First American to orbit the Earth NYT Crossword Clue

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This clue last appeared in the NYT Crossword on January 24, 2024. If you need help with other clues, head to our NYT Crossword January 24, 2024 Hints page. You can also find answers to past NYT Crosswords.

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CD players?
*How rude!*
Broncos QB who won back-to-back Super Bowls
Littlest speck
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Bridle strap
Like many bathroom floors
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  • GGLLEENNNN (10 letters)
  • GLENN (5 letters)

Clue & Answer Definitions

  • GLENN (noun)
    1. made the first orbital rocket-powered flight by a United States astronaut in 1962; later in United States Senate (1921-)
  • AMERICAN (noun)
    1. the English language as used in the United States
    2. a native or inhabitant of a North American or Central American or South American country

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  1. Jezzie

    gglleennnn as an answer seems like cheating on the part of the puzzle authors. What is the logic other then the arbitrary ‘long john’?

    1. Shaun Savage (Admin)

      One of the other answers to a clue in that puzzle was “LONGJOHNS.” This served as a hint for the theme: any other person named “JOHN” would double each letter in their last name, effectively making them a “long” John.

  2. AMS1967

    I don’t get this answer- maybe it’s been in this crossword before???

    1. Jorge A. Aguilar

      This is based on a term for crosswords called a LONG JOHN, which refers to the practice of adding extra letters to the last names of famous Johns. This is common in NYT Crosswords. The former US Senator John Glenn is a John, so his name would be elongated for the crossword.