Redd's Roster of Crosswordese: Do not read if you hate DRNO

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or MRED

Isolde mein Herz zum Junker (James Redd and the Blecchs), Wednesday, 15 July 2020 11:47 (four months ago) link

or
ELO
ENO
ONO

Isolde mein Herz zum Junker (James Redd and the Blecchs), Wednesday, 15 July 2020 11:47 (four months ago) link

or
ONEA
ONEL
ONER

Isolde mein Herz zum Junker (James Redd and the Blecchs), Wednesday, 15 July 2020 11:49 (four months ago) link

or
ATT
ITT
OTT

Isolde mein Herz zum Junker (James Redd and the Blecchs), Wednesday, 15 July 2020 11:49 (four months ago) link

or if you have
ALOTONONESPLATE

Isolde mein Herz zum Junker (James Redd and the Blecchs), Wednesday, 15 July 2020 11:49 (four months ago) link

This may not be the Best Thread Ever but hey
ITRY

Isolde mein Herz zum Junker (James Redd and the Blecchs), Wednesday, 15 July 2020 11:53 (four months ago) link

EKE
ALOU
ETA
ANTE

Blursday the Vagueteenth of Whenember (Ye Mad Puffin), Wednesday, 15 July 2020 11:56 (four months ago) link

ANIL
ANILE
ANISE

Isolde mein Herz zum Junker (James Redd and the Blecchs), Wednesday, 15 July 2020 12:01 (four months ago) link

ERE
ESNE
UTNE

Isolde mein Herz zum Junker (James Redd and the Blecchs), Wednesday, 15 July 2020 12:02 (four months ago) link

I discovered the ETUI from my US crossword app

Mein Skampf (Noodle Vague), Wednesday, 15 July 2020 12:05 (four months ago) link

ADZ

Li'l Brexit (Tracer Hand), Wednesday, 15 July 2020 12:11 (four months ago) link

ETUI
ETTU
ERITU

Isolde mein Herz zum Junker (James Redd and the Blecchs), Wednesday, 15 July 2020 12:22 (four months ago) link

OSHA
EPPS
AETNA

Mein Skampf (Noodle Vague), Wednesday, 15 July 2020 12:25 (four months ago) link

ESAI

Piven After Midnight (The Yellow Kid), Wednesday, 15 July 2020 12:26 (four months ago) link

what vistas would open up to american puzzlemakers if these supermarket brands ever opened their doors in north america:

LIDL
ALDI

Li'l Brexit (Tracer Hand), Wednesday, 15 July 2020 12:29 (four months ago) link

also ASDA

Mein Skampf (Noodle Vague), Wednesday, 15 July 2020 12:34 (four months ago) link

ETD
AONE
ASTI

mozzy star (voodoo chili), Wednesday, 15 July 2020 12:39 (four months ago) link

I'm a big fan of working in five or ten minute chunks on a hard puzzle, for exactly the reason mookie just gave. Conveniently, five or ten minute chunks what my schedule permits. I'm also noticeably better at solving puzzles between, like, 6am and 4pm. Before/after my brain is mooshy. I don't like a lot of the NYTimes regular constructors, but I (honestly) don't know where to go to find other free, dece quality puzzles I can do on my phone. I'm so weary of the ETTA / ASTA /ARIA / ERIE / ETALIA fill style.

soda on the main thread

Andrew Farrell, Wednesday, 15 July 2020 12:40 (four months ago) link

AIDA
ARIA
NORMA
TOSCA

Isolde mein Herz zum Junker (James Redd and the Blecchs), Wednesday, 15 July 2020 12:51 (four months ago) link

(xpost!)

Isolde mein Herz zum Junker (James Redd and the Blecchs), Wednesday, 15 July 2020 12:51 (four months ago) link

ETAL
ETALIA
EIRE
ODED
CCED

rb (soda), Wednesday, 15 July 2020 13:30 (four months ago) link

ELLS
EELS

rb (soda), Wednesday, 15 July 2020 13:32 (four months ago) link

EIRE really grinds my gears

Mein Skampf (Noodle Vague), Wednesday, 15 July 2020 13:41 (four months ago) link

UEY (as in u-turn) is the worst

north america has ALDI!

mookieproof, Wednesday, 15 July 2020 15:09 (four months ago) link

ASTA
ELOI

all cats are beautiful (silby), Wednesday, 15 July 2020 15:19 (four months ago) link

^Two favorites

Isolde mein Herz zum Junker (James Redd and the Blecchs), Wednesday, 15 July 2020 15:30 (four months ago) link

