Sep 14, 2008

Sunday September 14, 2008 Annabel Michaels

Theme: Icky Stuff

23A: Of ill health: SICKLINESS

25A: Knockout drink: MICKEY FINN

39A: Quick as a wink: LICKETY-SPLIT

100A: Treat: PICK UP THE TAB

115A: Superlatively dilapidated: RICKETIEST

120A: Assigning monikers: NICKNAMING

36D: Running smoothly: TICKING OVER

45D: Doors in doors: WICKET GATES

48D: Whistle stop: HICK TOWN

51D: Battled for bargains: DICKERED

I hope you liked this puzzle. I did not. Too "Icky" for me. The overuse of suffixes like NESS, ED, EST, ING in the theme answers struck me as unimaginative and uncreative. The whole puzzle conjured up an image of the "WICKED Witch of the West" frantically swinging her BROOMSTICK, trying to get the magical "Icky" slippers.

I would not mind if sweet "Icky Stuff" like CINNAMON STICK, and POPSICKLE are constructed into the puzzle, or exciting words like HOCKEY STICK, GIMMICKY, MAVERICK, LIMERICK, SCHTICK, or other whole BAGS OF TRICKS.

CHERRY PICKING sounds good too. What do you think of FLOWER PICKER?

Two counts of major felonies:

22A: Stout's stout sleuth: NERO

127A: Duchin or Nero: PETER

52D: Peter of "My Favorite Year": O'TOOL

I remember Stan Newman of Newsday mentioned that on average crossword editors make about 4 such mistakes in a year. Our editor has been committing this sin on a daily basis. Unbelievable!


1A: Limelight hog: HAM. I like this clue. "Stage hog" would be great too.

15A: Middle of Roman months: IDES. Or "Fateful day for Caesar".

19A: Altar constellation: ARA. It's always ARA when the clue is asking for a 3-letter constellation.

21A: Violinist's move: UP-BOW. New term to me. It's "an upward stroke from the tip to the heel of the bow".

28A: Swan genus: OLOR. New to me also. I don't think this is an accurate clue though. The complete name is Cygnus OLOR.

31A: "___ and Louise": THELMA. Good movie, very nice "You Needed Me". I've been constantly impressed by the creativity shown in some of the YouTube clips.

42A: Controlled entrance: STILE. Like this one?

43A: Coolidge's VP: DAWES (Charles). Not familiar with this name. He won Nobel Peace Prize in 1925 for his work on DAWES Plan - "a program to enable Germany to restore and stabilize its economy."

47A: Psalm ending: SELAH

51A: Polyester fabric: DACRON. No idea. It's wrinkle-resistant. These sails are made of DACRON.

54A: Anchor position: ATRIP

56A: Frontier scout Carson: KIT. Have never heard of him before. Lois probably wants KIT to be clued as “Santa Baby” singer.

61A: Musical sweet potato: OCARINA. New wood instrument to me. It does look like sweet potato.

66A: Old Scottish dagger: SKEAN

67A: African antelope: RHEBOK. New to me also. See this picture. Wikipedia says the Afrikaans/Dutch spelling is Reebok. That's how Reebok sportwear got its name.

69A: Of pants: TROUSER. Wow, I had no idea that TROUSER can be an adjective.

81A: Italian gentleman: SIGNORE

87A: Pagliacci's beloved: NEDDA. I can never remember her name.

97A: Distresses: HURTS. They are not really synonymous, are they? HURTS bring "Distresses".

106A: Barnum's first name: PHINEAS. Sigh... no, how could I know? Wikipedia says he never said "There is a sucker born every minute".

107A: Attack of painful spasms: ANGINA. Completely unknown to me. Dictionary says ANGINA is "a condition, such as severe sore throat, in which spasmodic attacks of suffocating pain occur." ANGINA looks very DF to me.

114A: Sharp-cornered: ANGULAR. Katharine Hepburn has the classic ANGULAR face.

122A: Big name in sound system: BOSE. No idea. I've never paid attention to the names of those car audio manufacturers.

