0724-22 NY Times Crossword 24 Jul 22, Sunday - NYXCrossword.com (2022)

Themed answers in the down-direction are the names of famous ROADS. Each LEADS TO “ROME” in the grid, the ending letters in the across-answer (intersecting at the letter E in “ROME”). Clever …

Today’s Wiki-est Amazonian Googlies

Across

1 Yankee Stadium has 24 of these : ACRES

Yankee Stadium in the Bronx in New York City cost $2.3 billion to construct, making it the most expensive baseball stadium ever built. $1.2 billion of that cost was covered using public funds.

10 Org. with X-rays : TSA

The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) is the agency that employs the good folks who check passengers and baggage at airports.

13 Shape of a heron’s neck : ESS

Herons are birds with long legs that inhabit freshwater and coastal locales. Some herons are routinely referred to as egrets, and others as bitterns. Herons look a lot like storks and cranes, but differ in their appearance in flight. Herons fly with their necks retracted in an S-shape, whereas storks and cranes have their necks extended.

17 Bag for a diamond : BASE

That might be baseball.

18 Yellowfin tuna : AHI

Yellowfin and bigeye tuna are usually marketed as “ahi”, the Hawaiian name. They are both big fish, with yellowfish tuna often weighing over 300 pounds, and bigeye tuna getting up to 400 pounds.

19 Cheney and Harris, informally : VEEPS

In 2000, Dick Cheney was called upon by then-Governor George W. Bush to head up the search for a running mate for Bush in the presidential election. After a few months’ search, Bush turned things on their head by asking Cheney to join him on the ticket.

Kamala Harris was a US Senator for California starting in 2017, after serving for six years as the Attorney General of California. In early 2019, Harris announced her run for the Democratic nomination for US president in the 2020 election. Although she dropped out of the race, she was chosen by eventual nominee Joe Biden as his vice-presidential running mate. When the Biden-Harris ticket won the election, Harris became the highest-ranking female politician in the history of the US.

25 Marsh birds : EGRETS

Egrets are a group of several species of white herons. Many egret species were faced with extinction in the 1800s and early 1900s due to plume hunting, a practice driven by the demand for egret plumes that could be incorporated into hats.

27 Clubs often require them, for short : IDS

Identity document (ID)

36 Bouquet : FRAGRANCE

“Bouquet” comes from the French word for “bunch” in the sense of “bunch of flowers”. In French, the term is derived from an older word describing a little wood or small grove of trees. We started using “bouquet” to mean “perfume from a wine” in the early 1800s.

40 Bolívar who was known as “the Liberator” : SIMON

Simón Bolívar was a military and political leader who led a revolution that overthrew Spanish rule in Venezuela. Bolívar’s military exploits continued after independence, resulting in the conquest of Ecuador, Peru and Bolivia. The latter was named for Simón Bolívar.

42 Reggae-like genre : SKA

Ska originated in Jamaica in the late fifties and was the precursor to reggae music. No one has a really definitive etymology of the term “ska”, but it is likely to be imitative of a sound.

46 Singer White with the 1991 #1 hit “Romantic” : KARYN

Karyn White is a singer from Los Angeles who had hits in the late eighties and early nineties, including a number one in 1991 called “Romantic”. White dropped out of the music scene in 1999 to start a family.

48 Actress de Matteo : DREA

Drea de Matteo is an actress who is most familiar to me for playing Adriana la Cerva on HBO’s wonderful series “The Sopranos”. De Matteo also played Joey’s sister on the short-lived “Friends” spin-off called “Joey”, and the character Angie Bolen on “Desperate Housewives”.

50 Inits. on some handbags : YSL

Yves Saint Laurent (YSL)

55 End-of-semester form: Abbr. : EVAL

Evaluation (eval.)

“Semester” is a German word from the Latin “semestris”, an adjective meaning “of six months”. We use the term in a system that divides an academic year into two roughly equal parts. A trimester-system has three parts, and a quarter-system has four.

59 Big name in jet skis : SEA-DOO

Sea-Doo is a brand name of personal watercraft (PWC). Other well-known brands are Jet Ski and WaveRunner.

63 Stylish flair : ECLAT

“Éclat” can describe a brilliant show of success, as well as the applause or accolade that one receives for that success. The word “éclat” derives from the French “éclater” meaning “to splinter, burst out”.

66 Necessities for drug approvals : TRIALS

In the scientific procedure called a single-blind trial, the subjects do not know whether or not they are in the test group or the control group, but the researcher does. In a double-blind trial, neither the subjects nor the researcher know who is in the test and control groups, until the study is completed.

68 English landing spot : AERODROME

An aerodrome is a facility where aircraft take off and land. An aerodrome could be a small airstrip, a large commercial airport or even a military airbase. The term “aerodrome” is used quite often in the UK, but rarely here in the US.

