Sunday, April 8, 2007
The King of CrossWorld is on vacation, and I'm excited to be Queen for a Day. Actually, for two days, since I'll also be here Tuesday. I found this blog while Googling for answers several months ago and have been a faithful fan ever since. You've probably seen my comments, appearing as Linda G, along with my photo. A lot of people think I look like Ava Gardner : )
One of the easiest puzzles ever. The 2:18 time shown above the puzzle is how long it took me to type the answers in, though. It actually took me longer to do on paper--my preferred method of solving.
Today's puzzle theme was shades of green. The six theme answers all begin with a word that describes a different shade. The clue that revealed it (GREEN) appears at 39A--right smack in the middle of the puzzle. Theme answers are:
- 18A Park ranger's worry (forestfire). Only you can prevent one...
- 23A Conifer exudation (pinesap)
- 51A Metaphor for dense fog (peasoup). I'll just skip the grade school joke that reminds me of.
- 61A Large seed of the alligator pear (avocadopit). Am I the only one who didn't know it was called that? I'll remember that because I love avocados.
- 4D Peace offering (olivebranch). By far, the worst shade for me to wear, since that's the color of my skin.
- 27D Crunchy item at a salad bar (celerystalk)
I especially like that celery stalk intersected pea soup. I always put celery in my pea soup. But I don't put pine sap on my olive branches.
I would be remiss in my blogging duties if I didn't include a photo of the King of Things Green, even if he wasn't in the puzzle, and even if there isn't a shade of green named after him. There probably should be. Hail, Kermit.15A Distress signal (flare) reminded me of flame (or flaming?) and flame war from a couple of days ago. Kind of like shortspeak, where you combine the letters of different words. Maybe you had to be in my head when I thought of that...
I don't know how names that have been in memory for years can suddenly surface (seriously, no pun intended) when I need them. Andrea (31A: __Doria, ill-fated ship) came right to mind.
A couple of often-repeated clue/answer pairings. 59D Church recess (apse), 37D Explosive inits. (TNT), and our good friend 31D Dadaist Jean (Arp). Here's a piece called Before my Birth. Interesting...
38A Gossip queen Barrett (Rona) is back, as is 29D Gen. Meade's foe at Gettysburg (Lee).
Not too much in the way of exciting fill, but it's always nice to see a blast from the past. 46A Mama __ of the Mamas and the Papas (Cass) and 66A: 1970s music fad (disco). Which would you rather see a picture of? Me, too. I just loved John Travolta back then. Not too many men would look that good in a white suit, but he pulled it off nicely.
42A Lively horses seemed an odd way to clue prancers, but I guess they could have done worse.
29A Come in last (lose). Next year at this time they can clue it "Guest blogger Linda G at ACPT." I just got my packet of tournament puzzles yesterday. I got through the first one under the time limit, but I had a total brain freeze on the second, and I wasn't in a room full of competitors.
Here's another regular. 30D Rococo (ornate) appears quite often. I've often wondered exactly how ornate it was. I'll never have to wonder again--and neither will you.
What I didn't know: 7D Caleb who wrote "The Alienist" (Carr). Come to think of it, that's the only word I didn't know. That's why I signed up for Monday.
43D was one of those clues I didn't even see. Words before spell, shadow or wide net (casta). I like that kind of cluing. It's great for random thinkers.69A Shuteye (sleep). What I need to get tonight. It's tough being back in the workforce, but I'm lovin' my new job. What's really the best is that they approached me two days after quitting my job in November. I wasn't supposed to start until June, but they asked me to come on board earlier. Woo-hoo!
This little guy is a Lhasa Apso (1A). He kind of looks like my Barnabas, who is sleeping on the floor by my feet. Buzzie, as we affectionately call him, and his brother, Dooley, wandered up to our house several years ago. They've been our loyal companions ever since.
Hope you all had a Happy Easter and ate a sufficient amount of chocolate and jelly beans.