WEDNESDAY PUZZLE — My idea of torture would be to have someone make me something delicious to eat and then, just as I was about to take a bite, take it away. An even worse scenario would be if the delicious food departed of its own accord.
But that’s silly, especially because there is no way for that to happen in Emily Carroll’s punny puzzle.
The clues were kind today, enabling me to jump right in and get the theme entry, GRAPE LEAVES, right away. On the other hand, Greek food is tucked neatly in the refrigerator inside the kitchen of my wheelhouse, so maybe that was just me.
The vocabulary definitely makes this a Wednesday puzzle, though. It helps to know what an APIARY and a SCOW are, who KOOL and the Gang were, what the name of the seaport near Buenos Aires is, what AREPAS are, and so on. It also helps to know basic French and Spanish terms.
But there’s one bit of misdirection that I loved: At 1D, the clue is, “One going head over heels?,” which sounds like we’re supposed to be thinking about someone who has fallen in love. Sadly, it’s not; but the answer is terrific. We’re thinking about an ACROBAT, who might go head over heels in a flip.
Ms. Carroll offers us a fruit salad — denoted by the starred clues — and, just as we have discovered the fruit, it takes its leave of us. What’s up with that?
Similar to the idea behind the book “Eats, Shoots & Leaves” by Lynne Truss, which drove home why commas are indispensable punctuation marks, Ms. Carroll offers us a theme set of four fruit-filled entries where the second word is a synonym for going away. This, like much of life, can best be explained with an old joke:
Q: Why was the ice cream social canceled?A: Because the banana split with the ice cream.
Indeed, BANANA SPLIT is one of the theme entries, split between 23- and 50A and clued as “With 50-Across, classic ice cream treats.”
So now that the banana has left the building, let’s look at the rest of the theme. I’m going to spill the beans here, so if you are still solving, please avert your eyes.
Two of the theme entries are, in my opinion, spot on: BANANA SPLITS is great and so is GRAPE LEAVES.
ORANGE PEELS is O.K., and I’m guessing that this orange is leaving by peeling out.
I wanted the split entry LEMON DROPS (30- and 44A) to be LEMON HEADS, because even though it’s stretchy, I could see that second word as “heading out,” or something close to leaving. LEMON DROPS are delicious, but I’m not aware of DROPS being a synonym for leaving, unless it’s the kind of leaving that involves breaking up. But that feels like it’s kind of wandering away from the theme’s original intent.
Finally, what’s this all about? Why is all the fruit taking off for parts unknown? The revealer clue, at 35A, tells us: “Unproductive … or, literally, a hint to the answers to this puzzle's starred clues.” And the answer is FRUITLESS.
All in all, a really nice idea by Ms. Carroll, though, and I’m happy to see her byline again.
The idea for this puzzle came to me this past summer, after seeing banana split on the menu while taking my wife on her first-ever trip to our country’s greatest culinary national treasure, Dairy Queen. How anyone could have survived 30 years on this earth without trying a Blizzard is beyond me. Luckily, that dark age is now behind us.
My original submission had BANANA SPLIT, ORANGE PEELS, GRAPE LEAVES, and LEMON DROP all as long answers. However, this ran into some consistency issues in terms of plurality and tense, so the editing team came up with the solution of separating BANANA/SPLITS and LEMON/DROPS in order to address this problem but still maintain symmetry. Never would have occurred to me to try that, so many thanks for the advice and patience as this went through a few rounds of revisions.
