Approximately 20 minutes of each episode (usually toward the end of the show) is dedicated to a review of the previous week of New York Times puzzles. Occasionally, Ryan and Brian will review puzzles from other sources. The format of the Thunder Round is an announcement of the date, the puzzle's constructor, a summary of the theme (if there was one), some banter about the quality of the puzzle, whether the hosts found the solving experience challenging, whether any of the vocabulary used was controversial or questionable, etc.

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