Another odd crossword clue

Actually posted on Tuesday, November 3. Not election news!

Thursday, October 29 New York Times crossword, by Kurt Weller. 36 Across: “Like all prime numbers except one”, three letters.

Answer: same as yesterday’s 34 Across no.

Of course 1 isn’t prime! But I think in mathematical discourse if you spell out the number you’re not referring to it directly. (This week’s posts notwithstanding, mathematical content doesn’t come up enough in crosswords to be sure what the conventions are there.) There is one prime number that is not odd, namely two.

Hopefully this post sees the light of day on Thursday; my cell service is spotty due to Zeta. Not the function having to do with primes, the storm. (I did say there would be a lot of storms.)

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