Sunday, May 18, 2014

NYT 9:08 (Amy) 
LAT 7:24 (Amy) 
Reagle 7:05 (Amy) 
Hex/Hook 6:38 (Amy) 
WaPo 17:38 (Sam) 
CS 26:44 (Ade) 

Joe DiPietro’s New York Times crossword, “Oh, Who?”

NY Times crossword solution, 5 18 14 "Oh, Who?"

NY Times crossword solution, 5 18 14 “Oh, Who?”

Feels a bit like a St. Patrick’s Day theme, so perhaps it should have run either two months ago or four months from now, when it would just be “Hey, here’s an Irish name theme.” Apparently Joe submitted it so long ago (it was accepted more than 3 years back) that he no longer remembers if it was intended as a March 17 puzzle. At any rate, I’d probably have liked it better 3 years ago, because my expectations for fill have risen sharply in the last year or two. Anyway! The theme is words or phrases with an “O” sound in the midst, respaced and respelled as if a bizarre Irish surname were involved:

  • 22a. [Irish chemist?], ANGIE O’GRAM. No idea why a chemist would be involved with angiograms, the turf of cardiologists and interventional radiologists. The first name portion, I guess, is irrelevant to the theme? Not that grams are inextricably linked to chemistry.
  • 24a. [Irish arborist?], WILL O’TREES. Willow trees.
  • 32a. [Irish secretary?], JEAN O’TYPING. Genotyping.
  • 47a. [Irish algebra teacher?], COREY O’GRAPH. Choreograph.
  • 63a. [Irish woodworker?], PATTY O’FURNITURE. Patio. This one is an old chestnut. “What’s Irish and stays out all night?”
  • 83a. [Irish mountain climber?], NATE O’SUMMIT. NATO summit.
  • 96a. [Irish dogsled racer?], JUNE O’ALASKA. Juneau. Are there any Irish names that follow O’ with a vowel?
  • 110a. [Irish health care worker?], MAE O’CLINIC. Mayo.
  • 112a. [Irish painter?], MEL O’YELLOW. Mello Yello.

Goofball theme that didn’t do much for me, personally. I did appreciate the 10s in the fill:

  • 3d. [Like some bands with only modest Western popularity], BIG IN JAPAN.
  • 69d. [“Let’s shake!”], “PUT ‘ER THERE!” I had MAY O’CLINIC at first, which made PUTERTHYRE mystifying.
  • 15d. [Chaucer work that invokes the book of Job, with “The”], CLERK’S TALE. You can put your Chaucer in my crossword as much as you want.
  • 72d. [Prepare the first course, say], TOSS A SALAD. Would you agree that a restaurant’s house salad really ought to mention its ingredients on the menu if the dressing is a bacon balsamic? Nobody expects the house salad not to be vegetarian, people. *grumble, mumble*

You may be astonished to hear that I looked at the clue 48d. [Springfield Plateau area] when I had *Z*R*S in place and filled in AZORES. Yes, that’s right. Portuguese islands. Turned out to be the OZARKS.

The fill had a lot more chaff than I like to see. Variant SAREE, INRI beside EGAN, jai ALAI and a jai alai CESTA, and even a TOPEE (37d. [Pith helmet])?? The OREM/OREL twofer. Suffix –ITE clued as 88a. [Suffix with zinc]? (Zincite is in the dictionary but I move to strike the word because it is messing with our language. A “ci” pronounced with a hard C? No way, man.) SOYA, TALI … just a lot of words that jostle me out of the happiness groove.

Three stars from me.

Byron Walden’s Washington Post crossword, “The Post Puzzler No. 215″—Sam Donaldson’s review

The Post Puzzler No. 215 (solution)

The Post Puzzler No. 215 (solution)

Quick, what event happened 34 years ago this morning? If, like me, you’re from the Pacific Northwest, this is probably a gimme. May 18, 1980, is when Mount St. Helens erupted. Today’s Post Puzzler suits the anniversary well, because it was a blast.

I broke into the grid with HOME PLANET, clued as [Ork, to Mork]. That led me to ALANON (the [Support group whose symbol is a white circle in a blue triangle]) and ELOI, the [Prey for Morlocks]. But after that, there were no gimmes. Between the devilish clues a la Bob Klahn and the complete unknowns a la David Kahn, you could call this puzzle a “Klahn Kahn” (not to be confused with Ken-Ken). Or you could call it just another Byron Walden Tough Mudder. Either way, I enjoyed the extended workout.