126A: Munich's river: ISAR


1D: Attacks: HAS AT

3D: Twinned crystal: MACLE. See this picture. It appeared in our puzzle before. I still don't understand why it's called "Twinned crystal".

5D: Egg receptacle: OVISAC. I like the makeup of this word, OVI & SAC, easy to remember.

9D: Ballerina Collier: LESLEY. Pure guess. I don't think her name is recognized by many, if any. "60 Minutes" LESLEY Stahl would be a very reasonable clue.

10D: False accusations: BUM RAPS. New idiom to me.

15D: Congregates too much: INFESTS. I don't like the clue. I don't think they are of the same meaning.

18D: Word in sequels: SON. What "sequels"?

29D: Goddess of harvest: OPS. She is the wife of Saturn.

32D: Mariner's jacket: PEA COAT

37D: French actor Delon: ALAIN. I just discovered this morning that his first major role was Tom Ripley in "Plein Soleil", the French version of "The Talented Mr. Ripley".

38D: "The Flying Dutchman" girl: SENTA. I forgot. I always associated "The Flying Dutchman" with T206 Honus Wagner.

40D: S.S. Kresge's discount chain: KMART. Another guess. I was not aware of KMART's origin.

60D: Mignonette: RESEDA. I've never heard of RESEDA before. Had no idea that "Mignonette" was a plant of the genus RESEDA. Very quiet-looking flowers. Wikipedia says it's extremely fragrant.

71D: Indonesia currency: RUPIAHS. Foreign to me. Here are some Indonesia banknotes. The exchange rate is about 9,428 RUPIAHS = 1 US $.

79D: Bay on the English Channel: POOLE. I got it from the across fills.

81D: Newsman Frank: SESNO. He appears on Wolf Blitzer's "Situation Room" often.

82D: Bulge at the back of the head: INION. Strung this word together from the across clues.

90D: Revolt against conventions: TITANISM. New to me also. Only faintly aware of the Titans in Greek mythology.

91D: Chinese dish: SUBGUM. Weird Cantonese spelling. It's Shijin in Mandarin Chinese.

93D: Goldbrick: SLACKER. I did not know the meaning of "Goldbrick". I was picturing gold ingots.

101D: Nice one?: UNE. And Spanish UNO (125A: One to Juan).

102D: Bird feathers: PENNAE. Nope, nope. Did not know that there is a special name for "Bird feathers".

105D: Legally bar: ESTOP

108D: Pelvic bone: ILIUM. Also the Latin name for the ancient Troy.

110D: Rival of Sparta and Athens: ARGOS. Wikipedia also shows that ARGOS was also the name of "Odysseus' faithful dog", who waited over 20 years for Odyssues to return to Ithaca.

116D: Greek island: IOS. Homer is buried here.

121D: Cohort of Fidel: CHE (Guevara). He was a highly romanticized character in my childhood textbooks. Oh, by the way, the symbol HAMMER AND SICKLE would be a great theme answer too.



flyingears said...

"I grew up with six brothers. That's how I learned to dance - waiting for the bathroom."
=Bob Hope

The new picture is a copy of any of the islands of the Caribbean West Indies...

flyingears said...

C.C. and DFs,
If all hip hop was this good, then... This IS pretty good stuff...

C.C. Burnikel said...

Beautiful picture, so passionate and tropical. Do you have date palms there? What prompted you to link this "Thunder" song? The "Nuttin But Stringz" name or what? I don't understand what they are singing.

flyingears said...

It's not really the singing, BUT the instrumentals. I couldn't understand the singing part... The dancing is pretty good too.

We don't grow dates here because dates do well in very arid areas, I guess. Here in the Caribbean, although we have some arid areas, it's still not the perfect conditions...

Carol in CA said...

My newspaper has suddenly stopped carrying the Sun. Xword. At what site can I find today's puzzle online and print it out? Help!!

C.C. Burnikel said...

Carol in CA,
No, it's not "suddenly". I don't believe your paper has ever carried TMS Sunday puzzle. Many papers don't. No website has this puzzle on line. You will have to skip today's. What's the puzzle title on your paper today? From which syndication? Who is the author?

