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Jean & Mike Do The New York Times Crossword
16 minutes | Jan 26, 2022
Tuesday, January 25, 2022 - SOROS, the palindromic billionaire
What happens when board games collide? You get a great excuse for a number of punny clues, and Ray and Ellen Brunsberg take full advantage of this in today's very nice - 5 squares on the JAMCR scale nice - puzzle. For all the deets (as well as the opportunity to hear how Jean fared this Triplet Tuesday), download and listen up.
11 minutes | Jan 25, 2022
Monday, January 24, 2022 -A PURRfectly perplexing puzzle (not!)
The timing of this crossword - hot on the heels of The Most Exciting Football Game Of All Time - was impeccable, and the puzzle itself was nothing to sneeze at, either. There were some very nice crosses -- 5A, Top celebs, ALIST, intersected 8D, Breakout movie role, say, STARTURN; 31A, U.K. Award, OBE, crossed 17D, Obi-Wan _____ (Jedi master), KENOBI; and one more, which, because a certain amount of suspense is good for the complexion, we will not mention here (but do in today's episode).
13 minutes | Jan 24, 2022
Sunday, January 23, 2022 - The name's Ali, LAILA Ali
JUSTRELAX is not only the answer to 26D, "Easy ... everything's going to be OK", it's also a natural reaction to seeing the authors of today's puzzle, Nancy Stark and Will Nediger, two veteran crossword constructors who have packed today's grid with scads of punny themed answers. Intrigued? We thought you might be, so just hit the handy-dandy download button (or better yet, the handier-dandier subscribe button) and enjoy!
13 minutes | Jan 23, 2022
Saturday, January 22, 2022 - This crossword was MOLTOBENE
Some serious MENTALGYMNASTICS were required to finish today's crossword, with the northeast being particularly troublesome. Jean managed to do the crossword in a decent time, whereas Mike eventually hid the timer, it was just that painful ... er, fun, yes, that's it, fun! Seriously it was, and to find out why, as well as which crossword won the highly coveted JAMCOTWA (Jean And Mike Crossword Of The Week Award), download and listen up to today's episode.
13 minutes | Jan 22, 2022
Friday, January 21, 2022 - We are so TURNT to learn the meaning of the word TURNT!
A great Friday crossword - Jean flailed about a bit in the bottom-left and -center regions, while Mike at one point desperately tried to stretch out the answer to 40A, Bulb units, as WATTTS (as opposed to the correctly spelled LUMENS). In other news, it's Fun Fact Friday, so to improve your mind, as well as (it's been scientifically proven) make yourself more attractive to whatever gender you wish to be more attractive to, download and listen up to today's episode.
9 minutes | Jan 21, 2022
Thursday, January 19, 2022 - The name's Gandhi ... MOHANDAS Gandhi
Today's crossword was a very smooth solve, some might even say it was a Tuesday or Wednesday crossword that had snuck into a Thursday slot. Bereft of rebuses and with just a few verbal fireworks raises the question -- is Will Shortz preparing to unleash a Friday crossword the likes of which have never been seen? Perhaps an entire grid of white squares?? Stay tuned, we'll find out (and reveal all) in tomorrow's action-packed episode!
13 minutes | Jan 20, 2022
Wednesday, January 19, 2022 - We do not jest, this puzzle contains a GEST
There was a lot of food and food for thought, in today's grid. In addition to those mentioned in the podcast, MALTS, TOAST, OATS and ROLL (singular, after all the other food we could only eat one) made an appearance, so definitely a weighty and delicious puzzle. Yum!
12 minutes | Jan 19, 2022
Tuesday, January 18, 2022 - This crossword was SOEXTRA
A cornucopia of corny clues awaits the solver of today's puzzle, which Jean found to be a bit thornier than usual for a Tuesday, and Mike nearly SWOONED at the prospect of TWOINKMINIMUMS: but both of the intrepid duo managed to persevere. To get all the deets, as well as see how Mike fared in an epic Triplet Tuesday, all you need to do is download and listen up!
12 minutes | Jan 18, 2022
Monday, January 17. 2022 - Why, Vern, were you just attacked by a WYVERN??
A fun Monday crossword, with a clever, some might even say LOL theme, as well as enough interesting other clues to definitely warrant a 5 square rating on the JAMCR scale. Will that be enough to win the coveted JAMCOTWA (Jean And Mike Crossword Of The Week Award)? Too early to tell, but it's definitely in contention!
14 minutes | Jan 17, 2022
Sunday, January 16, 2022 - OGEE, a puzzle with an overarching theme 😀
In today's crossword, the NYTimes has generously given us two crosswords for the price of one - a standard Sunday crossword, with a cryptic-crossword buried within. Fortunately, you don't need mad cryptic-crossword skills in order to solve this, because the crosses are, as is often the case, there to save the day. For all the deets on this delicious Sunday treat, check out today's episode, it's sweet!