Under the heading of devilish clues, I offer State’s Exhibits A through G:

  • [Series of reverses], right there at 1-Across, has you thinking of a plural answer. Maybe you, like me, put an S in the last square, hoping that would help with the crossing. Uh, nope. Instead the answer is BAD PATCH. A terrific entry with an even better clue. Nice start.
  • In a Byron Walden puzzle edited by Peter Gordon, anything goes. So I can’t be the only one who wondered whether something prurient was behind the clue [Rubber]. But it was just an OVERSHOE. I like it when I’m punished for my deviant thinking. Whoops, let’s not go there.
  • [Trips up on one’s own efforts?] as a clue for FREE CLIMBS took me quite a while to parse. Were it not trying to be so coy, it could have read [Takes trips up a rock face using nothing but one’s own hands and feet]. Maybe some will find this clue too cutesy or awkward, but I like that it requires such a careful, creative reading.
  • [Underwater army dangers?] didn’t fool me for a second. Long-time readers (with little else to do in their lives) will remember why. Bottom line: anytime you see “army” and “?” in a clue, be thinking SQUID, SQUIDS, OCTOPUS, or OCTOPI.
  • [Rows, e.g.] is a purely evil clue, for the word “rows” has different pronunciations and so many different meanings. You really have no “clue” which way you’re supposed to lean. You have to have some crossing letters in place and then think of possible answers that could support the clue. This time, the clue related to boating, so the answer was PROPELS.
  • Had I known that Hugh Lofting wrote the DR. DOLITTLE books, I would have seen through this clue. But I didn’t, so [Lofting lead] really had me confused. I had no idea that Lofting was a proper noun instead of a verb or adjective. I could have saved this one for the “new to me” section below, but since I like this hidden pronoun clues so much I stashed it here instead.
  • [High school cut-ups?] was a fun, albeit gross clue for FROGS.
  • [Matching cases?] is a cute clue for ARSONS, but I can’t get over how awkward the plural form sounds to my ear.
  • This one was the runner-up for my favorite clue: [Frisky order?] for SPREAD ‘EM, a phrase a cop about to conduct a pat-down search (aka “frisk”) would utter in reference to a perp’s legs.
  • [Object with a slash?] is a fine clue for HER/HIM but I’m less enchanted with the entry itself. HE/SHE and S/HE seem much more “in the language,” I feel, and even “him/her” yields ten times more Google hits.
  • [No tie?] is an awesome clue for OBI, once you get that “No” is a form of Japanese dramatic theater. I told you there were fiendish clues in this puzzle!

And for the complete unknowns, the following are offered for your consideration:

  • I knew I had seen the word before, but [Had pruritis] had me flummoxed. Eventually I clawed and scratched my way to the answer, ITCHED.
  • I’M A MAN was a [1965 Yardbirds hit written by Bo Diddley]. The danger in writing songs like this is that you can’t sell it to half the singers out there.
  • Something called ARGAN OIL is a [Trendy cosmetic ingredient traditionally produced using nut-eating goats]. Hi, I’m Bob. I’m in charge of feeding the goats we use to make argan oil. Ol’ Billy here is getting a special treat today–a nice mix of almonds, walnuts, and pecans. Yessir, watch how he gobbles that down like it’s the nectar of the gods.
  • Picasso was lauded for using accident victims as models for his work.

    Picasso was lauded for using accident victims as models for his work.

    GUERNICA is the [Masterpiece now permanently housed in Madrid’s Museo Reina Sofia]. That’s it there on the right.

  • Thanks to crosswords, the AVIA shoe brand is on my radar. But I had no idea about the other company referenced in the clue, [Saucony competitor].
  • I thought I knew my red meats, but I had no idea that ENTRECOTES were [Cuts of beef taken from between the ribs]. Our friends at Wikipedia claim they correspond to rib-eyes and Delmonicos.
  • It has been 28 years since I took the SAT, so my vocabulary has atrophied a bit. So I liked learning that DENY is synonymous with [Gainsay].
  • Never in a million years would I have come up with THAT OL’ WIND as the [1996 Garth Brooks song whose title completes the lyric “___ had once again found its way home”]. Here’s a great example that supports this hypothesis: the length of a clue is proportional to the answer’s obscurity.
  • CLARE is an [Irish county]. I’ll drink to that.

Now some stuff that I did know (just so I leave you with some credibility in tact) included ACES as the [Excellent hold’em holding] and [“Dirty Jobs” host Mike] ROWE. Yep, I’m a cultured fellow.