*Note from OP: repeats are allowed and encouraged, bonus points awarded for any kind of rhyming, internal or external, wordplay, word ladder, etc you can make out of your grouped entries

Isolde mein Herz zum Junker (James Redd and the Blecchs), Wednesday, 15 July 2020 15:31 (four months ago) link

UEY (as in u-turn) is the worst

agreed, for many reasons, not the least because the "UIE" spelling makes a lot more sense

mozzy star (voodoo chili), Wednesday, 15 July 2020 16:27 (four months ago) link

this thread could go on for EONs

donna rouge, Wednesday, 15 July 2020 17:47 (four months ago) link

AMNOT
ARETOO

donna rouge, Wednesday, 15 July 2020 17:52 (four months ago) link

ASAMI

Bougy! Bougie! Bougé! (Eliza D.), Wednesday, 15 July 2020 17:53 (four months ago) link

brb gonna board an ELAL SST and fly NNE over the URALS

donna rouge, Wednesday, 15 July 2020 17:54 (four months ago) link

ERN
ERNE
ENYA

Blursday the Vagueteenth of Whenember (Ye Mad Puffin), Wednesday, 15 July 2020 18:04 (four months ago) link

xp while performing an ARIA?

Bougy! Bougie! Bougé! (Eliza D.), Wednesday, 15 July 2020 18:17 (four months ago) link

ASAMI
SODOI

Isolde mein Herz zum Junker (James Redd and the Blecchs), Wednesday, 15 July 2020 18:20 (four months ago) link

You know I started a parody song using this stuff once for a theoretical performance at the dreaded ACPT talent show. Maybe I post what I had later if I can remember it.

Isolde mein Herz zum Junker (James Redd and the Blecchs), Wednesday, 15 July 2020 18:22 (four months ago) link

this year there's been a weird shift toward THE___ clues a la

THESOX
THEFED
THEBREAKS

and I hate them all and they make me go

ERR
IRR
ARR

rb (soda), Wednesday, 15 July 2020 18:22 (four months ago) link

I despise clues of the 'direction between CITY 1 and CITY 2' sort where the answer is

ENE ESE SSE SSW WSW WNW NNW

rb (soda), Wednesday, 15 July 2020 18:25 (four months ago) link

Yep

Mein Skampf (Noodle Vague), Wednesday, 15 July 2020 18:27 (four months ago) link

(To the tune of "Take a Letter, Maria")
Last night I was ONKP
Across from the APO
I was EYED up by a dog named OTTO
Who report to the NCO

Isolde mein Herz zum Junker (James Redd and the Blecchs), Wednesday, 15 July 2020 18:29 (four months ago) link

reports

Isolde mein Herz zum Junker (James Redd and the Blecchs), Wednesday, 15 July 2020 18:29 (four months ago) link

ENE ESE SSE SSW WSW WNW NNW

What's the big deal? Just travel to one of those cities, find a high vantage point, get out your lensatic compass, and point it at a known landmark in the target city. Easy peasy.

Take your dog ASTA with you.

Blursday the Vagueteenth of Whenember (Ye Mad Puffin), Wednesday, 15 July 2020 18:31 (four months ago) link

(some story about receiving a Dear John letter I haven't flesh out yet. Then...)

Isolde mein Herz zum Junker (James Redd and the Blecchs), Wednesday, 15 July 2020 18:32 (four months ago) link

IBEX

budo jeru, Wednesday, 15 July 2020 18:38 (four months ago) link

So take a letter, a rebus
With pen or pencil you can write
To solve it electronically
You'd better find Across Lite

Isolde mein Herz zum Junker (James Redd and the Blecchs), Wednesday, 15 July 2020 18:38 (four months ago) link

(Which is the chorus, which will repeat, with the last chorus changing to)
So take a letter, Merl Reagle
Address it to Will Shortz
Sit on a potato pan
I put soot on warts

Isolde mein Herz zum Junker (James Redd and the Blecchs), Wednesday, 15 July 2020 18:42 (four months ago) link

There's just a weird lot of common / borderline crosswordese stuff. Seems like with a theme this (relatively) light, the fill wouldn't be so IRR AROD RIIS ESTA TELEX ORES ORSO ACTI ANTE AXLE etc. The worst of the short fill, though, was the GPO / EEOC crossing. Truly awful, if only because their crossing *initialisms*, which means if you don't know what the letters ... stand for ... you have no hope.

from rex parker's blog entry today. when i used to do the NYT crossword more often i enjoyed reading his takes and particularly his low tolerance for lazy crosswordese, when applicable

budo jeru, Wednesday, 15 July 2020 18:42 (four months ago) link

I think reviewing the crossword every day for however many years has driven him to madness, like Andy Daly in Review

Wayne Grotski (symsymsym), Wednesday, 15 July 2020 18:46 (four months ago) link

I know it drove me a little mad, just doing them every day. Duolingo is a moderately better addiction.

