September 28, 2017

"There's not a single woman in this grid. There is only one woman mentioned in all of the clues..."

"... and she is mentioned only in relation to a man—and What a man! It's this editor's favorite man, the man he can't help working into the puzzle seemingly every day. Another day, another gratuitous Trump reference (57A: Melania Trump ___ Knauss) (NÉE). The guy really, really doesn't know (or respect) his solving base. But this sad NÉE clue is fitting for this puzzle, with its G.I. JOE and the NRA and all that fake manly crap and no girls allowed. A tiresome sausagefest of a party (with the world's dumbest-looking PIÑATA). I mean, the puzzle even manages to shit on the lone female *animal* in the puzzle (39A: No Triple Crown winner ever = MARE). That's some high-end chauvinism right there."

Rex Parker is hilariously angry at today's NYT crossword.

43 comments:

rehajm said...

Mares aren't even eligible to run in The Kentucky Derby. Blatant ageism to go with your sexism!

Sam L. said...

Why should I care? Nope; I gots nuthin'.

Oso Negro said...

Lack of vagino-centric crossword puzzles is a serious issue.

mockturtle said...

I do a NYT Sunday Puzzle every day from a book. Yesterday's puzzle featured more than twice as many women's names than men's.

traditionalguy said...

I bet the clues in Hugh Hefner's crossword puzzles were a hoot. And then along came silicone breasts.

Yancey Ward said...

This is what it means to be "woke"- you have to make a fool of yourself.

buwaya said...

My abuelita would have called Parker - un maniatico.

Ignorance is Bliss said...

There's not a single woman in this grid.

You should check with Romney. He has binders full of them.

Bay Area Guy said...

They are politicizing the goddamn NY Times Crossword puzzles!

I Have Misplaced My Pants said...

"Am I the only fuckin' one who's normal anymore?" marshall mathers

I Have Misplaced My Pants said...

I mean damn, lots of us get incensed about silly things [ask me about people who say Nordstrom's] but most of us hide that from everyone but our intimates.

DrSquid said...

Nor will there ever be a mare win a triple crown race. Female horses (fillies) don't become mares till they are 4 year olds. Triple crown races are for three year olds.

Maybe some year a mare will win the Breeders Cup Classic. Zenyatta tried, came up short.

CJinPA said...

Words seem to have only one purpose left: to produce rage. You don't even have to string them together into sentences anymore. Just put them in a grid and wait.

MayBee said...

hilariously?

Meade said...

First name of white knighty 9th Greatest Crossword Solver in the Universe (3 letters, 1st letter R, last letter X)

The Bergall said...

How do these people function in life?

David said...

Another subculture I had no idea of.

Hammond X. Gritzkofe said...

Also to be despised, there are only 1 3/2 verbs represented. "Gnaw" is the only full verb. "Site," "lift" and "gel" could be either verb or noun. Nouns, adjectives, and acronyms are vastly, shamelessly over-represented.

Gonna kneel with a pencil up my nose until verbs are equally represented not just on average, but EVERY PUZZLE, EVERY DAY, IN EVERY ROW!!!

n.n said...

How do we know they were not or will not physically (e.g. medical corruption) or mentally (e.g. homosexual orientation) transition genders?

Bad Lieutenant said...

Attention Ritmo -

for your Paris visit

the best steakhouse in Paris is

Atelier Vivanda

http://www.ateliervivanda.com/

I forget the address; there are three of them to pick as suits your itinerary.

Sorry for OT, will repost on next cafe; want him to see this.

Unless, Althouse, it amuses you to make a post about the place, to assist a commenter gone foreign.

Ken B said...

You mean hilariously funny laughing at Rex Parker, not with him.

gspencer said...

Only people who have too much time of their hands see this as a problem. I'm gonna guess here, but I don't think this is a problem in the 3d world.

Bad Lieutenant said...

The Bergall said...
How do these people function in life?

Assumes facts not in evidence.

