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0522-11: New York Times Crossword Answers 22 May 11, Sunday





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CROSSWORD SETTER: Bob Klahn
THEME: Happy Birthday, New York Public Library! … all the theme answers refer to the New York Public Library, which first opened its doors for business on May 23rd, 1911:
24A. The Library's rare first-edition printing of "The Star-Spangled Banner" is, to its publisher's chagrin, ___ : SUBTITLED A PARIOTIC SONG
43A. Norbert Pearlroth spent 52 years of 60-hour weeks in the Library's Reading Room collecting material for ___ : RIPLEY’S BELIEVE IT OR NOT
69A. The Library's Special Collections include one of George Washington's creations, ___ : A HANDWRITTEN BEER RECIPE
97A. The Library's Periodicals Room was the source of most of the excerpted material in the first issue of ___ : READER’S DIGEST MAGAZINE
120A. The handle of Charles Dickens's ivory letter opener, in the Library's collection, is ___ : THE PAW OF HIS DECEASED CAT
COMPLETION TIME: 37m 13s
ANSWERS I MISSED: 0


Today's Wiki-est, Amazonian Googlies
Across
CHARLIE CHAPLIN 8x10 B&W PHOTO6. Chaplin chapeau : DERBY
I think a bowler hat is called a derby here in the US. It was first produced in 1849 in London by hatmakers Thomas and William Bowler, hence the name. The alternative name of "derby" comes from the tradition of wearing bowler hats at the Derby horse race (a major race held annually in England).

16. Long-range weapon, for short : ICBM
An InterContinental Ballistic Missile (ICBM) is a ballistic missile with the range necessary to cross between continents. Being ballistic (as opposed to a cruise missile) is it is guided during the initial launch phase, but later in flight just relies on thrust and gravity to arrive at its target. It is defined as intercontinental as it has a range greater that 3,500 miles. ICBMs are really only used for delivering nuclear warheads. Scary ...

Prebuilt Sauna 5 x 8 Finlandia FPF5820. Spa spot : SAUNA
As my Finnish-American wife will tell you, "sauna" is a Finnish word, and is pronounced "sow-nah" (with "sow" as in the female pig).

23. Pants, in brief : TROU
“Trou” is short for “trousers”.

American Flag 3ft x 5ft Cotton24. The Library's rare first-edition printing of "The Star-Spangled Banner" is, to its publisher's chagrin, ___ : SUBTITLED A PARIOTIC SONG
Francis Scott Key wrote the lyrics of "The Star-Spangled Banner" as a poem, inspired by witnessing the bombarding by the British of the American forces at Fort McHenry during the Battle of Baltimore in September 1814. The words were then set to the tune of a popular British drinking song penned by John Stafford Smith called "The Anacreontic Song", with the Anacreontic Society being a men's club in London.

28. Pont Neuf's locale : SEINE
Paradoxically, Pont Neuf is the oldest bridge standing today that crosses the River Seine in Paris. The paradox is that "pont neuf" translates to “new bridge”. The bridge is in two parts, as it crosses from the Left Bank to the Île de la Cité (on which stands Notre Dame) and then from the Île de la Cité to the Right Bank.

Betty Boop Classic Since 1930 Vintage Poster New 24614 Poster Print, 24x3630. Betty of "Dizzy Dishes" : BOOP
Betty Boop made her first appearance on the screen in 1930, in a cartoon called "Dizzy Dishes". Her character was modeled on the the It-girl, the sexy Clara Bow of movie fame. Back then Betty Boop was a sexy poodle, and it wasn't until 1932 that she morphed into completely human form. Betty was quite the risqué figure, but her vampish ways only lasted a few years. When the Production Code of 1934 came into force, Betty started to dress more modestly, and toned down her behavior.

31. King at Karnak : RAMSES
Ramesses (also Ramses) was the name taken by eleven of the Egytian pharoahs. Ramesses translates as “Born of the sun-god Ra”.

The Karnak Temple Complex is located near Luxor on the banks of the River Nile in Egypt. The most famous structure at Karnak is the Great Temple of Amun.

