Jun 8, 2017

Thursday, June 8 2017 Jeffrey Wechsler

Theme: Cervantes Shout-Out - all the theme answers are connected by the protagonist in Miguel's two-part classic novel "El ingenioso hidalgo don Quixote de la Mancha"

17A. 60-Across' noble status : KNIGHTHOOD. Possibly self-appointed though.

24A. 60-Across' home : LA MANCHA. "Somewhere in La Mancha in a place I do not care to remember ..."

49A. 60-Across' beloved : DULCINEA. "... her neck alabaster, her bosom marble, her hands ivory ..."

60A. Classic character whose exploits inspired the phrase in this puzzle's circles : DON QUIXOTE

Here he is doing that very thing:

Buenos dias! Jeffrey takes us on a literary tour with his theme, and nicely done. Four solid theme entries and a 15-letter diagonal grid-spanner gives the puzzle a nice structure. Two pairs of 9's in the downs underpin a really nice construction. I basically solved this in an anti-clockwise direction finishing up with HANES.

In a fun coincidence, Terry Gilliam, the ex-Monty Python actor and noted film director, announced on Tuesday that he had finally finished his Don Quixote movie, which was 17 years in the making and was such a disastrous production that the attempts to make it were themselves the subject of a documentary. Here's the full tale, courtesy of The Guardian newspaper.


1. Sting, essentially : TRAP.

5. Wingding : BASH. Or one of the symbols in the Wingdings font in Microsoft Word.

9. Word often improperly punctuated : ITS. Drives me nuts. It's, its. Use the mnemonic "It's an apostrophe" if you're not sure.

12. Small stream : RILL

13. Satellite radio giant : SIRIUS. It's actually SiriusXM. Not sure I like the clue.

15. "__ lied" : SO I

16. Jackie Robinson Stadium sch. team : UCLA. You can see the field from the 405 freeway in Westwood.

19. "Bother someone else!" : SCAT!

20. Footnote term : IDEM. "The same" to reference a previously-cited source.

21. Collagist's supply : PASTE. This didn't come easily. Pasting collage materials onto the work.

22. Musical impediment : TIN EAR

26. Well-suited : APT

27. "O god of battles! __ my soldiers' hearts": Henry V : STEEL. I tried STILL first, and then realized that's probably not what Henry would want to happen to his army.

28. Be obstreperous : ACT UP

31. White House section : WING

34. Bunch : SLEW

36. See 42-Down : D'OR. Just to annoy the cross-reference dislikers even more, this two-parter even comes out of order. I've never heard of the opera, but high school French lessons rendered the translation without any great effort.

37. Bringers of great relief : SAVIORS

40. Spanish pronoun : ESO

41. ESPN's Hershiser : OREL

43. Johnny who was the last pitcher to face Babe Ruth : SAIN. The Boston Braves didn't have much depth in pitching, hence "Spahn and Sain and pray for rain".

First we'll use Spahn
then we'll use Sain
Then an off day
followed by rain
Back will come Spahn
followed by Sain
And followed
we hope
by two days of rain.

44. Catcher on the ranch : LASSO

46. Thinks : DEEMS

48. Racket : DIN

52. "Turn up the thermostat!" : I'M COLD!

56. Hunter on high : ORION. One of the more recognizable constellations.

57. Wolverine, for one : X-MAN

59. Hipbone prefix : ILIO-

62. Some annexes : ELLS

63. Santana's "__ Como Va" : OYE. First recorded by Tito Puente back in 1963. Carlos' version is the best known.

64. Hurries : SCOOTS

65. Khartoum waterway : NILE

66. Sautéing sound : SSS

67. Top 500? : INDY. Nice clue. King of the 500-lap races, the Indianapolis 500.

68. Hole starters : TEES


1. Many a charitable organization : TRUST

2. "The Addams Family" film actress : RICCI. Christina Ricci played Wednesday Addams.

3. Macabre fiction middle name : ALLAN. Edgar Poe.

4. Almost all of Tibet : PLATEAU. The bit of Tibet that isn't on the plateau is decidedly hilly. Or Himalayan, if you prefer.

5. Tight spot : BIND

6. Disney mermaid : ARIEL. I always hesitate deciding between an E and an A.

7. Summation symbol in math : SIGMA

8. "Come again?" : HUH?

