Wednesday, January 02, 2008

Money Clues in the New York Times Crossword Puzzle

I am a devoted crossword puzzler. I may not be quite on the level of the people in that movie Word Play, but I do the puzzle most days during the week (and I secretly do have a nerdy ambition to compete at that annual event in Stamford, CT!). On Mondays and Tuesdays, I can start and finish the puzzle during the last few subway stops on my morning commute. By Saturday, the hardest day of the week, I usually have to come back to the puzzle several times during the day, but I can almost always finish it eventually. (Especially if I cheat with reference books on a couple of sticky spots!)
Every once in a while, I notice puzzle clues that have to do with money, and a few weeks ago (11/17/07) there was one puzzle that had quite a few of them. See if you can figure them out-- I know it's harder without any crossing letters! If you're a subscriber to the NY Times and have access to premium content on the website, you can download the whole puzzle at this link. You also need to download a program that lets you do the puzzle on your computer.

39 Across: You may get into it while shopping (4 letters)

45 Across: 100 centimes, in Haiti (6 letters)

23 Down: Bank offering, briefly (4 letters)

30 Down: It can help you keep your balance (6 letters)

43 Down: Willful state? (7 letters)


Okay, is that too vague? Try it with a couple letters filled in:

39 Across: You may get into it while shopping (4 letters)
_ E _ _

45 Across: 100 centimes, in Haiti (6 letters)
_ O _ R _ _

23 Down: Bank offering, briefly (4 letters)
_ _ F _

30 Down: It can help you keep your balance (6 letters)
L _ _ _E _

43 Down: Willful state? (7 letters)
_ _ S _ A _ _


I'll give you some time to torture yourselves and post the answers later!

2 comments:

Kitty said...

I used to be addicted to crosswords. Love them, wish I had more time for them.

I posted about your blog here. Hope you don't mind!

cheers, k

RacerX said...

Ok, I miss having a good crossword to do. I have a couple of the answers, but nothing like the NY Times to make you remember how un-smart you really are!

I didn't know that the Crossword puzzle Champion was crowned in Stamford. For Office fans, I bet Stanley wanted to transfer!