SUNDAY PUZZLE — Today marks the return of Lee Taylor, a constructor whose debut also ran on a Sunday, and also picked out a fun linguistic trope. I react a little bit differently to puzzles that bring something interesting about common language to light, rather than overwhelm me with brilliant puns or dazzling feats of construction. There is genius in simplicity, and there’s a lot to be said for grids that are pleasing and challenging, but approachable.
This sort of puzzle is more meditative than stressful for me to solve, and when that happens it’s much appreciated. I had several “wow” moments when I figured out something particularly clever, but didn’t hit any obstacles that seemed impassable.
I like picking out threads and I like clues that pair up to be whimsical, like MONA LISA, SENT and READ, and a TIER on a CAKE (you could mentally connect LOOTER, whose clue was spectacular, to the neighboring SPREE, but that joinery was unspecified).
A few names that didn’t come to me were BOSCH (all I think of is the show now, I’ve become a philistine), ILENE, MCEWAN, BARNES and HERLIHY.
19A: I can’t imagine BALTO being a stumper unless you’re seriously against true stories of animal heroism. This entry reminded me that the Iditarod is coming up, on March 2, and that you can go online and pick your own fantasy dog team.
26A: For some reason this clue got me, as simple as it was — EPSILON for “E,” the first letter in Euripides. I was also a little mystified for a moment over EMS starring in ‘Mad Max’ (oh, I mean “lead characters,” sorry).
49A: This was such a great, in-your-face-the-whole-time pun, wasn’t it? Yes, your toaster and your roasting appliance(s) might be in your kitchen, or your luxurious lanai if you’re living large. But toasts and roasts happen on DAISES too, when you’re saluting, or skewering, a notable (notorious or not).
I found myself wondering who came up with the wordplay “roast” in this case, because it’s so apt, and I came up sort of empty looking online and didn’t take the time to phone the Friar’s Club, who does say on their website that the tradition is over 100 years old. I did learn that this use of “toast” originates from the 16th century practice of literally dropping toast, as in crisped bread, into sack, or wine, thereby softening and flavoring your solid carbs as well as possibly soaking up some of the impurities and acid in your liquid carbs, a wine win-win, if you will (see “The Merry Wives of Windsor”).
57A: Just a bit of an uncommon entry and probably more in a naturalist’s wheelhouse than anyone else’s, because RUFOUS makes me think of squirrels and birds like this Rufous Owl, which looks like it’s being roasted. They’re kidding, owl!
There are six theme entries, five running across — at 22, 38, 67, 93 and 114 — and one at 4D. Each is straightforwardly clued in italics; a couple of them were easy enough for me, and a few were nice and chewy.
22A was quick, because my limited knowledge of sport includes what happens when a player gets fouled while attempting a three-point shot and subsequently shoots THREE FREE THROWS (file that under everything that was seared into my brain during my 90s-era adoration of John Starks and the Knicks).
I think the next theme entry I knew for was 22A’s mirror image, “Timekeeper on the Emerald Isle” or IRISH WRISTWATCH, which was also pretty apparent with a few crosses to help.
I didn’t immediately peg the theme, though. I thought Ms. Taylor presented quite an artful version of one of the first bits of wordplay we learn in life — I can remember stumbling over simple tongue twisters like “She sells seashells” before I even learned to read. I overthought things at first (remember the triple spoonerisms from Patrick Berry last year? I thought of that one when looking at these two entries, to start); then I realized the hint in the puzzle’s title and the light went on.
I needed a lot of crosses to get 38A and 67A, both of which are perfectly accessible in my rear view mirror, and 4D had some wiggle room (did she sell? seek? I needed to see the CHEESE) before establishing itself as SHE SEES CHEESE.
My favorite entry was 93A because it provided me with a neato factoid that I probably should have known already since I’ve crept and gnashed my teeth and cursed my way across this bridge many times. I actually tried to find a place in my state named UNIQUE once I’d filled this in because I didn’t think that the George Washington Bridge was even the widest bridge in NEW YORK, but it is.
