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SUNDAY PUZZLE — The first thing I was struck by when looking at today’s grid was the distinctive pattern — it’s got mirror symmetry, not unknown on a Sunday, but uncommon and very much like a Rorschach test, at least to me (for statistical comparison, there were three such Sunday grids last year). I see a teddy bear today, flexing its muscles. The second thing I noted was the return of young Sophia Maymudes, whose extremely adorable debut last December is a must-do-next for whoever missed it (especially if you saw some cute creature hidden in this grid like I did. Hint.)
According to Will Shortz’s notes from the print magazine, Jeff Chen set up the interesting grid, Ms. Maymudes did the interesting fill, and both wrote clues collaborating over 100 or so emails. According to Ms. Maymudes’s notes below, they were on separate continents for this entire production. This seems like a book proposal for a 21st-centry epistolary tale, given the context of today’s puzzle.
There is a charming high-low mix of fill today that might have to do with the puzzle’s collaborative origins. I’d put POOP, TPS and NAPPY on one side, and ATRIA, DIJON and SERIF on the other, for a start. I didn’t know ROEG or NIETO and I got stuck at SILENT ES, ERRATA, SAGES, FLAT RATE and a few other spots.
For young children, both constructors did a good job pulling from all eras for their vernacular cluing — the one thing I saw that might nonplus was OWE, as Venmo giveth, and Venmo taketh away. On the other hand, GARP, GANGSTER and TITO, among others, drew from the last century.
5A: At some point I had all but the first letter here and popped in “oink” for this clue, “Squealer.” Sort of makes sense, in my opinion, but it totally ruined 5D and slowed me down considerably since I didn’t know Johnny OLSON, either, right beneath this clue. An “oinker” could be a squealer, but a jailhouse FINK definitely is.
57A: You’re doing this now, probably! This clue reminded me of someone I know talking about her small child staring out of a window of her apartment, bored, and repeatedly swiping left on the glass in pursuit of interesting new content. On a regular browser, when you “go through your window,” you’re liable to SCROLL a screen or so.
81A: If you had “opal” for ONYX at 67D this was tough; even after I got the “x” at the end, I first entered “gore tex,” maybe because it’s the middle of March and still 36 degrees here. Much like this puzzle, in mid-March a SPANDEX swimsuit is tight, am I right?
12D: This has to be one of the most famous songs from a seminal band from the late ’70s and 1980s, and as soon as I got a few crosses PUMP IT UP dawned on me, but those opening lyrics rang no bells, which made this a certifiably tricky clue as far as I’m concerned. Check out Elvis Costello’s feet and ankles in this video and do not try this at home, jeez. They are hypnotic.
34D: Maybe because of some of today’s theme subjects, I took “outgoing” in this clue to mean shuffling off this mortal coil, so this clue was completely mystifying. LOOPY refers to the big balloon letters that some people use, but in the era of typing and touch screens I find myself using this technique out of sheer clumsiness with a pen.
52D: A terrific pun clue, “Not go overboard,” for riding the waves without a prop, like someone who BODYSURFS. I liked the visuals of this entry and its neighbor to the right, WIND FARMS.
95D: I imagine this is a true stumper for a lot of us, although I had my eureka moment a while after I’d figured it out on the crosses. It’s also a surprising debut — “Tupac” has been in the puzzle many times but never by his full name or surname. Tupac SHAKUR, despite having been killed at the age of 25, had created so much content that his estate has indeed provided material for seven albums, so far, since his death.
Ms. Maymudes and Mr. Chen have mixed up our library today, swapping the dust jackets on biographies and other books, creating appropriate but quirky new titles for notable life stories. There are eight biographical subjects referred to in the clues, five across and three down, including the momentous (Willie Mays, Archimedes), the mysterious (Amelia Earhart) and the marble (Venus de Milo).
Let’s take Venus at 92A as a first example. Arguably one of the most famous sculptures in the world, on permanent display at the Louvre and instantly recognizable by what she doesn’t have, this tall Classical figure was originally discovered in 1820 on the Greek isle of Melos, in several pieces. Supposedly, her upper limbs were either never found, or deemed later fakes and left on the island when she was taken to France. So she bid adieu to more than her home — she embodies the spirit of Ernest Hemingway’s title, at least: A FAREWELL TO ARMS.
(As an aside, New Yorkers, there are three headless Venuses de Milo in Midtown, courtesy of Jim Dine. There may be more of these in other cities, and it’s always nice to notice street art.)
O.K., let’s do a character out of fiction: Ebenezer Scrooge from “A Christmas Carol” at 23A. Not a nice guy and the last mean old skinflint we’d associate with a destructive-but-lovable Labrador retriever. Lo and behold, though, the ghost behind the triple haunting of Scrooge that turns him, er, a bit more lovable is Scrooge’s business partner Jacob Marley. So perhaps it’d be more of an autobiography, if you follow me, but the answer here, vis a vis Scrooge, is MARLEY AND ME, the 2005 best-seller by John Grogan about a dog (who was named after Bob and not Jacob, unsurprisingly).