32. Wingding : FETE
A wingding is a wild and enthusiastic celebration.

National Geographic - Secrets of the Titanic33. Unmanned vehicle that found the Titanic : ARGO
The Argo is an unmanned, deep-towed undersea exploration vehicle, fitted out with an elaborate video system. The Argo’s most famous discovery was made in 1985 when it found the wreck of the RMS Titanic in an expedition led by Dr. Robert Ballard. Ballard and the Argo are also noted for discovering another famous wreck, that of the German battleship Bismarck, found in the Atlantic off the French coast.

James Cagney - The Signature Collection (The Bride Came C.O.D. / Captains of the Clouds / The Fighting 69th / Torrid Zone / The West Point Story)35. "Yankee Doodle Dandy" Oscar winner : CAGNEY
"Yankee Doodle Dandy" is the musical biopic about the life of George M. Cohan, released in 1942. Jimmy Cagney of course plays the part of Cohan, a fitting choice as Cagney started his career as a song-and-dance man, just like Cohan. There is a palpable, patriotic feel to the film, something that is very deliberate. Production of the film was just a few days underway at the end of 1941 when the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor. The cast and crew met soon after, and resolved that their movie would be uplifting and patriotic.

38. Spanish treasure : ORO
“Oro” is the Spanish for “gold”.

39. Heavy cart : DRAY
A dray is a side-less, 4-wheeled cart used for hauling goods.

43. Norbert Pearlroth spent 52 years of 60-hour weeks in the Library's Reading Room collecting material for ___ : RIPLEY’S BELIEVE IT OR NOT
Norbert Pearlroth was a native of Poland who arrived in America in 1920. He took a job with Robert Ripley as a linguist, as Pearlroth knew eleven languages. He set about researching foreign papers and other publications locating material for Ripley’s “Believe It or Not!” pictorial panel that was widely syndicated in newspapers. Pearlroth worked almost exclusively in New York Public Library, ten hours a day, six days a week, for 52 years. The library estimates that he examined about 7,000 books a year, and over 350,000 books in his time working for Ripley, believe it or not …

51. Fabulous writer? : AESOP
Aesop lived in Ancient Greece, probably around the sixth century BC. Supposedly he was born a slave, somehow became a free man, but then met with a sorry end. He was sent to the city of Delphi on a diplomatic mission but instead insulted the Delphians. He was tried on a trumped-up charge of stealing from a temple, sentenced to death and was thrown off a cliff.

Joseph Haydn: His Life and Works52. "The Creation" composer : HAYDN
“The Creation” is an oratorio by the great composer Joseph Haydn, written between 1796 and 1798. Many consider it to be his magnum opus. Haydn was a deeply religious man (he wrote the words “Praise to God” at the end of every composition) and spent more time working on “The Creation” than any other single work. He was inspired to write "The Creation" after spending time in England and hearing the oratorios of Handel.

54. Jagged chain : SIERRA
A sierra is a rugged range of mountains with a jagged profile.

Lee56. Lee, e.g.: Abbr. : GEN
Robert E. Lee is of course renowned as a southern officer in the Civil War. He was a somewhat reluctant participant in that Lee opposed the secession of his home state of Virginia from the Union. At the beginning of the war, President Lincoln invited Lee to take command of the whole Union Army, but Lee declined, choosing instead to stay loyal to his home state.

58. Big name in country : REBA
Reba McEntire is country music singer and television actress. She starred in her own sitcom called "Reba" that aired on the WB and the CW cable channels from 2001 to 2007.

67. Rail org. : MTA
The MTA is the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, which has public transportation responsibility in the state of New York (as well as part of Connecticut).

The Life of George Washington, all five volumes in a single file, with active table of contents69. The Library's Special Collections include one of George Washington's creations, ___ : A HANDWRITTEN BEER RECIPE
There’s a recirpe for beer, handwritten by George Washington, in the collection of the New York Public Library. If you want to try it out, here is the text:
To Make Small Beer

Take a large Siffer [Sifter] full of Bran Hops to your Taste. -- Boil these 3 hours then strain out 30 Gall[ons] into a cooler put in 3 Gall[ons] Molasses while the Beer is Scalding hot or rather draw the Melasses into the cooler & St[r]ain the Beer on it while boiling Hot. let this stand till it is little more than Blood warm then put in a quart of Yea[s]t if the Weather is very Cold cover it over with a Blank[et] & let it Work in the Cooler 24 hours then put it into the Cask -- leave the bung open till it is almost don[e] Working -- Bottle it that day Week it was Brewed.

