SATURDAY PUZZLE — We have these dark horses on the weekends that run up out of nowhere. This one comes from Joe Deeney, who had a cute Tuesday puzzle back in March involving spots. That one was tightly focused, but a themeless puzzle can be very freewheeling, and this grid reminded me of one of those great conversations that strangers can have, where they touch on wildly far-ranging shared references and things just click. Sigh, and then they never meet again. Don’t be a stranger, Mr. Deeney!
This could have been a quick solve for me, because so many of the longer entries were in my wheelhouse. But they were so firmly in my wheelhouse that I got a little distracted — is JOHN CLEESE on Twitter? Is the ATKINS DIET the same as keto? (Yes and no, in that order.) I didn’t make many errors but I went off base so many times that the single span entry at 37A made me laugh.
I spelled KEIRA wrong twice, and fell for some of the misdirection — “spam” for SENT, “maximizes” for DYNAMITES (that was audacious, I’ll admit) — but found most of it clever and doable.
14A: I admit I filled this entry in without really understanding it. We have sunrise every day, so the notion of EARTHRISE being a thing didn’t strike me as outré. I just didn’t make the connection to the very clever clue until I delved in a bit. Turns out that this entry refers to the image, taken by the Apollo 8 astronauts more than 50 years ago, of the “blue marble” we live on, as seen from the moon. For many of us, that image distills the “Dawn of the Space Age.”
41A: So even though I once saw the (death-defying) show in question, I still got stuck on Siegfried and Roy, but neither fit here — this is PENN and Teller. I sometimes find myself more fascinated by the theories behind magic tricks like this than the tricks themselves, but this one was pretty dramatic.
53A: This is a debut, but I assume most people are familiar with the flower bulb craze that was the subject of a fairly recent and very enjoyable book (and movie). The book had an “O” instead of a space between the words in TULIP MANIA. It’s tulip season here, at least, and they are heart-poundingly beautiful. I’ve been buying and planting them for many years but consider them an awful investment because they so rarely come back.
60A: I hope this isn’t just one for the old-timey “newsies” out there. Maybe you think of “running off” mimeos or Xeroxes, but when the paper starts getting printed, or “running off,” it’s said to GO TO PRESS.
5D: This is also a debut, and I’m more familiar with the term “carbon tax” in this context but a GREEN TAX is the same idea.
12D: Both of the longer name clues today, here and at 26D, are Brits that are beloved by me. If you haven’t ever read any NEIL GAIMAN he is a rare treat whose works are especially great when read aloud, whether by the author or not. “Selected Shorts” has a lot of his scary/funny stuff; it’s delicious to listen to at the end of the day in your garden or a park, especially if you’re lucky enough to have those little bats that come out at dusk and eat your mosquitoes.
20D: Mr. Deeney expresses mild regret for one of these entries but I enjoyed RIB rubbing shoulders with ROLF. If you’re physically familiar with the latter term I think you’ll know what I mean.
31D: Helium is “noble” but it’s also INERT. The two descriptions go hand in hand, actually, as in this case “noble” is from a German word for unreactive. These gases are inert in a complacent way, sort of happy and Zen because their orbiting circles of electrons are already complete.
39D: This is probably a no-brainer for anyone with military knowledge, where when you’re in trouble you’re ON REPORT. The combination of my lack of such knowledge and the clue phrasing made this one a bit of a poser for me.
It’s very exciting to have another puzzle published in The New York Times! This was the first themeless puzzle I had accepted for any venue; by fun coincidence, I also constructed today’s themeless LA Times puzzle. Double puzzle day!
Two years ago or so, I tried making a few themeless puzzles when I couldn't come up with any good themes. After a couple of encouraging “near miss” rejections, I decided to take a more serious and systematic approach to making a themeless puzzle. I made this puzzle 14 months ago; I’ve made several themeless puzzles since then (a few of which are in the queue for future Fridays and Saturdays) and I’ve learned a lot in the process. A couple of entries in this grid would not pass muster with me today. ROLF in particular, but RARED and NEMEA are entries I'd prefer to avoid as well. I’m also not sure I’d include ALL IS TRUE now, for fear it’s too niche. I originally clued it as [Alternate title for Shakespeare's “Henry VIII” (honestly!)] to give a bit of a parenthetical hint to the solver.
I was pleasantly surprised to see how many of my clues were kept. I’m particularly happy that the clues for GO TO PRESS and OVERSLEEP made it through. Two that aren’t mine are [Dawn of the Space Age?] and [Major thing in the heavens?]. I guess I need to work on my astronomy cluing.
