WEDNESDAY PUZZLE — Quick one today, as the deadlines go whooshing by.
Bruce Haight is back, and he’s playing around with his words again.
1A: It took me the longest time to stop thinking about can lids for the clue “Lid attachment.” We’re thinking about eyelids, and the attachment is a LASH.
48A: Don’t panic, we’ve seen this before. “Mr. Rogers” as a clue suggests Fred Rogers, the cardigan-wearing television host everyone knew and loved. But not today. In this puzzle, the “Mr. Rogers” is the cowboy film and television (Hi, kids! Ask your folks) star ROY Rogers.
10D: I wanted “molding” for “Windows strip,” but that’s because I didn’t read the clue closely, and let that be a lesson to you all. A singular window strip might be moldings, but the plural “Windows” hints at the software program. That strip is the TOOLBAR.
14D: I know that CRANES are a traditional origami bird that represents both strength and good fortune, and that if you make the effort to fold 1,000 of them, you will be granted one wish. The answer to the clue “Some origami birds,” however, is SWANS. Origami SWANS are considered good luck as wedding gifts because they mate for life.
26D: I dropped in ISLAND for “Upscale kitchen feature” because I have always wanted one. Maybe I should start folding cranes.
The clues are fill-in-the-blanks, with the blanks being a punny phrase that has to do with the clue itself. Those punny phrases are homophones of a common phrase that could also belong there, if we ever were to say such a thing.
For example, at 25A, the clue is “‘___! The flight attendant just swatted a bug!’” and the answer is AISLE BEE, a play on the exclamation “I’ll be!”
Similarly, at 36A, the clue is “‘___, would you like to purchase some religious music?’” and the answer is BUY CHANTS, a homophone of “By chance.”
I like a good pun as much as anyone who, well, likes puns. I realize that we are a limited group and merely tolerated at parties. But some of these felt stretchier than others. The phrase CZECH PLEAS is funny, but looking back, I’m not sure I would have gotten that just from the clue and the mention of someone named Petr if I hadn’t already had the C and the Z from the Down entries.
This puzzle might have been brightened by more exciting nontheme entries, although Mr. Haight does debut DO LUNCH and the musical genre entry SCREAMO. This is the part where I would normally show you a video to help solvers understand exactly what SCREAMO is, but I have decided not to do that this time. I am currently accepting thanks for not exposing you to it.
My clearest memory of this puzzle construction is sitting in a hotel on a rainy day in Peru in March 2017, trying to think of theme entries. I had three, but the last two were just not coming. Compounding the problem was the fact that I was in Cusco, at over 11,000 feet elevation, and the reduced oxygen was crippling my 63-year-old brain. My Sudoku times were running 50 percent over normal.
I emailed the pun Zen master Erik Agard and begged him to come up with two more theme entries, even offering to give him collaborative credit. He wrote back an hour later “Sorry, dude, my brain does not work that way, but good luck!” It took me several more hours at sea level to come up with those last two.
A big thanks to Will and his team for smoothing out the clues, and for leaving all my theme clues untouched when they had to have been tempted to change one or two of them.
If I was asked to pick one puzzle that speaks to me as a constructor and puts out a vibe that I would like to be remembered for, this would probably be the one. Puns are not for everyone, but would I mind being labeled an insufferable punster? Noh whey!
Hope solvers enjoy it.