9. Like some triangles : ISOSCELES. Took me a couple of cracks to spell this correctly.

10. Ineffective : TOOTHLESS. Dentist visit today. I hope I don't come back in this condition.

11. Record half : SIDE A

13. Part of a Girl Scout uniform : SKIRT. Really? Can't they wear shorts?

14. Mar. honoree : ST. PAT. St. Patrick more formally. NEVER St. Patty.

18. Playtex sister brand : HANES. News to me.

23. They run on cells : APPS. Cellphones. Tricky little clue.

25. Catholic title: Abbr. : MSGR. Monsignor. Big cheeses, but not as big cheeses as the cardinals or the Pope.

28. Fuss : ADO

29. Pants with texture : CORDUROYS. It's not from "Corde du Roi", contrary to popular opinion.

30. Natural boundaries : TREELINES

31. One of two states formed during the U.S. Civil War : W. VA. I didn't need crosses for this. Yay me!

32. Sundial marking : III. I never understand why VIII is allowed on clocks and sundials, because it breaks the roman numeral rules. It should be IIX.

33. Payment beginning? : NON-

35. Try to win : WOO

38. Gp. with common interests : ASSN.

39. Long, as odds : SLIM

42. With 36-Across, French title of a Rimsky-Korsakov opera that translates to "The Golden Rooster" : LE COQ. Here's a bottle of pineau, an aperitif  from the Cognac region of France.

45. __ history : ANCIENT

47. Without : MINUS

48. Eats well : DINES

49. Extinct birds : DODOS

50. Half a 1999 gas merger : EXXON. Merged with Mobil. The deal was announced in 1998, but closed in 1999.

51. In __: sullen : A MOOD. What if you're in a good mood? Can't you be "in a mood" and happy?

53. Stan's partner : OLLIE

54. De Gaulle's birthplace : LILLE. Nice place, close to the Belgian border.

55. Prescription indications : DOSES

58. DOJ employee : ATTY.

61. Here, in Le Havre : ICI. Quite a bit of French today.

Fin. C'est tout, mes amis!


Notes from C.C.: 
The Sixth Minnesota Crossword Tournament will be held at the beautiful Landmark Center in Saint Paul on Sunday, June 11, 2017. 

Constructors include our puzzle master Jeffrey Jeffrey Wechsler, Christopher Adams, George Barany, Victor Barocas (also our editor), David Hanson, Andy Kravis, Mark McClain, Andrea Carla Michaels, David Liben-Nowell, Tom Pepper and Andrew J. Ries.

Jeffrey is  flying to St. Paul again this year to help the tournament. Thank you so much, Jeffrey, you're the best!


fermatprime said...

Hi everyone!

Thanks to Jeffrey and Steve!

Nice puzzle. Especially like Man of La Mancha. Went to see it eons ago. Unfortunately, Jose Ferrer had replaced Howard Keel that day!

Did not know SAIN and UCLA. Otherwise was pretty nice. Liked reference to Le Coq d'Or.

Have a great day!

OwenKL said...

The prescience of the Blog: both Wilbur and Big Easy used MONSIEUR yesterday, in two unrelated contexts! AFAICT, MONSIEUR and MONSIGNOR are variants of the same French word, informal and formal.


Went to BASH WINDMILLS for a hot mama!
Dementia, some blame,
Others said he's insane!
DULCINEA? Why that was his favorite marijuana!

desper-otto said...

Good morning!

OK, how come the name is key-hote'-eh, but the adjective is qwix-aht'-ic? InSAIN, I say. That long diagonal was very nice. Thanx, Jeffrey Jeffrey and Steve.

MSGR: Anybody want to buy a monastery? The 5-acre one up the street from me just went on sale. No, they don't believe the antichrist has arrived in D.C., and the end of days are upon us. The local nuns are merging with an order in San Antonio and moving there.

The AC crapped out yesterday. Repairman is scheduled to arrive at 9, so we need to complete our walk early this morning. We're lucky that temps last night dipped into the 60's, so it was possible to sleep without AC.

TTP said...

Good morning. Thank you Jeffrey and thank you Steve.

Let me get this out on the table: I've never read DON QUIXOTE, so this was a bear. Glad I do the puzzle in a medium that allows me to type-over incorrect answers without all of the smear.

Shoo to SCAT. IBID to IDEM. Ela to ESO. OYa to OYE. MNGR to MSGR.

Wasn't fooled by Wolverine, and EXXON was a gimme. In fact, there were a number of gimmes. There were enough footholds to lead me to a completed grid. As I changed what was left of my initial 'nerve' to STEEL to fix the last of my mess in that area, I thought for sure I was going to hear the TADA.