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“【浩】【浩】……” “【你】【们】【离】【婚】【了】，【为】【什】【么】【不】【问】【问】【我】【想】【要】【跟】【谁】【一】【起】【生】【活】？” “【浩】【浩】，【你】【爸】【爸】【比】【我】【有】【钱】，【他】【会】【给】【你】【最】【好】【的】【生】【活】【和】【教】【育】……” 【浩】【浩】【打】【断】【了】【林】【静】【好】【的】【话】，【激】【动】【的】【吼】【道】，“【你】【根】【本】【就】【不】【爱】【我】！” “【浩】【浩】！” 【浩】【浩】【伤】【心】【的】【看】【着】【林】【静】【好】，【眼】【眶】【中】【的】【泪】【水】【再】【也】【止】【不】【住】，【流】【淌】【了】【下】【来】。【他】【摸】【了】【一】【把】【脸】【上】【的】【泪】
（【未】【改】） 【人】【非】【圣】【贤】，【孰】【能】【无】【过】，【韩】【冬】【这】【一】【次】【所】【犯】【的】【事】【情】【可】【真】【是】【不】【小】。 【郭】【钊】【一】【行】【人】【赶】【到】【京】【城】【的】【时】【候】，【韩】【冬】【已】【经】【控】【制】【了】【大】【部】【分】【的】【朝】【臣】，【甚】【至】【别】【说】【是】【控】【制】，【有】【相】【当】【大】【的】【一】【批】【朝】【臣】【已】【经】【被】【韩】【冬】【正】【法】【了】。 【韩】【冬】【是】【个】【将】【才】，【但】【是】【他】【并】【不】【是】【个】【政】【治】【能】【人】。【这】【帮】【朝】【臣】【虽】【然】【与】【他】【韩】【冬】【不】【和】【甚】【至】【是】【想】【要】【杀】【他】，【但】【是】【他】【们】【背】【后】【的】【家】【族】
【随】【着】【离】【去】【的】【日】【期】【越】【来】【越】【近】，【李】【安】【全】【的】【焦】【躁】【变】【得】【越】【发】【的】【明】【显】，【就】【连】【代】【维】【都】【察】【觉】【到】【了】【他】【的】【异】【样】，【然】，【几】【番】【询】【问】，【李】【安】【全】【却】【并】【未】【道】【明】，【只】【是】【支】【吾】【作】【答】。 【终】【于】，【在】【离】【去】【前】【夕】，【李】【安】【全】【的】【焦】【躁】【在】【等】【待】【之】【中】【终】【于】【达】【到】【了】【峰】【值】，【在】【这】【一】【刻】【所】【有】【的】【焦】【躁】【都】【化】【为】【了】【一】【股】【无】【边】【的】【勇】【气】，【冲】【破】【了】【他】【对】【于】【代】【维】【的】【畏】【惧】。 【是】【夜】，【李】【安】【全】【几】【经】【犹】16002期开奖结果“【妈】。【我】【们】【没】【有】【钱】，【要】【是】【他】【知】【道】【我】【把】【公】【司】【败】【光】【了】，【你】【说】【他】【能】【不】【能】【饶】【了】【我】。【而】【我】【现】【在】【已】【经】【在】【外】【面】【办】【了】【一】【个】【小】【厂】，【这】【样】【就】【算】【是】【萧】【氏】【败】【了】，【小】【厂】【还】【能】【维】【持】【我】【们】【的】【生】【计】。” “【我】【们】【就】【这】【样】【别】【掉】【他】【们】？” “【妈】【要】【是】【不】【憋】【下】【他】【们】【萧】【继】【誉】【一】【定】【会】【把】【我】【推】【出】【去】，【你】【想】【我】【坐】【牢】【吗】？” 【听】【到】【儿】【子】【要】【坐】【牢】，【葛】【悠】【兰】【立】【马】【清】【醒】，【再】【不】【舍】
【杭】【晨】【太】【厉】【害】【了】，【打】【的】【人】【家】【狼】【狈】【逃】【窜】。 【唇】【枪】【舌】【战】，【颠】【倒】【乾】【坤】，【皇】【室】【和】【内】【阁】【和】【新】【王】【国】【的】【人】【员】【为】【了】【战】【争】【扯】【皮】，【但】【战】【斗】【不】【会】【停】【下】【来】，【新】【王】【国】【就】【是】【这】【样】，【一】【边】【打】【一】【边】【扯】【皮】，【反】【正】【怎】【么】【都】【不】【会】【被】【认】【同】【的】。 【然】【后】【继】【续】【谋】【划】【他】【们】【的】【下】【一】【次】【战】【略】，【如】【今】【是】【要】【回】【到】【华】【夏】【去】，【华】【夏】【才】【是】【他】【们】【的】【根】，【新】【王】【国】【的】【根】【基】。 【只】【不】【过】【相】【比】【来】【说】，
“【三】【哥】，【至】【于】【吗】？” 【她】【暗】【淡】【地】【垂】【下】【眼】【眸】，【房】【间】【里】【那】【个】【女】【人】【又】【不】【是】【什】【么】【重】【点】【保】【护】【对】【象】，【至】【于】【这】【么】【严】【防】【死】【守】【的】【吗】？ 【叶】【轻】【浔】【给】【了】【她】【一】【个】【更】【为】【疑】【惑】【的】【眼】【神】。 【莫】【秋】【研】【干】【脆】【打】【开】【天】【窗】【说】【亮】【话】，“【你】【若】【不】【是】【防】【着】【我】，【又】【怎】【会】【将】【屋】【外】【的】【视】【线】【完】【全】【挡】【住】？” 【反】【正】，【不】【管】【三】【哥】【怎】【么】【解】【释】，【她】【都】【不】【会】【相】【信】——【他】【对】【她】【没】【有】【一】【点】【防】
【有】【时】【候】【一】【件】【事】，【甚】【至】【一】【个】【人】，【有】【人】【知】【道】，【被】【人】【记】【起】，【才】【有】【价】【值】。 【对】【于】【原】【文】【瑟】【来】【说】，【这】【事】【就】【等】【于】【没】【有】【发】【生】。 【那】【个】【男】【人】，【相】【当】【于】【不】【存】【在】。 【不】【过】【在】【爱】【上】【帝】【林】【之】【后】，【原】【文】【瑟】【觉】【得】【不】【应】【该】【拿】【自】【己】【的】【过】【去】【给】【帝】【林】【添】【堵】，【就】【修】【补】【了】【一】【下】【应】【该】【修】【补】【的】。 【不】【管】【怎】【么】【样】，【纯】【真】【无】【垢】【是】【她】【所】【喜】【欢】【的】，【也】【是】【她】【本】【应】【该】【拥】【有】【的】。