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THEME: nobody Word that the Day: ZUGZWANG (32D: Chess case in which any kind of move is a bad move) — Zugzwang (German because that "compulsion to move", express <ˈtsuːktsvaŋ>) is a instance found in chess and also other gamings wherein one player is placed at a disadvantage since they need to make a move when lock would favor to pass and not move. The reality that the player is compelled come move way that their position will become significantly weaker. A player is stated to it is in "in zugzwang" once any feasible move will certainly worsen your position. (wikipedia)
My 1-Across concept of Speed-Solving is borne out as soon as again. Below is my opened gambit (note the chess language, in respect of ZUGZWANG, every little thing the hell the is):
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I maintained thinking I"d have actually occasion come post one more screenshot, in ~ some other consequential allude in the solve, however instead I simply zipped through this. I have never heard of high TEES
(8D: Oversize hip-hop tops), so, weirdly, improbably, the NYT puzzle is to teach me something around hip-hop. World upside-down. High teas room actually little teas in ~ Starbucks, just FYI.EYESORE > be SORE (take that, yesterday"s puzzle!). Had to guess on among the ZUGZWANG crosses—not shockingly, a appropriate noun overcome (NEDS). Again, constructors ... Careful! Yeesh. Every letter of ZUGZWANG is gonna be an uninferrable secret for many solvers, so the crosses need to be regulated thoughtfully and also humanely. Most of the crosses seem accordingly fair, however NEDS is borderline. Don"t watch why there couldn"t be a driver called Red Jarrett. Appears reasonable. Anyway, NEDS is probably the ideal guess there, and also it to be my guess, and the ideal one. Therefore no foul, party or otherwise. Close to foul, however no foul. Mine condolences to everyone that tuned in come the MOO CREW, though.SOC SAC! Hurray because that goofy symmetrical pairs: SOC SAC: It"s favor ZUGZWANG, however with an ext throwing dirty socks in ~ a to wash bag. Speak of dirty socks, the SE corner. NO BIS could INCENT me to like ESTO corner. And also why can"t this puzzle give the late, great GENE Wilder a small love? I recognize if you couldn"t rather make the DAHL clue work-related (maybe a long means from the author of the publication to the actor that starred in the movie adaptation) (19A: Charlie Bucket"s creator), however the GENE clue? The GENE clue? Come on, NYT. Sigh. Anyway, R.I.P., GENE.My almost-16-year-old has decided to take it up crosswords. The outcomes are both heartening and hilarious. Right here are part Tweet-updates my wife sent out me this day on the girl"s progress: