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The tides of American history lead through the streets of New York City — from the huddled masses on Ellis Island to the sleazy theaters of 1970s Times Square. The elevated railroad to the Underground Railroad. Hamilton to Hammerstein! Greg and Tom explore more than 400 years of action-packed stories, featuring both classic and forgotten figures who have shaped the world.
 
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 fun Tuesday crossword, with a theme that's hinted at by the title of today's episode. There were some great clues in today's puzzle , as well as one that people in la belle France may be growling about for weeks. Which one, you ask? To find out, you know what to do -- download and listen up!توسط MP
 
Today's crossword was a little zestier than most Mondays -- with a few clues that made you think ... huh!, or, if you're on the other side of the pond, ISAY! Either way, it made for an entertaining solve, we give it a 5 squares on the JAMCR scale. Want to know more? Of course you do, so download and listen up!…
 
Today's crossword was by Chase Dittrich and one of the stalwarts of the crosswording community, Jeff Chen, responsible for xwordinfo.com. If you're unfamiliar with that site, head to it right now (well, not *right* now, listen to the podcast first!), because it contains a wealth of information and archives crosswords from waaaaay back. Highly recom…
 
An absolutely thrilling crossword: it is no coincidence that it is the winner of our weekly JAMCATWA (Jean & Mike Crossword of the Week Award). To find out precisely why it deserves this great honor, download and listen up to today's episode.توسط MP
 
A challenging Friday crossword, with lots of "crunchy clues" to keep life interesting. Both Jean & Mike had to dig deeply into their respective mind palaces on this one -- and to find out whether or not they succeeded, all you have to do is download and listen up. For an explanation of fly x hoist, check this out.…
 
A challenging Thursday, with lots of crunchy clues, novel answers, and a nicely done theme - definitely a 5 squares on the JAMCR scale, and certainly eligible for the JAMCOTWA (Jean & Mike's Crossword of the Week Award). To hear all the deets, download and listen up!توسط MP
 
A pun-powered crossword, taking full advantage of the many homophones that involve the sound AIR / ERR / HEIR / EYRE. Beyond that, and beyond those discussed in today's episode, we would be remiss if we didn't pay homage to 12D, One of three in the foreground of "American Gothic", TINE. Nice!توسط MP
 
The Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree has brought joy and sparkle to Midtown Manhattan since the early 1930s. The annual festivities may seem steady and timeless but this holiday icon actually has a surprisingly dramatic history. Millions tune in each year to watch the tree lighting in a music-filled ceremony on NBC, and tens of thousands more will…
 
A splendid Tuesday crossword, with an interesting theme, lots of fun and educational clues, this might be the first winner of what we are inventing at this very moment, the well known (ha!) and very prestigious JAMCOTWA (that's the Jean & Mike Crossword of the Week Award). We'll let you know for sure on Sunday! It's also Triplet Tuesday™️, so be su…
 
Traditionally, Mondays are the easiest crosswords of the week, designed to appeal to novice solvers, and today's puzzle certainly lives up to the tradition. It included a lot of old favorites, -- 40A, Degs. for entrepreneurs, MBAS; 18A, Taj Mahal locale, AGRA; and 63A, Nintendo competitor, SEGA. It also had, once again, a clue that Mike fell for (i…
 
A gentle Sunday crossword, for one of the dynamic duo (no prize if you guess which one): the other had one teensy-weensy mistake that, well, if you want to hear the whole edda-esque saga, you know what to do -- download and listen up!توسط MP
 
Beyond the clues dissected in today's episode, there were a few surprising answers lurking in the grid: 41A, People credited with discovering mechanoluminescence, using quartz crystals to generate light, UTE (but still no word as who discovered how to spell it); 22A, Big gun, you might say, BICEP (not, as Mike originally hoped, GIANTSPACELASER); an…
 
A Goldilocks of a Friday crossword - not too easy, not too hard, but just right - thanks to the talents of crossword constructor Kate Hawkins, aided and abetted, no doubt, by editor Will Shortz. Any grid that can include 50A, _______ Yaga (folklore villain), BABA. deserves our respect, and we give it - 5 squares on the JAMCR scale. In other news, i…
 
