TUESDAY PUZZLE — UPDATE: The following is a message from Will Shortz about the entry at 2D.
I’m very sorry for the distraction about BEANER (2D) in today’s fine puzzle by Gary Cee.
Neither Joel nor I had ever heard the slur before — and I don’t know anyone who would use it. Maybe we live in rarefied circles.
In researching this puzzle, we discovered the other meaning of the word as a slur. Later, Jeff Chen over at XwordInfo brought it to our attention as well.
My feeling, rightly or wrongly, is that any benign meaning of a word is fair game for a crossword. This is an issue that comes up occasionally with entries like GO O.K. (which we clued last April as “Proceed all right,” but which as a solid word is a slur), CHINK (benign in the sense as a chink in one’s armor), etc. These are legitimate words.
Perhaps I need to rethink this opinion, if enough solvers are bothered. I want your focus to be on the puzzle rather than being distracted by side issues. But I assure you this viewpoint is expressed with a pure heart.
Meanwhile, for any solver who was offended by 2-Down in today’s puzzle, I apologize.
Welcome back to Wordplay, and a whole new year of solving. Let’s dive right in with a puzzle by Gary Cee.
Your mileage may vary, of course, but I found this to be a relatively easy puzzle whose theme did not pop out at me until I had stared at it for a while after solving. Sometimes those themes can be the most satisfying. The gratification is delayed, but when it hits you, it really smacks you.
1A: When the clue says “First victim of sibling rivalry,” it means the very first. In this case, the answer is the biblical victim, ABEL, who was not kept by his brother Cain.
20A: I don’t want to spoil anything for anyone (Don’t laugh; we’ve actually gotten mail about this), so avert your eyes if you haven’t seen the Star Wars movies. Eyes averted? Good. Anakin Skywalker, nicknamed ANI, grew up to be Darth Vader.
4D: Did you have _ _ T, as I did, and assume that the answer was “OUT”? Read the clue carefully: It refers to a “chair umpire.” You see those in tennis, so the answer is actually LET.
Mr. Cee offers us a set of four phrases whose first word is something one can pass, as the revealer at 61A tells us: “Barely adequate … or what the starts of 17-, 26-, 37- and 50-Across are” is PASSABLE.
I clearly overthought this. At first, I thought that maybe the HAT, TORCH, TIME and BUCK were things that were merely O.K., just PASSABLE, but that made no sense.
So I sat there and stared at the grid. Sometimes that’s all you can do: just sit there and wait for that smack in the head. Be patient; the theme eventually comes into focus.
I’ll give you the first two: You can PASS the HAT and you can PASS the TORCH.
Pretty cool find, Mr. Cee.
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曾氏集团马会资料网站【只】【是】【在】【山】【神】【拱】【手】【见】【礼】【的】【同】【时】，【计】【缘】【不】【占】【他】【便】【宜】，【也】【是】【在】【同】【一】【刻】【以】【相】【同】【动】【作】【拱】【手】【作】【揖】，【待】【山】【神】【说】【完】【就】【立】【刻】【开】【口】【道】。 “【洪】【山】【神】【勿】【怪】，【在】【下】【呼】【唤】【你】【不】【成】，【不】【得】【已】【才】【以】【拘】【神】【请】【你】【前】【来】【的】！” 【计】【缘】【只】【能】【尽】【量】【让】【自】【己】【的】【语】【气】【显】【得】【真】【诚】【一】【下】，【毕】【竟】【现】【下】【的】【情】【况】【比】【较】【尴】【尬】，【也】【很】【容】【易】【让】【山】【神】【产】【生】【秋】【后】【算】【账】【的】【不】【好】【联】【想】。 【不】【等】【廷】
“【怎】【么】【样】【了】？” 【当】【西】【柚】【听】【见】【赵】【振】【江】【办】【公】【室】【里】【隐】【隐】【传】【出】“【啪】”【的】【一】【声】，【她】【的】【怒】【气】【才】【消】【了】【些】。 “【你】【打】【了】【他】？【后】【来】【呢】？”【西】【柚】【很】【是】【关】【心】【赵】【振】【江】【的】【反】【应】。 “【果】【汁】【呢】？”【卓】【域】【雪】【岭】【快】【速】【扫】【视】【一】【眼】，【发】【现】【西】【柚】【根】【本】【就】【没】【有】【弄】【果】【汁】，【他】【假】【装】【生】【气】，【什】【么】【都】【拒】【绝】【跟】【她】【说】。 【西】【柚】【咽】【了】【口】【口】【水】，“【我】【马】【上】【去】【弄】，【你】【等】【着】。”【说】
“【哎】，【你】【怎】【么】【不】【走】【啊】，【进】【去】【啊】！”【唐】【雨】【裳】【无】【奈】【了】，【它】【怎】【么】【不】【进】【去】【啊】，【开】【玩】【笑】【呢】！ 【只】【不】【过】【唐】【雨】【裳】【忘】【记】【了】，【这】【个】【鹿】【跳】【跳】【并】【不】【会】【说】【话】！ 【鹿】【跳】【跳】【瞪】【大】【了】【眼】【睛】【看】【着】【她】，【一】【点】【也】【没】【有】【跟】【她】【进】【去】【的】【意】【思】！ “【哎】，【你】【不】【进】【去】【以】【后】【就】【再】【也】【见】【不】【到】【我】【了】！”【唐】【雨】【裳】【说】【道】，【说】【完】【她】【发】【现】，【自】【己】【好】【像】【跟】【这】【个】【妖】【灵】【没】【有】【那】【么】【熟】【悉】【啊】！ 曾氏集团马会资料网站【李】【天】【真】【在】【进】【站】【口】【的】【位】【置】【没】【等】【多】【久】，【就】【看】【见】【了】【一】【个】【小】【圆】【寸】【的】【身】【影】，【带】【着】【四】【个】【人】【冲】【着】【冲】【着】【他】【们】【走】【了】【过】【来】。 【领】【头】【的】【那】【个】【人】，【赫】【然】【正】【是】【小】【圆】【寸】【郭】【乐】【乐】。 【离】【得】【老】【远】，【郭】【乐】【乐】【就】【赶】【紧】【的】【挥】【手】【示】【意】，【表】【示】【和】【看】【到】【了】【李】【天】【真】。 【然】【后】，【他】【就】【用】【最】【快】【的】【速】【度】，【冲】【着】【李】【天】【真】【的】【方】【向】【跑】【了】【过】【来】，【速】【度】【很】【快】，【就】【好】【像】【是】【一】【道】【闪】【电】【一】【般】。
【在】【来】【到】【离】【长】【南】【城】【十】【里】【外】【的】【一】【座】【山】【丘】【外】，【纪】【阳】【带】【着】【那】【个】【将】【军】【停】【了】【下】【来】，【顺】【手】【还】【把】【那】【四】【个】【昏】【死】【的】【将】【军】【也】【给】【带】【了】【出】【来】。【至】【此】，【大】【周】【军】【队】【围】【攻】【长】【南】【城】【的】【所】【有】【将】【领】【都】【被】【纪】【阳】【给】【一】【网】【打】【尽】。 “【好】【了】，【你】【可】【以】【走】【了】。” “【真】【的】？【多】【谢】【不】【杀】【之】【恩】。” 【然】【而】【还】【没】【等】【走】【出】【两】【步】，【纪】【阳】【一】【记】【手】【刀】【紧】【接】【着】【主】【将】【也】【跟】【着】【昏】【死】【过】【去】，【没】【有】