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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 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…
 
Another reminder that the NYTimes Crossword, at the top of its game, has no equal, and they're in fine form today -- where, to be specific, that fine form is a SPIRAL. We have all the deets on this dizzyingly impressive puzzle, so to get the 411, download, hit play, and enjoy.Autor: MP
 
A gentle Wednesday crossword, with a GLEEEEEEEful theme, an AVALANCHE of fun clues, overall a fun time. Highly recommended, 5 squares on the JAMCR (Jean And Mike Crossword Rating) scale, so if you haven't solved it yet ... do that first, and then download and listen to our blow-by-blow second.Autor: MP
 
An educational Tuesday offering by Julian Lim, including a refresher on Chinese dynasties (MING, TANG, CHIN, SUI and HAN, to name 5), the fact that DIMES (presumably American) are 1.35 mm thick, and a reminder that NORI is a type of seaweed that goes around sushi. Now you know. There were other fine bits as well, download today's 100%-ad-free-podca…
 
Erik Agard is a legend in the crossword world, and even on a Monday, where there are arguably fewer opportunities to demonstrate one's crossword constructing chops, he manages to do so anyway. How, you ask? Well, we have a comprehensive, stem-to-stern report on today's grid, so just download, subscribe, and enjoy!…
 
Opinions were divided on today's puzzle -- Jean found it a snap, Mike, alas, found it a much bumpier road, done in by his lack of knowledge of basketball, northern New Jersey cities, and the Salt-N-Pepa back catalog. Still, a decent crossword, we give it a 4.5 squares on the JAMCR scale.Autor: MP
 
A sly Saturday stumper by veteran crossword constructor Joe DiPietro, with some really tricky corners, and, come to think of it, a grid full of cruciverbal traps. We have all the deets, as well as the winner of this week's JAMCOTWA (Jean And Mike Crossword Of The Week Award) just waiting for you, so hit download then hit play for an episode that we…
 
Today's crossword, by first-timer Erica Hsiung Wojcik, was a real workout, with some great/humbling clues like 42D, Tonal language family, BANTU, 20A, Romeo and Juliet, e.g., TEENAGERS, and 24D, It's on the road again, USEDVEHICLES, that made you sweat, and when you figured them out (if you did), grin: in short, perfect Friday fare. Definitely 5 sq…
 
A terrific Thursday crossword, with a fabulous theme the likes of which has never been seen before! At least certainly not in recent memory. We don't want to spoil the surprise, so try the crossword first, and then check back for our analysis. Suffice it to say, this deserves a very enthusiastic 5 squares on the JAMCR scale…
 
A fine Wednesday crossword by Alex Bajcz, and if you like pinball games, doubly so. There was much to like in today's grid, with fun clues like 1A, One inclined to go in and out, RAMP (nice!); 31D, Drollery, WIT (drollery, truly one of the great words of the ... 17th century?); and of course 21A, County north of the Firth of Forth, FIFE (of course …
 
A blast-from-the-past, with a handful of rock bands from the 70s and 80s, deftly woven into the grid with great APLOMB. We liked it ... a lot, and give it 5 squares on the JAMCR scale. In other news, it's Triplet Tuesday, so to find out how Jean fared, hit download, or better yet, subscribe, and start listening ASAP!…
 
A nice Monday crossword, the perfect palette cleanser after yesterday's epic battle (for one of us, no prize for guessing which). It was a debut for Li Ding, and hopefully we'll see more of him in the future! Today's episode also features the exciting debut of a new catchphrase -- so if you want the origin story and/or be able to tell your grandchi…
 
An easy/ludicrously-difficult crossword, according to Jean/Mike. Also a controversial one, according to the massive number of comments that this generated on Word Play (the NYTimes column for discussing NYTimes Crosswords, highly recommended). We have our own take, and we'd be curious to get your take on it too: crosswordpodcast@icloud.com.…
 
A relatively straightforward Saturday puzzle, at least compared to the Mt. Everest level-of-difficulty of last week. It was by no means easy, but clues like 1D, They might smell fishy, CATTREATS, and 33D, It goes hand to hand, CLAP, were balanced by clues like 8D, Beat, TIRED, and 40A, Peter Pan alternative, JIF. In other news, we've picked this we…
 
Friday crosswords are meant to try one's souls, and by that standard today's puzzle by Daniel Sheremeta was a smashing success. Jean loped through it in decent time, whereas Mike, solving in tai-chi mode, took just a tad bit longer. That's not to take away from this fine puzzle, however - assuredly a 5 squares on the JAMCR scale.…
 
A slightly more intense crossword than usual, the cost, perhaps, of having to squeeze in 4 names that contribute to an awesome theme. Our themestress ™️ Jean has all the deets, so to find out what that theme was, and where all the particularly crunchy bits of this crunchy crossword lay, just download and hit play.…
 
An educational Tuesday puzzle, with such enlightening clues as 46D, Only mortal Gorgon in Greek myth, MEDUSA; 67A, Disney heroine whose name means "ocean", MOANA; and the curious 51D, Attempting to, casually, TRYNA. There was also a theme, about which our head themestress ™️, aka Jean, has much to say. Of course it's Triplet Tuesday: will Mike make…
 
A marvelous Monday crossword, a CHALLENGE in spots, but pleasingly LIGHT on pop culture, EYEROLL! Jean and Mike both found it took a wee bit longer than usual for a Monday, but was still eminently doable, and worthy of 5 squares on the still, remarkably, unconstrained-by-supply-chain-shortages JAMCR scale.…
 
