Mar 22, 2009

Sunday March 22, 2009 Willy A. Wiseman

Theme: Parting Words

1A: With 132A: parting words to a hermit: FAREWELL,

132A: See 1A: MY LONELY ("Farewell, My Lovely")

27A: Parting words from a gambler: GOODBYE, MY CHIPS ("Goodbye, Mr. Chips")

36A: Parting words extended with a look: ALOHA STARE (Aloha State)

58A: With 61A: parting words to a swamp daddy: SEE YA PATER,

61A: See 58A: ALLIGATOR (See ya later, alligator)

70A: With 83A & 86A, parting words from Douglas Adams to a gossip: SO LONG, AND

83A: See 70A: THANKS FOR

86A: See 70A: ALL THE DISH ("So Long, and Thanks for All the Fish")

102A: Parting words in person: BYE BYE LIVE ("Bye Bye Love")

113A: Parting words when going to meet Mr. Reed: I'LL BE SEEING LOU ("I'll be Seeing You")

I only know "BYE BYE LOVE" , ALOHA STATE & "I'LL BE SEEING YOU". But it's not difficult to figure out what names the constructor was playing.

I still don't quite get why "a swamp daddy" is PATER. Also, the clue for RABIN (109D: Itzshak of Israel) is missing one letter Y. Or are Yitzshak and Itzshak the same?

Quite a few misstarts today. Wrote down EATS instead of AILS for 72D: Has something. And penned in PATSY instead of SOFTY for 70D: Easy mark. I don't know. After more than a year of solving Mr. Williams' puzzles, I still struggle mightily. Hard to read his mind.

Got a bit emotional solving this grid. Whatever you do, whereever you go, Mr. Williams, I wish you all the best. Thanks for the fun and frustrations.

I also want to take this opportunity to thank Philip J. Anderson, Diane C Baldwin, Matthew Higgins, Annabel Michaels, Alan P. Olschwang, Allan E. Parrish, Doug Peterson, Tom Pruce, Barry Silk, Norma Steinberg, Verna Suit, John Underwood, Ed Voile, Michael T. Williams, Stan B. Whitten, Robert H. Wolfe and other TMS Daily contributors. Thank you so much for the great puzzles. I look forward to seeing your byline in LA Times.


9A: Host of "Scientific American Frontiers": ALDA (Alan). I was unaware of this PBS program.

20A: Formal written defense: APOLOGIA. No problem this time.

22A: New version: REVISAL. New word to me.

25A: Outbreeding: EXOGAMY. Opposite of endogamy. Exo is prefix for "outer", and "endo" is prefix for "within". Both unknown to me.

26A: Classic TV sitcom equine: MR. ED

35A: Marketing starter?: TELE. Telemarketing.

50A: Arquette of "Desperately Seeing Susan": ROSANNA. Googled her name. Very unusual surname, Arquette.

53A: Hoover Dam's lake: MEAD. Have never been here before.

64A: Verdi classic: AIDA. Can you believe it debuted in Cairo in 1871?

69A: Tahleuah, OK school: NSU (Northeastern State University). Easy guess. I don't know where Tahleuash, OK is.

93A: Evening in Montmartre: SOIR. Lingered in Montmartre for a long time trying to feel Monet & van Gogh. Also went to Sacré-Cœur. My first time ever in a church.

99A: Little lion of stars: LEO MINOR. Here is a diagram.

104A: Cat's-paw: DUPE. "Cat's-paw" is a new word to me.

120A: Utah ski resort: ALTA. Thought of Liam Neeson's wife. She was actually alright immediately after the skiing fall and she refused the medical help.

121A: Sibyl: DIVINER. Cassandra is one, though no one would ever believe what she divined.

123A: Man from Windhoek: NAMIBIAN. Windhoek is the capital of Namibia. New to me. The letter W is pronounced like V, strange.

1129A: Like raw footage: UNEDITED

130A: Heads side of a coin: OBVERSE. Vs. REVERSE.


1D: Granges: FARMS. I used to confuse "Grange" with "Grunge".

