FRIDAY PUZZLE — Welcome to another First Pass Friday, where I show you the beginnings of my own solve for the express purpose of making you feel better about yourself.
The point of First Pass Friday is to show you how little a supposed “expert” gets on the first pass through the clues (or how much, if you are a “glass half full” kind of person). I won’t solve the whole thing here, but I will get you started, and I did eventually finish the puzzle.
My hope is that this will help take the pressure off you as a solver to be “perfect” — or even to find it easy at first. It’s not meant to be easy. If, as a beginner, you can get even a few entries in a Friday New York Times puzzle, you’re doing really well.
With practice, you can solve. Really.
The first thing I did was violate my own solving rule, which involves scanning the clue list for “gimmes” — things you definitely know — before writing any entries in. I started at 1A in this very crunchy puzzle by David Steinberg, and the crossword gods punished me for it. I got the answer wrong.
I had no idea “What cotton pickers pick.” After struggling for an embarrassing amount of time, I had to reveal the word, which happened to be PODS (the fluffy inside is called the “boll”).
So, to recap, I missed the very first entry out of the gate and had to reveal the answer.
I am a big believer in messages from the universe, and I got that one loud and clear. I decided to go back to my usual method and hunt down my gimmes. A few of them are in the grid below.
So what if my gimmes tend to be about food? DEVILED eggs and SUSHI RICE (part of a beautiful central stack by Mr. Steinberg) are delicious. And this is my puzzle; I get to solve it my way, and so should you. Solve it your way, I mean.
Note that the answer to “President until 2011” at 11D is MUBARAK. Nothing in the clue says the answer has to be an American president. But we Americans tend to assume that, don’t we? That’s Friday for you.
Now I had the P at the beginning and the I at the end for 1D. It’s a hybrid sport, the clue says, and I’m betting that the last three letters are S-K-I.
A few more seconds and the word PARASKI comes to me. Some days it hits me all at once, some days it needs time to trickle through. Neither one is bad or wrong. Set your judgment about yourself aside.
I fill in 2- and 4D, and that’s a good portion of the northwest. But what’s that SILE- entry at 23A? “Miscellaneous part?” We’ve seen these before. We’re prepared. We’re looking for a part of the word “miscellaneous,” but what part? DOUBLE L doesn’t fit. With the first part filled in, the only answer that will make sense is that fourth letter, the SILENT C. Tricky, but gettable, right?
You will not believe how I struggled with 27A, “Source of rules for keeping kosher.” Did you struggle with it too? Before I had the second A in MUBARAK, I wanted the answer to be HALACHA, and I didn’t even know if that was a noun like the clue. Then I thought it was something having to do with the Talmud, but by then I had tentatively written in “LAW” at the end, and TALMUD LAW made no sense. At that point, I realized the end of the first word had to be “-IC,” and I backed my way into MOSAIC LAW, which is the law as told to Moses by God in the Old Testament.
VERA WANG came pretty easily, which taught me that the word “flannel” is derived from WELSH. I love learning something new from my puzzle.
The reward for sticking with the solve is that we get to encounter a lot of fresh entries from Mr. Steinberg. Not only that, but we get to conquer an enjoyable feat of cruciverbalism that puts us in a good mood for the weekend.
Did I solve it in five minutes, as the speed solvers do? No. I’m not a speed solver anyway. I like to enjoy my puzzle.
Were mistakes made? Of course. We are solvers, not mind readers. Think about your favorite mystery book. Does the detective solve the case on the first shot? Very rarely, or it would be a very short book. Even the best detectives and crime solvers sometimes have to go back to the drawing board, and crossword puzzle solving is no different.
So give yourself a break. But keep on solving.
This puzzle started with DISS TRACK, an entry that seemed especially promising for a stagger-stack of 9s, given its central run of easy letters (SSTRA). As for the rest of the grid, I LUCKED OUT sums it up nicely.
My favorite clue/answer pair is “What a whole lot of kisses might result in” for SUGAR RUSH. You can also thank Will and Joel for the extra help on the SUSHI RICE clue — my original was simply “Stuff in a roll.”
I hope you enjoy!