71 Seat for the Queen? : ARSE

Well, the word “arse” would never make it into a crossword on the other side of the pond, as it would be considered too rude. I have a similar reaction to the word “shag” as in “The Spy Who Shagged Me”. The film would never have been released with that title in the UK.

73 Egyptian symbol of life : ANKH

The ankh was the ancient Egyptian hieroglyphic character for “eternal life”. The ankh wasn’t just used in inscriptions but was often fashioned into amulets and as surrounds for mirrors (perhaps symbolizing a view into another world). The ankh is also known as “the key of the Nile” and “crux ansata” (Latin for “cross with a handle”).

76 John Cho’s role in “Star Trek” films : SULU

John Cho is an actor and musician who was born in Seoul, South Korea but has lived in the US since he was a young boy. Cho’s break in movies came in playing Harold Lee in the ”Harold & Kumar” films. He is now making a name for himself playing Mr. Sulu in the latest “Star Trek” movies.

78 Spill the tea : DISH

To spill the beans is to divulge a secret. The expression first appeared in American English, in the early 1900s. The phrase arose as an alternative to “spoil the beans” or “upset the applecart”. The similarly meaning phrase “spill the tea” is more prevalent on the other side of the Atlantic.

To dish the dirt is to talk about someone or something without regard to veracity. The phrase comes from “dish” (in the sense of dishing out food) and “dirt” (in the sense of negative information). To be dishy is to be given to gossip.

85 Setting of two Shakespeare plays : VERONA

Well, I suppose just two of Shakespeare’s plays were primarily set in Verona, namely “Romeo and Juliet” and “Two Gentlemen of Verona”. However, “The Taming of the Shrew” features Verona, as well the primary setting of Padua.

88 Edith Wharton’s “ruin of a man” : ETHAN FROME

“Ethan Frome” is a novel by New York and Massachusetts author Edith Wharton, first published in 1911. Wharton started “Ethan Frome” as a composition in French that she wrote while studying the language in Paris. The novel was adapted into a 1993 film of the same name starring Liam Neeson in the title role, opposite Patricia Arquette.

94 Bearer of roses, maybe : BEAU

A beau (plural “beaux”) is the boyfriend of a belle, a young lady. “Beau” and “belle” are the masculine and feminine forms of the French word for “handsome, beautiful”.

97 Aunt ___ (role on “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air”) : VIV

“The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air” sitcom originally ran from 1990 to 1996. It starred Will Smith as a teenager from Philadelphia who arrives in Bel Air to live in a mansion with his wealthy aunt and uncle.

106 Edify : TEACH

To edify is to provide instruction in order to improve spiritually, morally or intellectually. The intent is to “build up” someone’s faith or morality, and so “edify” comes from the Latin “aedificare” meaning “to build, construct”. This Latin root also gives us our word “edifice”, meaning “massive building”.

107 Rikishi’s sport : SUMO

“Rikishi” is the term used for a sumo wrestler. “Rikishi” translates from Japanese as “strong man”.

110 First pope to be called “the Great” : ST LEO

The first pope named Leo is now known as Pope Saint Leo the Great. Leo I is famous for meeting with the feared Attila the Hun and persuading him to turn back his invading force that was threatening to overrun Western Europe.

111 Dillydallies : DAWDLES

To dillydally is to loiter, delay. The verb “to dally” also means “to linger, dawdle”, and so “dillydally” is simply a duplication of “dally”, one that dates back to the mid-1700s.

114 “In Search of Lost Time” novelist : PROUST

Marcel Proust was a French writer famous for the enormous and much respected novel “In Search of Lost Time”. Graham Greene called Proust “the greatest novelist of the twentieth century”, and W. Somerset Maugham dubbed “In Search of Lost Time” as the “greatest fiction to date”. “In Search of Lost Time” is a very, very long novel. It is divided into seven volumes and was first published in 1913-1927. The first of the volumes is called “Swann’s Way”.

115 Aphorism that’s visually depicted five times in this puzzle’s grid : ALL ROADS LEAD TO ROME

The expression “all roads lead to Rome” is used to mean “whatever way we do this, we’ll get the same result”. The phrase has been used since the 1100s and probably even earlier than that. The expression arises because the ancient Roman road system had all major roads radiating from Rome like spokes on a wheel.

122 Ultimate needs : DISCS

Ultimate is a team sport that is similar to football or rugby in that the goal is to get a flying disc into an endzone or goal area. The sport used to be called “Ultimate Frisbee”, but the “Frisbee” was dropped as it is a registered trademark.

Down

1 Rosebud ravager : APHID

Aphids are called “greenfly” back in Britain and Ireland where I come from. The most effective way to control aphids, in my experience, is to make sure there are plenty of ladybugs in the garden (called “ladybirds” in Ireland!).

