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.

1. Rigged support = MAST.

5. Curve of a Cabriole Leg = KNEE.

9. Sheet of Stamps = PANE.

13. “So That’s How It’s Going to Be” = I SEE.

15. An Amulet May Ward It Off, Purportedly = EVIL. Such as the Hamsa.

19. Danish Poker Star Gus = HANSEN.

20. Curling Surface = ICE. Good clue! My parents used to curl.

21. Texter’s “Heavens!” = OMG. Text-speak for Oh my god!

23. Oscar Night Figure = EMCEE.

24. Small, Vocal Bird = WREN. Actually, I think of a wren as being a song bird. This clue implies that it is a noisy bird.

26. ____ Market = FLEA. I don’t understand the attraction of a flea market.

27. Cliff, Carlos, and Derrek of Baseball = LEES. I let the perps give me this surname.

30. Mag Wheels? = EDS. Good misleading clue. Mag is short for Magazine, hence the Editors are the big wheels of a magazine publication.

31. Pound Output = POEM. I wasn’t fooled by this reference to Ezra Pound. We see him and this cluing often in crosswords.

32. Has a Powerful Desire (For) = LUSTS. Powerful desire, indeed.

36. Gait Between Walk and Canter = AMBLE. Didn’t come easily to me.

39. Wine Train Valley = NAPA. I have seen the train tour, but never taken it.

40. MoveOn.org, e.g.: Abbr. = PAC. Stands for Political Action Committee.

46. Hole Maker = MOTH. Great misleading clue! My favorite in today’s puzzle.

47. Mongol Sovereign = KHAN. As in Genghis Khan.

48. Trap, in a Way = TREE. Like that poor cat that gets caught in a tree and must be rescued by the fire department.

49. “Cheers” Waitress = CARLA. Diane also fits and was my first thought.

50. Sixth Rock From the Sun: Abbr. = SAT. Saturn is the sixth planet from the sun.

51. Rye Go-With = HAM. As in a Ham and Cheese on Rye. Definitely not a kosher meal.

52. Repartee = BANTER.

57. Lowdown = INFO. I wanted Scoop, but that didn’t fit.

58. “Exodus” Novelist = URIS. Leon Uris make frequent crossword appearances.

59. Compass ____ = ROSE. I was not familiar with this term. From the diagram, however, it makes sense.

60. Riding = ATOP. Meh!

61. Took Off = LEFT. Not keen on this clue, either.

62. Dot and Flik, in “A Bug’s Life” = ANTS.

1. “Glee” Star Lea ______ = MICHELE. I am a big fan of Glee!

2. Embarrassed = ASHAMED. // And 18-Down: Embarrassing Marks = ACNE.

3. Medium Setting = SÉANCES.

4. Time Indicators of a Sort = TENSES. Grammar lesson for the day.

5. Gung-Ho = KEEN.

6. Rebirth Prefix = NEO.

7. “The Silmarillion” Being = ELF. The Silmarillion is a novel by Tolkien. I have never read any of his books.

8. Uses Binoculars, Say = ESPIES.

9. Athlete Dubbed “O Rei Do Futebol” = PELE. The Brazilian Pele was known as the King of Football (Soccer).

10. Gardner of “Mayerling” = AVA. Who else could it have been?

12. Gold or Silver = ELEMENT.

17. “Hmm…” = GEE!

22. Roams = GADS. As in a Gad-about-town?

24. Troubles = WOES.

25. Jennifer Crusie’s Genre = ROMANCE. I don’t read Romance novels, so was not familiar with this author.

26. Obstacle for Santa? = FLUE. As in the chimney flue.

28. Mauna ___ = LOA.

29. 2004 Anne Hathaway Title Role = ELLA. A twist on the Cinderella story. I didn’t see the movie.

31. Responded in Court = PLED.

33. King of Comedy = ALAN. Alan King was a comedian before my time.

34. Shed Tool = RAKE.

35. Adds To = UPS. Meh!

36. Sets a Price = ASKS. As in the asking price of an item. Indicates you may barter for a lower price.

37. Jackson Dubbed “Queen of Gospel” = MAHALIA. The new performing arts center in New Orleans is named after Mahalia Jackson.