At 58D, there’s a revealer entry that hopefully had its desired effect on you — it certainly did for me, a perfectly adequate fast talker. I tried and failed to say each of the theme entries FIVE TIMES FAST.
This weekend marks a decade of the logic game KenKen in The Times.
Crossword editor Will Shortz has written an article for Times Insider about how the game came to The Times, but we also wanted to bring that celebration to Wordplay. The print version of the article contains an bonus 9x9 KenKen puzzle, and Wordplay is happy to offer it to readers.
My first puzzle was published in the Times in 2015, and it was only the fourth puzzle I ever constructed. Four years and 36 unsuccessful New York Times submissions later comes puzzle number two! Now I know my first puzzle was a fluke, total beginner’s luck.
I have learned a lot about constructing a good puzzle since then and hope that solvers will enjoy this one. I find language endlessly entertaining and favor themes that spotlight the fun of words. I enjoyed researching this puzzle and learned a lot of (spoiler alert) new tongue twisters along the way. I hope it will not take me another 36 tries to create a puzzle suitable for the Times!
P.S. I was able to find a home for 23 of those other puzzles.
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管家婆信封彩图抓码王【慕】【沉】【把】【自】【己】【查】【到】【的】【事】【情】，【包】【括】【景】【麒】【亲】【口】【承】【认】【的】【内】【容】【都】【告】【诉】【了】【慕】【培】【新】。 【慕】【培】【新】【看】【着】【手】【上】【的】【这】【一】【份】DNA【鉴】【定】【报】【告】，【陷】【入】【了】【良】【久】【的】【沉】【默】。 【之】【前】【他】【只】【做】【了】【他】【和】【于】【蔓】【芝】【的】DNA【鉴】【定】，【并】【且】【还】【自】【信】【满】【满】【的】【认】【为】【这】【样】【子】【就】【足】【以】【证】【明】【景】【瑜】【的】【身】【份】【了】。 【可】【是】【现】【在】【慕】【沉】【拿】【来】【的】【报】【告】，【白】【纸】【黑】【字】【写】【着】【景】【瑜】【和】【于】【蔓】【芝】【之】【间】【的】DNA
【当】【天】【下】【午】【秦】【归】【晚】【就】【拿】【着】【自】【己】【东】【西】【去】【了】【子】【公】【司】，【也】【就】【是】【梦】【屿】【泽】【青】【春】【杂】【志】【社】。【子】【公】【司】【说】【远】【不】【远】，【说】【近】【也】【不】【近】。【但】【是】【要】【是】【和】【之】【前】【比】【那】【肯】【定】【是】【又】【远】【又】【麻】【烦】。 【她】【知】【道】【王】【智】【秀】【这】【就】【是】【在】【变】【相】【裁】【员】，【就】【是】【想】【把】【自】【己】【搞】【出】【她】【的】【视】【线】【里】。 【秦】【归】【晚】【带】【着】【自】【己】【的】【东】【西】【拿】【着】【地】【址】【找】【了】【又】【找】，【穿】【过】【了】【一】【条】【胡】【同】【又】【一】【条】【胡】【同】，【终】【于】【在】【日】【落】【西】【山】【的】
