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NYT Crossword Clues: Ralph, Consumer Advocate


10D. “A fat cat that you shouldn’t trust in a test?” Is a light pun and an excuse to go get a photo of little CHEETAH because CHEETAH looks like a cheater, someone you might not trust on a test.

24D. I think I have played “Words With Friends” every day for the last 10 years of my life, so it wasn’t too hard for me, but solvers who don’t know the GAME app don’t know maybe not that it’s basically Scrabble on your phone.

Ms. Lesser’s puzzle, solvers quickly realize, is an ironic puzzle, meaning that the “topic” entries are all pieces of a witty sentence. The “summer” quip at the center of this puzzle is made up of four equal-length pieces that advise vacationers to perhaps leave their furry friends with a particular aquatic name at home. The joke reads as follows:


I can’t argue with this! I like the mental image of someone calling a little Maltese named Shark and causing panic by the seaside. As a bonus, Ms. Lesser includes more thematic 3D material, with the clue “Relating to a large white “for MAKO.

Although funny crosswords are less common today than they once were, people who enjoy these witty observations and clever puns can find more of them in print form in the New York Times Cryptogram.

And now a word from the first builder herself:

Yay! Today is my first New York Times crossword puzzle! As a new builder, I am learning a lot every day and enjoying it every minute. I hope my love of words comes through and brings a smile to a lot of solvers.

This was the second puzzle I submitted to the New York Times. The theme of the first puzzle wasn’t common enough, but Andy Kravis took the time to give me some great tips and links to some great resources. Thanks Andy! I would also like to thank David Steinberg, Mathew Stock, Will Nediger, Patti Varol, Rich Norris, Peter Gordon, Joanne Sullivan and Tracy Bennett – you have all been so wonderful, generous and supportive, and I am so grateful to you.

When I first built this puzzle, I thought it came together beautifully, with a lot of relevant infill, but I didn’t know what I didn’t know. When the New York Times came back to me and asked me to remove 10 words to make the puzzle good for a Monday, I had a little more experience and was happy to rebuild the puzzle. (I can’t believe I had AMATI going through ORIYA and even worse. Embarrassing.)

I hope people enjoy solving my puzzles as much as I enjoy creating them.

PS Happy Birthday Mom! Thank you for sharing your love of the language with me and for doing all the puzzles I create! OXO

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.