FRIDAY PUZZLE — Confession time: I used to be terrified of themeless puzzles. Who was I to think that I could conquer a Friday or Saturday puzzle, the hardest ones of the week?
Now I really enjoy them, both for the challenge and for the palate cleanser they provide after a week of themed puzzles and the constraints they contain. And here is the deep, dark secret of how I eventually became a regular solver of those frightening, late-week grids:
I became a regular solver of those frightening, late-week grids.
That’s really it. It boils down to practice, and to evicting that voice in your head that says, “I am strictly a Monday-Wednesday solver, and I can’t do anything else.”
Well, it also boils down to getting a foothold so you can eventually solve the whole thing, but it’s not that hard. The clues are written and edited to make sure that no matter who you are or where you come from, there will be something that you know. My first gimme in Friday’s fabulous puzzle, by Andrew J. Ries, was our Friend of the Crossword LISA LOEB, the singer who also collaborated on a celebrity puzzle with the constructor Doug Peterson in 2017. And thank Heaven for her, because between Ms. Loeb and the Down entries in the northwest, that was the only way I was going to get 13A’s ICE BOWL (clued as “Nickname of the subzero 1967 N.F.L. Championship Game”). I also knew the “Old Asian capital,” EDO (the old name for Tokyo), and a few more entries on which I could build.
What was your gimme? Take a look back at the clue list and let me know in the comments. If nothing else, it will prove to you that you can at least get started in a tough puzzle.
Once you’re in, you’re in. Pat yourself on the back. Reward yourself with a piece of chocolate or some other meaningful treat. Tell your dog or cat how smart you are. They will agree with you, I promise.
Because here’s the thing: If you don’t even try, you’re missing out. Remember those constraints I was talking about before in the themed puzzles? Themes are great. I love them. But because they have to be placed carefully in a grid, it lowers that chances that you’re going to find those elegantly long, crunchy entries like LEAD BALLOON, TETRAHEDRA, BONE TIRED, PAPER TOSS, UBER DRIVER or ESCAPE ROOM.
So give a Friday puzzle a go. You don’t have to finish it at first, and there is no shame in that. You can always pick it up and try again. But the only way you’ll prove to yourself what a good puzzle solver you are is to try.
26A: A “Farm extension” is not more land. It’s an extension of the word “farm,” and the answer is STEAD, as in farmSTEAD.
29A: We’re not thinking of budgetary overspending in the clue “Overspent?,” unless it’s your budget of physical energy. In this puzzle, the answer is BONE TIRED.
41A: Back before we were supposedly a paperless society, I once shared an office with a man who liked to play PAPER TOSS. He was also a smoker, and one day, as I was coming back from a meeting, he ran past me in the hallway holding his trash bin in front of him, which just happened to be on fire. He got promoted shortly after that, which taught me a lot about the business world. Also, PAPER TOSS makes its New York Times Crossword debut today.
43A: Wordplay alert! “Did crew work” in this puzzle refers to rowing crew, and the answer is OARED.
49A: Do you know about Sporcle and its fun quizzes? Go NERD out. (Yes, I know the answer in the puzzle is NERDS: I’m calling it artistic license.)
59A: I have to admit that this was also a gimme for me. I’m used to thinking of the word “locks” as hair in wordplay clues, and with the clue “One strengthened by locks?,” it was easy enough to remember the story of SAMSON.
3D: The “Cuban bread” that you eat is delicious, but the “bread” in this puzzle is slang for money, so the answer is PESO.
9D: Even after I got the answer TAIPEI I had to think about this one, because I mis-parsed it. I got the answer to “Foreign capital whose name sounds like a blood grouping” through the crossings, and then I sat there thinking “TIE PAY is a blood grouping?” No, Deb. It’s “Type A.”
17D: Notice the space in the clue “Needle point?” The craft of needlepoint is spelled without the space, and there is a question mark in the clue, so we need to think about something else. Where do you point a needle? You point a needle at a BLOOD VESSEL.
47D: “Double, double toil and trouble; Fire burn and caldron bubble.” So sayeth the HAGS who stirred the fetid pot in Act IV, Scene 1 of that Scottish play.
56D: More wordplay! I had a tough time deciding what “Work on hooks, say” should be. Once I had filled in two of the letters, I realized the answer was BOX because we were not talking about metal hooks, we were talking about throwing hooks, as in punches.
This grid started with the northwest corner. I had to edit it out of another themeless I was working on, but repurposed it as a block of seed entries here. I wanted to make sure to include some nice 10s going down in the northeast and southwest. I especially liked UBER DRIVER and ESCAPE ROOM when I wrote the puzzle back in July 2017, because neither had been used in The Times at that point. Both have been used in The Times since; this is now the fourth appearance for ESCAPE ROOM, in fact, so it’s arguably more overused than fresh at this point. Them’s the breaks sometimes.
