FRIDAY PUZZLE — This puzzle by Andrew J. Ries was fun to wrestle with, but I predict it will be divisive among solvers.
There are those who do not like to see more than one or two proper names in their puzzle, and while I thought this was a fine Friday crossword, some solvers may balk at the names and brands. These names don’t bother me, because I enjoy lively pop culture from all eras — LENA HORNE crossing ARETHA Franklin made my heart leap with joy — and I usually know them, so proper names and brands such as ODOR EATERS help me establish a foothold in the grid.
I’m not sure what the proper balance of pop culture to other topics is, and I would bet that it’s different for everyone. But before Will Shortz became the crossword editor for The New York Times, pop culture, and everything we discuss next to the water cooler, was rarely seen in the Crossword, if it appeared at all. Mr. Shortz added the cruciverbal equivalent of Technicolor to the Crossword, and his philosophy that puzzles should reflect what’s going on in the world makes the crossword more interesting, in my opinion. Crosswords were never meant to be a stressful test of what you know and don’t know; they were intended to be a game, and games should be fun.
We weigh a lot of things when it comes to evaluating whether we’ve had fun or not with a puzzle. We talk about themes and the quality of fill. We talk about whether it’s really necessary to know about a singer from the 1920s or a hip-hop artist from this decade. Cluing gets discussed a lot. But ultimately, I believe that the only real standard for whether you have had a good time with your puzzle — and it is yours, so no one else’s opinion really matters — is whether or not you are smiling when you finish.
Did you have fun? Great. Did you learn anything? Even better. Do you feel that sense of accomplishment for having solved the puzzle? Go, you!
And then you can get on with your day. Because that’s really all there is to it.
But even if you didn’t enjoy a given puzzle, the best part about crossword solving is that there will always be another one, unless we decide to pull another prank on you and tell you that we’re going out of business. And that next one might be the one that rings your bell, so to speak.
Oh right, Mr. Ries’s puzzle. I admire the cleanliness of his grid; it takes a lot of work to fill a grid with no partials or obscurities. (Again, your mileage may vary on what is obscure.) It’s very tempting to fall in love with a seed entry to the point where a constructor is faced with filling around it with less than desirable entries. Never fall in love with your words. Ripping a section back and refilling means you have to harden your heart a bit, but it pays off in the end.
So, BEDSORES notwithstanding, I liked POODLE (mostly for the clue), the entire center staggered stack (PURPLE STATE, DEPECHE MODE and SENIOR PRANK), RON RICO, SANDLOT, ARETHA, MESONS, TASTE BUD, SWOOSH, LENA HORNE, TORPID (just for the way it sounds), KNEECAP and PRANCE.
5A: Isn’t the English language great? You can “trip,” or SET OFF an explosive or alarm, and you can “start a trip” by SETting OFF.
15A: Wordplay alert! “Toy in a purse, perhaps” is not a fidget spinner. It’s a toy breed of dog, and the answer is POODLE.
19A: Hi, kids! You might know the comedy DUO, Abbott and Costello, from the “Who’s on first?” routine:
21A: “r u SRS?!” is text speak for “Are you serious?!”
26A: Yeurgh. Clever clue, though. “Resting spots?” are BEDSORES.
28A: Hi, kids, me again! Back before streaming, or whatever you all are doing these days for visual entertainment, you could change the channel on a television set (your parents probably have one) by pointing a hand-held device called a remote control* at it and clicking a button. Before that, however, the channel changing thingamabob was in the form of a dial, and it was attached to the actual set itself.
My main job growing up was to change the television channel for my father because once he was settled into his easy chair after a long day at work, he wasn’t going anywhere. He would tell me what channel he wanted to watch. I would get up, walk across the room and turn the dial until it was tuned to one of the three stations that existed at the time. That’s not a typo. In return for this act of filial piety, he let me watch “Laugh-In” with him.
When the hosts of television shows had to take a break for a commercial or for station identification (that’s a whole other “Hi, kids!”), they would say “Don’t touch that DIAL, we’ll be right back!” because they didn’t want you to change the channel and watch something else.
*The remote control’s other primary function was being impossible to find when you needed it. Later on, when hand-held video game platforms became available, remote controls served as containers for AA batteries, which children would “borrow” because they had forgotten to remind their parents that they needed new ones.
33A: I did not know that the band DEPECHE MODE was named for a fashion magazine, but I do remember its music:
43A: I could have sworn this was “britches,” but apparently the word for equestrian pants is BREECHES.
46A: More wordplay! “Diamond in the rough?” is a great clue for SANDLOT, where informal games of baseball might be played.
