TUESDAY PUZZLE — As a child of 1970s television, I had much to choose from, but a distinct preference. I loved the shows that featured comedians: Carol Burnett, Flip Wilson and Bob Newhart were my personal heroes, and they got my attention far more than shows like “The Love Boat” (except when a famous comedian was a guest star).
Mr. Newhart’s original TV series, in particular, captured my imagination. He was (and still is) the master of the understated response, and the way he saw the world was hilarious to me. So when my mother told me that he had been a stand-up comedian before he had his own TV series, that she had his performances from the 1960s on vinyl in her possession and that I could have them, it was the comedy nerd equivalent of bestowing upon me the proverbial pony that children ask their parents for. Thanks, Mom.
I played those records until the grooves were worn away. Acting out one of his monologues earned me a medal in a school speech and debate competition. His cadence informed my own writing. And Mr. Newhart, I doubt you’re reading this, but I want to thank you.
All of this is to say that I really appreciated stumbling upon the revealer in Jules Markey’s puzzle, even though it has nothing to do with Mr. Newhart or his comedy. But it sent me down a rabbit hole of memories that made me smile.
I love when crossword puzzles do that, don’t you?
10A: For those who are just starting to solve, when you see a clue in brackets, it’s a hint that the answer, like the clue, is a nonverbalized sound. So, the answer to the sound “[Bzzt!]” is ZAP. For more information on this type of clue, see our “How to Solve The New York Times Crossword” and scroll to the “Cracking the Harder Clues” section.
25A: “Part of the upper deck?” sounds as if it might be a nautical clue, but not with that question mark in place. This clue is hinting at a deck of cards, where the ACE can be considered part of the “upper deck,” along with the face cards.
38A: “Got chicken, say” is a play on being fearful. We’re supposed to be thinking of lunch: If someone got chicken, that person ATE.
44A: Watch those spaces. “Play mates?” is not someone your children play with. That type of playmate is one word. But with the space and the question mark, we need to reparse the clue as one’s “mates,” or friends, acting with you in a play. The answer to that would be CAST.
7D: Fun fact about ELLE magazine: It has been in the New York Times Crossword 482 times before this, and this is the first time it has been clued to its number of international editions. That’s a nice, fresh clue for a ubiquitous entry.
10D: Thank goodness for crossings. I know some of you know the answer to “The ‘x’ in Euler's Identity — eiπ + 1 = x,” but this is where my brain shuts down. So, today I learned that the answer is ZERO.
14D: Who says that watching television is a waste of time? I got the answer to “Car part called a bonnet in England” from watching “Top Gear.” The answer is HOOD.
32D: I’m guessing that “Screening area?” is DEN because people watch television and movies in it. (I don’t have a den, so this was a guess on my part).
54D: To be honest, I can’t remember how long it has been since SLAPping someone as a response to an insult was a thing. Granted, it’s hard to clue it as anything but striking someone, but there’s also SLAPping a bass or making a pun on giving someone a hand.
Mr. Markey offers us four types of buttons in the long Down entries. The payoff, as always, is in the revealer, which is BUTTON DOWN (as in “The Button Down Mind of Bob Newhart”). The types of buttons are in the first word of each theme entry.
For example, at 3D, the answer to the clue “Bo-o-o-ring event” is SNOOZEFEST, a lively entry that also hints at everyone’s mortal enemy, the SNOOZE BUTTON on one’s alarm clock. Similarly, at 6D, the grid-splitting BELLY UP TO THE BAR refers to one’s BELLY BUTTON.
Need a bit of extra help finding the BUTTONs? Click on the clues below to see the answers:
This crossword was accepted in July 2018, with the comment that these types of “down” puzzles are becoming overdone lately, but because I had chosen a snazzy theme set it got the nod.
My two favorite clues which made the cut are 10-Down for the beauty of that equation, and 33-Across for … well, you know.
Hope you liked the puzzle.