38. Sticking Out = BLATANT.

40. Helping = PORTION. Oh, as in a helping of food at dinner!

41. In Any Case = AT LEAST.

42. River to Boston Harbor = CHARLES.

44. Seven-Time N.L. Batting Champ Musial = STAN. Stan the Man.

45. Two or Three Bags of Groceries, Say = ARMFUL. Cute clue!

46. Transforming Syllable = MANTRA.

49. Lockup = CAN.

51. Stud Alternative = HOOP. Studs and hoops are earrings.

52. As Good As It Gets = BEST.

54. Corp. Exec = CFO. Stands for Chief Financial Officer. I wanted CEO, Chief Executive Officer.

55. Fury = IRE.

56. “What’s the ___?” = DIF. As in What’s the Difference. Didn’t really like this clue.

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 …

1. Lee Followers = REBS. Robert E. Lee lead the South in the American Civil War.

5. Works in the Uffizi Gallery = ARTE. Italian lesson. The Uffizi is the art museum in Florence, Italy. We visited the museum many years ago.

9. Gets Ready = PREPS.

14. “____ Rhythm” = I GOT. As in the song, I Got Rhythm.

15. Role for Carrie = LEIA. Carrie Fisher played Leia in Star Wars. The first Carrie that came to my mind was the Stephen King movie, Carrie, which was played by Sissy Spacek.

16. Singer Gorme = EYDIE.

19. Letter Alternative = LEGAL. Oh, as in paper size. I don’t like using legal sized paper.

20. They May Be Precious = STONES. Gems is too short a word.

21. Divulge = TELL.

23. Hydrocarbon Suffix = ENE. The answer just as easily could have been ANE. I really don’t like this sort of clue.

24. Fluorescent Bulb Filler = ARGON.

27. “1984” Protagonist _______ Smith = WINSTON. I remembered this from my high school reading assignment.

29. Cut It Out = DESIST.

30. Place to Be Pampered = SPA.

31. French Mystic Simone = WEIL. I knew the name, but was not aware that she was considered a mystic.

34. Maundy Thursday Period = LENT. Not really sure about this clue. Does this mean that Maundy Thursday falls within the Lenten period?

38. G-Note = THOU. A G-note stands for a Grand, which is slang for $1000.

40. Increase in Intensity, with “Up” = RAMP. As in to Ramp up the sound.

41. Previously = AGO.

44. Weather Map Features = FRONTS.

46. Ardor = PASSION.

52. _____ Asada (Mexican Meat Dish) = CARNE. Carne Asada is my husband’s favorite dish at my favorite restaurant.

53. TV’s Alf and Others = ETS. Alf was an Extra-Terrestrial creature on a TV show that I never had any desire to watch.

54. Skin-Soothing Stuff = ALOE. Aloe makes frequent appearances in crossword puzzles.

55. Bouquets = POSIES.

56. Rob of “90210” = ESTES. He also played Chris on Silk Stalkings. LINK

60. Sport with Clay Pigeons = SKEET. I tried Skeet once when I was in junior high school.

61. Auth. Of Many Quotes? = ANON. Short for anonymous.

62. Old Boston Bruin Nickname = ESPO. Short for Phil Esposito.

63. Newbies = TYROS. Another word that makes frequent crossword appearances.

64. Following = NEXT.

65. Remarriage Prefix = STEP. As in Step-mother.

1. With-The-Grain Cutters = RIPSAWS.

2. Vacation for the Vain? = EGO TRIP. Great clue!

3. Smoked Deli Meat = BOLOGNA. // And 10-Down: 3-Down Might Be On It = RYE.

4. Dictators’ Aides = STENOS. Wow! This was already filled in before I got a chance to read the clue.

5. Wistful Word = ALAS. Ah, woe is me!

6. “Wonder Dog” of Comics = REX. Not familiar with Rex. The only Wonder Dog I know of is Tom Terrific’s dog, Mighty Manfred, the Wonder Dog.

