THURSDAY PUZZLE — When people tell me that they would never, ever dare try to solve a Thursday crossword because it’s too tricky or too difficult, my response is usually: “Pshaw! You can do this. With lots of practice, of course. And maybe some chocolate. And leave a lot of time to finish it. There might be some crying. Also, you definitely need to think outside the box for these, which is a skill that admittedly takes some time to develop. But otherwise, you should be good to go.”
And then people yell at me on Twitter because they are either or both of the following:
1. Incensed that the puzzle is a rebus, which they might not have seen before, or2. Incensed that the puzzle is not a rebus, and is, in fact, something entirely different that they have never encountered.
In this puzzle by Jeff Chen we have the second gripe, although some solvers might have assumed that this tough theme was a rebus. I know I did, mainly because of the difficulty I had getting started and the swearing that resulted from the twists and turns in his grid.
But ultimately, I really enjoyed this one. When that “aha!” moment hit me, it struck hard, and I found myself going over the completed puzzle again to admire the thought that went into constructing a theme like Mr. Chen’s.
I hope you’ll hang in there, too. This puzzle is a good example of why it’s worth pushing yourself to get to Thursday-level solving.
Spoiler alert: There is a screenshot of a partial solution at the end of the Today’s Theme section, so please avert your eyes if you don’t want to see it.
There is a lot of wordplay in these clues, so you all are on your own.
Just kidding! I am not covering all the clues that involve wordplay, but following is a selection of clues that made an impression on me.
1A: Hand up if you thought “Bread used for soup” was going to be a specific kind of bread, or perhaps a hint at a steaming ribollita, which uses bread as a thickener. In this puzzle, it’s SOP, which is any good bread used to sop up broth.
13A: I had SLO MO before I had SUPER SLO MO, which makes its debut today.
17A: I couldn’t get the Wizard of Oz out of my head when I read the clue “Person behind the curtain?” However, the answer is STAGE ACTOR.
32A: For solvers who haven’t seen this before, a bracketed clue is looking for a synonym for a nonverbal action. You can read more about bracketed clues in our “How to Solve The New York Times Crossword” guide. The clue “[Groan]” means that we want a nonverbal equivalent to the action of groaning. It’s possible that you might feel UGH, which is the answer, but for my money, the parallelism is a bit stretchy here, because I am more likely to say the word UGH. The nonverbal equivalent to [Groan] to me would be something like FACEPALM.
37A: “Put in stitches?” sounds like someone told a funny joke that people are in stitches over, but the answer really focuses on the words “Put in.” They hint at physically making stitches, and the answer is SEW.
58A: Tricky one! In this puzzle, “Button-downs?” is not a collective noun referring to strait-laced people. It refers to physically pressing a button down, and the answer is KEYSTROKES.
62A: Hi, kids! You probably know this because vinyl has made a big comeback, but just in case, I’m here to help you solve. “Not many tracks are found on them, for short” refers to record albums, specifically EPS, or Extended Play albums, which have only one or two songs on them.
3D: Hi again, kids! The film “Three Days of the Condor” was a 1975 political thriller starring Robert Redford and directed by Sydney POLLACK. That’s a real Thursday-level clue.
10D: Is Weezer an EMO band? They have so many styles that I suppose that could be one of many.
11D: I had PRO, then CON, then the correct answer FOR, for “One side of a debate.”
41D: I know that the entry EARS (to the right of 43A) is part of the RAMP UP theme and therefore not really a duplicate of 41D. Before I understood the theme, however, I was ready to email the editors and report a dupe, because that Across entry crosses EARACHE. It’s a good thing I caught on before I hit “send.”
Mr. Chen’s theme is hard to describe in words, so I’m going to cheat and show you a picture at the end of this section.
The short version of the story is that you are not, in fact, losing it. Some of the entries do not make sense, and the missing clues/clues with dashes (depending on the format in which you solve) should be a hint that something weird is going on. Your job, should you choose to accept it, is to figure out what that weird thing is, as Mr. Chen RAMPs UP the fun.
Whoops. I dropped a big hint there. That entry at 45D is the revealer, but it’s tough to suss out what we’re supposed to do with it, if you don’t have a lot of mid- to late-week solving experience. So I’m going to explain two of them, and you can figure out the other two, if you haven’t finished solving.
At 26A, the answer to the clue “South American landmark whose name means ‘old peak’” is MACHU PICCHU, but how are we supposed to write all that into a four letter slot? We could try writing very small in some of the squares. (Some of you are just now understanding what I said above about being mad that it might be a rebus and also being mad that it’s not a rebus. Please don’t yell at me on Twitter).