Favorite entry = OK THEN, clued as [“Sure, if that’s the way you feel”]. (Honorable mention to EXACT A TOLL, clued as [Have damaging consequences]. Favorite clue = [Series of revivals?] for the television show about life-guarding, BAYWATCH. In a puzzle packed with great clues, this one really stood out.

Bob Klahn’s Sunday Challenge CrosSynergy crossword —Ade’s write-up  

CrosSynergy Sunday Challenge solution, 05.18.14

CrosSynergy Sunday Challenge solution, 05.18.14

Hello everyone, and hope you enjoy what’s left of the weekend!

Speaking of enjoying the rest of the weekend, I know I will because I was able to (somehow) get through this very well-constructed, juicy and über-challenging puzzle from Mr. Bob Klahn. For me, the best thing about doing a puzzle of Bob’s – outside of saying that I actually completed it – is that solving is more of edification than anything else. In this grid, a perfect example is PETRI (10A: [German with a dish named after him]). Coming in a close second, in terms of knowing something I had no idea about beforehand was MFN (19A: [Status accorded by one state to another in worldwide trade (abbr.)]), which I now know is short for most favored nation.

As per usual on a Sunday challenge, it took a while for the engines to get warmed up, although ICBM came immediately (1D: [SALT-covered item]). What broke it open was thinking…Extreme Championship Wrestling.


Well, this now-defunct wrestling organization used to have a wrestler called The Sandman, and his shtick was that be brought a Singapore cane to the wresting mat every time, and used to beat people with it. So yes, thinking that allowed me to get CANER (6D: [Singapore disciplinarian]). That allowed me to correctly guess ICK FACTOR (1A: [“Eeew!”-inducing aspect]), and the northwest was, for the most part, taken care of.

The long down answers packed punch, though none of them really knocked me out. Sherlock Holmes author + female character = IRENE ADLER, at least when I was doing this puzzle (14D: [Arthur Conan Doyle character possibly modeled after Lilli Langtry]). Loved the clue for CRUNCH TIME (25D: [April for accountants, e.g.]), and proud of myself that a Johnny Cash song didn’t throw me as I got RENO, NEVADA (13D: [“Folsom Prison Blues” locale]). Oh, and can someone help me with THIS OLD RAG, and what the mislead is (12D: [Dapper Dan’s disclaimer])? I’m still stumped, but it looked right when I ended up typing it in with the help of crosses.

“Sports will make you smarter” moment of the day: CIGAR (45A: [Churchillian trademark])– With horse racing being a hot topic now because of California Chrome winning The Preakness States yesterday and having a legitimate shot at the Triple Crown, it’s fitting that the “sports” moment is that of one of the greatest racehorse of all time. In the mid-1990s, Cigar went on arguably the greatest run of any racehorse ever, winning 16 consecutive races in major stakes race competition and becoming the first horse to do that since Triple Crown winner Citation did it between 1948-1950. Cigar retired to stud in 1996 as the then-leading money earner in Thoroughbred racing history.

Thanks so much for your time, and hopefully there’s some sun outside so you can enjoy your Sunday!

Take care!


Merl Reagle’s syndicated crossword, “Spaced-Out People”

Merl Reagle Sunday crossword solution, 5 18 14 "Spaced-Out People"

Merl Reagle Sunday crossword solution, 5 18 14 “Spaced-Out People”

I loved this theme! Merl takes a bunch of first names, 7 to 8 letters apiece, and parses them as two or more words that can occupy a sentence. Merl is known for his humor, and this theme gives us so many hits of the funny. I will give a star rating for the humor level of each themer, where 5 = laugh-out-loud funny and 1 = not remotely funny.