7. Relate With = TIE TO.

8. Drawing Support = EASEL.

9. Willy-Nilly = PELL-MELL. Good word!

11. Enters Carefully = EDGES IN.

12. Rachmaninoff, e.g. = PIANIST. Makes me think of the movie, Shine.

13. Prime = SELECT.

18. Certain Caterpillar’s Creation = TENT.

22. Was in Front = LED.

23. Lend a Hand = AID.

25. Look from Snidely Whiplash = SNIDE.

26. Broken In = USED.

28. Rice University Mascot = OWL. I was just in Houston and saw some OWLS.

32. “___ Picture Paints …”: Song Lyric = IF A. If a picture paints a thousand words, then why can’t I paint you. …

33. Walks With a Cane, Perhaps = LIMPS.

35. Road Marker = CONE.

36. Shunned Ones = OUTCASTS.

37. Clean Air Org. = EPA. Stands for the Environmental Protection Agency.

38. October Revolution Leader = TROTSKY. He was later assassinated in Mexico.

39. It Can Facilitate Drawing = HOLSTER. As in a gun.

41. With the Most Open Windows = AIRIEST.

42. Flipped = GONE APE. My least favorite clue.

43. Convenient, Shoppingwise = ONE STOP.

44. Least Constrained = FREEST.

45. Erie Canal Mule = SAL. Oh, I got a gal and her name is Sal …

47. Flat-Bottomed Boat = SCOW.

48. Ornamental Bands = SASHES.

50. Lindsey of “Labor Pains” = LOHAN. Lindsey is a gifted actress, but has a very troubled personal life.

51. Sierra _____ = LEONE.

55. Cooped (Up) = PENT.

57. Fair-Hiring Abbr. = EEO. Stands for Equal Employment Opportunity.

59. Bagel Topping = LOX. Yum.

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.

5. Zoo Barriers = MOATS.

10. Sourdough’s Ground Breaker = PICK. A sourdough refers to a gold miner from the California goldrush. A miner needed a Pick to mine for gold.

14. Quint’s Boat in “Jaws” = ORCA.

15. Polite = CIVIL.

16. Yemen Seaport = ADEN. A location I learned through doing crosswords.

19. Trickery = WILE. This also goes well with the puzzle’s theme.

20. ___-Mo Replay = SLO. Stands for Slow Motion.

21. Vicinity = AREA.

22. Submerged While Sitting Poolside, as One’s Feet = DANGLE.

24. Australian Folk Hero Kelly = NED. No idea.

25. Mine Entrance = ADIT.

26. 49th State = ALASKA.

30. Like the Son in a Parable of Jesus = PRODIGAL.

34. Bill of Fare = MENU.

35. Sudden Ache = PANG.

36. Heal = CURE.

37. Old Norse Mariner = ERIC. As in Eric the Red, whose son was Lief Ericson.

39. Retain = KEEP.

40. Cranny’s Relative = NOOK. As in the nooks and crannies.

41. Russia’s ____ Mountains = URAL.

42. “Beau _____” = GESTE. A frequent crossword guest.

43. Kitchen Areas, Perhaps = DINETTES. I thought dinette referred to furniture, not an area.

45. Fastening Pin = COTTER. No idea.

46. Cereal Grain = RICE. I don’t really think of rice as being a cereal grain.

47. Also = TOO.

48. Sponge for Grunge = LOOFAH.

51. Play a Round = GOLF.

52. Timing Lead-In = TWO. As in Two-Timing, I suppose. Meh.

55. “The Time Machine” Race = ELOI. Even though this appears often in crossword puzzles, I can never remember the correct answer!

59. Puppy Bites = NIPS.

60. Mindy, to Mork? = ALIEN. I never watched Mork and Mindy. Not keen on Robin Williams.

61. Teen Bane = ACNE.

62. Reggae Musician Peter = TOSH.

63. Doofus = NINNY.

1. Dandies = FOPS. There’s an old-fashioned word for you!

2. Shouted, Say = ORAL. Really?

3. Septi- Plus One = OCTO. Septi is the prefix for 7, hence Octo is the prefix for 8.

4. Vegas Opener = LAS. As in Las Vegas.

5. Joel Who Was the First Actor to Portray Dr. Kildare = McCREA. I was only aware of Richard Chamberlain’s portrayal of Dr. Kildare.

