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The Mini crossword board with a highlight on 7A.
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Pretty good grade – NYT Mini crossword clues

This NYT Mini crosswords clue is about a grade that's really, really close to the best you can get.

One of the clues of the May 20 NYT Mini Crossword is “pretty good grade” in 7A. That’s a lengthy five-letter answer for a school grade, which are usually single letters like A, B, and C. But it really is about school grades, just one with a small addition.

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Pretty good grade NYT Mini hints and answer

If the standard school grades aren’t long enough to fit the five-square solution in today’s Mini, we need to think of something to add next to it. The solution may look especially odd if you solved 1D and 2D first, but here are some hints and reminders to get you back on track:

  • The best school grades are A and B.
  • You don’t need to spell out any letters in the answer.
  • Part of the solution is a symbol that may come after a grade to show it’s slightly better than usual.

The solution to “pretty good grade” in 7A is BPLUS. If you’re struggling to guess the other answers, you can find the full list of May 20 Mini solutions below.

The May 20 NYT Mini board with all solution words filled.
The May 20 NYT Mini answer. Screenshot by Dot Esports


  • 1A Rockin’ tunes, informally – JAMS
  • 5A Hello or goodbye, island-style – ALOHA
  • 7A Pretty good grade – BPLUS
  • 8A “Love ___,” B-52s song that’s a hit at karaoke night – SHACK
  • 9A “Lost” treasure sought by Indiana Jones – ARK


  • 1D Quick punches – JABS
  • 2D Omega’s opposite – ALPHA
  • 3D Any of your wisdom teeth, e.g. – MOLAR
  • 4D Prepare, as oysters or corn on the cob – SHUCK
  • 6D Put in a request – ASK

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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.