MONDAY PUZZLE — There’s an art to making a good Monday crossword, even more so than there is to making a Friday or Saturday one. The entries have to be words or phrases that a majority of solvers will know, for the most part, and the cluing has to be smooth and straightforward. The theme has to be fairly simple to figure out.
Andrea Carla Michaels is one of the best of the Monday constructors, in my opinion. Her puzzles are fun to solve and make you feel as if you could start writing or typing at one point and not stop until you’d completed the puzzle. They’re that kind of smooth.
That’s why it’s so wonderful that she is sharing her time by mentoring new constructors. Leslie Rogers, a Silicon Valley software engineer, is making her debut in the New York Times Crossword after learning the craft from Ms. Michaels.
There are a couple of speed bumps here, which I’ll discuss below, but for the most part it’s a fun, straightforward way to open our solving week. I’m looking forward to seeing more from Ms. Rogers, and one day, I hope she pays it forward as well. That’s the best way to make sure this pastime of ours moves forward.
32A: TIL that the word PASEO can be the toreador’s march into a bullfighting arena, in addition to an evening stroll or the bygone Toyota coupe.
57A: Nice misdirection. In this puzzle, “Stocking stuffer?” is not a small gift to be put into a Christmas stocking; it’s the first appendage that goes into a stocking that you wear, and that is a TOE.
11D: Historical side note: The word OBNOXIOUS has not appeared in the New York Times Crossword since 1970. That was surprising to me, because it’s got such a nice consonant-vowel pattern.
We’ve seen “word that goes after” themes before, where the revealer hints at a word that can be inserted after the theme entries to make different phrases. I’m not sure if we’ve ever seen the twist Ms. Rogers and Ms. Michaels put on this theme type. In this puzzle, they offer theme entries consisting of two word phrases and two different words can be inserted after them to make different phrases. I thought that gave a much used theme a fresh feel.
The revealer at 59A is CAP AND GOWN, clued as “Graduation garb … or what the compound answers to 17-, 28- and 44-Across represent?” If you put the word CAP after the first word in each theme phrase, you get a different phrase, and likewise for putting GOWN after the second word in the theme phrases.
For example, the answer to 17A’s “‘Sleep well!’” is NIGHT NIGHT. If you put CAP after the first NIGHT, you get NIGHT CAP. If you put GOWN after the second NIGHT, you get NIGHTGOWN.
The speed bumps I encountered were at 28A’s WHITE WEDDING, where I had to look up WHITE CAP (it’s a small wave crest breaking into foam, according to Merriam-Webster), and MUSHROOM BALL. I also was not familiar with MUSHROOM BALLs, even though I eat a lot of meatless meals. They sound delicious, though. I’ll have to give them a try.
Leslie Rogers: It’s a dream come true to make my debut as a New York Times crossword constructor! My mom introduced me to crosswords when I was young, and my obsession has grown in the last couple of years as I’ve discovered the New York Times Crossword app, tournaments and blogs.
I’m a software engineer from Silicon Valley, and in addition to crossword puzzles, my hobbies include backpacking, scavenger hunts, trivia nights, board games and cross-country skiing with my team, Aloha Nordic.
I originally met Andrea online, when she posted a message that she was open to mentoring and I took her up on her offer. Coincidentally, it turned out that we live right near each other, which made collaboration easier. I sent her several theme ideas and she picked CAP AND GOWN as having the most potential. We brainstormed dozens of caps and gowns, and I wrote a short script to print out all the combinations and filter them by entry length to help us choose. NIGHT NIGHT came quickly, WHITE WEDDING was next after Andrea convinced me that Billy Idol is crossworthy, and after another round of brainstorming, we finally came up with MUSHROOM BALL to round out the set.
I hope you enjoy the solve!
Andrea Carla Michaels: It’s been exciting to see a new awareness and push for new women to join the ranks of New York Times constructors!
