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The Mini is a bite-sized version of The New York Times‘ revered daily crossword. While the crossword is a lengthier experience that requires both knowledge and patience to complete, The Mini is an entirely different vibe.

With only a handful of clues to answer, the daily puzzle doubles as a speed-running test for many who play it.

So, when a tricky clue disrupts a player’s flow, it can be frustrating! If you find yourself stumped playing The Mini — much like with Wordle and Connections — we have you covered.

Here are the clues and answers to NYT’s The Mini for Tuesday, Nov. 21, 2023:


Opposite of thick

  • The answer is thin.

Do some fall cleanup

  • The answer is rake.

What [circled letters] are gathered into

  • The answer is piles.

Bats’ hangouts

  • The answer is caves.

Light punishment on the wrist

  • The answer is slap.


Drug testing stage

  • The answer is trial.

Middle Eastern confection made from sesame paste

  • The answer is halva.

“___ Forgettin'” (Michael McDonald hit)

  • The answer is IKeep.

Loch ___ monster

  • The answer is Ness.

Alternatives to Macs

  • The answer is PCs.