NYT responses: org. with the Ryder Cup
28D. I was not familiar with the term MACS (“Raincoats, for the British”), which Google says is short for Mackintoshes. As with 7D, this clue contains a hint that the entry is abbreviated – in this case, it’s the use of Brits, which itself is short for Brits, or people from Great Britain.
48D. “You could put your stamp on it” is a nice clue for INK PAD. While the phrase “put your stamp on it” has a distinct figurative meaning (essentially doing something yourself), you also put a stamp on an ink pad.
63D. Finally, âLow number? Is a pun clue for TOE, which is a low figure on the body.
Theme of the day
This puzzle has five thematic entries which are standard sentences with the -ICS suffix added to create silly new sentences. For example, the phrase DOT COM is transformed into DOT COMICS, referred to as “Much of Roy Lichtenstein’s work?” (Roy Lichtenstein was a pop artist known for his paintings that resemble comics).
The longest of the five thematic entries with an added -ICS is CARPENTER ANICS, referred to as “A Carpenter’s Wacky Shenanigans?” “; “carpenter ant” is made silly with the addition of -ICS. My favorite theme entry is the transformation from “pop top” to POP TOPICS (“Things daddy likes to discuss?”), As it almost serves as revealing, in that the theme entries and clues are all jokes. daddy’s (i.e., these are all SUBJECTS for POP).
Of course, as Mr. Boroughs notes below, this conundrum doesn’t really have a revealing point, although the one he considered to be a moan-worthy (and deliciously silly) father’s joke itself. I’m glad he chose not to use it, opting instead for some extra space for themed entries.
Hello, puzzle friends. I’m excited to make my New York Times debut! I’m glad Will Shortz and Co. didn’t blacklist me after my first dozen failed submissions. They provided me with feedback and encouragement that helped me along my slow climb to acceptability. I also want to warmly thank my mom, Metah, for being my test solver!
CARPENTER ANICS was the sole survivor of a very short-lived woodworking-themed puzzle attempt. After imagining the fun Sunday illustrated pointillist pages that gave me DOT COMICS, I pivoted to the âadd ICSâ theme. I had a vague notion of “ice cream for dessert” to justify the seemingly random letters added to the end of sentences, but I couldn’t see a good way to fit it into the grid and didn’t think it was finally. necessary . On the infill side, I was happy that the AMERICAN and EUROPE fit into symmetrical positions.
Some of my favorite hobbies aside from cruciverbalism are fly fishing and music. I’m getting into recording and have an indie folk-rock album called “Under the Farthest Skies” on Spotify and a few other platforms. I also recently started posting live takes of new songs on my YouTube page. Hope you enjoy the puzzle and / or the music!
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