MONDAY PUZZLE — We welcome Sean Biggins to the New York Times Crossword roster, and he offers us a contemplative puzzle, fitting for this day of observance.
Smooth and easy, just the way I like my Monday puzzles.
Some of you may know that sports is not really in my wheelhouse unless the answer is very well known to the general public, so I needed the very kind crossings to get entries like 27A’s Mike SCHMIDT and 62A’s ODELL Beckham Jr. I recommend the same strategy for entries that are not in your wheelhouse.
The surnames of three important figures who worked to advance CIVIL RIGHTS (the revealer at 57A) are the last words in the theme phrases. For example, the answer to the clue “Regal” is FIT FOR A KING, with KING indicating the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. It’s a simple theme, just right for a day of meditation on how we can do better.
Not sure who the other CIVIL RIGHTS leaders are in the puzzle? Click a clue below to get additional help.
It might be momentarily confusing to see 47A in the same theme set as the other leaders because she lived way before them and the civil rights movement of the 1950s and ’60s (and ’70s and ’80s, and on and on). However, it’s just a reminder of how far back the fight for equality goes and, as Mr. Biggins says in his notes below, how much more work there is to be done.
I became interested in crosswords after trying to solve some with my wife’s grandmother (shout out to Grandma Pat in Algona, Iowa!). When visiting her, we would sit around the kitchen table, drink coffee, and (try to) solve the crossword. Once I got the hang of solving, I felt that constructing would be a fun challenge. Thanks to Will Shortz and Sam Ezersky for coaching me through a few revisions of this puzzle and teaching me a lot along the way.
The idea for this puzzle was born out of a political theme I was trying to pull together. I was looking at last names of politicians that were homonyms, like Bush, Gore and May, when I came to Martin Luther KING Jr’s name. I reflected on “KING” as part of a potential theme answer. I realized there were other prominent civil rights leaders whose last names shared the same characteristic. Sojourner TRUTH and Rosa PARKS quickly followed.
I hope solvers enjoy the theme and find it fitting for the day. A large debt is owed to the civil rights leaders of the past and I hope this puzzle serves as a reminder that there is more progress to be made.
Registration for the American Crossword Puzzle Tournament is now open. This year, the A.C.P.T. runs from Mar. 22 — 24.