2 Latin for “I believe” : CREDO

A creed or credo is a profession of faith, or a system of belief or principles. “Credo” is Latin for “I believe”.

3 Some black-and-white pictures : RORSCHACH CARDS

The Rorschach test is a psychological test in which a subject is asked to interpret a series of inkblots. The test was created by Swiss Freudian psychoanalyst Hermann Rorschach in the 1920s.

4 Prone to brooding, say : EMO

“Emo” is short for “emotional hardcore”.

6 Stacey of Georgia politics : ABRAMS

Stacey Abrams is a politician and voting rights activist who served in the Georgia House of Representatives from 2007 to 2017. In 2019, she delivered the Democratic Party’s response to President Donald Trump’s State of the Union address, and became the first African-American woman to do so.

7 Easternmost leg of I-90, familiarly : MASS PIKE

I-90 runs in an east-west direction from Seattle to Boston, and is the longest interstate in the US. When I-90 was built, it made use of several existing roads, including the Massachusetts Turnpike, New York State Thruway, Ohio Turnpike, Indiana Toll Road, Chicago Skyway, and the Jane Addams Memorial Tollway.

The Massachusetts Turnpike (aka “Mass Pike”) is a 138-mile stretch of Interstate 90.

9 Opus ___ : DEI

Opus Dei is a Roman Catholic institution that was founded in Spain in 1928, and officially approved by the church in 1950. In 2010, Opus Dei had over 90,000 members, mostly lay people. The institution’s mission is to promote certain aspects of Roman Catholic doctrine. Opus Dei was portrayed as a sinister organization by Dan Brown in his novel “The Da Vinci Code”.

14 Rocker Bob with 10 top 10 albums : SEGER

Bob Seger struggled as a performing artist right through the sixties and early seventies before becoming a commercial success in 1976 with the release of his album “Night Moves”. Since then, Seger has recorded songs that have become classics like “We’ve Got Tonight”, “Like a Rock” and “Old Time Rock & Roll”.

15 Casper competitor : SERTA

Serta was founded in 1931 when a group of 13 mattress manufacturers came together, essentially forming a cooperative. Today, the Serta company is owned by eight independent licensees in a similar arrangement. Serta advertisements feature the Serta Counting Sheep. Each numbered sheep has a different personality, such as:

  • #1 The Leader of the Flock
  • #½ The Tweener
  • #13 Mr. Bad Luck
  • #53 The Pessimist
  • #86 Benedict Arnold

20 One side of D.C.’s Federal Triangle : PENNSYLVANIA AVENUE

Pennsylvania Avenue in Washington, D.C. is sometimes called “America’s Main Street”, as it runs between the White House and the US Capitol. The exact reason why this important thoroughfare was given the name “Pennsylvania” seems to be unclear. One favored theory is that it was a gesture to the state of Pennsylvania after moving the country’s capital from Philadelphia.

23 Nail polish brand : OPI

Opi (originally “Odontorium Products Inc.”) is a manufacturer of nail polish based in North Hollywood, California. One of Opi’s marketing coups was the introduction of a line of Legally Blonde 2 polishes, which featured in the film.

24 Where all the people that come and go stop and say “hello,” in a 1967 hit : PENNY LANE

When in their teens, Paul McCartney and John Lennon would often head into the center of Liverpool together on the bus. The convenient place for them to meet was at the end of Penny Lane. Years later, Paul McCartney wrote the song “Penny Lane”, which was a big hit in 1967. “Penny Lane” was released as a double A-side record with “Strawberry Fields Forever” penned by John Lennon. Coincidentally, Strawberry Field was also a real location, not far from Penny Lane in Liverpool. Strawberry Field was a Salvation Army Children’s Home in the garden of which Lennon would play as a child. I don’t think Lennon and McCartney ever really forgot their roots …

32 Former N.Y.C. mayor Ed : KOCH

Ed Koch was a Democratic Representative in the US Congress from 1969-73, and then Mayor of New York City from 1978-89. From 1997 to 1999 Koch was a “judge” on the TV show “The People’s Court”. And in 2004, he collaborated with his sister Pat Koch, and wrote a children’s book called “Eddie, Harold’s Little Brother”, a tale about Ed’s own childhood experiences.

34 Actress Thurman : UMA

Uma Thurman started her working career as a fashion model, at the age of 15. She appeared in her first movies at 17, with her most acclaimed early role being Cécile de Volanges in 1988’s “Dangerous Liaisons”. Thurman’s career really took off when she played the gangster’s moll Mia in Quentin Tarantino’s “Pulp Fiction” in 1994. My favorite of all Thurman’s movies is “The Truth About Cats & Dogs”, a less acclaimed romcom released in 1996. She took a few years off from acting from 1998 until 2002 following the birth of her first child. It was Tarantino who relaunched her career, giving her the lead in the “Kill Bill” films.

