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LAT2:36 (Stella)

Newsday10:50 (pannonica)

NYT7:34 (Amy)

Universaltk (Matthew)

WSJuntimed (pannonica)

Evans Clinchy’s New York Times crossword—Amy’s recap

NY Times crossword solution, 7/6/24 – no. 0706

First up, the possibly apocryphal COW-TIPPER, [One interested in bull-dozing?]. The concept is that college kids or other yahoos sneak up on sleeping cattle (asleep standing up) and push them over, then run like hell. Heard about this during college in Minnesota, never encountered a plausible tale of actual cow-tipping.

Fave fill: WATERMARK, “ARE WE OKAY?” (though “Are we good?” feels better to me), RETWEETED (that is still what I call it … even on Bluesky), DON DRAPER, Jonathan FRANZEN (never read him), FLU SEASON, EASY FIXES, OFFLOAD, and DEEP-SIX.

This clue for OCTET, [Hot dog buns in a pack, often]? It goes perfectly with this humor piece by writer and illustrator Jonny Sun in the New Yorker. How do you reconcile the mismatch of an 8-pack of buns and a 10-pack of dogs? There are many ideas!

Four stars from me. It’s bedtime now!


Carolyn Davies Lynch’s Los Angeles Times crossword — Stella’s write-up

Saturday, July 6, 2024 | (2)

Los Angeles Times 7/6/24 by Carolyn Davies Lynch

I mostly liked the cluing here even though it didn’t exactly slow me down:

  • The 1A/1D crossing ofFRAMES clued as [Warby Parker array] and 1DFAUCET as [Moen product] was a little too much brand-focused content in a small area of the puzzle for my taste, especially since neither of these words needs to be clued with reference to a brand. I’m totally accepting of brand names and references in puzzles, but too much starts to feel like spon-con to me. I recognize that this may be because I work in advertising.
  • 27A [Product with a leprechaun mascot] isLUCKY CHARMS, which is a more fun brand than Warby Parker or Moen IMO!
  • 29A [Puts on the spot?] is a very clever clue forPARKS (get it? a parking spot?), and one that actually did force me to use all the crossings and have an aha moment.
  • 33A [Figure on Sweden’s 100-krona note] isGARBO, not that 100-krona notes are really making the rounds these days. My husband and I traveled to Sweden last year and went the entire trip without touching cash. Even buskers ask for payment via Swish, which is the Swedish equivalent of Venmo.
  • 35A [Refuse to help in the garden?] isCOMPOST PILE. I appreciated the wordplay, but wanted this to beCOMPOST HEAP instead.
  • 3D [Creative gift] is a nice misdirect, seeming to point at the talent kind of “gift” but actually meaning a present you can give that inspires creativity: anART SET.
  • 9D [Routinely insured against a crash] is my favorite clue in the puzzle, forAUTOSAVED. This is a wonderful example of an entry that might not be considered “sparkly” if you just saw it in an unclued grid, but becomes a lovely solving experience because of the clue.
  • 29D [Dessert ingredient also called ube] is the very trendyPURPLE YAM.
  • 34D [All over the lino, perhaps] isSPILT. This clue was hard to parse at first, but it’s very carefully constructed: The probably-unfamiliar “lino” is a Britishism that’s short for “linoleum,” and serves as the indicator that you’re looking for a Brit spelling in the answer.
  • 37D [Meals that tell a story of liberation] is a nice culture-celebrating way to clueSEDERS.

Zhouquin Burnikel’s Wall Street Journal crossword, “Chuck D” — pannonica’s précis

Saturday, July 6, 2024 | (3)

WSJ • 7/6/24 • Sat • “Chuck D” • Burnikel • solution • 20240706

Feeling wiped out, so this will be one of my skeletal contributions.

First of all, I just noticed that I inadvertently introduced a typo into the grid just before I screen-shot it. That bottom right letter should of course be an E and not a D. Kind of ironic, actually.

So. The theme is not about Public Enemy or even rap music. We’re just getting rid of the terminal D from familiar phrases.

  • 23a. [Prohibition against parades?] MARCHING BAN.
  • 25a. [Cornfield pest that never gives up?] TOUGH CROW.
  • 39a. [One who’s overzealous about compromising?] CONCESSION STAN.
  • 58a. [Victory for the N.C. State Wolfpack?] HOWLING WIN.
  • 81a. [Cost at the Colonel’s?] CHICKEN FEE.
  • 99a. [What Wonderland’s Cheshire Cat always wears?] THE SAME OLD GRIN.
  • 114a. [Shared hair gel, say?] COMMON GOO.
  • 116a. [Pig crazy over Chubby’s twist?] CHECKER BOAR.

Overall impression: It’s kind of a mid-tier theme. Not great or exciting, not bad.

Lester Ruff’s Newsday crossword, Saturday Stumper — pannonica’s précis

Saturday, July 6, 2024 | (4)

Newsday • 7/6/24 • Saturday Stumper • Ruff, Newman • solution • 20240706

Very grateful for an extremely ‘less rough’ offering this morning.

  • 15a [What makes flamingos pink] CAROTENE. Beta-carotene. They derive it from the phyto- and zooplankton in their diet.
  • 35a [JFK and relatives] AIRPORT CODES. 31d [One of DC’s 35-Across (first spelled with its third letter moved to first] IAD. “Dulles originally used airport code DIA, the initials of Dulles International Airport. When handwritten, it was often misread as DCA, the code for Washington National Airport, so in 1968 Dulles’s code was changed to IAD.” (Wikipedia)
  • 37a [Small- or large-screen suffix] -COM. Don’t understand this.
  • 57a [Slugs, say] SNAILS. I believe some species have a vestigial shell inside their body?
  • 5d [What might hold the mayo] CONDIMENT CUP. Nice clue/answer combo (despite my abhorrence for mayonnaise).
  • 22d [Bargain bin buy] CHEAPIE. CUT-OUT didn’t fit.
  • 30d [Major address, since 2005] SIR. I’m presuming this has something to do with gender neutrality in the military.
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