So what is your definition of this musical term "overtone"?

Barb B,
Yes. In fact, I linked "Starry Starry Night"on an August puzzle. Is he your favorite painter also?

Anonymous said...

Is this puzzel a re-run? I remember doing one just like this not long ago.

Carol in CA said...

c.c., finally found it in another section, it's "icky stuff" I can't live without my sunday xword! Sorry for the bother.

C.C. Burnikel said...

Anonymous @ 11:08am,
Which newspaper are you doing? Could be a re-run if you are in FL.

Carol in CA,
I was surprised to hear that your paper carries this Sunday puzzle. What newspaper are you working on? Maybe Clear Ayes & Melissa & Calef should find this paper.

Clear Ayes said...

Good Morning All, Sunday morning comes and no puzzle for me. It is probably just as well because we didn't get to bed until almost 2:00 AM. Our BBQ/ice cream dessert party went very well, perhaps too well. Those last six people just didn't know when it was time to go home! Seriously, it was a great party, the weather cooperated beautifully and all the "bring along" food was delicious. Whether or not I win any ice cream, we'll be having our 7 annual September party next year.

C.C. There are TROUSER cuffs, TROUSER pockets, TROUSER pleats and other TROUSER

There are lots of SON of sequels. Usually they have been rather cheap imitations to cash in on the success of the originals. "Son of Dracula", "Son of Zorro", "Son of Frankenstein", Son of Kong", "Son of The Mask" are all examples of copycat SONs.

Thanks for the Eartha Kitt link. She sang "Santa Baby" in the movie "New Faces of 1954". I did see it at the time. I'm sure it was one of those Saturday matinees, when my parents gave me a dollar to go away and enjoy myself. I now know they were probably enjoying themselves too.

Here's an short little poem for the day. It is pure imagery with no hidden meanings. I think the "mind picture" is very pretty. It was written in 1923

The Red Wheelbarrow

so much depends

a red wheel

glazed with rain

beside the white

-- William Carlos Williams

Ken said...

Good morning, all ye who gather here. No puzzle in the Oregonian, but thought I'd wave and say hi. Good luck to the solvers.

ALucidDreamUndreamt said...

I believe distresses and HURTS are synonymous, so are anxiety and sorry.

ANGINA is chest pain caused by inadequate oxygen to the heart muscles. The pain can radiate to the shoulders, arms, and neck. You alleviate the symptoms with nitroglycerin

OVISAC is a real word, I think. I've seen it in text books. Usually refers to the Graafian follicle

INION is the projecting part of the occiput. I think it might be the external occipital protuberance, but not sure

ILIUM, another anatomical term for today... WOW

Ken said...

@Clear Ayes: That is a lovely poem, so rich in imagery in so few words. Thanks for sharing it.
@C.C. I read a story long ago about the "Son of" movies. When Japanese computer hardware companies were first forming, the marketing staff for one of them was puzzling over a name that would appeal to Americans. As the story goes, one of them refered to the American love of the "Son of" movies. At that time, a fledgling word processor was Electric Pencil. It was suggested that Son of Electric Pencil would be a good name, but a bit too long; EP sounded better. After discussion, it became Son of EP, and finally, EPSON.

C.C. Burnikel said...

Clear Ayes,
Thanks for the TROUSER & Son. That poem is so simple yet expressive. I am glad you enjoyed your ice cream party. I am curious, when Buckeye said "Just as you can't sneak a "Rocky and Bullwinkle" past me", did you immediately realize that he meant "Monty Phthon" tagline? How did you know that he wanted to say "And Now For Something Completely Different". I lost your threads. Also, if Parthenos the only daughter of Apollo? If she died prematurely, how can you and Buckeye have the same father in Apollo?

Very interesting EPSON information. Thank you so much. I vodka you.

A lucid dream...
Nice to hear from you again. Did you read our "Happy Birthday" messages to you on Thursday?

ALucidDreamUndreamt said...

to c.c. and everyone, THANKS GUYS! I missed it. I was so busy with clinical rotations and classes and we had our instructor quit and we had to make up 12 hours that we missed. I have to go back and read it.