6. No Longer Squeaky = OILED. My favorite clue of the puzzle

7. Adidas Rival = AVIA. I wanted Nike.

8. Badge Material = TIN.

9. Snow Pack? = SLED DOGS. Good tricky clue.

11. Beatnick’s “Got It” = I DIG.

12. Calaboose Compartment = CELL. As in a jail cell.

13. Pants Part = KNEE. Not really keen on this clue.

18. 2009 Series Winners = YANKS. The New York Yankees won the Baseball World Series in 2009.

23. Lend a Hand = AID.

25. Synthetic Fiber = ARNEL. Not familiar with this fiber.

26. Congressionally Change = AMEND.

27. The King of France? = LE ROI. Quite literally “the king of France.”

28. Atom with a Negative Charge = ANION.

30. Mamas’ Mates = PAPAs.

31. Hotel Client = GUEST.

32. Sharp Ridge = ARETE. No idea.

33. With 45-Down, Middle Ages Quarantine Area = LEPER. // And 45-Down: See 33-Down = COLONY. Leper colonies were not restricted to the middle ages. There was a leper colony in Louisiana that still had patients in the mid-1990s. Leprosy is now called Hansen's Disease.

35. Put Through a Sieve = PUREE.

38. “The Flying ________”: Wagner Opera = DUTCHMAN. I saw The Flying Dutchman at Chicago’s Lyric Opera several years ago.

42. Explode = GO OFF.

44. Padre’s Hermana = TIA. Today’s Spanish lesson. Your father’s sister is your aunt.

47. Memento = TOKEN.

48. Pre-Easter Period = LENT.

49. Hodgepodge = OLIO. Another word I learned through doing crossword puzzles.

50. “Uh-oh, I Dropped It” = OOPS!

51. Big Smile = GRIN.

52. Crisp, Filled Tortilla = TACO.

53. Sot = WINO.

54. First-Year Law Student = ONE-L.

57. Ring Icon = ALI. As in Mohammad Ali.

58. Sylvester, e.g. = CAT.

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,

1. Raise, as Produce = GREW.

5. Go Badly Together = CLASH.

10. Stylish = CHIC.

14. Instant, in Product Names = REDI. Oh, as in Reddi-Whip. But that’s spelled with two “d’s.” What about Redi-Mix? This answer didn’t come easily to me.

15. Madre’s Milk = LECHE. Part 1 of today’s Spanish lesson. I just found a recipe for Tres Leche cake that I might try soon.

16. Bride’s Ride = LIMO. I didn’t get to ride in a limo at my wedding.

17. Busy, Busy, Busy = AT IT.

18. Time _____ Time, Repeatedly = AFTER. Time After Time is also a Cyndi Lauper Song.

19. “The Wizard ____”: Comic Strip = OF ID. I sometimes read The Wizard of Id.

20. All There = SANE. // And 9-Down: Not There = HERE.

23. Development Developments = HOMES.

24. Jazz Guitarist Montgomery = WES. I’m not familiar with him.

25. Shocking Swimmer = EEL. A nice new fresh clue for the Eel, which often appears in crosswords.

31. Average Guys = JOES. He’s just an average Joe.

34. H.S. Elites = SRs. As in High School Seniors. I didn’t know they were considered “elite.”

35. Older Woman’s Young Lover, Facetiously = BOY TOY.

36. Place to Make Deposits, Briefly = ATM. Stands for Automatic Teller Machine.

37. Bouquet Delivery Letters = FTD. What does this stand for?

38. Dream Letters = REM. Stands for Rapid Eye Movement.

39. Novelist Fleming = IAN. Ian Fleming wrote the James Bond books. Are these really considered novels?

40. Alabama’s Only Seaport = MOBILE. We almost moved there nearly 20 years ago.

42. Monopoly token = CAR. Another token is a Hat.

43. Chip in a Pot, Maybe = ANTE. // And 49-Across: Chip in a Bowl = NACHO // And 21-Down: Chip-Tossing Declaration = I’M IN.