Are you still with me? We can do the one that I found hardest, 4D, modern hero Thomas Crapper of the plumbing Crappers (you can, today, purchase a toilet with the Thomas Crapper name proudly embossed on its tank). I knew this name and assumed that I’d seen it in the crossword, but it’s never appeared in our grids, in total or just by surname, so who knows. I definitely didn’t have a handle on the quirky biography title called for in this game, and figured it out tentatively on crosses — A GAME OF THRONES. Never watched the show but I’d somehow learned a few titles in the series of books that inspired it, by George R.R. Martin, and none of them was this — turns out the whole series goes by that title, which makes sense, like “The Chronicles of Narnia” or what have you. Perfectly fair.
The rest of the theme answers were more accessible to me, and really entertaining. One was kind of mordant (31A, Amelia Earhart); one was kind of highbrow (34A, Archimedes). I knew only the title for the Elvis pick at 110/112A, but that was enough, it’s famous enough that I probably should have read it at some point. 13D, Willie Mays, is a lifelong favorite, on the other hand, and a wonderful choice. Walt Disney, at 43/44D, might as well have a biography by that name sitting on a shelf somewhere, honestly.
Jeff and I connected after I sent him a crossword I’d written about our other mutual passion: bridge. When we decided to try co-constructing, I sent him this theme. It’s one I’d been kicking around since a friend and I came up with the 23-Across clue/answer pair while solving a different puzzle, but I’d never found a set of theme answers I liked for a 15x15. Jeff was the one who suggested making a Sunday puzzle, which I’d never even attempted to create before, but Jeff was great about helping me out when I got stuck, and I learned a lot.
Thanks so much to Jeff for working with me on this puzzle and pushing me to make the grid the best it could possibly be. Ironically, even though we live in the same Seattle neighborhood, we’ve yet to meet in person — I was studying abroad in Hungary during the entirety of this puzzle’s construction!
Great fun to help Sophia develop this idea. She’s in college now, so doesn’t have that much time for crossword construction. But after she graduates, I think she could rise all the way to the top, if she decides to put more time into it.
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【不】【知】【道】【为】【什】【么】，【苏】【阿】【姨】【这】【句】【友】【情】【提】【醒】【却】【触】【怒】【了】【尤】【雪】【霏】，【她】【似】【乎】【觉】【得】【眼】【前】【的】【苏】【阿】【姨】【很】【是】【多】【管】【闲】【事】，【于】【是】【很】【没】【好】【气】【的】【说】：“【好】【了】【好】【了】，【知】【道】，【知】【道】，【你】【忙】【你】【的】【去】【吧】！” 【很】【显】【然】，【尤】【雪】【霏】【是】【觉】【得】【这】【个】【护】【工】【在】【自】【己】【面】【前】【实】【在】【是】【太】【碍】【眼】【了】。【而】【现】【在】，【她】【尤】【雪】【霏】【也】【没】【有】【心】【情】【和】【这】【个】【老】【阿】【姨】【纠】【缠】。 【苏】【阿】【姨】【有】【些】【吃】【惊】，【不】【由】【后】【退】【了】