A tip of the hat to the editing team on the cluing, as always; I especially liked their clues at 30- and 52-Down. I love it when clues appear to hint at a plural entry, but the answer is singular (and vice versa). Among my original clues, I probably like 17-Down the best.
I hope solvers enjoy!
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2017香港每期挂牌彩图【因】【为】【她】【很】【清】【楚】，【她】【根】【本】，【就】【只】【是】【个】【丫】【鬟】【而】【已】。 【虽】【然】【现】【在】，【她】【的】【一】【些】【想】【法】，【也】【慢】【慢】【的】【在】【改】【变】【着】，【可】【实】【际】【上】，【那】【些】【观】【念】，【在】【她】【的】【脑】【海】【中】，【已】【经】【存】【在】【了】【上】【千】【年】【了】，【又】【岂】【是】【那】【么】【容】【易】，【就】【可】【以】【改】【变】【的】。 【莫】【尚】【他】，【现】【在】【虽】【然】【是】【什】【么】【也】【没】【有】【表】【现】【出】【来】，【可】【实】【际】【上】，【她】【还】【是】【担】【心】【的】，【担】【心】【莫】【尚】【会】【嫌】【弃】【她】。 【现】【如】【今】，【莫】【尚】【并】【不】
“【胡】【立】【峰】？” 【林】【浩】【的】【脸】【色】【一】【沉】，【赶】【紧】【打】【开】【了】【防】【盗】【门】。 【都】【已】【经】【这】【么】【晚】【了】，【胡】【立】【峰】【怎】【么】【跑】【过】【来】【了】，【而】【且】【身】【上】【还】【带】【着】【伤】？ 【防】【盗】【门】【刚】【一】【打】【开】，【胡】【立】【峰】【便】【倒】【在】【了】【地】【上】。 【林】【浩】【和】【萧】【小】【小】【立】【刻】【冲】【到】【门】【口】，【将】【胡】【立】【峰】【搀】【扶】【了】【进】【来】。 “【小】【小】，【快】【点】【去】【拿】【急】【救】【箱】【来】。” 【林】【浩】【二】【人】【将】【胡】【立】【峰】【扶】【到】【沙】【发】【上】，【便】【吩】【咐】【了】【萧】【小】
【帝】【玄】【擎】【看】【了】【看】【叶】【瑾】，【目】【光】【深】【沉】：“【本】【王】【去】，【瑾】【儿】，【你】【留】【在】【擎】【王】【府】！” “【不】，【我】【也】【去】！”【叶】【瑾】【语】【气】【很】【坚】【决】。 【帝】【玄】【擎】【也】【早】【已】【从】【她】【的】【表】【现】【中】【知】【道】，【她】【想】【同】【去】。【但】【是】，【战】【争】【本】【就】【危】【险】，【现】【在】【又】【有】【这】【威】【力】【无】【穷】【的】【炸】【药】，【危】【险】【更】【是】【扩】【大】【了】【数】【倍】。 【而】【且】，【帝】【陌】【泽】【的】【目】【标】【本】【就】【是】【她】，【她】【去】，【岂】【不】【是】【正】【中】【帝】【陌】【泽】【的】【下】【怀】？【帝】【陌】【泽】
“【不】【想】，【一】【点】【都】【不】【想】。”【方】【莲】【有】【些】【赌】【气】【的】【说】【道】。 【知】【道】【方】【莲】【是】【口】【不】【对】【心】，**【宇】【也】【没】【有】【在】【意】，【只】【是】【一】【个】【劲】【的】【盯】【着】【方】【莲】【看】。【注】【意】【到】【了】**【宇】【的】【目】【光】，【方】【莲】【问】【道】，“【你】【为】【什】【么】【这】【样】【的】【盯】【着】【我】【看】【呢】？” “【因】【为】【我】【想】【要】【多】【看】【看】【你】，【这】【样】【我】【才】【能】【记】【住】【你】【的】【脸】。”**【宇】【很】【是】【不】【舍】【的】【伸】【手】【抚】【摸】【着】【方】【莲】【的】【脸】，【仿】【佛】【想】【要】【将】【她】【的】【脸】【深】2017香港每期挂牌彩图“【饶】【了】【你】【也】【不】【是】【不】【可】【以】。”