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NYT: Tuesday, July 10th 2018

July 11, 2018

 

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Author: Alex Eaton-Salners

Date: 7/10/2018

Day: Tuesday

Theme: Yes

Rebus: None

 

Scoring

Time Allotment: 15 minutes

Time Left: 8 minutes (+200)

Errors: 0 (+150)

Correct Words: 72 (+720)

Final Score: 1020

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Second day, second post ... will hopefully be able to keep this streak up (and yes I realize it's 10 minutes before midnight but it still counts!)

 

As for the puzzle, to be totally honest I had a complete feeling of dread when I typed in the last letter (the first S in SOTS). I find the 'Almost there!' message so absolutely devastating that I was considering spending an extra minute to quadruple check everything. In terms of strategy on this one, I wasn't too confident on the Upper Left at first (had ROTC for NCAA) so I moved on to PHSCALE because it seemed like a good idea at the time. I got momentum around IBEX, RELIT, EXEC, OOLONG (not in the same area, I know) and then WELLLOOKYHERE fell in. When I caught the clue for 57A, I tackled AURA, NESS, URL, and like any good millennial recognized FULLHOUSE. From then on whenever I had one of the letters in the 'hand' I was able to quickly fill in the others. HAMSALAD threw me off for a while (that does not sound delicious) as I had HAMONRYE (which does sound delicious), but ultimately it was ?ERAPHIC that gave me the most pause. I know I should know that word but, alas.

 

Here's to a 3-day streak!

 

-v

 

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