Thanks to Laura Braunstein and Erik Agard for connecting me with Leslie. Many emails were exchanged before we realized we were both here in San Francisco. As a result, we were able to become offline collaborators, and she even popped by my birthday and was strong-armed into a night of “The Bachelor.”
Leslie has many many wonderful ideas and we started with this one, as it inspired both of us.
Because of our more than 30-year age gap and varying life experiences, she was able to learn about Glen Campbell and Billy Idol, and I was able to finally learn what a DATA SET was.
Leslie is a true Renaissance woman, as brainy as she is physical and beautiful. We will be seeing much more of this gal!
Honored to be part of her debut.
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2017马会最准总纲诗【新】【书】《【打】【造】【无】【限】【神】【话】》【已】【经】【发】【布】，【写】【小】【破】【球】【文】【明】【和】【诸】【天】【文】【明】【之】【间】【的】【碰】【撞】，【非】【穿】【梭】【时】【空】【类】，【而】【是】【星】【际】【流】【浪】【的】【故】【事】。 【新】【书】【发】【布】【就】【在】【这】【个】【笔】【名】【下】，【点】【击】【笔】【名】【就】【可】【以】【直】【接】【看】【到】【了】。 【不】【不】【服】【在】【新】【书】【里】【再】【开】【启】【新】【的】【征】【程】！
“【方】【寒】【陌】” “【嗯】，【我】【在】【这】。【嗯】?【怎】【么】【不】【说】【话】，【是】【哪】【里】【不】【舒】【服】?”【说】【着】，【他】【骨】【节】【分】【明】【的】【大】【手】【抬】【起】【去】【抚】【摸】【她】【额】【前】【的】【温】【度】。 “【我】【们】【以】【前】【是】【不】【是】【很】【要】【好】，【关】【系】【很】【好】【那】【种】?”【记】【忆】【里】【的】【画】【面】【她】【和】【他】【似】【乎】【比】【她】【和】【靖】【哥】【哥】【还】【要】【好】。 “【忘】【兮】，【我】【们】【关】【系】【的】【最】【好】【见】【证】【就】【是】【它】。” “【你】【随】【身】【携】【带】?”【花】【忘】【兮】【看】【着】【他】
【此】【前】，【许】【许】【多】【多】【的】【疑】【问】，【在】【这】【一】【刻】【骤】【然】【清】【晰】。 【夏】【幽】【离】【望】【着】【远】【处】【的】【干】【尸】，【只】【觉】【得】【异】【常】【的】【反】【胃】【恶】【心】。 【她】【从】【未】【想】【到】，【之】【前】【见】【到】【的】【那】【一】【缕】【白】【衣】【出】【尘】【的】【男】【子】【竟】【然】【为】【了】【复】【活】，【牺】【牲】【数】【十】【万】【人】【的】【性】【命】。 “【也】【多】【亏】【了】【寒】【明】，【我】【才】【知】【晓】【一】【些】【魔】【族】【的】【禁】【术】，【联】【想】【到】【那】【飞】【船】【上】【魔】【族】【人】，【镜】【尘】【想】【必】【也】【是】【千】【年】【前】【魔】【族】【之】【人】。 【只】【因】【大】【限】
