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It’s always a pleasure to see a new constructor make a debut in The New York Times, and today we welcome Jeff Slutzky, who learned the ropes from Derek Bowman.
A side note before we look at their puzzle: I’d like to reiterate that the best way to get started making crossword puzzles is to find a mentor and to work with that person on polishing skills before submitting work to an editor. The learning curve for making crosswords is steep and hard to climb alone. Still, some aspiring constructors avoid this step.
Maybe they want to be left alone to practice on their own, or maybe they are sensitive to criticism. For whatever reason, they avoid working with a pro and find themselves facing a long list of rejection emails, whereupon they give up and walk away from a fun hobby and a wonderful community.
I don’t understand that. Puzzle editors only have time to give limited feedback when responding to submissions, so isn’t it better to have your very own pro to ask questions and work with? The puzzle community is a lovely one, and I have not met a more helpful crowd.
O. K., maybe emergency medical workers are actually more helpful, but if you want to learn how to make a puzzle in the most efficient way, join the Crossword Puzzle Collaboration Directory on Facebook and look at the list of veteran constructors who have volunteered their time to help. Pick one and ask if he or she has time to help you with some of your ideas. Be patient with veteran constructors’ time, and really listen to what they tell you. If they have criticism — and I hope it’s gentle and sensible — don’t feel bad or get angry at them. They are trying to make you a better (and hopefully, published) constructor. Above all, don’t give up.
Mr. Slutzky worked with Mr. Bowman before submitting his puzzle (you can read more about their collaboration in their notes below), and look where he is now.
You could be doing that, too, and then we could all gather here to say nice things about your puzzle.
18A: “Bass group?” is nice misdirection that fooled me for quite awhile. The answer is NSYNC because the singer Lance Bass was a founding member.
20A: TIL that the Nobel Prize is not only a shiny medal, but also a monetary prize worth 9 million kronor. According to xe.com, a currency calculator, that is worth ,011,960.43 U.S.D.
42A: “Long time out?” is not referring to being outside your home for a long time, it’s talking about being “out” or unconscious for a long time. The answer is COMA.
49A: The entry ATF is short for the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (that was added on later), and it’s not the answer to “Group of traffic cops, for short?” because police officers who direct traffic are part of the group. The word “traffic” is being used here in the illegal “trafficking” sense.
50A: The GIG economy consists of freelance jobs like driving for Uber, renting property via Airbnb or helping others take care of mundane errands via TaskRabbit.
22D: Congratulations to “The Last Jedi” director RIAN Johnson, who is appearing in the New York Times Crossword for the first time.
Mr. Slutzky and Mr. Bowman offer us a sound addition theme, wherein we are supposed to add TOR to the theme entries to give them a different meaning. The revealer at 66A, the final Across entry, is TORAH, clued as “Sacred text … or your reaction upon figuring out this puzzle's theme?” (“TOR … Ah!”)
For example, at 21A, the answer to the clue “Kidnapper who gets arrested?” is CAPTOR IN HAND, which is based on the phrase “cap in hand.”
Jeff Slutzky: I’m excited to be making my New York Times Crossword debut. (It’s my first crossword anywhere, actually!) I first came up with this theme several years ago, but I knew nothing about crossword constructing software or word look-up programs at the time, so I tried to create the whole puzzle using graph paper, my pencil and my brain. I didn’t get very far.
I met Derek Bowman at the 2018 American Crossword Puzzle Tournament. He’s a veteran constructor, and when I told him I had a theme idea, he expressed interest in collaborating with me. He came up with a couple of new theme entries, as well as the great TORAH kicker at the end. One of our original entries — MENTOR AT WORK (clued as “Yoda or Mr. Miyagi, from 9 to 5?”) — was nixed by the editors because it didn’t really change the meaning of the base phrase, so we replaced it with CAPTOR IN HAND.
Derek was great to work with, and I learned a lot from him. I’m glad we were able to put this puzzle together.
Derek Bowman: After emailing back and forth a bit after we met, we ended up collaborating on this puzzle. Jeff had several ideas for theme entries that involved adding TOR to common phrases, and I found them to be very funny. (IT’S RAINING, MENTOR sadly ended up on the cutting room floor.) Together, we eventually narrowed it down to the theme entries listed in the grid, with some guidance from Will Shortz and Sam Ezersky.
Jeff has a great sense of humor, and I’m still amazed that he immediately identified the tune from “Dear Evan Hansen” that was lovingly redone at the A.C.P.T. talent show last year after hearing just a few notes. Jeff is a whiz at musicals, has a keen eye for detail and was a lot of fun to work with on this puzzle.