Collected Broadcasts of Idi Amin76. Uganda's Amin : IDI
Idi Amin received most of his military training in the British armed forces, eventually achieving the highest rank possible for a Black African in the British Colonial Army in 1959, that of Warrant Officer. On his return to Uganda he joined the military and quickly rose to the rank of Deputy Commander of the Army. During that time he was quite the athlete. He was a noted rugby player and swimmer, and for nine years held the Ugandan national light-heavyweight boxing title. By the early seventies Amin was commander of all the armed forces of Uganda, and in 1971 seized power in a military coup, displacing the country's president Milton Obote. There followed seven years of brutal rule by Amin during which it is estimated that between 100,000 and 500,000 people were murdered. Amin was ousted from power in 1979 after a war with Tanzania, and fled to Libya where he stayed for a year. He then moved to Saudi Arabia, where he was financially supported by the Saudi Royal Family for the remainder of his life. He died in 2003.

77. Some chest-pounding, briefly : CPR
Cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) has for decades involved the simultaneous compression of the chest to pump blood using the heart, and artificial respiration by blowing air into the lungs. Nowadays emergency services are placing more emphasis on heart compressions, and less on artificial respiration.

Einstein: His Life and Universe90. Article used by Einstein : DER
“Der” is the German for “the”, when used with a masculine noun.

High Society: The Life of Grace Kelly91. Grace in film : KELLY
The lovely American actress Grace Kelly led the US delegation to the Cannes Film Festival in 1955, and there she met Prince Rainier III at a photo-op at the Palace of Monaco. Twelve months later the pair were married, and Kelly retired from acting at the age of 26. She suffered a stroke while driving her car in 1982, not long before her 53rd burthday. She died in the resulting car crash, but her daughter, Princess Stéphanie, survived the accident.

93. Fashionable beach resorts : LIDOS
The Lido de Venezia is a famous sandbar, about 11 km long, in Venice, Italy. It may be a sandbar, but it is home to about 20,000 residents, as well as the Venice Film Festival that takes place there every September. The Lido is also the setting for Thomas Mann's famous novel "Death in Venice". The name “lido” has become a term for any fashionable beach resort.

Reader's Digest Large Print (1-year auto-renewal)97. The Library's Periodicals Room was the source of most of the excerpted material in the first issue of ___ : READER’S DIGEST MAGAZINE
Lila Wallace founded the "Reader's Digest" along with her husband in 1922, operating out of a basement office in New York City. The initial print runs were limited to about 5,000 copies. Today, "Reader's Digest" has about 100 million readers in 163 countries worldwide.

102. A Lincoln : MARY
Mary Todd moved in the best of the social circles in Springfield, Illinois, and there met the successful lawyer, Abraham Lincoln. The path to their marriage wasn’t exactly smooth, as the engagement was broken once but reinstated, with the couple marrying in 1842.

Live In San Francisco 1957105. Hines of jazz : FATHA
Earl "Fatha" Hines is considered one of the greats in the history of jazz. Hines played his piano twice at the White House, and once even played solo for the Pope.

120. The handle of Charles Dickens's ivory letter opener, in the Library's collection, is ___ : THE PAW OF HIS DECEASED CAT
Charles Dickens had a cat called Bob, and he really must have loved him. His (weird) homage to his dead pet was to take one of his paws and attach it to a letter opener as a handle.

126. Without digressing : AD REM
The Latin term “ad rem” translates literally as "to the matter".

127. John who wrote "The Bastard" : JAKES
John Jakes is an American author of mainly historical fiction.

Family Circus Library, Vol. 1130. Cartoonist Bil : KEANE
"The Family Circus" comic strip is a written by Bil Keane. Once Bil sketches out the text and idea for the cartoon he sends it off to his son Jeff, who inks and colors it so that it is ready for publication. In the storyline itself, the main characters are based on Bil's own family. In fact, the character "Jeffy" is based on Jeff, Bil's son and production assistant.

Down
1. Bozo : ASS
A "bozo" is a man with a low IQ, and one who is usually quite muscular. We've been using the word since the early 1900s and it possibly comes from the Spanish "bozal" that was used to describe someone who speaks Spanish poorly.