7D: Half of CIV: LII. Roman 52. The number of weeks for Caesar. Did they have Sunday off at that time?

8D: Pioneer director: LANG. Have never heard of Fritz LANG. "Pioneer" for what?

9D: If all goes wrong: AT WORST

10D: Navigation guide (var.): LOADSTAR. Variant of lodestar. Neither is a familiar word to me.

14D: Compound radical: HEXYL. The last 2 letters "yl" is a suffix used in the names of radicals, like "ethyl". Dictionary defines HEXYL as "the hydrocarbon radical", whatever that is.

15D: Shorebirds with upturned beaks: AVOCETS. Forgot. They belong to the same wading family as stilts. OK, her beak does seem to turn upward.

33D: Book after Daniel: HOSEA. Before Joel.

37D: Preliminary race: HEAT. Why is it called HEAT? Because the competitions are heated?

39D: Barrett or Jaffe: RONA. RONA Barrett is the gossip columnist. And RONA Jaffe was a novelist. Learned their name from doing Xwords.

41D: Vishnu incarnation: RAMA. No idea. RAMA is a she?

42D: First ceremony: INITIATION

43D: Nightmarish Belgian artist: ENSOR (James). Unknown to me. It does look nightmarish. I was thinking of Edvard Munch and his "The Scream", but he was from Norway.

44D: Pelvic bones: SACRA. Singular is sacrum. Unknown to me. I don't know its Chinese equivalent either. I definitely don't know my body. Such strange sacr-prefix, what's so sacred about that bone?

47D: Actress Frances: STERNHAGEN. Googled her name. I like the way she looks.

48D: Legumes with oily seeds: SOYAS. I've never called them as SOYAS, always soybeans.

59D: Wild way to run?: AMUCK. Need a "Var." mark.

62D: "Beau __": GESTE. Saw this clue a few times when I first started solving TMS puzzle in 2008. Is the movie good?

76D: "Chico and the Man" co-star: CHARO. Holy cow! Look at her original long name, and look at her body. Are they real? I would never have gotten the answer without across fills.

80D: Tuesday before Ash Wednesday: SHROVE. No idea. I only know Fat Tuesday.

81D: Analogy phrase: IS TO

85D: Mcllroy of golf: RORY. Uh-uh, no, can't recall his name. He looks like Tony Blaire. I used to follow European Tour when Adam Scott was playing.

88D: Promo link: TIE-IN. Should be the full term "Promotional link", as the answer is not abbreviated.

92D: "12 Angry Men": ED BEGLEY. Maybe Chris in LA knows. I can only remember Henry Fonda.

96D: Horizontal expander: WIDENER. So the "Vertical expander" would be DEEPENER? Made-up words.

98D: "__ in Gaza": EYELESS. Here is the book cover, written by Aldous Huxley.

103D: "Do Ya" grp.: ELO. Every crossword constructor's three letter go-to music grp due to its unique letter combination. See the clip.

106D: Intrinsically: PER SE

111D: Madame de __: STAEL. Got her name from crossing fills. Had a quick google afterward, then realized I had searched for her before. Her life sounded very complicated.

112D: Actress Jessica: TANDY. Unknown to me. She won an Oscar for "Driving Miss Daisy". She was also a Tony winner for her Blanche DuBois role in "A Streetcar Named Desire". I watched Vivien Leigh's movie. Very heavy. Not my type.

115D: Ukrainian city: LVOV. Also LVIV. On the upper left corner. Wikipedia says part of "Schindler's List" was shot here. My answer was KIEV.

116D: Fast food: BITE. Okey-dokey, I suppose "Grab a BITE" means "Eat it fast".



C.C. Burnikel said...

Abogato in Alabama and all Canadian Sunday-only solvers,
Here it is. The last TMS Daily puzzle. Thanks for spending every Sunday with us in the past year. I hope you will give LA Times Daily a try. You can print out the puzzle from their website.

My husband used to help me with slang, sports, old TV/movie stars, etc. But now I am getting better. I publish my blog every morning before he wakes up. He is a Sudoku guy.