【眼】【看】【着】【他】【爬】【到】【了】【自】【己】【的】【脚】【边】，【欧】【阳】【静】【有】【些】【厌】【恶】【的】【后】【退】【几】【步】，【语】【气】【中】【带】【着】【一】【丝】【的】【讥】【讽】，“【但】【是】，【你】【得】【先】【把】【我】【的】【朋】【友】【给】【放】【了】。” 【她】【口】【中】【的】【朋】【友】，【县】【令】【自】【然】【是】【再】【清】【楚】【不】【过】【了】。 【因】【为】【她】【一】【出】【现】，【秦】【捕】【头】【就】【已】【经】【告】【诉】【他】【了】。 【而】【之】【所】【以】【一】【上】【来】【就】【准】【备】【杖】【打】【她】，【县】【令】【无】【非】【就】【是】【准】【备】【先】【给】【她】【一】【个】【下】
【不】【止】【洪】【梅】【果】【一】【头】【雾】【水】【的】【看】【着】，【这】【突】【然】【冒】【出】【来】【说】【三】【道】【四】【的】【大】【娘】，【就】【连】【朱】【老】【板】【也】【是】【很】【奇】【怪】，【这】【大】【娘】【哪】【冒】【出】【来】【的】，【这】【说】【的】【话】【可】【难】【听】【了】。 【不】【过】【洪】【梅】【果】【秉】【着】【尊】【老】【的】【思】【想】，【就】【没】【开】【骂】【回】【去】，【当】【是】【被】【狗】【吠】【了】【几】【声】。 【就】【在】【洪】【梅】【果】【不】【想】【再】【听】，【准】【备】【离】【开】【的】【时】【候】，，【那】【大】【娘】【突】【然】【看】【向】【洪】【梅】【果】，【一】【脸】【不】【屑】【的】【看】【着】【她】，【之】【后】【讽】【刺】【老】
【康】【家】【现】【在】【也】【不】【是】【被】【黄】【梅】【梅】【和】【赵】【梦】【压】【迫】【的】【时】【候】【了】，【赵】【汇】【简】【现】【在】【就】【是】【新】【帝】，【康】【轩】【是】【新】【帝】【的】【辅】【政】【大】【臣】【和】【第】【一】【倚】【重】【的】【大】【臣】，【八】【十】【多】【岁】【的】【康】【轩】，【那】【真】【是】【精】【神】【衢】【烁】。 【老】【当】【益】【壮】【的】【康】【轩】【现】【在】【是】【掌】【控】【朝】【堂】【的】【大】【腕】【儿】。 【自】【己】【的】【孙】【女】【康】【九】【娘】，【被】【黄】【梅】【梅】【欺】【负】【苦】【了】【黄】【氏】【给】【康】【九】【娘】【院】【子】【下】~【毒】【的】【事】，【迅】【速】【到】【了】【康】【轩】【耳】【里】。 【康】【轩】【早】【就】【怒】【不】
“【陆】【景】【依】，【你】【真】【的】【是】【上】【天】【给】【我】【的】【宝】【藏】。”【墨】【御】【莳】【抱】【住】【陆】【景】【依】，【禁】【不】【住】【感】【叹】【了】【一】【声】。 【他】【觉】【得】【自】【己】【现】【在】【好】【像】【越】【来】【越】【感】【性】【了】。 “【你】【也】【是】【我】【的】【宝】【藏】【呀】。”【陆】【景】【依】【也】【环】【住】【墨】【御】【莳】【的】【腰】。 【这】【段】【时】【间】【墨】【御】【莳】【为】【了】【照】【顾】【自】【己】，【其】【实】【他】【都】【瘦】【了】。【他】【忍】【耐】【着】【自】【己】【的】【脾】【气】，【想】【尽】【办】【法】【满】【足】【自】【己】【所】【有】【的】【要】【求】，【真】【的】【可】【以】【说】【是】【任】【劳】【任】【怨】【了】
【火】【云】【莲】，“【你】【倒】【是】【对】【他】【有】【信】【心】【啊】，【不】【过】【我】【还】【是】【有】【点】【不】【太】【看】【好】，【这】【个】【小】【子】【从】【修】【炼】【开】【始】【到】【现】【在】【所】【经】【历】【的】【时】【间】【太】【短】【了】，【历】【练】【的】【程】【度】【也】【不】【太】【够】。” 【木】【玉】【莲】，“【我】【倒】【是】【觉】【得】【应】【该】【是】【可】【以】【的】，【其】【实】【我】【们】【也】【能】【算】【是】【江】【舟】【的】【力】【量】，【等】【会】【就】【算】【用】【到】【我】【们】【也】【是】【可】【以】【的】【吧】？” 【火】【云】【莲】，“【我】【的】【天】【小】【木】【你】【在】【想】【什】【么】？【我】【们】【怎】【么】【能】【去】【帮】【忙】【呢】？