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0920-09 New York Times Crossword Answers 20 Sep 09

This is my solution to the crossword published in the New York Times today. If you are doing the New York Times crossword in any other publication, you are working on the syndicated puzzle.

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Anonymous said...

Needed a little help from you with this one. Roue? Rube?

How do you verify before you post each crossword?

Bill Butler said...

Hi there, my anonymous friend!

ROUE is a lovely word, I think, describing a less then lovely man. He could otherwise be described as a cad, someone of loose morals. It comes from the French word "rouer" meaning "to break on a wheel". This describes the ancient form of capital punishment where a poor soul was lashed to a wheel and then beaten to death with cudgels and bars. I guess the suggestion is that a ROUE with his loose morals deserves such a punishment.

A RUBE on the other hand, is not necessarily of loose morals. A RUBE is person lacking sophistication, often described as "a country bumpkin". An unfair comparison in my opinion, but there you go ...

I verify my answers by looking up answers I don't know in (mainly) online reference works. I post my solution very soon after the crossword becomes available online, and long before the solved grid is published (that takes 24 hours). So, I "hit the books" to make sure I'm right!

Thanks for stopping by!

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This is the simplest of blogs.

I do the New York Times puzzle online every evening, the night before it is published in the paper. Then, I "Google & Wiki" the references that puzzle me, or that I find of interest. I post my findings, along with the solution, as soon as I am done, usually well before the newsprint version becomes available.

About Me

The name's William Ernest Butler, but please call me Bill. I grew up in Ireland, but now live out here in the San Francisco Bay Area. I am retired, from technology businesses that took our family all over the world.

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Crosswords and My Dad

I worked on my first crossword puzzle when I was about 6-years-old, sitting on my Dad's knee. He let me "help" him with his puzzle almost every day as I was growing up. Over the years, Dad passed on to me his addiction to crosswords. Now in my early 50s, I work on my Irish Times and New York Times puzzles every day. I'm no longer sitting on my Dad's knee, but I feel that he is there with me, looking over my shoulder.

This blog is dedicated to my Dad, who passed away at the beginning of this month.

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