17 minutes | Jan 16, 2022
Saturday, January 15, 2022 - Grab an adze, grab a straw ... it's time to ascend MOUNTSHASTA!
In today's episode, Jean describes the stages of crossword solving ... from Disbelief to Elation, and a few others in between. To find out what those are, which crossword won the prestigious JAMCOTWA (Jean And Mike Crossword of The Week Award), and for a deep dive into today's grid, just download and listen up!
11 minutes | Jan 15, 2022
Friday, January 14, 2022 - Hey, BOATER, don't lose your BOATER!
A Friday crossword with Sid Sivakumar in the byline (as well as Matthew Stock) is often cause for quaking of knees and gnashing of teeth, but while they ratcheted back the difficulty (just a tad), the cluing was just as brilliant. Clearly, 40D, Bath water unit, LITRE, deserves a standing ovation, and 46A, Abbr. near zero, OPER, also is worth a hoot and a holler. Beyond our usual keen-eyed analysis, it's also Fun-Fact-Friday, so get ready to be edutained!
16 minutes | Jan 14, 2022
Thursday, January 13, 2022 - SPOILERALERT: this puzzle was PERF!
A tough Thursday crossword ... for one of the cohosts, and long time listeners will have no trouble figuring out who. SPOILERLERT -- he's the one with the wild TOE. And to understand that reference, you'll have to do what you've been itching to do since this sentence began many aeons ago, i.e., download and listen up to today's episode.
10 minutes | Jan 13, 2022
Wednesday, January 12, 2022 - 🎵 RHO, RHO, RHO your galley, gently down the Mediterranean ... 🎵
Adam Aaronson is baaaack! Just a few weeks after his JAMCOTWA*-winning AA crossword, he returns with a Wednesday offering that is also definitely in the running for this week's award. To find out why, and to decide for yourself whether or not he is worthy, we invite you to carefully scrutinize the evidence, alà Father Brown, as laid out in today's podcast.*Jean And Mike Crossword Of The Week Award
11 minutes | Jan 12, 2022
Tuesday, January 11, 2022 - INDIAARIE, COUNTRYSTAR!
A nice Tuesday crossword, because a) Ross Trudeau's the constructor, and b) Will Shortz is the editor. In today's episode, we spotlight an R&B singer definitely worth checking out, and marvel at Jean's prowess during Triplet Tuesday. For all this and more, download and listen up!
8 minutes | Jan 11, 2022
Monday, January 10, 2022 - BAUM is a balm for the soul
Today's crossword had a stealthy theme, but Jean ferreted it out, whereas Mike, bereft of a liberal arts education, assumed that the theme involved medical care (ADA, CDC, and YOGA, to be precise, which Mike almost never is). For all the deets, all you have to do is download and listen up.Just a reminder ... the New York Times Crossword is terrifically fun, but not terrifically priced, and they would love to have you subscribe. Just go to nytimes.com/crosswords and tell 'em that Jean & Mike sent you!
8 minutes | Jan 10, 2022
Sunday, January 9, 2022 - MMMBOY, it's MMMBOP
Opinions are divided on today's crossword - Jean found it easy, finishing it in 45 minutes, while Mike ... got natticked at the corner of 51A, 1997 pop hit withy a nonsensical refrain, MMMBOP, and 33D, Westernmost sch. in Conference USA, UTEP (as opposed to MMMBOX, a popular restaurant in the UAE and UTEX, a non-existent university). For more on today's episode (not brought to you by MMMBOX, but we are certainly open to sponsorships!), download and enjoy.
11 minutes | Jan 9, 2022
Saturday, January 8, 2022 - Nom, Nom, SAMOSA!
Today's crossword, with an ocean of white squares and ergo a ridiculously small number of black ones, was, at first blush, a daunting sight, but upon closer inspection it turned out to be ... still daunting: but keeping in mind the adage, STEADYASSHEGOES, along with the caution to take a rest when you're TOOTIREDTOTHINK, it turned out to be doable (barely). For all the deets, download and enjoy!
14 minutes | Jan 8, 2022
Friday, January 7, 2022 - Why is Santa always laughing? Because he's thinking of a Robyn Weintraub crossword
A fun Friday crossword, par for the course when Robyn Weintraub is at the helm, but that's the only predictable part of the grid. With clues like 1D, Story that goes above your head?, ATTIC, and 32D, They can be felt, PENS, it is no wonder that today's crossword earned a perfect 5 squares on the JAMCR scale, and if Siskel & Ebert were still int he biz they'd undoubtedly give it a 2 thumbs, way up!
13 minutes | Jan 7, 2022
Thursday, January 6, 2022 - WOW, WOW, WOW what a crossword!
Rebuses, collective nouns, and a reference to Elmer FUDD -- a just about perfect crossword, and when you toss in the susseration of scandal, well, that just pushes it over the edge! For all the juicy deets, just hit the big download button (or better yet, the subscribe button), and enjoy!
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