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We're Caitlin and Lucia, two gals who love music, feminism, and One Direction. Here on Talk Direction we discuss everything and anything 1D! This means that as Harry Styles, Liam Payne, Niall Horan, Louis Tomlinson, and Zayn Malik continue their paths as solo artists, we will be right there with them. We’ll be analyzing song lyrics for their deeper meanings, gushing about Harry's fashion evolution, and making predictions about future solo albums from the boys!
 
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A great Friday crossword by Sophia Maymudes and Margaret Seikel: the clues were crisp, the answers rare if not unique, and the crosswordese meter was reading just about 0. A grid with the likes of SORORITYSQUAT, BURRATA, NOODLEBAR and TINYHOUSE is one to admire and savor, and we do exactly that in today's episode. It's also Fun Fact Friday, and if …
 
An ingenious theme in today's crossword, an anti-rebus -- instead of multiple letters scrunched into one square, we have two letters expanding out of ... nothing, just like the Big Bang (although not quite as noisy). Today's crossword was by Jeff Chen, and that means quality. Clues like 38A, One of two in 2/22/22, SLASH, and the amazing (and debut …
 
A nice Wednesday crossword, with a really crisp set of answers (and no, that's not a reference to 3D, Jobs creation, APPLE, nor 12D, Pie nut, PECAN). But from 1D, Q preceder in Song, SUZIE (great!), to 55D, Very corpulent, OBESE (probably from eating all those PECANS and AFFOGATOS!), the answers were relatively fresh (like the BUTTONMUSHROOMS). In …
 
Alex Eaton-Salners has been known to cause normally intrepid crossword solvers to quake in their crossword-solving boots. He's mercifully dialed it down a notch for this Tuesday puzzle, which still has a fascinating theme, and includes, among the many gems in today's grid, the mysterious ALETTE -- which will be slightly less mysterious once you've …
 
Today's crossword features a homophonic-based theme (homophonic meaning two words with the same sound, like POLLS and POLES), for which we are grateful because a) it made for a fun puzzle, and b) the opportunities to use homophonic in a sentence are surprisingly scarce. We have more delightful deets for you to digest, devour and dissect, so subscri…
 
Only a very confident crossword constructor would start off with the first answer, to 1A, "In a word ... awful", ITSBAD. But Jeremy Newton is a confident crossword constructor, and a glance at the rest of this puzzle will reveal exactly why that confidence is well deserved. We do more than just glance at it in today's puzzle, we pour over the grid …
 
A somewhat gentler than usual Saturday crossword, although lurking in the grid was perhaps the greatest spelling challenge known to human kind, specifically 16A, Star of "12 Years a Slave", CHIWETELEJIOFOR. But beyond that jaw-dropper are a number of other fascinating clues and answers, the deets of which are here for you to enjoy. Also, it's Satur…
 
A crunchy Friday, as crossword solvers are wont to say - a plethora of tricky (and amusing) clues, such as 5D, One out of 10, TOE 😀, 39A, Spread some dirt, SPILLTHETEA, and 46A, Theater props?, OBIES (cute!), to name just 3. In other news, it's Fun Fact Friday, and we have ... listener mail! Remember, this podcast is best enjoyed once you've either…
 
A punny Wednesday puzzle by Rob Baker, with a great twist at the end that has to be seen -- or listened to as in, say, this podcast -- to be believed. There are other cruciverbial wonders to behold in today's grid, and we've got the full 411 just waiting for you to enjoy. Oh, yes, we also have listener mail! Remember if you want to join in the fest…
 
A fine Tuesday effort by Robert Won, with a theme that really rocks -- and rolls, built around the ROCKANDROLL revealer. Nice touches abounded: e.g., ROCKANDROLL crossing 38D, Late singer with a food name, MEATLOAF (RIP), and 54D, Motley _____, CRUE. And we would be remiss if we didn't mention 36D, Flappers in a gaggle, which sounds like it might b…
 
A gem of a Monday crossword, with a great, great theme involving cards, an excellent debut answer involving precision driving, and the adorably meta 3D, You're reading this right now, CLUE. Kudos to the constructors, Hwang-Kim Vue and Jessica Zetzman for such an excellent OPUS.저자 MP
 
We do not know that Sid Sivakumar, author of today's crossword, has a career as a standup comedian, but based on today's puzzle we would not be surprised - the grid was chockfull of chuckles, laden with laughs. And it is therefore with great pride, once we wipe away the tears of laughter, that we award it, and him, the JAMCOTWA (Jean And Mike Cross…
 
