MONDAY PUZZLE — O.K., fine. This one was kind of cool.
I’m usually not a fan of this theme schtick, but I will give it a pass for two reasons. The first is that I felt it was overdone a while back, but enough time has elapsed since this type of theme came up. The second reason is that anytime a constructor — in this case, Andrew Kingsley — puts their own special spin on a theme, I feel it’s worth a closer look.
This is the first time this particular twist on a theme has run in The New York Times, so let’s get to looking.
8A: My eyes stopped reading after “Maze runner,” in the clue “Maze runner in an experiment,” so I confidently plunked in THESEUS, but that obviously wasn’t right. And I couldn’t remember the name of the lead in the “Maze Runner” series of books and films, which turned out to be a good thing, because the answer was LAB RAT.
24A: I’m not sure I’d call Garfield a PET CAT, even if he is technically owned by character Jon Arbuckle. It’s kind of an odd phrase; it would be as if my kids called me “Parent Mom.”
29A: “Opening number?” is ONE because that’s the number you open with when you start counting. Math majors, have at it.
5D: “Do stuff?” was my favorite clue in the whole puzzle, because of the sly misdirection. You can “do stuff,” or you can use stuff on your ‘do: the answer is hair product GEL.
47D: TIL about ELSTON Howard, the baseball legend who was the first African-American to play for the Yankees.
If you have been solving for awhile, you’ve seen vowel-run themes — usually early in the week — in which certain words in phrases are put in “vowel order” (A, E, I, O, U). For example, the theme entries in Mr. Kingsley’s puzzle constitute a short vowel-sound run where all the first words begin with the letter P:
And that’s it, right? How much more theme material can you fit into a 15 x 15 grid?
A lot more, it turns out. Doesn’t it seem odd to you that the theme entries are all on the left-hand side of the puzzle, at least based on what you know about grid symmetry? There has to be a reason for that, and it’s not that someone tilted the grid on the way to the printer.
This is the first time a double vowel run has been published in The New York Times Crossword. If you don’t believe me, slide your eye balls across the grid to the right-hand side. On the same line as each of the P vowel-run set, there is another set, starting with the letter N. I’ll let you find them, because I can’t have all the fun.
Why P and N? Who knows; maybe these were the only sets that worked together.
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“【说】【吧】！【你】【怎】【么】【会】【独】【自】【一】【人】【率】【先】【赶】【来】【寇】【岛】？”【谢】【云】【流】【终】【究】【是】【谢】【云】【流】，【将】【这】【些】【年】【积】【压】【的】【各】【种】【情】【绪】【通】【过】【那】【一】【掌】【宣】【泄】【出】【去】【后】，【他】【终】【于】【平】【静】【下】【来】。 【罗】【长】【风】【探】【手】【入】【怀】，【将】【那】【封】【书】【信】【掏】【了】【出】【来】，【递】【到】【谢】【云】【流】【面】【前】，【道】：“【师】【兄】【你】【先】【看】【看】【这】【封】【书】【信】【吧】！” 【谢】【云】【流】【接】【过】【书】【信】，【看】【完】【之】【后】，【却】【并】【未】【如】【罗】【长】【风】【想】【的】【那】【样】【暴】【怒】，【只】【是】【口】【中】
【啪】！【喀】【喇】，【木】【凳】【子】【碎】【裂】【的】【声】【音】.【穿】【着】4【角】【裤】【的】【强】【子】，【轻】【松】【就】【睁】【开】【绳】【子】，【木】【凳】【更】【是】【碎】【裂】【了】。 【游】【龙】【也】【没】【想】【到】，【强】【子】【的】【进】【化】【出】【乎】【意】【料】【的】【轻】【松】，【半】【小】【时】【咬】【牙】【苦】【撑】，【没】【出】【什】【么】【危】【险】，【因】【为】【他】【一】【直】【很】【清】【醒】，【甚】【至】【还】【叫】【眼】【镜】【拿】【水】【泼】【他】 【游】【龙】【走】【了】【过】【来】【问】:“【感】【觉】【如】【何】？” 【强】【子】【也】【很】【直】【接】：“【没】【什】【么】【感】【觉】【啊】【就】【是】【感】【觉】【力】【气】管家婆心水四肖八码【我】【终】【于】【结】【婚】【了】，【迎】【娶】【了】【我】【美】【丽】【的】【妻】【子】，【这】【几】【天】【抱】【歉】【不】【能】【更】【新】【了】，【我】【们】【要】【去】【他】【的】【东】【北】【老】【家】，【那】【里】【没】【有】【电】【脑】，【所】【以】【可】【能】【要】【停】【几】【天】，【实】【在】【抱】【歉】
【杨】【旭】【看】【我】【的】【表】【情】，【没】【有】【丝】【毫】【怀】【疑】，【他】【从】【小】【到】【大】【都】【那】【么】【相】【信】【我】，【没】【有】【一】【点】【怀】【疑】【过】，【这】【次】【也】【一】【样】。 【杨】【旭】【点】【了】【点】【头】，【温】【柔】【的】【说】【道】:“【既】【然】【你】【不】【知】【道】，【今】【天】【我】【告】【诉】【你】【你】【现】【在】【知】【道】【了】【吧】？【以】【后】【你】【和】【他】【保】【持】【距】【离】，【有】【些】【事】【情】【如】【果】【你】【知】【道】【了】【你】【会】【后】【悔】【会】【难】【过】【的】，【我】【不】【希】【望】【你】【受】【伤】【害】，【更】【不】【希】【望】【你】【喜】【欢】【上】【他】。” 【杨】【旭】【的】【话】【说】【的】【我】【一】
“【哼】” 【四】【翼】【冷】【哼】【一】【声】，【抬】【手】【在】【喻】【扬】【身】【上】【布】【下】【一】【个】【阵】【法】【将】【喻】【扬】【拘】【束】【到】【三】【人】【身】【边】。 “【齐】【剑】【仙】，【我】【妖】【族】【说】【话】【算】【话】，【三】【个】【时】【辰】【之】【后】【这】【万】【妖】【阵】【就】【会】【自】【动】【消】【散】，【届】【时】【你】【们】【便】【可】【得】【自】【由】。【不】【过】【在】【这】【之】【前】，【你】【们】【所】【有】【人】【都】【好】【好】【的】【在】【里】【面】【待】【着】【吧】！” 【话】【音】【刚】【落】，【三】【人】【带】【着】【喻】【扬】【便】【消】【失】【在】【众】【人】【的】【视】【线】【之】【中】。 【直】【到】【此】【时】，【众】【人】【才】