The answer lies up those three diagonal black squares in Mr. Chen’s grid design. That’s a RAMP, and — when viewed from left to right — it’s going UP. If you follow the RAMP UP — imagining the word UP in between 26A’s MACH and the entry ICCHU to the right of 18A’s AZALEAS (in some formats it is not numbered, and in other formats that cannot tolerate a blank clue, it is entry 20A) — you wind up with MACH[U P]ICCHU.
Similarly, at 29A, KUNG FU PANDA is the answer to “2008 animated film set in ancient China.” Start at 29A for KUNGF, follow the RAMP UP to the entry to the right of 22A (in some formats, the answer is at 23A), and you wind up with KUNG F[U P]ANDA.
I told you this wasn’t easy. A visual representation of the answer is below. Thanks to XWord Info for the use of their answer key.
Seems appropriate that MACHU PICCHU has UP in the middle of it. The Incas and their clever wordplay!
If you haven’t gotten the chance to go up to MACHU PICCHU — and more important, even higher to the peak at Huayna Picchu — that’s one to put on the bucket list. Not for the faint of heart, faint of breath, or faint from fear of falling to one’s death off towering heights that have virtually no safety measures, though.
Almost finished solving but need a bit more help? We’ve got you covered.
Warning: There be spoilers ahead, but subscribers can take a peek at the answer key.
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本港招财二肖二码【搜】【山】【的】【时】【候】【大】【家】【发】【现】【山】【上】【有】【许】【多】【山】【洞】，【此】【时】【正】【好】【用】【做】【栖】【身】【之】【所】，【点】【点】【篝】【火】【在】【寂】【静】【的】【山】【野】【间】【亮】【起】。 【在】【漫】【无】【边】【际】【的】【海】【上】【寻】【了】【近】【一】【个】【月】，【初】【时】【的】【激】【情】【过】【后】【大】【家】【都】【显】【得】【疲】【惫】【不】【堪】，【除】【了】【守】【夜】【的】【人】【外】【全】【部】【都】【早】【早】【睡】【下】。 “【噼】【里】【啪】【啦】” 【柴】【火】【炸】【裂】【的】【声】【音】【响】【起】，【本】【该】【睡】【熟】【的】【凌】【羽】【儿】【却】【在】【此】【时】【睁】【开】【了】【自】【己】【的】【眼】【睛】，【炯】【炯】【有】【神】，
【赛】【可】：【你】【神】【经】【病】【啊】？ 【麦】【德】：【你】【才】【知】【道】【啊】！ ——【题】【记】 * 【少】【女】【从】【病】【床】【上】【坐】【起】，【睡】【眼】【惺】【忪】。 【我】【这】【是】【在】【哪】【儿】？ 【等】【会】【儿】，【我】【又】【是】【谁】？ 【少】【女】【坐】【在】【病】【床】【边】【上】【发】【呆】，【可】【怎】【么】【都】【想】【不】【起】【来】【自】【己】【的】【姓】【名】，【和】【为】【什】【么】【会】【在】【医】【院】？ “【赛】【可】，【你】【醒】【了】？！” 【护】【士】【模】【样】【的】【人】【推】【门】【而】【入】，【一】【脸】【惊】【吓】【地】【看】【着】【坐】【在】【床】【边】