A tough Friday puzzle by Blake Slonecker, one of those where for the first 10 minutes or so (your mileage may vary) you wonder if you'll get any answers whatsoever. The cluing was devilishly clever (and we mean that in the best possible sense). Consider 2D, Parisian sweets?, CHERIE; the deceptively simple 6D, Hypothesized, SAID (ooh!) and 39D, Road…
 
A fun Wednesday crossword by Bruce Haight, with some ingenious and genuinely LOL clues to celebrate hump day. Mike had a tad of trouble, but didn't mind, the grid had that much esprit; and Jean was unfazed, as usual, by a simultaneously novel and yet medieval theme. All the deets are inside, so what are you waiting for? Download, hit play, and enjo…
 
A paean for techies, and a bit of a headache for the rest -- Jean had to dig for today's crossword, and Mike merely had to find the 4 places where, inexplicably -- although he suspects neutrinos might be involved -- letters inadvertently switched from one to the other. Elsewhere in the podcast, we delve into the mysterious spelling of the past tens…
 
A deftly constructed crossword with a cute theme --but not too difficult, as befitting a Monday: both Jean and Mike were able to STICKTHELANDING (as well as talk about it). If you're in a nostalgic mood then you'll especially appreciate today's puzzle, with DELLASTREET, ISAAC Asimov, Buck ONEIL and RHEA Perlman all present and accounted for.…
 
A great Sunday crossword, with a theme that's absolutely perfect for its audience and particularly well executed. In today's episode, we also discuss the important question of the plural of octopus (hint: it's probably not what you think), have no discussion whatsoever of whether the editors are being paid to slip SOBE into every 4th crossword (bec…
 
There was a difference of opinion regarding today's crossword - Jean found it relatively straightforward, Mike found it 75% straightforward and 25% nigh-well impossible, with Mt. Everest sized obstacles lined up between himself and success. Did he succeed? Did Jean laugh uproariously at his misfortune? To find out the answer to these burning questi…
 
This fine Friday puzzle was Robyn Weintraub's 26th (according to the New York Times' Wordplay column, and they ought to know). It was not particularly challenging - both Jean and Mike cruised through it without too much difficulty. There were some comical clues, some enlightening answers, and for all the deets (as well as a fascinating fact for Fun…
 
There were some fabulous clues/answers in today's grid -- 30A, Scandinavian-inspired shoe brand, DANSKO, 51A, Full of noxious vapors, MIASMIC, and the always tasty 24D, Rice dish infused with saffron, PAELLA, to name 3, and those are the ones that didn't make the cut. The ones we discussed are even cooler, and to get the full 411, you know what to …
 
A trickier Tuesday than usual, with a grid riddled with the likes of MALADROIT, the highly suspicious LINTY, and queen DIDO. Definitely not complaining, and the theme was particularly fabulous, definitely worth the price of admission. We have all the deets inside. Also, it's Triplet Tuesday: will Mike rise to the occasion, sink like a stone, or non…
 
The perfect memorial day weekend crossword, a salute to HONESTABE, aka Abraham Lincoln, as well as his memorial. This crossword was by Daniel Bodily and Jeff Chen, which accounts for it pegging the JAMCRmeter at 5 squares. Jean tore through this so quickly that her iPad melted, but -- speaking of melt -- Mike got natticked at the corner of 33D, Din…
 
A trying Saturday crossword ... which you should definitely try! The clues were crisp and only occasionally obscure (with all due respect to the award winning mathematician whose name -- in order to preserve at least some some semblance of mystery and intrigue -- we will not reveal here). Today's episode also features Fun Fact Friday (two fun facts…
 
A gentler-than-usual Friday crossword, both Jean (as expected) and Mike (a complete and total surprise) got through it fairly expeditiously: a "smooth solve", in the argot of cruciverbalists. But gentle doesn't mean dull, on the contrary this crossword had plenty of fun clues to entertain and educate, and we have fun talking about them in today's p…
 
A great Thursday crossword by, presumably, a fan of Kenny Rogers -- the singer, not necessarily the restaurant. The theme was fun, the cluing crisp (just like what you might get at Kenny Rogers, the restaurant), and our only regret is that we have only 5 squares to give it on the JAMCR (Jean And Mike Crossword Rating) scale -- it will have to do. W…
 
Variant spelling, the bane of crossword solvers everywhere, is lurking in today's grid, ready to lure the unobservant into a cunning trap. Will it ensnare our heroic cohosts? Or will AMENRA, AMUNRA OR AMONRA (aka the god of variant spelling) come to their rescue? Download now to find out!저자 MP
 
A run-of-the-mill Tuesday? Most definitely not, this is the NYTimes crossword we're talking about, after all! Rather, we have a splendid display of clever cruciverbial construction, involving furniture, musicals, and some high falutin words (excluding, unfortunately, high falutin, we're throwing that in at no extra charge) to keep you occupied and …
 