  • 19a. [“I ___ … that’s about the extent of my kitchen skills”], CAN DICE. 4.25.
  • 21a. [“Is a ___ way to spend an evening? Let’s kiss and make up”], TIFF ANY. 3.5.
  • 51a. [“I can sing this ___ major, but it won’t sound too good”], CAROL IN E. 2.5.
  • 56a. [“Why does Ma let ___ her like that?”], PA TRICK. 4.25.
  • 76a. [“So, what do you do ___ and relaxation around here?”], FOR REST. 2.5.
  • 79a. [“Do we want a buzzer or ___ better idea?”], IS A BELL A. 3.5, for the surprise of a four-word split.
  • 112a. [“One more payment will make the ___”], CAR MINE. 3, but I didn’t like having “cars” also in the 1d theme clue.
  • 116a. [“On your ‘Welcome’ ___ is missing”], MAT THE “W.” 4.5. “Elcome!”
  • 1d. [“I love to detail cars, but I will ___ without a down payment”], DO NO VAN. 3.5.
  • 5d. [“If it’s black, I lose, but I ___ comes up”], WIN IF RED. 3, plus there’s a RED in 86d too.
  • 12d. [“Yep, it’s my horse; it has my ___ it”], BRAND ON. 1. Poor horsey. Branding has gotta hurt.
  • 16d. [“Sure, you’re innocent. Now up against the ___!”], WALL, ACE. 3.5.
  • 82d. [“___ silent H in your name, right?”], THERE’S A. 4.5, not so much for funniness as for how well the clue/answer combo works.
  • 83d. [“At the gym I usually toss up ___ ball — it’s my specialty — just before I leave”], A LAST AIR. 4.
  • 86d. [“I like only the ___ peppers”], MILD RED. 2.
  • 91d. [“She likes to ___ old coffee before making a new pot”], HEAT HER. 2.5.

So that’s 16 short theme answers, with all but a few being at least mildly amusing. Given how many Sunday themes fail to make me smile at all, I have a massive appreciation for a theme that evokes 12 moments of humor.

Given that the theme answers top out at 8 letters, there’s no juicy long non-theme fill. I’m sure Merl deliberately designed the grid to avoid any 7- or 8-letter fill—those L-shaped chunks of “cheater” squares in each corner let CANDICE and DONOVAN shine and not get lost amid a sea of same-length fill. It also means that 6-letter HARLAN and 5-letter KEMAL and ELIOT don’t conflict with the theme—it would be unrealistic to expect a 21×21 to include no first names in the fill, no? I mean, it can be done, but if Merl needed to avoid those few extras, the fill might have suffered. It’s okay fill as it is, not much to marvel at, but not much to grouse about, either.

Four stars from me.

John Lampkin’s syndicated Los Angeles Times Sunday crossword, “Addressing the Crowd”

LA Times Sunday crossword solution, 5 18 14 "Addressing the Crowd"

LA Times Sunday crossword solution, 5 18 14 “Addressing the Crowd”

The theme is plausible street names for specific groups of people, made from familiar phrases that end with words that can also mean “street” or “road” in addresses:

  • 23a. [Apt address for hit men?], VICIOUS CIRCLE. As in “Tony Soprano and Paulie Walnuts lived at 125 Vicious Circle.” (Don’t sue me for mislabeling the mob jobs of these characters.)
  • 28a. [Apt address for prizefighters?], BELT LOOP.
  • 41a. [Apt address for petrologists?], ROCKY ROAD.
  • 50a. [Apt address for surgeons?], INSIDE LANE.
  • 68a. [Apt address for an Orlando team?], MAGIC SQUARE.
  • 86a. [Apt address for photographers?], FLASH DRIVE.
  • 94a. [Apt address for gossip columnists?], DIRT TRAIL.
  • 109a. [Apt address for dairymen?], MILKY WAY.
  • 118a. [Apt address for Australian zookeepers?], KANGAROO COURT.

The theme works well enough, but it didn’t amuse me. (See? I told you, in my Merl write-up, that a lot of Sunday themes  are in that boat.)

Three more things:

  • 51d. [Classical music lover, facetiously], LONGHAIR. Really? Had no idea.
  • 1a/18a make a nice little stack: ASS TWADDLE! It sounds like it should mean something.
  • 3d. [Untouchable], SACRED COW. I don’t think this clue works. SACRED COW is a noun, but the noun untouchable refers to low-caste Indians. It’s the adjective that has a meaning related to a SACRED COW.

One hard section: Where 65a. [Jerk]/DORK and 73a. [Projecting window]/ORIEL cross 65d. [German village]/DORF and 66d. [Sportscaster Hershiser]/OREL.

Another hard section: Where 16d. [Futile]/OTIOSE and 17d. [British stew]/HOT POT cross 15a. [“Silly me!”]/D’OH and 39a. [Mollycoddle]/COSSET. Crosswords usually fall back on the archaic “lazy” meaning of OTIOSE for whatever reason, so [Futile] may throw solvers for a loop, and HOT POT may not be so familiar to American audiences. I had to work for this corner.

I did not love the fill in this grid. Words like RESEEKS, ALII, A MOI, O’SHEA, QUES/PROB, ERE I, CDRS, DORF, and ORIEL popped up wherever I turned. I’m calling it three stars.

