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Greetings from Mammoth Lakes, California

My wife and I are on vacation until Friday, July 25th; a road trip through the backroads of the states east of California. I anticipate late-night solving and posting, with acknowledgement of comments and emails suffering. Please, don't be offended at my silence as I prioritize the writing of posts! We had probably the last hike of our trip this morning (strenuous, past beautiful alpine lakes), and then opted for vegging out by the pool for a change this afternoon. Almost home ...

Bill

0123-10 New York Times Crossword Answers 23 Jan 10



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'm retired now, from technology businesses that took our family all over the world. I answer all emails, so please feel free to email me at bill@paxient.com

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This is my solution to the crossword published in the New York Times today ...

Completion Time: 49m 31s
Theme: None
Answers I missed: 2 KELSEY (KELLEY), OLLIN (OSLIN).

TODAY'S GOOGLIES ...
Across
6 MOTT: Mott Street in Manhattan was probably named after a successful butcher and tavern owner who lived in the area.
14 ARNAZ: Desi Arnaz was of course famous for his turbulent marriage to Lucille Ball, to whom he was already married when "Cuban Pete" was made in 1946.
17 LIVIA: Livia Drusilla was the third wife of the Emperor Augustus, and a powerful woman in the Roman Empire.
18 PANATELLA: A panatella is named after the Sapanish panetela, a long slim biscuit.
26 ISABEL: Isabel Archer appears in the Henry James novel "Portrait of a Lady". Isabel is played by Nicole Kidman in the 1996 film of the same name.
28 OZARK: The Ozark Plateau is more commonly known as simply "The Ozarks".
33 SUVA: Suva is the capital city of Fiji, and is located on the island of Viti Levu.
46 SALAAM: Salaam is the Arabic word for "peace".
48 ISAAC: Isaac Stern was Ukranian-born, but moved with his family to San Francisco at a very young age. A wonderful violin vituoso ...
56 KELSEY: On "L.A. Law", the character Ann Kelsey was played by Jill Eikenberry.
61 ARNO: The 1966 Arno flood was the worst in centuries, resulting in deaths and destruction of priceless art treasures particularly in Florence.
63 ASSN: The AMA ... the American Medical Association ... and Association is a "member" of the group of words in the name, and is abbreviated to "Assn."

Down
2 ERIKA: Erika Christensen played the young, drug-using daughter in "Traffic".
5 TZATZIKI: Tzatziki is a sauce based on cucumbers in yogurt.
9 TOADFISH: Toadfish, ugly blighters, use their swim-bladders to "sing".
10 AMELIAS: Henry Fielding wrote the novel "Amelia", and Gian carlo Menotti composed the opera "Amelia Goes to the Ball".
29 ZETA-JONES: Welsh actress, Catherine Zeta-Jones starred as Velma Kelly in "Chicago".
32 TESSA: Tessa Allen is a teen actress, perhaps best known for playing Hannah Hansen on NBC's "Providence".
41 SAMISEN: A samisen is a traditional Japanese instrument, with three strings, vaguely like a banjo.
52 OSLIN: K. T. Oslin is best known for her string of country hits in the eighties.

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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.

I answer all emails, so please feel free to email me at bill@paxient.com, contact me on Google+ or leave a comment below.

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.

Bill
January 29, 2009

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