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NYT: Saturday, August 4th 2018

August 4, 2018

 

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Author: Sam Trabucco

Date: 8/4/2018

Day: Saturday

Theme: Yes

Rebus: None

 

Scoring

Time Allotment: 35 minutes

Time Left: 0 minutes (+0)

Errors: 2 (+0)

Correct Words: 68/72 (+680)

Final Score: 680

 

 

I LOVED this puzzle. The satisfaction of finally figuring out this theme was probably the highpoint of my week. I saw some comments online that the highlighting of the clues on the digital end was intentionally confusing, but call me crazy, I think it should have been. When I had finally figured out BADTOTHEBONE and then DEADWEIGHT, I couldn't figure out why BONE was only 'missing' two letters and 'weight' was four. And then in a flash of brilliance I screamed to everyone in the room, IT'S THE WORD EIGHT! THE WORD EIGHT! They were very confused.

 

That said, the rest of the puzzle was also a challenge (in a good way). I solved it beside my boyfriend and his family, and at the 33 minute mark I told them, 'ALL HANDS ON DECK, WE'VE GOT TWO MINUTES' and miraculously only finished with one error. Do I think HAND BRA is a thing? Absolutely not. Are your hands OR knees touching the ground in bow pose? Not at all (that's the whole point of the pose). But aside from those two, it was a joy. Particularly loved PODRACE, TWOFACE, and MODELUN.

 

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