All Gravy No Grief,
I understand your frustration about LA Times Friday & Saturday puzzles. They are indeed very tough. But don't give up. Their Monday to Wednesday puzzles are of similar difficulty level as TMS Daily.

C.C. Burnikel said...

Chris in LA,
I think we will have lots of "Aha" with Rich Norris puzzles. I expect ANE would not be clued "Chemist's suffix" all the time. We will see AN E.

I love reading your Twins report.

Lola & Doreen,
You really should contribute here often. Both of you are so funny. Doreen, probably it's a myth that Nero fiddled. If he did, he might have fiddled with his lyre, as Wolfmom said.

Thanks for Piper Laurie and "The Hustler" connection. Loved the movie, did not pay attention to who played the girl Sarah.

C.C. Burnikel said...

Boy, you are observant. I did not even see the long tailed animal in the ABELE link. Can't tell what it is. Is there any age difference between Étudiants or Élèves? How about an adult who goes back to school to receive a high school diploma? Do you call him Étudiant or Élève? "I must have sounded really cheesed off about the students earlier." What does "cheese off" mean? I did not know the ç before a, o & u rule. Thanks.

Without Barry G, I would not have figured out how to capture the screen answer grid. Had no idea that you are so into March Madness.

Clear Ayes,
Oh my goodness gracious! I thought the LISP clue refers to Sylvester Stallone (did not read Martin & Dennis's earlier posts carefully).

C.C. Burnikel said...

Tim Pawlenty is a realist. He won't turn down any stimulation, economic or not.

Thanks for the note. It will be hard to adjust to a new crossword style. But you won't be alone.

Thanks for PLEBE. I totally forgot about West Point. Your 2:58pm quote reminds me of my grandma's idea of "respect". She always told me to respect others "a foot" if others respect me "an inch".

Chris in LA said...


A long goodbye from Mr. Wiseman, huh?

PATER is Latin for "father" (or "daddy"?)

Looking forward to LAT (hopefully, no message in my newspaper yet).

Happy Sunday all!

Anonymous said...

Did you see where there will be another blog also dedicated to the LA Times C.C.? Check out The Crossword Fiend.

The L.A. Times crossword will also receive more focused attention in the blogosphere, as Rex Parker, PuzzleGirl, and I are launching a Rex-type (multimedia!) team blog dedicated to it. We plan to cover the 15x15 puzzles published Monday through Saturday, the syndicated Sunday puzzle edited by Rich Norris (syndicated nationwide but not printed in the L.A. Times newspaper), and Sylvia Bursztyn's Sunday Calendar puzzle (printed in the L.A. Times). URL to come when we start up, which may be as soon as Monday, March 23.

C.C. Burnikel said...

I actually hope to see Williams' byline in LA Times or NY Times someday. He is a good constructor. Why "swamp daddy" then?

Anonymous @ 6:31am,
Is that you who linked the news last night also? Thanks.

Yes, I remember clearly HAOLE, just could not figure out why you put that word in your explanation for Exegesis. Thanks for ERNESTO Maserati & Deus.

"Shock and awwwww..." I hope your paper carries the same puzzles as ours next week. I like ewe. Don't be so sheepish in your comments, OK? Hope you've downloaded Firefox. It has a in-built spell check.

Anonymous said...

Yes, that was me C.C.. I posted it on the wrong day and thought you might have missed it-that's why I reposted today.

Anonymous said...

Good morning C.C.

I hope it does too - I'd be a lost ball in high weeds without it. Ours is a Scripps paper - have no idea about the puzzle.

I like ewe too, schweet harrt.

Your sheepish hayraker

Anonymous said...

