Football club founded in 1899 – NYT Crossword Clue
FRIDAY PUZZLE – Even though I liked it, it was difficult for me.
I’m a huge fan of Andrew Ries puzzles – besides building for the New York Times, Mr. Ries is also a talented and prolific independent builder – but this one seemed more difficult to me. And it’s not because it’s a Friday puzzle. This is simply because some clues did not allow me to find the answer, even taking into account the steering errors. There have been a few instances where I looked at the entries even after they were filled out and still wasn’t sure if I was right.
I’m not too proud to say that it could have been my own state of mind when I figured out. You may have gotten over that, and more power for you.
For the most part, however, it was a tough Friday puzzle that opened our eyes to our Resolution Weekend. Mr. Ries debuted at six entries, and even several of the entries that appeared before were lively.
1A. Nice mistake for the word “draft”. âBuilding with lots of draftsâ is not one with holes in the walls or great ventilation; it is a building that has many kegs or barrels of beer. If there had been one more letter in this entry, I would have guessed “beer hall”, but the answer is BEER BAR. I’m not a beer drinker, so this phrase was not in the language for me, but I will yield to the expertise of those who drink it.
14A. I’ve heard of Angel’s Cake, but not ANGEL PIE. To me, a lemony meringue dessert is a lemon meringue pie, but maybe it’s a regional name. Either way, it’s delicious.
16A. TIL (Today I learned) that the word AREOLA has yet another definition, which is “the space between the ribs of an insect wing”. Is there something AREOLA cannot do?
19A. I wanted the answer to “Woman’s name that looks like two letters of the alphabet” to be “Elsie” (LC) at first, but the 902 year old ENOS in 2D showed me the answer was ESSIE (SC).
27A. The phrase TRANS ICON debuts in the New York Times Crossword, linked to Marsha P. Johnson. Ms Johnson was an American trans and gay rights activist, self-identified drag queen and a prominent figure in the Stonewall uprising in 1969. She died under mysterious circumstances in 1992.
40A. I haven’t seen this documentary film, so I almost had a really good dialogue to share between Joel Fagliano and me, but as usual the penny dropped right before I hit the send button. in my email. DICK CHENEY debuts with his full name, and his clue tries to trick solvers into thinking of a school’s vice-principal. It won’t be that easy on a Friday. “‘Deputy director?” refers to the main character of “Vice”.
46A. I thought WEIRD HUH would be a start for sure, but it’s not. Sam Ezersky debuted it in 2020. Mr. Ries does get a sophomore credit, however.
62A. “What’s not working?” is a good question but, to paraphrase a schtick from “The Princess Bride”, that doesn’t mean what you think it means. This index looks for a replacement for “What” which means “does not work”. The answer is FREE TIME.
1D. “Roll in the hay?” is a cute clue to BALE (which is rolled hay), but is the roll really in the hay? It stopped me briefly, although I knew what the answer would be.
9D. “Is this for more?” Seems like the clue is all for more than anything, but what it really asks for is a word that describes “is” for more than one person. The answer is the plural ARE.
11D. “Bands from the 90s?” don’t ask solvers for their favorite ’90s musical acts (Red Hot Chili Peppers). They are asking for people whose academic average is in the 90s. These people would be on the ROLL HONOR.
15D. The “postmaster?” Looks like we’re supposed to be thinking of the Postmaster General of the United States Postal Service. But note that the clue separates “Post” and “master” into two different words. The capital P in “Post” is veiled and refers to the Washington Post, so the “master” would be the EDITOR-IN-CHIEF. I understand the pun, but I don’t consider IEC to be a “master” so this one was another clue that didn’t quite happen to me.
28D. An offer that “might interest you less?” is a REFI, short for ârefinancingâ. I hope you would be REFI because you were offered a lower interest rate on your mortgage.
29D. I read this at first as a cooking clue, which was the intention. The problem I had with the index was with the word “use”. “Those who could use oils in a pan?” are ART CRITICS in this puzzle, and the “pan” is a bad review. But does the reviewer âuseâ oils? Oil paints are part of art, so to say that the reviewer uses them seemed stretchy to me. It might be a little better if the index spoke of the paints themselves as âoilsâ, but even then the word âuseâ doesn’t strike me as right. Perhaps “those who to put oils in a saucepan?
36D. This clever clue “Is the cat superior?” (a play about ketchup or ketchup), should read as “A cat’s way of saying ‘Sup’?” It would be MEOW.
48D. In this pandemic, I think a lot of people might say that âwork that usually requires face coverageâ should be âAll,â but the builder – and maybe the puzzle editors – are playful. The answer is HEIST.
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