47. HDTV Brand = RCS.

48. Out of Use, as Words = OBS. Stands for obsolete, I suppose.

53. World Dodo Population = ZERO. Good clue! The Dodo are now extinct.

57. Blue Book Filler = EXAM. I used a lot of blue books in college.

58. Dust Bowl Refugees = OKIES.

59. Pier Gp. = ILWU. Stands for International Longshore and Warehouse Union.

60. Religious Recess = APSE. It’s found in a cathedral.

61. Center = MIDST. Usually see this word as “amidst.”

62. Amber Brews = ALES.

63. Dieter’s Goal = LOSS.

64. Care For = SEE TO.

65. Branching Point = NODE.

1. Boardroom Diagram = GRAPH.

2. Fashionably Dated = RETRO.

3. Intense Dislike = ODIUM. The new word of the day.

4. One Sitting on the Stand = WITNESS. My favorite clue of this puzzle.

5. Attired = CLAD. I initially tried Wore.

6. How Liberals Lean = LEFTWARD. Really?

7. Helen Hunt or Holly Hunter, e.g. = ACTRESSES.

8. “Jeez Louise!” = SHEESH!

10. Quite Near = CLOSE BY.

11. Pretentious, Informally = HI-FALUTIN’. Really not keen on this clue and it’s response.

13. Programmers’ Writing = CODE.

21. ABA Member’s Title = ESQ. Short for Esquire. I don’t use this title.

25. Ancient Kingdom Near the Dead Sea = EDOM.

27. You, in Yucatán = USTED. Part 2 of today’s Spanish lesson.

28. Longtime “At the Movies” Co-Host Roger = EBERT. His co-host was Gene Siskel. I loved their movie reviews.

29. Capricorn’s Animal = GOAT. Zodiac reference.

30. Holiday Song Closer = SYNE. The song sung on New Year’s Eve.

31. Doorway Side = JAMB.

32. Siouan Tribe = OTOE. I learned about this tribe from doing crossword puzzles.

33. Humiliate = ENBARRASS.

37. Pet Pest = FLEA. Good clue!

38. Disorderly Place = RAT’S NEST.

41. Salaries, Wages, Etc. = INCOMES.

42. Hack’s Service = CAB RIDE.

43. Graceful Steed = ARABIAN.

45. One Taking Bets = BOOKIE.

46. Conclusion = END.

50. Yo-Yo Ma’s Instrument = CELLO.

51. Hacked = HEWED. I got this one through the perps.

52. Worth Having = OF USE.

53. Zest = ZEAL.

54. Trade Show = EXPO.

55. Dot-___:e-Businesses = COM. As in Dot.coms.

56. This, to Pablo = ESTO. Part 3 of today’s Spanish lesson.

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.

1. Grew Older = AGED.

5. American _____: Pacific Territory = SAMOA.

10. Employee Protection Org. = OSHA. Stands for Occupational Safety and Health Administration. We see OSHA frequently in crossword puzzles.

14. Chore List Heading = TO DO. I have a To Do list for work projects.

15. Old Geo Model = PRIZM. I owned a Geo Prizm once. I loved that car. I might still have it if I hadn’t totaled it an accident in which I shattered my knee cap.

16. Carrot or Turnip = ROOT.

20. Garment Border = HEM.

21. “I’ll Treat” = ON ME.

22. Three, in Turin = TRE. Italian lesson for the day.

23. College Concentration = MAJOR. // And 7-Down: 23-Across Opposite = MINOR. Not exactly the opposite. I had a major in microbiology with a minor in virology.

26. Pungent Salad Green = CRESS. I was not aware that cress was considered a pungent green.

27. Mighty Long Time = EON.

28. Stat for Marino Rivera = ERA. Mr. Rivera must be a baseball pitcher, since ERA stands for Earned Run Average.

29. CEO’s Degree = MBA. Stands for Master’s in Business Administration.

31. Ford Classics = T-BIRDS. Stands for Thunderbird.

33. Carvey of “Wayne’s World” = DANA.

35. Karaoke Singer, Usually = AMATEUR.

42. Polite “Ready To Go?” = SHALL WE?

43. Linger in the Tub = SOAK.

45. Start to Melt = SOFTEN.

48. Bordeaux Brush-Off = NON. French lesson for the day.

50. Paranormal Showman Geller = URI. // Not to be confused with 6-Down: Magnate Onassis = ARI.

51. “Fresh Air” Airer = NPR. Stands for National Public Radio. I listen to Fresh Air and other NOR programs on my iPod.

