WEDNESDAY PUZZLE — That Trenton Charlson. On and on he goes, until you feel like he could fill up an entire grid by talking about himself.
But he wouldn’t do that, would he?
18A: A “Pupil’s place” is in school for sure, but in this puzzle the pupil we are supposed to be thinking of is the one in your eye, so the answer is IRIS.
20A: We think of “Face cards” as the jack, queen and king in a deck of playing cards, but how can they be referred to “informally,” as it says in the clue? In this case, they’re not playing cards at all. They are cards that show your face, as in identification cards, or IDS.
53A: Hi, kids! In the days before women worked in offices (I know, hard to believe, right?), snail mail used formal terms of address, like “Dear SIRS” or “SIRS” because everyone knew there was little to no chance that there would be any “Madams” around. Eventually, these same formal letters would be addressed to “Dear Sir or Madam,” and these days, hardly anyone addresses anyone else for any reason, except to tweet at each other very informally.
1D: I knew we were supposed to be thinking of a way of breathing rather than taking a break in the clue “Breathers?” But NOSTRILS didn’t fit. The answer turned out to be GILLS.
24D: “Possibilities” is IFS, as in “What if?”
39D: This was a fun one to figure out and a sneaky way to get me to enjoy having a Roman numeral in my puzzle. I had the central “I” in the answer to “Verb that's also a Roman numeral,” so I knew the last letter had to be “X,” leaving the first letter to be “M,” or MIX (the Roman numeral for 1,009.)
46D: This was a really clever one. A BRIG is a prison at sea, and “cooler” is a slang term for prison. So, “Water cooler?” would be a BRIG.
49D: I have to say that I did not believe this when I solved it, but it’s true. In 2011, Toyota announced that the official plural for their Prius make was PRII. I’m pretty sure it was a prank.
You might have taken a few guesses as to what today’s theme might be, but I’ll bet you were wrong until the very end, as I was.
At first, I thought that the theme was an odd assortment of words ending in -ING, which, on its own, isn’t much of a theme at all. Then, I thought I saw some commonalities between some of the -ING entries, and that maybe the theme was about changed letters, as in the crossing SLING and CLING. But there would typically be a revealer for that, and there was no such revealer.
Take a closer look at your finished grid. Is anything missing? How about the vowels “A,” “E,” “O,” “U” and even “Y?”
That’s right. Mr. Charlson has created a grid where the only vowel used is the letter “I” (the clues are intact). It’s a pretty common vowel, so that’s not the hardest thing to do, but it’s not that easy, either. Vowels are the mortar of a regular grid. Limiting yourself to one vowel out of six really constrains the fill, and while it does here, it’s not that bad. All the abbreviations made me wonder what was going on before I figured out the schtick, but it was cool to see all the I’s emerge.
When I first started solving the New York Times Crossword, I was fascinated by some of the stunt puzzles. I remember being amazed by the puzzles with no vowels except for ‘A’, E’ or ‘O,’ and making a mental note to my aspiring constructor self that ‘I’ was still on the table. It turns out that this probably should have been a warning sign — that and the fact that any Scrabble player can attest to the abject horrors of a rack laden with I’s.
Still, I was undeterred — until I tried grid layout after grid layout with no luck. Most of them wouldn’t fill at all, let alone even remotely well. I began to accept that my odyssey was doomed to failure and set the puzzle aside. A few months later, I had the idea of using a grid layout similar to the one you see today. Though finding a suitable grid was half the battle, there was still the other half left to go. The process required much trial and error, and dupes seemed determined to do me in. Eventually, though, I managed to emerge (mostly) unscathed.
Overall, I’m really proud of how this puzzle turned out. There are a few more abbreviations than I would normally use, but I much prefer them to egregious obscurities, and feel they are more than offset by the good stuff here. In addition to longer fill like ‘TIGHT-KNIT,’ ‘MINISKI’ and ‘BRING IT,’ I’m glad I was able to include the cross-referenced ‘WII’/ ‘FIT’ and ‘GIN / SLING.’
I also really like the vibe of the cluing here and am pleased that most of my clues survived. I’m rather partial to those for 20-Across, 43-Across, 44-Across and 47-Down, as well as the clue echo between 45-Across and 51-Across. I also included the clue for 39-Down to showcase the fact that I somehow managed to avoid having to use any random Roman numerals (but, for some reason, still felt compelled to reference one in the clues).
This puzzle has a special place in my heart, and I hope that it appeals to those of you who delight in this sort of thing, as I do. Happy solving!