Emily Cox and Henry Rathvon’s CRooked crossword, “Ionization”

CRooked Crossword solution, 5 18 14 "Ionization"

CRooked Crossword solution, 5 18 14 “Ionization”

Add an -ION to familiar phrases to change the final word and get fake phrases that provide some smiles:

  • 23a. [Mouth-watering game show?], I’VE GOT A SECRETION. Ha! I would watch that. Among my favorite guilty pleasures are the shows Monsters Inside Me (recounting and reenactments of real people’s experiences with parasitic infections) and Mystery Diagnosis.
  • 43a. [Diplomat’s instrument?], PEACE ACCORDION. Sounds like an act of war.
  • 57a. [Studly singer in a robe?], CHOIR STALLION. Smiled at this one, too.
  • 75a. [Timid military group?], CHICKEN LEGION. Also found this one amusing.
  • 90a. [“Do I need glasses?,” e.g.?], VISION QUESTION.
  • 112a. [Fun in a sub?], DEEP-SEA DIVERSION.
  • 16d. [Fair skin?], B COMPLEXION.
  • 65d. [Love of trains?], RAIL PASSION. I know a train buff or two, and “passion” does not understate their fondness for locomotives. (See also: North by Northwest sleeping car action with Cary Grant and Eva Marie Saint.)

High marks for the theme. For half of the theme entries to amuse me is an achievement. The fill was fairly smooth overall, so I’ll sign off now (this is the fourth 21×21 puzzle I’ve blogged in the last 18 hours!) with a rating of four stars.

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19 Responses to Sunday, May 18, 2014

  1. john farmer says:

    Guess I’m old school because I say those funny Latin plurals with a hard-c too. Abaci, foci, loci, hoci poci. In Brooklyn you might hear them say “Disci is blue,” but who knows what they’re talking about anyway.

  2. Jan Voorsanger says:

    With you all the way, Amy.
    Yer positive even when yer not.
    Stay that way.

  3. Christopher Smith says:

    Agree this one was disappointing. Two jai alai references & two skeletal ones (TARSAL is there as well) in a puzzle that’s not about either; labored clues for TOO, MIS & ALE; a shambolic middle left (ARUM, ERATO & POME). This one is kind of a mess, even leaving out that it’s clearly a mid-March theme.

  4. ArtLvr says:

    I really enjoyed the punny NYT, though the clues were hard to suss out. BravO, DiPietro!

  5. cyberdiva says:

    I usually dislike punny crosswords, and I started out not sure I’d even bother finishing this one. But I wound up really enjoying most of the puns, especially after I managed to change AZORES to OZARKS (I never let geography stand in my way) and INGOMAR to INGEMAR (JOANOTYPING puzzled me for the longest time).

  6. Huda says:

    NYT: not being a pun person, I was surprised to get the theme very early on and it helped. Some of the fill left me scratching my head, though. And my NW was a mess for a long time. Even when ANGIEOGRAM emerged, I stared at it for a while to see if I just made up an answer. Like Amy, it made no sense to me given the clue. Why not an Irish Cardiologist? The only thing I can guess is that they’re using chemist in the British sense, a pharmacist, so GRAM might make some sense? And also, that the entire Angiogram is too close to what a cardiologist does ( as is a Willow Tree to an arborist) but that is not sustained in the rest of the theme answers… genotyping for example has no secretarial relevance.
    Still and all, some of the puns made me smile and I learned some stuff about Canada :)

  7. HH says:

    “I’M A MAN was a [1965 Yardbirds hit written by Bo Diddley]. The danger in writing songs like this is that you can’t sell it to half the singers out there.”

    I was once tempted to clue this answer as [Confession on the Springer show].

  8. sbmanion says:

    I liked the puzzle. Most of the first names struck me as plausible first names for Irish people. The only name that struck me as non-Irish sounding was June O’Alaska.

    An update on yesterday’s Preakness. Luck was not a lady. The three horses with female connections came in the last three places.

    The most athletic play I have ever seen occurred in Jai Alai. When the jai alai ball (pelota) goes side wall front wall, it invariably bounces into the net which is about 12-15 feet off the court and protects the fans from getting hit. Such a shot is almost never returned. I saw a player jump from the end of the court toward the net, catch the ball in his Cesta, then spin clockwise and return the shot side wall-front wall to win the point as he himself tumbled into the net. The crowd went wild. The jai alai pelota is hard as a rock, bounces like a super ball and travels at 175 mph plus. It is potentially very dangerous, especially in doubles where one player is stationed close to the front wall.


