THURSDAY PUZZLE — One of the things I think about a lot is something I like to call the Seinfeld Moment. The Seinfeld Moment is a hypothesis I came up with, which assumes that, for every moment in life, there is a moment in the television series that mirrors it. Which is pretty interesting considering that the show was supposed to be about “nothing.”
I bring this up because there was a time in my life and the lives of my friends when living within a certain area code was actually important to our self image. I know. I’m not proud of it, but according to Seinfeld, it was definitely a thing:
Peter A. Collins returns today and shows us how something like this can be explained in other ways.
This theme wasn’t too hard to figure out, was it? On the other hand, the clues are sharp and witty, and some of the surrounding fill is definitely Thursday level (ANI as a “Tropical black bird,” anyone?). Also, Mr. Collins debuts eight entries, including the three theme phrases. Taken all together, this felt like a nice Thursday outing.
12A: “Leaves after dinner?” Well, we know the answer isn’t fruit, because we did that yesterday. And it could mean that someone left right after dinner, but that’s too easy for a Thursday clue with a question mark. What other kind of leaves would you see after dinner? How about TEA leaves? I’m a cappuccino woman myself, but there’s no reason one can’t enjoy a cuppa after a meal.
21A: You have to know some basic Italian to get this one, but the “Number between cinque and sette,” or between five and seven, is SEI, or six.
33A: Hi, kids! This is one you should definitely know, whether your folks introduced you to the singer and songwriter ALLAN Sherman or not. If you’ve ever heard someone sing even a refrain of “Hello Muddah, Hello Faddah,” you know who he is.
49A: A solving tip: You don’t have to know where the Dnieper is, or what capital is near it, to get this one. I had the K at the beginning and the V at the end, and what’s the only capital you know that is four letters with that letter pattern. It has to be KIEV, right?
53A: “Development sites” is a brilliant clue for WOMBS. It reminds me of another clue (not in this puzzle) that I love: “It brings out the child in you” for LABOR.
3D: I’ve always been a fan of HOWIE MANDEL’s, so it was very nice to see his full name debut today.
11D: I had HOLY SPIRIT and HOLY MOLEY before I got 9A’s EKG and realized that the answer was HOLY GRAIL.
12D: A quinceańera is a celebration of a girl’s 15th birthday, marking her passage from childhood to womanhood. I knew the three letter answer would be a Spanish word that indicated a relative, and I had a 50 percent chance of being right between TIO (uncle) and TIA (aunt). The crossing entry, 18A’s NEW YORK’S AREA CODE, made the decision, and the answer is TIO.
57D: There is a different clue in the print version of the puzzle than in the digital one, because the visual clue could not be replicated in the digital formats. The answer to “Teaser that may include pluses and minuses” is REBUS, which I got from the crossings. The clue in print was “[picture of a cat] + A + [picture of logs], for catalogs, e.g.”
Our revealer at 68D — the “Palindromic number” — is 212. Surprised to be asked to write numbers in your grid? It’s happened before. That revealer happens to cross one of the theme entries, which will most likely help you figure out what’s going on here. Mr. Collins is asking us for three different things or events that 212 represents.
For example, at that crossing with 68D, the answer to 67A’s clue, “68-Down with a degree sign after it,” is H2O’S BOILING POINT. That is, indeed, 212 degrees. And, as I indicated above, 212 is also NEW YORK’S AREA CODE (although, to be accurate, it’s New York City’s area code, and not the only one).
Can you guess the third way 212 can be presented? I’ll give you a hint. It’s coming up soon.
Well, that was a surprise.
The last I knew, this puzzle was going to run on February 12 of next year (a Wednesday). Anyway, here it is. The editors and I had to go through something like six iterations before we arrived at this version. There was a bit of tinkering with the fill in the lower right corner. Also, I originally had the second and third digits of 212 as rebus words inside of longer Across entries [C(ONE)STOGA and A(TWO)OD]. It was Joel’s idea to go with them in digital form [A1 SAUCE and W2S]. It made the fill a lot cleaner down there, and I like the consistency of all three digits being digits both Across and Down.
I appreciate Will and Joel’s patience and advice throughout the process.
