A Name That Rings a Bell – The New York Times

I had a tough time breaking into Brian Thomass grid, and Ive been doing this for a long time, Fridays and Saturdays included. But Im glad I stayed with it. Mr. Thomass puzzle rewarded me for my persistence with lively fill that made me smile, such as REPOST, IVAN PAVLOV, DIET POP, CREAM SODA, JEANNETTE RANKIN, NOT SO FAST, CAT BURGLAR, MUESLI, COOL DUDES, ROSA PARKS, IVE DONE IT, RAISE CAIN, CENTER ICE, IMMENSE, STOPS DEAD and JOE BOXER.

So push yourself a bit, but please dont allow yourself to be bothered by those who say they find a given puzzle to be easy. Remember your ultimate goal: You want to finish the puzzle, enjoy yourself while you solve, and feel good about what you and you alone have accomplished. And trust me on this: That is more than good enough.

On an administrivial note, Caitlin Lovinger will be on a well-deserved vacation this weekend, and you will be in the capable hands of Helen Verongos, a New York Times editor, who also happens to have the byline on the current Inkubator crossword. The Inkubator requires a subscription, but you can also sign up for a free trial. Please make Ms. Verongos feel welcome, and enjoy your Labor Day weekend.

1A. If you hang out on social media sites like Reddit, you will often see someone post a meme that has undoubtedly been posted many times before which that person was probably unaware of at which point the commenters will yell REPOST! and humiliate the poster for not having known that. Remind me again why social media was a good idea?

14A. I knew the answer to the clue Nobel Prize winner whose name should ring a bell? had to be PAVLOV (as in the classical conditioning experiments), but I could not for the life of me remember his first name. I got stuck on Anton, for some reason. I got the I and the V through the crossings and that helped me guess that the answer was IVAN PAVLOV.

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