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 email@example.com
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This is my solution to the crossword published in the New York Times today …
Completion Time: N/A (watching the “State of the Union“)
Theme: PINK THINGS … as in PINK CARNATION, PINK FLAMINGO
Answers I missed: 0
TODAY’S WIKI-EST, AMAZONIAN GOOGLIES …
6 LAIT: Chocolat au lait is French for “milk chocolate”.
14 ORRIN: Senator Orrin Hatch is a Republican from Utah.
15 ETNA: The Arabic name for Mt. Etna translates as “Mountain of Fire”.
19 ESSO: Esso is the Italian word for “it”, in the masculine form.
21 POINTE: En pointe is a French term used to describe the ballet technique of dancing on the toes.
28 TATER: Apparently, a baseball has long been referred to as a potato, or a “tater”. In the seventies, a long ball started to be called a “long tater”, and form this a home run became a “tater”.
35 ASIA: Asia isn’t occidental. Just the opposite … it’s oriental.
1: SOFIA: Queen Sofia was Princess Sofia of Greece and Denmark marrying King Juan Carlos of Spain. She was quite the sportswoman in her day, and even represented Greece in the sailing competitions in the 1960 Olympics.
2 ORLON: Dupont invented acrylic fibers in 1941, marketing the product under the name “Orlon”.
18 NONE: “The cupboard was bare, and so the poor dog had none” … from the old English nursery rhyme “Old Mother Hubbard“.
24 INCARNATION: Horus was one of the oldest gods in Ancient Egyptian religion. The pharaohs were supposed incarnations of Horus.
31 TWADDLING: Twaddling is talking twaddle, talking silly.
34 SYS: The modus operandi (M.O.) is the method of operating, the system (SYS).
45 HARD G: There’s a hard G at the start of the word “government”.
46 MCKEE: Lonette McKee also played Maggie Davis on the NBC drama “Third Watch“.
47 EDGAR: Edgar Mitchell was the sixth man to walk on the moon. He has been interested in paranormal phenomena for many years, and even conducted ESP experiments with people back on earth during the Apollo 14 flight. He founded the Institute of Noetic Sciences, to study areas shunned by mainstream science. By the way, “noetics” is central to Dan Brown’s (author of “The Da Vinci Code“) latest novel “The Lost Symbol“, which I am reading right now and finding very enjoyable.
55 -INE: Mescaline is a psychedelic compound, found naturally in some types of cactus.