The Art of Politics

FRIDAY PUZZLE — Kate Hawkins returns together with her eighth New York Times crossword puzzle, and he or she has clearly missed us. Just check out 7D.

I don’t find out about you, however there’s something thrilling to me about writing in these 15-letter grid spanners. It’s often simpler to get the shorter solutions first and construct from there, however when you’ll be able to zip from one finish of the grid to a different with confidence — and are rewarded with a enjoyable entry reminiscent of DON’T BE A STRANGER — it’s very satisfying. For causes recognized solely to my therapist, the crossing of DON’T BE A STRANGER with FRESH MEAT made me snort out loud.

Ms. Hawkins’s puzzle has many energetic solutions, and it makes a pleasant entry into our fixing weekend. Nicely completed, and 7D.

5A. I don’t know why this stunned me, however RADIO SHACK makes its New York Times Crossword debut, 100 years after the primary retailer opened in 1921.

25A. A snapback is a baseball cap with a flat BRIM. It will get its identify from an adjustable strap within the again of the cap that snaps collectively. Note to these of us who’re accustomed to sporting caps with curved brims: Do not attempt to bend the brim on a snapback. Snapback wearers will make enjoyable of you.

38A. From the Department of Overthinking Things: At first, I assumed that the reply to “Duo in an ellipse” could be “ells,” as a result of there are two Ls within the phrase “ellipse.” The reply is far easier (I feel). There are two FOCI in an ellipse.

49A. This is a compelling new clue for the entry ALA, which is usually clued as “___ mode,” or some such. It is an acronym for the American Library Association, which runs Banned Books Week to attract consideration to makes an attempt to problem freedom of speech.

61A. I had “speeding up” at first for “Going from 99 to 100, say,” which can inform you one thing about my driving. In this case, nonetheless, the clue was about ROUNDING UP.

67A. This one required a web-based search, even after I had solved it, as a result of my data of the sport of pool is proscribed. POOL SHARKS are “experts in English” as a result of they know the best way to put sidespin on the balls.

12D. Some of you will have a T-shirt or mug that claims “#1 Dad,” however with that query mark within the clue, we’re imagined to be considering of the primary dad within the Bible, ADAM.

31D. “The art of politics?” is PROPAGANDA.

35D. The phrase “order” in “Emperor’s order in ‘Star Wars’” may very well be interpreted as a command, however we’re imagined to be eager about his being a member of the SITH order.

Looking again at this puzzle, I really feel prefer it has the vibe of a Seventies thriller — gritty, heist-y and presumably starring Harrison Ford.

When I began writing crosswords, my spouse and I took guesses as to which might come first, my first revealed puzzle or our first child. My first New York Times puzzle ran in August 2020. (This puzzle is my eighth.) Our daughter, Margot, was born six weeks in the past. Turns out making puzzles isn’t as onerous as making infants!

I’ll depart you with some clues that also make me smile however didn’t find yourself making the minimize.

Organ-ic waste? (5)

Rising up dough? (9)

They rack and destroy (10)

(Answers: OFFAL, STRIKE PAY, POOL SHARKS)

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