WEDNESDAY PUZZLE — To quote the bards Gerome Ragni and James Rado, “When the moon is in the seventh house, and Jupiter aligns with Mars, then peace will guide the planets and love will steer the stars.”
You really can’t argue with that logic, and Ross Trudeau is back to prove it.
19A: I’m not sure that NO OVEN USE is quite the way it’s worded on kitchenware. I’ve seen “Not for use in oven,” which is not as snappy but is probably more well known.
26A: It took me forever to get this one, and I use my IT BANDS almost every day. Short for “iliotibial bands,” these thick tendons on the outside of the thighs help stabilize you when you are standing. Here are some yoga poses you can do to keep them supple, whether it’s from your chair or not.
34A: I wanted this to be MEEPS for the longest time, but that’s a sound and not a sight in the Road Runner cartoons. The answer is MESAS.
56A: TIL that the pouch that a kangaroo carries her joey in is called a MARSUPIUM.
13D: Tricky one. “Bad eye sight?” sounds like it would be about being near- or farsighted, but check that extra space between “eye” and “sight.” If it was really about how well one sees, the word used would have been “eyesight,” which is one word. The actual clue hints at a sight around the eye that is bad, and in this puzzle, the answer is a STYE.
45D: “One who won’t serve the average joe” is a BARISTA, because ostensibly, someone who crafts coffee drinks makes beverages that are more than just “average.” It’s not referring to your average person.
63D: Hands up if you thought the answer to “Letter after ‘X’” should be “Y,” but you weren’t sure how to spell it. Me too. In this puzzle, the “X” is not the 24th letter of the English alphabet, it’s the Greek letter chi. The letter after that is PSI.
Mr. Trudeau offers us a set of five theme entries in which planetary objects are hidden. These are indicated by circled letters. I say “planetary objects” because [pedant alert] the SUN is not a planet, it’s a star. Even so, the neat thing about this theme is that the planetary objects are aligned within the central six columns of this puzzle. The revealer, split between 2D and 36D, is PLANETARY ALIGNMENT, clued as “With 36-Down, astronomical rarity … or a hint to the circled letters.”
In nontheme news, I really liked some of the fun entries Mr. Trudeau was able to get into his puzzle, such as GESUNDHEIT, ROOTY TOOTY, TITTLES and MARSUPIUM.
This is the kind of puzzle idea I generally recommend not pursuing. There are just way too many dependencies that need to fall into place for it to be worth the effort. In this case, the idea required a) finding five theme entries that hid the sun, Venus, Earth, Mars and Saturn, b) placing them in a way that the hidden celestial bodies “aligned” in the middle six columns of the grid, and c) interlocking PLANETARY / ALIGNMENT through two of the theme entries. Needless to say, I was very surprised that this puzzle came together at all.
