Closeup view of crossword puzzle clues

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 Friday, April 12, 2024:


“Wow, what are the ___?”

  • The answer is Odds.

Trippy fungus, informally

  • The answer is Shroom.

Kind of comedy at a comedy club

  • The answer is Standup.

Continuously remind

  • The answer is Nag.

The Diamondbacks, on scoreboards

  • The answer is Ari.

White covering on a mountain

  • The answer is Snowcap.

Yoga teacher’s instruction

  • The answer is Inhale.

Roughly half of babies, to their parents

  • The answer is Sons.


Shohei ___, baseball player who signed the biggest contract in pro sports history (10 years, $700 million)

The answer is Ohtani.

Creatures symbolized on mah-jongg tiles

  • The answer is Dragons.

Actor Cheadle

  • The answer is Don.

Coca-Cola container

  • The answer is Soda can.

Tax form IDs, for short

  • The answer is SNSS.

Paintings on city buildings

  • The answer is Murals.

Plumber’s tube

  • The answer is Pipe.

One of journalism’s “five W’s”

  • The answer is Who.