Archive for the ‘Crosswords’ category

Musical Interlude

April 14, 2013

Pardon the interruption of this baseball blog for a moment.  Just wanted to report 3 coincidences (?) that happened yesterday.

First, the morning crossword included:



then I felt inspired to listen to some old Of Montreal, and forgot that “Wraith Pinned to the Mist and Other Games”  had the lyrics (at 1:20):

All of which apparently was to prepare me for the planned evening activity.  We went to the SF Symphony and a live performance of Prelude and Leibestod from Tristan Und Isolde.   Music which has been haunting me since I saw Melancholia:


The kind of crossword clue that makes you sit up and notice …

January 22, 2013

… and wonder what the answer is:

“Insect pupa sold as turtle food” (6 letters)


Yankee Doodle Dandies

July 4, 2012

Hmmm…  from last Sunday’s puzzle.  What do these folks have in common?







Weird that they left off “Documentarian who was 65-Across (1977)”.

ps:  Buon Compleanno, fratello mio!

It’s nice to see that Will Shortz is not a lunatic

June 30, 2012

(the answer is OAHU)

Reunion flashback

February 26, 2011

Shortz (2/25/11) again inspired by Stubar (7/4/2010)

Too smart …

February 23, 2011

… for your own good: A Saturday New York Times puzzle. The first answer written in. 44-Down: “Tastee-Freez alternative.” 4 letters. Duh! “ICEE.” Hey, the C crosses with CALIFORNIAGIRLS. No problem ….

But 30-minutes later, you still can’t figure out that corner.

Hey, wait a minute … could it be …?


This week in words

February 2, 2011

So, I’ve been playing that game on my iPod where you rearrange letters to make words, you know the one. And I noticed that: ACCENT, BEGINS, and CHIMPS all have something in common. Do you know what it is? Anyway, I can’t for the life of me think of a word that starts with D that meets the same criteria. I guess I’ll have to put in more EFFORT.

They don't know either.