But no, it wasn't to be. So I finally turned on red letter help, and the s OsLIE lit up. I had started with with oseo there. Nuts ! I know Stan's partner is OLLIE, and that would have been a gimme had I read the clue.

ITS - Yes, I know I am guilty. I always want to show possession or ownership to the thing that was already mentioned. A mental block that is too deeply ingrained.

Hungry Mother said...

Enjoyed this puzzle and enjoyed my visit to a windmill on the Plains of La Mancha in 2003.

Lemonade714 said...

What a delightful puzzle from JW, highlighted by the TILTATWINDMILLS diagonal. I love visual add-ons in a puzzle and this was fun. When I was in college, I was an English minor and I took many classes with my two brothers. We had one professor who spent half a year on the study of Don Quixote and Cervantes. The major discussion was the creation of myth is reality, reality is myth. The book may be the greatest book ever written that focused on that dichotomy.

Thank you Steve and JW

Jinx in Norfolk said...

I dreamed the impossible dream of completing today's JW special. Couldn't remember how to spell QUIXOTE to save my skin, so I looked it up and got DULCINEA, a total unknown, to boot. I knew that I had misspelled ISOSCELES as well, so that was my other cheat. Got the rest without help or error, although the eraser got a good workout.

I once worked for the State of West (by God) Virginia at the Marshall University PBS station. I thought it was odd that we had a paid holiday for confederate memorial day, even though WV became a state by declaring its loyalty to the union and breaking away from Virginia. I took the holiday gratefully.

Thanks to Jeffrey for a fine Friday puzzle. I wonder if we'll get a Thursday puzzle tomorrow. And thanks to Steve for another solid tour through the grid.

Spitzboov said...

Good morning everyone.

Favorite clue was for TEES. I had awls,first. Great puzzle again from Jeff. No problems solving and the theme made it easier.
KNIGHT. German Ritter. The cognate word, Knecht, means servant, man-servant, or farm laborer. The Low-German Rekenknecht means: Computer.

D-O. At the time I attended RPI, there was a Cloister adjacent to the football field, with a high chain-link fence around it. Well, as time went on, the Cloister became less viable, and RPI needed to expand its campus. So it bought the Cloister and its acreage, and embarked on a substantial building program and converted the Cloister into a computer center. I've heard that, architecturally, it was not a good fit.

Yellowrocks said...

Wow! Fantastic puzzle. The NW filled quickly, so my diagonal circles already said TILTA. Then KNIGHT perped and wagged in. Aha! TILT AT WINDMILLS. That made the rest easy.
60 A gave me DON QUIXOTE, then DULCINEA and LA MANCHA. I love that musical. I have never read the Cervantes story in English, but we read a very small portion in Spanish class. I have seen the musical many times.
The NE was the last to fall. I wanted "too" something for a long time. The H in LA MANCHA gave me TOOTHLESS. Can someone who is constantly showing his fangs, still be toothless?
I knew of Le Coq d'Or but never listened to it. Just now I played a Lily Pons aria from it.
I taught Roman numerals but had never seen IIX for 8. We always used VIII. Research says, "Although the commonly accepted modern method would be shown as VIII, IIX is a valid representation of Roman Numerals and historically was often used as well - and is therefore accurate." You learn something here every day.
I usually hear "in a mood" used negatively, otherwise it's "in a good mood."
We vacation WV almost every summer. I love the mountains. I am surprised how much Confederate sympathy I find there.

Husker Gary said...

-TILT AT appeared quickly so there was only one way to fill those circles in the diagonal
-I once blogged a puzzle where “in a PET” was short for “in a PETualnt mood_
-Turns out that these BASH brothers were pharmacologically enhanced
-I wouldn’t think anyone with a TIN EAR could ever play a violin
-If you have a SLEW of kids that ACT UP, it makes for a long 180 days
-I have heard of but have never tasted LA COQ a Vin and so…
-Arrow label in a map in a French mall - Vous êtes ICI
-The DIN from the woofers in the car behind me yesterday at a stop light hurt my ears
-If you turn up the thermostat for more heat, do you turn it up or down for more a/c?
-This time of year you have to get up pretty early to see the winter sky features of ORION and SIRIUS as they set
-A fairly easy use of SIGMA notation
-Grandkids called to ask us to go to the Omaha Zoo today and so a TEE time got cancelled toute de suite (might as well finish with some French)

Anonymous said...

