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Incomplete New York Times Mini Crossword puzzle grid with the title 'The Mini Crossword' at the top. Clue 1 is highlighted in yellow.
Screenshot and remix by Dot Esports

Curse word NYT Mini Crossword clue hints

Your curse words repertoire is not getting you anywhere in today's Mini Crossword.

I spent a while trying different five-letter bad words for today’s NYT Mini Crossword clue “curse word,” but none of them worked. It took me some more time to realize that this clue isn’t about testing your knowledge of profanity.

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While some common offensive words fit 1A, it would be surprising if the puzzle required us to guess dirty words with such a broad clue. Instead, to find the answer, you need to think of a synonym for the clue. Here’s how you can figure it out yourself.

Hints and answer to “Curse word” NYT Mini Crossword clue

Partially completed New York Times Mini Crossword puzzle with the word 'FUDGE' in the white-highlighted section. A red 'X' is marked on the letter 'D' to indicate an error.
Forget your curse words vocabulary. Screenshot and remix by Dot Esports

Hint 1: Wrong answer

Hint 2: Meaning

Hint 3: Context


How can you play past Mini Crossword puzzles?

The easiest way to play previous NYT Mini Crossword puzzles is to subscribe to The New York Times and access their puzzle archive page. If you’re looking for free alternatives, you can play different minis daily on the LA Times and Washington Post websites.

If you’re looking for other word games, I recommend checking out Strands and Spelling Bee for new challenges.

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Bhernardo Viana
Bhernardo is senior guides writer and strategist at Dot Esports. He's been working in the gaming industry for over 9 years, with works published on Destructoid, Prima Games, ESPN, and more. A fan of Pokémon since 6 years old and an avid Steam Deck and Nintendo Switch player. Now writing strategy and quests guides for several mobile and PC titles.