Answers to 48 Hardest Clues
Below are the answers to what I consider to be the 48 hardest clues in what I consider to be the hardest
New York Times crossword puzzle ever
published (at least since 1972).
If you don't know how you got here, go
If you're sure you don't want to
the puzzle, go ahead and scroll down to see them. But before you do, see the sidebar at right about the single most baffling clue, not listed below, that I found in the Hardest
and what happened about it. And while you're on that subject,
more about this whole puzzle from someone whose opinion is better-informed than mine.
Levantine coffee cup
Vale of -----
Direction from Levine
Defunct Russian parliament
He was: Lat.
The Cornish Wonder
Trammel of baseball
Schoenberg's "Moses und -----"
He played Big Daddy
Japanese kombu ingredient
Father of King Hadad: Gen. 36:35
He, in Tarantao
Great Wall town
A U.N. member: Var.
The raisin capital of the world
Remnants, in Roma
Author of "The Augustan Ages"
Roman family group
Poetry of a people
Sights on the Atl.
City having a casbah
Ancient wall word
Have, in Haddington
How many of these 48 hardest clue-and-answer relationships in this Hardest
NYT puzzle did you get right?
The clue that used up pretty much all of my day after Christmas in 1987, a day I should have been outside playing with my new sled, was 13-Down.
The clue for 13-Down is the single word "Trilbies," and the answer is FEET.
Do you know why that answer is right? I didn't until January of 1999, over a decade later, when I got help from people who stumbled onto this page
and researched the question. Ain't the Internet grand? I'm now quite sure their
explanation about trilbies is correct.