(And by the way, for anyone who can’t get enough of univocalic wordplay, Christian Bok’s ‘Eunoia' is an excellent read.)
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跑狗2017第014期开奖结果【没】【有】【想】【象】【中】【那】【样】【花】【里】【胡】【哨】【的】【重】【逢】。 【只】【是】【她】【在】【想】【老】【凤】【凰】【的】【同】【时】，【对】【方】【也】【在】【想】【她】【而】【已】。 【陆】【零】【尔】【不】【满】【足】【于】【凤】【书】【泯】【只】【是】【牵】【着】【她】【的】【手】，【她】【两】【只】【手】【抱】【紧】【老】【凤】【凰】【的】，【老】【凤】【凰】【走】【到】【哪】【儿】，【她】【就】【跟】【到】【哪】【儿】，【恨】【不】【得】【挂】【在】【老】【凤】【凰】【的】【手】【臂】【上】。 【庞】【迷】【走】【出】【来】，【看】【见】【凤】【君】【的】【手】【上】【挂】【着】【一】【个】【人】【儿】，【还】【觉】【得】【新】【奇】【得】【很】。 【因】【为】【他】【的】【长】【相】【与】【庞】
【背】【着】【一】【个】【大】【活】【人】，【斩】【锋】【的】【速】【度】【居】【然】【没】【有】【减】【慢】【的】【迹】【象】，【速】【度】【反】【而】【有】【所】【加】【快】。 【作】【为】【华】【国】【兵】【王】【中】【的】【代】【表】【人】【物】，【斩】【锋】【的】【负】【重】【一】【直】【极】【高】，【此】【时】【知】【道】【要】【去】【寻】【找】【代】【步】【工】【具】【的】【他】，【决】【定】【消】【耗】【一】【定】【的】【体】【力】【进】【行】【加】【速】，【才】【是】【最】【为】【明】【智】【的】【选】【择】。 【杜】【小】【笙】【暗】【暗】【点】【头】，【作】【为】【跟】【他】【一】【个】【级】【别】【的】【高】【手】，【如】【果】【斩】【锋】【连】【这】【点】【负】【重】【能】【力】【都】【没】【有】【的】【话】，【他】【反】
【说】【时】【迟】【那】【时】【快】，【只】【见】【得】【那】【个】【白】【色】【舞】【衣】【的】【身】【影】【已】【经】【到】【了】【燕】【皇】【面】【前】。 【德】【妃】【和】【淑】【妃】【都】【被】【这】【一】【惊】【变】【吓】【得】【愣】【住】【了】，【两】【人】【都】【坐】【在】【原】【位】【惊】【呼】【出】【声】，【但】【是】【见】【女】【刺】【客】【武】【艺】【高】【强】，【都】【不】【敢】【挪】【动】【脚】【步】【上】【前】【护】【驾】，【因】【为】【这】【等】【于】【自】【寻】【死】【路】。 【幸】【好】【燕】【皇】【当】【年】【也】【是】【征】【战】【沙】【场】【的】【良】【兵】【勇】【将】，【不】【是】【什】【么】【手】【无】【缚】【鸡】【之】【力】【的】【文】【弱】【人】。 【当】【即】【将】【手】【边】【一】【个】【赤】
“【行】【啊】，【我】【确】【实】【也】【饿】【了】。”【余】【耀】【起】【身】，“【那】【走】【吧】，【去】【哪】【儿】？” “【请】【你】【吃】【大】【肘】【子】【吧】？” “【这】【么】【油】【腻】？” “【中】【午】【嘛】，【得】【吃】【得】【扎】【实】【点】【儿】。【现】【在】【大】【肘】【子】【可】【是】【好】【东】【西】，【肉】【价】【都】【涨】【成】【什】【么】【样】【儿】【了】？【而】【且】【他】【们】【家】【的】【冰】【糖】【肘】【子】，【不】【腻】！” “【我】【还】【真】【不】【知】【道】【肉】【价】【涨】【得】【厉】【害】。【行】，【听】【你】【的】。” “【你】【只】【知】【道】【古】【玩】【什】【么】【行】【情】，