The eighth annual Muller Monthly Music Meta contest, run by puzzle maker Pete Muller, starts on Tuesday, Jan 22. The submission deadline is Sunday, Jan. 27. Subsequent puzzles will come out on the first Tuesday of each month. Once again there is a mega meta hidden in the 12 monthly puzzles.
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【伴】【随】【着】【混】【沌】【方】【舟】【势】【力】【的】【突】【袭】【部】【队】【的】【战】【败】，【整】【个】【末】【裔】【之】【女】【部】【队】【都】【已】【经】【死】【伤】【殆】【尽】，【只】【剩】【下】【两】【三】【个】【被】【保】【留】【下】【来】，【用】【于】【生】【产】【新】【的】【躯】【壳】【的】【母】【体】【被】【保】【留】【了】【下】【来】【外】，【其】【他】【的】【所】【有】【的】【末】【裔】【之】【女】【都】【死】【了】。 【这】【对】【于】【混】【沌】【方】【舟】【之】【中】【最】【重】【要】【的】【伟】【大】【苦】【难】【奇】【迹】【的】【特】【殊】【信】【徒】【势】【力】【而】【言】，【是】【十】【分】【可】【怕】【的】【毁】【灭】【性】【打】【击】。 【四】【支】【特】【殊】【的】【恶】【魔】【部】【队】，【一】【瞬】【间】
【这】【是】【当】【初】【我】【上】【山】【后】【想】【着】【给】【娘】【亲】【报】【仇】【才】【偷】【学】【的】【秘】【术】，【这】【种】【秘】【术】【也】【不】【难】，【只】【不】【过】【是】【学】【会】【将】【真】【气】【引】【导】【到】【奇】【经】【八】【脉】【中】，【等】【到】【真】【气】【和】【精】【血】【混】【合】【时】，【就】【会】【产】【生】【巨】【大】【的】【能】【量】。 【到】【时】【候】【将】【这】【能】【量】【融】【汇】【到】【双】【手】【之】【上】，【顷】【刻】【间】【便】【可】【提】【升】【战】【斗】【力】！ 【真】【当】【我】【准】【备】【引】【导】【真】【气】【进】【入】【奇】【经】【八】【脉】【时】，【凌】【战】【突】【然】【用】【一】【种】【异】【样】【的】【眼】【光】【看】【了】【我】【一】【眼】，【随】【即】【停】神算子香港六会彩结果351 【实】【在】【是】【对】【自】【己】【的】【四】【哥】【有】【点】【无】【语】，【容】【九】【玥】【抬】【手】“【好】【了】，【我】【知】【道】【了】，【四】【哥】【你】【可】【以】【走】【了】，【我】【明】【天】【早】【上】【会】【去】【给】【四】【嫂】【挑】【礼】【物】【的】。” 【钟】【离】【瑾】【挑】【了】【挑】【眉】“【行】，【那】【四】【哥】【等】【着】【你】，【对】【了】，【小】【眠】【最】【近】【也】【在】【你】【四】【嫂】【身】【边】。” 【小】【眠】？ 【容】【九】【玥】【不】【受】【控】【制】【的】【问】“【小】【眠】【为】【什】【么】【会】【在】【你】【们】【那】【里】？” 【钟】【离】【瑾】【耸】【了】【耸】【肩】“【因】【为】【你】【四】【嫂】
【哪】【吒】：“【你】【们】【一】【个】【个】，【原】【来】【都】【这】【么】【强】【吗】！” 【魔】【童】【世】【界】，【哪】【吒】【冒】【头】，【脸】【上】【充】【满】【了】【兴】【奋】，【兴】【奋】【的】【同】【时】，【语】【气】【中】【又】【充】【满】【了】【惊】【奇】。 【不】【得】【了】【不】【得】【了】。 【他】【这】【是】【加】【入】【了】【什】【么】【神】【仙】【群】【啊】！ 【不】【仅】【能】【够】【知】【道】【自】【己】【的】【未】【来】，【而】【且】【还】【能】【通】【过】【这】【什】【么】【直】【播】，【看】【到】【其】【他】【世】【界】？！！ 【这】【这】【这】，【神】【仙】【都】【做】【不】【到】【吧】！ 【而】【且】【这】【些】【都】【不】【算】
【纯】【阴】【宗】【的】【道】【统】【归】【根】【结】【底】【还】【是】【来】【源】【于】【青】【萍】【道】【祖】。 “【道】【祖】【门】【下】【可】【吓】【不】【倒】【我】！【你】！【芳】【妙】【真】【君】！【你】【可】【是】【要】【多】【管】【闲】【事】？”【赤】【眉】【子】【勃】【然】【发】【怒】，【天】【地】【间】【一】【股】【炙】【热】【的】【气】【息】【散】【发】【在】【这】【座】【海】【岛】【上】。 【这】【一】【股】【气】【息】【惊】【的】【海】【岛】【上】【那】【些】【原】【本】【在】【活】【泼】【奔】【跑】【打】【闹】【的】【鸟】【兽】【顿】【时】【收】【敛】【气】【息】，【整】【座】【岛】【屿】【寂】【静】【无】【声】。 【炙】【热】【气】【息】【中】【还】【带】【着】【一】【股】【天】【威】。 【天】
【将】【三】【个】【人】【的】【神】【情】【尽】【收】【眼】【底】，【慕】【容】【紫】【冷】【笑】【一】【声】，【嘴】【角】【勾】【勒】【出】【一】【抹】【讽】【刺】【的】【角】【度】。 【她】【刚】【刚】【在】【背】【后】，【可】【是】【将】【所】【有】【的】【事】【情】【都】【看】【得】【一】【清】【二】【楚】。 【周】【瀚】【明】【显】【被】【人】【当】【枪】【使】，【杨】【思】【敏】【不】【知】【道】【是】【怎】【么】【被】【撺】【掇】【的】，【也】【来】【闹】【上】【一】【闹】，【而】【杨】【思】【晴】【虽】【然】【看】【不】【清】【楚】【表】【情】，【但】【是】【她】【的】【第】【六】【感】【告】【诉】【她】，【这】【一】【切】【的】【事】【情】【都】【是】【她】【搞】【出】【来】【的】。 【慕】【容】【紫】【眯】【了】【眯】