Fun puzzle and excellent write-up by Steve. This one came together quite easily as I got the theme quickly - not always the case. Still I feel good anytime I get a JW tada! Have a great day everyone! JB2

Magilla Go-Rilla said...

32D: I've never seen IIX as a representation of 8. This chart indicates that VIII is correct.


PK said...

Hi Y'all! Really enjoyed this puzzle done before sleep last night. Made for sweet dreams, Jeffrey. No circles so seeing them represented in today's grid was a surprise. How do you do something that complicated?

Loved the musical stage presentation of "Man of LaMancha" years ago by a tour group. When I had L_M_N__A, I knew what it had to be and got excited to see the rest of the puzzle.

Steve, always enjoy your expos. Especially liked the Santana link and had to side track to "Black Magic Woman" with the "sensational belly dancer". (Would you believe I used to be able to do that? You'll believe anything then. I just tried.)

Didn't know SIGMA, SAIN, RICCI. OYE & SSS filled without reading the clues.

I'm not in my new car enough to hear SIRIUS for which I got a "free" 4-mo. subscription at purchase. Now SIRIUS personnel write or email me to subscribe again at least twice a week.

Argue before ACT UP.

WVA was a gimmee. I had an ancestor, born in what became WVA. He joined the Union Army in Iowa and made sergeant before being killed by dysentery in the last year of the war. Married at 17, at the age of 21 he went off to his big adventure leaving a wife and 4 kids to struggle with life on the frontier.

Maverick said...

I believe the Roman numeral for 8 is VIII, not IIX. It's the Roman numeral for 4 that is used on clocks that gives me heartburn. Clocks have IIII while it should be IV.

Abejo said...

Good morning, folks. Thank you, Jeffrey Wechsler, for a fine puzzle. Thank you, Steve, for a fine review.

Got started slowly. Picked up steam as I got a few here and there. After a while got WIND MILLS. Then I had an idea. The rest finished more easily.

I have seen the musical a couple and times and loved it.

We just had TIN EAR the other day. That helped today.

Spelling ISOSCELES took me a few perps to get right.

Held off on SIDE A until I had one cross letter to indicate where to put SIDE.

Liked WOO. A little tricky.

EXXON helped me spell QUIXOTE.

Too bad about the DODO'S. Made extinct by human beings. Just like the passenger pigeon. We should take better care of our planet.

Off to work outside, and then to work tonight for pay.

See you tomorrow. Off to Detroit on Sunday with my church group. Mission Trip.


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Yellowrocks said...

HG, so often what you say resonates with me. In re a slew of kids acting up: We had an excellent teacher who was very good with these kids. Because of this they sometimes assigned as many as six at a time to her class. Because there were so many in one class they fed off each other and acted up more. Eventually the teacher burned out and couldn't wait to retire. Killing the goose that laid the golden egg.
I can relate to the ear slitting din caused by the woofers in the car next to me. Very unpleasant and rude. I close my windows and turn up my own tunes.
I first thought of in a PET but 4 letters brought up MOOD.

I am in a mood today. We discussed the state of Alan's health at breakfast at 7:30. He said his knee hurt due to arthritis and he was mildly anxious. Then he waited until 9:40 while I was driving him to work to say he was extremely anxious. I hate to have these last minute decisions dropped on me while I am driving. Sometimes they are to be taken seriously and sometimes not. We returned home. When Alan has aches and pains or is even just slightly sick, he becomes very anxious. Being 54 and having arthritis he is bound to not feel great frequently and therefore anxious. We are working towards his acceptance of middle age. I am working toward acceptance of continual crisis. End of rant.

MJ said...

Good day to all!

Wonderful offering from JW. Did not have circles while working the puzzle, but upon seeing the expo, I have to marvel at the elegance of their placement. Thank you perps for Johnny SAIN. The extreme NW was the last to fall because although I've heard of Christina RICCI, I couldn't recall her name at the moment. Thanks for being our tour guide today, Steve.

Enjoy the day!

Wilbur Charles said...

Poor Vern Bickford, a very good starter for the 1948 Braves, got the short shrift in that doggerel. Two terrific pitchers.

Hondo might tell us more if he's a MofLaM
Fan. being familiar with the novel/musical was the key to solving.

Inventive, entertaining xword from Jeffrey today, nice write-up from Steve.

Owen, minimum B+ today. Interestingly, Kwix-ote is the favored English prononciation.

I didn't think SHE lied would be right. SIDEA fixed that unPC dilemma.

