SUNDAY PUZZLE — I hope nobody floundered today, but if you’re fighting on the line right now we’re here to help. I’m happy to admit that I got schooled by Natan Last’s terrific construction, but before I completely sunk to the depths of despair, that all-important eureka moment bubbled me right back to the surface for a satisfying breath of fresh air. Our subjects today might feel quite differently about the same experience, however!
The nature of today’s theme entries greatly magnified the difficulty of this puzzle, in case you were still wondering. A lot of intersections required a leap of faith and the temporary acceptance of a nonsensical run of letters.
Some brilliantly clued entries included SERF, MAFIA, TREY, COT, CLAP, BALL, DIY, YES, and the wonderful OUTAGE. It didn’t bother me a bit that the clue for A VOTRE SANTE has been the only clue for this entry, sporadically since 1966, as it’s simply perfect, ne plus ultra.
I had “calmed” instead of COOLED DOWN and “dryers” for DRIERS (which screwed up a theme entry for a little while). Names-wise, I think most were doable with crosses, although I’d no clue about ERIC, or ARES (and the vaguest memory of DENCH). Song-wise, USE ME and SHES MINE were both elusive at the start but came to me with a couple of letters.
12A: This is a little gotcha — who had “bolos” here, which are the string ties inspired by actual BOLAS? The term is from “boleadora,” or LARIAT in Argentina, and refers to little stones or metal weights used almost like fishing sinkers to help a lasso settle around its target.
17A: This is a word sometimes heard but rarely seen — it was once clued back in 1956 as “Erin go ____,” a variant spelling, and in modern times it brings to mind “Zoolander,” where Ben Stiller’s character is definitely not Owen Wilson’s character’s BRAH. There are a lot of buzzy variants of “bro” like brogrammer, brodacious, brobdingnagi — oh my gosh, there’s a whole brocabulary.
25A: I forgot that George Carlin hosted the first ever “Saturday Night Live,” and probably never knew that the second episode was hosted by PAUL SIMON (this was back when the show was called something like “the NBC Saturday Night Show,” at least by Paul Simon). This is from the second season — Mr. Simon was a frequent guest — but it comes to mind in this context.
43A: This clue is a throwback to this entry’s 1945 debut; it’s also the name of a prominent actress (“Kelly”) and ballerina (“Shearer”). I wasn’t expecting MOIRA, and needed it for the first theme entry I figured out, so it stuck in my mind as a tough spot. It also made me think of Catherine O’Hara’s character in “Schitt’s Creek,” which is a riot if you haven’t tried it.
78A: I’m bemused that this very specific genre, STEAMPUNK, is a debut — it just seems like one that crossword constructors would glom onto at its debut and stick in a themeless. Little did I know that the term goes back to the 1980s, which makes this all the more belated (I thought it was strictly 21st century). My favorite steampunk reference is this crazy apartment.
You’ll notice (on all platforms, I believe) seven sets of circled letters at the beginning of seven down entries, at 1, 4, 12, 26, 48, 56 and 63. The entries are long, mainly straightforward (non-punny) and not very throwaway, as in knowable off the bat, as far as I’m concerned. This is a puzzle where the theme entries filled themselves in toward the end of the solve, requiring the assistance of ample cross letters.
What’s that, you say? The more ample those crossing letters are, the less things make sense. I get it. There was a long moment in which I felt relieved to be solving this puzzle in the privacy of my home, because big swathes of letters read like gibberish (besides those tricky letter combinations commented on above).
Here’s an example, the first entry I figured out (and probably the easiest, if you knew the requisite pop culture moment): 26D, “The ‘Aladdin’ song ‘A Whole New World’ takes place on one.” The wording of the clue gives a good hint to anyone familiar with the Aladdin saga in any incarnation, as one of the fabulous plot elements was that floating, flying rug, which in this case carried Aladdin and Jasmine high over Agrabah. As the crosses filled in here, though, you wind up with something that makes only partial sense — I had the RIDE at the end, but this weird jumble of “m_gicet” under the four circled letter boxes. Then it fell into place — Mr. Last had transplanted the CARP in “carpet” to the beginning of the entry — so “magic carpet ride” became CARP, in those four circles, followed by MAGICETRIDE. Pretty trippy, right?
In other words, to solve each of the theme entries, your fish has to rise to the bait. Let’s try another, 56D, which I thought was a little trickier because there was a near-word in the mangled answer, “surged,” that threw me off a little bit. The answer to “Gave extra juice” does imply a surge of power, but in this case it solves to “supercharged.” This is a debut, by the way, and a word I knew only as pertinent to filling the batteries of electric cars, but there have actually been “supercharged” motors for ages.