52. Rear End = FANNY.

55. Political Aficionado’s Station = C-SPAN.

57. Absorbed, as a Cost = ATE.

58. Circular Cookie = OREO.

59. Stable tidbit = OAT.

66. Good Fortune = LUCK.

67. Cursor Controller = MOUSE.

69. Fawn’s Father = STAG.

70. Campfire Remains = ASHES.

1. DOJ Division = ATF. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms is located within the Department of Justice.

2. Bit of Baby Babble = GOO.

3. Academic URL Ender = EDU.

4. Hawaiian Who Sang “Pearly Shells” = DON HO.

5. Inbox Junk = SPAM.

8. Atmospheric Layer = OZONE.

9. Car Sound System = AM/FM STEREO.

10. El Dorado Gold = ORO. Spanish lesson for the day.

11. Justice Replaced by Sotomayor = SOUTER. David Souter was one of the shyest justices to serve on the U.S. Supreme Court.

12. Souped-Up Ride = HOT ROD.

13. Aegean Capital = ATHENS. The capital of Greece.

18. Time in Office = TERM.

19. “I Agree, However …” = YES, BUT …

23. ___ School = MED. Short for medical school.

24. Part of U.A.E. = ARAB. Stands for the United Arab Emirates.

25. Dick’s Storybook Partner = JANE. I learned to read with Dick, Jane and Sally and their dog Spot. I think they might have had a cat, too.

26. Caravan Creature = CAMEL. I rode a camel once on a caravan up to the top of Mt. Sinai.

30. Girl Group with the 1986 #1 Hit “Venus” = BANANARAMA. Loved that song!

32. Spring Blossom = IRIS.

34. Admin. Aide = ASST. Short for Assistant.

36. Pointy Tool = AWL.

37. Like a Lion’s coat = TAWNY.

39. It “Comes on Little Cat Feet,” in a Sandburg Poem = FOG. Clearly, Sandburg never saw the fog in southern Louisiana!

40. Campbell’s Product = SOUP.

41. Fictional Plantation = TARA.

44. Reunion Group = KIN. As in a family reunion.

45. Entangles = SNARLS.

46. Decline to Participate = OPT OUT.

47. Grapefruit-Flavored Diet Drink = FRESCA. I can’t always find Fresca in my supermarket.

49. Academic Sports Org. = NCAA. Stands for the National Collegiate Athletic Association.

53. Detective Wolfe and an Emperor = NEROs. Rome burned while Nero fiddled.

54. “Obviously!” = NO D’UH! Meh.

56. Throat Bacteria =STREP.

59. Tip Jar Bills = ONES.

61. Heart Test Letters = EKG. Stands for Electrocardiogram.

62. Suffix with Canton = ESE. Not keen on this type of clue.

63. Anticipatory Time = EVE.

64. Trivial Point = NIT.

65. Drink by a Dartboard = ALE. Pubs in England serve Ale while the customers throw darts.

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.

1. Come Again? = REVISIT.

8. Sampled, With "Of" = HAD A BIT.

15. Bright Bunch = MENSA.

20. Anthem With the Line "The True North Strong and Free!" = O CANADA! Although I know the tune, I only know the first two words ~ O Canada! // And 59-Down: Mont. Neighbor = ALTA. Alberta is a province in Canada.

21. Muscle Ache Cause = OVER USE.

22. Prestigious Octet = IVIES. Oh, schools in the Ivy League.

25. Mideast Peninsula = SINAI. Saudi would be another alternative peninsula.

26. Fixed, as a Pump = SOLED. My favorite clue! The pump is a shoe!

27. Org. with a Double Down Sandwich = KFC. Formerly known as Kentucky Fried Chicken. Not a fan of this fast food chain.

28. Hip-Hopper's Adjective = LIL.

29. Crashed, so to Speak = SLEPT.

30. Up to, in Invites = TIL.

37. "Conan" Airer = TBS.

