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’m retired now, from technology businesses that took our family all over the world. I answer all emails, so please feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
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This is my solution to the crossword published in the New York Times today …
Completion Time: 8m 40s
Theme: The themed answers are the NAME OF THE GAME, four animals that are routinely hunted … BOAR, DEER HARE & QUAIL.
Answers I missed: 0
TODAY’S GOOGLIES (all links go to Amazon.com) …
16 OTOE: Council Bluffs in Iowa is so named because it was where the Lewis and Clark Expedition first encountered a Native American tribe, the Otoe.
28 SCARABS: The lowly dung beetle was sacred to the Ancient Egyptians, so they fashioned quite elaborate amulets in the shape of dung beetles, and these amulets are called scarabs.
34 COTE: The Republic of Cote d’Ivoire is often, mistakingly, referred to as the Ivory coast, the direct translation from the French.
39 BOTS: “Droids” is short for “androids”, and “bots” is short for “robots”.
41 EAU: Back in 1709, an Italian perfume-maker moved to Cologne in Germany. There he invented a new fragrance that he named Eau de Cologne after his newly adopted hometown. The fragrance is still produced in Cologne, using a secret formulation. However, the terms Eau de Cologne and cologne, are now used generically.
42 AST: Bermuda lies in the Atlantic Standard Time Zone.
43 PAZ: Paz is the of course the Spanish word for “peace”. Coincidentally, the capital of Bolivia, La Paz, is offically named Nuestra Senora de La Paz (Our Lady of Peace).
56 MINI: Mary Quant introduced what we now know as the miniskirt in 1965. Apple introduced the iPod Mini in 2004, and replaced it with the smaller iPod Nano.
60 EVEL: Daredevil Evel Knievel contracted Hepatitis C from his many blood transfusions that he needed after injuries incurred during stunts. He had to have a liver transplant as a result, but his health declined after that. He eventually passed away in 2007.
63 NEDS: Ned Beatty is probably best remembered for the rather disturbing “squeal like a pig” scene in the movie “Deliverance“.
4 EMO: Here’s EMO again, “emotional hardcore” music.
5 A DUE: In Italian, a due literally means “by two”, and on a musical score means “together”, “in unison”.
10 SO BIG: Edna Ferber won the Pulitzer for her novel “So Big“, which was made into a film a few times, most famously in 1953 starring Jane Wyman.
39 BAHA MEN: The Baha Men are so called because they hail from, the Bahamas.
46 ESALEN: The Esalen Institute is named for the Native-American tribe, the Esselen, who resided in the Big Sur region where the institute is located.
58 URI: Uri Geller’s most famous performance is perhaps his uncomfortable failure on the Tonight Show with Johnny Carson in 1973.
59 IAN: Ian McKewan wrote the novel “Atonement” which was made into the successful 2007 movie. Ian McKellan is the brilliant English actor who plays Gandalf in the “Lord of the Rings” trilogy.