0526-23 NY Times Crossword 26, May 23, Friday - NYXCrossword.com (2023)

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1 Stanovnik Seeba, Sohara of Soera: OMAN

Oman is located on the southeast coast of the Arabian Peninsula and borders the UAE, Saudi Arabia and Yemen. Oman is a monarchy and the official name of the country is the Sultanate of Oman. All legislative, executive and judicial power in the country belongs to the hereditary sultan.

6 A company whose name, appropriately, is an anagram of GAMES minus a letter: SEGA

Sega is a Japanese video game company based in Tokyo. Sega actually started in 1940 as Standard Games and was based in Honolulu, a city in the U.S. territory of Hawaii at the time. In 1951, the owners moved the store to Tokyo and renamed the company Service Games. The name "Sega" is a combination of the first two letters of the words "Service" and "Games".

20 Idle moves (o) : MOLENS

To move means to move, usually en masse, in a disorderly manner. The term "mill" was first used in the 19th century to describe livestock that circulated in a group, such as the operation of a mill wheel.

25 Tragic Mistake for Oedipus: HUBRIS

Arrogance is arrogance or overwhelming pride.

"Oedipus Rex" (also "Oedipus the King") is a tragedy by the ancient Greek playwright Sophocles. The play is about Oedipus, a man who becomes king of Thebes. It is known that Oedipus was destined from birth to kill his father and marry his mother.

29 One could read "Kiss the cook": APRON

In old French "naperon" was "little tablecloth". The term was absorbed into English as "napron", describing a piece of cloth used to cover the front of a person at work. Over time, "napron" came to be heard as "apron," which gave us our modern noun "apron."

30 Mismatch in Youth Sports: THE RULE OF GRACE

A mercy rule in sports is a rule that ends a game early when the losing team is deemed to have no chance of a comeback.

33 Flummox: PANJ

In the early 14th century, "stump" meant tripping over an obstacle, such as a "stump tree." By the early 19th century, the verb "stump" came into more general use, meaning "to confuse, to stop by putting up obstacles".

35 A bite of bacon? : ESSAY

The English philosopher and statesman Francis Bacon wrote a celebrated and respected collection of essays called "Essays", first published in 1597. My favorite of these essays is "On Simulation and Dissimulation", which notes

Hypocrisy, in the negative; when a man gives signs and arguments that he is not, that he... Simulation, affirmative; when a man diligently and expressly pretends and pretends to be, that he is not.

38 City of Cologne: RHINE

The river that flows through Europe, which we know in English as the Rhine, is called "Rhein" in German, "Rhin" in French, and "Rhine" in Dutch.

Cologne is the fourth largest city in Germany and is known as "Köln" in German.

44 "Purple" Dingen: PROSE

Purple prose is writing that is overly ornate and ornate, so much so that it draws attention to itself and distracts from the story.

45 Account concept: BORDER

The Latin word "calculus" was originally used for calculation or reckoning, and originally referred to a pebble used for calculation. The Latin word comes from the Greek for pebble, "khalix".

47 Chairs from a drag show: BOA

The etymology of the term "drag" used in the transvestite world seems unclear. Perhaps it has to do with transvestites' tendency to drag on the floor back in the day (although it's a mystery to me why they didn't just zip up their skirts!).

55 Number of Musketeers: THREE

In Spanish "Los tres Mosqueteros" (The Three Musketeers) is a great story.

56 Viral Phenomenon: MEME

A meme (from "mineme") is a cultural practice or idea that is passed from one person to another verbally or through repetition. The term fits very well in the online world where links, emails, files, etc. are so easily distributed.


2 Word on check: MEMO

Checking and checking bills caused language problems when I first came to the US. In Ireland (and the UK) we write "cheques" with money from our "checking accounts".

3 Seed tray: ARIL

The sheath that surrounds many seeds is called the aril and can be quite fleshy. This fruit-like property makes it desirable as a food and therefore aids in seed dispersal.

4 Co. who produces the "Modern Love" podcast: NYT

"The New York Times" (NYT) has been published since 1851 and is also known as "The Gray Lady". Nowadays, reading the news on the internet is a possible alternative to buying newspapers. NYTimes.com is the country's most popular online newspaper website.

7 Evaluation, informal : EVAL

Evaluation (Evaluation)

15 mutton chops? : BUDDHA

The meat of domestic sheep has different names depending on how old the animal was at the time of slaughter. In general, lamb is the meat of sheep not older than one year. Hogget is the meat of a young animal and mutton is the meat of an adult animal.

24 Mreža "Better Call Saul": AMC

"Bolje nazovi Saul" is a drama series that originated after the hit series "Breaking Bad". The main character is lawyer Saul Goodman, played by Bob Odenkirk, who starred in the original series. "Better Call Saul" is set six years before Goodman appeared in the "Breaking Bad" storyline. The attorney's real name is James Morgan McGill, and his pen name is a play on the words "S'all good, man!"

