NYT Crossword Answers: Rapper At The Head Of Heavy Metal Band Body Count

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9D. There are so many possible answers to “How to best hit a ball for a home run”. Quick? With mustard? Really hard? But in this case, the entry is SOLID. Just (ha!) Enough.

52D. I see what the clue “it doesn’t mean anything” is trying to do, but I think it might work better like “it doesn’t mean anything. However, I can always buy that ZERO doesn’t mean anything.

This puzzle is a real lesson in wealth management! The theme is revealed fairly early in the resolution, with the revealer occupying a 15-letter position on the grid near the top of the crossword. The telltale clue is “Type of investment suggested by the 3-, 11-, and 29-Down ends”, and the telltale itself is PERSONAL FINANCE. The three thematic entries indicated by the revealer are the names of people (they are “personal”) whose last names are types of investments.

The first of these is BARRY BONDS at 3D (“MLB record holder for most career homers”). BARRY BONDS is a person whose last name is an investment type, which perfectly reflects the revealing PERSONAL FINANCE. Another thematic entry can be found on 11D (“Singer profiled in ‘Walk the Line’ biopic”) – this is JOHNNY CASH, another person whose last name is financial in nature. The third thematic entry, which I won’t reveal here, is yet another person, this time with a name that is a commodity we could invest in.

I’ll admit that I’m not the smartest financial planner or investor, so this topic didn’t really get me excited. That said, I do appreciate that the theme is elevated by the fact that all of the thematic entries are about people, which makes both parts of the revealer relevant.

As I mentioned above, I enjoyed the non-traditional (left-right) mirror symmetry of this puzzle, which was needed to accommodate the 10/10/11/15 length themes. It’s impressive that the developer spanning the grid intersects two of the themes, and the long “bonus” (non-thematic) Down entries are also excellent – loved NOT A CHANCE, LAST ONLINE and IN A SECOND.

I had the idea for this theme a few years ago, but I wasn’t happy with someone I offered to go alongside BARRY BONDS and JOHNNY CASH. I looked for people whose last name was Gold, but I wasn’t sure they were well known enough.

A year later, I thought the next best thing was someone whose last name was SILVER. I have debated whether to use ADAM or Nate. I knew that solvers who didn’t know either person would at least know the NBA even if they didn’t know FiveThirtyEight. However, if I did this today, I would have chosen Nate to offer more variety in the celebrity fields.

At least Nate and the Golds can rest easy knowing that Eddie Money wasn’t successful either.

Hope you liked solving!

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