13 thoughts on “0522-20 NY Times Crossword 22 May 20, Friday”

  1. 30:00 A few lucky guesses got me to the finish line. I remembered “Yakety Sax” and Rose Royce, but had no idea on the Alec Baldwin clue…I don’t watch TV much.

  2. 13:57, no errors. I vaguely remember “Yakety Sax”, but not “Rose Royce” (which I got because it fit and because it sounded like a pun that someone might perpetrate and a setter might perpetuate 😜). I also had to get “BOP” from crosses – it sounds like an old term repurposed. Otherwise, an uneventful solve.

  3. Wow! I almost gave up on this one several times. Just couldn’t get much of a toe hold (foothold?). Anyway, with nothing much else to do today I plugged away. Proud just to finish. 36:50 with no errors.

  4. 28:13. Amazingly it’s the exact same time to the second (is that redundant?) as yesterday. I doubt I’ve ever done that before. This was one of those “it was easy except when it wasn’t” puzzles.

    Started off quickly but got bogged down by not knowing ROSEROYCE, DONAGHY, YAKETY SAX (although I do remember the music on Benny Hill – great show) and a few others. I survived it all somehow.

    68A I had “moon and sun” before NOONDAYSUN before realizing it wasn’t a plural answer, and it didn’t work. Sometimes the most amusing parts of these puzzles are my own errors in thinking.

    Very happy it’s Memorial Day weekend. I’ve been working a lot of late. I might try some ELIXIR of my own in the form or beer and/or tequila over the holiday.

    Best –

  5. 3 errors.. All around 62D. I was going for something like NSF or some other illegal method of payment as opposed to the product being illegal. Shouldn’t the clue have been more like “Illegal tab that’s paid for?” as opposed to “Tab that’s paid for illegally?”..

    On another note, I did a NY TIMES crossword out of another of my booklets. I came across this answer today. “CHEZ DEVIL”. My clue was “In hell?”.. I cannot find anything about this.. I don’t know what it is. Is CHEZ a foreign language word??

    Be safe

  6. Yachtie? Really? Just like the other day with yachted. Must be from someone who has never been on a yacht.

  7. 1:22:21 is a lot of time to spend on a puzzle only to wind up with 3 errors in what IMO were off the wall clues…26A,44A and 24D.
    I know guys like Nonny will disagree but I am not the crossword maven he is.
    Stay safe.

  8. This was tough. 48 minutes 30 seconds no errors. Shouldn’t have been that hard now that I look at all the answers.

  9. Thought it would be fun, and then it wasn’t. Odd-ball entries like YAKETYSAX, YACHTIE, and ROSEROYCE should have been amusing, but they weren’t. So it goes ’til another day.

  10. 26:15, no errors. Thought YAKETY SAX was spelled YACKITY. Didn’t know ROSE ROYCE but was familiar with the song. Everything sorted out, eventually.

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