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白小姐波霸2017年【张】【小】【北】【半】【蹲】【着】【身】【体】，【他】【耳】【朵】【侧】【贴】【在】【房】【门】【上】，【忽】【的】【听】【见】【里】【面】【哗】【啦】【一】【声】，【应】【该】【美】【雪】【破】【窗】【而】【入】，【踢】【碎】【玻】【璃】【的】【声】【音】。 【张】【小】【北】【起】【身】【便】【一】【脚】【踹】【向】【房】【门】，【房】【门】【咣】【的】【一】【声】【响】，【虽】【然】【房】【门】【踹】【了】【一】【个】【洞】，【他】【一】【直】【脚】【踏】【进】【房】【内】，【房】【门】【却】【是】【并】【没】【有】【打】【开】。 【张】【小】【北】【顾】【不】【得】【脚】【脖】【处】【疼】【痛】，【一】【脚】【收】【回】，【又】【是】【一】【脚】【重】【重】【踹】【在】【房】【门】【边】【缘】，【这】【次】【房】【门】【咣】【当】
【这】【百】【年】【来】，【云】【虎】【妖】【王】【都】【在】【闭】【关】，【一】【步】【没】【有】【踏】【出】【云】【虎】【山】【之】【中】，【它】【们】【两】【大】【妖】【王】【早】【就】【想】【铲】【除】【掉】【黑】【岩】【城】【中】【的】【轩】【辕】【族】【人】【了】。 【毕】【竟】，【轩】【辕】【族】【人】【对】【它】【们】【云】【虎】【山】【的】【妖】【王】【来】【说】，【犹】【如】【悬】【在】【头】【上】【的】【利】【剑】，【随】【时】【都】【有】【可】【能】【斩】【下】【来】！ “【是】【啊】，【大】【哥】，【那】【轩】【辕】【殇】【早】【已】【风】【烛】【残】【年】，【不】【过】【是】【吊】【着】【一】【口】【气】【罢】【了】，【你】【根】【本】【不】【需】【要】【畏】【惧】【他】【的】！” 【啸】【月】
【第】【二】【百】【八】【十】【章】 【晚】【饭】【的】【时】【候】【都】【还】【没】【见】【莫】【恒】【和】【莫】【星】【月】，【吃】【完】【回】【房】【休】【息】【的】【时】【候】【他】【们】【才】【刚】【到】。 【白】【皛】【出】【来】【之】【前】【跟】【平】【台】【请】【了】【假】，【但】【只】【请】【了】【一】【个】【星】【期】，【后】【来】【实】【在】【不】【好】【再】【拖】，【只】【能】【让】【莫】【于】【声】【给】【她】【搞】【了】【一】【套】【设】【备】【过】【来】，【晚】【上】【就】【在】【房】【里】【直】【播】。 【而】【莫】【星】【月】【在】【院】【里】【大】【叫】“【大】【嫂】”【的】【时】【候】，【她】【正】【在】【开】【着】【语】【音】，【一】【边】【打】【游】【戏】，【一】【边】【跟】【几】【百】【万】白小姐波霸2017年【说】【起】【星】【二】【代】【王】【菲】【的】【小】【女】【儿】【李】【嫣】，【可】【是】【不】【能】【被】【忽】【略】【的】。【从】【出】【生】【开】【始】【便】【备】【受】【关】【注】，【虽】【然】【李】【嫣】【的】【成】【长】【经】【历】【几】【乎】【都】【没】【有】【在】【大】【众】【面】【前】【曝】【光】【过】，【但】【是】【对】【于】【李】【嫣】【的】【关】【注】，【大】【家】【一】【直】【没】【有】【减】【少】。【近】【两】【年】【李】【嫣】【开】【始】【逐】【渐】【出】【现】【在】【公】【众】【的】【面】【前】【了】，【拍】【广】【告】、【卖】【画】、【拍】【时】【尚】【大】【片】、【走】【秀】，【可】【以】【说】【女】【孩】【们】【羡】【慕】【的】【事】【情】，【李】【嫣】【都】【去】【尝】【试】【过】【了】。【这】【当】【然】【得】【归】【功】【于】【她】【的】【爸】【爸】【妈】【妈】，【能】【给】【她】【最】【好】【的】【资】【源】【和】【条】【件】，【让】【她】【去】【做】【自】【己】【想】【做】【的】【事】【情】。
【那】【些】【个】【魔】【兵】【诚】【惶】【诚】【恐】【的】【跪】【了】【下】【来】，“【参】【见】【魔】【尊】！” 【花】【千】【树】【眉】【头】【一】【跳】，【这】【就】【是】【所】【谓】【的】【官】【大】【一】【级】【压】【死】【人】? 【而】【那】【屈】【婉】【儿】【在】【看】【见】【昭】【华】【的】【第】【一】【眼】【上】【便】【移】【不】【开】【目】【光】【了】，【她】【痴】【痴】【的】【目】【不】【转】【睛】【的】【看】【着】，【嘴】【角】【还】【有】【可】【疑】【的】【涎】【水】。 【花】【千】【树】【眉】【头】【一】【皱】【挡】【在】【了】【昭】【华】【的】【面】【前】，【眼】【神】【冷】【冽】【的】【直】【指】【屈】【婉】【儿】，【眼】【中】【的】【杀】【意】【毫】【不】【掩】【饰】。 “【啊】【啊】
【乐】【游】【在】【忘】【川】【谷】【上】【空】【徘】【徊】【了】【好】【半】【天】，【没】【发】【现】【任】【何】【异】【常】，【终】【是】【抓】【了】【抓】【头】【发】，【怏】【怏】【地】【转】【身】，【回】【到】【凡】【人】【界】。 【女】【娲】【造】【人】，【同】【时】【也】【创】【造】【了】【不】【同】【时】【空】。 【而】【不】【同】【时】【空】【的】【时】【间】【流】【逝】，【也】【或】【多】【或】【少】【存】【在】【着】【差】【异】。 【而】【作】【为】【人】【界】【最】【高】【的】【存】【在】，【净】【空】【神】【域】，【则】【是】【这】【其】【中】【时】【间】【流】【逝】【最】【为】【缓】【慢】【的】【地】【方】。 【举】【个】【例】【子】，【乐】【游】【这】【回】【从】【人】【界】【返】【回】【神】
【看】【来】，【赵】【芹】【敏】【全】【没】【将】【那】【天】【她】【说】【过】【的】【话】【放】【在】【心】【上】。【也】【对】，【她】【从】【小】【娇】【生】【惯】【养】，【又】【能】【仗】【着】【郡】【主】【的】【身】【份】【为】【所】【欲】【为】，【怎】【么】【会】【把】【自】【己】【一】【个】【小】【小】【酒】【楼】【老】【板】【的】【话】【放】【在】【心】【上】。 “【你】【已】【经】【超】【时】【了】。”【赵】【芹】【敏】【说】【道】，【又】【指】【了】【指】【鲁】【月】【婷】【交】【上】【的】【菜】【单】，“【你】【要】【做】【的】【是】【蒸】【酿】【豆】【腐】，【这】【是】【什】【么】？” “【黄】【金】【锅】【盔】。”【鲁】【月】【婷】【双】【手】【环】【抱】，【面】【上】【一】【片】【平】【静】
【曹】【植】【现】【在】【才】【确】【信】【陶】【谦】【果】【然】【是】【为】【了】【求】【生】，【一】【定】【不】【会】【再】【使】【用】【什】【么】【坏】【心】，【当】【时】【他】【用】【的】【对】【付】【红】【海】【棠】【的】【招】【数】，【却】【是】【吸】【魂】【大】【法】。 【这】【才】【是】【一】【种】【秘】【术】，【倘】【若】【控】【制】【了】【红】【海】【棠】【的】【心】【神】，【他】【就】【可】【以】【命】【红】【海】【棠】【在】【他】【们】【走】【了】【之】【后】，【杀】【掉】【云】【飞】【等】【人】。 【幸】【亏】【曹】【植】【有】【些】【了】【解】，【一】【看】【那】【陶】【谦】【用】【的】【心】【魂】【大】【法】，【便】【赶】【紧】【出】【手】【点】【住】【了】【红】【海】【棠】【的】【穴】【道】。 【红】【海】