【没】【有】【理】【会】【发】【型】【师】【给】【她】【介】【绍】【的】【最】【近】【流】【行】【的】【发】【色】。 “【给】【我】【把】【烫】【染】【过】【的】【头】【发】【都】【剪】【了】【吧】，【怎】【么】【剪】，【你】【看】【着】【办】。” 【见】【顾】【非】【非】【坚】【持】【己】【见】，【发】【型】【师】【只】【能】【卡】【擦】【卡】【擦】【动】【剪】【刀】。 【经】【过】【洗】【剪】【吹】，【顾】【非】【非】【看】【到】【最】【后】【的】【成】【品】，【怎】【么】【说】【呢】，【真】【是】【久】【违】【了】。 【自】【她】【有】【了】【对】【自】【己】【头】【发】【的】【自】【主】【权】，【就】【没】【有】【留】【过】【黑】【发】。 【头】【发】【到】【锁】【骨】【的】【位】【置】，【额】
【方】【百】【花】【虽】【然】【没】【有】【来】【大】【殿】，【却】【也】【一】【直】【关】【注】【着】【大】【殿】【之】【中】【发】【生】【的】【一】【切】。 【当】【方】【小】【莲】【成】【为】【大】【殿】【中】【的】【焦】【点】，【方】【百】【花】【也】【发】【现】【方】【小】【莲】【已】【经】【是】【涅】【槃】【帝】【君】【了】。 【涅】【槃】【帝】【君】【晋】【级】【后】，【可】【能】【是】【永】【恒】【神】【君】，【也】【可】【能】【是】【永】【恒】【主】【宰】。 【也】【就】【是】【说】，【在】【不】【久】【的】【将】【来】，【方】【家】【可】【能】【有】【实】【力】【和】【无】【尘】【神】【界】【三】【大】【超】【级】【宗】【派】【分】【庭】【抗】【议】。 **【等】【人】【能】【培】【养】【出】【涅】【槃】2017马会最准总纲诗（【么】【么】，【请】【晚】【一】【些】【观】【看】，【防】【盗】【章】～～） 【那】【日】【穆】【尔】【琛】【咳】【出】【的】【血】，【大】【多】【是】【陈】【年】【旧】【疾】【所】【致】。【那】【淤】【血】【一】【旦】【导】【出】，【想】【必】【对】【身】【体】【更】【有】【益】【处】。 【姬】【奈】【有】【时】【候】【想】【问】【穆】【尔】【琛】，【寒】【冬】【到】【了】，【他】【在】【外】【界】【冷】【不】【冷】，【或】【者】【想】【告】【诉】【他】【今】【日】【见】【到】【的】【新】【鲜】【事】【儿】，【或】【者】【是】【白】【玉】【灵】【猫】【又】【长】【胖】【了】，【可】【是】【他】【都】【不】【在】【身】【边】。【她】【试】【着】【给】【他】【写】【信】，【可】【不】【知】【什】【么】【缘】【故】
“【你】【师】【侄】？”【孙】【伏】【伽】【望】【着】【李】【宽】，【笑】【道】：“【殿】【下】【莫】【开】【老】【臣】【玩】【笑】，【你】【何】【时】【有】【这】【个】【一】【个】【师】【侄】【了】，【而】【且】【还】【是】【在】【角】【落】。” 【身】【为】【李】【宽】【的】【老】【朋】【友】，【孙】【伏】【伽】【不】【敢】【说】【自】【己】【认】【识】【李】【宽】【身】【边】【的】【所】【有】【人】，【但】【很】【多】【亲】【近】【的】【人】【还】【是】【认】【识】【的】，【更】【别】【说】【是】【李】【宽】【的】【师】【侄】【了】。 【尽】【管】【过】【去】【了】【好】【些】【年】，【总】【归】【有】【一】【点】【当】【年】【的】【影】【子】，【而】【角】【落】【那】【人】，【孙】【伏】【伽】【丝】【毫】【看】【不】
【赵】【原】【家】，【随】【着】【书】【房】【里】【不】【断】【的】【商】【讨】，【一】【道】【道】【命】【令】【开】【始】【发】【出】，【不】【过】【这】【次】【命】【令】【之】【后】，【赵】【原】【体】【系】【下】【的】【动】【静】【就】【没】【有】【上】【次】【那】【么】【大】。 【一】【些】【不】【为】【人】【知】【的】【调】【整】，【都】【在】【暗】【地】【里】【进】【行】【着】。 【首】【先】，【还】【在】【外】【地】【的】【运】【输】【队】【接】【到】【命】【令】，【货】【物】【交】【付】【后】【第】【一】【时】【间】【赶】【回】，【货】【物】【的】【交】【付】【将】【要】【发】【生】【一】【些】【变】【化】。 【外】【面】【不】【太】【平】，【规】【模】【庞】【大】【的】【兄】【弟】【物】【流】【部】，【可】【能】