28D. STET is editorspeak for “overlook what I simply stated and depart this precisely because it was,” which might imply “[Do not delete]” if the earlier edit had advised a deletion.
32D. I needed to do a fast web search to guarantee myself that “clayey,” as within the clue “Clayey coloration,” is an actual phrase. Apparently it’s! And a “clayey coloration” is a coloration that has the identical look as clay, which is the case for OCHRE.
50D. This one cracked me up. C’MERE is making its doubtful New York Occasions Crossword debut as an “Casual summons,” which I suppose is an correct description of this elision of a number of letters within the extra formal summons “come right here.”
Right now’s Theme
Wow, this puzzle requires some main psychological contortions. Sprinkled all through the grid are the names of 5 YOGA POSES, every with its circled letters specified by such a manner as as an example the form the physique makes when holding that pose. The pose with the longest identify, which takes up probably the most house within the grid, is DOWNWARD DOG, which stretches in an upside-down V form throughout the highest half of the grid. An individual holding the DOWNWARD DOG pose would make the identical form, with hips towards the sky and legs and arms forming an upside-down V.
The pose with the shortest identify is illustrated by simply three squares: CAT, additionally in an upside-down V form, seems within the northwest nook of the puzzle. This pose includes arching one’s again whereas on fingers and knees, in order that the V that the physique kinds is way smaller than that of DOWNWARD DOG. There are three different poses equally illustrated by circled letters. The revealer will be discovered at 58A (“What the 5 formations of circled letters on this puzzle characterize”), so in case you are not notably yoga-inclined and didn’t acknowledge what was taking place with the circles sooner, the revealer ensures that you simply received’t miss the theme fully.
I began setting up crosswords across the similar time I graduated from my yoga trainer coaching program, so the 2 actions have at all times been linked for me. This was one of many first themes I tried, nevertheless it rapidly ended up on the slicing room ground as my unsophisticated glossary produced a cluttered and obscure puzzle. I saved returning to the theme, nonetheless, as I attempted incorporating completely different poses and grid artwork.
The primary model I submitted to the New York Occasions Crossword group had a quasi-yin-yang design that was laughably cluttered. I’m so grateful that my fellow yogi Wyna Lui (in addition to your complete Occasions puzzle group) noticed one thing on this theme and gave me the prospect to transform it.
That is my most autobiographical puzzle so far. Yoga has been vital to me for a very long time, even earlier than I began instructing. The English main in me can also be thrilled to have Mark Twain and Jane Austen included. And the Disney music is the icing on the cake.
My hope is that you simply’re in a position to study not less than one factor from this crossword; these sorts of puzzles are at all times my favourite to unravel.
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