SUNDAY VARIETY COLUMN — I had never solved a puzzle of this particular variety before and assumed it was a new invention, but it looks to be a triumphant return, under new management, after a long absence (there are two earlier versions from 2010 and 2009, by Eric Berlin, in the archives).
It’s a clever ruse — Jim Horne likened the solving strategy to “crosswords on quicksand,” which implies uncertainty and probable doom. I did find it challenging to get started, but aside from a few really tough nuts (which did cause a sinking feeling) I was able to keep my wits about me and gradually crawl to completion.
At first, I focused on just finding entries that I was dead certain fit their allotted boxes — names like VERDI, ALLAN and IMAN, for example. I took a chance on STREAMED and LLAMAS, but felt quite stymied at that point, having run out of obvious good guesses that fit, and uncertain where to start with all the entries that were just too long.
Then I realized that entries that began or ended on a “wall” of the puzzle could be safely written in; if you knew that 1D was HAITI, that H had to be in the corner (crossing HERB), and the final “I” had to dangle below, in the first square of the fifth row across. As soon as I entered that, I was able to put in PELOSI, which led to LESSORS, which helped with TRACTS. This was very much a one-step-at-a-time puzzle for me.
The cluing was tough and clever, to boot. I liked clues for BAG IT, INLAW, SHEESH (that was a hard one) and SEAPLANES, which was straightforward but still had me befuddled. I screwed up INSTEP, entering “insole,” and VCHIP, entering “virus”; I didn’t remember ELMO or Popeye’s E.C. SEGAR, even though he has come up before, and OSTINATO was a new one to me (although it has been in the puzzle before).
Oh, and the quotation really added a layer of interest and did help me a tiny bit because I remembered the end once I had solved the beginning. I can’t remember where I had heard it — the most famous thing I remember coming from Colin Powell was that whole regrettable Pottery Barn rule (“you break it, you own it”), speaking about entire countries and millions of peoples’ lives. I won’t spoil today’s quotation here, I’ll link to an odd rendition of it. I couldn’t find the exact context though, if anyone remembers that.