31 Lang en dun: LANK

The term "gangly" can describe something that is straight and straight, especially hair. The usage was expanded in the early 19th century (especially in the form "lanky") to mean "awkwardly tall and thin".

32 Parts of the body an owl cannot move: EYES

Owls can rotate their heads 270 degrees, allowing them to look around without moving their bodies.

37 Concorde, npr.: Skr. : SST

Supersonic transporters (SSTs) such as Concorde exceeded Mach 1, the speed of sound. As an airplane flies through the air, it creates pressure waves fore (and aft) like a ship's bow and stern waves. These pressure waves travel at the speed of sound, so as the aircraft itself accelerates towards the speed of sound, it catches up with the pressure waves until they can "get out of the way". When the plane reaches the speed of sound, the compressed waves merge into a single shock wave, creating a sonic boom.

43 Dessert that is often eaten out of doors: S'MORE

S'mores are North American delicacies usually eaten around a campfire. A s'more consists of a toasted marshmallow and a layer of chocolate sandwiched between two graham crackers. The earliest written record of the recipe is in a 1927 publication called "Tramping and Trailing with the Girl Scouts". The Girl Scouts always marketed cookies and such!

46 Object to gossip: ITEM

An unmarried couple who are known to be in a relationship can end up in the gossip columns. This appearance as "item" in newspapers led to the use of "item" to refer to such a pair, but not until the early 1970s.

47 Dingdong : BOZO

The unsavory word "bozo" describes a person with a low IQ and someone who is usually quite muscular. The term has been in use since the early 1900s and probably comes from the Spanish "bozal," which was used to describe someone who spoke little Spanish.

48 Nabisca offer: OREO

If you look closely at the embossed design on the front and back of the Oreo cookie, you can see the key elements of the Nabisco logo. These elements are an oval with a cross on it, a cross with two bars. Usually the company name is "Nabisco" in the oval, but for the cookie it's the brand name "Oreo". The current relief design was introduced in 1952.

51 KNAW recognition, abbreviated: NOM

Nomination (nom.)

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1 Stanovnik Seeba, Sohara of Soera: OMAN
6 A company whose name, appropriately, is an anagram of GAMES minus a letter: SEGA
10 Not including for example: SNUB
14 "Smart!" : VERY SMART!
16 Something that requires a key: CODE
17 Question from someone in a hurry: AM I TOO LATE?
18 Stand behind something, say: HIDE
19 [Shoot] : [LOL]
20 Idle moves (o) : MOLENS
21 Hard nut: POSER
22 Pig rooms: PENS
23 Those who live large, in jargon: BALERJI
25 Tragic Mistake for Oedipus: HUBRIS
28 Polite Denial: NO MRS
29 One could read "Kiss the cook": APRON
30 Mismatch in Youth Sports: THE RULE OF GRACE
33 Flummox: PANJ
34 Moving real : FEAR
35 A bite of bacon? : ESSAY
36 Shared workplace, in modern terms: HOT-DESKED
38 City of Cologne: RHINE
39 Teacher sleeve, in no time: RUBBER
40 Finally they come out of their shell: CHICKENS
41 Comes to : INFLUENCE
43 Action in the card game Spit : SLEEP
44 "Purple" Dingen: PROSE
45 Account concept: BORDER
47 Chairs from a drag show: BOA
50 performances: AIRS
51 "Let this stay between us" : NO WORD
53 Working time? : RACING
54 Like a piece of land that is no longer suitable for cattle : COPIED
55 Number of Musketeers: THREE
56 Viral Phenomenon: MEME
57 Waving : SHOOS


1 In the form of the first letter of this answer, let's say: OVAL
2 Word on check: MEMO
3 Seed tray: ARIL
4 Co. who produces the "Modern Love" podcast: NYT
5 The words of the one who holds the olive branch: I AM COMING IN PEACE
6 moves: SELLS
7 Evaluation, informal : EVAL
8 Loses interest, let's say GETTING BORED
9 Likewise: THEY ARE
10 Knowledge or way of acquiring it: SCHOLARSHIP
11 Non-melodic genre: NOISY MUSIC
12 Milk him: Udder
13 Some hunters : BEER
15 mutton chops? : BUDDHA
21 Jealous critics, in jargon: PLAYER HATERS
22 Some formal wear: GRADUATION DRESSES
24 Mreža "Better Call Saul": AMC
25 Diskutirajte, s "out" : HASH …
26 Subject: DO
27 An inelegant way to solve problems: BRUTE FORCE
28 Like the posts at the top of the feed, usually: NEWER
30 Do you have a passion? : MAKE LOVE
31 Lang en dun: LANK
32 Parts of the body an owl cannot move: EYES
37 Concorde, npr.: Skr. : SST
40 stock: STOK
41 Freestanding : APP
42 A man with a mission? : FRAT
43 Dessert that is often eaten out of doors: S'MORE
46 Object to gossip: ITEM
47 Dingdong : BOZO
48 Nabisca offer: OREO
49 Interjections: ADDITIONS
51 KNAW recognition, abbreviated: NOM
52 Kinderkreet: WAH!

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