I am not sure exactly what crossword with come out next Sunday.The local paper is the Birmingham News But I have enjoyed the various discussion about the Sunday puzzle and the various authors. I particularly like the Mr. Wiseman aks williams puzzles because you do need esp to solve that tough puzzle. ( for example Goodbye my chips ??? The best example is this week's one that seems to be just barely on the edge of rasonableness. But it was a great one and should make the crossword "Hall of Fame". I want to thank you expecially the links to other sites to fill out the knowledge about the answers. That has been a treat.

hope to see you again

abogato in Alabama

PS. My wife and I just got back from a winter sled trip to Yellowstone Park. We spend about three days rding around the part.( It is 2.2 million acres) Great place. The name of the outfitters was "goosewing" on the net

kazie said...

Cheesed off just means the same as pissed off, only it's an aussie-ism, I guess.
If you were in a church for the first time at Sacré Cœur, that would be a great one for that experience. It's one of my favorites. Maybe it's the historic setting, and thinking of all the artists who lived in that area, maybe it's the whole atmosphere of the place, seeming to be more of a real church than many of the great cathedrals in Europe. But I love to just sit and contemplate there.

kazie said...

I forgot in my haste--going to be gone all day today. I would call returning adult students étudiants, élèves just sounds too childish. Mind you, in France, not as many would be returning to high school courses because they have different exit strategies/grade levels and post-high school options available to them, unlike here.

Lemonade714 said...

Good day all:

Asking about the movie “Beau Geste” is difficult as it has been made about 5 times, including an entertaining parody with Marty Feldman, who had become famous for his role as IGOR in “Young Frankenstein.” Beau Geste

Two of my sons friends from high school are film majors in college, and they are taught that “Metropolis” a silent movie predicting the mechanized age, and “M” which starred one of my favorite actors, Peter Lorre, and began the genre film noir.
Fritz Lang.

Cliff Arquette was a radio personality, who developed a second career on the old Jack Paar (yes, once again) “Tonight Show” and went on to a career on Hollywood Squares, as the very witty corner square, with Paul Lynde as the center square. He also is the grandfather of a slew of Arquettes, Roseanne, Patricia and Courtney Cox’s husband, David.

Ed Begley, Sr., was a fine actor, who an Oscar, I think, but I remember a fine film of the film noir school, “Sorry Wrong Number.”

Jessica Tandy and her husband Hume Cronyn, were both wonderful actors, both on Broadway and in film.

CA, WM and Linda, Elissa, Kazie, Barry and PMT, always interesting discussions; thanks.

Clear Ayes said...

Good Morning All, I hope next Sunday, I'll be able to join in the discussion...or will it be moaning?

It's time to say good-bye to our TMS daily puzzle and greet the L.A. Times with a smile. We've given editor Wayne Williams some pretty severe criticism in the past. I hope he doesn't have any hard feelings. The following poem is a verse from George Gordon, Lord Byron's narrative poem, Childe Harold's Pilgrimage. But if we look at it out of the corners of our eyes, we might think that Willy A. Wiseman himself wrote it.

From Canto IV

My task is done, my song hath ceased, my theme
Has died into an echo; it is fit
The spell should break of this protracted dream.
The torch shall be extinguish'd which hath lit
My midnight lamp -- and what is writ, is writ;
Would it were worthier! but I am not now
That which I have been -- and my visions flit
Less palpably before me -- and the glow
Which, in my spirit dwelt is fluttering, faint, and low.

Anonymous said...

Hi --
I really enjoy your website and go there whenever I get stuck on a puzzle. However, my friend and I can still not figure out "Cards for Two". Did anyone ever come up with the answer?


WM said...

C.C.@6:22am... are so funny! I think Pawlenty, from what I have seen of him is kind of like our very own "Governator"...He (AS)tends to think outside the box and try to what what is best or necessary for the state...I may not always agree with him but he is definitely his own man...

I don't know if our paper will switch entirely over to the LAT because they do have the NYT Sunday puzzle...I AM getting slowly better at those...I probably managed about 95% today without peeking at answers...very cute theme today and easy to get.

CA: What a really lovely and appropriate poem...definitely a signing off. I do hope that we actully get to do a few Williams puzzles, editied by Norris...

Wind, Hail, Rain, "Cold" weather and we we just started Spring... It looks like March is coming like a Lion and going out like a Lion...the Lamb will apparently have to wait for April.