C.C. Burnikel said...

Clear Ayes,
Also, what's the relationship between Apollo and Adonis? Why did Buckeye say "Clear Ayes, aren't you glad we left when we did? I was always suspicious of what happened to sister Parthenos. I always thought Dad and Adonis had a strange relationship."

lois said...

Good afternoon CC & DF's: just checking in. CC, you do make me laugh. You're right. I do prefer that Kitt and Santa Baby...always makes me think of Argyle. My chimney is ready. Only about 100 days to wait.

Love the links. Thank you for Starry Starry Night again. I put that on my favorites this time. And that macle! Wow, that's pretty. Reminds me of amethyst, my birthstone. Maybe Santa will give me a (macle) ring...and I don't mean a special phone. Or better yet, a diamond, and I'm not talkin' baseball. Wonder how good I'd have to be to pull that one off. Gonna really have to practice my 'slipping'.

Flyingears: that picture is a piece of heaven. I could learn to live there.

Ken: VaBeach and the whole area has grown and changed so much from even a year ago. I'm constantly amazed...and lost. The Dismal Swamp is still around but was on fire last year. Smoke was everywhere and in everything. Haven't been back to see how it's changed. Interesting area.

Enjoy this gorgeous but hot day.

Barb B said...

I wonder about puzzle constructors. Sometimes it seems as if they are just doing a job – this many blanks, this many letters, and the more obscure the words, the better. That works, of course, and can be interesting, but it has an academic feel to it. Very left brain.

How much more fun if the words are also light and fun. Like Riki Tikki Tavi is fun,(but missing a c) and your ick words cinimon stick, limerick, and schtick, etc. I like it when words make me smile.

I KNEW you wouldn’t have missed the Van Gogh piece. Although I like his paintings, he isn’t my favorite. He’s Angelo’s favorite. Not that I know Angelo well – he’s just someone I see at the library where I work. He was so happy about finding that Van Gogh on YouTube that he had to share, and of course I thought of you.

I don’t have a favorite artist, but I favor art that is about people and/or the mystical. The only piece I own that is more than a print is by R. C. Gorman. His paintings are featured on YouTube, but the lithograph I have isn’t there. Mine is Mother and Child.

I also like Michael Green

and Bernard Hoyes

I like Ted DeGrazia, and own a print of his – he painted children without faces.

g8rmomx2 said...

Happy Sunday!

I only got through this because of the "ick" and could then figure out a lot of the perps. I had "U_BOW" for 21A and got lucky and put a "P". Had to google Reseda, Rhebok (forgot that one), Dawes, Mackle (another one I forgot)Rupiahs.

cc: I had ESP originally, because I read it as intuit: abbr., it was a duh moment for me, but finally figured it out because it couldn't be wicpetgates and I saw my mistake.

Have a wonderful day everyone!

flyingears said...

Hi, lois. Miss your comments. What happened? Have you been playing "GOLF"? He, he.

lois said...

Flyingears: It's either feast or famine as far as golph partners go, it seems. Right now it's a feast and I'm practicing for an 'upcoming' tournament of champions, whenever it's scheduled. 'Be prepared' as the scout motto goes, altho' I was never a girl scout, but was the boy scout mascot and 'pole' barer, I mean bearer. I think we could play a few rounds on that island in your picture though. What d'ya think?

Carol in CA said...

My daily paper is the Orange County Register, 7 days a week.

C.C. Burnikel said...

But do you know why MACLE is called "Twinned Crystal"? I am just so confused. I love amethyst earrings, the dangling ones, don't you?

"Santa Baby", do you speak fluent Spanish? Where are my theme answer desserts?

Ha ha, I also misread "Inuit" as "Intuit" and wrote down ESP first.

Carol in CA,
Thank you. I hope our other fellow solvers in CA can find this paper.

C.C. Burnikel said...

Barb B,
Some of Annabel Michaels' puzzles are very enjoyable. The grid of this puzzle actually looks very pretty. But I sure do not like the ICKY theme. I like sweet, beautiful, light and fun puzzles as you do.

