Today I also found a couple of clues I knew I had studied the answers during a previous Crossword Trainer session, but I actually couldn’t remember what I allegedly “memorized.” Then, three days earlier, I tried to quantify the precise advantages of the Crossword Trainer to memorize all of these phrases.
Fridays are nearly as difficult as Saturday. Since my puzzle was in 2017, my practice set contains no hints and responses— that’s a real solution. I’m not sure I’m going to do this, since it should be the “easiest puzzle” NYT Saturday, but it has something to look at.
But this is rare: with its cluing problem almost completely, and not with the shadows of the responses, the NYT improves puzzle trouble. “A puzzle on Saturday is a difficult puzzle. I had persuaded myself that.