【当】【他】【们】【看】【到】【楚】【轻】【瓷】【上】【楼】【去】【找】【狗】【哥】，【出】【现】【在】【大】【家】【视】【野】【中】【的】【却】【是】【林】【轻】【白】【的】【时】【候】，【整】【个】【屏】【幕】【都】【是】？【和】！【的】，【觉】【得】【这】【个】【事】【情】【就】【很】【微】【妙】【了】。 【可】【是】，【林】【轻】【白】【都】【自】【己】【承】【认】【了】，【宁】【瑶】【才】【是】【他】【的】【女】【朋】【友】，【所】【以】【到】【底】【是】【怎】【么】【回】【事】【呢】？ 【下】【一】【秒】【剧】【情】【就】【反】【转】【了】，【果】【然】【只】【是】【乌】【龙】。 【原】【来】【是】【林】【轻】【白】【晚】【上】【应】【酬】【喝】【多】【了】，【住】【在】【这】【里】，【还】【是】【狗】【哥】【去】跑狗2017第014期开奖结果【我】【立】【即】【起】【身】，【将】【藏】【于】【袖】【中】【的】【天】【机】【图】【取】【出】【递】【给】【魔】【君】，【说】【道】，“【魔】【君】，【阿】【束】【这】【是】【上】【当】【了】，【此】【事】【因】【我】【而】【起】，【我】【要】【去】【一】【趟】【地】【府】。【这】【是】【我】【从】【碧】【霞】【元】【君】【府】【邸】【之】【中】【拿】【回】【来】【的】【天】【机】【图】，【你】【先】【用】【着】。” “【先】【不】【要】【急】。” 【魔】【君】【说】【着】，【接】【过】【我】【给】【他】【递】【过】【去】【的】【天】【机】【图】，【细】【细】【看】【验】【了】【一】【番】【说】【道】，“【天】【机】【图】【是】【真】【的】。” 【自】【然】【是】【真】【的】，【樱】【宁】【亲】
【你】【不】【知】【道】【的】【时】【候】，【他】【却】【把】【这】【些】【事】【情】【记】【在】【了】【心】【里】。 【你】【无】【意】【中】【一】【个】【眷】【顾】【的】【眼】【神】，【也】【被】【足】【够】【细】【心】【的】【人】【捕】【捉】【到】。 【原】【本】【不】【知】【道】【的】【时】【候】【没】【有】【什】【么】，【等】【到】【后】【来】【感】【知】【到】【的】【时】【候】，【才】【晓】【得】。 【原】【来】，【自】【己】【记】【忆】【中】【模】【糊】【的】【细】【节】，【是】【被】【另】【一】【个】【人】，【铭】【记】【着】【的】。 【在】【你】【不】【知】【道】【的】【时】【候】，【他】【其】【实】【做】【了】【很】【多】【东】【西】，【只】【是】，【你】【不】【知】【道】【罢】【了】。
“【我】【下】【周】【要】【出】【差】，【你】【在】【家】【好】【好】【照】【顾】【自】【己】！”【吃】【晚】【饭】【的】【时】【候】【陆】【宇】【哲】【说】。 “【嗯】！”【康】【微】【点】【点】【头】。 【自】【从】【陆】【宇】【哲】【同】【意】【她】【怀】【孕】【后】，【康】【微】【越】【来】【越】【小】【女】【人】【了】，【陆】【宇】【哲】【对】【她】【的】【呵】【护】【也】【越】【来】【越】【细】【腻】。 “【不】【敢】【自】【己】【住】【的】【话】【可】【以】【让】【你】【妈】【妈】【过】【来】【陪】【你】！”【陆】【宇】【哲】【担】【心】【她】【一】【个】【人】【会】【害】【怕】。 “【不】【用】，【我】【没】【事】【的】！” “【那】【么】【勇】【敢】【的】【吗】
【蒋】【西】【娅】【这】【一】【来】，【便】【没】【有】【离】【开】。 【她】【便】【是】【日】【夜】【守】【在】【玲】【珑】【的】【身】【边】，【陪】【着】【她】【同】【睡】【同】【吃】，【强】【行】【拉】【着】【她】【每】【天】【散】【步】，【晒】【太】【阳】，【陪】【水】【晶】【玩】【耍】。 【玲】【珑】【起】【初】【是】【病】【怏】【怏】【的】，【并】【不】【太】【配】【合】。 【可】【是】【时】【间】【一】【天】【天】【的】【流】【逝】，【她】【也】【慢】【慢】【地】【在】【改】【变】。 【半】【个】【月】【之】【后】。 【她】【的】【脸】【色】【渐】【渐】【地】【恢】【复】【了】【红】【润】。 【每】【天】【也】【照】【常】【吃】【饭】，【逗】【着】【水】【晶】【玩】。