Thursday, May 10, 2007

Friday, May 11 - Patrick Berry

Maybe I should take a night off every so often. I so nailed this puzzle...and it felt good! I wasn't fast by any stretch of the imagination--but I just kept going. Kind of like

So many excellent clues, so many excellent answers. I hardly know where to begin.

I'll start with the one I didn't like.

44A: Theoretical massless particle (Gluon). I had Quark first, then Prion. Before you go thinking I'm PDS (pretty damn smart), I'll confess that Don gave me all three. He wondered what I was doing during Physics. Never took it.

That's it. I pretty much loved them all.

15A: Formidable, as a task (Herculean). Got this with only the AN in place.

19A: Ladies in men's rooms? (pinups). We had this a few months ago. I remember Rex commenting about the ones in his bathroom. Or am I making that up?

33A: City where the Caesar salad was invented, 1924 (Tijuana). Who woulda thunk? I expected a nice Italian city when I had the NA in place. But I love the J there, especially since it starts off 34D: "Heart of the Tin Man" author (Jack Haley). Who didn't love the Tin Man?

35A: It may have two sides (entree). I had a story first. I love good wrong answers.

52A: U.S. chief justice, 1953-69 (Warren). John F. Kennedy's assassination was one of the defining moments of my life. If you're so inclined, here's where you can read about the Warren Commission Report.

53A: Skillfully switch topics (segue). One of my favorite words, so a definite gimme.

58A: Seafood restaurant annoyances (bones). Yeah, I hate having to see someone do the Heimlich maneuver when I'm eating.

21D: Field-specific vocabulary (lexicon). Another great word, and an X to boot! I guess 26A: Assessment on out-of-state purchases (use tax) will have to do.

30D: Heading for (en route to). It's just beautiful, and I like that it intersects segue.

52D: 1978-82 sitcom locale (WKRP). One of my all-time favorite shows. Johnny Fever reminded me of my brother-in-law, I thought Venus Flytrap was a riot, and I had an enormous crush on Sandy Travis. I also liked Bailey Quarters and thought I might name a daughter after her. Didn't...

How did it get to be 11:00! I'd better wrap this up. Don't forget to visit Orange's site (she's commenting from England), where the guest blogger du jour is John Farmer.

The weekend is almost here. Hang in there.

Linda G


DONALD said...

Really liked seeing the little energy bunny, he is iconic in the world of human-less marionettes.

Left a reply about SNERD at Gothic.

Rex Parker said...

You are not wrong about my predilection for the PIN-UPS, Mrs. G. I even mentioned that fact Again in today's blog. I really should scan the bathroom picture in question, just so you all can see what I see... several times a day.


Linda G said...

I'll bet, Dr. P, that your pin-ups aren't as good looking as mine, although I'll bet they look quite different from one another.

And I'm glad to know I wasn't making that up ; )

DONALD said...

You have a mention as a site to go to for solving, along with Rex and Gothic at BeBop today --

DONALD said...

Oh, it's dated Thursday, May 10th.