SATURDAY PUZZLE — What a delight it is to get a theme puzzle on a Saturday! I know I’m not giving anything away with that — I saw that final across clue on my first sparse pass through this Mark Diehl grid, but it didn’t help much. I thought this was a very difficult, rewarding, clever Saturday puzzle and it would have been a killer on a Thursday.
I had a terribly tough time getting started on this grid and had to make some wild guesses and then sleep on it. The problem for me was that even the smaller fill was really hard! There were many names that I just didn’t know in the given context, like OHARA, INGE, LOA and ALI, and a lot of really hilarious but difficult puns, the kind that merit a forehead slap (I’m looking at NEONS, AD LIBS, BEES (indeed!) LOOS, APSO and MOPPED). Passing through the finished grid, anything simple was clued vaguely, as well, which meant making a DENT was no small endeavor.
The driest things in the grid today were the two “corporate” spans, BALANCED BUDGETS and PROCEDURE MANUALS. Getting those certainly helped me crack things more open, and I found it interesting and amusing that Mr. Diehl upended the nature of a themed grid this way, by using such strait-laced long entries and then spicing everything else up as much as he did.
28A: There were several directional clues today, to be interpreted several different ways. This was direct, although vague: Nautically (or aeronautically) speaking, if you’re situated laterally to a craft you’re ABEAM. If you’re doing a “Lean,” above this entry at 26A, you’re on the BIAS, but if you’re the “most askew” then you’re the WRIEST. Toward the backs, or “Rears” next door at 30A, you’re in the STERNS. I had to SIDLE around this whole puzzle, trying to make progress yet stay STOIC.
31A: This song title rang the faintest of bells, and only as a ’70s throwback single. I think the Rod MCKUEN semi-spoken version is sort of delightful; apparently the song is more famous as a musical nadir, however, so what do I know. Mr. MCKUEN was in the grid once before, back in 1996.
54A: Who knew that “Radley” was a fancy British school, a competitor to ETON?
6D: A debut. And am I the only one who thought that “Seussical,” as in “Seussical the Musical,” was the descriptive term for gems like “Horton Hears a Who” and “Green Eggs and Ham?” It’s SEUSSIAN, and it’s also apparently anapestic tetrameter.
12D: Since this was the Difficult Corner, of course there had to be more than one confounding stickler. Were we supposed to get TSA AGENT via the crosses, Mr. Diehl? I tip my hat to you, and possibly toss a shoe, since that’s what I’m used to removing when in the company of this entry.
18D: We’re all “tough enough.” We CAN TAKE IT …
24D: … (I NEED A HUG)
33D: Did you know that there was once a longstanding chain of English tailoring shops owned by a Montague Maurice Burton? Apparently, one of their three-piece suits was known as a “full Monty” — a possible origin story for the phrase that most of us associate with that miner movie with the calendar. Either way, the term can mean the WHOLE BIT.
Oh, also, I surmise that most of us fell for a great bit of misdirection in this puzzle at the start, at 11D. This was one of my gimmes! Toyota “Corollas,” right? The best selling car ever made. Well, continue on.
I assume that we’ve all been anticipating this date, the 40th anniversary of Margaret Thatcher’s inauguration as prime minister of Britain, and are happily preparing our Yorkshire puddings and trifles to celebrate. Kidding! But that factoid is integrally involved with this puzzle, and it adds an interesting dimension, so I’m throwing it out there as a hint — the date is the point of the theme, today.
Look at the across clues in the four corners of the puzzle.
1A, “Could” is MAY (not Theresa, which would have been a funny little wrinkle, but probably a little fraught, eh what).
53A, “Accompany,” isn’t “go with,” it’s BE WITH.
55A, which is cunningly clued as the revealer, is all of YOU poor souls who’ve probably made a mess of the rest of this grid. The royal YOU, which includes me, and everyone else besides Mr. Diehl.
And what of 5A? As I learned for this column, today’s date is “Star Wars Day.” It doesn’t commemorate the movie’s 1977 release date, which was later in May, but it plays off one of the movie’s most famous lines — “May the force be with you” — by substituting fourth for force. On top of that, Mr. Diehl has popped in a single number rebus, 4 for “four,” so we have THE 4TH at 5A (and the lesser-known Toyota 4-RUNNERS at 11D).