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白小姐ab旗袍彩图2O17【这】【一】【天】【对】【墨】【玖】【他】【们】【来】【说】【是】【十】【分】【难】【熬】【的】，【但】【对】【君】【喻】【来】【说】【却】【过】【的】【很】【快】，【当】【一】【个】【人】【全】【身】【心】【地】【投】【入】【某】【件】【事】【中】【的】【时】【候】，【时】【间】【是】【过】【的】【很】【快】【的】。 【这】【一】【天】，【也】【就】【是】【君】【喻】【所】【过】【的】【一】【个】【月】，【到】【了】【傍】【晚】【的】【时】【候】，【墨】【玖】【他】【们】【仍】【旧】【没】【有】【见】【到】【君】【喻】【出】【来】，【就】【连】【一】【直】【表】【现】【的】【云】【淡】【风】【轻】【鬼】【医】【也】【开】【始】【微】【微】【皱】【起】【了】【眉】【头】。 【墨】【玖】【和】【墨】【川】【并】【不】【懂】【鬼】【医】【传】【承】【的】【规】
“【阿】【蛮】！【阿】【蛮】！【你】【这】【丫】【头】【怎】【的】【来】【了】【第】【一】【天】【就】【给】【我】【睡】【懒】【觉】？！【赶】【紧】【给】【我】【起】【来】【倒】【豆】【渣】！” 【胖】【大】【婶】【大】【嗓】【门】【从】【院】【子】【外】【传】【来】，【震】【得】【破】【旧】【的】【房】【檐】【都】【抖】【落】【了】【一】【层】【灰】，【更】【别】【提】【一】【夜】【都】【没】【睡】【好】【的】【零】【了】。 【零】【迷】【迷】【糊】【糊】【睁】【开】【眼】【朝】【外】【头】【瞥】【了】【一】【眼】，【明】【明】【还】【乌】【漆】【漆】【一】【片】【就】【要】【起】【来】【干】【活】，【让】【不】【让】【人】【活】【了】。 【奈】【何】【寄】【人】【篱】【下】，【再】【加】【上】【胖】【大】【婶】【的】【大】
【三】【百】【多】【天】【过】【去】，【这】【颗】【冰】【冷】【的】【星】【球】【终】【于】【逐】【渐】【温】【暖】【起】【来】，【新】【兵】【们】【在】【一】【层】【层】【打】【磨】【中】【褪】【去】【稚】【嫩】【与】【懵】【懂】，【即】【使】【现】【在】【走】【上】【战】【场】，【也】【不】【会】【表】【现】【的】【太】【差】【劲】。 【当】【然】，【上】【战】【场】【是】【不】【可】【能】【上】【战】【场】【的】，【身】【体】【素】【质】【只】【是】【基】【础】，【真】【正】【大】【件】【装】【备】【的】【课】【程】【还】【没】【有】【展】【开】，【例】【如】【动】【力】【装】【甲】【或】【是】【战】【车】【战】【机】，【他】【们】【还】【要】【花】【费】【相】【当】【的】【时】【间】【去】【学】【习】。 【并】【非】【先】【前】【穿】【衣】
【李】【正】【夫】【的】【思】【绪】【随】【着】【缓】【缓】【从】【车】【库】【里】【面】【开】【出】【来】【的】【小】【货】【车】【日】【停】【止】。 【今】【天】【他】【还】【要】【去】【永】【宁】【县】【办】【几】【件】【事】，【回】【来】【的】【时】【候】【还】【要】【去】【红】【泥】【镇】【接】【买】【酒】【席】【用】【品】【的】【外】【公】，【所】【以】【就】【开】【了】【一】【个】【小】【货】【车】。 【今】【天】【去】【永】【宁】【县】【首】【要】【的】【事】【情】【就】【是】【昨】【天】【县】【高】【官】【王】【勇】【让】【李】【正】【夫】【今】【天】【去】【找】【他】，【有】【事】【要】【商】【量】。 【至】【于】【第】【二】【件】【事】【情】【就】【是】【米】【果】【超】【市】【的】【招】【聘】【工】【作】，【现】【在】【各】【个】
【眼】【见】【煮】【熟】【的】【鸭】【子】，【都】【到】【嘴】【边】【了】，【就】【给】【人】【抢】【走】【了】，【这】【让】【绿】【袍】【老】【祖】【怎】【能】【不】【暴】【怒】？ 【绿】【袍】【老】【祖】【狂】【怒】【之】【下】【一】【声】【厉】【吼】，【九】【疑】【鼎】【内】【的】【焦】【杰】【不】【禁】【嘴】【角】【溢】【出】【一】【丝】【鲜】【血】。 【焦】【杰】【心】【中】【骇】【然】，【这】【绿】【袍】【到】【底】【有】【多】【强】【大】？【即】【便】【是】【九】【疑】【鼎】【也】【无】【法】【隔】【绝】【绿】【袍】【的】【攻】【击】。 【如】【果】【只】【有】【焦】【杰】，【焦】【杰】【是】【断】【然】【不】【敢】【将】【自】【己】【暴】【露】【在】【绿】【袍】【眼】【皮】【子】【底】【下】【的】，【就】【算】【九】【疑】白小姐ab旗袍彩图2O17【中】【国】【教】【育】【报】【讯】（【记】【者】 【魏】【海】【政】 【通】【讯】【员】 【焦】【玉】【栋】）【近】【日】，【山】【东】【省】【教】【育】【厅】【公】【开】【发】【布】【了】《【山】【东】【省】【教】【育】【信】【息】【化】2.0【行】【动】【计】【划】（2019—2022）》，【推】【出】【智】【慧】【教】【育】【引】【领】【行】【动】【等】【八】【大】【行】【动】【计】【划】，【并】【与】【科】【大】【讯】【飞】、【浪】【潮】【集】【团】【签】【署】【战】【略】【合】【作】【协】【议】，【积】【极】【构】【建】【与】【教】【育】【现】【代】【化】【相】【适】【应】【的】【教】【育】【信】【息】【化】【体】【系】，【促】【进】【因】【材】【施】【教】。
“【针】【对】【异】【能】【者】【的】？【你】【能】【确】【定】？”【李】【老】【爷】【子】【重】【点】【关】【心】【的】【是】【这】，【至】【于】【后】【面】【的】【内】【容】，【他】【相】【信】【七】【夜】【相】【信】【的】【人】。 【用】【人】【不】【疑】，【疑】【人】【不】【用】！ 【呃】。。 【反】【正】【差】【不】【多】【是】【这】【么】【个】【意】【思】【吧】。 “【是】，【这】【点】【可】【以】【确】【定】，【我】【还】【碰】【到】【几】【只】【怪】【物】，【应】【该】【都】【是】【他】【们】【用】【异】【能】【者】【和】【动】【物】【一】【起】【实】【验】【出】【来】【的】【东】【西】，【并】【不】【是】【很】【成】【功】，【算】【是】【半】【成】【品】。【还】【有】【很】
【调】【班】【了】，【很】【惨】。【没】【想】【到】，【结】【果】【没】【有】【存】【稿】。【今】【天】【看】【看】【能】【不】【能】【赶】【上】，【尽】【快】【存】【点】【稿】【出】【来】。 【对】【不】【起】【大】【家】【了】。 【以】【上】。 【于】2019【年】9【月】18【日】。