SUNDAY PUZZLE — They say that comedy is just tragedy plus time (who they are can be pretty much up to you, since the Venn diagram of humorists and people credited with that expression is about a perfect circle). The timing of this puzzle, vis-à-vis the government shutdown, is an unfortunate coincidence; our lineup is scheduled and set so far in advance that this kind of juxtaposition can happen, and I hope that nobody is dismayed.
Today’s puzzle is Randolph Ross’s 49th Sunday contribution (he’s made 110 puzzles, according to xwordinfo.com, in total). That’s one shy of his Sunday golden jubilee, and it puts him in fine company. I remember a few, including a great nautical puzzle, and I think of Mr. Ross as a very elegant and intricate constructor — today’s grid has two theme spans and a lot of very bright fill that made it a fun solve.
Today was a day when my mental repository of names came up short, so I struggled with BEAMON, CULP, THIEU and a couple of others; I did appreciate solving BABE and then getting THE BAMBINO, and I’ll take any reference to LASSIE that I can get, the cleverer the better. Once we reached into the 70s and 80s with BEEPERS, entertaining UTAHANS and MCDLTS, I was on a bit firmer ground.
Some very brief entries were gotchas, like EPA (I thought Carter set up this agency) and BAA, of all things, simply because I’d only thought of cotes as housing doves.
72A: I was briefly flummoxed by the clue here and looked for a question like “Where were you,” that would have been in response, or something like “Am I late?” I thought MISS ME was pretty cute, after I got it.
90A: A shop rule like ‘No returns’ is still a common CAVEAT.
16D: I was absolutely taken in by this clue — read right over Feburary, which is next month MISSPELLED.
24D: Perhaps this entry defines itself, as it’s a debut today, RARE GEM. It’s certainly a compliment of the highest order and should be used as such more often — or would that cheapen it?
69D: Last seen in 1985 and another addition to the seafaring word bank we go to now and then, a BRIGANTINE has two masts, yes, but apparently only one is square-rigged. A brig has two square-rigged masts, and is not (always) actually a BRIGANTINE, according to The New York Times, writing about a colonial-era ship excavated in Lower Manhattan.
103D: One of those occasional bits of chivalry regalia that pops up in the puzzle, an ARMET is a helmet that completely enclosed one’s head while being light enough to actually wear, which was state of the art once.
There are seven theme entries today, running across at 22, 29, 46, 63, 83, 100 and 111. They each define a person with a particular career, who has been removed from that particular career; their specific state of unemployment can be expressed as a pun.
For example, at 22A, we have an “Unemployed salon worker” — think beauty shop, here, and you’ll get an out-of-work or DISTRESSED HAIRDRESSER, a coiffeur who’s been dis-tressed.
Try 83A, the “Unemployed loan officer” — aptly, a DISTRUSTED BANKER. Or my favorite, at 100A, the “Unemployed rancher,” or DERANGED CATTLEMAN, which made me think so much of this old song, for some reason.
This is one of those great party-size themes that we encounter now and then on a Sunday, where there are piles of examples, as evidenced by Mr. Ross’s notes below, and which hopefully inspires your own inventions once you’ve grasped the concept. If you’re feeling at all distempered right now, the rest of the entries include:
This is my 49th Sunday Times puzzle and for the first time I can say I had a glut of possible theme entries. Here are some of the other possibilities that didn’t make the cut:
DEPARTED ACTOR, DEPRESSED DRY CLEANER, DEBUNKED CAMP COUNSELOR, DETESTED EXAMINER, DEBRIEFED LAWYER, DECOMPOSED SONG WRITER, DEFROCKED DRESSMAKER, DEPOSED MODEL, DISCHARGED SHOPPER, DISCOUNTED CENSUS TAKER, DISSOLVED PUZZLER, DISBARRED BALLERINA, DISCONCERTED MUSICIAN, DISINTERESTED BANKER.
I’m sure there are many more. I was inspired by a slightly related joke category: “Old___ never die, they just …” e.g., “Old cashiers never die, they just check out.”
I chose the seven in this puzzle because they each had adjectives that had to do with being fired or quitting. They also were dis- or de- adjectives (alternating) that have meanings unrelated to the profession, creating good wordplay. Of course the parameter of matching word lengths for symmetry also went into the choices. Since these theme entries were on the long side I was restricted to seven; usually I like eight or nine theme entries. The good news was that with seven theme entries I was able to have a lower word count (134) for this puzzle. This resulted in lots of longer-fill entries involving some less common words and phrases.
A few particular entries that helped me complete this grid. MCDLTS, with all its consonants, was a big help is filling that section … thank you McDonalds. RARE GEM, which has never appeared in a Times puzzle before, just came to me and helped complete a difficult area. This also was true of BRIGANTINE and CASEY KASEM, two unusual long entries that made the chunky bottom left corner fillable. By the way, BRIGANTINE is probably the etymological root of the term BRIG for a ship’s prison. DIED ON also was an invented entry that helped me out of a difficult spot. I figured it was O.K. because I have had more than a few batteries die on me. Glad Will agreed.