All in all, I considered this a very worthwhile new endeavor and would love to see more. It looks devilishly hard to construct, when you think of the added complication of arranging those quote letters to work with a stuffed-to-the-gills 15 X 15 grid. Very impressive!
What did you think?B:
北京快3开奖公告今天【顾】【墨】【言】【拿】【起】【茶】【杯】【喝】【了】【一】【口】【道】：“【看】【来】【这】【个】【圣】【诞】【夜】【让】【您】【感】【触】【很】【深】。【抱】【歉】【我】【有】【些】【冷】【了】【先】【回】【去】【了】。” 【中】【年】【女】【士】【看】【到】【他】【要】【离】【开】，【连】【忙】【阻】【止】【道】：“【我】，【我】【叫】【墨】【希】【染】，【墨】【希】【恒】【是】【我】【大】【哥】。” 【顾】【墨】【言】：“・・・・・・” “【我】【知】【道】【我】【这】【样】【出】【现】【很】【贸】【然】，【但】【我】【相】【信】【这】【也】【许】【是】【大】【哥】【他】【在】【天】【有】【灵】【的】【给】【我】【们】【的】【一】【个】【指】【引】！【自】【从】【我】【妈】【见】
【一】【晃】【就】【是】【几】【个】【月】【的】【时】【间】。 【这】【段】【时】【间】【里】，【熊】【霸】【一】【家】【在】【城】【堡】【定】【居】【下】【来】。 【霍】【华】【德】【给】【熊】【犸】【种】【下】【规】【则】【之】【种】，【成】【功】【将】【它】【调】【教】【成】【能】【听】【从】【指】【令】【的】【好】【魔】【兽】。 【熊】【仔】【也】【已】【经】【断】【奶】，【在】【霍】【华】【德】【的】【可】【以】【培】【养】【下】，【熊】【仔】【没】【有】【意】【志】【之】【种】【就】【与】【霍】【华】【德】【十】【分】【亲】【近】。 【此】【时】，【熊】【仔】【在】【存】【在】【之】【种】【的】【辅】【助】【下】，【早】【已】【经】【有】【了】【接】【近】【魔】【兽】【的】【实】【力】，【只】【差】【一】【步】【就】
“【您】【的】【外】【卖】【已】【送】【达】，【请】【给】【五】【星】【好】【评】【噢】【亲】。” 【苏】【景】【良】【震】【惊】【的】【看】【着】【突】【然】【出】【现】【的】【外】【卖】【盒】【子】。 【还】【有】【突】【如】【其】【来】【的】【一】【句】【男】【声】。 【他】【看】【着】【一】【旁】【挂】【着】【笑】【容】【的】【常】【璐】，【得】【到】【对】【方】【的】【允】【许】【后】，【他】【将】【盖】【子】【掀】【开】。 【麻】【辣】【小】【龙】【虾】【的】【香】【味】【瞬】【间】【溢】【满】【整】【个】【房】【间】。 …… 【不】【管】【再】【眨】【几】【次】【眼】【睛】，【庄】【凡】【还】【是】【觉】【得】【有】【种】【不】【真】【实】【感】。 【外】【面】【是】【末】
【听】【到】【欧】【梓】【凌】【这】【样】【说】，【那】【他】【们】【也】【没】【有】【办】【法】，【反】【正】【现】【在】【能】【逃】【走】【一】【个】【是】【一】【个】，【总】【不】【能】【在】【这】【里】【等】【着】【警】【察】【抓】【吧】，【掘】【逼】【首】【先】【行】【动】【了】，【提】【着】【一】【大】【包】【首】【饰】，【就】【往】【那】【个】【洞】【子】【里】【钻】【去】，【只】【见】【他】【钻】【了】【没】【有】【多】【大】【的】【一】【会】【儿】，【就】【看】【到】【对】【面】【的】【洞】【口】，【已】【经】【被】【别】【人】【给】【封】【住】【了】，【看】【来】【他】【们】【现】【在】【是】【谁】【也】【都】【走】【不】【了】【了】，【不】【留】【下】【来】【陪】【着】【老】【巴】【都】【不】【可】【能】【了】。 【掘】【逼】【赶】北京快3开奖公告今天【孙】【立】【恩】【离】【开】【会】【议】【室】【的】【时】【候】，【脑】【子】【有】【些】【发】【懵】。 【调】【查】【员】【的】【问】【题】【都】【很】【犀】【利】，【就】【算】【心】【里】【没】【有】【什】【么】【可】【愧】【疚】【的】【内】【容】。【但】【孙】【立】【恩】【还】【是】【被】【问】【了】【一】【头】【的】【冷】【汗】。【他】【当】【然】【明】【白】，【如】【果】【一】【个】【问】【题】【回】【答】【的】【不】【好】，【那】【就】【真】【的】【要】【出】【事】。 【中】【间】【回】【答】【提】【问】【的】【时】【候】，【孙】【立】【恩】【好】【几】【次】【都】【觉】【得】【自】【己】【的】【回】【答】【有】【疏】【漏】。【但】【想】【改】【口】【却】【有】【些】【晚】【了】。【但】【那】【个】【提】【问】【很】【犀】【利】【的】
【接】【手】【荒】【龙】【城】【输】【掉】【的】【矿】【洞】【时】，【周】【郝】【引】【发】【了】【兽】【潮】。 【让】【无】【数】【矿】【工】【和】【望】【月】【城】【士】【兵】【死】【掉】。 【当】【时】，【悲】【惨】【程】【度】【比】【今】【天】【更】【甚】【百】【倍】。 【或】【许】【正】【是】【见】【识】【过】【那】【场】【惨】【剧】。 【此】【刻】，【楚】【凡】【才】【会】【感】【觉】【满】【身】【杀】【意】，【已】【经】【快】【不】【受】【控】【制】【了】。 【他】【心】【中】，【有】【一】【个】【声】【音】【在】【响】【起】，【要】【他】【立】【即】【杀】【了】【它】【们】。 【哪】【怕】【此】【刻】，【双】【方】【实】【力】【玄】【殊】【未】【定】。 【因】【为】【玄】