Bon jour


C6D6 Peg said...

Very nice puzzle, JW. You truly are a master at construction. How to get all of those theme answers and the diagonal circles is admirable! Thanks for the offering!

Another nice write-up, Steve. Thanks for the tour!

Irish Miss said...

Hi Everyone:

Was up and at 'em early but late to the dance due to my penchant for getting sidetracked so easily. Actually, Spitz is to blame for piquing my interest by mentioning a Cloister near RPI. After some research, I believe what he was referring to was originally St. Joseph's Seminary established in the late 1800's, and later a Motherhouse for the order of the Sisters of St. Joseph's, who were probably the occupants when it was sold to RPI. To the puzzle: Loved the theme and execution, especially the Tilt At Windmills "tilting." I guess I'm the only one who thought collagists supplies was Botox, mixing up collagen and collages. Had trouble with the Corduroy/Dulcinea crossing but finally settled on the "U" as the correct vowel. Any trouble spots were offset by the familiarity of the subject of the theme.

Thanks, JW, you hit a home run today, and thanks, Steve, for your always wise and witty write-up.

YR, you are a role model for perseverance and patience. Hang in there.

I'm enjoying our second day in a row sans rain, but I'm not looking forward to the 90 degrees days heading our way.

Have a great day.

Spitzboov said...

IM - Thanks for reminding me it the Sisters of St Joseph's (SSJ). Couple years ago, BH had a short hospital stay (in Utica). One day a retired num (in civvies) came in the room in her capacity as a part-time hospital chaplain. Wonderful lady. Conversation turned to days of yore and it turned out she was residing at the SSJ facility at the same time I was a student next door. Small world.

AnonymousPVX said...

Same as Husker-Gary, as soon as I had "tilt at" in the NW it was a simple thing to fill it all in. (Which is another reason to dislike the gimmick puzzle).
Really an easy Thursday puzzle.

PK said...

YR, Gary, IM & Spitz: We have a Sisters of St. Joseph Convent in the area where I used to live. Now it is mostly a retirement home for sisters as well as a Sanctuary facility for illegal aliens from San Salvador, etc. Very few young woman are becoming novices. When I went on the bus trip to canyonlands out west, one of the sisters was on the trip. I was shocked to see her because I didn't know they ever took vacations and certainly not alone. Nuns usually go out in public in twos. She said she had been saving her small income for several years so she could see the Grand Canyon. I had known her before when she taught at the Catholic school my youngest son once attended but wasn't in her class. She was only there one year and was unfortunate to have the most OBSTREPEROUS class ever. She was a shy little wren of a nun and had to have a volunteer sit in with her class to maintain discipline or they would have learned nothing and possibly maimed her. That class ended her teaching career. I spent a lot of time with her on the trip. Sister had taught a lot of years but only one year at each school as the powers-that-be kept moving her. She said her easiest discipline year was with a Mexican immigrants school where the kids were eager to learn. She herself struggled because she didn't have enough Spanish to teach without an interpreter present.

Wilbur Charles said...

The Sisters of St Joseph had the pronounced white habit. I think they were the group that sheltered Whoopi Goldberg in that movie ?

I had them in Boston for three years. They had a three strike rule, I had two and was working on the third when we moved to the burbs


Irish Miss said...

Wilber @ 1:53 - Our Nuns were Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet and their habits were black with a white bib and a white wemple (?) across the forehead, encircled by a black veil. In high school, we also had Sisters of Mercy whose habits were similar but with a different headpiece. The Priests all dressed alike so there was no discerning their religious order. One thing they all had in common, though, was that you were the pupil and they were the boss. (Statistic of note: My graduation class had 350+ students and today's total enrollment is 351, and that includes 7th and 8th graders which are fairly new additions. And I doubt that there is a Nun or Priest to be found on the faculty.)

Spitz, where did you hang out in Troy, when you weren't cracking the books, that is?

Spitzboov said...

IM @ 1440 - re: hanging out. You got that right. No car in those years so stayed close to the campus. Perhaps a movie down town on the weekend. Occasional suppers at Dirty Ed's on 15th st, or ride with a friend for Chinese food at Jack's in Albany.

Lemonade714 said...

It is cool that so many appreciated this puzzle.

Agnes, "Wimple is the name of the covering worn over the head and around the neck and chin by women in the late medieval period, as well as by some modern nuns. Its name is akin to Old Saxon "wimpal" and Middle Dutch "wimpel," both of which mean "veil" or "banner." (Wiki).