True or false: this was a tricky crossword. True! And false! In fact the grid was littered with true and false answers, an ingenious gimmick courtesy of Chase Dittrich. To get the full 411, just hit the ol' download button and enjoy. On a side note, without giving away the entire store, here's a page that may help with today's crossword: https://ww…
 
Presenting a new history podcast produced by Tom Meyers and Greg Young from the Bowery Boys: New York City History. If you’re a fan of Downton Abbey, The Age of Innocence or Upstairs Downstairs, then we know The Gilded Gentleman podcast will be your cup of tea. You’re cordially invited to join social and culinary historian Carl Raymond for a look b…
 
A crunchier than usual Wednesday puzzle, both Jean & Mike had trouble in the north central and southeast parts of the grid. Jean was particularly stymied by her nemesis, the rebus, while Mike was almost done in by his fixation on ELO. For the details of this epic struggle, and how it turned out, download and listen up to today's episode!…
 
Eric Bornstein simultaneously cashes in his chips and hits one out of the ballpark, with a financially-themed crossword with a baseball sub-theme (if two clues constitute a sub-theme, and we say yes). It's also Triplet Tuesday, so to find out if Mike got a single, double, triple, or just fouled out, you'll have to click on the ol' download button a…
 
A fine introduction to the problem solving week, Stella Zawistowski turns in a puzzle with some gentle cluing, and a cute theme, a great puzzle for those new to the New York Times crossword scene -- and if that's you, welcome!!توسط MP
 
A gem of a Sunday crossword, one of the finest we've seen in many a moon. A great theme, to be sure, but the rest of the grid was absolutely grade A as well. To hear the rest of the story, you know what to do -- download, and listen up! Just a reminder, the New York Times Crossword folks would love to have you as a subscriber - just go to nytimes.c…
 
An epic Saturday crossword, but with Mary Lou Guizzo and Jeff Chen at the controls how could it be anything but? The clues were like the answer to 1A, FRESH, and the result definitely deserves a 5 squares on the JAMCR scale. To hear the blow-by-blow discussion of today's opus, you know what to do ... download and listen up!…
 
A gentle Friday crossword by John Hawksley, punctuated by one of the greatest (IMHO, that's In Mike's Humble Opinion) clues of the year. And for the answer to the burning question, what would that clue be? -- as well as the rest of our usual SOI-DISANT insightful analysis, download and listen up to today's episode!…
 
A very witty Thursday crossword by Ori Brian, with a theme that deserves a standing ovation, and a grid that is filled with amusing puns, misdirects, and a shoutout to one of the greatest soul singers of all time. What's not to like? For all the deets, download and listen up.توسط MP
 
Presenting a history of the Bowery in the 20th century when this street became known as the most notorious place in America. And the stories of the lonely and desperate men whose experiences have been mostly forgotten. From the moment that elevated train went up in 1878, the historic Bowery became a street of deteriorating fortunes. And by the 1940…
 
Today's crossword is a bit of a stretch, literally, and deserves to be bookmarked (figuratively, if you're solving online) because it includes a myriad of YOGAPOSES that might be worth knowing about, lest they crop up in a future puzzle. So, for more info on that, as well as how Jean & Mike almost managed to turn in mirror times (ss:tt for Jean, tt…
 
Although the episode title might look somewhat random at first, there is method to our titling madness: and to find out exactly what that is, you know what to do - download today's episode and hit the big blue play button! We love feedback! Just drop us a line at crosswordpodcast@icloud.com.توسط MP
 
Twas a slightly sticky Monday New York Times crossword. Oh, it started off promising to be easy, but the bloom was off the rose by about the third row. Still, you have to love a crossword that includes ROCKMEAMADEUS and HELPMERHONDA ... and indeed we do! For all the deets, download and listen up!توسط MP
 
A very enjoyable Sunday crossword, with a very cool theme. One gem that didn't make it into the podcast, 127A, "Something from Nothing: The Art of Rap Director", ICET, is directly above 131A, Unilever tea brand, TAZO. Very clever, Aimee Lucido and Ella Dershowitz (authors of today's crossword), we salute you and rate this puzzle a 5 squares on the …
 
