NYT's The Mini crossword answers for October 18

Stuck on any of the clues? We have the answers you need.
By Mashable Team  on 
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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 Thursday, Oct. 18, 2023:


"However ..."

  • The answer is but.

NASA's Mariner 2 visited it in 1962

  • The answer is Venus.

Convenient excuse

The answer is alibi.


  • The answer is noted.

Person from Stockholm

  • The answer is Swede.


"___ Deck" (reality TV series)

The answer is Below.

Join forces

The answer is unite.

Floated lazily down a river

  • The answer is tubed.

Many airport shuttles

  • The answer is vans.

Word before "hustle" or "saddle"

  • The answer is vans.

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