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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手机最快看开奖现场【空】【间】【的】【存】【在】，【如】【同】【给】【她】【开】【了】【挂】【一】【样】，【系】【统】【这】【是】【不】【想】【让】【自】【己】【在】【异】【世】【界】【中】【太】【过】【依】【赖】【空】【间】【吧】？ 【早】【上】【要】【干】【活】【儿】，【没】【有】【时】【间】【锻】【炼】，【但】【是】【晚】【上】【可】【以】，【爱】【怜】【把】《【如】【意】【拳】》【和】《【瘐】【紫】【炼】【体】【术】》【都】【练】【了】【几】【遍】【后】，【便】【盘】【坐】【在】【床】【上】【练】【习】《【褚】【心】【经】》，【锻】【炼】【精】【神】【力】。 【一】【夜】【无】【话】，【第】【二】【天】，【天】【还】【没】【亮】，【爱】【怜】【便】【听】【到】【外】【面】【的】【动】【静】，【今】【天】【是】【大】【哥】【早】
【墨】【深】【玦】【不】【由】【的】【失】【笑】【一】【声】，【抬】【手】【把】【她】【凌】【乱】【的】【头】【发】【撩】【起】【来】，【刮】【了】【下】【她】【的】【鼻】【尖】。 “【你】【都】【不】【给】【我】【礼】【物】【的】【吗】？”【被】【哄】【了】【许】【久】，【顾】【暮】【情】【才】【反】【应】【过】【来】【最】【重】【要】【的】【事】【情】。 【此】【时】，【周】【围】【的】【鲜】【花】【和】【气】【球】【被】【弄】【开】【了】，【摆】【上】【了】【白】【色】【的】【餐】【桌】。 【墨】【深】【玦】【牵】【着】【她】【的】【手】【走】【到】【桌】【边】【坐】【下】，【所】【有】【人】【也】【跟】【着】【坐】【下】，【目】【光】【全】【部】【放】【在】【这】【两】【个】【人】【身】【上】。 “【暮】
【备】【战】【会】【议】【结】【束】【后】，【林】【静】【就】【简】【单】【整】【理】【了】【一】【下】【会】【议】【的】【资】【料】，【打】【包】【发】【送】【给】【了】【正】【在】101【驻】【地】【印】【刷】《【明】【日】【希】【望】【报】》【的】【瑞】【秋】。 【很】【快】【便】【收】【到】【了】【瑞】【秋】【打】【来】【的】【电】【话】。 “【可】【以】【啊】，【硬】【核】【儿】【会】【议】【啊】！”【瑞】【秋】【在】【电】【话】【的】【另】【一】【边】【对】【林】【静】【夸】【赞】【道】。 “【说】【是】【会】【议】，【其】【实】【就】【是】【对】【大】【家】【进】【行】【动】【员】，【等】【莱】【文】【市】【的】【大】【门】【真】【正】【开】【启】【的】【时】【候】，【大】【家】【都】【要】【面】
【为】【了】【好】【好】【接】【待】【这】【位】【大】【小】【姐】，【我】【特】【地】【请】【假】【陪】【着】【他】【们】【游】【览】【了】【几】【个】【著】【名】【的】【景】【点】。 【带】【着】【他】【们】【去】【卡】【皮】【拉】【诺】【吊】【桥】【公】【园】【打】【卡】，【凯】【馨】【站】【在】【全】【长】137【米】【吊】【桥】【上】，【瑟】【瑟】【发】【抖】，【但】【即】【爱】【美】【又】【爱】【耍】【帅】，【囔】【着】【让】【男】【友】【拍】【照】。 【她】【的】【男】【友】【拿】【着】【相】【机】，【站】【在】【将】【近】70【米】【高】【的】【木】【板】【吊】【桥】【上】，【也】【是】【胆】【战】【心】【惊】，【不】【敢】【低】【头】【看】【一】【眼】，【低】【下】【卡】【皮】【拉】【诺】【河】【河】【谷】【湍】
