069: Moving Along - Teeny Tuesday
Now Playing: Movin' Right Along by Kermit & Fozzie
Word Count: 42
Mean Word Length: 4.95
It's another Teeny Tuesday! Before getting onto the crossword, I have some excellent news. I'm finally vaccinated against COVID-19! Late last week, I went through extensive allergy testing due to my reaction (anaphylactic shock) to Polyethylene glycol (PEG) which is the stabilizer in the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines. Since the doctors and I already knew about my PEG allergy, I was tested against Polysorbate 80, the stabilizer found in the Johnson & Johnson vaccine. After 14 jabs and my arms getting a bit bruised, we were confident I wouldn’t react to Polysorbate 80. Sure enough, I received the vaccine and aside from a headache the next day, I didn’t have any reactions or side effects! I’m looking forward to my life starting to return to “normalcy” or whatever close resemblance I can get.
Enough rambling, time for a crossword! It’s a bit lopsided this week at a 12x10 grid. I may have one of my most timely clues ever in a puzzle at 34-Across since the referenced event is happening all week long. Otherwise, I was quite surprised that 14-Across has never shown up in the New York Times. I was so surprised that I spell checked it three times just to make sure I didn’t have a typo. To the best of my knowledge and Microsoft Word, everything is spelled correctly.
Title Inspiration: 1A, 7A
Music Inspiration: 1A, 7A
Seed Words: 1A, 7A
Non-NYT Words: 14A, 17A, 27A, 29A, 32D
Non-Shortz-Era Word: 2D
Reused 4+ Letter Words: 7D, 13A, 15D, 16A, 24A
Unique Words to Date: 2,991
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