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MONDAY TRUTH – Just as it can take more than one building to build a crossword puzzle – take today’s collaboration between Kevin Christian and Andrea Carla Michaels, for example – it is also perfectly acceptable to use more than one skill. one solver to complete one. Just last week, we presented a puzzle with a theme that shows the value of animal relationships in the brand; Doesn’t that apply to us too? Why are we interdependent creatures (to fill in a four-letter word that means “sandwich bread”)?

The rejection of the daily word Crossword and we also make something of a symbiotic partner. What I offer as a writer may best be summed up in the revealing statement of today’s topic. How do solvers help me? That’s easy: They play.

In Exhibitor 62-Across, we learn that a certain phrase that describes “Broadcast Booth Analysis” is also “Indication 17-, 27- and 47-All.”

There are generally two sports commentators on television. One provides real-time updates on the game while the other provides details such as statistics, analysis of previous games and the occasional fun fact about the players. This second table gives what is called a COLOR FORECAST – and that is what is in each subject.

17-, 27- and 47-all contain idioms that refer to colors. If you “harmlessly deceive” someone (27A) for example, you are TELLING A BLATANT LIE. If something “causes serious concern, say” (47A), it may raise a red flag.

Christina Iverson, puzzle editor of The New York Times, said editors were drawn to these puzzles because of the interconnected theme of both content and patterns.

“We like the layer of consistency added here, with sentences about communication that follow the pattern ‘verb + A + color + noun,'” Ms. Iverson said. “It looked like a very tight space.”

20A. “Snowy wet stuff” may have painted a sloppy picture, so I hope you’ve finally made it to the right entry, SLEET.

36A. JAMB has always struck me as an odd phrase for “Part of the Window or the Door,” but looking at its origins helps us make sense. The word comes from the French word for leg – “jambe.” And when you think about it, JAMB is easy one of many legs a door or window.

38A. I don’t know why, but as you become an adult you should gradually learn how to make bread in any language. So if you don’t already know this, you do now: “‘Cheers!,’ in Stockholm,” is SKOAL.

42A. Aleut, alternatively known as Unangam Tunuu For native speakers, it is an “Inuit-related language” spoken mostly in Alaska and off the coast of Siberia.

30D How does the Greek letter IOTA mean “little,” too? Because being an event the smallest letter of the alphabet. It also went on to inspire the word “jot.” Isn’t language scary?

39D In some cities, a “city council member” representing interests a special ward or municipality is referred to as ALDERMAN. (New York City retired the use of this title in 1938.)

Kevin Christian: I heard the COLOR ACTION during the ESPN broadcast. I knew that was a good sign. I came up with TALK A BLUE Streek, but I didn’t know what else to pair it with. “BLACK LITTLE LIES?” TALK A BLUE Streak starts with a verb, and “LITTLE WHITE LIES” is a noun, so that doesn’t exist. “Green” thing? I sent the idea to Andrea, who is great at perfecting answer topics and discussing the relative merits of possible answer topics. It came out with an OBVIOUS LIE that RAISED a RED FLAG. Thank you, Andrea!

Andrea Carla Michaels: Many solvers seem to be interested in how collaboration works. I teamed up with over 50 people Рsome new, some veterans. Each collaboration is completely different and has its own feeling. This one was an example of a true give-and-take: Kevin had the initial idea, so his name was first in the lines. We put the thread together until we had a tight fit of matching length (the bane of my existence!). Kevin is great at making grids, and I like to point them out on Mondays. (I always slip in a hint of The Beatles or Minnesota… see if you can spot it.)

So, really, thank you, Kevin. This is our tenth collaboration.

Christina Iverson, puzzle editor, will send a weekly Friday puzzle with more clues available right in your inbox if you sign up for the Easy Mode newsletter. The extra goodness is for those who would like to try the Friday puzzles but have heard all about how difficult they are.

See the difference between normal and simple symptoms below. The link is a small sample of the clues found in Friday’s puzzles. When you click on them, you will see the version that will run the standard puzzle as well as the easiest version.

(Warning: The following are spoilers for Friday’s puzzle.)

Not too hard, right? You can definitely solve the Friday puzzles. You may need some practice before you can succeed on your own.

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