【端】【王】【府】【里】【面】【十】【分】【的】【静】【谧】，【苏】【念】【儿】【似】【乎】【慢】【慢】【习】【惯】【了】【这】【种】【冷】【清】。 【比】【起】【一】【开】【始】【来】【到】【这】【里】【的】【无】【所】【适】【从】，【现】【在】【她】【倒】【是】【有】【些】【明】【白】【了】【这】【里】【布】【置】【的】【用】【意】。【越】【是】【看】【似】【无】【欲】【无】【求】【之】【人】，【反】【而】【越】【是】【不】【简】【单】。 【皇】【上】【不】【喜】【欢】【铺】【张】【浪】【费】，【比】【起】【太】【子】【府】【的】【金】【碧】【辉】【煌】，【端】【王】【府】【恐】【怕】【才】【是】【他】【最】【中】【意】【的】【地】【方】。 【苏】【念】【儿】【抬】【头】【看】【了】【一】【眼】，【他】【正】【在】【棋】【局】【前】【苦】
【网】【友】【们】【的】【态】【度】【各】【异】，【置】【身】【其】【中】【的】【人】【反】【应】【也】【各】【不】【相】【同】。 【休】【息】【室】【里】，【白】【灵】【脸】【色】【惨】【白】【地】【瘫】【倒】，【然】【后】【猛】【地】【惊】【醒】【似】【地】，【慌】【张】【地】【四】【处】【摸】【手】【机】。 【摸】【到】【之】【后】，【拨】【通】【柳】【肃】【的】【电】【话】【一】【瞬】，【她】【仿】【佛】【抓】【住】【了】【最】【后】【一】【根】【救】【命】【稻】【草】，【双】【眼】【放】【光】【地】【喊】： “【柳】【总】！【救】【我】！【救】【我】！” 【妆】【容】【精】【致】【却】【形】【容】【狼】【狈】【的】【女】【子】【开】【始】【崩】【溃】【地】【大】【哭】：“【我】【求】【你】，
“【在】【的】，【你】【找】【老】【爷】【有】【事】【情】？【我】【去】【找】【他】。”【那】【个】【打】【扫】【卫】【生】【的】【阿】【姨】【在】【见】【到】【陆】【子】【墨】【之】【后】，【便】【赶】【紧】【对】【陆】【子】【墨】【说】【道】。 【生】【怕】【怠】【慢】【了】【陆】【子】【墨】。 “【好】，【那】【就】【麻】【烦】【了】。”【陆】【子】【墨】【见】【状】，【便】【对】【阿】【姨】【赶】【紧】【道】【谢】。 “【不】【麻】【烦】【不】【麻】【烦】【的】，【应】【该】【的】，【您】【稍】【等】【啊】。”【那】【个】【打】【扫】【卫】【生】【的】【阿】【姨】【说】【完】【之】【后】，【便】【赶】【紧】【去】【楼】【上】【找】【了】【顾】【怀】【斌】。 【陆】【子】【墨】【见】彩色高清跑狗图“【对】【了】，【顾】【少】【爷】【的】【亲】【戚】【中】【有】【没】【有】【一】【个】【姓】【叶】【的】【公】【子】？”【沈】【秋】【月】【忽】【然】【开】【口】【问】【道】，【上】【次】【忽】【然】【出】【现】【的】【那】【个】【叶】【公】【子】，【她】【到】【现】【在】【都】【没】【想】【明】【白】【他】【到】【底】【什】【么】【来】【历】，【所】【以】【她】【干】【脆】【从】【顾】【逸】【辰】【这】【里】【入】【手】，【看】【能】【不】【能】【问】【出】【个】【结】【果】【来】。 “【姓】【叶】【的】？”【顾】【逸】【辰】【想】【了】【一】【会】【后】【说】【道】，“【我】【的】【亲】【戚】【里】【没】【有】【姓】【叶】【的】，【你】【问】【这】【个】【干】【什】【么】？” “【我】【有】【个】【朋】【友】【在】
“【原】【来】【如】【此】，【利】【用】【冷】【热】【温】【差】【过】【大】【么】……” 【牧】【修】【文】【看】【着】【这】【一】【幕】，【瞬】【间】【明】【白】【了】【冉】【秋】【灵】【的】【意】【图】。 “【可】【是】【这】【样】【也】【有】【一】【个】【问】【题】。”【修】【千】【刃】【此】【时】【也】【来】【到】【了】【这】【里】，【他】【抬】【头】【看】【着】【天】【空】【上】【不】【断】【划】【破】【天】【际】【的】【火】【团】，【说】【道】。 “【是】【啊】，【有】【个】【严】【重】【的】【问】【题】，【冉】【秋】【灵】【不】【可】【能】【不】【知】【道】。”【牧】【修】【文】【眯】【着】【眼】【睛】【喃】【喃】【开】【口】。 … “【可】【恶】，【竟】【然】
【此】【话】【一】【出】，【几】【个】【长】【老】【脸】【色】【一】【变】。 【若】【是】【真】【的】，【那】【比】【在】【外】【布】【置】【的】【装】【置】【更】【危】【险】，【他】【还】【有】【可】【能】【在】【山】【谷】【内】【部】【设】【了】【局】！ 【若】【是】【他】【们】【直】【接】【把】【这】【消】【失】【给】【放】【了】【出】【去】，【邯】【山】【就】【一】【定】【会】【变】【了】【计】【划】，【或】【者】【是】【寻】【找】【另】【一】【个】【方】【法】。 【如】【果】【他】【们】【在】【山】【谷】【内】【有】【内】【应】，【那】【他】【们】【的】【人】【偷】【偷】【溜】【进】【去】，【也】【不】【会】【让】【人】【察】【觉】【到】【什】【么】。 【这】【一】【下】【子】，【众】【人】【纷】【纷】【陷】【入】
【达】【姬】【茫】【然】【无】【措】【地】【站】【在】【街】【边】，【看】【着】【偶】【尔】【走】【过】【的】【行】【人】，【一】【身】【绛】【红】【色】【的】【粗】【布】【短】【袄】、【藏】【青】【色】【的】【麻】【布】【长】【裙】【也】【无】【损】【她】【半】【点】【容】【光】【和】【妙】【曼】【至】【极】【的】【身】【姿】。 【这】【是】【哪】【里】【呀】？【她】【又】【是】【谁】？【怎】【么】【会】【出】【现】【在】【这】【里】？【全】【然】【陌】【生】【的】【街】【道】，【全】【然】【陌】【生】【的】【面】【孔】，【她】【该】【何】【去】【何】【从】【呀】？【她】【甚】【至】【连】【自】【己】【长】【什】【么】【样】【都】【不】【知】【道】。 【看】【到】【一】【家】【还】【关】【着】【门】【的】【店】【铺】【门】【口】【有】【个】【水】