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江南高手心水论坛高手【朱】【月】【看】【着】【被】【人】【簇】【拥】【着】【地】【林】【雨】【汐】【脸】【上】【地】【笑】【容】【都】【快】【要】【维】【持】【不】【住】【了】，【好】【在】【还】【是】【有】【人】【过】【来】【与】【她】【说】【话】【地】，【所】【以】【至】【少】【面】【上】【是】【没】【有】【问】【题】【的】。 【只】【不】【过】【只】【要】【是】【明】【眼】【人】【都】【可】【以】【看】【得】【出】【来】【她】【脸】【上】【的】【笑】【容】【有】【多】【假】，【只】【不】【过】【是】【懒】【得】【去】【戳】【穿】【罢】【了】。 【这】【些】【都】【与】【白】【梓】【无】【关】【了】，【此】【刻】【林】【雨】【汐】【正】【与】【这】【些】【夫】【人】【们】【聊】【着】【天】，【一】【时】【半】【会】【儿】【的】【也】【停】【不】【下】【来】，【白】【梓】【觉】
“【我】【求】【求】【你】，【求】【求】【你】【救】【救】【我】。”【桔】【朵】【看】【着】【沐】【小】【白】【瞬】【间】【哭】【了】。 “【你】【先】【别】【哭】，【你】【先】【和】【我】【说】【怎】【么】【回】【事】。” “【我】【不】【是】【我】【父】【亲】【的】【亲】【生】【女】【儿】，【我】【的】【母】【亲】【和】【父】【亲】【是】【二】【婚】。【我】【们】【家】【的】【公】【司】【有】【两】【个】【投】【资】【人】，【一】【个】【是】【你】【还】【有】【一】【个】【是】【一】【个】【三】【十】【岁】【的】【男】【人】。【我】【父】【亲】【为】【了】【拉】【他】【的】【投】【资】，【把】【我】【送】【到】【了】【他】【的】【床】【上】，【但】【是】【那】【个】【人】【的】【癖】【好】【非】【常】【的】【恐】【怖】，
【留】【恋】，【恨】【意】，【无】【奈】。 【最】【后】【在】【碧】【水】【剑】【冲】【来】【的】【时】【候】，【他】【没】【有】【动】。 【蓝】【音】【一】【点】【都】【不】【意】【外】，【碧】【水】【剑】【刺】【进】【了】【千】【越】【胸】【口】：“【放】【心】，【我】【说】【过】【了】，【会】【给】【你】【一】【线】【生】【机】【的】。” 【千】【越】【手】【一】【松】，【灭】【神】【剑】【自】【云】【端】【掉】【落】。 “【你】【为】【什】【么】【不】【喜】【欢】【我】？”【千】【越】【艰】【难】【的】【问】。 “【傻】【孩】【子】，【喜】【欢】【不】【喜】【欢】，【哪】【有】【一】【定】【呢】。【不】【过】【是】【我】【遇】【见】【你】【的】【时】【候】，【风】江南高手心水论坛高手“【看】【样】【子】【兰】【花】【比】【人】【参】【好】【种】【多】【啦】。”【看】【着】【长】【势】【良】【好】【的】【兰】【花】，【田】【原】【十】【分】【满】【意】【地】【道】：“【这】【才】【种】【了】【多】【久】【啊】，【就】【长】【得】【这】【么】【好】【了】。” 【田】【原】【小】【心】【地】【把】【兰】【花】【挖】【出】【来】，【然】【后】【依】【照】【长】【势】【从】【根】【部】【分】【成】【三】【棵】。【在】【略】【一】【思】【忖】【后】，【他】【把】【最】【大】【的】【那】【棵】【种】【回】【土】【里】。【在】【宝】【鼎】【空】【间】【培】【育】【的】【兰】【花】【肯】【定】【不】【同】【凡】【品】，【还】【是】【留】【一】【棵】【母】【本】【用】【作】【繁】【殖】【比】【较】【好】。 【至】【于】【另】【外】【两】【棵】
“【你】【就】【不】【能】【想】【想】【他】【能】【去】【哪】【吗】？【我】【要】【你】【来】【有】【什】【么】【用】？”【安】【薄】【枝】【给】【陈】【屿】【泽】【下】【难】【题】。 “【我】……【我】【怎】【么】【做】【也】【不】【行】【了】【是】【吧】？”【陈】【屿】【泽】【难】【过】【委】【屈】【脸】。 “【你】【说】【他】【是】【不】【是】【出】【去】【了】？”【安】【薄】【枝】【焦】【急】【地】【问】。“【那】【很】【容】【易】【走】【丢】【的】，【毕】【竟】【连】【我】【们】【都】【还】【没】【彻】【底】【弄】【清】【这】【座】【小】【镇】【身】【怀】【的】【秘】【密】。【让】【一】【个】【外】【国】【人】【去】【探】【索】【吧】。” 【陈】【屿】【泽】【摇】【摇】【头】，“【应】
“【好】【事】【啊】，【好】【事】【啊】”【魔】【赤】【呼】【天】【抢】【地】，【开】【心】【的】【看】【着】【溟】【楚】，【想】【要】【献】【殷】【勤】，【不】【过】【给】【冥】【后】【献】【殷】【勤】【就】【好】【了】。 【楒】【疋】【来】【了】【兴】【趣】，【坐】【直】【身】【子】，【心】【中】【那】【股】【恶】【心】【劲】，【也】【消】【失】【了】【不】【少】。 “【别】【跟】【凡】【间】【的】【太】【监】【似】【的】，【好】【好】【说】【话】。”【溟】【楚】【白】【了】【一】【眼】，【一】【眼】【就】【能】【看】【出】【魔】【赤】【的】【意】【图】，【还】【想】【讨】【好】【他】【的】【心】【上】【人】，【做】【梦】【吧】，【一】【点】【也】【不】【给】【机】【会】。 “
【景】【音】【弦】【坐】【在】【海】【水】【里】:“【我】【已】【经】【没】【有】【办】【法】【了】！” “【你】【现】【在】【告】【诉】【我】！【你】【跟】【深】【歌】【去】【英】【国】，【你】【现】【在】【这】【个】【样】【子】【怎】【么】【照】【顾】【她】！” “【没】【有】【办】【法】【了】！【一】【切】【都】【不】【可】【挽】【回】【了】！” “【你】【告】【诉】【我】！【你】【还】【要】【瞒】【多】【久】！” “【英】【国】【那】【边】【一】【切】【都】【安】【排】【好】【了】！” “【你】【打】【算】【让】【深】【歌】【一】【个】【人】【过】【吗】？”【段】【星】【阑】【揪】【起】【他】【的】【衣】【领】，【让】【他】【站】【起】【身】【来】，“