2. Informal talk : CAUSERIE
A “causerie” is an informal talk or chat, from the French “causer”, a word for “to talk”.

Fox Super Fly Tube Top - Black X Xs3. Stretchy garments : TUBE TOPS
The tube top was introduced to the world by the manufacturer of women’s accessories, Murray Kleid. The first version of the garment was actually a “mistake”, but Kleid thought it had potential and it took the world by storm in the seventies.

6. Internet option, briefly : DSL
DSL originally stood for Digital Subscriber Loop, but is now accepted to mean (Asymmetric) Digital Subscriber Line. DSL is the technology that allows Internet service be delivered down the same telephone line as voice service, by separating the two into different frequency signals.

Lewis Carroll: A Biography11. "Jabberwocky" birds : BOROGOVES
Lewis Carroll was actually a pseudonym, for English author Charles Lutwidge Dodgson. His most famous novels are of course "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland" and "Alice Through the Looking Glass", and his most famous poems are the two nonsense pieces "Jabberwocky" and "The Hunting of the Snark". Here’s the first verse of “Jabberwocky”, probably the one poem that we all just loved learning to recite at school:
’Twas brillig, and the slithy toves
Did gyre and gimble in the wabe;
All mimsy were the borogoves,
And the mome raths outgrabe.

12. Lyonnaise sauce ingredient : ONION
The adjective “lyonnaise”, as well as describing someone from the French city of Lyon, is used in French cuisine to mean “cooking with onions”.

Golda Meir (Leading Women)15. Predecessor of Rabin : MEIR
Golda Meir was known as the "Iron Lady" when she was Prime Minister of Israel, long before the term came to be associated with British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher. Golda Meir was born Golda Mabovitch in Kiev (in modern-day Ukraine), and when she was a young girl she moved with her family to the United States and settled in Milwaukee. As a teenager she relocated to Denver where she met and married Morris Meyerson, at the age of 19. She and her husband joined a kibbutz in Palestine in 1921, when she was in her twenties. She had been active in politics in the US, and continued her political work in Palestine. She was very influential during WWII, and played a leading role in negotiations after the war leading to the setting up of the state of Israel. By the time she was called on to lead the country, she had already retired, citing exhaustion and ill health. But serve she did, and led Israel during turbulent times (e.g. the massacre at the Munich Olympics, the Yom Kippur War). She eventually resigned in 1974, saying that was what the people wanted.

17. Sign of the times? : CROSS
A cross sign (x) is used to indicate “times”, multiplication in math.

18. Ulna and fibula : BONES
The radius and ulna are bones in the forearm. If you hold the palm of your hand up in front of you, the radius is the bone on the "thumb-side" of the arm, and the ulna is the bone on the "pinkie-side".

The fibula is the calf bone, and lies beside the tibia, with both bones sitting under the femur.

19. Cartoon criminal : MUGSY
Two bad guys that turned up a lot in the Warner Bros. cartoons were Rocky and Mugsy. Rocky was the little guy, and Mugsy the big fella.

25. Lachrymose : TEARY
“Lachrymose” means “teary”, from the Latin “lacrima”, the word for “tear”.

27. Wales, in medieval times : CAMBRIA
The Welsh-language name for Wales is Cymru, which is Latinized into Cambria.

35. Borneo borderer : CHINA SEA
Borneo is the third largest island on the planet, and is located north of Australia in Maritime Southeast Asia. Most of the island is part of Indonesia (taking up 73% of the island) with almost all of the remainder being part of Malaysia (26%). The final 1% is home to the sovereign state of Brunei.

42. Pear variety : BOSC
Bosc is a cultivar of the European Pear, grown here in the northwest of the United States. The Bosc is that pear with a skin the color of a potato, with a long neck. I always seem to use the potato as my point of reference. How Irish am I ...?

44. The Hub hub : LOGAN
One of the nicknames for the city of Boston is “The Hub”, short for “The Hub of the Universe”. In 1858, Oliver Wendall Holmes referred to the Massachusetts State House Building in Boston as the “Hub of the Solar System”, and the idea stuck.

Boston’s Logan Airport is named after General Edward Lawrence Logan, a military officer from South Boston who fought in the Spanish-American War.

