NYT Crossword Answers: Home of Many Paiutes and Shoshone
Theme of the day
This is a theme where the title of the puzzle, “Study Breaks,” really helps, as do the two types of indicators in the grid itself. There are seven circled letters, each in a thematic entry; each of these letters is inserted in a series of three, four or five shaded squares. Beside these two characteristics, the seven thematic clues do not stand out, so this is not a puzzle where your mind can anticipate other examples once you have solved one or two.
My first certainty was the name 74-Across, “the overtly lesbian anchor” who also happens to be a crossword builder herself, RACHEL MADDOW. I only briefly noted the shaded / bubble CHE (L) M and used crosses from this large entry to progress to the east side of this grid, which made the larger theme entry below apparent. . At 92-Across, “Those who Strive for Change” are POLITICAL ACTIVISTS; the shaded / bubble letters here are CAL (A) C.
Honestly, in retrospect I should have analyzed those shadow letters and noticed that they did. not include the circled letter, but I missed the importance of this feature. Nothing clicked at all until I reached the last (rightly) thematic entry in the 119-Across puzzle: “Bringing up the rear. This resolves to LAST IN LINE; the shaded / circled bit is LA (S) TIN, and the shaded letters make only one recognizable, unabbreviated term: LATIN. Oh! LATIN, CALC, CHEM. Back to school, indeed – and I can assure you that I would fail any test in any of these subjects today, no matter how hard I worked ago. three decades.
The highest theme index, at 21-Across, is mathematical, and he hammered out the point above, because I needed a lot of crosses to solve “Function whose output is 45 ° when is applied to 1 “. Damn it, Mr. Stock, I probably knew that once; it is ARCTANGENT, which includes AR (C) T. There is one course that I could see resume and survive, especially if it were pastels and not an exam on little Renaissance painters.
Note that each circled letter is in the middle of an academic topic, which makes for a very interesting tip that might remind you of the puzzle title, “Study Breaks,” which I mentioned earlier. If you read these letters from top to bottom, they explain what they actually do to the words spelled by the shaded letters: CUT CLASS.
Priyanka: I’m so ridiculously excited for this puzzle! Kudos to Matthew for guiding me through the process of discovering crossword puzzle building as an incredibly fulfilling pandemic hobby, and to my roommate Sofia who introduced me to crossword puzzle solving in first place ! We spent many mornings on Train 1, with me trying and failing to make conversation as she ran to beat her Tuesday solve time. If you can’t beat them, join them, I thought. As a fairly self-aware nerd, I found this theme very appropriate as a start. Matthew and I started with CORE CURRICULUM as a developer, but headed for CUT CLASS, a journey that certainly mirrored my experiences from grades one through four in college.
Matthew: I’m more than thrilled to be a part of Priyanka’s debut at The New York Times! We first collaborated on a puzzle for the Universal Crossword Syndicate in early 2020, and I’m so happy to have worked together and been friends ever since. Priyanka brought so much joy and excitement to every step of the “Study Breaks” building process, and I think it absolutely shows in the liveliness of the responses to the theme and the freshness and inclusiveness of the infill. I’m proud to share this puzzle with her and with all of you, and I hope you enjoyed solving it as much as I enjoyed co-building it!
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