48A: TIL about Albert LEA, which is apparently the recreational capital of southern Minnesota.
3D: “One might sense bitterness” is an interesting and clever clue. On the surface, it sounds like the clue is asking for an empath, one who might sense others’ emotions. In this case, however, the clue refers to a TASTEBUD.
4D: TIAL (Today I also learned) that the ELO rating system for chess is an eponym and not an initialism. Arpad ELO was a physicist who became a chess master and developed a system for rating players.
7D: “Thumb of small size” is not a tiny digit. It refers to “General” TOM Thumb.
37D: Hi again, kids! The answer to the clever clue, “Sheikh-down of the F.B.I.?,” is ABSCAM. In 1978, the F.B.I. set up a sting operation that was meant to catch underworld figures who were dealing in stolen art. The story the mobsters were told was that there was a wealthy Arab sheikh who wanted to invest oil money in works of art. The F.B.I. gave the sting the nickname ABSCAM, short for the fake company they set up, known as Abdul Enterprises (Ab[dul] scam). The sting eventually grew to include corrupt politicians who were taking bribe money in exchange for influence in Washington, D.C., which was considered shocking in those days. If you can imagine.
42D: “B in music class?” is not a bad grade, but that’s not where this clue is going. It’s referring to the “three B’s of classical music”: Bach, Beethoven and Brahms. The answer in this case is BRAHMS.
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彩图全解周易“【喂】，【等】【等】，【找】【叶】【十】【三】？【你】【确】【定】【嘛】？”【苏】【沐】【沐】【觉】【得】【这】【次】【要】【出】【大】【问】【题】。 【这】【个】【叶】【十】【三】【可】【不】【是】【凡】【人】，【不】【会】【两】【人】【擦】【出】【什】【么】【火】【花】【吧】？ 【作】【为】【女】【人】，【苏】【沐】【沐】【也】【很】【敏】【感】，【能】【够】【让】【李】【小】【暖】【感】【兴】【趣】【的】【人】，【很】【可】【能】【也】【会】【让】【她】【生】【出】【好】【感】，【然】【后】【被】【李】【小】【暖】【抢】【了】？ “【怎】【么】？【沐】【沐】，【你】【就】【这】【么】【害】【怕】【他】【被】【我】【抢】【了】？【作】【为】【你】【的】【好】【闺】【蜜】，【你】【认】【为】【我】【是】
【刚】【刚】【还】【好】【好】【的】【人】，【现】【在】【脸】【上】【一】【点】【血】【色】【都】【没】【有】。 【不】【过】，【长】【痛】【不】【如】【短】【痛】，【他】【是】【个】【坚】【强】【的】【人】，【相】【信】，【总】【有】【一】【天】【会】【缓】【过】【来】【的】，【总】【比】，【天】【天】【守】【着】【一】【个】【遥】【不】【可】【及】【的】【希】【望】【来】【的】【好】。 “【她】【嫁】【人】【啦】。”【慕】【谦】【喃】【喃】【自】【语】，【有】【些】【不】【知】【所】【措】。 【像】【个】【迷】【失】【回】【家】【方】【向】【的】【孩】【子】，【心】【里】【空】【荡】【荡】【的】。 【他】【并】【不】【喜】【欢】【八】【卦】，【虽】【然】【与】【两】【家】【相】【熟】，【但】【是】