Isolde mein Herz zum Junker (James Redd and the Blecchs), Wednesday, 15 July 2020 18:49 (four months ago) link

ISSA RAE

mookieproof, Wednesday, 15 July 2020 18:49 (four months ago) link

and like... when was the last ipod nano sold??? that’s the clue? christ

Li'l Brexit (Tracer Hand), Wednesday, 5 August 2020 21:31 (three months ago) link

Last ipod nano was 2017.

Last SST was 2003, but it's still a popular crossword answer.

chasing rimbauds (Ye Mad Puffin), Wednesday, 5 August 2020 21:47 (three months ago) link

*barely audible muttering*

Li'l Brexit (Tracer Hand), Wednesday, 5 August 2020 22:12 (three months ago) link

EKE's pretty perennial for good or ill.

Andrew Farrell, Wednesday, 5 August 2020 22:18 (three months ago) link

EKE is overused for sure, but ‘eke out’ is at least a thing. ‘eke by’ is not

mookieproof, Wednesday, 5 August 2020 22:35 (three months ago) link

I look forward to the day when SST will be clued by "Punk label" or somesuch.

Garry Shambling (Leee), Wednesday, 5 August 2020 23:40 (three months ago) link

"I had trouble but i managed to eke by" sounds fine to my canadian ear.

wasdnous (abanana), Thursday, 6 August 2020 00:36 (three months ago) link

take by, hoser

mookieproof, Thursday, 6 August 2020 00:59 (three months ago) link

I finished today’s none the wiser how the gimmick was supposed to have worked

Li'l Brexit (Tracer Hand), Sunday, 9 August 2020 14:21 (three months ago) link

Me too, but I did it online so there was a cute reveal at the end.

Do you (a) care, and (b) want to know?

vitreous humorist (Ye Mad Puffin), Sunday, 9 August 2020 16:27 (three months ago) link

a) not really b) 10000% yes

Li'l Brexit (Tracer Hand), Sunday, 9 August 2020 16:29 (three months ago) link

SPOILAGE

SPOILAGE

SPOILAGE

The revealer is "shipshape," and if you connect the circled squares it makes a stylized sailboat. But that's not all - the theme answers each have a shape word: LOVETRIANGLE, STORYARC, SECURITYLINE, and TOWNSQUARE. The boat shape is made up of a triangle, an arc, a line, and a square.

vitreous humorist (Ye Mad Puffin), Sunday, 9 August 2020 17:44 (three months ago) link

like so

also ETS, AMI, ATEIN, PTA

mookieproof, Sunday, 9 August 2020 18:28 (three months ago) link

Yeah. In hindsight it looks like I erred by omitting SKISLOPE from the theme answers

vitreous humorist (Ye Mad Puffin), Sunday, 9 August 2020 18:47 (three months ago) link

i thought it was something like that. i didn’t think to actually do a connect-the-dots. usually “getting” the gimmick is an aid to solving and it wasn’t this time.

Li'l Brexit (Tracer Hand), Sunday, 9 August 2020 20:32 (three months ago) link

one month passes...

ACAI

A Short Film About Scampoes (Noodle Vague), Wednesday, 9 September 2020 23:58 (two months ago) link

GOJI

Li'l Brexit (Tracer Hand), Thursday, 10 September 2020 08:11 (two months ago) link

ALOE

Li'l Brexit (Tracer Hand), Thursday, 10 September 2020 08:11 (two months ago) link

UGLI

wasdnous (abanana), Thursday, 10 September 2020 10:12 (two months ago) link

ELOI

Andrew Farrell, Thursday, 10 September 2020 10:55 (two months ago) link

EPEE

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Thursday, 10 September 2020 13:25 (two months ago) link

a few days ago FBPOSTS was, i thought, a step too far

Li'l Brexit (Tracer Hand), Thursday, 10 September 2020 13:33 (two months ago) link

ILE

Wayne Grotski (symsymsym), Thursday, 10 September 2020 15:25 (two months ago) link

before i forget i just want to give a shout-out to last friday's nyt. most pleasurable one i've done in a long time. was really much more about the funny/lateral cluing than the words themselves, if that makes sense.

