QOD

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, 28 September 2012

September 28, 2012

QOD:  The digital camera is a great invention because it allows us to reminisce.  Instantly.  ~ Demetri Martin

Today’s Theme: TU Much.  The first word of each theme answer begins with the letters TU.  I’ll start with the unifier:


52-Down.  Words of reproach, and a hint to how the four longest puzzle answers are formed = ET TU.  Words of reproach, because Et Tu, were supposedly the last words said by Julius Caesar to his good friend, Brute.  And the TU because each theme clue began with these letters.

17. Quarry for Henry VIII’s cat? = TUDOR MOUSE.  The common phrase is Dormouse.  Henry VIII was from the house of Tudor.

26. Dutch exporter’s forte? = TULIP SERVICE.  The common phrase is Lip Service.

44. New Orleans campus sign during spring break? = TULANE CLOSED.  The common phrase is Lane Closed.

60. Garb for a private pupil? = TUTEE SHIRT.  The common phrase is Tee Shirt.

Across:
1. It can keep a watch on you = STRAP.  I immediately knew the watch here referred to a time piece and not Big Brother.

6. Phi follower? = BETA.  As in Phi Beta Kappa.

10. Took the bus = RODE.

14. French fry? = SAUTÉ.  Oh, great clue!

15. Transportation option = RAIL.

16. Carafe kin = EWER.

19. Word in a boast = VENI.  As in the Latin phrase, Veni, Vidi, Vici.

20. King of fiction = STEPHEN.  As in Stephen King.

21. Martin Luther, to Pope Leo X = HERETIC.

23. European wine region = ASTI.

25. Bouquet = AROMA.  Another good clue.

32. The Olympic Australis and others = OPALS.

33. Slippery = EELY.

34. Pop-ups, often = ADS.

37. Hollywood VIP = IDOL.  I initially tried Star.

38. “The Prince of Tides” co-star = NOLTE.  This movie also starred Barbara Streisand.

40. Bend at a barre = PLIÉ.  A ballet movement.

41. LAPD section? = LOS.  As in the Los Angeles Police Department.

42. Pay stub abbr. = FICA.  As in the Federal Insurance Contributions Act.

43. Origami staple = CRANE.

47. Way up = STAIR.

50. Desperate = DIRE.

51. Horns in = MEDDLES.

54. Puts in a lower position = DEMOTES.

59. Melville’s “grand, ungodly, god-like man” = AHAB.  A reference to Moby Dick.

62. Two after do = RE MI.  Not keen on this clue.  I think it refers to the musical scale.  Do re mi fa sol la ti do.

63. Go like mad = TEAR.

64. Pitched perfectly = ON KEY.

65. It’s pitched = TENT.  I loved this clue!

66. Strong arms = UZIs.

67. Racket = NOISE.

Down:
1. Former fleet = SSTs.  As in the Super Sonic Transports.

2. Tense = TAUT.

3. Boorish = RUDE.

4. Sitting on = ATOP.

5. Noncommittal response = PERHAPS.

6. “The Tenant of Wildfell Hall” author Anne = BRONTË.

7. Seine flower = EAU.  Oh, the substance in the river.

8. Addams family nickname = TISH.  The mother in the Addams family was MORTICIA, but she went by Tish.

9. Toward shelter = ALEE.

10. Put on a pedestal = REVERE.

11. Have an outstanding loan from = OWE TO.

12. Durable fabric = DENIM.

13. Evergreen shrub = ERICA.  No idea.

18. Muddle = MESS.

22. Risqué = RACY.

24. Swift’s birthplace = IRELAND.  I was not aware that Jonathan Swift was Irish.

26. Drudgery = TOIL.

27. Prom night style = UPDO.

28. Myanmar neighbor = LAOS.

29. Bugged? = ILL.  Great clue!

30. Spot checker? = VET.  Another cute clue, assuming you have a dog named Spot.

31. ___-de-France = ILE.

34. Melodramatic moan = ALAS.  Oh, woe is me!

35. Wine partner = DINE.  As in being wined and dined.

36. Word with poppy or top = SEED.  Top seed?

38. Zilch = NIL.

39. Andean tuber = OCA.  A word I see only in the crosswords.

40. Arnie or Tiger, e.g. = PRO.  Both Arnie Palmer and Tiger Wood are Pro golfers.

42. Roll up = FURL.  Unfurl is far more common.

43. South Carolina university = CLEMSON.

44. Gossip morsel = TIDBIT.  I misread this as gospel morsel.

45. Down sources = EIDERS.  Feathers.

46. First Nations tribe = CREE.

47. Sting = SMART.  Ouch!

48. Chuckle relative = TE-HEE.

49. Not worth _____ = A DAMN.  I initially tried Not Worth a Dime.

53. “The Highway to India” canal = SUEZ.  I crossed the Suez canal.

55. “That’s terrible!” = OH NO!

56. ____ torch = TIKI.