A terrific Sunday crossword. Constructors love to plant little easter eggs as rewards for the keen-eyed, but today's easter eggs were especially on the nose because they were ... wait for it ... easter eggs! Rather a lot of them, in fact. Intriguing? Want to know more? The answer lies within, so download and enjoy!…
 
A grueling Saturday crossword, the sneaky-clue meter was pegging all over the grid. Jean hit a sticky wicket in the top-left, while Mike's unfamiliarity with vodka -- he knows how to spell it, and has a vague recollection that it is odorless, but that's about it -- left him bereft in the southwest corner. There were some great clues in today's grid…
 
An eXcellent Friday crossword, with a grid that is just overflowing, almost, with X's, and also features a remarkable dearth of black squares. Jean found today's puzzle to be an entertaining solve, and Mike found that he didn't know how to spell PYRANEES, um, we mean PYRENEES (whew!). For all the deets, as well as today's Fun-Fact-Friday fact, we c…
 
An appetizing Thursday puzzler by Ashish Vengsarkar and Narayan Venkatasubramanyan: the clever clues come thick and fast, the theme comes extra crunchy, all in all a delicious mid-week treat. For all the deets, and some fascinating analysis you will, we promise, not find anywhere else, download and listen up!…
 
ROSHAMBO might sound like a cross between a religious holiday and a Sylvester Stallone film, but it is not: rather it is the name of a game that you have likely played many times in your life, but might not have ever heard of by this name. Take a guess, then take a listen, to see if you got it right.…
 
ODDS are you'll find today's crossword a good 'un, with a LIGHT, diverting theme, but with multiple OHO moments that hopefully won't have you saying OYVEY when enlightenment does strike. For a full discussion, and to see how Jean fared on Triplet Tuesday, you know the drill! Download and listen up.Autor: MP
 
A slightly crunchier than usual Monday puzzle, and the debut for crossword constructor Rachel Simon. Both Jean and Mike ran into a few potholes on the road to success, but managed to eke out the win -- albeit in nowhere near their stretch goal of a 5 minute crossword. Want all the deets? Of course you do, so download now and enjoy!…
 
If you like anagrams, you'll love today's crossword -- an incredible feat of cruciverbal engineering that really has to be seen to be believed. If you've done the crossword, you've already seen it: if not, wander over to xwordinfo.com to see the grid in all its glory. Exciting news on the JAMDTNYTC swag front - we will be giving away a free subscri…
 
Usually, Jean & Mike, solving independently, have a somewhat similar experience when working on the crossword. Today was not one of those days. For all the deets, as well as to learn who won the JAMCOTWA (Jean And Mike Crossword Of The Week Award), we cordially invite you to download and listen up.Autor: MP
 
A fun Wednesday crossword by Damon Gulczynski, who is undoubtedly a stickler when it comes to punctuation. To see why we make that bold assertion, and to enjoy a light hearted conversation in which we guarantee that every punctuation mark is exactly where it should be, just download and, listen up.Autor: MP
 
It is a little known fact that any crossword with HOLDMYBEER in the grid automatically earns 5 squares on the JAMCR scale, and so it is with great pride and only a tinge of wry humor that we announce that today's crossword has earned that rare honor! We have much more to say about today's crossword, to find out what that is (and to enjoy Mike's str…
 
A straightforward Monday for those schooled in the spelling of dinosaur names; a slightly more arduous task for those who were not. Regardless, it's the journey that counts, and to hear how ours went, all you need to do is click / tap download to get the full travelog.Autor: MP
 
We are back after a brief unexpected hiatus due to some logistical problems. And what a crossword to come back to! Jean persevered, Mike went, like 7A, "... and it flopped", PFFT, as his usually near-eidetic memory when it comes to mid-20th century naturalists failed him ... the name was ADAMSON, not ALAMSON. For all the gory details, we highly rec…
 
In today's war between velar nasal and alveolar nasal, good ol' al was the victor, as many g's were sacrificed in the making of today's pun-riddled grid. Some of the clues were quite fresh: 19A, Preserve, as ashes, INURN, and 22D, Philosopher Zeno's birthplace, ELEA -- were definitely new to our dynamic duo, but those PUNS? Oh, YEAH!…
 
Today's crossword is right down to business, and while the more pedantic might argue that it is, technically speaking, right across to business, we not only stand by our statement but maintain that it might be the germ of a future crossword theme. In the meantime, this crossword also had a theme, which you'll surely want to make your business: so d…
 
A fairly straightforward Monday: Jean came tantalizingly close to breaking the 5-minute barrier, while Mike ... did not. For the deets, as in who knew what when, and who thought that CANON should be spelled with 2 N's, we cordially invite you to subscribe / download / enjoy.Autor: MP
 
We're back! After a week on the French Riviera (or possibly Green Bay, they are easily confused). Speaking of confused, today's crossword was a doozie, with a Pyramid, a Pharaoh, and much, much, more. We've got all the analysis you've been craving inside, so download and enjoy!Autor: MP
 
Saturdays are generally regarded as the toughest crosswords of the week, and today's is an exemplar: but like the best of the Saturdays, it does not flood the grid with cultural references, but just uses witty cluing. Who cannot but applaud clues such as 20D, Something often seen with trunks, BARECHEST? Or 37A, Came out of the blue?, CHEEREDUP? Tho…
 
Today's crossword was a toughie. Both Jean & Mike flailed about in the northwest corner, where some deliciously EVIL (and we say that in the best possible sense of the word, and also because EVIL happened to be one of the answers!) cluing made for a hard slog. The rest of the grid was no cakewalk either, but still, we like a challenge, and doff our…
 
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