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I also feel this way. I've been learning how to solve crossword puzzles since I was 10. My dad and I would work on them together on Sundays. In college, I would do the crossword in the NCSU technician to pass by time waiting for a bus or time between classes. As an adult the Indy has become my go to crossword puzzle, however in the past six months I've yet to be able to complete a majority of them because of all the obscure clues being used...as well as typos in the clues and extra spaces in the boxes. My goal now isn't to complete your crossword...it's to "See 10 Down" of the Without a Song puzzle. :/
It's not even fun anymore...
One of the worst crosswords my wife and I (who have four post-graduate degrees between us) have ever encountered. A meaningless title; a repeated answer ("naps"); ridiculously obscure definitions, including:
- A French sailing term "Englished" (amured)
- A North Korean city that is not among the 10-20 most populous or important in that country (Rashin)
- A variant spelling of a Hebrew letter (ain)
- An alternative definition of a common word (screed) that does not appear in most dictionaries because it is (says the OED) "obsolete except dialectic"
- A Samoan name for a bird identified as Australian (ioa)
I mean: why bother?
I don't think you're playing fair. RELEASE does not mean at all what RELENT means; "bridge holdings" of TENACES sounds more like double canasta than like bridge; WATTLES are not GILLS; and TRIENTAL is way too obscure for even the crossword zealot.
You are not alone in this tendency to venture to the edge and over. All crosswords today except beginner-level ones seem determined to include one or two utterly impenetrable corners that can't be illuminated even with Google's help. That doesn't make it okay.
But at least you're not assuming your readers know very little about anything but TV shows, as many crossword publishers, too often including the NYTimes, increasingly do. Thank you greatly for that!
Spoonerisms are an aural phenomenon. The puzzle constructors have failed to take this into account in the case of "CULLEDMIDER". It should be "SULLEDMIDER". Either that, or they are playing fast and loose with the difference between hard C and soft C.
--end of rant--
43 down clue is inaccurate.
A pagan is a person who believes in many gods. Other definitions: one who has little or no religion; an irreligious or hedonistic person. There's a big difference between not being religious and not believing.
A nonbeliever is an atheist.
American Heritage Dictionary:
Dene: Chiefly British, a sandy tract or dune by the seashore.
Possibly from East Frisian
Oops! That's my mistake -- I mislabeled that solution June 7 instead of July 7. It's here: http://www.indyweek.com/indyweek/june-7-su…
Puzzle solutions are always posted to our website by 6 p.m. on the Wednesday the paper is published. If you notice it's not there, call me and let me know! The Indy's number is 919-286-1972.
Why can't the solution be posted to your web page on the same day as the puzzle is published? I need the sudoku solution for 7 July 10 NOW!!!
Okay, folks: what’s a "dene" as a solution for "sand hill"? I think it's supposed to be "dune" (81 across) but "ariels" is the correct spelling for the Arabian gazelles. Linda and Charles?
Comment about the May 5th Sudoku puzzle. A little background on me; I am Queen of Sudoku in my family. I LOVE IT anytime anywhere bring it on. BUT, yes there is a but we need to talk about the extent of HARD this puzzle took me 3 days couldnt get it then my friend couldnt get it so yes we did the un thinkable and cheated but just all to get us started then Hooray we solved it together after almost a week. I think next time it should say extreme! LOL
arcane nonsense, just like almost every puzzle this year. if the sunday NYT puzzle is easier than the INDY puzzle, there's probably something wrong with the INDY puzzle.
This puzzle was alot more difficult than "medium." In fact, I'm beginning to think it might be impossible. Perhaps some of the clue squares were missing?
Did anyone else find this to be the case?
LaVonne- We receive this crossword every week from Tribune Media Services, Inc. That credit is noted below the solution.
I was surprised to see no credit given to Jo Paquin who first published this puzzle in the News and Courier on Sept. 5, 1976
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