Alice's Adventures in Wonderland: A Pop-up Adaptation46. Wonderland cake message : EAT ME
In Lewis Carroll's "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland", Alice follows the white rabbit down a rabbit hole and finds a bottle labelled "DRINK ME". When she drinks the contents, it causes her to shrink. She also sees a cake adorned with the words "EAT ME", which she does and she grows so big she finds it hard to stand up. After eating the cake, she says the famous words, "Curiouser and curiouser".

Profile of an Oribi with Ears and Eyes Alert at Sunset Photographic Poster Print by Jason Edwards, 32x2449. Small African antelopes : ORIBIS
Oribi are small antelope that inhabit the grasslands of sub-Saharan Africa.

50. Barnstormers : TROUPE
The original “barnstormers” were troupes of travelling actors who performed in barns in Upstate New York in the early 1800s. The term was then extended to apply to electioneers touring to make their case to the voters. In the 1920s the term was further extended to include airplane pilots who performed stunts at country fairs.

55. Llullaillaco's locale : ANDES
The three Children of Llullaillaco are three mummified remains of Incan children, sacrificed about 500 years ago. The bodies were not preserved artificially, but rather by the dry and cold conditions in which they were abandoned, high up on the side of the volcano Llullaillaco on the border of Argentina and Chile.

60. Easily handled, as a ship : YARE
I always think that the term “yare” is such a romantic one. In the nautical world it applies to a vessel that responds easily to the helm.

61. Huzzahs : HAILS
“Huzzah” is a cheer, originally a sailor’s interjection, possibly accompanying the hoisting of a sail.

63. Hélène or Geneviève : SAINTE
The French word for a female saint is “sainte”, as in Ste. Hélène (St. Helen) and Ste. Geneviève (St. Genevieve).

Hanes Women's Body Creations Stretch Satin Hi-Cut Panties3 Pack66. You may get them in a bunch : KNICKERS
To get one’s knickers in a bunch or in a twist is British slang for getting overly agitated. The equivalent expression over here uses the word panties instead of knickers, as “knickers” is the British (and Irish) term for “panties”.

Skullcandy INK'd Earbuds S2INCZ-036 (Green)70. Products with earbuds : IPODS
I think that earbuds are a scourge. They fit loosely just outside the ear canal and provide little if any isolation from external noise (unlike over-the-ear headphones). As a result, the volume is turned up to drown out the external noise, and our kids are going deaf …

75. Andalusian port : CADIZ
Cadiz is a port city in southwestern Spain, in the autonomous community of Andalusia. It is a remarkable city in that it sits on a thin spit of land that juts out into the sea.

81. Andalusian aunt : TIA
Tia is the Spanish word for aunt (with "tio" meaning "uncle").

Andalusia (Andalucia in Spanish) is one of the seventeen autonomous communities in the Kingdom of Spain, and is the most southerly. The capital of Andalusia is the old city of Seville. The name Andalusia comes from its Arabic name, Al-Andalus, reflecting the region's history as the center of Muslim power in Iberia during medieval times.

Parks & Recreation: Season 382. Where "Parks and Recreation" is set : INDIANA
“Parks and Recreation” is a sitcom that started airing on NBC in 2009, and it is a show that has grown on me. It stars the "Saturday Night Live" alum, Amy Poehler. The creators of "Parks and Recreation" are part of the team responsible for the American version of “The Office”, so you’ll notice some similarities in the style of the two shows, and some actors that have appeared in both.

86. Alphabetical order? : BLT
The BLT (bacon, lettuce and tomato) is the second most popular sandwich in the US, after the plain old ham sandwich.

Johnny Depp Photo Album87. Setting of Johnny Depp's feature film debut : ELM STREET
“A Nightmare on Elm Street” is a Wes Craven slasher, horror film, released in 1984. As I don’t do “slasher” nor “horror” I only just learned that Johnny Depp was in the movie, his feature film debut.