【秦】【雅】【芙】【吃】【力】【地】【扶】【林】【子】【航】【上】【了】【楼】，【累】【得】【靠】【在】【墙】【上】，【不】【由】【得】【忆】【起】【往】【事】，【再】【看】【看】【粘】【在】【自】【己】【身】【上】【的】【人】，【不】【得】【不】【甩】【了】【甩】【头】，【打】【量】【了】【下】【并】【没】【有】【换】【新】【的】【老】【式】【房】‘【门】’，【询】【问】【林】【子】【航】【钥】【匙】【在】【哪】【里】。 【林】【子】【航】【看】【起】【来】【醉】【得】【不】【轻】，【含】‘【混】’【着】【答】【不】【出】【来】。 【秦】【雅】【芙】【无】【奈】，【只】【得】【从】【自】【己】【包】【里】【翻】【出】【一】【把】【钥】【匙】，【试】【着】‘【插】’【进】【锁】【孔】，【轻】【轻】【转】【动】，【居】
【而】【身】【边】【跟】【着】【的】【正】【是】【学】【院】【当】【中】，【四】【学】【院】【的】【长】【老】。 【他】【们】【奉】【皇】【上】【之】【命】，【特】【意】【带】【着】【这】【临】【月】【的】【皇】【帝】【来】【学】【院】【观】【比】【一】【下】【他】【们】【这】【一】【代】【天】【赋】【出】【众】【的】【弟】【子】，【顺】【便】【观】【赏】【一】【下】【学】【院】【景】【观】。 【可】【没】【想】【到】【这】【才】【刚】【过】【来】，【便】【听】【到】【了】【这】【临】【月】【帝】【王】【的】【名】【字】。 【他】【们】【想】【要】【出】【声】【提】【醒】，【奈】【何】【被】【临】【月】【帝】【王】【给】【制】【止】【了】。 【此】【时】【的】【他】【们】【只】【能】【苦】【着】【一】【张】【脸】【听】【着】。 彩图全解周易【听】【到】【他】【的】【声】【音】，【锦】【依】【依】【整】【个】【人】【都】【极】【为】【地】【紧】【张】，【却】【又】【不】【知】【道】【怎】【么】【开】【口】。 【她】【才】【好】【不】【容】【易】【找】【到】【声】【音】：“【其】【实】……” “【你】【的】【目】【的】【到】【底】【是】【什】【么】？” 【靳】【圣】【玺】【突】【然】【出】【声】。 【锦】【依】【依】【一】【时】【之】【间】【难】【以】【启】【齿】。 【难】【道】【她】【还】【能】【说】，【接】【近】【他】【是】【为】【了】【偷】【取】【宝】【物】【去】【救】【爷】【爷】？ 【而】【他】【真】【的】【会】【拿】【出】【宝】【物】【给】【她】【么】？ 【显】【然】，【这】【是】【不】【能】【的】！
【既】【然】【大】【家】【都】【是】【同】【道】【中】【人】，【共】【享】【信】【息】【是】【十】【分】【重】【要】【的】，【毕】【竟】【大】【家】【的】【最】【终】【目】【的】，【都】【是】【解】【决】【涅】【槃】【神】【树】【的】【问】【题】。 【巫】【行】【雨】【直】【接】【说】【道】： “【我】【们】【刚】【才】【查】【过】【了】，【这】【颗】【涅】【槃】【果】【灵】【气】【充】【沛】，【若】【是】【谁】【能】【将】【它】【吃】【下】，【修】【为】【必】【然】【会】【突】【飞】【猛】【进】。” 【众】【人】【望】【了】【一】【眼】【与】【汽】【车】【一】【样】【大】【小】【的】【涅】【槃】【果】，【都】【笑】【了】【笑】，【显】【然】【没】【人】【能】【将】【这】【玩】【意】【儿】【一】【口】【吞】【下】。
【多】【尼】【闭】【上】【了】【眼】，【嘴】【角】【泛】【起】【一】【丝】【嘲】【意】，【心】【情】【悲】【凉】【地】【迎】【接】【属】【于】【他】【的】【自】【由】。 【但】【突】【然】【之】【间】，【一】【股】【巨】【力】【握】【住】【他】【的】【双】【手】【手】【腕】，【让】【他】【下】【坠】【之】【势】【戛】【然】【而】【止】，【整】【个】【人】【突】【然】【被】【拔】【高】，【直】【到】【落】【在】【坚】【实】【的】【地】【面】【上】。 【惊】【疑】【不】【定】【的】【多】【尼】，【在】【黑】【暗】【中】【瞪】【大】【眼】【睛】，【想】【看】【清】【到】【底】【是】【谁】【救】【了】【他】，【却】【听】【到】【一】【个】【熟】【悉】【的】【声】【音】。 “【大】【半】【夜】【的】，【梦】【游】【呢】？”
【我】【伸】【出】【素】【白】【手】【指】【抚】【上】【这】【可】【爱】【的】【花】【朵】【儿】，【情】【不】【自】【禁】【的】【说】【了】【一】【句】：“【榴】【花】【开】【处】【照】【宫】【闱】——”。 【话】【音】【未】【落】，【屏】【风】【外】【有】【男】【子】【清】【冷】【的】【声】【音】【响】【起】：“【醒】【了】【么】？” 【我】【倏】【然】【回】【首】，【屏】【风】【上】【映】【着】【一】【抹】【修】【长】【的】【玄】【色】【身】【影】。 “【是】【哪】【位】【在】【外】【头】？”【我】【有】【些】【忐】【忑】【的】【问】【道】。 “【墨】【棣】。” 【我】【放】【松】【下】【来】——【难】【怪】【声】【音】【不】【陌】【生】。【旋】【即】【满】【怀】