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蝴蝶仙姑心水论坛“【你】【们】【也】【不】【要】【挣】【扎】【了】，【等】【待】【阴】【风】【被】【骸】【骨】【之】【门】【完】【全】【吸】【收】【完】【后】，【就】【是】【你】【们】【去】【往】【冥】【界】【之】【时】，【在】【这】【之】【前】，【我】【要】【先】【换】【一】【具】【更】【加】【强】【大】【的】【身】【躯】。” 【人】【形】【恶】【魔】【说】【着】，【目】【光】【扫】【视】【着】【众】【人】，【面】【对】【他】【的】【目】【光】，【众】【人】【都】【不】【敢】【与】【之】【对】【视】，【生】【怕】【被】【对】【方】【选】【中】。 “【哎】，【可】【惜】【你】【们】【这】【些】【人】【都】【被】【预】【定】【了】，【咦】，【这】【是】……” 【人】【形】【恶】【魔】【贪】【婪】【的】【目】【光】【扫】【过】
【这】【是】【睡】【着】【了】【么】?【岑】【三】【心】【中】【头】【小】【巧】【的】【困】【惑】【着】，【应】【当】【没】【这】【样】【快】【罢】，【这】【才】【多】【长】【时】【间】。【因】【而】，【岑】【三】【黯】【黯】【的】【伸】【出】【了】【自】【个】【儿】【的】【魔】【爪】，【轻】【缓】【的】【在】【姚】【薇】【的】【腰】【上】【碰】【了】【碰】。 【额】，【还】【是】【没】【反】【应】…… 【莫】【非】【真】【的】【睡】【着】【了】?【岑】【三】【再】【一】【回】【困】【惑】，【应】【当】【不】【会】【罢】，【小】【妇】【人】【一】【向】【浅】【眠】，【哪】【儿】【有】【这】【样】【快】【睡】【着】。【因】【而】，【岑】【三】【再】【回】【伸】【出】【魔】【爪】，【轻】【缓】【的】【捏】【了】【捏】【姚】【薇】
【【尘】【界】•【半】【烟】【城】】 【城】【墙】【上】【战】【痕】【累】【累】，【古】【朴】、【沧】【桑】【之】【中】【带】【着】【莫】【名】【的】【归】【属】【感】。 【记】【忆】【之】【中】【存】【在】【太】【多】【空】【白】，【以】【致】【明】【怀】【袖】【总】【觉】【得】【自】【己】【忘】【了】【什】【么】【重】【要】【的】【东】【西】，【手】【中】【那】【枚】【玉】【简】【上】【刻】【着】【清】【瑜】、【半】【烟】【城】，【用】【一】【支】【不】【知】【道】【从】【何】【处】【得】【来】【的】【蛇】【装】【碧】【玉】【簪】【刻】【的】，【还】【有】【乾】【坤】【袋】【中】【零】【零】【碎】【碎】【的】【小】【物】【件】，【她】【都】【不】【记】【得】【从】【何】【而】【来】。 【她】【问】【了】【冥】【界】【的】【许】
【华】【跃】【龙】【没】【有】【抬】【头】【就】【这】【样】【平】【静】【的】【画】【着】【符】，【不】【一】【会】【儿】【一】【道】【紫】【色】【的】【光】【芒】【闪】【过】，【一】【张】【紫】【色】【的】【符】【篆】【便】【被】【绘】【制】【了】【出】【来】 “【静】【修】【不】【适】【合】【我】” “【我】【知】【道】，【你】【这】【一】【年】【里】【进】【步】【很】【快】，【但】【是】【明】【年】【你】【一】【定】【要】【回】【茅】【山】【派】【一】【趟】，【记】【住】【是】【必】【须】【回】” 【石】【坚】【对】【于】【华】【跃】【龙】【的】【回】【答】【并】【没】【有】【丝】【毫】【意】【外】，【但】【是】【对】【于】【华】【跃】【龙】【的】【回】【答】【石】【坚】【还】【是】【顿】【住】【了】，【随】【即】【走】【到】【华】蝴蝶仙姑心水论坛【虚】【空】【中】【有】【十】【几】【只】【火】【龙】，【杨】【玄】【真】【和】【林】【雷】【只】【能】【向】【谷】【底】【遁】【走】，【而】【且】，【尽】【量】【往】【草】【丛】【深】【的】【地】【方】【走】。 【十】【几】【只】【火】【龙】【大】【吼】，【整】【个】【峡】【谷】【中】【的】【魔】【兽】【都】【被】【惊】【动】【了】。 “【发】【生】【什】【么】【事】【情】【了】？” 【杨】【玄】【真】【跑】【出】【数】【百】【米】【后】，【见】【天】【上】【多】【出】【数】【十】【头】【绿】【龙】。 “【这】【么】【多】【八】【级】【魔】【龙】？” 【林】【雷】【看】【到】【天】【上】【的】【魔】【龙】，【也】【被】【吓】【了】【一】【跳】。 【一】【个】【个】【火】【球】，【一】
【老】【书】【被】【举】【报】【了】，【涉】【嫌】【校】【园】【暴】【力】【和】【黑】，【封】【了】。【编】【辑】【说】【大】【改】【大】【改】【还】【有】【机】【会】，【但】【我】【改】【一】【个】【字】【就】【流】【一】【滴】【眼】【泪】，【真】【没】【力】【气】【了】。 【一】【本】【原】【本】【就】【让】【我】【心】【痛】【遗】【憾】【的】【老】【书】，【就】【这】【么】【见】【不】【得】【好】【是】【不】【是】？【骂】【人】【的】【话】【我】【就】【不】【说】【了】，【懒】【得】【说】，【反】【正】【估】【计】【举】【报】【的】【人】【也】【看】【不】【见】，【说】【了】【没】【准】【他】【还】【高】【兴】【呢】，【对】【吧】。 【最】【近】【家】【里】【也】【乱】【的】【我】【分】【身】【乏】【术】，【感】【觉】【快】【闹】