Will be interesting to see where we all end up on Monday. 80)


Thomas said...

Hello C.C. & all.
Wonderful windup with Willy Wiseman.

Had some head-scratchers.. the exogamy/hexyl cross.. Stael.. amuck [agree, needs a var.].. Lvov was a WAG, but it really couldn't be anything else.. Ensor from the perps.

All in all, a good solve and goodbye. Won't say good riddance, because the TMS puzzles have provided so many hours of pleasure, on the whole, for so many years.

Doesn't Joe Mauer's injury have something to do with one of his sacra? That's what helped me get that one.

Is Pater german or latin for father? Thinking german from some long ago college german classes.

Looking forward to a new beginning tomorrow, hope everyone hangs on to this blog. I would hate to miss any one of you and your comments.

So long for now, and Go Gophers!! [the girls are in the NCAA bball tourney, right now!]

TJ in Osseo

Thomas said...

Looked it up..
Pater is Latin, you were right CinLA!
Vater is german. D'oh!
Close but no cigar..

Sheepish TJ in Osseo

Anonymous said...

Hello, C.C. et al. Everyone is being so polite about today's xword. I thought it was awful because I didn't grok to song titles, most of which I wouldn't have known anyhow. But I truly object to professional rubber. (My husband suggested trojans.) A masseuse doesn't rub!
In any event, I hope all you regulars as well as some new ones hang on to this blog. It is an important part of our lives, and really does feel like family.
See you tomorrow.

Anonymous said...

About the city of Lvov; go here:


Clear Ayes said...

I'm with Wolfmom. I don't always agree with Arnold, but he does try to work across party lines (usually not successfully LOL) to figure out how to keep our big lumbering state plodding on. AND, to his immense credit, he doesn't take a dime of salary.

Lemonade714, Lots of good showbiz information there.

Ed Begley won an Supporting Actor Academy Award in 1962 for Sweet Bird of Youth. Hurray!! Another opportunity to link Paul Newman Sweet Bird of Youth trailer. Ed Begley shows up around 1:49, but who cares when you can see P.N. without a shirt?

BTW, Ed Begley Jr. is a wonderful actor who has appeared in St. Elsewhere and Christopher Guest's mock-documentaries, This Is Spinal Tap, Waiting For Guffman, Best In Show and A Mighty Wind. He is also a very well known environmentalist who, in addition to "talking the talk", he "walks the walk", by using solar and wind power in his home, recycling, driving an electric car, and adopting a vegan diet.

I loved Cliff Arquette as "Charley Weaver". His letters from home,"Mount Idy" were so funny. He also described life "out at the Home", where "Charley" had retired. Hmmm, I wonder if Buckeye has checked out a Charley Weaver handbook?

T. Frank said...

Hello, all,

Not having access to the TMS Sunday puzzle, I downloaded the LA Times and solved it successfully. It was challenging, not anything like yesterday's version, which was impossible for me.

I have been working the TMS puzzle for years, even though I stumbled upon this great blog only a few months ago. I will miss him.

DoesItinInk said...

Five incorrect squares. Not bad for a Sunday puzzle done in snatches of time and in haste. With no crosses to help, I filled in 70A, 83A and 86A immediately. I loved the Hitchhiker Trilogy – pentology actually, though the last two were very weak. I often quote the books, including god’s final message to the universe (spelled out letter by letter as in the HOLLYWOOD sign)…S-O-R-R-Y-F-O-R-T-H-E-I-N-C-O-N-V-I-E-N-C-E! Adams was an incredibly creative person who unfortunately died suddenly of a heart attack at age 49. Our loss!

“Classic TV sitcom equine” clue for 26A…I hope “classic” is used in the sense of “old” rather than “of high art/quality”. Mr. Ed was among the most inane tv programs ever produced, right up there with Alf.

Desperately Seeking Susan was a very good film from the mid-80s that also starred Madonna. I have thought of this film from time to time. Perhaps this reminder of it this prompt me to rent it!