    • Brucenm says:

      Steve, there used to be a Fronton in Milford, CT, and I used to attend the games (on which one bet) occasionally. Very fast, athletic, exciting game. I wonder how many of our honored constructors have ever seen the game.

      If you want to try something dangerous and exciting (though I explicitly recommend against it), try hitting a golf ball with a tennis racquet against a concrete tennis wall. Talk about bouncing like a superball and returning to you at incredible speeds that threaten instant death. . . I’m serious about being *super* cautious if you ever try it. And if you don’t block it successfully, (one hopes with your racquet), you can chase it for hundreds of yards, depending on what is behind you.

      I’m in the middle on this puzzle. The puns were OK. Patty O’Doors is the cliché I have previously heard. I too thought Juno Alaska was the weakest. But it’s great to see the return of Joe di P. I was afraid he had retired, though if the puzzle has been gathering dust for 3 years, I’m not sure whether he has or not.

      • sbmanion says:

        Never played that one, Bruce. But my best friend and I used to go with his father to a big open field behind the local high school to shag golf ball flies. His father would practice golf and we would catch the balls with our baseball gloves. Definitely makes catching a baseball seem easy.

        Badminton is said to be the fastest game, but I have never played it at a highly competitive level. The modern equipment has allowed racquetball shots by top players to approach 200 mph.


    • john farmer says:

      Sports terms words of the day:

      noun \pə-ˈlō-tə\
      1: a court game related to jai alai
      2: the ball used in jai alai
      Spanish, from Old French pelote little ball — more at pellet
      First Known Use: 1807

      noun \ˌpe-lə-ˈtän, ˈpe-lə-ˌtän\
      : the main body of riders in a bicycle race
      French, literally, ball — more at platoon
      First Known Use: 1951

  9. charles montpetit says:

    Re: Merl. I’m surprised that you mind the appearance of RED and CAR in a clue and a different answer elsewhere in the puzzle, but not the repetition of “IF” in both the clue and the answer for the *same* entry, i.e. 5d [“If it’s black, I lose, but I ___ comes up”] / WIN IF RED. The same goes for the “A” in 79a [“Do we want a buzzer or ___ better idea?”] / IS A BELL A. Shouldn’t this be even more of a no-no? (Especially since the “If” in the 5d clue could easily have been replaced by a “When”, and the “A” in 79a could have been a “the”…)

    • Amy Reynaldo says:

      Didn’t notice the IF issue while solving, and really don’t give a hoot about repeating A if the clue would be tortured to avoid it. Agree, though, that your “When” and “the” swaps would be an improvement.

  10. Byron says:

    The fuller explanation for the ARGAN OIL clue is that the oil comes from the nut kernels inside the fruit of the argan tree. The oil is very hard to extract using traditional equipment so the way it was usually done is farmers would use goats that climb the tree and eat the fruit. After digesting the fruit the goats poop out the valuable part now softened up enough to facilitate extraction. The farmers just have to pick it out of the poop. Alas, most of the extraction is mechanized now. However, some oil is still produced traditionally as it fetches enough of a price to make it worth the effort.

  11. howlinwolf says:

    Another nice CS puzzle from Bob Klahn…no gimmicks nor gotchas…just clever, informative clues. C’mon, Bob. You must have some “wrath” left for volume II.


  12. ahimsa says:

    I got a few chuckles from the NYT in spite of a little rough fill. And I liked seeing PAPER LACE (The Night Chicago Died), a band name that I didn’t even know I remembered until I managed to fill it in.

    Seeing TOPEE made me think of this song (he mentions his “lal topee Russi” – red hat from Russia)

    Yeah, pretty obscure song. It’s from a very old Indian film. But, to my surprise, a snippet of it was played near the start of the movie Gravity. If you’ve seen that movie (well worth it, IMHO) then you might recognize it. Enjoy!

    • Lois says:

      Thank you for the song and the info about its connection to Gravity. Well worth watching your clip! I knew Shashi Kapoor but not his brother Raj.

      • Lois says:

        On rereading what I wrote, I’d better say I knew OF Shashi Kapoor. This blog has too many people who actually know famous people, or who are famous, for me to say I know anyone when I mean I have seen them in movies.

  13. Steve Tice says:

    Merle succumbed to the oft repeated error on the propulsion used by gondoliers. That long object they use is an OAR, not a POLE.

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