37 Noted shopping mecca : RODEO DRIVE

There’s a three-block stretch of Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills, California that is known for expensive shopping, mainly in designer clothes stores. The surrounding business district is known as the Beverly Hills “Golden Triangle”, which extends from Wilshire to Santa Monica Boulevards. The triangle is a mecca for shoppers and tourists.

43 Transport on the slopes : T-BAR

A T-bar is a ski lift on which the skiers are pulled up the hill in pairs, with each pair standing (not sitting!) either side of a T-shaped metal bar. The bar is placed behind the thighs, pulling along the skiers as they remain standing on their skis (hopefully!). There’s also a J-bar, which is a similar device but with each J-shaped bar used by one skier at a time.

45 Celebrity chef DiSpirito : ROCCO

Rocco DiSpirito is a celebrity chef from New York City. He was a contestant on “Dancing with the Stars” in 2008, and did quite well in the competition.

54 Fictional documentarian from Kazakhstan : BORAT

The full name of the 2006 “mockumentary” is “Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan”. Borat is played by a British comedian Sacha Baron Cohen. Not my cup of tea …

56 Provider of a ball of thread, in myth : ARIADNE

In Greek mythology, Ariadne was the daughter of Minos, the King of Crete and master of the Minotaur. Minos charged his daughter with control of the labyrinth that housed the Minotaur. However, Ariadne fell in love with Theseus, who had vowed to kill the Minotaur, and she helped him fulfill his mission. In other myths, Ariadne became the bride of the god Dionysus.

61 ___ Club : ELKS

The Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks (BPOE) was founded in 1868, and is a social club that has about a million members today. It started out as a group of men getting together in a “club” in order to get around the legal opening hours of taverns in New York City. The club took on a new role as it started to look out for poor families of members who passed away. The club now accepts African Americans as members (since the seventies) and women (since the nineties), but atheists still aren’t welcome. The list of US presidents that have been members of the BPOE includes Presidents Eisenhower, Harding, Franklin D. Roosevelt, Truman, Kennedy and Ford.

64 Neighbor of Curaçao : ARUBA

Aruba is one of the so-called ABC islands located off the northern coast of Venezuela. “ABC Islands” is a name given to the three westernmost islands of the Leeward Antilles in the Caribbean. The nickname comes from the first letters of the island names: Aruba, Bonaire and Curaçao. All three of the ABC islands are part of the Kingdom of the Netherlands.

74 Memo opener, often : FYI

For your information (FYI)

80 Downwind locales for ships : LEE SHORES

Alee is the direction away from the wind. If a sailor points into the wind, he or she is pointing aweather. The sheltered side of an island, for example, might be referred to as the “lee” side.

81 “Now!” : STAT!

The exact etymology of “stat”, a term meaning “immediately” in the medical profession, seems to have been lost in the mists of time. It probably comes from the Latin “statim” meaning “to a standstill, immediately”.

86 “Listen!,” in León : OYE!

León is a province in the autonomous community of Castile and León in the northwest of Spain. The province’s capital is the city of León, which was founded as a Roman military encampment around 29 BC.

94 Of whom Celine Dion said “If God would have a singing voice, he must sound a lot like …” : BOCELLI

Andrea Bocelli is a classically-trained tenor from Italy who sings popular music, and hence is a so-called cross-over artist. Bocelli was born with poor eyesight and then became totally blind at the age of 12 when he had an accident playing soccer.

96 ___ Schneider, winningest woman in “Jeopardy!” history : AMY

Amy Schneider was a contestant on the game show “Jeopardy” who had the second-longest winning streak in the history of the show (40 games). Host of the show during her streak was Ken Jennings. Jennings holds the record for the longest winning streak (74 games).

98 “___ the economy, stupid!” : IT’S

As a tactic to keep workers on message during Governor Bill Clinton’s first run for US president, campaign manager James Carville put up a sign in the campaign headquarters:

  1. Change vs. more of the same
  2. The economy, stupid
  3. Don’t forget health care

101 Paul who was People magazine’s 2021 Sexiest Man Alive : RUDD

I think Paul Rudd is a very talented actor. He has played a variety of roles in movies but is probably best known on television for playing Phoebe Buffay’s boyfriend and then husband on the sitcom “Friends”.

There used to be a “People” page in each issue of “Time” magazine. This page was spun-off in 1974 as a publication of its own, which we now call “People” magazine. “People” is noted for its annual special editions with features such as “Best & Worst Dressed” and “Sexiest Man Alive”. The “Sexiest Man Alive” edition now appears at the end of November each year. The first choice for “Sexiest Man” was Mel Gibson, in 1985.

104 Coup result : OUSTER

A coup d’état (often just “coup”) is the sudden overthrow of a government, and comes from the French for “stroke of state”. The Swiss-German word “putsch” is sometimes used instead of “coup”, with “Putsch” translating literally as “sudden blow”. We also use the abbreviated “coup” to mean “sudden, brilliant and successful act”.

