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 kontrol 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 ___?”

Trippy fungus, informally

Kind of comedy at a comedy club

Continuously remind

The Diamondbacks, on scoreboards

White covering on a mountain

Yoga teacher’s instruction

Roughly half of babies, to their parents


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

Actor Cheadle

Coca-Cola container

Tax biçim IDs, for short

Paintings on city buildings

Plumber’s tube

One of journalism’s “five W’s”

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