92. Noah Webster's alma mater : YALE
Not only is Noah Webster's name inextricably linked with his series of dictionaries, but he is also renowned as an advocate for English spelling reform. He argued that "traditional" English is hard to learn, and that is should be simplified and standardized. He published spelling books that were used in schools, and from edition to edition he changed the spelling of words in order to simplify the language. Examples are the use of s over c in words like "defense" (In Ireland we have defence and defense depending on usage), -re became -er as in center instead of centre (reversing the influence of French), and he dropped one of the Ls in words like traveler (I learned "traveller"). Mind you, he also spelled "tongue" as "tung", but he didn't get very far with that one.

96. Dickens's Mr. Pecksniff : SETH
Charles Dickens sure did come up with some great names for his characters, didn’t he? Seth Pecksniff is the hypocritical architect in “Martin Chuzzlewit”.

105. Mullah's edict : FATWA
In the Muslim tradition, a fatwā is a religious opinion issued by an Islamic scholar on a matter of Islamic law. There is a common misconception that a fatwā is a death sentence imposed on a person, and although such a drastic directive is a possible component of the opinion, it is a very rare occurrence.

106. Honeydew producer : APHID
Honeydew is a sugary liquid secreted by some insects (such as aphids) when they feed on plant sap.

110. ___ dignitatem : INFRA
The term "infra dig" means "beneath the dignity of". Infra dig is a colloquial abbreviation for the Latin "infra dignitatem".

Hallelujah111. Folkie Leonard : COHEN
I’ve never been a big fan of the music of Canadian singer Leonard Cohen (don’t all yell at me at the same time!).

115. Love letters : SWAK
SWAK: Sealed With A Kiss.

PATRICIA NEAL 16X20 COLOR PHOTO117. Actress Patricia : NEAL
Patricia Neal won her Best Actress Oscar relatively late in her career, for playing the middle-aged housekeeper in 1963’s “Hud”. A few years’ later she was offered the role of Mrs. Robinson in “The Graduate” but turned it down. Famously, Neil had an affair with Gary Cooper who was married at the time. She became pregnant with his child, but he persuaded her to have an abortion. Not long afterwards Neil married British writer Roald Dahl (of “Willy Wonka” fame) and the couple had five children together before divorcing in 1983.

Ultratec Minicom IV TDD/TTY124. Communication syst. for the deaf : TTY
TTY is an acronym for a teletype writer, a device that is used at either end of a telephone line when one or both conversing parties is deaf. The teletype writer passes written messages to and fro between each of the terminals.

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For the sake of completion, here is a full listing of all the answers:
Across
1. Be bratty : ACT UP
6. Chaplin chapeau : DERBY
11. Center of emotions : BOSOM
16. Long-range weapon, for short : ICBM
20. Spa spot : SAUNA
21. It's got game, often : SNARE
22. At just the right time : ON CUE
23. Pants, in brief : TROU
24. The Library's rare first-edition printing of "The Star-Spangled Banner" is, to its publisher's chagrin, ___ : SUBTITLED A PARIOTIC SONG
28. Pont Neuf's locale : SEINE
29. Tractor-trailer : RIG
30. Betty of "Dizzy Dishes" : BOOP
31. King at Karnak : RAMSES
32. Wingding : FETE
33. Unmanned vehicle that found the Titanic : ARGO
35. "Yankee Doodle Dandy" Oscar winner : CAGNEY
37. Piggish : MESSY
38. Spanish treasure : ORO
39. Heavy cart : DRAY
40. Very : OH SO
41. Go out : EBB
43. Norbert Pearlroth spent 52 years of 60-hour weeks in the Library's Reading Room collecting material for ___ : RIPLEY’S BELIEVE IT OR NOT
51. Fabulous writer? : AESOP
52. "The Creation" composer : HAYDN
53. Ring site : EAR
54. Jagged chain : SIERRA
56. Lee, e.g.: Abbr. : GEN
58. Big name in country : REBA
59. This is not going anywhere : STAYCATION
61. Cry of praise : HOSANNA
65. Do some grilling : ASK
67. Rail org. : MTA
68. Amigo : BUD
69. The Library's Special Collections include one of George Washington's creations, ___ : A HANDWRITTEN BEER RECIPE
76. Uganda's Amin : IDI
77. Some chest-pounding, briefly : CPR
78. Have something : AIL
79. Boxes : ENCASES
80. Progresso offering : LENTIL SOUP
85. Take to a higher power : CUBE
88. Plot thickener : SOD
89. Smooth as silk : SATINY
90. Article used by Einstein : DER
91. Grace in film : KELLY
93. Fashionable beach resorts : LIDOS
97. The Library's Periodicals Room was the source of most of the excerpted material in the first issue of ___ : READER’S DIGEST MAGAZINE
101. Thermal opening? : ISO-
102. A Lincoln : MARY
103. KFC side dish : SLAW
104. Dye container : VAT
105. Hines of jazz : FATHA
109. Pull-up pullers : BICEPS
112. Fret : STEW
113. Tease : JOSH
114. Pinafores : APRONS
116. Spot on the staff? : NOTE
117. Neighbor of Swe. : NOR
118. Button ridge : KNURL
120. The handle of Charles Dickens's ivory letter opener, in the Library's collection, is ___ : THE PAW OF HIS DECEASED CAT
125. Reddish purple : WINE
126. Without digressing : AD REM
127. John who wrote "The Bastard" : JAKES
128. Go-between : AGENT
129. Goes on to say : ADDS
130. Cartoonist Bil : KEANE
131. Indolence : SLOTH
132. Irascible : TESTY