Li'l Brexit (Tracer Hand), Thursday, 17 September 2020 13:25 (two months ago) link

i got a DRNO in the wild on my phone app last night!

how do i shot moon? (Noodle Vague), Thursday, 17 September 2020 13:58 (two months ago) link

ALEE

Lavator Shemmelpennick, Thursday, 17 September 2020 15:10 (two months ago) link

ACK ICK OCH UCK OCH
all these suck as "exclamation of disgust/surprise"

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Thursday, 17 September 2020 15:20 (two months ago) link

DRNO was in matt gaffney's xwordcontest.com puzzle this week. not meta related.

wasdnous (abanana), Thursday, 17 September 2020 18:02 (two months ago) link

Feel like an interesting thing to do would be to go through the week to see how the clues change for one of these

ABBA O RLY? (James Redd and the Blecchs), Thursday, 17 September 2020 23:04 (two months ago) link

like this?
https://crossword-solver.io/crossword-clues/drno/

wasdnous (abanana), Friday, 18 September 2020 03:48 (two months ago) link

Never saw that particular search engine, nice. Assume clues that mention Bond are Mon-Wed, whereas Joseph Wiseman/Crab Key are Friday-Saturday, Bond & Julius an easy Thursday, just Julius a hard Thursday.

ABBA O RLY? (James Redd and the Blecchs), Friday, 18 September 2020 04:01 (two months ago) link

two months pass...

disappointed that we have yet to see FAUCI

mookieproof, Friday, 20 November 2020 07:21 (one week ago) link

seriously!

Li'l Brexit (Tracer Hand), Friday, 20 November 2020 07:43 (one week ago) link

In the Mini, last Saturday.

Andrew Farrell, Friday, 20 November 2020 07:49 (one week ago) link

i don’t do the mini - it’s not in the newspaper

Li'l Brexit (Tracer Hand), Friday, 20 November 2020 09:27 (one week ago) link

I was about to say, it was in the mini last Saturday.

Does anyone do the Times online-only? I feel foolish for wanting to give myself a Christmas gift of a sub to the crossword, but kind of want it at the same time. Is it worth it?

healthy cocaine off perfect butts (the table is the table), Friday, 20 November 2020 14:18 (one week ago) link

I'm sure a lot of non-Americans do, myself included. I mean, I could probably find a NYT in print, but I'm not honestly sure where.

Andrew Farrell, Friday, 20 November 2020 14:38 (one week ago) link

larger WH Smiths, Waitrose, newsagents etc - it’s not too hard to find. outside London forget it though.

I get it delivered.

Li'l Brexit (Tracer Hand), Friday, 20 November 2020 15:18 (one week ago) link

i only subscribe to nyt games and not the paper itself. officially a spelling bee addict too

donna rouge, Friday, 20 November 2020 15:45 (one week ago) link

The print version is ludicrously expensive in comparison to the online version, even if one subscribes to both the paper and games.

I begin each day with Spelling Bee and the Mini in bed, before the coffee. Helps me wake up.

healthy cocaine off perfect butts (the table is the table), Friday, 20 November 2020 17:04 (one week ago) link

Gotta say that every time I see this thread bumped I think DRNO must be a city in Poland or Slovakia or something

is right unfortunately (silby), Friday, 20 November 2020 17:05 (one week ago) link

beat my previous record for solving a Friday puzzle today. KAC’s one of the best constructors, always happy to see his name on a puzzle

donna rouge, Friday, 20 November 2020 22:16 (one week ago) link

Does anyone do the Times online-only? I feel foolish for wanting to give myself a Christmas gift of a sub to the crossword, but kind of want it at the same time. Is it worth it?

I do, for puzzles only though. For $20 a year, totally worth it.

Niplheim (Leee), Saturday, 21 November 2020 01:21 (one week ago) link

^^^

mookieproof, Saturday, 21 November 2020 01:28 (one week ago) link

Brno is in the Czech Republic - a lot of my employer's European staff work there.

Andrew Farrell, Saturday, 21 November 2020 01:45 (one week ago) link

Oh that’s why!

is right unfortunately (silby), Saturday, 21 November 2020 01:59 (one week ago) link

thought saturday was really hard. it almost defeated me. first time in a long time i’ve had that feeling.

Li'l Brexit (Tracer Hand), Sunday, 22 November 2020 16:59 (six days ago) link

same

mookieproof, Monday, 23 November 2020 00:32 (five days ago) link

(This is just above Blue Saturday in my bookmarks - some confusion)

Andrew Farrell, Monday, 23 November 2020 01:21 (five days ago) link

the Saturday took longer for me to finish than today’s Sunday

donna rouge, Monday, 23 November 2020 02:41 (five days ago) link


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