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2017马会传真“【不】【可】【能】。” 【四】【季】【山】【庄】【庄】【主】，【双】【眼】【阴】【沉】【的】【可】【怕】。 【对】【方】【只】【是】【炼】【气】【第】【一】【重】【三】【经】，【得】【了】【三】【头】【饿】【虎】【而】【已】。 【自】【己】【可】【是】【早】【已】【经】【突】【破】【炼】【气】【一】【重】，【虽】【然】【只】【是】【炼】【气】【二】【重】，【停】【留】【在】【龙】【入】【一】【海】【之】【中】。 【可】【这】【大】【龙】【可】【是】【超】【然】【之】【物】，【怎】【么】【可】【能】【会】【被】【一】【头】【饿】【虎】【压】【制】。 【可】【偏】【偏】【这】【结】【局】【就】【是】【这】【样】，【自】【己】【的】【大】【龙】【在】【三】【头】【饿】【虎】【面】【前】，【竟】【然】【瑟】【瑟】
【不】【肯】【和】【亲】【归】【去】【来】（26） **【和】【少】【府】【同】【时】【看】【向】【声】【援】，【关】【无】【忘】【正】【将】【帘】【子】【放】【下】，【便】【上】【前】【行】【礼】【道】， “【臣】【见】【过】【太】【子】【殿】【下】。” **【道】， “【太】【傅】【这】【话】【中】【之】【意】，【是】【劝】【本】【宫】【去】【漠】【北】【十】【三】【城】？” 【关】【无】【忘】【笑】， “【那】【是】【自】【然】，【如】【今】【长】【安】【之】【中】【没】【有】【您】【的】【兵】【马】，【您】【一】【定】【也】【觉】【得】【处】【处】【都】【被】【掣】【肘】，【既】【然】【您】【已】【经】【掌】【握】【了】【朝】【堂】，【为】【何】
【在】【来】【到】【离】【长】【南】【城】【十】【里】【外】【的】【一】【座】【山】【丘】【外】，【纪】【阳】【带】【着】【那】【个】【将】【军】【停】【了】【下】【来】，【顺】【手】【还】【把】【那】【四】【个】【昏】【死】【的】【将】【军】【也】【给】【带】【了】【出】【来】。【至】【此】，【大】【周】【军】【队】【围】【攻】【长】【南】【城】【的】【所】【有】【将】【领】【都】【被】【纪】【阳】【给】【一】【网】【打】【尽】。 “【好】【了】，【你】【可】【以】【走】【了】。” “【真】【的】？【多】【谢】【不】【杀】【之】【恩】。” 【然】【而】【还】【没】【等】【走】【出】【两】【步】，【纪】【阳】【一】【记】【手】【刀】【紧】【接】【着】【主】【将】【也】【跟】【着】【昏】【死】【过】【去】，【没】【有】
【落】【日】【收】【走】【最】【后】【一】【片】【余】【辉】，【天】【边】【的】【云】【如】【墨】【汁】【在】【水】【中】【化】【开】，【渐】【渐】【染】【黑】。 【这】【是】【一】【片】【安】【详】【宁】【静】【的】【小】【村】【落】，【此】【时】【大】【家】【已】【经】【收】【拾】【自】【己】【的】【农】【具】【回】【家】【了】，【连】【炊】【烟】【都】【熄】【灭】【了】。【就】【这】【昏】【黄】【的】【油】【灯】，【忙】【碌】【一】【天】【的】【农】【人】【得】【到】【休】【息】。 【他】【们】【桌】【上】【是】【清】【淡】【的】【白】【菜】【汤】，【因】【为】【舍】【不】【得】【放】【油】【而】【煮】【的】【有】【些】【焦】【黑】【的】【自】【己】【种】【的】【蔬】【菜】。 【尽】【管】【粗】【茶】【淡】【饭】，【尽】【管】【不】2017马会传真【通】【过】【对】【主】【部】【落】【和】【分】【部】【落】【年】【青】【一】【代】【的】【观】【察】，【辛】【奇】【发】【现】【他】【们】【的】【思】【想】【差】【别】【非】【常】【大】，【这】【是】【一】【个】【很】【危】【险】【的】【信】【号】。 【现】【在】【还】【有】【父】【辈】【在】【两】【个】【部】【落】【还】【能】【维】【持】【和】【睦】【的】【关】【系】，【当】【父】【辈】【都】【不】【在】【了】，【这】【种】【和】【睦】【关】【系】【还】【能】【维】【持】【的】【下】【去】【吗】？ 【尤】【其】【是】【他】【们】【还】【会】【和】【第】【一】【代】【那】【样】【教】【育】【自】【己】【的】【子】【女】【吗】？【肯】【定】【不】【会】。【那】【么】【第】【三】【代】【对】【相】【互】【的】【感】【情】【和】【认】【同】【感】【就】【更】【少】
