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By this time,你知道这个练习。星期五的后续活动是我们重新审视以前文章主题的一个机会，让困惑的观众们在所有事情上都能有一个令人费解的速度。必威官网下载必威官网下载
虽然我不能参加锦标赛，我下载了锦标赛拼图，and after a few weeks,我有机会坐下来解决为这次活动准备的六个难题。今天，after a few weeks' reflection,I thought I'd offer my thoughts on those puzzles,无论是对于组织者还是任何有兴趣参与未来的益智者。必威官网下载必威官网下载
[注：我解决了这些拼图的PDF版本，which apparently differed in some ways from the PUZ versions.]
The opening puzzle offered a solid challenge,利用华盛顿地铁不同线路的颜色作为主题条目的线索。（例如，“红线”引导您到达答案基本路径。）
阿加德的努力为接下来的比赛定下了基调，一些通俗易懂的流行文化提供了线索，以及一支强大的队伍，fair clues most puzzlers should have no difficulty cracking.A few more obscure references were made — an Internet meme and a Hunger Games "ship" name among them — but without hindering fair cluing.
有趣的网格条目包括Ginsu，YOUSE GUYS,and NIQAB,我最喜欢的线索可能是“夏末”？总计。
Puzzle 2: Looseness of the Vowelsby Peter Broda
布罗达的拼图合并了共享框——一些网格正方形被分成了两半，allowing two vowels to be placed instead of one — and answering each themed clue required a two-word phrase that shared every consonant.
（例如，clue 52 Across read "With 52 Across,what David Ortiz practices that annoys his neighbors?" And the grid,once filled,读B[I/A]GP[A/I]P[IE]S，a.k.a.BIG PAPI'S BAGPIPES.This is why the clue cites itself in "With 52 Across," so that the solver knows the answer word applies twice)
Those neat touches of wordplay weren't the only tough crossings,however.The crossing of two unusual phrases in BE GENTLE with LAYS STAX actually forced me to abandon the puzzle at one point and return to it later to complete.
Interesting grid entries included TV CHEF,ICE KING,签证法案，我最喜欢的线索是苏联的“前红巨人”。（作为一个科学和天文学极客，I was instantly misled by this one.)
Finn was chosen as the guest constructor to join the five fierce puzzlers who organized the Indie 500,我对他巧妙的网格结构印象深刻。In Finn's puzzle,certain paired black squares were replaced with a graphic of a candy bar,由求解者来推断每个条目，either down or across,that touched the candy bar was missing either C,Y,or both.
[The candy bars were in color in the PDF,但我把它们印在B和W上解决问题。]
For instance,在网格的这一部分中，DIS and ALL (clued as "Checker,一个“和”字接一个“直”字或“男”字，在社会正义对话中，“分别”实际上是圆盘和盟友当你添加了cy。[Get it?CandY bar?] Similarly,REST and ALTA were actually CREST and YALTA,and the across entry CLING WRAP was actually the theme entry CYCLING WRAP.
This was my favorite of the six puzzles in the tournament,一个有一个伟大的钩子和出色的执行。
有趣的网格条目包括高级晚会，DOT GOV,哦，规矩点！，and PT BOATS,我最喜欢的线索很容易是“布莱恩谁的纵横字谜会让你相信是唯一值得知道的音乐家（除了97跨，可能）”对于eno。(97-Across was,可以预见的是，ONO.)
拼图4：可爱的拼图by Andy Kravis
After a pair of heavy-thinking puzzles,拼图4是一款非常好的清腭剂。complete with solid cluing and some fun entries.Kravis的拼图让解释器在主题条目的末尾添加一个重音e，以完成它们。For instance,“象类的巨大飞跃？”是巨无霸。
一个构造良好的拼图（很可能是为了在拼图5将解算者击溃之前引诱他们进入一种错误的安全感）。this was probably the most accessible puzzle of the six,one that casual solvers would quite enjoy.
Interesting grid entries included MINAJ,TEAM USA,库帕and A-MINUS,and my favorite clues were the mildly-risque pair of "Prince Albert's can?" for both ARSE and LOO.
Apparently,是否是美国填字游戏锦标赛or the Indie 500,Puzzle 5 shall forever be a beast of a solve.
Fogarty's puzzle was by far the toughest of the six,and I admit,it took me forever to uncover the hook: antonyms which crossed at the same starting box were swapped.For instance,1-across是“麻木”的厚和1-down是“稀释”的薄，but you had to place THICK as 1-Down and THIN as 1-Across.
除此之外，像Ideam Man和Lad Mag这样充满挑战的交叉口让我一直在猜测，and the creative grid entries left few crossword standards for any struggling solvers.
[比如说，since we're discussing crosswords,have you checked out the
Penny Dell Crosswords App？这就结束了我们无耻的插拔。]
拼图6：最后一圈by Evan Birnholz
比赛的结束拼图分为两个难度等级：内线（为过去5年中在纵横字谜比赛中排名前25%的选手指定）和外线（为其他人指定）。I opted for the Outside Track,然后看了看里面的轨道。
这个无主题的近距离镜头不是上篮，虽然；no matter which track you were on,结论依赖于扎实的知识和经典的解谜技巧。（对埃文来说，这是一种荣誉，因为他创造了一个坚固的网格，其中包含了艰难的线索。以及在内部轨道线索中放置一个备受赞赏的黑暗军团参考。）
Interesting grid entries included WHAT ON EARTH?,MOON UNIT,EDIT MENU,and PIE CHART,and my favorite clue (among many I quite liked) was probably "Things a benched player might work on during practice" for ETUDES.
总体而言，我想独立500是一系列令人印象深刻的难题，富有智慧和风格。Puzzle 5 easily rivaled ACPT's Puzzle 5 in terms of difficulty,and the cluing was topnotch.I look forward to its return next year,希望你们中的一些人能和我一起接受独立500强的挑战！
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