Cryptic: At Sixes and Sevens

Hi friends,

I’ve got a small variety cryptic for you today. Lately I’ve been enjoying some long-distance cryptic crossword solving with friends; we’ll both print out the puzzle and work it together while chatting. This can be a lot of fun, especially if you’re still getting used to cryptics. Maybe try that with this puzzle?

At Sixes and Sevens | Solution

Additionally, here are some recent puzzles of mine you might enjoy, especially if cryptics aren’t your thing:

  • The Universal syndicate crossword from Thursday, December 3, 2020 | PDF | PUZ
  • The New York Times crossword from Thursday, November 26, 2020 | Paywall
  • The MD-DC-VA Section of the Mathematical Association of America Fall 2020 newsletter | Full issue | PDF | Solution
  • Christopher Newport University Fall 2020 Voyages | Full issue | Interview | PDF | Solution

Peace,
Neville

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3 Responses to Cryptic: At Sixes and Sevens

  1. Ben says:

    Cool puzzle, but I would have to say that “median” would be more correct than “mean”.

    • Neville says:

      Hi Ben,

      “Mean” gives, in my opinion, a better surface reading (and a more misleading one) than “median” would.

      If you’re stuck thinking about strict definitions of measures of centrality in statistics, remember that words have multiple meanings. This puzzle is not the statistics final I’m giving in just over a week! The M-W thesaurus lists [that grid answer] as a synonym for “mean” as both an adjective and a noun.

      https://www.merriam-webster.com/thesaurus/mean

      Thanks for solving the puzzle, and I hope you enjoyed it.

      • Ben Chenoweth says:

        Fair enough! And I did enjoy the puzzle. Thanks for putting these cryptics out for the world to enjoy.

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