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: 22m 57s
Answers I missed: 2 … FATHA (FATSA), HOGAN (SOGAN)
TODAY’S GOOGLIES (all links go to Amazon.com) …
12 DOE: Although the English court system does not use the term today, John Doe first appeared as the “name of a person unknown” in England in 1659, along with another unknown, Richard Roe.
16 OPS: Ops was the Roman equivalent of the goddess Rhea, also in today’s puzzle.
19 TOSH: Peter Tosh was a member of Bob Marley’s Wailer’s, and had a successful solo career.
20 ASTI, ITALY: Asti is in the Peidmont region of Northern Italy, and is most famous for its sparkling wine, Asti Spumante.
29 LESH: Phil Lesh is from Berkeley, California, just down the road here.
31 SPELUNKER: A spelunker is an explorer of caves.
35 DELCO: Delco Electronics took its name from Dayton Engineering Laboratories Company. Often seen as ACDelco, the AC stands for Albert Champion, famous for his work to develop the spark plug.
40 ATCO: Atco Records is an American record label founded in 1955, taking its name from its parent, Atlantic Corporation.
43 FATHA: Earl “Fatha” Hines is credited with helping to shape the history of jazz.
49 SOTTO VOCE: Sotto voce literally means “under the voice” in Italian, and is a musical term.
53 ALI: Mohammed Ali floored a lot of guys in his time.
54 GENERATION X: Generation X is that generation following the baby boomers, a term that originated in the sixties, but was made popular in the book “Generation X: Tales for an Accelerated Culture“.
60 NED FLANDERS: Ned Flanders lives next door to Homer on TV’s “The Simpsons“.
3 TRESS: A bun contains more than one tress of hair.
5 RCA: RCA used to make a lot of satellite equipment.
10 EROICA: Beethoven originally dedicated his “Eroica“, Symphony No. 3, to Napoleon Bonaparte.
12 DONATELLO: Sadly, to my kids Donatello is most famous for giving his name to one of the “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles“!
21 TOLEDOS: A toledo is a sword, made in Toledo, Spain.
24 ANN’S: St. Ann’s Bay is on the northern coast of Jamaica.
26 ELLIOTT: Elliott was the young boy in “E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial“, played by Henry Thomas.
28 ARNO: The Ponte alle Grazie is a bridge spanning the Arno in Florence.
34 KOFI: Kofi Annan is a diplomat from Ghana that served as General Secretary of the UN for ten years until the beginning of 2007.
37 OTRO: En otro tiempo literally means “in another time” in Spanish.
44 HOGAN: Hogan is the Anglicization of a Navajo word meaning “the home place”.
47 VENIR: “Venir” means “to come” both in French (in Caen) and in Spanish (in Cadiz).
48 SAXES: Ravel’s “Bolero” is remarkable in that it uses many different instruments, including saxaphones, harps and even an organ.
50 ONE-D: One-dimensional.
51 CERF: Although there are a few people who are given the title “father of the Internet”, Vint Cerf is most associated with the title.
55 ACA: Aca, the Spanish for “here”.