August 3, 2021



First Strike by the Moody Blues — NYT Crossword Clue

Kristian Residence: Mike had the initial notion for this puzzle, sending me a grid with a few of the four theme responses that produced the ultimate minimize, furthermore an additional 1 that we ended up changing to make the topic a tiny tighter. The moment we were being pleased with the concept answers, I took a stab at filling the grid, then we took turns tweaking the puzzle until we got a final result that we favored.

I prompt that we use the similar clue for each individual of the theme answers, but the modifying team decided to combine it up.

I like how snappy all the concept answers are, and I’m a enthusiast of 59-Throughout as an reply but not as a condiment, since I’m a bit of a wimp when it will come to spicy meals.

Enjoy the puzzle!

Mike Dockins: I hope that my next New York Instances puzzle (a further collaboration with my previous pal Kristian Residence) doesn’t give people today whiplash, i.e., this straight-forward-themed Tuesday immediately after my April 24 themeless puzzle!

As the puzzle editors even reported on acceptance, while this theme is more simple than what they may normally publish, they preferred the theme entries and some of the lengthier fill, this sort of as CHILI SAUCE, EVEN Improved, THE VOICE and even the shorter BAR NONE.

I despatched Kristian an concept with theme entries and some fill, and he labored his mojo to fill the grid. I feel he tweaked That’s Mad Chat from anything else I had in there, but I’m most happy of NO FRIGGIN’ WAY — that’s just a enjoyment entry, theme or no topic.

I think we initially had all the theme entries clued one way, this sort of as “Really?!.” The editors created a good final decision to use 4 different clues. I did insist to Kristian that our clue for ASTRO ought to stay clear of sure cheaters, and so … The Jetsons!

I hope you appreciated our puzzle, and I hope to see y’all actual shortly on my possess!

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