105 Member of Gen Z, jocularly : ZOOMER

Definitions vary, but it seems that the term “Generation Z” is reserved for the children of “Generation X”, and for the generation that follows the “Millennials” (Generation Y).

113 Title on Netflix’s “Bridgerton” : LADY

“Bridgerton” is a fascinating period drama TV series based on a series of historical romance novels by Julia Quinn. Most of the action takes place in London’s high society during the Regency Era. An intriguing element is the show’s approach to race. There is a common, albeit unfounded, assertion that King George III’s wife Queen Charlotte was of African descent. “Bridgerton” runs with this assertion, portraying the era’s society as quite diverse.

116 Any of the Uruk-hai in “The Lord of the Rings” : ORC

According to Tolkien, Orcs are small humanoids that live in his fantasy world of Middle-earth (also called “Mordor”). They are very ugly and dirty, and are fond of eating human flesh.

118 Fútbol cry : OLE!

In Spanish, a “fútbol” (football, soccer) supporter might shout “olé!” (bravo!).

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Complete List of Clues/Answers

Across

1 Yankee Stadium has 24 of these : ACRES
6 In the thick of : AMID
10 Org. with X-rays : TSA
13 Shape of a heron’s neck : ESS
16 Bit of publicity : PROMO
17 Bag for a diamond : BASE
18 Yellowfin tuna : AHI
19 Cheney and Harris, informally : VEEPS
22 One prone to idol thoughts : HERO WORSHIPPER
25 Marsh birds : EGRETS
27 Clubs often require them, for short : IDS
28 Pool locales : SPAS
29 That: Sp. : ESA
30 “Never you worry” : FRET NOT
31 Moor : DOCK
33 Call into question : IMPUGN
36 Bouquet : FRAGRANCE
38 Break up clods : HOE
40 Bolívar who was known as “the Liberator” : SIMON
41 Evening, to Yves : SOIR
42 Reggae-like genre : SKA
43 One looking for missing persons : TRACER
46 Singer White with the 1991 #1 hit “Romantic” : KARYN
48 Actress de Matteo : DREA
50 Inits. on some handbags : YSL
51 Two-colored : BICHROME
53 Model world : GLOBE
55 End-of-semester form: Abbr. : EVAL
57 Flick, as a cigarette, informally : ASH
58 Disappearing sculpture medium : ICE
59 Big name in jet skis : SEA-DOO
60 Gumption : NERVE
62 ___ hall : REC
63 Stylish flair : ECLAT
65 Square type : NERD
66 Necessities for drug approvals : TRIALS
68 English landing spot : AERODROME
71 Seat for the Queen? : ARSE
73 Egyptian symbol of life : ANKH
74 Stick with it! : FORK
76 John Cho’s role in “Star Trek” films : SULU
77 Level : TIER
78 Spill the tea : DISH
79 Hits high notes in high places : YODELS
82 Suit : BEFIT
85 Setting of two Shakespeare plays : VERONA
87 Some coding statements : IFS
88 Edith Wharton’s “ruin of a man” : ETHAN FROME
91 Nautical agreement : AYE AYE!
94 Bearer of roses, maybe : BEAU
95 Word with American or amber : … ALE
96 Whiz : ACE
97 Aunt ___ (role on “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air”) : VIV
98 Habitual fear of being exposed as a fraud : IMPOSTER SYNDROME
105 N.F.L. star Elliott, to fans : ZEKE
106 Edify : TEACH
107 Rikishi’s sport : SUMO
108 “Don’t be that ___” : GUY
109 Part of a skin-care routine : TONER
110 First pope to be called “the Great” : ST LEO
111 Dillydallies : DAWDLES
114 “In Search of Lost Time” novelist : PROUST
115 Aphorism that’s visually depicted five times in this puzzle’s grid : ALL ROADS LEAD TO ROME
119 Pros with floors : TILERS
120 Unit of cauliflower : HEAD
121 Split, then come together? : ELOPE
122 Ultimate needs : DISCS
123 Parched : DRY
124 Apply (to) : REFER