Star Wars Day, it turns out, is a real thing — people throw parties, and there are showings and games and merriment in all the galaxies, I’m sure. But its inspiration was actually a headline in The London Evening News about Maggie Thatcher. All of this was news to me.
By the way, for anyone else who had a little puzzle déjà vu with that discrete number “4,” there’s another Mark Diehl production (with Andrea Carla Michaels) that did this last year to fun (and less confounding) effect.
And, if you’re a Star Wars maven, you may find more ORE to mine in this grid. I picked up on ARETOO. (Not at 2D though, so close! That was ARRIVE.) There was also a Darth MAUL character somewhere in the saga.
What did I miss? Let me know — I love getting a trick puzzle on a Saturday!
Do love me some Star Wars! So once it clicked that Star Wars Day’s ubiquitous and punny declaration broke up into four definable pieces it incessantly nagged at me to become a mini-bonus layer in an otherwise themeless puzzle. If I hadn’t kowtowed to the demands of its creation, who knows the disturbance in the Force that may have ensued.
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金世纪心水伦坛【叶】【枫】【乔】【淡】【淡】【地】【看】【了】【他】【一】【眼】，【松】【开】【了】【雷】【启】【云】【的】【手】。【并】【没】【有】【理】【会】【他】，【而】【是】【向】【对】【面】【的】【李】【悦】【悦】【冷】【冰】【冰】【地】【大】【声】【问】【道】：“【你】【在】【楚】【墓】【镇】【上】【做】【的】【这】【些】【事】，【只】【是】【为】【了】【报】【仇】【吗】？” 【不】【是】【为】【了】【报】【仇】，【还】【能】【为】【了】【什】【么】？ 【李】【悦】【悦】【被】【叶】【枫】【乔】【的】【问】【题】【问】【得】【刹】【那】【间】【有】【些】【茫】【然】，【一】【瞬】【后】【神】【智】【便】【恢】【复】【清】【明】，【神】【色】【不】【善】【地】【反】【问】【道】：“【除】【了】【报】【仇】，【还】【能】【为】【了】【什】
【欧】【阳】【云】【霄】【消】【失】【之】【后】，【李】【睿】【走】【到】【庆】【鸿】【凯】【面】【前】【说】【道】：“【岳】【父】【大】【人】，” 【庆】【鸿】【凯】【点】【点】【头】：“【小】【睿】，【以】【后】【韵】【儿】【就】【交】【给】【你】【了】，【作】【为】【你】【的】【亲】【人】【我】【肯】【定】【会】【不】【予】【余】【力】【的】【支】【持】【你】【们】【的】【计】【划】，” 【李】【睿】【点】【点】【头】：“【多】【谢】，【岳】【父】【的】【支】【持】，” 【庆】【鸿】【凯】：“【那】【么】【我】【明】【天】【就】【会】【宣】【布】【你】【和】【韵】【儿】【的】【婚】【事】，【下】【个】【月】【十】【五】【号】【就】【是】【一】【个】【好】【日】【子】，【日】【子】【就】【定】【在】
