Deep in Thought – The New York Times

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U.S.F. Bulls’ Dominique Jones (20) makes a no-look pass past the DePaul Blue Demons during the first round of play in the 2010 Big East Tournament.Credit Suzy Allman for The New York Times

Administrivial Win Valuable Prizes Alert! Lollapuzzoola 9, the world’s greatest crossword tournament held on a Saturday in August, is happening this year on Saturday, August 13, at All Souls Church in New York City. It’s a full day of original crosswords (amazing), bonus puzzles and games (brilliant), and free snacks (mediocre), all for just $30. You can also solve from home for $12 (and provide your own snacks). Visit www.bemoresmarter.com for more info. If you have any questions, email tournament director Brian Cimmet at brian@bemoresmarter.com.

FRIDAY PUZZLE John Guzzetta takes us into our solving weekend with a 70-word puzzle that has some fresh entries.

Today Mr. Guzzetta introduces seven words and phrases: TEACHABLE MOMENT, SPY KIDS, CHEST HAIR, QUICHES, BIOLOGICAL CLOCK, COGITATING and NO LOOK (a basketball pass).

Even though they are not new, entries like MOXIE, BAUBLES, GRAY MATTER, ANGLOPHONE, CHURCHY, HANGDOG and the new-to-me, beautiful word QAID caught my eye.

All in all, a crunchy puzzle to solve as we head into our solving weekend. I had to work for it, but because I am a professional, you can be certain that my frustration will not seep out in any of the tricky clue reviews below.

Tricky Clues

• 23A: An acronym for the French “Conseil Européen pour la Recherche Nucléaire,” CERN is home to the Large Hadron Collider, the world’s largest and highest energy particle accelerator. Space geeks like me love CERN.

• 33A: Have you ever had one of those days where you can remember one Disney “Frozen” princess but not the other? That’s the kind of day I’m having, if you can imagine. I was convinced that the answer was ELSA, the princess around whom most of the plot turns, but no: today the answer is ANNA, her sister. Not that I’m…

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