A marvelous Monday workout by Simon Marotte, with several answers that have appeared only rarely, and at least one that is a debut! We have all the deets, including a deep-dive into the origins of 40A, Basic trick at a skatepark, and the 3 magic letters that increase your chances of getting a puzzle published by an astonishing 0%. it all makes for …
 
A (19A, Chic) MODISH Saturday crossword - after all it did have (29D, Luxury attire for white-tie events) OPERACAPES, and the allegedly official snack of the NYTimes crossword, (15A, It's always black and white), OREOCOOKIE, yum! Beyond that, clues like 17A, Che Guevara, when he wrote "Motorcycle Diaries", MEDSTUDENT, and 1A, Rolls dough, perhaps?,…
 
A very nicely done Friday puzzle by Hal Moore, chockfull of fascinating clues and amusing misdirections. We've got most of those covered in today's episode -- as well as a fascinating fun fact for Fun Fact Friday™️, so we cordially invite you to download, play, and get ready to be amazed.저자 MP
 
Jean was able to piece together today's puzzle with great alacrity, whereas Mike just went to pieces in the top-left corner, having jigged when he should have jagged, so to speak, before he was able to finally SEETHEBIGPICTURE. A great crossword, we give it 5 squares on the JAMCR scale. Just a reminder that the New York Times Crossword would love t…
 
A spritely crossword by Richard Allen, Jean cruised through it in no-time flat, Mike was temporarily STYMIEd as he made a SUBTLE error (literally, answering 38A, So as not to stand out, as SUBTLE, rather than SUBTLY). Still, it all worked out, eventually: and to hear all the deets, as well as to see how he fared on Triplet Tuesday - the 3 most exci…
 
A delightful Sunday puzzle by Daniel Mauer, a nostalgic trip along THEMOTHERROAD, (21A, Nickname for ROUTESIXTYSIX coined by John Steinbeck). While Mike had scarcely heard of the thing, Jean lived right *by* it, and so will be your expert tour guide in our exploration of today's theme. Subscribe, download, enjoy!…
 
A relatively easy Saturday crossword - Jean knows from personal experience, Mike knows because Jean told him. The fun factor -- heavily weighted in the complex computations that go into calculating the JAMCR score -- was particularly high, which is how this earned a stellar 5 squares on the JAMCR scale. Also, it's Saturday, time for the awarding of…
 
A tough Friday crossword, with Brooke Husic and Nam Jin Yoon combining to make for a fiendishly clever puzzle, with the verbal misdirections coming fast and furious in every corner. Consider: 52A, Blue book alternative, ADULTSITE; the glorious30A, Body with a floor, SEA, and Mike's favorite, 53D, Card display?, STL. Yikes! In other news, it's Fun F…
 
Ross Trudeau is at the helm, meaning we're in for a treat, and the great man does not disappoint -- with an LOL theme that you need to see (or hear) to believe your eyes (or ears). We have the deets, so download, and prepare to be blown away! [Not literally, unless you're in a very windy area, in which case we highly recommend that you get to shelt…
 
A not-at-all shady crossword by Michael Paleos, as a quick ONCEOVER of the grid will REVeal. It did include a few TIL /R (Today I Learned/Remembered) moments (for Mike: Jean knows all) including 9D, Jazz piano style played by Fats Waller and Mary Lou Williams, STRIDE; the aforementioned 13D, Slim Shady by another name, EMINEM; and 8D, Island like K…
 
A thoughtful Tuesday puzzler, not too difficult, and with some fun clues to entertain and educate. Jean momentarily forgot her blood types, and Mike momentarily forgot that EBEAMS are not a thing, but other than that our dynamic duo managed to make it through this puzzle unscathed. It's Triplet Tuesday, and Jean's turn in the hot seat. Did she succ…
 
A terrific Sunday crossword, with a theme that literally halved the time required to figure out the themed clues. Jean got through expeditiously, no surprise there, but Mike shockingly managed to solve it on his first go round. Today's episode has all the deets, as well as listener mail 😀, so for guaranteed enjoyment, or your money cheerfully refun…
 
It's Friday all over again: Jean tore through this crossword like nobody's business, and again Mike took approximately twice the time to get to the happy music. To quote Jean, when asked, "to what do you attribute your great success", she replied "it helps if you know the answers". Words of wisdom to live by! Today is Saturday, which means it's tim…
 
An easy / incredibly difficult crossword, according to Jean / Mike, the former benefitting from having memorized Wikipedia, and the latter disadvantaged by having forgotten it (well, almost all of it, the exception being WAKANDA). All in all, a GEM of a crossword, and except for (or perhaps because of??) a few DREAR moments while one of the cohosts…
 
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