I think it's very lazy for her to have ED, NESS, ING & EST clued as theme entries. She should have discarded those 4 and reworked the remaining theme answers into a 15*15 rather than stretching too hard for a 21*21.

Wow, very beautiful "Native American Women of R.C. Gorman". Thank you for letting me know.

By the way, you did not say "But still no DEW" today on my 60D flower link.

KittyB said...

"Let this be a learning experience." And it was. There were so many I didn't know, and that I couldn't find at Google, that I finally gave up and came to visit.

It has been pouring all weekend. I know it's nothing compared to what Ike has dropped in the south, but we're thinking about breaking out the swim fins. There are retention ponds on either side of the road just east of us, and this morning, there are barricades where they have met, flowing over the road.

I'm not complaining about the rain, because it is setting up the trees and shrubs to winter better, and I have more than enough to do inside.

I've made note of the answers I didn't know. Those of you who keep puzzle diaries, do you enter the answer alphabetically and then give the clue or definition? What's the best way to set up the diary?

Clear Ayes, I'm glad the bash was a success. *S*

I hope you all have a good day!

C.C. Burnikel said...

What's the difference between prefix DENTI and ODONTO? Who are the "DFFs friend of mine"? What does DFF stand for?

I don't keep a so-called puzzle diary. I think Carol does. Maybe she will chime in later and give you her advice.

JD said...

C.C. and Barb B : Thanks for putting the Van Gogh clip back on.He is my favorite artist, but only those paintings done while he was mentally ill, so sad.Monet is a close second, but only those painted in his garden in Arles.

Interesting "son of"story, Ken. I bet not too many people know that.

I also do not get the Sunday x/w, but I enjoy reading all your comments. Rhebok was new to me, and ocarina. Thanks for the pictures. Also, "You needed me" was lovely.I had forgotten that Brad was in that movie.

C.C. Burnikel said...

Also, Can you explain to me "Mud turtle in pond safer than man on horseback". I don't grok it.

I think "THELMA and Louise" is a break-through for Brad Pitt. I love Monet's water lilies.

Anonymous said...

Mistake's @101D and it's Nice, the city, which is French for 'one'...

lois said...

CC: I have no clue as to why macle is called the twinned crystals. I'd bet it's something drdad would be able to answer. As far as dangling earrings go, I prefer..uh...studs, wouldn't ya just know.

carol said...

Morning C.C. and all, No puzzle today, but always like to read your comments and see how everyone is doing.

Kittyb, I have kept a notebook of clues for quite awhile, I just started by first by heading up a page titled Actresses (this was because I knew so few of the newer ones)then I left a few pages blank so I could add more as needed. Next came Actors, Directors, Conductors, Singers,Authors etc...after all that, I just started with the alphabet so under "A"for instance I have listed Albanian coin: LEK or Alloy used in strong magnets: AlNICO. You can set yours up in any manner, of course, but this just worked for me. Mine grows all the time since a lot of the words are not in my c/w dictionary and sometimes not even in Google. I must admit I started this before I even knew to look on the computer for things. Hope the suggestions help you.

flyingears said...

Sounds like you are having some fun, aren't you? Which club is your favorite? The one you can hit a "LONG" shot?, or a club you can put the ball IN the hole? It's your choice...

DF was a double click to the Fs, but too late to correct it. I KNEW you would ask... He, he.

What Charlie Chan said was just his saying... How about this one?

Lee Chan: "What'ya going to do?"
Charlie Chan: "Cannot see contents of nut until shell is cracked."

Those are sayings of his movie...

Argyle said...

Not very interesting this week.

Public Places
Edited by Linda and Charles Preston
No constructor given
Tribune Media Services

21*21 78 black

3D: HI tourist attraction, 21 letter: Haleakala National Park
13D: CO tourist attraction, 21 letters: Mesa Verde National Park

22A: MI National Park, 10 letter: Isle Royale
24A: National Park and its st., 10 letters: Manassas VA

42A: UT National Park, 11 letters: Canyonlands
51A: WY/MT/ID National Park, 11 letters: Yellowstone
71A: AZ National Park, 11 letters: Grand Canyon
79A: CA national park, 11 letters: Kings Canyon

97A: OR National Park, 10 letters: Crater Lake
99A: National Park and pass of the Wilderness Rd., 10 letters: Cumberland

C.C. Burnikel said...