【这】【一】【巴】【掌】【下】【去】，【白】【凤】【棠】【心】【里】【总】【算】【痛】【快】【了】【一】【分】，【这】【丫】【头】【跟】【了】【自】【己】【这】【些】【年】，【骨】【子】【里】【却】【始】【终】【是】【白】【府】【的】【丫】【鬟】。 【亏】【的】【自】【己】【还】【想】【着】【等】【王】【爷】【回】【来】【以】【后】，【自】【己】【有】【了】【好】【日】【子】【一】【定】【不】【会】【忘】【了】【她】。 【可】【她】【到】【好】，【前】【几】【天】【见】【白】【芷】【荞】【欺】【负】【自】【己】，【却】【只】【能】【站】【在】【那】【里】，【连】【屁】【都】【不】【会】【放】【一】【个】，【这】【白】【府】【出】【来】【的】【丫】【鬟】，【就】【是】【一】【只】【养】【不】【熟】【的】【白】【眼】【狼】。 【看】【着】
“【怎】【么】，【我】【就】【不】【能】【活】【着】【了】【吗】？？？” 【看】【着】【身】【前】【的】【蓝】【裙】【少】【女】，【楚】【枫】【眸】【光】【冰】【冷】。 【眼】【前】【这】【个】【少】【女】，【看】【起】【来】【虽】【然】【柔】【美】【无】【比】，【但】【是】，【却】【是】【蛇】【蝎】【心】【肠】，【典】【型】【的】【死】【道】【友】【不】【死】【贫】【道】。 【先】【前】【如】【果】【不】【是】【他】【实】【力】【强】【悍】【的】【话】，【恐】【怕】【早】【就】【死】【在】【银】【尸】【王】【手】【中】【了】。 “【哈】【哈】，【怎】【么】【会】？？？” 【少】【女】【虽】【然】【一】【愣】，【不】【过】【很】【快】【反】【应】【了】【过】【来】，【嘴】
【想】【的】【越】【多】，【我】【就】【越】【感】【觉】【到】【麻】【烦】【和】【头】【疼】。 “【算】【了】，【想】【那】【么】【多】【也】【没】【用】！【现】【在】【还】【是】【先】【离】【开】【这】【个】【沙】【漠】，【然】【后】【找】【到】【奖】【奖】【她】【们】【再】【说】【吧】！”【我】【一】【咬】【牙】【一】【跺】【脚】【后】【决】【定】【道】。 【反】【正】【想】【不】【通】【就】【先】【不】【想】【了】，【毕】【竟】【车】【到】【山】【前】【必】【有】【路】【啊】！ 【又】【闲】【逛】【了】【一】【番】【后】，【我】【还】【找】【到】【了】【小】【玲】【她】【们】【那】【里】，【隔】【着】【空】【气】【墙】【用】【对】【讲】【机】【和】【她】【们】【聊】【了】【几】【句】【后】，【还】【把】【这】【里】【当】
【打】【算】【写】【新】【书】【后】，【一】【直】【坚】【持】【的】【心】【就】【有】【点】【萎】【靡】【了】，【想】【要】【休】【息】【几】【天】，【再】【考】【虑】【到】【新】【书】【需】【要】【投】【入】【更】【多】【精】【力】，【就】【想】【着】【要】【停】【掉】【这】【本】【书】。 【不】【说】【场】【面】【话】，【这】【本】【书】【短】【时】【间】【内】【肯】【定】【太】【监】【了】(【可】【能】【会】【在】【后】【面】【没】【事】【的】【时】【候】【更】【新】) 【对】【不】【起】【观】【看】【的】【书】【友】，【你】【们】【可】【以】【随】【便】【骂】【后】【面】【的】【内】【容】【大】【致】【是】【载】【誉】【而】【归】，【持】【续】【收】【割】【物】【质】【和】【荣】【誉】【奖】【励】，【然】【后】【会】【因】