This makes you both correct and wrong.

I forgot Steve to thank you.

CrossEyedDave said...

Late to the party,
I did the puzzle early this morning,
as I had to visit Ikea when it opened at 10AM.

Mission, replace an L shaped couch/convertable bed and deliver it to NYC
Apt of Daughter#1 so Daughter#3 had a place to sleep during her summer internship.

(I am too old for this crap!)

1st of all, it was quite a puzzle getting the 3 boxes into my minivan.
(not to mention navigating Ikea when all you want to do is buy one thing...)
but sadly, I borrowed my neighbors Dolly to help move this (expletive deleted)
down a flight of stairs into the service entrance of her building.
When I finally extricated the boxes, I found my neighbors dolly to be cracked in half!
(Dang! I guess I have to buy him a new one!)

Well after sliding this "ado" down the basement stairs,
and navigating the service elevator,
it was adding insult to injury to have to try to assemble this (expletive deleted)
with the pictograph instructions they give you...

(end of rant...)
(you have suffered enough...)

Take a look at what was not a "tin ear"...
just look at her face when she hears something is not quite right...

CrossEyedDave said...

Alas, I have not seen Man of LaMancha.
But I have wanted to, ever since I saw this Quantum Leap episode,
and discovered The Multiple Talents of Scott Bakula...

Full screen is denied due to copyright, so it is hard to find.
You can watch the whole thing, if you want to, but you must check out
his performance beginning at 48 minutes...

Hmm, Daughter #2 says Scott Bakula has got nothing on Brian Stokes Mitchell.

(but I think we are tilting at windmills...)

Anonymous T said...

Hi All!

I had a lot, er, a SLEW of errors trying to finish JW's literary opus but still DNF'd until I cheated. T'wasn't Net-Income; which is good because SoVIotS didn't bring me relief.

Thanks Jeffrey. And thanks Steve for the unwitting-helping hand (oh, and great expo). I was going to correct you on Roman Numerals (or more ask if that's a Brit thing) but YR schooled me. I learnt at the Catholic's Signs of the Cross (and ruler of Sister Mary Margret @St. Joe's K-8 :-)).

I worked the WINDMILL backwards. I had the SE way before the NW. I only had KNIGHT-O-D and an inkling it was QUIXOT-ic to think QUIXOTE with as much whitespace I still had. But, EXXON clinched it.

DNF'd - Did not know DULCINEA, LECOQ, nor how to spell COR-DeR-OYS and never DEEM'd a thought.

Fav: I liked c/a for ORION.


So, the only DULCINEA I know is from Toad the Wet Sprocket. Here's something for tawnya: Something's Always Wrong.

Off to the Cantina w/ DW. Cheers!, -T

Ol' Man Keith said...

I had 90% done this a.m., but had to take a break for some minor facial surgery.
All done now!
Ta-DA!! for both grid and face!

Jayce said...

What C6D6 Peg said.

Wilbur Charles said...

I notice the ref to Toad the Wet SPROCKET* Up in Boston we had a DJ named Norm Nathan who had these characters for whom he'd narrate stories.

Lefty Sprocket famous or infamous early century pitcher was one. So I crafted a LS pastiche** and mailed it to Norm.

He wrote back, professing delight. It's lost to posterity unless my mother saved her copy.

* I think we had SPROCKET recently

** See the Baker Street Irregulars who would write apocryphal Sherlock Holmes stories called pastiches

WC back from beautiful siesta key beach

Anonymous T said...

WC - did you click the DULCINEA link? Toad was a band in the late 80s early 90s that made the album. They had two songs that ref.'d QUIXOTE. DW, the English Major (who I made listen to the music), had to fill me in as I, like TTP, have never read the book and the allusions were lost on me. That's, yet another reason, why I love her. Cheers, -T

Wilbur Charles said...

Anon-T, I'll listen. I never can understand words from music after the 60s.
I'll give it a try. I read Don Quixote in 1963.


Picard said...

Over a month late to the party, but this was a wonderful construction worthy of note. I was at a convention when this was published. Just solved it today.

Never read DON QUIXOTE nor saw the film Man of LA MANCHA. Did not know the connection. DULCINEA was unknown. But I had heard the expression TILT AT WINDMILLS. No idea why it is called "TILT". It is a term for horseback jousting.

Irish Miss, I also was thinking collagen when I saw collagists.

Unknowns: SAIN, Wolverine/XMAN, ILIO, LILLE.