I've corrected the wrong entry. Thank you.

Studs? Oh, I see your taste. I prefer dangling earrings. It's longer, more sensuous and more dynamic.

Ha ha, I already forgot what LEK and AlNICO are.

Meh. "National Park" in the clue, "NATIONAL PARK" as answer. Horrible. So do you speak Spanish?

I still don't understand, what is on earth "mud turtle"? Why is it "safer than a man on horseback"?

Argyle said...

nope, no Spanish, no French, no esperante...and some time i don't talk English too good.

Anyone wanting to make "Santa Baby" tapes, send them to the North Pole, attn: Kris K

carol said...

Lois, I am sure you are referring to the "pierced" type of earring for the stud to easily slip into, rather than the "clip-on" type. ;)

C.C. Burnikel said...

I thought all the stud earrings are penetrative.

carol said...

C.C. yes, you are correct and I stand corrected. I saw "stud" and just got carried away. Guess there is no such thing as a "clip-on" stud....huh girls?
I've heard of "Snap-on-tools" but that's a whole different thing, right? :)

flyingears said...

It's called an aphorism (a Sunday word). Probably means that dancing with Charlie Chan is worst than trying to ride a horse IF one has never done it. The mud turtle lays comfortably in its bed, I guess... I really don't have a better reason for his quote...

And, lois,
To what "STUDS" art thou referring, ah?

Ken said...

@Lois: When I was there, I had to figure out my way off the freeway down the VaBeach streets to find my way. I finally found Oceania Blvd. (I think that's right) However, I was at the NC state line practically before it dawned on me that I must have passed the road to Dam Neck. I think, not sure, that the Dam Neck intersection is a stop light. Good grief.

Argyle said...

...and what do you say about those magnetic stud earrings? Good looking and attractive but don't actually penetrate..?

Barb B said...

"By the way, you did not say "But still no DEW" today on my 60D flower link."

Oops. Well, it isn't exactly like a tulip, is it?

Here's my comment

Beautiful RESEDA, but no dew. With the Morel shape of the RESEDA, some dew added to the picture would be interesting.

Clear Ayes said...

C.C. I was sure that Buckeye knew "And Now For Something Completely Different" was a Monty Python tagline. It was, as he said later, an instance of being successfully incorrect in the Rocky and Bullwinkle connection.

"if Parthenos the only daughter of Apollo? If she died prematurely, how can you and Buckeye have the same father in Apollo?"

"Why did Buckeye say "Clear Ayes, aren't you glad we left when we did? I was always suspicious of what happened to sister Parthenos."

Apparently, when recounting "Buckhellenic" mythology, we are free to add or subtract brothers and sisters at will. That being the case, I want to be "Artedite", goddess of MGM musicals, garage sales and pecan pie. (No reason other than those are things I like.)

"I always thought Dad and Adonis had a strange relationship."

Perhaps another instance of successful incorrectness. I think Buckeye may have "de-re-un-mis-confused" Adonis (a young and beautiful lover of Aphrodite) with Hyacinth, who was one of Apollo's young and beautiful male lovers. ("a strange relationship"). Apollo may have been responsible for Adonis' death by turning himself into a boar and then he killed Adonis to avenge his son Erymanthus, whom Aphrodite had blinded for having seen her while she bathed. But there is another story that it might have been Ares who killed Adonis.

No wonder Buckeye thought it was all for the best that we escaped the family at an early age!

I saw a mention of limericks earlier and added this one. I don't think we've seen it before.

The limerick packs laughs anatomical
Into space that is quite economical.
But the good ones I've seen
So seldom are clean -
And the clean ones so seldom are comical.

My brain is tired now. I think it's Sunday naptime.

Crockett1947 said...

Good afternoon, everyone. No puzzle for me, just comment reading/writing time. I always thought a STILE was steps over a fence. I've been over many of them and never felt that they had an element of control.

