CRYPTIC CROSSWORD — We’ve had a nice variety of cryptic “setters,” or constructors, the last several puzzles. Fraser Simpson is an expert, and today’s grid is very tight and pretty challenging. If you’re new to cryptics, there is a guide that Deb Amlen has recommended in the past, and you can also follow along with us here to get a hand with specific clues.
To start with, there are still some anagrams to cling to; I use these clues as toeholds to make headway in all manner of variety puzzles. They’re usually a lot more difficult and substantial than those in a Puns and Anagrams — today, for example, we have ENTRY VISA, GRUMBLES AT, SCORE A GOAL and SENATE SEAT.
There are also a couple of entries in the “Panda” mode where the answer is hiding in plain sight in the clue (a composer, and what you do in a coup). And there’s a handful of entries, mostly shorter than seven letters, that I think you will be able to figure out once your mind is warped by these clue explanations. If you’re stumped by one that I left out, put it in the comments.
I think there’s a life lesson in cryptic puzzles about not being intimidated when something looks complicated. Shy of medical procedures (I’m not a doctor!) there’s a lot to be said for stifling that initial freak-out and breaking things down into their components.
A good example is right off the bat, 1-Across, which has both a long clue and a long entry, 12 letters. The first component is the definition: “Not up to par.” The rest of the clue can be broken up too: “truant soldier” retreats into “drink” — realize, that middle bit very much implies something running backward inside something else. While it’s tempting to think that “truant” might imply an anagram or some missing letter, it’s actually part of the definition of AWOL, a soldier who’s absent without leave; run that backward inside a word for “drink” and you will get BELOW AVERAGE.
9A: Right below it, another seeming stumper that can be parsed. As long as you know a “Spanish gent” is a SEÑOR and you’re trying for a word for “Summon,” then if you think of “boxing” as surrounding and “outside Düsseldorf” as the outside letters D and F, then you can figure out SEND FOR.
12A: Clue of the day, air horn! Who remembers Reverend Spooner saying, “May I sew you to another sheet?” I knew to keep my ear open for switched letters (even though this entry was one word) but was stymied by the rest of this clue, “rabbit intuitions.” I thought of harebrained — brer hained? Nonsense. After some crosses I put together HONEY — honey bunny? No — HONEYBUNCH (or, via the good reverend, a “bunny hunch”).
19A: A modern entry in a cryptic, why not? If you run PUTS (for “places”) backward around ART you get a “risky venture” indeed — a START-UP (although I just read an encouraging article that reignited my dream of selling miniature terraria for deskbound people).
25A: This wasn’t thorny if you thought of the right synonyms and understood that “rubber” could be a job description. A pile is a MASS, heading to EURope — your rubber is a MASSEUR.
27A: This might have been my second favorite clue of the day because of the funny meta-reference to “church.” In this case the definition you need to oblige is at the end, the “racing event”; “expensive” is STEEP, “rental document” or LEASE covers CH (from “church”) to get STEEPLECHASE. Get it? A church has a steeple?
1D: A smidgen of crosswordese here. If you know BUSS for “kiss” then it’s easy; that plus SPA gets you the mundane, a BUS PASS.
2D: A little bit of geographical knowledge will help greatly here. I thought “Big Ferris wheel” first, and my mind picked through the jumble of “completed” (DONE) + “Lyon, broken” (LON __ __ __ __ Y) + “by end of June” (E) to get LONDON EYE. I haven’t been to London since it was built but I think I have the nerve to try it next time.
3D: O.K., this was a tough small one. That “cafe offering,” a noun, is what you get if you put a term for a “short spouse,” or WIF (“wife” shortened) next to the “first of items” or I — WIFI.
4D: Think of the abbreviations for Virginia and Republican next to IOUS to get “different sorts” — VARIOUS.
18D: This one, I freely admit, I had to look up. It’s a region in Portugal called ALGARVE, which is “seaweed” (ALGAE) around “camper” (RV). If I’d ever heard the name I might have thought of it but I haven’t been lucky enough to explore Portugal yet, let alone this area — it sounds fab.
