How to Solve the New York Times Crossword – Word Hints | ET REALITY


Tip: Consider one of the trickiest crossword puzzles: Hiding the correct name at the beginning of the clue.

Talk about a solid follow-up. This type of instruction requires careful reading.

When the crossword builder and editors are feeling particularly diabolism, you can see a seemingly innocent clue like this for a three-letter entry:

“Courageous Opposition”

Hey, someone calls their enemy “bravery.” That’s a good thing. On the surface, this tip seems like a compliment, doesn’t it?

Not this time. The answer to this clue is RED. Depending on the puzzle, it can also be MET.

We know. That doesn’t make sense at first glance, but don’t give up. There is logic behind this, we promise.

Let’s take a closer look at the clue: The word “Brave” has a capital B because it’s at the beginning of the clue, but that’s it. It’s not the only reason it’s enlarged. It has a capital B because it has as well It happens to be the name of a professional baseball player, the Atlanta Brave. Puzzle makers and editors put it at the beginning of a clue to capitalize (sorry), or capitalize on, the capital letter.

And three letters “against the Braves,” or against the Atlanta Braves, could be Cincinnati RED. It could also be the New York MET.

Like we said, there might be a lot of slapping in the forehead when you get into the puzzles later in the week, but hang in there. We promise you will begin to enjoy the lengths puzzle makers and editors go to to twist your mind.

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