TUESDAY PUZZLE — Tuesday puzzles are supposed to be “one louder” than Monday puzzles, but it’s a fine line. What makes a puzzle harder than another, especially if “hard” is a relative thing, given that we all have different wheelhouses?
It could be the depth or complexity of the theme. It could be the relative difficulty of the fill. In many cases, it will be a slight ramping up of the clues from the straightforward Monday — a few more misdirections, maybe, but still fairly straightforward.
If you’re just starting out, don’t be afraid to go from Monday to Tuesday. The same rules for solving still apply: Find the entries you definitely know (we call those ‘gimmes’), work those crossings and take your time. Put the puzzle down and come back to it if you find yourself getting frustrated.
Above all, have fun with it. Remember that it’s just a game. Some solvers get very competitive with themselves and others if they can’t finish the puzzle, or if they can’t finish within a certain amount of time.
While you’re having fun, please note that the constructor, Daniel Larsen, made his New York Times Crossword debut in 2017 at the age of 13. No, I’m not kidding. As far as I know, he’s still the youngest contributor to the New York Times Crossword.
And now he’s, what, all of 15 years old? If you’re going to feel competitive about anything, think about what you were doing when you were 15. I can’t do it without crying about my dissolute youth, where I was busy not getting crossword puzzles published in The New York Times.
I’m sorry, I drifted. My point is, enjoy this clever yet distinctly non-Monday puzzle. It’s not hard to figure out the theme once you solve 18- and 19A.
And then solve the rest with a smile, as I did.
17A: Did you recognize that “beginning” clue, or did you see the question mark and skip right over it? The clue “Shaky beginning?” could mean a tenuous start to a relationship, but in this puzzle, it’s hinting at the beginning of something “shaky.” We typically look for the first letter, but the answer is a prefix: SEISMO, the beginning of a term having to do with earthquakes.
29A: I see you shaking your heads at this entry, and I’m here to tell you that it’s a perfectly cromulent one. Even if you don’t know his music, D.J. KHALED has been in the news quite a bit over the past few years and his social media accounts are very active — his Instagram account alone has more than 14 million followers — so it’s not like he’s coming out of nowhere. And you could always Google the song for help, right? His name is a lively entry that makes its debut today. Finally, you try to come up with an eight-letter entry with the letters J and K running consecutively. It’s not easy.
66A: Wow, a UV wave really is a “Tiny bit of sunlight, for short.”
68A: Hi, kids! You didn’t think you were going to get off scot-free after 29A, did you? Even if something was way before your time, this to-do between France and the young United States is part of American history, and the XYZ AFFAIR is something you should know about. You can familiarize (or re-familiarize) yourself with it on History.com.
61D: Today I learned about Vega, the fifth-brightest star in the night sky, and part of the constellation LYRA.
Mr. Larsen runs the English alphabet in his theme, but you’re going to have to count to find it.
See those bracketed number sequences in some of the clues? Those are your theme entries, and the bracketed sequences tell you that the letters of the alphabet that match those numbers (e.g., A =1, B = 2) run consecutively within the theme entry.
So how does this work? Let’s start by looking at 18A. The answer to the clue “Simple, simple, simple [1,2,3]” is EASY AS ABC, where ABC is the first three letters of the alphabet.
Let’s go a bit further. At 19A, the answer to the clue “Half of the rap duo Black Star [4,5,6]” is the singer and actor MOS DEF, where DEF is the fourth, fifth and sixth letters of the alphabet.
And so on. The sequence of letters won’t all be at the end like these two were, but I trust that you can find them. I have faith in you.
I first had the idea for this theme in the summer of 2017. At the time, I was very surprised by how well the theme answers worked, but I couldn’t put the grid together. By June of the next year, my program and my word list had improved to the point that I thought it was worth giving the theme another go.
My goal was to have as few theme answers as possible. I settled on nine as the best I could do. Mathematically, the middle theme answer is forced to have an even number of theme letters (either MN or LMNO). Since I wanted the theme letters to be located symmetrically, the middle entry had to be of even length. Therefore, I made the puzzle 16 columns wide. This also allowed me to put two theme answers in the top three rows.
Perhaps I could have used a regularly sized grid by going up to 10 theme answers (maybe by splitting FILM NOIR into ELM and NOT). However, I liked FILM NOIR too much to do that. After fiddling around for a bit, I finally found fill that I was satisfied with.