“【哇】，【终】【于】【放】【假】【了】！”【秦】【淮】【安】【看】【着】【老】【师】【走】【出】【教】【室】【的】【背】【影】，【忍】【不】【住】【心】【中】【的】【喜】【悦】，【感】【叹】【出】【声】。 “【是】【啊】，【可】【以】【回】【家】【了】。”【季】【晗】【昕】【转】【过】【身】【来】，【同】【样】【的】【忍】【不】【住】【高】【兴】，【两】【人】【这】【会】【儿】【甚】【至】【已】【经】【开】【始】【讨】【论】【寒】【假】【要】【去】【哪】【里】【玩】【了】！ 【一】【旁】【的】【沈】【沐】【白】【笑】【着】【摇】【了】【摇】【头】，【收】【拾】【好】【自】【己】【东】【西】【后】，【看】【着】【聊】【的】【正】【欢】【的】【秦】【淮】【安】，【只】【得】【默】【默】【的】【帮】【秦】【淮】【安】【也】【收】金世纪心水伦坛【片】【刻】【之】【间】【江】【水】【便】【将】【除】【了】【秋】【劫】【之】【外】【的】【所】【有】【暗】【卫】【杀】【了】【干】【净】。 【江】【中】【仍】【然】【清】【浊】，【却】【不】【染】【一】【点】【雪】【色】【痕】【迹】。 【杀】【心】【太】【重】【境】【界】【不】【稳】，【江】【水】【倒】【也】【顾】【不】【得】【了】，【她】【此】【刻】【气】【血】【逆】【行】，【但】【还】【提】【着】【刀】【向】【秋】【劫】【走】【去】。 【她】【就】【这】【样】【定】【定】【地】【看】【着】【秋】【劫】。 “【江】【姑】【娘】【不】【动】【手】【杀】【我】?” 【江】【水】【虽】【然】【身】【形】【高】【挑】，【却】【也】【只】【是】【相】【比】【之】【寻】【常】【闺】【阁】【女】【子】【而】【言】，【此】
【医】【院】【里】，【奶】【奶】，【今】【天】【一】【早】【就】【来】【到】【了】【这】【里】，【他】【看】【到】【付】【少】【爷】【穿】【戴】【整】【齐】【之】【后】，【然】【后】【从】【病】【房】【里】【走】【了】【出】【来】，【奶】【奶】【凑】【过】【去】【对】【他】【说】，【你】【今】【天】【看】【起】【来】【有】【点】【虚】【弱】，【要】【不】【要】【再】【住】【一】【段】【时】【间】【啊】。 【傅】【少】【爷】【对】【着】【奶】【奶】【笑】【了】【笑】【不】【用】【了】，【我】【已】【经】【住】【了】【很】【久】【了】，【如】【果】【再】【住】【下】【去】【的】【话】，【公】【司】【里】【的】【人】【会】【起】【疑】【心】【的】。 【因】【为】【你】【缺】【席】【了】【董】【事】【会】，【所】【以】【我】【才】【会】【撒】【谎】
【秘】【密】【武】【器】-【核】【武】【器】。 【这】【种】【武】【器】，【官】【方】【明】【面】【上】【的】【说】【法】【是】：【全】【水】【蓝】【星】【加】【起】【来】【总】【数】【量】【号】【称】【能】【让】【整】【个】【水】【蓝】【星】【毁】【灭】【个】【几】【十】、【上】【百】【次】。 【当】【然】【这】【只】【是】【以】【前】【的】【说】【法】。 【现】【在】【的】【水】【蓝】【星】【不】【仅】【是】【生】【物】【数】【量】【增】【加】n【倍】，【地】【貌】【增】【加】n【倍】，【法】【则】【跟】【空】【间】【壁】【垒】【同】【样】【也】【是】【稳】【固】【了】n【多】【倍】，【再】【加】【上】【法】【则】【对】【于】【热】【武】【器】【的】【削】【弱】。 【所】【以】，【毁】【灭】【水】【蓝】【星】
【女】【儿】【真】【美】【子】，【上】【了】【小】【学】【以】【后】，【成】【熟】【的】【太】【快】，【问】【的】【问】【题】，【常】【常】【让】【若】【菜】【哑】【口】【无】【言】。 【比】【如】【现】【在】。 “【妈】【妈】，【妈】【妈】。【相】【爱】【的】【人】，【是】【不】【是】【就】【要】【待】【在】【一】【起】，【就】【像】【王】【子】【和】【白】【雪】【公】【主】【一】【样】？” “【对】【啊】，【宝】【贝】。【我】【们】【小】【公】【主】，【未】【来】【也】【一】【定】【会】【遇】【到】【真】【心】【爱】【你】【的】【王】【子】。” “【那】【爸】【爸】【成】【天】【都】【看】【不】【到】【人】，【妈】【妈】【你】【为】【什】【么】【要】【嫁】【给】【他】【呢】？【没】