An OCARINA has a sweet whistling tone. I like it a lot.

BOSE also does home audio systems and some incredible speakers.

I think 126A would have been a gimme to me!

On 18D, SON of Frankenstein, SON of Mothra, SON of ..... etc.

@carol at 2:51 Sounds like you're out of harness there!

Have a great day!

IslandGirl said...

Thanks for TITANISM...had a total mind fart on Nodular with an "L" instead of an "R" and couldn't finish the puzzle over this stupid mistake. Had to look up rehbok, reseda, OLOR, and rupiah.

Wasn't as pleased with this puzzle...

Bill said...

CC. et al: Just lurking today. I don't get this xword so I just read the comments.
crockett1947: A stile can also be a TURNstile, as the controlled entrance to a subway.

DoesItinInk said...

There were a number of things in this puzzle I did not know: ARA, RPI, DAWES, ATRIP, SKEAN, ENA and RESEDA. Still despite a few guesses, I ended with only seven red squares!

I loved the clue for 22A: Stout's stout sleuth.

Can anyone explain the clue for 45D "Doors in Doors" with the answer WICKET GATE. Here is the picture I found of a WICKET GATE.

And RHEBOK. I have never seen this spelling. Should it have been noted as Afrikaans...or at least var.?

cc: The movie "Plein Soleil" was released in the US as "Purple Noon". A few years ago I found a copy on VHS. It was very interesting, not as Hollywood-ish as the Matt Damon film, and a little darker. Another Ripley film is "Ripley's Game" starring John Malkovich. This is a very good film that is worth watching. As with many of the characters that John Malkovich plays, his Ripley is quite sinister.

A propos Homer being buried on Ios. The Greek author Nikos Kazantzakis is buried on the island of Crete. His tombstone reads "I hope for nothing. I fear nothing. I am free." Very apt for the author of "Zorba the Greek". His most controversial book "The Last Temptation of Christ" was made into an excellent film by Martin Scorsese.

Crockett1947 said...

@bill Thanks a lot. I hadn't thought of that aspect.

Crockett1947 said...

So that would be one of these.

Bill said...

That would be exactly one of those. I looked for a picture and didn't readily find one, so I flew blind!!

Crockett1947 said...


"I grew up with three brothers. That's how I learned to be a morning person - so I wouldn't have to wait for the bathroom."


Anonymous said...

Late on starting this one. Driving potato truck in northern Red River Valley. Great spud crop this year. Buy Nodak reds!
Liked Icky Stuff, easy and fun for a Sunday puzzle. Titanism was new, Ono wasn't (again!)
Just checked on the Saturday comments. We've had nesting peregrines for a number of years on one of downtown's highrises. They're very noisy and they really scare the pigeons! We kayak on the Red River and see them soaring sometimes.
Happy Monday, everyone.

lois said...

Bea: where on the Red River do you kayak? I didn't know anybody used it for anything other than to go mudding and get really really dirty.

Flyingears: I prefer the studs with the longer poles. They stay in better and longer. As to my club preference? That depends on whether I want to avoid the rough or play with it. I'm always hoping for a hole in one, but regardless, I always get the balls in the hole. I'm very good with a putter. That's my favorite part of the game. I'm counting my number of birdies. Gotta love that game!

Anonymous said...

Lois: Just to make sure we're talking about the same Red River: ours flows north (Nort' in Norwegian Land), running north from Wahpeton ND to Winnipeg, with varying depths & widths throughout. We kayak & canoe in the Fargo area, portaging around the dams. Good fishing too, walleye (my favorite) near the dams, catfish (not my favorite) throughout. The local joke is about 3-headed catfish with 10 eyes, but in reality the river is very clean. I urge everyone to visit, and take the narrated river cruise (not available in January!).

lois said...

Bea: Well thank goodness. Your Red River is way up north. Mine is the border of Texas and Oklahoma. Never knew there was more than one first of all, and secondly I'm just so glad I didn't miss anything. Sounds pretty and fun. Mine is too if you appreciate the red mud and sparse foliage. Thanks, Bea. I can rest more easily.

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