINGS, AS A HAND, AN ARM, A NOSE, A SNORKEL, A SLEDGEHAMMER, A TRUMPET, AND A HOSE. … WITHOUT CONTAINING A SINGLE BONE, IT IS STRONG ENOUGH TO LIFT HEAVY LOGS, AND SUFFICIENTLY NIMBLE TO PICK UP A COIN.

The author’s name and the title of the work:  VICKI CROKE, “ELEPHANT COMPANY”

The defined words:

A. Slide-jiggling effect on a trombone, VIBRATO
B. Assail, as someone’s character, IMPUGN
C. Cloth used by cyclists for padding, CHAMOIS
D. Like Alec Guinness and Paul McCartney, KNIGHTED
E. “Speaking truthfully …” (2 wds.), IN FACT
F. Storage tank sometimes underground, CISTERN
G. Activity of a rummager, ROOTING
H. Spent, needing a refill (3 wds.), OUT OF GAS
I. Old Cretan center of Bronze Age culture, KNOSSOS
J. Subject of the equation  E^2 = (pc)^2 + (m0c^2)^2, ENERGY
K. Coat for a dentist, ENAMEL
L. Be scornful of, as a danger (2 wds.), LAUGH AT
M. Busy; attentive, ENGAGED
N. Animal whose stuffing comes out, PINATA
O. Boyhood hometown of Mark Twain, HANNIBAL
P. Brought into harmony, ATTUNED
Q. Implement in many salons (2 wds.), NAIL FILE
R. Images on Monopoly bills, TRAINS
S. Lke the spears on Kenya’s flag, CROSSED
T. Pursued by a posse, maybe (3 wds.), ON THE LAM
U. Cloying, drippy, mushy, MAWKISH
V. Quickly, PRESTO
W. What’s regarded as an abomination, ANATHEMA
X. Far from a loser (2 wds.), NO SLOUCH
Y. Robin with a 20-year career in the major leagues, YOUNT

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