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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 Sunday, May 12, 2024:


Something written on the underside of a Snapple cap

  • The answer is Fact.

Crossbreed of two zoo cats

  • The answer is Liger.

Very absurd

  • The answer is Inane.

Nonglossy finish, as for a photo

  • The answer is Matte.

“Oh, ___ your heart!”

  • The answer is Bless.


End-of-semester exam

  • The answer is Final.

Banded rock

  • The answer is Agate.

“That’s just my two ___”

  • The answer is Cents.

The Lorax speaks for them, so he says

  • The answer is Trees.

An arm or a leg

  • The answer is Limb.