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Completion Time: 9m 25s
Theme: ICKY sounds … the theme answers all include the “icky” sounding syllable e.g. PICKY EATERS, RICKI LAKE.
Answers I missed: 0
TODAY’S WIKI-EST, AMAZONIAN GOOGLIES
1 RAMIS: Harold Ramis is a real all-rounder, working as an actor, director and writer. Indeed, in “Stripes” he was one of the three writers, as well as having a major acting role.
27 SST: SuperSonic Transports, like the Concorde, broke Mach 1, the speed of sound.
31 OMSK: We came across Omsk the other day, the location of the labor camp where Dostoevsky was imprisoned.
39 AVILA: Avila is a beautiful city, famous for its walls, in central Spain.
52 MRE: Meal, Ready to Eat …
61 ERA: Ye Americans will know all about the Era of Good Feelings, a period from 1817-1825, when political strife very much abated. Of course the reason was because there was really only one party at the time as the Federalist party had just dissolved. Still, one can’t help but be jealous of our forefathers!
66 OGDEN: Ogden Nash the poet was well known for his light and humorous verse.
32 SKEE: Skee Ball is that arcade game where you roll balls up a ramp trying to “bounce” it into rings for different numbers of points. The game was first introduced in Philadelphia, in 1909.
33 KEDS: Keds is a brand name of athletic show first introduced in 1916 by US Rubber. The shoe was marketed as a rubber soled, canvas topped sneaker.
35 AVIA: The Avia brand name for athletic shoes was chosen as it it is the Latin word for “to fly”, and suggested the concept of aviation.
43 EMERITA: Emeritus (feminine version “emerita”) is an adjective used in the title of someone who is retired.
52 MAUDE: Bea Arthur played Maude Findlay on the TV’s “All in the Family” and then on the spin-off “Maude“.
55 LEAH: Leah appears in the Book Of Genesis. She is the older sister of Rachel, and the wife of Jacob.