20D: “Chum, skipping university,” implies the letters CHM (excising the “U” in the collegial sense of the letter). Since we know that this answer is two words of five and two letters, there’s almost certainly a space between the CH and the M. Those three letters, sitting in a tree? Try wrapping a PINE around them and you’ll get PINCH ME — “Am I just dreaming this?”
What did you think?B:
管家婆软件官方网站【扬】【天】【深】【吸】【了】【口】【气】，【抛】【去】【心】【中】【所】【有】【想】【法】，【双】【目】【中】【变】【得】【冷】【静】【专】【注】【起】【来】，【丝】【毫】【看】【不】【出】【其】【他】【东】【西】【出】【来】。 【按】【照】【小】【猪】【的】【方】【法】，【扬】【天】【是】【第】【一】【次】【尝】【试】，【他】【不】【知】【道】【体】【内】【黑】【洞】【是】【否】【能】【成】【功】【牵】【引】【毒】【素】，【毕】【竟】【他】【心】【里】【也】【没】【底】。 【双】【手】【掌】【心】【落】【在】【了】【苏】【柔】【上】，【扬】【天】【明】【显】【的】【感】【觉】【到】【苏】【柔】【身】【体】【在】【刚】【刚】【强】【烈】【的】【颤】【抖】【了】【一】【下】，【如】【电】【流】【划】【过】【一】【般】。 【掌】【心】【中】
【对】【面】【酒】【楼】【之】【中】【的】【张】【千】【陡】【然】【对】【着】【楚】【懿】【冷】【哼】【一】【声】：“【你】【怎】【么】【可】【以】【对】【我】【这】【表】【妹】【无】【理】，【知】【道】【她】【是】【什】【么】【人】【么】？【她】【说】【轩】【辕】【昊】【死】【了】，【便】【是】【死】【了】，【若】【非】【看】【你】【还】【有】【几】【分】【姿】【色】【的】【份】【上】，【我】【会】【这】【么】【帮】【你】？” 【张】【千】【目】【光】【闪】【烁】【冷】【意】，【这】【楚】【懿】【敢】【顶】【撞】【萧】【莲】，【简】【直】【就】【是】【太】【放】【肆】【了】。 “【张】【千】，【她】【就】【赏】【给】【你】【了】！”【萧】【莲】【美】【眸】【平】【静】，【宛】【若】【在】【说】【一】【件】【很】【平】【常】
【爸】【爸】【的】【罪】【名】【是】【真】【实】【的】，【没】【有】【人】【陷】【害】【他】，【我】【以】【为】【的】【那】【些】【坏】【人】【只】【是】【一】【双】【双】【揭】【开】【真】【相】【的】【手】【罢】【了】。 【我】【知】【道】【爸】【爸】【是】【一】【个】【事】【业】【为】【重】【的】【人】，【不】【管】【他】【再】【不】【择】【手】【段】【也】【还】【是】【有】【自】【己】【的】【原】【则】【和】【底】【线】【的】，【也】【还】【算】【得】【上】【是】【一】【个】【正】【人】【君】【子】，【我】【怎】【么】【也】【不】【敢】【相】【信】【他】【会】【做】【出】【那】【种】【违】【法】【的】【事】【情】。 【他】【出】【狱】【那】【天】，【我】【没】【去】，【肖】【杨】【劝】【我】【说】，【事】【情】【都】【已】【经】【过】【去】【了】