A fine Saturday crossword, with lots of entertaining cluing, and while the pop culture reference meter was in the orange, both Jean & (the especially pop-culture reference-challenged) Mike were able to emerge undefeated. OLEOLE!توسط MP
 
Jean found solving today's crossword to be a true GEST, while Mike can AVER that it wasn't as bad as yesterday's! We can state uncategorically that any crossword that manages to abut 11D, Zero reaction, BRR, and 12D. Hotel hummer, ICEMACHINE, deserves 5 squares, so that's what this one earned on the ol' JAMCR scale. For all the deets, download and …
 
November 24, 1966. Millions of spectators flood Broadway in New York City to watch the Macy’s Day Parade on Thanksgiving morning. The iconic floats – Superman, Popeye, Smokey the Bear – are set against a sky that can only be described as noxious. A smog of pollutants is trapped over New York City, and it will ultimately kill nearly 200 people. How …
 
A tough Thursday oeuvre by Mark MacLachlan that left us panting and gasping after we'd finished it -- or did it finish us? To find out, you know what to do - download and then hit the big play button to enjoy today's episode.توسط MP
 
A great crossword, peppered with lines from one of our favorite poets, Ogden NASH. We give this a 5 squares on the JAMCR scale, and to find out why -- as well as whether Mike can triumph on Triplet Tuesday -- just download and hit the big blue (?) green (?) whatever-colored play button!توسط MP
 
A good start to the crossword solving week, with a grid that features a quartet of great singers and a really, really great idea for General Mills. To find out what all that means, download and (we hope!) enjoy today's episode.توسط MP
 
It isn't clear if the New York Times was trying to scrimp on ink by printing a crossword with very few black squares, but they did so, and in the process delivered a very tough, but very enjoyable crossword by a man who's reputation for very tough but very enjoyable crosswords precedes him, Sid Sivakumar. He definitely lives up to his reputation, a…
 
What do you get when you put Brooke Husic and Will Nediger together and tell them, "no limits"? You get exactly this sort of Saturday crossword -- tough, but not soul crushing, with some clues so well crafted that you will have to fight the natural instinct to stand up and yell bravo, encore! To hear precisely why these sentiments would be apropos,…
 
Fine Friday fare from ... well, it would've completed this intro nicely if the author was Fred Flinstone or Farrah Fawcett, but we certainly won't complain about Jeff Greenbaum, whose crossword was a perfect Friday construct, and packed with useful advice, like MAKELOVENOTWAR and DONTOVERTHINKIT. For more on today's oeuvre, download and savor today…
 
The thrilling tale of a classic heist from the Gilded Age, perpetrated by a host of wicked and colorful characters from New York's criminal underworld. Jesse James and Butch Cassidy may be more infamous as American bank robbers, but neither could match the skill or the audacity of George Leonidas Leslie, a mastermind known in his day as the "King o…
 
A challenging Thursday crossword by David Steinberg, with multiple instances of Jean's bane, the rebus! Did she solve it? Or did she get horribly mired in the grid? To find out ... download today's episode and hit the big play button!توسط MP
 
A splendid Wednesday crossword, almost right at 50% on the crossword difficulty scale (expressed in FBPM, Furrowed Brows Per Minute). The theme was intriguing, it had the word IMAGINEER in the grid (Mike's aspirational career choice), and it had the word "Jackpotting" among the clues. To find out what that means, and much, much more, hit the ol' do…
 
A nice Tuesday crossword, with an. overarching theme, and -- spoiler alert -- that remark will seem hilarious once you've listened to today's podcast. In other news, it's Triplet Tuesday, and to see if Jean was able to live up to her stellar reputation, all you have to do is download today's episode and hit that magical play button.…
 
After the fireworks caused by Sunday's crossword, today's crossword is relatively uncontroversial, as convention dictates that Monday crosswords ought to be. It had a gentle enough theme, and the contractually obligated appearance of the OREO. To learn what else was unique about today's crossword, just tune in to today's podcast.…
 
Today's crossword, by the incredible Alex Eaton-Salners, was awesome on so many levels that we just don't have the space to describe it here. So, other than pointing out the fact that 7D, "Battlestar Galactica" robots, CYLONS, meant that Mike got his Netflix-viewing MARCHINGORDERS and is preparing to binge-watch as we speak, we will merely direct y…
 
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