SUNDAY PUZZLE — In the Sunday magazine notes for this grid, Will Shortz notes that our constructor, Victor Barocas, is a professor of biomedical engineering at the University of Minnesota, pretty heady stuff and appropriate to both this puzzle’s theme and the mechanics of its construction. Those circled squares on the down diagonals are examples of triple-checks — letters that form three different entries in three different directions, a very daunting endeavor that definitely requires some engineering chops.
As an English major (from long ago, dear reader) I thought of the Shakespeare play after seeing the title of today’s puzzle, and a particular line that seemed apt on a particular level — “Some rise by sin, and some by virtue fall,” which was uttered by a character named Escalus. The meaning of the line as best as I can gather is really just “Bad things happen to good people,” so if you had a tough time today you might relate — although this puzzle is inarguably a good thing.
There was a scholarly element in a lot of the clues that tripped me up today, as well as some that were noteworthy in their humor and/or originality. The first group included TELESTO and TELIC; the second group was for entries like I LOST IT, NINTHS and EYE REST, which made me think of a small pair of puffy chairs my poor eyes could lounge in for the 20 minutes they’re not staring into a screen each day. We also had ALUM, ENOL, XENON and that professorial fabric, TWEED (with elbow patches, presumably).
99A: This was an interesting clue for a bit of well-used geographical crossword fill, BASRA. I’d never heard of Sinbad Island, which does exist and could be a tourist attraction in our life times.
1D: I recently learned that the Cuban sandwich is really Floridian, but it turns out that there’s a real turf war for ownership between Miami and TAMPA. We know where Professor Barocas’s allegiances lie, and he’s in the majority if you go by this NPR poll — which includes the decisive information that Tampa sends bread to Miami for its Cubanos. ’Nuff said.
40D: Perhaps you’d know this from school or a passion for the royals, in which case you might have seen THE TUDORS. Henry VIII famously went ANTIPAPAL after his attempt to divorce Catherine of Aragon and wed Anne Boleyn was frowned upon by the Catholic Church, which contributed to the period of English Reformation.
68D: First of all, I misread “Pro Bowler” here and gave a small internal scream at the notion that professional bowlers were now crossword fodder. This guy is a football player, and probably not very obscure, but DAUNTE is a debut, so I thought I’d mention.
94D: I’m a bit more embarrassed not to have known this reference; Admiral “Bull” HALSEY is a major figure in naval history and participated in both World Wars. Also, I’ve probably listened to this McCartneys song a thousand times.
There are four theme pairs today, twinned for you in the clues — each pair consists of an across entry (at 23, 35, 66 and 93) and an entry that runs down and diagonal, and those two entries cross. If you solved top to bottom, you were probably attuned to this without help, because the uppermost set of entries begin on the same square, 23; the rest of the entries crisscrossed more randomly. The overlay of those diagonal entries provided the missing link to solving the across entries, but the nonspecific clue for all four entries (“What’s measured by [circled letters]”) made a solid challenge, much as the puzzle’s construction had to have been. There was also a revealer at 112A that provided that final push.
So here we are looking for some units of measurement, one gathers. In my solve, I pretty much stumbled on what was probably the most common combination of unit and subject here — I’m thinking EARTHQUAKES, at 93A, which are given orders of magnitude on the RICHTER scale — with RICHTER filling the letters in the bubbles that ended at the R in EARTHQUAKES.
There was another common couple — TEMPERATURE, at 35A, with CELSIUS running diagonally through that final letter, the E.
Then there were two units that were somewhat unfamiliar to me and that revealed themselves pretty slowly. That first entry at 23A was a term that I recognized as crossword fill, honestly, and vaguely knew it once I’d seen about half the crosses (if I were a rock hound, maybe I’d have picked up on it faster). And the final pair was the most arcane — there is a particular system that I expected to find, that has to do with hurricanes and is named after an engineer and a meteorologist, as soon as I had a hunch for 66A based on crosses. I'm sure I learned of this other system someplace (probably a sailing tutorial, as it seems to apply mainly to maritime WIND SPEED) but I’d never have guessed the name.
As the revealer wryly notes, since we’re solving these names on the diagonal, we’re working ON A SLIDING SCALE.
The puzzle was a bit of a challenge because of all those triple-checked letters, but I liked the idea of the scales sliding down the grid, and I liked that I could get four different reasonably well-known scales in there all named after people and all sharing a letter with what they measure.