Down

1 Rosebud ravager : APHID
2 Latin for “I believe” : CREDO
3 Some black-and-white pictures : RORSCHACH CARDS
4 Prone to brooding, say : EMO
5 Scatters : SOWS
6 Stacey of Georgia politics : ABRAMS
7 Easternmost leg of I-90, familiarly : MASS PIKE
8 Suffix with fool or fiend : -ISH
9 Opus ___ : DEI
10 Dance shoe attachments : TAPS
11 Bundles : SHEAFS
12 Put on : AIR
13 Home of the Simpson and Flanders households : EVERGREEN TERRACE
14 Rocker Bob with 10 top 10 albums : SEGER
15 Casper competitor : SERTA
20 One side of D.C.’s Federal Triangle : PENNSYLVANIA AVENUE
21 iPhone app with a graph in its icon : STOCKS
23 Nail polish brand : OPI
24 Where all the people that come and go stop and say “hello,” in a 1967 hit : PENNY LANE
26 It’s a huge deal : STEAL
30 State ___ : FAIR
32 Former N.Y.C. mayor Ed : KOCH
34 Actress Thurman : UMA
35 Locale for a rock climber : GORGE
37 Noted shopping mecca : RODEO DRIVE
39 More like an empty old mansion at night, say : EERIER
43 Transport on the slopes : T-BAR
44 Stop lying : RISE
45 Celebrity chef DiSpirito : ROCCO
47 Point in a network : NODE
49 Profess : AVER
52 Combines, in a way : MELDS
54 Fictional documentarian from Kazakhstan : BORAT
56 Provider of a ball of thread, in myth : ARIADNE
59 Like some cars and kisses : STOLEN
61 ___ Club : ELKS
64 Neighbor of Curaçao : ARUBA
67 Theater rebuke : SHH!
69 Scratch (out) : EKE
70 Botch : MUFF
72 You might be advised to do this for yourself : SEE
74 Memo opener, often : FYI
75 “That’s rough” : OOF!
80 Downwind locales for ships : LEE SHORES
81 “Now!” : STAT!
83 Home of Nobel Peace Prize winner Shirin Ebadi : IRAN
84 Spilled the tea : TOLD
86 “Listen!,” in León : OYE!
89 Cherry and peach : HUES
90 Combined : MERGED
92 “Uh-oh!” : YIKES!
93 Turn inside out : EVERT
94 Of whom Celine Dion said “If God would have a singing voice, he must sound a lot like …” : BOCELLI
96 ___ Schneider, winningest woman in “Jeopardy!” history : AMY
98 “___ the economy, stupid!” : IT’S
99 Got together in : MET AT
100 White as a sheet : PALLID
101 Paul who was People magazine’s 2021 Sexiest Man Alive : RUDD
102 Tremendous success : SMASH
103 Squawked in pain : YOWLED
104 Coup result : OUSTER
105 Member of Gen Z, jocularly : ZOOMER
109 Busy businesswoman in a rom-com, e.g. : TROPE
112 Loved : DEAR
113 Title on Netflix’s “Bridgerton” : LADY
114 Univ. V.I.P. : PROF
116 Any of the Uruk-hai in “The Lord of the Rings” : ORC
117 Word with half or hard : … ASS
118 Fútbol cry : OLE!

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You can subscribe to The New York Times Games via the web or through your phone (iOS and Android) or tablet with The Crossword app. Keep in mind that smartphone and tablet apps are not supported on all devices. New York Times Games is included with Home Delivery and All Digital Access subscriptions.

Why is my NYT crossword app not working? ›

Restart the app

If the mobile app is not displaying or loading properly, restarting the app on your device can help resolve the issue. To restart the app, force quit the app and then re-open the app on your device.

Can you share Nytimes crossword subscription? ›

Learn how to share complimentary access to The New York Times with your friends and family. Depending on your subscription type, you may be able to share your New York Times subscription, or a bonus subscription, with friends and family.

What is the most popular crossword puzzle? ›

The New York Times crossword puzzle.

Which newspaper has the best crossword puzzle? ›

1. New York Magazine Sunday Night Crossword. Certainly one of the most iconic crosswords in history, you don't need a subscription to New York Magazine in order to play its weekly puzzle.

What do the circles mean in NYT crossword? ›

The letters that will appear in the circles when the Answers are written in spell out words related to the puzzle's theme. the letters in squares that contain circles spell out words related to the theme either when read consecutively or when rearranged to form theme-related words.

Are crossword puzzles good for your brain? ›

According to a University of Exeter study, older adults who regularly did word and number puzzles had increased mental acuity. A 2011 experiment with members of the Bronx Aging Study found that a regular regimen of crosswords might delay the onset of cognitive decline.

How do I improve my crossword puzzle skills? ›

In an interview with Business Insider, Barkin broke down how the average person can improve their crossword skills.
  1. Start off with easier puzzles. ...
  2. Try to learn a little of everything. ...
  3. Google is your friend. ...
  4. Start with the blanks. ...
  5. Recognize words that appear over and over. ...
  6. Stay cool.
19 Apr 2016

How long should a crossword take? ›

Top solvers can complete a Sunday Times crossword, on average, in 8-12 minutes. Ordinary people, of course, can't finish it at all. If you find certain puzzles too hard, do just the ones you enjoy. The more you solve the better you'll get.