【三】【公】【九】【卿】【和】【各】【地】【郡】【守】【的】【家】【眷】【都】【轮】【番】【上】【阵】，【每】【天】【都】【有】【人】【到】【宫】【里】【为】【安】【洪】【泽】【说】【媒】，【王】【俭】【和】【倩】【儿】【不】【胜】【其】【烦】。 【社】【稷】【安】【定】【之】【后】，【为】【国】【计】【民】【生】【考】【虑】，【须】【与】【华】【夏】【密】【切】【交】【往】，【于】【是】【王】【俭】【派】【安】【洪】【泽】【带】【领】【使】【团】，【出】【使】【华】【夏】。 【高】【句】【丽】【到】【华】【夏】【老】【丘】【城】【万】【里】【之】【遥】，【安】【洪】【泽】【率】【领】【数】【百】【人】【和】【几】【百】【匹】【马】【和】【骆】【驼】，【托】【着】【人】【参】、【貂】【皮】【等】【货】【物】，【从】【王】【俭】【城】【出】【发】本港招财二肖二码【在】【他】【抵】【达】【的】【时】【候】，【其】【他】【的】【那】【些】【散】【修】【也】【已】【经】【到】【了】【来】，【发】【现】【沙】【虫】【王】【踪】【迹】【的】【是】【王】【涛】，【他】【是】【在】【一】【个】【沙】【区】【很】【密】【集】【的】【地】【方】【发】【现】【的】，【所】【以】【马】【上】【通】【知】【叶】【无】【道】【他】【们】【赶】【过】【来】。 【不】【过】【王】【涛】【并】【没】【有】【看】【到】【沙】【虫】【王】【的】【踪】【影】，【他】【只】【是】【找】【到】【了】【沙】【虫】**【出】【沙】【土】【的】【一】【个】【沙】【洞】，【通】【过】【他】【的】【判】【断】，【可】【以】【肯】【定】【这】【个】【沙】【洞】【就】【是】【沙】【虫】【王】【出】【没】【行】【动】【的】【轨】【迹】。 【而】【叶】【无】【道】
【是】【夜】。 【元】【清】【盘】【膝】【坐】【在】【石】【床】【之】【上】，【正】【在】【修】【炼】。 【按】【照】【梵】【天】【的】【说】【法】，【反】【正】【又】【出】【不】【去】，【时】【间】【就】【别】【荒】【废】【了】。 【在】【空】【间】【里】【不】【安】【全】，【因】【为】【这】【邪】【修】【未】【走】，【万】【一】【被】【发】【现】【就】【不】【好】【了】。【再】【加】【上】【这】【里】【是】【猴】【子】【窝】，【到】【处】【是】【清】【心】【草】，【这】【气】【味】【能】【静】【心】，【修】【炼】【也】【不】【错】。 【元】【清】【原】【本】【心】【情】【根】【本】【静】【不】【下】【来】，【结】【果】【盘】【膝】【坐】【下】【之】【后】，【莫】【名】【入】【定】【了】。 【小】
【曾】【老】【太】【太】【狠】【狠】【的】【瞪】【了】【曾】【碧】【玉】【一】【眼】，“【你】【自】【己】【说】，【人】【家】【冤】【枉】【你】【没】【有】？” 【曾】【碧】【玉】【一】【张】【脸】【涨】【得】【通】【红】，【轻】【轻】【的】【摇】【了】【摇】【头】。 【不】【可】【一】【世】【的】【曾】【大】【小】【姐】【在】【曾】【老】【太】【太】【面】【前】，【乖】【的】【像】【小】【猫】【咪】【一】【样】。 【曾】【老】【太】【太】【指】【着】【曾】【绍】【卿】【的】【鼻】【子】【问】【道】：“【你】【呢】？【你】【也】【觉】【得】【人】【家】【小】【宋】【错】【了】？【要】【对】【人】【家】【兴】【师】【问】【罪】，【还】【要】【用】【你】【的】【权】【势】【去】【找】【人】【家】【小】【宋】【的】【麻】【烦】？
【墨】【子】【琛】【眸】【色】【如】【海】，【眼】【睛】【里】【暗】【流】【涌】【动】！ “【如】【果】【是】【因】【为】【叶】【倩】【纱】【的】【事】，【我】【觉】【得】【我】【们】【可】【以】【谈】【谈】！” 【墨】【子】【琛】【脸】【上】【神】【色】【也】【越】【来】【越】【明】【灭】【不】【定】！ “【哼】！”【墨】【烟】【哼】【唧】【了】【一】【声】， 【又】【抱】【着】【一】【只】【枕】【头】【扭】【向】【了】【床】【的】【另】【一】【边】， 【但】【是】【耳】【朵】【那】【可】【是】【非】【常】【专】【注】【的】【竖】【了】【起】【来】， 【墨】【子】【琛】【眼】【睛】【里】【闪】【过】【复】【杂】【和】【犹】【豫】，【但】【片】【刻】【之】【后】，【还】【是】【开】【口】【了】
“……” 【余】【宿】【寒】【被】【米】【小】【宛】【怼】【的】【没】【话】【说】。 【但】【是】【就】【算】【没】【话】【说】，【该】【做】【的】【还】【得】【做】。 【米】【小】【宛】【躺】【在】【病】【床】【上】，【护】【士】【过】【来】【操】【作】【仪】【器】。 【米】【小】【宛】【虽】【然】【嘴】【硬】，【但】【是】【也】【不】【会】【给】【医】【务】【人】【员】【添】【乱】。【让】【干】【什】【么】【干】【什】【么】，【自】【己】【难】【受】【的】【快】【要】【哭】【了】，【但】【是】【依】【旧】【强】【忍】【着】。 【不】【断】【的】【催】【吐】【让】【米】【小】【宛】【脸】【色】【苍】【白】，【躺】【在】【那】【里】【双】【手】【攥】【着】，【用】【力】【闭】【着】【眼】【睛】。