57. Cockney toast starter = ‘ERES.  Because the cockney accent loses it’s Hs.

58. Ocular nuisance = STYE.

61. Clavell’s “___ Pan” = TAI.  I have this novel, but have never read it.



Thursday, 27 September 2012

September 27, 2012

QOD:  Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement. Nothing can be done without hope and confidence.  ~  Helen Keller

Tuesday, 25 September 2012

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

QOD:  A mule will labor ten years willingly and patiently for you, for the privilege of kicking you once.  ~  William Faulkner

Today’s Theme: Evil Women.  Each of the theme answers is the name of a fictitious woman.  I’ll start with the unifier:

31. With 42-Across, a 1975 hit for 41-Across = EVIL  //  And 42-Across: See 31-Across = WOMAN.  Together we get EVIL WOMEN, which was a hit for 41-Across: Rock gp. known for its symphonic sound = ELO.  Also known as  the Electric Light Orchestra.

17. 31/42-Across in a 1967 Dustin Hoffman film = MRS. ROBINSON.  The movie is The Graduate, and she seduced the Dustin Hoffman character, who was engaged, and ultimately married, her daughter.

23. 31/42-Across in a Ken Kesey novel = NURSE RATCHED.  The book was One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest.

51. 31/42-Across in a 1961 Disney animated film = CRUELLA DE VIL.  The movie was 101 Dalmations.

64. 31/42-Across in a Shakespeare tragedy = LADY MACBETH.  The Shakespeare tragedy is simply Macbeth.

Across:
1. Spell starter = ABRA.   As in Abra Cadabra.

5. Scours = SCRUBS.

11. “Viva ___ Vegas!” = LAS

14. Roller coaster feature = LOOP.

15. Muscat natives = OMANIs.  If you live in Muscat, you are in Oman.

16. Blow away = AWE.

19. Detroit labor org. = UAW.  As in the United Auto Workers.

20. “Volunteers?” = ANY ONE?

21. Precious stone = GEM.

22. Shrek, e.g. = OGRE.  I saw the musical Shrek last year.  It was really fun.

26. Director Craven = WES.  He makes horror films.

29. Shar-___: wrinkly dog = PEI.

30. Seashell seller = SHE.  As in the tongue twister: She sells seashells by the seashore …

33. Writes briefly (to) = DROPS A LINE.  No one writes letters anymore.

39. Neighbor of Chad = NIGER.

43. Loving feelings = TENDERNESS.

46. Like Granny Smith apples = TART.  Yum!

47. “Golly!” = GEE!

48. Looney Tunes dynamo, familiarly = TAZ.  The little Tasmanian devil from the cartoon.

50. Injection amts. = CCs.

57. Man around the Haus = HERR.  The obligatory foreign language lesson, this time it’s German.

58. Actress Lupino = IDA.  She appears frequently in the crossword puzzles.

59. Win the heart of = ENAMOR.  I initially wanted Endear.

63. Batting stat. = AVG.  As in a batting average.

66. Take to court = SUE.

67. Necessarily involve = ENTAIL.

68. Suffix with switch = EROO.  As in the old Switcheroo!

69. Septiembre, por ejemplo = MES.  Today’s Spanish lesson.  September is an example of a month.

70. Without a musical key = ATONAL.

71. On sale, say = LESS.  Strange clue and answer.

Down:
1. ____ mater = ALMA.  Where did you go to school?

2. Brought into existence = BORN.

3. Like a good outlook = ROSY.

4. It may have strings attached = APRON.  My favorite clue of the puzzle.

5. Put all kidding aside = SOBERED.

6. Roman 901 = CMI.  Roman numerals.

7. Mountain chain = RANGE.  I initially tried Andes, thinking we were looking for a specific mountain range.

8. Indy great Al = UNSER.

9. Organic matter used for fuel = BIOMASS.

10. Payroll ID = SSN.  As in Social Security Number.

11. Cackle or chuckle = LAUGH.

12. Clued in = AWARE.

13. Put in stitches = SEWED.  Literally to put into stitches, not to make one laugh.

18. “Movin’ ____”: “The Jeffersons” theme = ON UP.

22. Spotted wildcat = OCELOT.

24. Police car warning = SIREN.

25. Winter warmer of a sort = THAW.  Cute clue.

26. “They ____ thataway!” = WENT.

27. Singer/songwriter Sands = EVIE.  No idea.

28. Omen = SIGN.

32. Bookkeeper’s book = LEDGER.

34. Corrida cheer = OLÉ!

35. Madame’s mail = POSTE.  More foreign language, this time in French.

36. 14-year-old Apple = iMAC.  How did I survive before I had my iMac?

