1229-18 NY Times Crossword 29 Dec 18, Saturday

Constructed by: Robyn Weintraub
Edited by: Will Shortz

18 thoughts on “1229-18 NY Times Crossword 29 Dec 18, Saturday”

    1. @PIX
      That’s an “oops”, and probably a slip of the keyboard as I was copying. Thanks for pointing it out. All fixed now.

  1. 22:27. I think today and yesterday’s puzzles were switched at birth. This was more Friday-like and yesterday’s felt more like a Saturday to me. No complaints, however.

    AMAIN was new to me.

    Best –

  2. 43 across (ranch alternative): “cape” was new to me. The little searching that I did came up with “Cape Cod salad”. This is probably a “regionalism” (and folks who are familiar with it, don’t even blink/think about it). I agree with another commentator, that this puzzle was much easier than the immediately preceding Friday.

  3. I’m new to the ‘harder’ puzzles & this one took me about 4 days. Not complaining, just honing my chops. Very enjoyable. My 14-year old appreciated ‘ruby slippers’ – “Dad, it’s like they’re trying to fool you,” he said – while ‘amain’ & ‘lase’ were new to me. ‘Cape’ for ranch felt unknowable but perhaps regional as the previous solver mentioned

    1. Brian – My first thought was house styles. But do you need the COD for CAPE cod? I found this to be one of the easier Saturday puzzles. I liked it. 👍🏻

  4. Brian – My first thought was house styles. But do you need the COD for CAPE cod? I found this to be one of the easier Saturday puzzles. I liked it. 👍🏻

  5. After yesterday’s caffeinated slog, I agree with the Friday/Saturday switcheroo opinions. Didn’t understand CAPE until Kerry’s explanation; thanks K. Fun, as usual.

  6. “Cape” was last entry for me also, and I guessed correctly only because the cross name ?RLO apparently had to be ARLO (I didn’t see the movie). Otherwise, as noted, pretty easy for a Saturday-level puzzle.

  7. Got CAPE because my spouse recognized it. Liked this puzzle mainly because of its welcome contrast to yesterday’s.

  8. I’m pretty new to being able to complete Friday and Saturday puzzles. This was a nice one, but I wasn’t a fan of 7D (ABIE) or 43A (CAPE).

    I don’t think I’ve ever heard anyone called “Abie”.

  9. Did not finish. Was sailing along until I went back up to the NE quadrant. Just hit a wall. For me, this was a typical Saturday puzzle (although I usually finish them). Oddly, compared to the above comments about the previous (Friday) puzzle, I had the opposite reaction: Friday’s was easier. At least I correctly solved that one.

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