THURSDAY PUZZLE — Hi there. No, you haven’t lost it. Yes, it’s totally fair, on a Thursday, for the constructor to ask you to do what Ross Trudeau demands of you in this puzzle. If you are a speed solver and this ruined your time, we apologize. More on all this in the Today’s Theme section.
The theme is a very clever idea, beautifully done, so if you are frustrated, I recommend settling in with a good supply of chocolate. That makes everything better.
My prediction is that solvers will spend more time figuring out the trick to this puzzle than struggling with the clues, but here are a few that stood out to me.
17A: The clue is “Carnegie ___,” which makes it what? HALL? DELI? No, it’s a six-letter entry, so the answer is the university Carnegie MELLON. Go, Tartans!
30A: The subversive in me — or perhaps the part of me that really needs a high-adventure vacation — thought the answer to “Jumping off points?” might be CLIFFS, but that didn’t fit, and it wouldn’t have needed a question mark anyway. The answer was IDEAS, or rather SDAEI as written.
64A: Not the poet, but the Simpson. “Neighbor of Homer” is NED Flanders.
2D: When I saw the clue “Some Nellies and Noras, formally,” I made two mistakes: I missed the word “formally,” and I automatically wrote in NERVOUS, forgetting that the majority of Noras are not known for being nervous. The answer is ELEANORS.
16D: Sure you know what LOLCAT is. You’ve seen these memes. If you haven’t, you can always learn.
29D: “Aspen or Tahoe” are not just ski areas, they are SUVs.
O.K., for those of you who have just started solving, let’s get this out of the way: It is completely legal to ask solvers to write backward in a grid, just as it’s legal to ask them to write more than one letter in a square when there is a rebus element in the puzzle. Please do not send emails to the editors telling them that it’s not fair; all that does is make them bolder, and the next thing you know we’ll be solving crossword puzzles where we have to guess the clues.
Anyway, Mr. Trudeau takes us on a trip through THE LOOKING GLASS, the central Down revealer, which divides the grid in half and reflects one half back on the other. The way Mr. Trudeau has visualized that is by setting the right-side entries backward. What’s even more clever, in my opinion, is that there are five entries that cross THE LOOKING GLASS and, because they live on both sides, they are palindromes. It’s quite an elegant theme.
I tumbled to the theme idea at 18A, because I knew that “Two tablespoons” was ONE OUNCE, yet it made my solving come to a complete stop when written from left to right. Then I got SOLOS at 20A and laughed to myself about how lucky that entry was that it fit in on both sides, being a palindrome. Little did I know that Mr. Trudeau had done that four more times, and on purpose. Show-off.
THE LOOKING GLASS has been a central Down entry before, and Mr. Trudeau links to a puzzle with backward entries in his notes below. But I don’t recall it ever being used quite this way, and to such good effect.
Very little glue, although I wasn’t crazy about REVIVER or ESCORTEE, but very nicely done.
This puzzle takes an old idea (backward answers) and solves a problem that these puzzles face: elegantly demarcating which answers follow the gimmick. The only nit I could pick with this ingenious puzzle by Kevin G. Der was that the puzzle didn’t try to rationalize which rows and columns moved backward.
For me, THE LOOKING GLASS was both a neat revealer and a good solution to the above problem. Once Alice (that’s you, solver — you’re Alice) passes through THE LOOKING GLASS, she’s in backward territory. And any answers passing through the boundary are palindromes that get “reflected” by the mirror.
As I said in my last notes, if you identify as LGBT+, a person of color, or as a woman, and you’re looking to get into crossword constructing, I’d be thrilled to offer whatever assistance I can to help you get your puzzles published. Contact me via Instagram: @rosstrudeau.
