SATURDAY PUZZLE — Today’s grid by Debbie Ellerin is a really fun variation on the standard “challenging themeless with obscure pop culture references and names everywhere you look.” A lot of today’s references are loose and imaginative, more archetypal than specific — this made it a fast solve for me, but quite gratifying, without the mild irritant of a minor celebrity that I’m supposed to feel uncool for not knowing.
I know, I know, the grid did have some persnickety names — ONEAL, IVAN, URBAN and REN should be the lot of them — but I don’t think any of them created a sticking point. (AZIZ and UZO, maybe? The Z’s helped me there.) Hopefully everyone appreciated the inclusion of today’s seed entry, NOTORIOUS RBG, and the humor in the clues for HERO, LEI, HERB, PROFS and others.
27A: This is an entry that rolls around every so often, but only in 21st century Times puzzles, which struck me as funny since BUSHWA dates to the 1920s, as far as I could tell. It might have been considered too spicy for inclusion back then as its root was in stronger language than “Nonsense,” but who knows. It might have come from “bourgeoisie” too, like the recent “bougie,” a word that hasn’t gotten into a grid yet, although I’m sure it’s trying.
55A: I was mystified by this clue, which I solved on the crosses, and if I hadn’t looked it up for the post today I’d have assumed that “Sparks” was the name of a casino, which rhymes with RENO. That’s one of the more common ways to clue the third largest city in Nevada, Reno (“rhymes with”), but “Sparks” is actually the fifth largest city in Nevada and it is indeed right next to Reno, so there’s my American factoid du jour, I guess.
60A: In contrast to BUSHWA, GONZO has a super-specific etymology, a coinage of one journalist, Bill Cardoso, referring to another, Hunter S. Thompson. From a constructor’s point of view, both of these words must be terrifically useful because of their vowelly endings as much as their appeal to the solver (or this solver, at any rate). Not knocking Hunter S. Thompson, but I always think of the Great Gonzo.
2D: I didn’t know this acronym for Appearance, Pulse, Grimace, Activity and Respiration — Apgar — used to check a brand-new baby’s stats and immediate health. Another clue that’s appeared only in recent puzzles, although the assessment itself dates back to 1952.
16D: Cornhole isn’t a game I played as a city kid, nor did I know that there is an American Cornhole Association with tournaments (including one in Boston). I thought it was sort of a whack-a-mole (club-a-cob?) type thing, but you have to throw a BEAN BAG.
41D: If I’d gotten EVIL QUEEN this would have been easy, I think, but I racked my brain a bit trying to come up with some form of identification, proof of citizenship, residence or another hoop that a voter has to jump through — not the requirements to hold elections in the first place, which are QUORUMS.
52D: This and its neighbor are neat double clues that reference yesterday and today, you could say. “Film site” can refer to a url, like IMDB.com — that’s today, of course — or it can be a location where film is found, wound around a REEL, assuming that you’re not talking digital. A nice corner touch, I thought.
I am happy to have my third puzzle in The New York Times. I wrote this puzzle after seeing the documentary “RBG.” I am glad to debut her nickname, NOTORIOUS RBG.
Other answers I like are EVIL QUEEN, DREAM TEAM, KOREAN AIR and the talented actress UZO Aduba.
My least favorite answer is LEO IV, but a 5-letter word ending in V did not have many good alternatives. Sorry about that one.