Does New York Times subscription include games? ›

New York Times Cooking, Games and Wirecutter are included with an All Digital Access subscription but are not included with a Basic Digital Access subscription. Your subscription will continue until you cancel. Cancellation takes effect at the end of your current billing period.

Is Wordle a subscription? ›

The publication acquired Wordle back in January 2022, which is when NYT also promised players that it would keep the game free. Adding Wordle to the Crossword app that was already a subscription-based platform may worry users, but the game at least for now, continues to be free on the site.

What is a good score for NYT spelling bee? ›

The Genius level requires 68 points, so one person works their way up to 34, then the other player takes over. Once they reach the Genius level, either one can chime in with more words in their attempt to reach the Queen Bee level. "In 18 months of playing, we've only gotten Queen Bee twice!" she says.

What is the best free crossword solver app? ›

The best crossword solvers on all platforms
  • Anagram Solver (Android)
  • Crossword Clue Solver (Android)
  • Crossword Solver by Havos (Android)
  • CS by LithiumApps (Android)
  • Crossword Solver King (Android)
  • Across Lite Crosswords (iPad only)
  • Anagram Solver (iPhone/iPad)
  • The Crossword & Anagram Solver (iPhone/iPad)

Is the Times crossword free? ›

The New York Times Crossword is free to download, and all users get free unlimited access to the daily puzzle and calendar archive for seven days upon downloading.

Are there any good crossword apps? ›

Clean Crossword has distinctive features and is the best crossword app for Android and iOS devices. The clues are posted in the puzzle grid, making puzzles easy to locate and fun to play with for every crossword fan.

What does Rebus mean in crossword? ›

“A 'rebus' in a crossword is anything that gets entered in a square that's not a single letter of the alphabet. Typically, rebuses are parts of themes,” Mr. Shortz said via email.

How much is the NYT crossword? ›

An annual subscription the the Crossword costs $39.95 per year and a monthly is $6.95 per month. New York Times digital and home delivery subscribers get a 50 percent discount on Crossword subscriptions. And, as always, The New York Times also offers a Crossword app for iOS available to download on the App Store.

Which crossword puzzle is most difficult? ›

Fun Fact: The Saturday crossword is actually the hardest puzzle of the week. Contrary to popular belief, the Sunday puzzles are midweek difficulty, not the hardest. Mondays have the most straightforward clues and Saturday clues are the most vague or involve the most wordplay.

How do you solve crossword puzzles? ›

How to Solve Crossword Puzzles - YouTube

Can I do crosswords on my iPad? ›

Play the Award Winning Crosswords on your iPad or iPhone, optimized for iOS 12! Each day many newspapers provide their crossword puzzles online; wake up each day to new puzzles, solve them, get hints, view clues, and track how quickly you're improving!

How do cows talk in old fashioned? ›

Holy cow!, in old-fashioned speak Crossword Clue Answers

The solution to the Holy cow!, in old-fashioned speak crossword clue should be: EGAD (4 letters)

What is a toilet paper layer? ›

Sheet ply. The ply of a toilet paper refers to the number of layers per sheet. Rolls are typically available in single-ply, 2-ply, 3-ply, and 4-ply.

What was the first college established in North America 1636? ›

Founded in 1636, Harvard College was the first institution of higher education in the English colonies.

Is Wordle free? ›

If you used to watch Lingo on the Game Show Network, then Wordle will seem largely familiar. It is a free online game that challenges players each day to identify a five-letter word in six tries or less.

Is NYT mini free? ›

The New York Times Launches Free Daily Mini Crossword Puzzle as Part of New Release. Starting today, The New York Times will offer a free daily mini crossword puzzle to all players on iOS as part of its latest release of The New York Times Crossword.

What does a dash mean in a crossword clue? ›

Connector Words

Sometimes a dash and/or the use of the words "connection" or "connector" is used to communicate a word or grouping of words within a phrase. However, this happens on a rare occasion- I could only find one example: Clue, Give-hand connection. Answer, MEA.

How to play NYT Mini crossword? ›

To play The Mini on a web or mobile browser, visit nytimes.com/crosswords/game/mini on your preferred web browser and log in to your New York Times account. To play The Mini on The New York Times Crossword app: Open The New York Times Crossword app on your device. Select Today's The Daily Mini to start playing.

How do you rebus in NYT crossword app? ›

Tap the “More” key on the bottom left-hand side of the screen. Step 2: Tap the “Rebus” key. This will open up a larger square in which you can type multiple letters. Step 3: Type in the letters and then tap anywhere inside the grid to close and save your rebus.

Is NYT spelling bee free? ›

No, you will have to subscribe, but it's worth it.

Is the New York Times crossword puzzle app free? ›

Free to download, the app offers puzzles for every level so you can steadily improve your skills.

Is NYT app free? ›

Download The New York Times for free from the Google Play Store and start enjoying The Times on your Android smartphone and tablet. For full access to The New York Times, you will need to register a New York Times account and purchase a Digital Access subscription.