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港澳精英高手资料论坛“【什】【么】【情】【况】？” 【岳】【贱】【站】【起】【身】，【眯】【着】【眼】【往】【河】【流】【上】【游】【看】，【放】【眼】【视】【线】【尽】【头】，【也】【不】【见】【人】【影】，【正】【纳】【闷】【的】【时】【候】，【突】【然】【看】【到】【一】【道】【白】【光】【从】【上】【游】【的】【雾】【瘴】【中】【飞】【了】【出】【来】！【在】【这】【道】【光】【的】【后】【面】，【追】【着】【四】【道】【金】【光】。 “【老】【申】！【有】【人】【来】【了】”【岳】【贱】【连】【忙】【提】【醒】。 “【快】【藏】【起】【来】”【申】【公】【豹】【说】【了】【一】【句】，【立】【即】【施】【展】【了】【路】【人】【甲】【遁】。 【那】【五】【道】【光】【来】【势】【极】【快】，【很】【快】
【宓】【清】【浅】【一】【抬】【头】，“【您】【怎】【么】【知】【道】【的】？” “【哼】【哼】，【有】【我】【不】【知】【道】【的】【事】【吗】？”【老】【爷】【子】【很】【是】【傲】【娇】，“【爷】【爷】【年】【龄】【是】【大】【了】，【可】【心】【里】【面】【跟】【明】【镜】【似】【的】，【明】【明】【白】【白】【的】。” 【宓】【清】【浅】【点】【点】【头】，“【是】【是】，【爷】【爷】【最】【厉】【害】【了】。” 【老】【爷】【子】【老】【了】【有】【时】【候】【性】【子】【也】【跟】【小】【孩】【一】【样】，【要】【让】【人】【哄】【着】，【夸】【奖】【一】【两】【句】【就】【跟】【高】【兴】【得】【跟】【什】【么】【一】【样】，【果】【不】【其】【然】【宓】【清】【浅】【这】【么】
“【懂】【了】【吧】，【并】【不】【是】【针】【对】【你】【们】【人】【类】。【不】【要】【在】【这】【太】【瞧】【得】【起】【自】【己】【了】。【我】【们】【只】【是】【对】【弱】【者】【一】【视】【同】【仁】，【弱】【者】【都】【只】【需】【要】【在】【牢】【笼】【里】【好】【好】【被】【人】【支】【配】【就】【行】【了】。”【大】【少】【爷】【模】【样】【的】【兽】【人】【说】【完】，【顾】【北】【朝】【一】【旁】【的】【牢】【笼】【看】【去】。 【这】【些】【牢】【笼】【的】【确】【有】【一】【个】【个】【可】【怜】【受】【惊】【的】【人】【类】。 【而】【且】【在】【他】【们】【所】【谓】【的】【字】【眼】【中】【的】“【弱】【者】”，【居】【然】【指】【的】【是】【剑】【皇】、【魔】【皇】。 【因】【为】【顾】港澳精英高手资料论坛“【云】【笙】，【开】【门】。”【阎】【夏】【枯】【站】【在】【傲】【云】【笙】【的】【门】【口】，【静】【静】【地】【等】【着】【他】【给】【自】【己】【开】【门】，【不】【大】【会】【功】【夫】，【傲】【云】【笙】【便】【打】【开】【了】【门】，【见】【到】【阎】【夏】【枯】【便】【笑】【意】【盈】【盈】【的】【将】【人】【请】【进】【了】【屋】。 【一】【进】【了】【屋】【子】，【阎】【夏】【枯】【便】【坐】【了】【下】【来】，【傲】【云】【笙】【先】【是】【给】【阎】【夏】【枯】【倒】【了】【一】【杯】【茶】，【并】【推】【到】【了】【她】【的】【面】【前】，【阎】【夏】【枯】【先】【是】【拿】【起】【了】【杯】【子】，【放】【在】【鼻】【间】【闻】【了】【闻】，【并】【没】【有】【喝】，【然】【后】【放】【下】【茶】【杯】，
【眨】【巴】【着】【眼】【睛】，【夏】【七】【媛】【对】【上】【夏】【钟】【灵】【的】【眸】【子】，【一】【下】【子】【就】【露】【出】【乖】【巧】【如】【小】【白】【兔】【的】【笑】，【将】【碗】【递】【到】【夏】【钟】【灵】【的】【面】【前】。 【自】【知】【忽】【悠】【失】【败】。 【夏】【钟】【灵】【深】【吸】【一】【口】【气】，【接】【过】【碗】，【默】【默】【的】【喝】【了】【起】【来】。 - 【夏】【七】【媛】【撇】【撇】【嘴】，【望】【着】【夏】【钟】【灵】【心】【事】【重】【重】【的】【样】【子】，【坐】【在】【一】【旁】【顿】【了】【几】【秒】，【起】【身】【走】【到】【玄】【关】【处】【去】【给】【夏】【从】【卓】【打】【了】【一】【个】【电】【话】。 “【对】【不】【起】，【您】
【刘】【季】【对】【如】【此】【便】【下】【一】【城】【略】【感】【意】【外】，【望】【向】【诸】【军】【吏】，“【诸】【公】【以】【为】【如】【何】？” 【萧】【何】、【刘】【交】【主】【张】【受】【降】，“【秦】【将】【来】【降】，【当】【受】【之】，【免】【其】【做】【殊】【死】【搏】【斗】。” 【对】【于】【文】【吏】【之】【言】，【刘】【季】【此】【时】【多】【少】【有】【些】【顾】【虑】，【便】【转】【向】【武】【将】【一】【列】，【询】【问】【灌】【婴】，“【灌】【将】【军】【之】【见】【若】【何】？” 【灌】【婴】【作】【为】【武】【将】，【作】【为】【后】【起】【之】【秀】，【为】【人】【比】【较】【恭】【谨】，“【沛】【公】，【末】【将】【为】【一】【介】【武】【夫】
【郑】【清】【玥】【揉】【了】【揉】【快】【被】【震】【聋】【的】【耳】【朵】，【嫌】【弃】【的】【看】【着】【宫】【枢】。 “【至】【于】【吗】?” “【我】【就】【让】【小】【兽】【兽】，【轻】【轻】【的】【咬】【了】【一】【小】【口】。” “【轻】【轻】【的】?” “【一】【小】【口】?” 【宫】【枢】【瞪】【大】【了】【眼】【睛】，【气】【的】【语】【无】【伦】【次】【了】【快】。 【轻】【轻】【的】【能】【那】【么】【大】【牙】【印】！ 【一】【小】【口】【能】【把】【他】【半】【边】【脸】【都】【疼】【紫】【了】！ 【郑】【清】【玥】【瞥】【了】【一】【眼】，【差】【点】【忍】【俊】【不】【住】。 【好】【像】【是】【有】【点】