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【第】117【章】【小】【九】 **【敔】【从】【梦】【中】【醒】【来】，【这】【是】【哪】【里】？ 【似】【乎】【做】【了】【一】【个】【很】【长】【的】【梦】，【那】【像】【是】【以】【前】【的】【生】【活】。 【似】【乎】【很】【短】， 【又】【似】【乎】【很】【长】，【很】【漫】【长】【的】【日】【子】。 【哦】，【这】【里】【是】【宿】【舍】，【职】【工】【宿】【舍】。 **【敔】【坐】【起】【身】【来】，【扭】【动】【着】【早】【已】【疲】【惫】【不】【堪】【的】【身】【躯】，【似】【乎】【没】【有】【什】【么】【是】【可】【以】【一】【夜】【之】【间】【消】【除】【的】【了】【的】。 【昨】【夜】【那】【是】【一】【场】【恶】【战】，【除】【了】118开奖结果资料大全【唐】【九】【芊】【回】【来】【之】【后】【师】【姐】【们】【就】【开】【始】【叽】【叽】【喳】【喳】【问】，“【抽】【到】【第】【几】【啦】？【对】【面】【圣】【女】【是】【第】【几】【知】【道】【不】？” “【第】【九】，【我】【们】【看】【到】，【可】【能】【在】【我】【后】【面】【吧】。”【唐】【九】【芊】【道】。 【师】【姐】【们】【一】【看】【她】【是】【在】【前】【边】，【赶】【紧】【围】【成】【一】【圈】【给】【她】【温】【习】【功】【课】。 “【记】【得】【那】【一】【招】【兰】【花】【绽】【一】【定】【要】【有】【那】【种】【幽】【静】【的】【感】【觉】！” “【还】【有】【还】【有】” 【唐】【九】【芊】【晕】【头】【转】【向】，【连】【前】【边】
【第】【八】【章】：【积】【雨】【云】 …【侦】【测】【到】【短】【波】【通】【讯】。 “【抓】【到】【安】【娜】【了】【吗】？” “【差】【一】【点】，【我】【们】【已】【经】【找】【到】【了】【遗】【留】【的】【降】【落】【伞】，【现】【在】【正】【在】【沿】【着】【沙】【漠】【公】【路】【搜】【寻】【她】【的】【动】【向】。” “【还】【有】【找】【到】【其】【他】【人】【吗】？” “【抓】【到】【不】【少】【安】【娜】【德】【克】【的】【雇】【员】，【特】【罗】【涅】【尔】【的】【雇】【员】【倒】【没】【撞】【见】【几】【个】，【从】**【的】【设】【施】【完】【备】【度】【来】【看】，‘【那】【些】【人】【躲】【在】【这】【里】【应】【该】【很】【久】【了】’。
“【上】【朝】，【武】【神】【王】【到】” 【王】【座】【之】【上】，【武】【神】【王】【右】【手】【一】【个】【左】【手】【一】【个】，【两】【位】【妃】【子】【嘻】【嘻】【笑】【看】【众】【人】。 “【诸】【位】【有】【何】【事】【要】【上】【奏】？” “【王】，【远】【方】【城】【前】【发】【现】【一】【只】【有】【魂】【师】【组】【成】【的】【不】【明】【军】【队】，【正】【在】【向】【我】【们】【这】【里】【前】【进】。” “【哦】！【有】【人】【要】【反】？【有】【趣】【找】【人】【打】【发】【了】【他】【们】，【退】【朝】【宝】【贝】【我】【们】【走】” 【武】【神】【王】【丝】【毫】【不】【担】【心】
【夜】【溪】【不】【耐】：“【变】【回】【去】。【你】【丫】【的】【当】【我】【看】【不】【出】【你】【幻】【的】【形】【根】【本】【不】【是】【这】【个】【呢】。【快】【点】【儿】，【别】【让】【我】【动】【手】。” 【唰】——【众】【人】【全】【看】【向】【小】【莲】【花】。 【隐】【藏】【得】【够】【深】【啊】【老】【头】【儿】。 【便】【是】【靇】【煌】【几】【个】【也】【是】【吃】【惊】，【这】【竟】【不】【是】【他】【真】【正】【的】【样】【子】，【呔】，【奸】【猾】【的】【老】【东】【西】！ 【老】【头】【儿】【苦】【了】【脸】，【他】【没】【怼】【回】【去】【的】【本】【事】【和】【勇】【气】，【只】【得】【众】【目】【睽】【睽】【之】【下】【一】【点】【一】【点】【变】【了】【模】【样】