【这】【嗓】【音】【慵】【懒】【醉】【人】，【城】【楼】【仿】【佛】【已】【非】【城】【楼】，【而】【是】【小】【楼】【闺】【阁】，【他】【御】【马】【来】【到】【窗】【下】，【在】【烂】【漫】【星】【光】【里】【迎】【她】【还】【家】。 【夜】【桥】【星】【云】，【无】【一】【不】【美】，【美】【得】【像】【幻】【梦】【一】【场】。 【暮】【青】【却】【忽】【然】【跳】【下】【城】【垛】，【奔】【过】【过】【道】，【往】【外】【侧】【城】【垛】【上】【奋】【力】【一】【撑】，【纵】【身】【就】【跃】【下】【了】【城】【楼】，“【阿】【欢】！” 【城】【楼】【雄】【伟】，【护】【城】【水】【深】，【她】【皆】【不】【惧】。 【若】【是】【梦】，【今】【夜】【唯】【有】【粉】【身】【碎】【骨】，手机最快看开奖现场Hello，【小】【伙】【伴】【们】【打】【扎】【好】。【今】【天】【来】【和】【大】【家】【分】【享】【一】【下】【我】【自】【己】【看】【到】【的】【一】【个】【现】【象】，【然】【后】【再】【和】【大】【家】【聊】【聊】【我】【自】【己】【的】【一】【些】【粗】【浅】【的】【看】【法】。【如】【标】【题】【所】【言】【本】【文】【要】【说】【的】【是】【千】【元】【以】【内】【的】【手】【机】，【具】【体】【要】【说】【的】【是】【一】【个】【品】【牌】--【多】【亲】，PS：【本】【文】【不】【是】【什】【么】【软】【文】。【相】【信】【喜】【欢】【关】【注】【手】【机】【数】【码】【资】【讯】【的】【小】【伙】【伴】【们】【对】【于】【这】【个】【品】【牌】【肯】【定】【不】【会】【觉】【得】【陌】【生】【吧】。
【李】【唐】【诗】【总】【不】【能】【让】【自】【己】【的】【男】【朋】【友】【不】【开】【心】【吧】？ 【再】【说】【了】，【被】【自】【己】【的】【男】【朋】【友】【这】【么】【宠】【着】，【感】【觉】【真】【的】【特】【别】【的】【好】。 【李】【唐】【诗】【脚】【上】【了】【水】【泡】【都】【处】【理】【好】，【两】【人】【便】【一】【起】【去】【了】【厨】【房】，【他】【们】【之】【间】【的】【默】【契】【早】【就】【练】【出】【来】【了】，【所】【以】【厨】【房】【里】【几】【乎】【是】【李】【唐】【诗】【要】【什】【么】，【秦】【昱】【杰】【都】【准】【备】【得】【很】【好】，【递】【到】【李】【唐】【诗】【的】【手】【中】。 【厨】【房】【这】【边】【他】【们】【忙】【碌】【着】，【客】【厅】【那】【边】，【在】【老】
【简】【介】： “【当】【我】【的】【妹】【妹】【灰】【原】【哀】（【宫】【野】【志】【保】）【晕】【倒】【在】【我】【家】【门】【前】【的】【时】【候】，【我】【知】【道】，【黑】【衣】【组】【织】【将】【是】【我】【以】【后】【需】【要】【铲】【除】【的】【黑】【恶】【势】【力】！” “【当】【我】【的】【妹】【妹】【小】【埋】（【土】【间】【埋】）【可】【怜】【兮】【兮】【的】【跑】【到】【我】【家】【门】【前】【的】【时】【候】，【为】【了】【不】【使】【其】【成】【为】【干】【物】【妹】，【我】【决】【定】，【我】【需】【要】【好】【好】【地】【督】【促】【于】【她】！” “【当】【我】【的】【妹】【妹】【邦】【枝】【葵】【找】【上】【家】【门】【的】【时】【候】，【我】【终】【于】【体】【会】【到】
【一】【行】【人】【告】【辞】【下】【山】。 - 【八】【王】【府】【门】【口】，【守】【在】【外】【面】【的】【士】【兵】，【顿】【时】【大】【喊】【起】【来】：“【八】【王】【爷】【回】【来】【了】，【八】【王】【爷】【回】【来】【了】！” 【没】【一】【会】【儿】，【老】【管】【家】【急】【匆】【匆】【而】【来】，【一】【看】【到】【北】【墨】【城】，【老】【泪】【落】【下】【来】【了】：“【老】【奴】【参】【见】【八】【王】【爷】！” 【说】【着】，【就】【跪】【下】【去】【了】。 【北】【墨】【城】【快】【步】【上】【前】【将】【他】【扶】【起】【来】，【道】：“【管】【家】【你】【这】【是】【做】【什】【么】。” 【管】【家】【激】【动】【到】【说】