Down
1. Bozo : ASS
2. Informal talk : CAUSERIE
3. Stretchy garments : TUBE TOPS
4. Disconnect : UNTIE
5. Hassle : PAIN
6. Internet option, briefly : DSL
7. Vitamin-rich snack : ENERGY BAR
8. Kind of wave : RADIO
9. Crow : BRAG
10. Short agreement : YEP
11. "Jabberwocky" birds : BOROGOVES
12. Lyonnaise sauce ingredient : ONION
13. With 14-Down, visually investigate : SCOPE
14. See 13-Down : OUT
15. Predecessor of Rabin : MEIR
16. Caller ID? : IT’S ME
17. Sign of the times? : CROSS
18. Ulna and fibula : BONES
19. Cartoon criminal : MUGSY
25. Lachrymose : TEARY
26. Humble : ABASE
27. Wales, in medieval times : CAMBRIA
32. Roman squares : FORA
34. Torrent : RASH
35. Borneo borderer : CHINA SEA
36. Besides : YET
39. Bank (on) : DEPEND
40. Hag : OLD BAT
42. Pear variety : BOSC
44. The Hub hub : LOGAN
45. Look on : EYE
46. Wonderland cake message : EAT ME
47. Inflamed : IRATE
48. Hockey goal part : NET
49. Small African antelopes : ORIBIS
50. Barnstormers : TROUPE
55. Llullaillaco's locale : ANDES
57. Shanghai-to-Beijing dir. : NNW
60. Easily handled, as a ship : YARE
61. Huzzahs : HAILS
62. Words of worry : OH DEAR
63. Hélène or Geneviève : SAINTE
64. Missile paths : ARCS
66. You may get them in a bunch : KNICKERS
70. Products with earbuds : IPODS
71. Set straight : TRUED
72. Melancholy, musically : BLUESY
73. Chart checkers, for short : RNS
74. Mandatory recycling, e.g. : ECO-LAW
75. Andalusian port : CADIZ
81. Andalusian aunt : TIA
82. Where "Parks and Recreation" is set : INDIANA
83. High-pH solutions : LYES
84. Heyday : PRIME TIME
86. Alphabetical order? : BLT
87. Setting of Johnny Depp's feature film debut : ELM STREET
92. Noah Webster's alma mater : YALE
94. Splits : DIVORCES
95. Tilted : ON A SLANT
96. Dickens's Mr. Pecksniff : SETH
98. Good name for a thief : ROB
99. Goggles : GAPES
100. Goggles : GAWKS
105. Mullah's edict : FATWA
106. Honeydew producer : APHID
107. Drift : TREND
108. They may be high : HOPES
110. ___ dignitatem : INFRA
111. Folkie Leonard : COHEN
112. Show-stopping : SOCKO
113. Bench warmer? : JUDGE
115. Love letters : SWAK
117. Actress Patricia : NEAL
119. Spruce : NEAT
121. Words of praise : ODE
122. Spinmeisters? : DJS
123. Can opener? : ASH
124. Communication syst. for the deaf : TTY

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About This Blog

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 try to answer all emails, so please feel free to email me at bill@paxient.com.

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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