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NYT: Sunday, July 29th 2018

July 29, 2018

 

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Author: Will Nediger

Date: 7/29/2018

Day: Sunday

Theme: Yes

Rebus: None

 

Scoring

Time Allotment: 45 minutes

Time Left: 0 minutes (+0)

Errors: 42 (+0)

Correct Words: 108/134 (+1080)

Final Score: 1080

 

 

If you thought, 'man, V is getting a little cocky with her crossword solving and could use a reality check,' then this puzzle was for you. YOU'RE WELCOME. It was definitely a kick in the pants. That said, I eventually finished the puzzle, but total solve time was probably in the 1:20 hour range. Not pretty.

 

The biggest challenge for me wasn't a foothold, I was able to find that early on in the bottom right, it was the whole middle section. You would think REINFORCEMENT would've fallen in to place with REIN___CEMENT but you would be wrong. The DUFFY/DEMME cross also irked me, seems a bit obscure (I'm sure my father would say otherwise), and honestly I have never heard of an ARMLET although I'm admittedly not a jewelry person.

 

The upper left though is completely my fault. I had committed too strongly to HOWL so could not see WAIL, but even with that ARMANI SUIT should have been obvious, although I found the cluing very confusing.

 

Overall thought, it was great to be able to spend over an hour on a puzzle!

 

-v

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