@cc…Rama is a HE, not a she.

I take exception to the clue for 101A…”Italian director Carlo”. Carlo PONTI is a producer, not a director.

Initially I tried to work Bosch into 43D “nightmarish Belgian artist”. But Bosch is Dutch, not Belgian, though his paintings are sometimes very nightmarish as in this The Last Judgment.

@cc…regarding Windhoek. The name sounded very Dutch to me, though I was not aware of the Boers having settled in Namibia. When I check Wiki though, I found that “The last group to arrive in Namibia before the Europeans were the Basters – descendants of Boer men and African women (mostly Nama).”

KQ said...

Wow, not a lot of posts today. CC, it took until I read your blog to get the "pater" part of it. I knew it had to be a p but just couldn't get that figured out!

As I am trying to reformat my computer while I do the crossword, I was having a hard time figuring out how the long clues worked. I had to google a few items, but got the better portion. Had to just come and look when I could get back online. Just don't have the time to work through it all.

My daughter was selected Big Ten golfer of the week. We are so proud of her. Grandpa called this am to tell us of the achievement. A first for her. He found out before she did as it was in his local paper.

Rain coming here. We wish the best to those in western Minnesota that are preparing for flooding. Happy Spring.

BorowskiFan said...

I agree with Sallie; didn't like the xword puzzle today at all (sorry!).

It will be interesting to see which crossword shows up as the Strib's Sunday crossword. At the top of the crossword page in today's Strib, it says that tomorrow's crossword will be from Newsday.

WM said...

FINALLY just finished the Fri and Sat LAT xwords. Noticed that the Sat was by Doug Peterson. Both were tough and I needed a bit of help to finish. I am sure it will get better in the future.

Everyone must be watching Basketball!

Dennis said...

Karen Q, wow, 'Big Ten golfer of the week' - that's just outstanding - you have every reason to be proud. What are her plans for the future?

Dennis said...

Oh, and still nothing in the Philadelphia Inquirer about any transition; tomorrow should be interesting.

tobylee said...

Only did the Premier/Longo puzzled and was able to get through with some whiteout! A fun theme ran through it. We will have a few more weeks of tests in the Oregonian, so I will be doing mine online to keep up with the group.
KarenQ, congratulations, what a nice award. The best part is that she has a sport that she can use all of her life.
DoesIthink, wow, you don't like ALF!! Many people think we are nuts, but Alfism's float through our conversations. The kids loved him, and I loved Willie,who was just trying to get along and do the right thing. My middle son would watch on the little TV on the fridge while he made chocolate chip cookies for the family. My husband had the family TV on Monday night football. I am pleased to say that son graduated from college,has a good job, has a beautiful family where he helps his wife and shares the care of the kids. That is not just Mom talking his wife says she doesn't know how she would do it without him.

Clear Ayes said...

Doesitinink, You have motivated me to reread my collection of Hitchhiker's Guides. You're right, the first three were the best written, but once you start reading, you have to finish up the fourth and fifth. I had immediately liked the advice, "Don't Panic". I can only hope that the last title, Mostly Harmless is true, at least in the wider universal sense.

PromiseMeThis, In response to yesterday's 19 years old..6'3" Trust me, quoting Sex And The City, "he's just not that into you" I mean that both literally and figuratively. ;o)

Sallie, I never saw Alf, but regardless of what he is watching on TV, I think any boy who spends time in the kitchen making chocolate chip cookies is on the right road to being a good husband and dad. You must have taken the time to teach him. Good for you.

I taught both my grandsons to make choc-chip cookies. They aren't married yet, but they haven't been arrested, are still in school, and aren't addicts or far, so good.