40. ___ Equis: Mexican Beer = DOS. I prefer Corona.

42. Dice, e.g. = CUBES.

43. Prefix with Natal = NEO. As in Neonatal.

44. Be Beholden = OWE.

48. Well-Mannered Manor Man = BUTLER. Great clue!

50. Fridge Problem = ODOR.

51. It Probably Won't Keep You Up = DECAF.

52. Collectible Frame = CEL. I learned about Cels from doing crossword puzzles.

55. "All Yours!" = HERE.

56. Sobriety Checkpoint Target, for Short = DWI. Stands for Drunk While Under the Influence. Also known as DUI, which means the same thing.

57. "Tasty!" = MMM. Meh.

58. '70s-'80s NHLer Known as "Lucky Pierre" = LAROUCHE. No idea.

62. Didn't Deviate From = KEPT TO.

69. U.K. Medal = OBE. Stands for Order of the British Empire. Another thing I learned this from doing crosswords.

70. Conservatory Subj. = MUS. Stands for music.

72. Decrease = ABATE.

73. Subj. for Refugees = ESL. Stands for English as a Second Language.

74. "Annabel Lee" Monogram = EAP. Edgar Allan Poe wrote Annabel Lee.

78. Fig. in Many Churches = ST MARY. Needed the perps for this one.

80. Bronchitis Sufferers' Aids = INHALERS.

81. Spinning Toy = TOP.

83. Orthogonal Joint = ELL. I think this means that it is “L” shaped.

84. Spill Preceder = TRIP. Oh, as in to Trip and fall, and spill whatever you are carrying. I bit of a stretch, I think.

87. Conclusion Letters = QED. The Latin phrase: Quod Erat Demonstrandum, which means “What was to be demonstrated.” It appears very often in crossword puzzles.

88. "Yippee!" = WAHOO.

90. Heads of England? = LOOS. Reference to bathrooms. Good clue!

92. Baseball's Matsui = HIDEKI.

98. Dutch City = EDE.

99. Iowa Hrs. = CST. Stands for Central Standard Time.

101. Gathers Opinions From = POLLS.

102. BART Stop = STN. Stands for Station. BART is the subway system in the San Francisco area. It stands for Bay Area Rapid Transit. // And 11-Down: SFO Posting = ARR. Stands for Arrival. SFO is the code for the San Francisco Airport.

103. Chicken Little's Concern = SKY. The sky is falling! The sky is falling!

108. Auburn's Conf. = SEC. Stands for Southeastern Conference. Auburn are the Tigers, so when Auburn plays LSU, another team in the SEC, the tigers are guaranteed to win.

110. Many a 19th-cen. Map = LITHO. Meh.

111. Fair-Hiring Abbr. = EOE. Stands for Equal Opportunity Employer.

112. TV's "Science Guy" = NYE. Bill Nye, the Science Guy.

114. Shot with Extreme Spin = MASSE. No idea.

118. Negative Particle = ANION.

124. Old Tablet Material = STONE. I wanted clay, even though it wasn’t enough letters.

125. "No Surprise" = AS USUAL.

126. Holiday Burner = YULE LOG.

127. Makes Better = HONES.

128. Mocha Residents = YEMENIS. I was not aware that Mocha is a city in Yemen.

129. Tiptoe Past = SNEAK BY.

1. Spoils = ROTS.

2. Comeback = ECHO. I love seeing Echo in crossword puzzles.

3. Resort WSW of Boulder = VAIL. Vail and Boulder are both cities in Colorado.

4. Blown-Up Detail = INSET.

5. Took the Plunge = SAID "I DO". Good clue! I was initially thinking that “plunge” referred to jumping into water.

6. Makes, as a Perp = IDs.

7. Word with Car or Top = TANK.

8. Ski Lodge Drink = HOT COCOA.

9. Charlton's "Earthquake" so-Star = AVA. Charlton Heston and Ava Gardner both starred in Earthquake. I never saw this movie.