And for those of you who think that the concept of “branding” is a new thing, listen to Mr. Newhart as a branding expert conduct his one-sided telephone conversation with Abraham Lincoln (from another album called “Something Like This”):
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“【陈】【沐】【风】？！”【朱】【长】【生】【的】【瞳】【孔】【一】【缩】，【一】【眼】【便】【认】【出】【了】【眼】【前】【男】【子】【的】【身】【份】，【惊】【疑】【道】：“【呵】，【与】【虎】【为】【伴】【的】【你】，【终】【于】【自】【食】【恶】【果】【了】【吗】？” 【陈】【家】【被】【流】【放】【边】【疆】，【如】【果】【他】【们】【安】【安】【稳】【稳】，【不】【作】【妖】【的】【话】，【也】【能】【过】【上】【一】【些】【好】【日】【子】。【只】【可】【惜】，【陈】【沐】【风】【不】【识】【好】【歹】，【被】【内】【心】【的】【仇】【恨】【蒙】【蔽】【双】【眼】，【以】【至】【于】【让】【他】【找】【上】【欧】【阳】【家】。 【原】【以】【为】【可】【以】【借】【力】【东】【山】【再】【起】，
【不】【过】【想】【想】，【明】【年】【也】【去】【不】【了】【了】。 【两】【个】【学】【校】【的】【合】【作】【取】【消】【了】，【因】【为】【韩】【文】【渊】。 【韩】【文】【渊】【这】【下】【在】【两】【边】【出】【名】【了】，【还】【有】【秦】【烟】【雪】，【就】【连】【他】【们】【学】【校】【都】【知】【道】【秦】【烟】【雪】【的】【大】【名】【了】，【大】【家】【都】【在】【猜】【着】，【到】【底】【是】【多】【么】【的】【那】【啥】【啊】，【在】【那】【样】【的】【晚】【会】【场】【合】，【都】【能】【做】【出】【那】【样】【的】【事】【情】。 【季】【小】【凡】【摇】【了】【摇】【头】，【又】【打】【了】【个】【哈】【欠】。 “【不】【睡】【了】，【还】【有】【正】【事】【呢】。”【季】
【他】【拿】【起】【高】【脚】【杯】，【茗】【了】【一】【口】，【回】【味】【着】【红】【酒】【的】【甘】【醇】。【露】【出】【一】【副】【满】【意】【的】【模】【样】。【暗】【道】，【这】【个】【国】【外】【酒】【庄】【酿】【的】【红】【酒】【很】【好】【喝】。 【一】【股】【子】【葡】【萄】【的】【甘】【甜】，【刺】【激】【着】【的】【他】【的】【味】【蕾】。 【对】【于】【男】【人】【的】【抱】【怨】，【视】【若】【无】【睹】。 【男】【人】【见】【历】【宏】【杰】【无】【视】【自】【己】，【皱】【起】【眉】【头】，【眸】【色】【一】【暗】，【一】【字】【一】【顿】【的】【说】【道】： “【别】【忘】【了】，【我】【的】【主】【子】【可】【不】【是】【你】。【你】【不】【过】【是】【主】【子】【面】伯乐相马经【男】【子】【指】【着】【前】【面】【的】【酒】【店】，“【我】【看】【她】【进】【去】【了】，【咱】【们】【要】【不】【要】【也】【去】【那】【里】【看】【看】？” 【男】【人】【这】【次】【有】【任】【务】【在】【身】，【不】【能】【出】【一】【点】【儿】【纰】【漏】，【直】【接】【迈】【步】【朝】【酒】【店】【走】【去】，“【看】【看】。” 【玖】【玖】【进】【酒】【店】【之】【后】，【先】【是】【去】【自】【己】【卧】【室】【套】【上】【一】【个】【罩】【衫】，【这】【才】【去】【顶】【楼】【自】【助】【餐】【厅】【吃】【饭】。 【舒】【清】【的】【手】【里】【本】【来】【就】【有】【钱】，【且】【玖】【玖】【琢】【磨】【着】【自】【己】【不】【久】【之】【后】【便】【能】【得】【到】【韩】【思】【文】【的】【钱】
【身】【为】【镇】【海】【侯】【最】【疼】【爱】【的】【小】【女】【儿】，【赵】【蒹】【葭】【从】【小】【见】【惯】【了】【大】【场】【面】，【各】【种】【各】【样】【的】【大】【人】【物】【也】【都】【是】【司】【空】【见】【惯】，【属】【于】【比】【较】【自】【来】【熟】【的】【那】【种】。 【所】【以】，【一】【看】【到】【唐】【灿】【进】【来】，【也】【非】【常】【热】【情】【的】【给】【唐】【灿】【介】【绍】【了】【起】【来】。 【当】【然】，【这】【也】【要】【归】【功】【于】【唐】【灿】【长】【得】【帅】【才】【行】，【若】【是】【长】【得】【一】【般】【的】【公】【子】【哥】，【赵】【蒹】【葭】【可】【不】【会】【多】【看】【一】【眼】。 “【小】【七】，【休】【得】【无】【礼】！” 【赵】【子】
“【怎】【么】【动】【了】【手】【脚】？” 【那】【些】【人】【在】【处】【理】【那】【些】【土】【的】【时】【候】，【都】【有】【他】【们】【自】【家】【人】【在】【监】【管】【着】。 【怎】【么】【可】【能】【会】【出】【现】【那】【种】【严】【重】【的】【疏】【忽】？ “【我】【看】【分】【明】【就】【是】【这】【村】【子】【的】【人】【不】【老】【实】，【上】【次】【卖】【给】【我】【们】【的】【土】【直】【接】【拿】【一】【些】【质】【量】【最】【差】【的】。” 【这】【一】【次】【他】【们】【在】【这】【里】【买】，【到】【时】【候】【他】【们】【直】【接】【到】【他】【们】【挖】【土】【的】【现】【场】【去】【指】【挥】【他】【们】【看】【中】【的】【土】【葬】，【村】【子】【里】【面】【的】【人】【给】【他】
“【你】【敢】！” 【愣】【了】【一】【下】，【随】【即】【反】【应】【过】【来】，【欧】【阳】【岫】【顿】【时】【气】【愤】【的】【叫】【嚷】【起】【来】，【漆】【黑】【的】【眼】【眸】【里】【闪】【过】【惊】【慌】。 “【欧】【阳】【家】【主】，【不】【如】【拭】【目】【以】【待】？” 【眉】【头】【轻】【挑】，【季】【夜】【凝】【冷】【笑】【连】【连】，【挑】【衅】【的】【开】【口】。 【别】【的】【不】【说】，【想】【要】【斩】【断】【欧】【阳】【家】【族】【的】【钻】【石】【来】【源】，【这】【件】【事】【对】【她】【来】【说】，【还】【不】【难】。 “【你】【不】【能】【这】【么】【做】！” 【紧】【抿】【着】【嘴】【唇】，【欧】【阳】【岫】【脸】【色】