Anonymous said...

hi there.

i check this blog every sunday right before i'm finished with a puzzle to help me out on a few clues i'm stumped with. i noticed the announcement today about wayne r. williams with great sadness. i tried looking around online for more "hard" news, but didn't find much. i guess what i'm wondering is, since i live (near) chicago, could my sunday paper still have an WRW puzzle, since it's "local" (meaning, they don't syndicate to themselves)? or is he "officially" done? obviously, today's puzzle would indicate that, but then, reading some comments, it seems it's possible his puzzles might appear again some day?

sorry. these may like sound naive/dumb questions, i know. i am just not familiar with the inner-workings of newspapers too well...what i do know, is that i LOVE my wayne robert williams puzzles. i'm in shock that they likely won't be apart of my sundays anymore. please someone reply if you can/if you know with the proverbial "straight dope" on the situation...

Lemonade714 said...


Great news about your daughter; it has been a very good week for the big ten; I saw Minnesota's lady b-ballers win today, going to the sweet 16 with many others.

I have had the pleasure of working with some of the LPGA golfers, so I know that the trip from college golf to the tour, while requiring lots of work, is possible. Good luck wherever it takes her.

Anonymous said...

ClearAyes, you mixed my comments with Tobylee's, although both my very adult sons (50s) cook for their families. But not chocolate chip cookies, to my knowledge.

Karen Q, may I add my congratulations on your daughter's triumph. Agree with comments about it, although I know nothing about golf. As I live in Naples, FL, I know that it is a life-long sport for those who indulge.

Looking forward to tomorrow.

kazie said...

As far as we know, Williams is retiring as a puzzle editor, but there's hope that some of the puzzles he constructs may still get published. Not every paper has announced what they are replacing the Tribune puzzles with, but our best guess is that most will go to L.A. Times puzzles, which can be found at LAT, in case your paper doesn't carry it. That's what c.c. plans to continue blogging.

Clear Ayes said...

Ooops, Sorry Tobylee and Sallie too. I didn't check back on the original post. Or maybe I just forgot in the time it took me to scroll up/down and then type my post (about 90 seconds?). That happens a lot too.

At any rate, I'm always glad to hear about men who aren't shy about doing a share of the cooking and cleaning. Congratulations to all the moms and dads who have taught them.

Deepak Gopinath said...

Hi from India,
Didn't check the blog as I don't see the Sun CW anywhere on line
CC regarding your comment

41D: Vishnu incarnation: RAMA. No idea. RAMA is a she?

Lord Rama is most definitely a he. Most of the pictures you see of Indian Gods look effeminate and to add to the confusion they are shown with long hair, ear-rings etc, I can see why you raised the doubt.

Anonymous said...


thanks, i'm glad someone responded. i was thinking my post might get ignored (i'm not much of a forum-poster, in general, and i can only imagine what it seems like when you have a nice little community of folks & some random dude comes in and asks a question that you have already been discussing for weeks).

i figured your response was what was loosely going on (and confirmed monday morning; local chicago tribune editions had the LA times crossword). i guess i was just a bit in shock, and going through some denial. bummer.

i've already got the trib's sunday crossword omnibus edited by WRW in my amazon cart. maybe that will keep me satisfied for a while (assuming i don't remember puzzles i've alread done!).

one last question: does anyone know if the aforementioned "omnibus" merely reprints "volumes 1-5"? the omnibus is 250 puzzles, and the individual volumes are 50 puzzles each, so i assume so, but again, it's hard to find specifics online.

anyway, thanks again (and sorry for the typos in my previous post; ugh). i've really enjoyed using this blog as a resource, and if i happen to give the LA times crossword a try (i'm sure i will, once i get over my disappointment), i'll be sure & check here for tips.


C.C. Burnikel said...

Anon @ 9:03am,
I've answered part of your questions in my Monday (March 23) comments. Here is my response again:

"Anon in Chicago,
No more Wayne R. Williams TMS Daily or Sunday on Chicago Tribune. It's discontinued permanently. You can find his puzzle books in Barnes & Noble if you really like his style."

I don't know anything about your Wayne R Williams omnibus puzzle. But I've copied and pasted your question to Monday's Comments section. Maybe someone will reply to you there. Solvers normally don't come back to an old entry.

C.C. Burnikel said...

Oh, one more note, Anon
Don't ever hesitate if you have any question. We were all strangers once.

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