“【造】【物】【之】【主】？” 【帆】【楼】【有】【些】【疑】【惑】，【在】【她】【的】【眼】【中】，【能】【够】【创】【造】【沾】【上】【边】【的】，【只】【有】【她】【最】【为】【敬】【仰】【的】【创】【造】【者】。 【图】【罗】【特】【继】【续】【道】：“【位】【于】【时】【空】【维】【度】【的】【造】【物】【之】【主】【余】【欢】，【创】【造】【了】【这】【个】【游】【戏】【空】【间】，【并】【且】【也】【创】【造】【了】【我】【们】。” “【在】【游】【戏】【开】【始】【之】【前】，【我】【们】【就】【已】【经】【得】【知】【了】【要】【与】【你】【们】【对】【决】【的】【消】【息】，【同】【时】，【造】【物】【之】【主】【也】【把】【你】【信】【息】【告】【诉】【我】。” “【说】
“【你】【这】【是】【在】【威】【胁】【本】【皇】【的】【人】【吗】？”【不】【知】【什】【么】【时】【候】【立】【在】【房】【门】【外】【的】【帝】【君】，【眼】【神】【戏】【谑】【的】【看】【着】【阴】【沉】【着】【脸】【的】【夏】【南】【柯】。 【面】【对】【突】【然】【出】【现】【的】【帝】【君】，【夏】【南】【柯】【心】【中】【的】【冷】【意】【更】【加】【冷】【了】【几】【分】，【较】【比】【之】【前】【的】【冰】【冷】【多】【了】【一】【丝】【淡】【漠】【的】【气】【息】，【这】【种】【感】【觉】【仿】【佛】【只】【是】【针】【对】【他】。 【想】【到】【此】，【帝】【君】【眉】【头】【微】【皱】，【不】【知】【道】【为】【什】【么】【面】【前】【的】【女】【人】【会】【如】【此】【的】【排】【斥】【于】【他】，【他】【自】【认】管家婆软件官方网站【将】【圆】【未】【圆】【的】【明】【月】，【渐】【渐】【升】【到】【群】【星】【闪】【耀】【的】【高】【空】。【令】【人】【如】【痴】【如】【醉】【的】【景】【色】【称】【得】【上】【是】“【醉】【后】【不】【知】【天】【在】【水】，【满】【船】【清】【梦】【压】【星】【河】“。 【提】【到】【星】【河】，【就】【不】【得】【不】【说】【我】【曾】【经】【在】【七】【月】【初】【七】【的】【时】【候】【梦】【到】【自】【己】【化】【身】【为】【喜】【鹊】，【展】【翅】【高】【飞】【地】【去】【星】【河】【上】【搭】【桥】，【然】【后】【碰】【上】【了】【牛】【郎】【和】【织】【女】【在】【上】【面】【桥】【震】。 【清】【风】【拂】【过】，【凉】【爽】【的】【夏】【季】【海】【风】【沁】【人】【心】【脾】。【不】【过】【今】【晚】【海】【边】
“【没】【错】，【线】【人】。”【罗】【默】【双】【手】【环】【抱】，【神】【气】【的】【笑】【道】：“【帮】【我】【监】【控】【夷】【城】【周】【边】【这】【些】【民】【间】【超】【凡】【者】【的】【圈】【子】，【若】【发】【现】【任】【何】【异】【常】【及】【时】【向】【我】【汇】【报】，【另】【外】，【重】【点】【盯】【住】【你】【口】【中】【所】【谓】【的】【会】【长】，【尽】【量】【想】【办】【法】【多】【了】【解】【他】【的】【情】【况】。” 【徐】【立】【柱】【脸】【色】【发】【白】，【线】【人】……【很】【危】【险】【的】，【电】【影】【中】【线】【人】【的】【下】【场】【一】【般】【都】【不】【怎】【么】【好】…… “【阿】sir，【还】【有】【没】【有】【别】【的】【选】【择】
【回】【到】【宗】【门】【后】，【君】【常】【笑】【第】【一】【件】【事】【就】【是】【命】【令】【李】【青】【阳】【勘】【察】【地】【形】，【找】【个】【最】【佳】【地】【点】【将】【真】【石】【之】【母】【先】【安】【置】【下】【来】。 【百】【亿】【真】【石】【虽】【然】【不】【错】，【但】【这】【玩】【意】【价】【值】【更】【大】，【因】【为】【可】【以】【鸡】【生】【蛋】，【蛋】【生】【鸡】，【源】【源】【不】【绝】【获】【得】【资】【源】，【放】【在】【各】【大】【宗】【门】，【绝】【对】【被】【视】【为】【无】【价】【之】【宝】！ 【没】【多】【久】。 【李】【青】【阳】【找】【了】【一】【个】【不】【错】【的】【地】【方】。 【别】【看】【万】【古】【宗】【规】【模】【虽】【然】【和】【下】【界】【时】【没】