HoodlumDoodlum said...

Those lonely crossword ladies still won't sleep with you, Rex.

Ann Althouse said...

It all depends on what tone you ascribe to his thoughts, doesn’t it?

jaydub said...

Meh. The Monday - Wednesday NYT crosswords aren't worth working, and the Thursday only sometimes; so, most people probably missed the manufactured controversy like I did. Friday, which is reasonably difficult but usually straight-forward, and Saturday, which is usually both difficult and tricky, are challenging. Sunday is sometimes difficult and/or tricky, but mostly just longer. I always work it, too. Monday through Wednesday I pick a 10 to 24 year old puzzle an old Friday or Saturday puzzle from the archive on the website. The archive goes back to '93 so there's not much chance I remember one that is more than 10 years old.

Unknown said...

The nytimes even manages to screw up a crossword puzzle. Burn that place down and start over.

HoodlumDoodlum said...

Ann Althouse said...It all depends on what tone you ascribe to his thoughts, doesn’t it?

A real puzzle.

Nonapod said...

The Master Control Program has chosen you to serve your system on the Game Grid.

Todd said...

There's not a single woman in this grid.

At least it minimizes the possibility of a woman being raped, assaulted, or offense, amiright?

Feste said...

The deep center of the luscious puzzle is “candy” and it’s Rex’s impotence that makes him Archies-infertile.

Ambrose said...

"That's not a single woman, that's me wife."

Known Unknown said...

I hate Rex Parker, MD. Such a stupid comic strip.

MadisonMan said...

Isn't it Rex Morgan? Or just Dr Morgan now?

The storyline of how Rex and June acquired kid #3 was particularly asinine, I agree.

Quaestor said...

Mares aren't even eligible to run in The Kentucky Derby.

rehajm wins the roses.

Quaestor said...

The Master Control Program has chosen you to serve your system on the Game Grid.

Gee, thanks, Nonapod. Now I'm having Tron flashbacks and my IBS is acting up.

DrSquid said...

My apologies to Zenyatta, she did win the BC Classic in 2009. In 2010 she failed to catch Blame at the wire and came in 2d in the final race of her glorious career. That was was some race horse (mare). If she had begun her 2010 dash from last place a moment earlier and reached the wire first she would have won 2 in a row.

And I thought I knew everything about racing.

DrSquid said...

But I did bet on Blame.

DanTheMan said...

>>the best steakhouse in Paris is Atelier Vivanda

Who the hell goes to Paris to eat steak???

Boeuf Rossini, OK, maybe...

D said...

I googled high-end chauvinism cause - I admit - I am not all that erudite to know what the high-end part meant.
I presumed a more upscale, maybe distinguished bigotry. Not one of those crass walmarty types, who display their rude sexism out in multi-paks and mega-sizes.
It doesnt appear to be an over used phrase.
I think if i was on the street and someone came up to me and yelled: "you high-end son of a bitch!" I would think, damn, I've made it. I'm like a successful jerk. I'm not some old, penny-a-pound, down-and-out bastard, I'm high-end!! I must have paintings on the wall.

narciso said...

Rinse and repeat:

Http://dailycaller.com/2017/09/28/dhs-was-wrong-about-russians-targeting-at-least-two-states-election-systems/?utm_source=site-share

Known Unknown said...

Does he check every NYT puzzle to see if it is appropriately woke?

Bix Cvvv said...

Dan the Man - when I am feeling sad I click on the internet and look up the Paris ethnic restaurants, I will look at, say, some Chinese takeout place a 20 minute walk from my beloved Sorbonne and than I will jump onto my titanium bike, slap on the old helmet, and head out to the local Chinese midwest chow joint: where the people at the counter are lovely and always laugh at my jokes, many of them dating from the Song period, but they pretend not to care - or don't care - and then I head back to my humble home with my four orders of vegetarian Chinese, and we are all happy with our as good as Parisian takeout. I never mention the Sorbonne at home, by the way. Obviously.