37. Drug cop = NARC.

38. Sinusitis docs = ENTs.  As in the old Ear, Nose, and Throat doctor.

40. Movie roll = REEL.

44. Dependent = RELIANT.

45. Receptacle for preventing waste = SAVE-ALL.  I suppose so.

49. Metal in pennies = ZINC.  Because zinc is so cheap and copper is so expensive.

51. Deep fissure = CHASM.

52. Song-and-dance program = REVUE.

53. Impulses = URGES.

54. Supplement = ADD TO.

55. Six-Day War leader Moshe = DAYAN.  I always liked Moshe Dayan.

56. Clothing tag = LABEL.

60. Piddling = MERE.

61. Midwest Native Americans = OTOs.

62. P’s on sorority sweaters = RHOs.

64. Meadow = LEA.

65. Jane Eyre portrayer Wasikowska = MIA.  No idea.



Monday, 24 September 2012

Monday, September 24, 2012

QOD:  A door is what a dog is perpetually on the wrong side of.  ~  Ogden Nash

Today’s Theme: A Healthy Choice.  One word in each of the theme clues is a type of salad.  I’ll start with the unifier:


56. Entrée go-with, or the aptly placed part of 17-, 25-, 37- or 45-Across = SIDE SALAD.

17. Corfu or Crete = GREEK ISLE.

25. Salute heard at the Forum = HAIL CAESAR!

37. Classic Frances Hodgson Burnett children’s novel = THE SECRET GARDEN.

45. Once-common childhood ailment = CHICKEN POX,

Across:
1. Sitcom’s test episode = PILOT.  I needed the perps to help me with this answer.

6. Sitcom interrupters = ADS.

9. Holy Roman emperor crowned in CMLXII = OTTO I.  I knew it had to be an Otto, and since the Roman Numerals indicate the year 962, it had to be a very early Otto.

14. In on, with “to” = PRIVY.  As in being privy to something.

15. Keg attachment = TAP.

16. “Yep” = UH HUH.

19. Hopping mad = IRATE.

20. Close again, as a Ziploc bag = RESEAL.

21. Volkswagen sedan = JETTA.

22. Scary Nile snakes = ASPs.  From a recent crossword puzzle, we know these were early tools of ancient Egyptian execution.

27. Friend of Monica and Rachel on “Friends” = PHOEBE.  I was not a fan of this sit-com.

29. Dumbbell abbr. = LBS.  An abbreviation for pounds, which indicates the weight of the dumbbell, not a person who is a dumbbell.

30. Selfish sort = TAKER.

31. Snow-block home = IGLOO.

34. Ab ___: from day one = OVO.  I was not familiar with this phrase which means “from the egg.”

40. CIA precursor = OSS.  As in Office of Strategic Services.  Julia Child was in the OSS.

41. Arkin and Alda = ALANs.

42. Queen, in France = REINE.  The obligatory French lesson.

43. End of a professor’s email address = EDU.  As in the professor’s e-mail address.

44. Makes sense = ADDS UP.

51. Flower stalk = STEM.

52. Boca _____ = RATON.  The city in Florida meaning Rat Mouth.

53. Young bird of prey = EAGLET.

55. Primitive calculators = ABACI.  Plural of abacus.

60. Spiced rice dish = PILAF.  Yum!

61. Cinque meno due = TRE.  More foreign math, this time Italian for 5 - 2 = 3.

62. Prefix with -dactyl = PTERO.  As in a pterodactyl.

63. Keep in the warehouse = STORE.

64. IRS W-4 info = SSN.  As in Social Security Number.

65. Saudi Arabia neighbor = YEMEN.

Down:
1. NBA scoring stat = PPG.   As in Points Per Game.

2. Like some reduced mdse. = IRR.  As in Irregular.

3. Commit perjury = LIE.

4. Supervises = OVERSEES.

5. Trike rider = TYKE.  Cute clue.

6. On the ocean = AT SEA.

7. _____ Lama = DALAI.  As in the Dalai Lama

8. Wizard’s incantation = SPELL.

9. Séance accessory = OUIJA BOARD.

10. Good scores on par-fours = THREEs.  This must be a golfing term.

11. “______ a wrap!” = THAT’S.  What’s said on a movie set.

12. “_____ sight!” = OUTTA.

13. “Word on the street is ...” = I HEAR ...

18. “____ Dead?”= Mark Twain play = IS HE.  I never heard of this Mark Twain play.

22. Probably will, after “is” = APT TO.

23. Persian sovereigns = SHAHS.

24. Jabs in the ribs = POKES.

26. Thick-soled shoe = CLOG.  I have a pair of clogs that are so comfortable.

28. Serrated kitchen tool = BREAD KNIFE.

31. Pension supplement, for short = IRA.  As in the Individual Retirement Account.

32. First Bible bk. = GEN.   As in Genesis.

33. USN officers = LTs.  As in a Lieutenant.

34. Keats, notably = ODIST.

35. Change of _____: trial request = VENUE.

36. Early aft. hour = ONE PM.

38. Game with rooms and weapons = CLUE.  As in the game of Clue.

39. Republican region, on a political map = RED STATE.

43. Toyota Prius, e.g. = ECO-CAR.

44. Wheel-supporting shaft = AXLE.

45. High roller’s game = CRAPS.

46. Nun’s wear = HABIT.

47. _____-Turkish War = ITALO.  I don’t know anything about this war.

48. Homes in trees = NESTS.

49. Sock purchases = PAIRS.

50. Humorous poet Nash = OGDEN.

54. Catch sight of = ESPY.

57. NASA moon craft = LEM.  As in the Lunar Excursion Module.  It appears with some frequency in the crosswords.

58. “We ___ the World” = ARE.

59. Mafia boss = DON.