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    NYT Crossword Answers for Thursday, July 6, 2023

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    THURSDAY PUZZLE — This doesn’t happen very often, but I thought that my solving of Alison Perch’s debut crossword was going to be over almost as soon as it started.

    The first clue I happened to solve was for the revealer at 20A, and I have been doing this long enough to know exactly what the answer was instructing me — or not me, as it were — to do. So I solved it, mildly disappointed that the fun of figuring things out was over so quickly.

    Ha! Shows you how much I know. It turns out that there are two revealers (both are debut entries themselves), and the second one holds a delightful surprise for the solver, almost as if it were saying “Don’t forget your themed goody bag on the way out!”

    So if you feel deflated because you think you figured the puzzle out too quickly, hang in there. There’s a goody bag waiting for you at the door.

    The revealer at 20A is the first three words to the song “TAKE ME OUT to the Ball Game,” a song written in 1908 that has become an unofficial anthem for American baseball. Read through a cruciverbal lens, however, the phrase can be interpreted as “take the letters ME out of the theme entries to make another word.”

    The clues for the four theme entries are starred for better visibility. If you are solving using only the Downs, for example, you may not notice that 24A is written into the grid as COIN, a perfectly cromulent word on its own, but the clue is “Response to a knock on the door,” which makes no sense until you solve 20A and realize that the original answer should be “come in.” (COME IN minus ME = COIN.)

    If you solved 20A right away you may have felt somewhat let down, because now you can easily guess the other three theme answers and it just doesn’t feel like a Thursday puzzle. Maybe so. But wait, as a wise man once said, there’s more.

    The four entries without their MEs, from top to bottom, are:


    And there’s the matter of that second revealer, which is at 53A: “Earn … or what answering the starred clues will do in each case.”

    The answer is MAKE MONEY, and all of those entries are types of currency.

    Enjoy the goody bag.

    14A. The text slang OBVI is short for “obviously,” a synonym for “clearly.”

    17A. I love riddle clues. The answer to “The emptier it is, the more of it you have” is ROOM.

    35A. “Ask Me Anything,” often abbreviated as AMA, is a Q&A conducted on Reddit.

    43A. These “e.g.” clues are asking solvers to come up with a category that has been named. Sometimes they can be pretty vague. A “Crunch, e.g.,” is a CANDY BAR.

    7D. “Caesarean delivery?” is not a type of childbirth in this puzzle. It’s the delivery of the line “ET TU, Brute?” by Julius Caesar in the titular play.

    11D. The “Head line” in this puzzle is a BRAIN WAVE, or a line measuring the brain’s activity. Interesting side note: The phrase has not appeared in the New York Times Crossword since 1965.

    Christina Iverson, a puzzle editor, will send solvers a weekly Friday puzzle with more accessible crossword clues right to your inbox if you sign up for the Easy Mode Newsletter. This extra bit of goodness is for those who would like to try the Friday puzzles but have heard all about how hard they are.

    If you solve the early-week puzzles but feel as if you don’t have the experience to go any further, think of the newsletter as a set of cruciverbal training wheels. Use the easy-mode clues until you don’t need them anymore, and then tell a friend who is struggling about how you prevailed over Fridays. Maybe they can benefit from this newsletter too.

    You can take a look at the difference between the Friday clues and the easy-mode clues. The links below are a small sample of the clues that will run in the Friday puzzle. When you click on them, you will see both the regular version and the easier version.

    (Warning: Spoilers for the Friday, July 7 puzzle.)



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