This blog purely for my own amusement. I like to start the day with a quote, be it amusing, inspiration, or simply something that caught my fancy.

On occasion, I might also include some commentary on the day's crossword puzzle that is published in the Los Angeles Times.

Friday, 25 February 2011

Friday, February 25, 2011

QOD: The respect of those you respect is worth more than the applause of the multitude. ~ Arnold Glasow.

Today's Theme: LA Confidential. Each of the theme clues inserts the letters "LA" into a common phrase to provide an interesting and funny twist.

16. Move From Crystal to Caesar's? = CHANGE OF PALACE. The common phrase is Change of Place. The Crystal Palace was built in London for the Great Exhibition of 1851. Caesar's Palace is in Las Vegas.

28. Antelope of Questionable Virtue? = LOOSE ELAND. The common phrase is Loose End.

33. "Another Rule, Sorry to Say"? = ALAS A RULE. The common phrase is As A Rule.

43. Greengrocer's Grab Bags? = SALAD SACKS. The common phrase is Sad Sacks. This was the clue that gave me the theme.

53. 1997 Kevin Spacey Film, and a Hint to This Puzzle's Theme = LA CONFIDENTIAL.

Thursday, 24 February 2011

Thursday, February 24, 2011

QOD: Fashion is a form of ugliness so intolerable that we have to alter it every six months. ~ Oscar Wilde

Today's Theme: Just Little 'Ole Me. The first word of each theme clues is a punny homonym that rhymes with "OLE", of a common phrase.

17. Money for the Warsaw Government? = POLE TAXES. The common phrase is Poll Taxes.

25. Foot-Tapping Songs? = SOLE MUSIC. The common phrase is Soul Music. This was my favorite theme clue.

35. Songwriting, to Porter? = COLE FIELD. The common phrase is Coal Field.

49. Actor’s Messages from an Agent? = ROLE CALLS. The common phrase is Roll Calls.

58. Grain for Bagels? = HOLE WHEAT. The common phrase is Whole Wheat. This is the only theme clue that doesn’t really make sense because the clue doesn’t match the answer. Yeah, yeah, I know there are holes in bagels. Still …

Wednesday, 23 February 2011

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

QOD: Anything you are good at contributes to happiness. ~ Bertrand Russell

Today’s Theme: There’s A Sucker Born Every Minute. The theme clues each contain a synonym for the word “DUPE(s)" (38-Down).

38A. 1- and 64-Across, and the First Words of the Four Longest Puzzle Answers = DUPES.

1A. Court Jester = FOOL. A FOOL can be Duped.

17A. Country Singer with the 1961 Hit “Crazy” = PATSY CLINE. A PATSY can be Duped.

56A. Shameful Emblem in Genesis = MARK OF CAIN. A MARK can be Duped.

64A. Hammer or Sickle = TOOL. A TOOL can be Duped.

10D. Hockshop Receipt = PAWN TICKET. A PAWN can be Duped.

29D. Remora = SUCKER FISH. A SUCKER can be Duped. Remora was a new word for me today.

Tuesday, 22 February 2011

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

QOD: Music is the shorthand of emotion. ~ Leo Tolstoy

Today's Theme: Don't Play with Your Food! The first part of the first word of each of the theme answers is also the name of a food, however, it is used, not as a food, but rather to describe the action of the last word.

20. Arborist's handiwork = PRUNED TREE.

26. Windshield nuisance = SQUASHED BUGS.

44. Result of an errant brushback pitch = BEANED BATTER. This was a toughie for me. I was thinking the "pitch" referred to an ad-man's pitch, not a baseball pitcher's pitch.

55. Deli sandwich filler = CORNED BEEF,

Monday, 21 February 2011

Monday, February 21, 2011

QOD: Secrecy is the freedom tyrants dream of. ~ Bill Moyers

Today's Theme: For Pete's Sake! The first word in each of the theme clues is the surname of a somewhat famous Peter.

17. Legendary Saying that Creates Spring Chickens? = FOUNTAIN OF YOUTH. The famous Pete is Pete Fountain.

38. Grammy Revoked from Milli Vanilli = BEST NEW ARTIST. The famous Pete is Pete Best.

60. Portland Trailblazers' Home = ROSE GARDEN ARENA. The famous Pete is Pete Rose.

71. Name That Can Precede the First Word of 17-, 38-, and 60-Across = PETE.

Sunday, 20 February 2011

Sunday, February 20, 2011

QOD: The more you find out about the world, the more opportunities there are to laugh at it. ~ Bill Nye

Today's Theme: Find Out. In today’s puzzle, the word in a common phrase beginning with “D” is replaced by the letter “F” to make an amusing twist.

23. Flight Attendant's Reminder When Serving Alcohol? = THIS IS NOT A FRILL. The common phrase is: This is not a drill.

32. Equine Exhibition With Poor Visibility? = FOG AND PONY SHOW. The common phrase is: Dog and pony show.

45. Stick Around for Sautéing? = HANG OUT TO FRY. The common phrase is: Hang out to dry.

64. Energizing Bluegrass Instruments? = FUELING BANJOS. The common phrase, which is actually the theme music for the movie Deliverance, is: Dueling Banjos.

75. Craze For Some Moms? = STAY-AT-HOME FAD. The common phrase is: Stay-at-home Dad.

95. Pixie Dust? = FAIRY PRODUCT. The common phrase is: Dairy product. This was the clue that make me figure out today’s theme.

104. Written warning About Gangster Gotti? = FEAR JOHN LETTER. The common phrase is: Dear John letter.

119. Imposing Monetary Penalties with a Nice Chianti? = WINING AND FINING. The common phrase is: Wining and dining.