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.

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.

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.

Sunday, 23 September 2012

Sunday, September 23, 2012

QOD:  When your mother asks, "Do you want a piece of advice?" it is a mere formality. It doesn't matter if you answer yes or no. You're going to get it anyway.  ~  Erma Bombeck

Today’s Theme: Inside Help.  Spanning words of each theme clue is the universal call for help:  SOS (also an ABBA song).  I’ll start with the unifer:

120. Help found inside eight puzzle answers = SOS.

23. Infielder traded by the Yankees to get Alex Rodriguez = ALFONSO SORIANO.  I never heard of him, but the perps eventually gave me his name.

33. Bygone U.S. fuel stop = ESSO STATION.  One can still find these gas stations in Canada, however.

42. “How the Camel Got His Hump” et al. = JUST SO STORIES.  Children’s stories by Rudyard Kippling.

57. Where Hope sprang eternal? = USO SHOWS.  Oh, as in Bob Hope, who always entertained troops at USO Shows.

80. Japanese food staple = MISO SOUP.  Yum!

95. “CBS News Sunday Morning” host = CHARLES OSGOOD.

103. Area in the North Atlantic = SARGASSO SEA.

116. Lord Kitchener of Trinidad et al. = CALYPSO SINGERS.