Why do I have to keep logging into NYT? ›

There are a few possible reasons that you were asked to sign in again, the most likely being that the cookie that stores your nytimes.com ID and password was lost or expired.

How do I get The New York Times crossword for free? ›

The New York Times Crossword Puzzle can be played at nytimes.com/games, on the The New York Times Crossword app (iOS and Android), and on The New York Times News app (iOS and Android).

What is the cost of a New York Times digital subscription? ›

Your payment method will automatically be charged in advance the introductory offer rate of $4 every 4 weeks for 1 year, and after 1 year the standard rate of $17 every 4 weeks. Your subscription will continue until you cancel. Cancellation takes effect at the end of your current billing period.

How many people can share a Times subscription? ›

If you are a Digital Subscriber, you will need to download the free app and login with your registered email address and password. You can do this simultaneously on up to 5 devices.

Are Thursday crosswords hard? ›

The puzzle becomes increasingly difficult throughout the week, with the easiest puzzle on Monday and the most difficult puzzle on Saturday. The larger Sunday crossword, which appears in The New York Times Magazine, is an icon in American culture; it is typically intended to be as difficult as a Thursday puzzle.

Are Friday crosswords hard? ›

The popular understanding is that Monday's puzzle is the easiest of the week and by Friday and Saturday, the puzzles are the most difficult.

Is there a Saturday NY Times crossword? ›

The Saturday New York Times crossword puzzle is the most challenging puzzle of the week, which is why it has gained such an eager following. The most serious solvers know that actually finishing the puzzle is no small feat.

Do LA Times Crosswords get harder? ›

"LA Times follows the exact same increasing-difficulty pattern as the NYT, only a little bit easier each day (and Friday LATs have themes, whereas most Friday NYTs are themeless). Newsday is super-easy Mon/Tues, and gets gradually tougher by Friday (but easier than the NYT). Saturday's Newsday is as hard as the Sat.

Are crossword puzzles good for your brain? ›

According to a University of Exeter study, older adults who regularly did word and number puzzles had increased mental acuity. A 2011 experiment with members of the Bronx Aging Study found that a regular regimen of crosswords might delay the onset of cognitive decline.

How do I improve my crossword puzzle skills? ›

In an interview with Business Insider, Barkin broke down how the average person can improve their crossword skills.
  1. Start off with easier puzzles. ...
  2. Try to learn a little of everything. ...
  3. Google is your friend. ...
  4. Start with the blanks. ...
  5. Recognize words that appear over and over. ...
  6. Stay cool.
19 Apr 2016

How do you get better at New York Times crossword puzzle? ›

In the meantime, here are a few ideas that will help me get going:
  1. Start by solving a lot of puzzles. My initial plan is to start off by solving (or attempting to solve) a dozen or so Saturday NYT puzzles. ...
  2. Study solved puzzles. ...
  3. Memorize the most frequently used clues and answers.

How long should a crossword take? ›

Top solvers can complete a Sunday Times crossword, on average, in 8-12 minutes. Ordinary people, of course, can't finish it at all. If you find certain puzzles too hard, do just the ones you enjoy. The more you solve the better you'll get.

What do circles mean in crossword? ›

The letters that will appear in the circles when the Answers are written in spell out words related to the puzzle's theme. the letters in squares that contain circles spell out words related to the theme either when read consecutively or when rearranged to form theme-related words.

What F may mean in forms clue? ›

The crossword clue What "F" may mean with 4 letters was last seen on the September 04, 2020. We think the likely answer to this clue is FULL. Below are all possible answers to this clue ordered by its rank.

What does a dash mean in NYT crossword? ›

You've probably noticed that some of the clues are nothing but dashes, and the entries for those clues are not numbered. Those are not production errors. The dashes represent the end of the entry after we've added the SUN back to the entry on the other side of it.

What do numbers in parentheses mean in crossword? ›

Here's a clue, for example: “Stares at torn pages (5).” (Numbers in parentheses following a clue are a conventional notation in British puzzles and indicate the number of letters in the answer, saving you the bother of counting squares in the diagram.)

How do you solve a newspaper crossword puzzle? ›

How to Solve Crossword Puzzles - YouTube

Which crossword puzzle is most difficult? ›

Fun Fact: The Saturday crossword is actually the hardest puzzle of the week. Contrary to popular belief, the Sunday puzzles are midweek difficulty, not the hardest. Mondays have the most straightforward clues and Saturday clues are the most vague or involve the most wordplay.

What a left arrow might mean crossword? ›

The solution to the What a left arrow might mean crossword clue should be: BACK (4 letters)

Is the Times crossword free? ›

The New York Times Crossword is free to download, and all users get free unlimited access to the daily puzzle and calendar archive for seven days upon downloading.

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