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老奇人玄机独家发表【林】【洛】【和】【林】【言】【被】【留】【在】【卞】【城】【府】【虽】【然】【有】【所】【不】【甘】，【但】【他】【们】【很】【清】【楚】【现】【在】【不】【是】【自】【己】【能】【够】【任】【性】【的】【时】【候】。 “【你】【说】【母】【亲】【这】【一】【次】【需】【要】【多】【久】【才】【能】【回】【来】？” 【从】【他】【们】【记】【事】【以】【来】，【母】【亲】【总】【是】【有】【着】【忙】【不】【完】【的】【事】，【所】【以】【他】【们】【已】【经】【习】【惯】【了】【在】【母】【亲】【出】【门】【在】【外】【的】【日】【子】【里】【自】【己】【排】【解】【寂】【寞】。 【他】【们】【龙】【凤】【胎】【两】【人】【还】【算】【好】，【可】【以】【说】【说】【话】，【日】【子】【过】【得】【也】【便】【更】【快】【一】【些】，
【萧】【雨】【桃】【茫】【然】，【原】【来】【啊】！ 【她】【怎】【么】【说】【明】【明】【都】【埋】【了】【顾】【依】【寒】【为】【什】【么】【还】【活】【着】，【原】【来】【是】【这】【两】【兄】【弟】【搞】【的】【鬼】！ 【那】【天】【给】【她】【喝】【的】【酒】，【里】【面】【的】【药】【量】【足】【够】【她】【昏】【迷】【上】【三】【四】【天】，【他】【们】【当】【晚】【就】【去】【把】【她】【给】【埋】【了】，【为】【什】【么】【会】【逃】【走】！ “【是】【谁】【让】【你】【们】【那】【么】【做】【的】！”【顾】【承】【康】【起】【身】【怒】【道】。 【这】【不】，【军】【人】【风】【范】【才】【显】【出】【来】。 【小】【弟】【好】【不】【容】【易】【鼓】【起】【勇】【气】，【看】【着】
【正】【午】【的】【暖】【阳】【透】【过】【树】【叶】，【在】【地】【上】【印】【出】【几】【道】【光】【斑】。 【吉】【尔】【伽】【美】【什】【和】【恩】【奇】【都】【坐】【在】【树】【下】，【手】【中】【拿】【着】【几】【块】【肉】【脯】【悠】【闲】【地】【享】【用】【着】。 “【吉】【尔】，【你】【的】【全】【知】【全】【能】【之】【星】【真】【的】【无】【法】【看】【到】【芬】【巴】【巴】【它】【的】【位】【置】【吗】？” “【在】【半】【路】【上】【突】【然】【就】【看】【不】【到】【了】，【应】【该】【是】【被】【什】【么】【人】【给】【干】【扰】【到】【了】，【想】【必】【就】【是】【之】【前】【那】【三】【个】【杂】【种】【吧】。【看】【来】【他】【们】【几】【个】【也】【盯】【上】【了】【芬】【巴】【巴】，【为】老奇人玄机独家发表【齐】【安】【城】【被】【瞪】【得】【发】【毛】，【而】【且】【心】【里】【已】【经】【有】【了】【一】【些】【扭】【曲】。 【这】【些】【藏】【在】【抽】【屉】【里】【的】【眼】【睛】，【无】【一】【例】【外】，【都】【和】【头】【部】【还】【连】【着】【一】【部】【分】，【甚】【至】【于】，【在】【某】【个】【角】【度】，【齐】【安】【城】【还】【能】【见】【到】【猩】【红】【的】【大】【脑】。 【霍】【心】【仪】【没】【有】【任】【何】【犹】【豫】【就】【出】【手】，【那】【也】【是】【应】【该】【的】，【谁】【会】【这】【么】【傻】，【任】【人】【宰】【割】？ 【风】【暴】【出】【现】【的】【一】【刹】【那】，【空】【间】【裂】【缝】【再】【次】【裹】【住】【了】【众】【人】，【携】【带】【着】【他】【们】【前】【往】
【正】【午】【的】【街】【上】，【行】【人】【寥】【寥】【无】【几】。【热】【辣】【辣】【的】【太】【阳】【照】【射】【在】【街】【道】【的】【青】【砖】，【仅】【是】【看】【着】【就】【让】【人】【感】【到】【一】【阵】【炎】【热】。 【此】【时】，【袁】【晨】【子】【坐】【在】【芝】【士】【莲】【奶】【茶】【店】【外】【面】【的】【椅】【子】【上】。【今】【天】【小】【月】【约】【了】【袁】【晨】【子】【一】【起】【去】【逛】【街】，【而】【且】【约】【好】【在】【芝】【士】【莲】【奶】【茶】【店】【见】【面】。【袁】【晨】【子】【来】【得】【稍】【微】【早】【了】【一】【些】，【于】【是】【点】【了】【一】【杯】【摩】【卡】【咖】【啡】，【一】【边】【喝】【着】【咖】【啡】，【一】【边】【等】【小】【月】。 【一】【辆】【高】【档】【汽】
【半】【倚】【在】【车】【厢】【的】【一】【侧】，【村】【上】【的】【手】【中】【紧】【握】【着】【手】【枪】，【鹰】【隼】【般】【的】【眼】【神】【透】【过】【望】【远】【镜】【就】【像】【梳】【子】【一】【样】【扫】【视】【着】【两】【侧】【的】【山】【坡】。 “【怎】【么】【一】【回】【事】？【没】【有】【发】【动】【攻】【击】？” 【一】【声】【地】【雷】【爆】【炸】【之】【后】【的】【静】【谧】【让】【村】【上】【的】【心】【里】【充】【满】【了】【疑】【惑】，【很】【快】【他】【就】【猜】【测】【是】【不】【是】【八】【路】【军】【不】【敢】【发】【生】【战】【斗】，【却】【也】【不】【甘】【心】【就】【这】【么】【放】【自】【己】【的】【部】【队】【过】【去】，【所】【以】【才】【在】【路】【上】【埋】【下】【了】【地】【雷】。