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【向】【崇】【礼】【凭】【借】【着】【对】【电】【子】【设】【备】【的】【敏】【锐】【感】【知】【力】，【顺】【利】【的】【躲】【过】【人】【群】，【潜】【入】【到】【飞】【船】【中】【控】【室】【外】。 【这】【么】【大】【的】【飞】【船】，【中】【控】【室】【内】【肯】【定】【很】【多】【人】【值】【班】。【可】【他】【需】【要】【潜】【入】【进】【去】，【以】【入】【侵】【飞】【船】【电】【子】【系】【统】，【监】【听】【船】【上】【的】【一】【切】【动】【态】。 【向】【崇】【礼】【发】【愁】【该】【怎】【么】【办】，【想】【了】【半】【天】【也】【不】【得】【要】【领】。 【他】【可】【以】【控】【制】【电】【子】【生】【物】，【可】【以】【拳】【打】【碳】【基】【生】【物】，【但】【他】【却】【不】【能】【控】【制】【碳】
【或】【许】【是】【因】【为】【一】【千】【几】【百】【年】【来】【都】【没】【能】【和】【人】【接】【触】、【交】【流】【的】【原】【因】，【海】【拉】【在】【见】【到】【乔】【丹】【尼】【以】【后】，【还】【挺】【激】【动】，【还】【挺】【能】【说】【的】。 【乔】【丹】【尼】【只】【是】【说】【了】【一】【句】【话】【而】【已】，【海】【拉】【却】【是】【没】【完】【没】【了】【的】【说】【了】【一】【大】【堆】。 【不】【过】【乔】【丹】【尼】【也】【已】【经】【看】【出】【来】【了】，【海】【拉】【本】【身】，【应】【该】【就】【是】【一】【个】【在】【战】【争】【中】【成】【长】【起】【来】【的】【强】【硬】【派】【民】【族】【主】【义】【者】，【再】【加】【上】【奥】【丁】【大】【佬】【曾】【经】【承】【诺】【过】，【海】【拉】【会】2017年香港总彩一码资料【嗤】！ 【破】【空】【之】【声】【响】【起】，【却】【见】【鸟】【人】【一】【步】【站】【了】【出】【来】，【肩】【头】【一】【震】，【金】【属】【翅】【膀】【一】【抖】，【两】【根】【无】【坚】【不】【摧】【的】【金】【属】【羽】【毛】【直】【接】【向】【着】【野】【兽】【射】【了】【过】【来】。 【那】【金】【属】【羽】【毛】【的】【威】【力】【还】【是】【十】【分】【巨】【大】【的】，【可】【以】【轻】【易】【刺】【穿】【墙】【壁】，【野】【兽】【第】【一】【时】【间】【就】【感】【受】【到】【了】【危】【险】。 【不】【过】【野】【兽】【的】【战】【斗】【经】【验】【也】【是】【十】【分】【丰】【富】【的】，【他】【在】【第】【一】【时】【间】【扭】【转】【了】【自】【己】【的】【身】【体】，【猛】【的】【一】【个】【回】【旋】
【一】【块】【人】【头】【大】【小】【的】【黑】【色】【玉】【石】【放】【在】【他】【的】【面】【前】。 【路】【过】【的】【人】【有】【些】【会】【好】【奇】【的】【蹲】【下】【来】【看】【一】【看】【玉】【石】。 【拍】【拍】【打】【打】【之】【后】，【摸】【不】【准】【这】【玉】【石】【到】【底】【是】【什】【么】【东】【西】。 【有】【的】【讨】【价】【还】【价】【一】【番】【之】【后】【感】【觉】【太】【贵】【了】，【就】【转】【身】【离】【开】【了】。 【庄】【无】【名】【观】【察】【了】【几】【分】【钟】【之】【后】【走】【了】【过】【去】。 “【这】【玉】【石】【怎】【么】【卖】。” 【青】【面】【修】【士】【看】【了】【看】【庄】【无】【名】，“【这】【是】【上】【好】【的】【赤】【墨】
【完】【颜】【烈】【披】【风】【一】【展】，【挡】【住】【了】【年】【科】【眼】【前】【夺】【目】【的】【烈】【日】【光】【辉】，【完】【颜】【烈】【把】【双】【刀】【用】【力】【合】【并】，【顿】【时】【把】【双】【刀】【震】【成】【碎】【片】，【朝】【着】【年】【科】【凌】【空】【一】【掌】【排】【出】，【双】【刀】【的】【碎】【片】【如】【同】【雨】【点】【般】【密】【集】，【居】【高】【临】【下】【朝】【着】【年】【科】【疾】【泄】【而】【去】。 【年】【科】【双】【手】【舞】【动】【七】【龙】【点】【苍】【枪】，【快】【得】【如】【同】【一】【个】【大】【圆】【盘】，【抵】【挡】【碎】【片】【的】【射】【击】，【碎】【片】【击】【起】【黄】【沙】【漫】【天】。 【完】【颜】【烈】【双】【手】【合】【十】，【无】【数】【道】【高】【速】
【六】【点】【一】【到】，【宴】【会】【正】【式】【开】【始】。【主】【持】【人】，【开】【始】【登】【场】。 【主】【持】【一】【共】【两】【位】，【一】【男】【一】【女】，【男】【的】【俊】【俏】【女】【的】【靓】【丽】，【这】【俩】【人】【就】【像】【讲】【相】【声】【不】【知】【不】【觉】【的】【就】【将】【现】【场】【的】【气】【氛】【带】【动】【了】【起】【来】。 【十】【分】【钟】【后】，【现】【场】【的】【气】【氛】【彻】【底】【的】【燃】【了】【起】【来】。【见】【状】，【男】【主】【持】【不】【慌】【不】【忙】【的】【将】【话】【题】【引】【到】【了】【今】【天】【的】【三】【位】【嘉】【宾】【上】，【然】【后】【开】【始】【一】【一】【介】【绍】【这】【三】【位】【的】【身】【份】【和】【获】【得】【的】【荣】【誉】。