I wish that there had been an entry that would have been a symmetric opposite to SLIDING SCALE without the ONA in front of it, but you can’t always get what you want. I hope that people enjoyed solving the puzzle as much as I enjoyed making it.
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飞剑两肖四码【曲】【终】【人】【散】，【宴】【会】【在】【近】【亥】【时】【四】【刻】【才】【结】【束】。 【青】【龙】【城】【内】【依】【旧】【灯】【火】【通】【明】，【似】【在】【等】【待】【归】【家】【的】【人】。 【离】【歌】【回】【到】【客】【栈】，【并】【未】【见】【到】【花】【在】【宸】，【稍】【稍】【有】【些】【失】【落】。 【之】【前】【同】【行】【的】【向】【星】【宇】【等】【人】【都】【回】【到】【各】【自】【的】【住】【处】【收】【拾】【行】【装】，【准】【备】【前】【往】【神】【殿】【的】【事】【宜】，【离】【歌】【想】【到】【离】【开】【之】【后】【可】【能】【很】【久】【都】【不】【能】【回】【来】，【就】【赶】【紧】【找】【到】【周】【老】【说】【了】【接】【下】【来】【的】【安】【排】， 【难】【得】【周】
“【什】【么】，【大】【修】【士】，【你】【要】【和】【我】【们】【一】【起】【去】【巫】【峡】【宗】？” 【之】【前】【那】【个】【布】【衣】【老】【者】，【一】【脸】【的】【不】【可】【置】【信】。 【其】【他】【的】【凡】【人】，【也】【看】【向】【了】【余】【缺】。 “【你】【们】【有】【没】【有】【陈】【旧】【一】【点】【的】【衣】【服】，【借】【一】【套】【给】【我】。”【余】【缺】【点】【了】【点】【头】。【说】【道】。 【他】【之】【所】【以】【去】【巫】【峡】【宗】，【是】【不】【想】【自】【己】【的】【心】【底】【留】【下】【因】【果】【和】【遗】【憾】【这】【件】【事】【情】，【若】【是】【没】【有】【被】【自】【己】【碰】【见】【也】【就】【罢】
【楚】【天】【都】【市】【报】11【月】10【日】【讯】（【记】【者】【廖】【仕】【祺】 【通】【讯】【员】 【吴】【晓】【敏】 【黄】【雪】【倩】）【许】【多】【市】【民】【家】【中】【常】【备】【眼】【药】【水】，【眼】【睛】【不】【舒】【服】【的】【时】【候】【滴】【眼】【药】【水】，【看】【电】【视】【时】【间】【久】【了】，【也】【习】【惯】【性】【滴】【一】【滴】。【近】【日】【家】【住】【王】【家】【湾】【的】【李】【婆】【婆】，【看】【电】【视】【时】【觉】【得】【眼】【前】【有】【白】【雾】，【顺】【手】【拿】【起】【放】【在】【桌】【上】【的】“【眼】【药】【水】”，【没】【想】【到】【眼】【睛】【瞬】【间】【疼】【痛】【不】【止】。
【本】【尊】【非】【常】【多】，【密】【法】【无】【数】，【而】【修】【起】【来】【有】【效】【验】【的】，【才】【是】【最】【契】【合】【你】【的】【法】【门】。【否】【则】【谈】【太】【多】，【不】【能】【解】【决】【现】【实】【问】【题】，【亦】【是】【空】【谈】。【这】【是】【事】【部】【法】【的】【特】【点】，【侧】【重】【灵】【验】，【所】【以】【在】【唐】【朝】【发】【生】【战】【乱】【时】，【其】【他】【很】【多】【法】【都】【修】【了】【无】【效】，【哪】【咤】【法】【一】【出】，【疾】【速】【摧】【伏】【敌】【军】，【高】【验】【无】【量】，【自】【此】【备】【受】【推】【崇】，【更】【是】【流】【入】【道】【教】【传】【承】【中】。 