Bill Robinson Nickname – NYT Crossword Clue
THURSDAY PUZZLE – When I moved to New Jersey from New York about 25 years ago, I was a driver with very little experience because, like most people in the Big Apple, I was heavily dependent on public transport. One of the first things I learned about driving outside of NYC was that in most places drivers were allowed, no, encouraged, to make a 63A. For some reason, it felt incredibly subversive and appealed to me at the time.
Be careful, I did not learn this from a manual. I learned this after receiving the warm, traditional New Jersey welcome, which consisted of an entire lane of drivers leaning on their horns and waving enthusiastically at me. But the lesson remained. If you have a chance to do a 63A, grab it. It saves a lot of time.
I’m talking about it because Ed Sessa is back with such a driving lesson, minus the noise and hand gestures.
Things to do while you are at home
Every once in a while we come across fun and interesting things to do in the comfort of our home because, even with Covid-19 vaccines, it’s still a bit early to venture into situations where there might be crowds. . But there are a lot of things to do around the house that can make you feel like you’re hanging out with friends, and one of them is solving a remote escape room.
TheEscapeGame.com offers four adventures that you and your friends or family can experience in real time from home. All games are live and hosted by The Escape Game guides. The company can accommodate small and large groups.
You will find more information about the games and their schedules here.
If you end up diving into any of these games let me know what you think!
1A. “How to be an anti-RACIST”, written by the historian and anti-racist researcher Ibram X. Kendi, was the best-selling book of 2020. (And for good reason. It’s awesome.)
10A. Read the clue carefully. The ‘uphill to downhill’ is something you ride up to go downhill, like when skiing. The answer is T-BAR.
38A. The “Chicago-style pizza chain, colloquially” in Mr. Sessa’s puzzle is UNO’S, but as far as this pizza eater goes, Lou malnati is king. I’m not an Uno aficionado, but I guess some people make him a familiar possessive.
60A. I wasn’t familiar with Nate Bargatze’s stand-up comedy, but it just shows that you can learn some really cool stuff from crossword puzzles. He was recently interviewed in Vanity Fair.
1D. Nowadays, it is very easy to examine a clue like “File type” and presume that it refers to electronic files. In this puzzle, however, we are meant to be thinking of hand tools. The answer is RASP, which is a coarse file type.
7D. In this puzzle, someone who might “Refuse to take the bill?” is not cheap. He or she exercises VETO power.
37D. “First man? could refer to our ancient ancestors, but we don’t go that far back here. The answer is BOY, because it is the first part of a man’s life.
Yes, that’s another rebus! And you know what? If anyone tells you that practice doesn’t help, tell them that after being totally blind to rebuses for the first few years in this position, I can now spot them as, well, a pro. I always curse the grid when I can’t fill things in the way I want to, but at least my brain is now registering that there’s a reason for it. You have to be grateful for the progress.
The web puzzle and app will most likely allow you to insert only the first letter of this word rebus as a marker, but use the rebus button if you can. It’s a lot more fun, and that’s why we’re here, right? Here’s how to enter a rebus on your devices.
Anyway, the rebus word in Mr. Sessa’s puzzle is RED. I don’t remember how I figured this out – probably at 9D’s PUREB (RED) DOGS. Congratulations also on that cute clue (“Poodles, but not schnoodles or doodles.”)
But wait, as a wise man said, there is more.
Not only will you write the teenage word RED in four of the squares, but you will also make a RIGHT turn on this RED rebus. You will then continue as if no one is yelling at you or making obscene gestures in your direction. For example, at 9D, you are asked to write in PUREB (RED). But if you turn RIGHT RED (the revealer at 63A), you end up with not only a response to 29A, but the full response to 9D as well.
If you want to see how it works through the whole puzzle, I hide a highlighted answer key behind the link below. Remember not to click on the link unless you want to see the full answer key.
After I finally found four entries that could be split to form a new “red” sentence, the challenge for me was to fit the “L” shaped pieces into a crossword puzzle, along with the revealer. It was a bit like putting a puzzle together, and I did my fair share this year.
While many Western states allowed the “right to red” for many years, it took the energy crisis of the 1970s to make it a national policy. However, New York City does not allow the duty on red as a general rule. Allowing it is certainly a danger for us cyclists and pedestrians alike, and the question of whether it has real energy saving benefits has led some to rethink the policy.
I hope the puzzle provided a pleasant challenge for the solvers, and even more so that we have finally ‘turned the corner’ on Covid-19.
Want to submit crosswords to the New York Times?
The New York Times Crossword has an open submission system, and you can submit your puzzles online.
For tips on how to get started, read our “How to Create a Crossword Puzzle” series.
The tipping point
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