【第】666【章】 【樱】【桃】【傲】【娇】【的】【冷】【哼】，【她】【当】【然】【特】【别】【了】。 【龙】【女】【成】【了】【丧】【尸】【皇】，【谁】【还】【能】【比】【她】【特】【别】。 【风】【恒】【笑】【了】【笑】：“【你】【放】【走】【他】【们】，【他】【们】【还】【会】【回】【来】【的】。” **【敬】【回】【去】【了】，【肯】【定】【会】【告】【诉】【风】【阎】，【风】【阎】【不】【可】【能】【放】【任】【他】【离】【开】，【风】【阎】【会】【亲】【自】【来】【找】。 【他】【看】【着】【樱】【桃】，【目】【光】【看】【向】【窗】【外】，【嘴】【角】【微】【微】【勾】【起】。 【樱】【桃】【气】【鼓】【鼓】【的】【把】【风】【恒】【推】【到】【窗】【户】
【昌】【胤】【对】【着】【赤】【焰】【扬】【眉】【道】:“【现】【在】【是】【时】【候】【了】，【去】【吧】【意】【思】【意】【思】【就】【行】【了】【别】【下】【死】【手】。” “【知】【道】【了】，【啰】【嗦】！” “【那】【这】【三】【个】【咋】【办】？” “【让】【他】【们】【回】【去】，【办】【完】【事】【后】【再】【收】【拾】【他】【们】。”【赤】【焰】【抬】【起】【下】【颚】，【毫】【不】【在】【意】。 【接】【着】，【赤】【焰】【对】【三】【个】【鼠】【妖】【不】【耐】【烦】【的】【喊】【道】:“【还】【不】【快】【滚】！” 【闻】【言】，【三】【人】【立】【即】【狗】【腿】【的】【回】【道】:“【小】【的】【这】【就】【滚】，【这】【就】管家婆信封彩图抓码王“【真】【是】【的】，【咬】【的】【还】【真】【狠】，【都】【给】【我】【咬】【出】【牙】【印】【儿】【了】，【白】【给】【你】【吃】【榴】【莲】【了】。”【青】【丘】【龙】【看】【了】【看】【自】【己】【还】【有】【牙】【印】【儿】【的】【胳】【膊】，【这】【小】【丫】【头】【没】【说】【谎】【啊】，【那】【牙】【口】【是】【真】【好】【哇】！【要】【不】【是】【自】【己】【恢】【复】【力】【好】，【估】【计】【还】【冒】【血】【呢】。 【东】【方】【秦】【兰】【没】【有】【理】【会】【青】【丘】【龙】【的】【话】，【而】【是】【用】【手】【不】【停】【的】【摸】【着】【被】【自】【己】【咬】【出】【牙】【印】【儿】【的】【胳】【膊】。 “【真】【是】【奇】【了】【怪】【了】，【刚】【才】【明】【明】【是】【感】【觉】【到】【有】
【林】【一】【他】【们】【搜】【索】【了】【整】【片】【沙】【漠】，【虽】【然】【因】【为】【诺】【登】【斯】【之】【泪】【的】【丢】【失】，【使】【得】【林】【一】【弱】【化】【了】【不】【少】，【但】【他】【的】【体】【制】【仍】【然】【比】【普】【通】【人】【强】【上】【许】【多】，【加】【上】【缇】【娜】【的】【力】【量】，【还】【有】【卡】【莱】【尔】【掌】【握】【的】【符】【文】，【短】【时】【间】【内】【居】【然】【也】【可】【以】【快】【速】【行】【径】【很】【远】【的】【距】【离】。 【卡】【莱】【尔】【却】【是】【掌】【握】【了】【两】【种】【新】【的】【符】【文】，【分】【别】【是】【短】【距】【离】【顺】【移】，【和】【召】【唤】【拜】【亚】【基】。 【前】【者】【可】【以】【让】【三】【人】【的】【行】【进】【速】【度】【飞】
【酒】【宴】【进】【行】【到】【一】【半】，【众】【女】【已】【经】【玩】【了】【起】【来】，【星】【族】【众】【女】【和】【炎】【玉】【也】【拿】【出】【自】【己】【的】【礼】【物】，【给】【其】【余】【姐】【妹】【欣】【赏】，【神】【台】【上】【一】【时】【间】【宝】【光】【闪】【动】，【耀】【人】【眼】【球】。【这】【些】【灵】【器】【都】【是】【好】【用】【地】【底】【灵】【矿】【所】【造】，【都】【是】【十】【分】【珍】【惜】【的】【材】【料】，【放】【在】【六】【品】【内】【也】【是】【顶】【尖】【宝】【物】【了】，【被】【岳】【擎】【天】【这】【么】【豪】【迈】【地】【分】【发】【给】【了】【妻】【子】【们】。 【侍】【从】：【星】【羽】-【辅】【皇】 【境】【界】：【六】【品】【一】【重】 【血】【量】：【六】