【哪】【咤】，【一】【直】【以】【来】【都】【是】【人】【们】【心】【目】【中】飞剑两肖四码 【随】【着】【对】‘【大】【罗】【无】【量】【智】【慧】【法】’【的】【探】【索】，【广】【成】【子】【也】【知】【道】，【自】【己】【无】【法】【一】【直】【保】【持】【这】【个】【特】【殊】【的】【状】【态】。 【此】【时】【此】【刻】【的】【广】【成】【子】，【更】【像】【是】【这】【天】【道】【层】【次】【的】【五】【行】【金】【丹】，【强】【行】【将】【他】【的】【智】【慧】【提】【升】【至】‘【合】【道】’【状】【态】。 “【可】【惜】【了】，【运】【转】【智】【慧】【法】【要】【消】【耗】【大】【量】【的】【灵】【魂】【之】【力】，【以】【我】【现】【在】【的】【修】【为】【还】【是】【有】【些】【入】【不】【敷】【出】，【难】【以】【长】
【毕】【竟】【鬼】【帝】【和】【妖】【帝】【居】【然】【会】【联】【合】【到】【一】【起】【偷】【入】【上】【界】，【要】【知】【道】，【即】【便】【是】【鬼】【帝】【和】【妖】【帝】，【想】【要】【到】【上】【界】【仙】【族】【所】【在】【的】【地】【方】，【那】【也】【是】【要】【付】【出】【极】【大】【的】【代】【价】【的】。 【也】【难】【怪】【这】【几】【年】，【鬼】【族】【和】【妖】【族】【似】【乎】【安】【静】【了】【不】【少】，【恐】【怕】【就】【是】【因】【为】【鬼】【帝】【和】【妖】【帝】【负】【伤】【在】【休】【养】【生】【息】。 【而】【这】【一】【两】【年】【开】【始】【频】【繁】【活】【动】，【尤】【其】【是】【鬼】【族】【和】【妖】【族】【围】【绕】【在】【云】【城】【附】【近】，【注】【视】【着】【云】【辰】【宗】【的】
“【嘶】【嘶】……” 【李】【尘】【沙】【那】【还】【腾】【飞】【在】【半】【空】【中】【的】【身】【躯】，【被】【这】【股】【寒】【冰】【能】【量】【一】【触】【及】，【不】【由】【寸】【寸】【冰】【封】，【眨】【眼】【间】【就】【化】【作】【了】【手】【持】【方】【天】【画】【戟】【的】【一】【个】【寒】【冰】【雕】【塑】。 “【尘】【哥】！” 【楚】【冰】【梦】【见】【李】【尘】【沙】【被】【冰】【甲】【暴】【熊】【冰】【封】【在】【半】【空】，【不】【由】【焦】【急】【道】。 【同】【时】，【她】【身】【前】【快】【速】【凝】【聚】【出】【一】【片】【冰】【锥】，【呼】【啸】【着】【朝】【冰】【甲】【暴】【熊】【轰】【杀】【而】【去】。 “【锵】【锵】【锵】【锵】【锵】【锵】……
【青】【霜】【剑】【阁】【狩】【猎】【场】【中】【的】【混】【元】【兽】，【都】【难】【以】【突】【破】【筑】【基】【期】，【应】【该】【都】【是】【因】【为】【少】【了】【传】【承】【的】【原】【因】。【想】【必】【这】【一】【块】【骨】【头】，【应】【该】【蕴】【藏】【着】【混】【元】【兽】【的】【传】【承】。 【小】【白】【调】【理】【了】【一】【番】【身】【体】，【又】【饮】【下】【几】【口】【经】【过】【天】【九】【宝】【陶】【提】【纯】【的】【白】【薷】【生】【死】【饮】。【须】【臾】【间】【已】【经】【到】【达】【最】【完】【美】【的】【状】【态】，【稳】【稳】【的】【抓】【起】【那】【一】【块】【骨】【头】【感】【悟】【了】【起】【来】。 【风】！【小】【白】【只】【听】【到】【了】【风】【声】！【破】【空】【而】【来】【的】【飓】
“【男】【神】【还】【在】【排】【队】【吗】？”【何】【宝】【儿】【问】【道】。 “【对】【啊】。”【宁】【夏】【答】【道】。 “【那】【么】【多】【人】【吗】？”【何】【宝】【儿】【皱】【着】【眉】，【她】【跟】【宁】【夏】【聊】【了】【都】【有】【一】【会】【儿】，【陆】【景】【熠】【竟】【然】【还】【在】【排】【队】。 “【人】【不】【少】。”【宁】【夏】【道】。 “【你】【在】【男】【神】【旁】【边】【站】【在】【吗】？”【何】【宝】【儿】【问】【道】。 “【没】【有】，【我】【在】【椅】【子】【上】【坐】【着】。” “【你】【让】【男】【神】【一】【个】【人】【排】【队】？”【何】【宝】【儿】【惊】【讶】【道】。