See the fish? There’s a PERCH in there, and it goes in those bubbles at the top so you’ve got to wrap your mind around PERCHSUARGED as your entry at 56D.
Mr. Last did have mercy on us as far as his pescetarian choices, nothing too peculiar, although I think the hardest one was also the shortest, at 4D, “Act overprotectively toward.” The term itself is really fun and evocative, but the way it broke apart in the grid today confounded me. To zealously guard and spoil someone is to “mollycoddle” them — as we do, with our fragile egg-like people, warming, squeezing and gently shaking them until their innards firm up a bit, which tends never to happen in this metaphor. In real life, you need to move up that “cod,” which leads to the objectively nutty and vaguely botanical-looking CODMOLLYDLE.
There are four remaining fish and corresponding entries:
I thought this grid was fun and it sparked a lot of corny and fishy wordplay in my own mind. It was vaguely reminiscent of this Bruce Haight puzzle from about a year ago, but that’s not to detract from the originality and totality of the concept. I fell for it hook, line and sinker.
I had a lot of fun making this, since there are a decent set of fish names that are long, well-known, and can be hidden across two or more words in a phrase. I tend to overstuff themes; in early versions of this puzzle, I tried to visually include a fishing rod using circled letters. Other constructors whose work I love talked me down from it, including Andy Kravis and Brendan Emmett Quigley, the latter of whose advice was, “Dude. Do one thing well.” Thanks as always to Will, Joel and Sam for the edits!
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“【明】【王】，【这】【个】【孔】【雀】【仙】【王】【是】【不】【是】【你】【族】【中】【的】【前】【辈】？” 【张】【乾】【暗】【中】【询】【问】【山】【河】【社】【稷】【图】【世】【界】【中】【的】【孔】【雀】【大】【明】【王】。 “【也】【许】【吧】，【我】【对】【诸】【天】【万】【界】【的】【妖】【族】【势】【力】【根】【本】【不】【了】【解】，【我】【们】【孔】【雀】【一】【族】【到】【底】【有】【什】【么】【大】【能】【我】【也】【不】【知】，【可】【能】【孔】【雀】【仙】【王】【是】【我】【孔】【雀】【一】【族】【的】【老】【祖】。” 【孔】【雀】【大】【明】【王】【看】【到】【孔】【雀】【仙】【王】【的】【一】【瞬】【间】，【甚】【至】【自】【身】【的】【血】【脉】【都】【开】【始】【震】【动】【起】【来】，【这】最老版综合资料b2017【白】【芙】【蓉】【的】【生】【日】【月】【过】【的】【很】【热】【闹】，【公】【司】【安】【排】【了】【生】【日】【会】。【电】【影】【有】《AI，AI》【上】【映】，【电】【视】【剧】【有】《【渡】【荒】【城】》【开】【播】，【整】【个】【九】【月】【都】【是】【白】【芙】【蓉】【的】【身】【影】。 【和】【大】【牌】【服】【装】【合】【作】，【时】【尚】【活】【动】【也】【变】【得】【很】【多】。 【九】【月】【杂】【志】【封】【面】【就】【有】【三】【个】。 【这】【等】【战】【绩】，【一】【时】【间】【风】【头】【无】【两】。【而】【白】【芙】【蓉】【也】【累】【的】【趴】【下】，【到】【生】【日】【会】【的】【前】【一】【天】【深】【夜】，【仍】【然】【在】【彩】【排】。
【季】【川】【的】【动】【静】【实】【在】【是】【太】【大】【了】，【大】【到】【远】【处】【的】【茉】【莉】【也】【感】【受】【到】【了】，【只】【是】【她】【并】【不】【知】【道】【这】【股】【强】【大】【的】【力】【量】【是】【来】【之】【于】【季】【川】。 【难】【道】【华】【北】**【又】【发】【生】【了】【什】【么】？【茉】【莉】【着】【急】【的】【不】【行】，【正】【好】【她】【控】【制】【丧】【尸】【离】【开】【之】【后】，【道】【路】【变】【得】【通】【畅】【起】【来】，【二】【话】【不】【说】，【她】【赶】【紧】【开】【着】【车】【到】【了】【华】【北】**，【远】【远】【的】【就】【看】【见】【两】【个】【人】【在】【空】【中】【飘】【着】。 【靠】【近】【了】【之】【后】，【她】【才】【看】【清】【楚】【了】