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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 Saturday, April 27, 2024:


Revolutionary leader Guevara

  • The answer is Che.

Shirley Temple or Ginger Rogers, e.g.

  • The answer is Drink.

Mysterious in meaning

  • The answer is Cryptic.

“For ___ a jolly good fellow …”

  • The answer is Hes.

Pole with a reel attached

  • The answer is Rod.

Shirley Temple or Ginger Rogers, e.g.

  • The answer is Actress.

Boat for a whitewater adventure

  • The answer is Kayak.

Give permission to

  • The answer is Let.


Piece of snow or table salt, essentially

The answer is Crystal.

Very cool

  • The answer is Hip.

Ask (someone) in earnest

  • The answer is Entreat.

Absolute junk

  • The answer is Dreck.

Sales booth

  • The answer is Kiosk.

When doubled, a ballroom dance

  • The answer is Cha.

Things that old audiobooks are sold on

  • The answer is CDs.

Bread for a pastrami sandwich

  • The answer is Rye.