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I loved doing them from the NYT/IHT pilfered from airport lounges.  Was a little peeved that you have to pay a subscription fee to NYT just for the crosswords.

 

Turns out you can do it from the Seattle times for free.  Has back catalog and all the solutions

 

https://www.seattletimes.com/games-nytimes-crossword/

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3 hours ago, deadshank said:

COVID-19 has brought me back to crossword puzzles.   I don't take a daily fish wrap so I work mostly NYT crossword compilations I've collected over the years. 

Who else is into these?

I do the NYT every Sunday as a ritual. Just finished today's as a matter of fact

 

Edit: My daily paper at the office is the WaPo, so that's what I do when I'm taking my daily dump.

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I used to buy the Sunday paper just for the NYT crossword.  Now, I use the gift cards I get for book stores to buy the omnibus editions.  I'm usually pretty good at finishing them; however, I have some from the 60's and 70's which are far more difficult due to the cultural references of the time.  

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On 5/11/2020 at 4:32 PM, Knoxtnhorn said:

I used to buy the Sunday paper just for the NYT crossword.  Now, I use the gift cards I get for book stores to buy the omnibus editions.  I'm usually pretty good at finishing them; however, I have some from the 60's and 70's which are far more difficult due to the cultural references of the time.  

Cool.

The Sunday puzzle is good, but it's just big. It can be engaging at times but sometimes I find it's just bulky. 

The fun really starts for the NYT puzzle on Thursday through Saturday. Especially Thursday, because that's when the tricky stuff appears (like today). 

And yeah, I agree, the puzzle has changed a lot with Will Shortz taking over as editor. I think it's for the better. The older puzzles (usually Eugene T. Maleska, if I spelled that correctly) was full of seven letter words of African antelopes and shit like that. Stuff for which you kinda needed a crossword puzzle dictionary. Shortz is much, much more into wordplay. I'm not a rap "music" fan so the clues about that area I usually don't get, but hey, can't have everything. 

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2 hours ago, Asithappens said:

Another fun NYT puzzle today (October 1, 2020).

Not "perfect", but pretty darn good. A better-than-average Thursday, imo. 

 

they throw me off 100% of the time there is a rebus or really anything other than 1 letter in a square. are there ever any hints as to when those are present?

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3 hours ago, Asithappens said:

Another fun NYT puzzle today (October 1, 2020).

Not "perfect", but pretty darn good. A better-than-average Thursday, imo. 

 

I hate these, I end up getting them but don't get how you are even supposed to start there. 

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On 10/1/2020 at 2:33 PM, strangulation! said:

they throw me off 100% of the time there is a rebus or really anything other than 1 letter in a square. are there ever any hints as to when those are present?

No hints, at least I don't see them. But Thursdays often have them. 

What clued me in to this puzzle was the answer "Three Dog Night" and realizing that the "Three" had to be the rebus. But then that didn't work, either (too long of an answer), so other clues (film noir/sixers) finally got me to see the telephone connection.

But to answer your question, if there is a rebus it's on a Thursday, and if there's a clue that I am very sure of the answer but it doesn't fit, then I scratch my head for a possible rebus-type answer. 

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On 10/3/2020 at 10:08 AM, hornbri said:

Thanks - even knowing they are Thursday's helps. Three Dog nights is the one that helped me as well. 8track sealed it. 

Yeah, usually I go into a Thursday assuming that there will be a rebus going on. Then it's just a matter of finding where it is and what the theme is. 

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