10. Excellent, in Slang = DEF. Not familiar with this slang word for Excellent.

12. Physiques = BUILDS.

13. Long Island Town = ISLIP.

14. Rat Out = TELL ON.

15. Love Letter Sentiment = MISS YOU.

16. Pandora's Boxful = EVILS.

17. Like a Quick Links Round = NINE HOLE. Golf reference.

18. 16th-Century Spain, for One = SEA POWER. Until the British defeated the Spanish Armada.

19. So to Speak = AS IT WERE.

24. Wrong = OFF. Something that is “off” is not quite right.

31. Indiscreet Type = LOUDMOUTH.

33. Nonsense = GUFF.

34. Like Some Bks. for Kids = ABR. Stands for Abridged. Some books are shortened and sanitized for children. I hate reading an abridged version of a book.

35. Napoleon Cohort = NEY. Michel Ney was a co-hort of Napoleon. We’ve seen him in crosswords before.

36. Big 12 Rival of Kan. = NEB. Stands for Nebraska, which is a college rival of Kansas.

37. E'en If = THO.

38. Creditor's Loss = BAD DEBT.

39. Chinese Food Veggie = SNOW PEA.

41. Flower Feature = STEM.

46. Sandpaper Coarseness Measure = GRIT.

47. Airer of Many Old MGM Films = TCM. I wanted AMC.

49. After That = THEN.

52. Shouted = CRIED.

53. Years and Years = EON.

54. Winter Olympics Event = LUGE.

58. Thumbs (Through) = LEAFS.

60. Masters TV Venue Since 1956 = CBS SPORTS.

61. Word Before "Who Goes There?" = HALT.

62. Fighter's Stat = KOs. Stands for Knockouts.

63. Fed after Capone = T-MAN. Ness, as in Eliot, also works here.

64. Well-Known = FAMED.

65. Slangy Prefix Meaning "Super" = UBER. From the German.

66. Green-Eyed = JEALOUS.

67. Rowboat Device = OARLOCK.

68. Mole, Perhaps = SPY.

71. Oldest Active NBAer = SHAQ. Wow! Shaquille O'Neal was born on March 6, 1972, so is almost 39 years old. He played for LSU before turning pro. He now plays for the Boston Celtics. // And 93-Down: Former Celtics Guard and Coach = K C JONES. Hall-of-Famer.

76. "Goodness Me!" = YIPE.

77. Bulls' Fans' Chant? = OLE. Oh, as in bullfighting. I was headed towards the Chicago Bulls. Maybe they shout “Ole!” as well.

79. Pinochle Declaration = MELD. No idea.

81. Quaker Possessive = THY.

82. "Clumsy Me!" = OOPS.

84. Speedy Superhero = THE FLASH. No idea.

85. Arrive at, Cowboy-Style = RIDE INTO.

86. Thought Process = IDEATION. Strange word!

88. Sag = WILT. Nice fresh clue here.

89. Clip Joints? = ARSENALS. Good clue!

91. Messy Room, to Mom = STY.

94. Metric Lead-In = ISO. As in Isometric. I wasn’t fooled by this clue this time.

95. Hatfield, to a McCoy = FOE.

96. PC Space Bar Neighbor = ALT. Not on my Mac keyboard.

97. Four Laps, Often = ONE MILE.

100. Tao, Literally = THE WAY.

101. Full Legislative Assembly = PLENUM.

105. Lake Geneva Feeder = RHONE.

106. White _____ = NOISE. I really wanted White HOUSE.

107. Rembrandt Van ___ = RYN.

109. Former Capital of Crete = CANEA.

113. "Grand" Brand of Ice Cream = EDY'S. A frequent crossword brand of ice cream.

115. Epitome of Smoothness = SILK.

116. Stuffed Shirt = SNOB.

117. Like Challah Bread = EGGY. We have challah every Shabbat dinner.

120. Sussex Verb Suffix = ISE. I am not keen on this type of clue.

121. Sister = NUN. I was thinking of a relative, not a religious sister.

122. Moo goo ___ pan = GAI.

123. Good Times = FUN.