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, or leave a comment below.
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This is my solution to the crossword published in the New York Times today …
COMPLETION TIME: 20m 19s
THEME: REARRANGED CLUES … I am going to get loads of emails, I just know it, because some folks are going to hate this puzzle. Personally I liked it. For April Fools Day, the clues have been fooled with and the order of the words in each clue has to be changed in order for the clue to make sense.
ANSWERS I MISSED:
TODAY’S WIKI-EST, AMAZONIAN GOOGLIES
1. Talks little : CHATS
6. Short chest, for muscles : PECS
Chest muscles, for short
10. Funny co-star in “Barbra’s Girl” : OMAR
Barbra’s co-star in “Funny Girl”
I’ve always wondered if the Fanny Brice from Jane Austen’s “Mansfield Park” was somehow related to the Fanny Brice that Barbra Streisand played in “Funny Girl“. It turns out there is no connection. Fanny Brice of musical fame was a real person, as man of you probably knew. She was a theater and film actress, and the musical was very loosely based on her life story. Fanny Brice was born into a Hungarian Jewish family in New York City, with the real name of Fania Borach.
14. Washington’s Sound ___ : PUGET
Washington’s ____ Sound
George Vancouver was a British explorer, and an officer in the Royal Navy. As well as exploring the coast of Australia, he is best known for his travels along the northwest coast of North America. Of course the city of Vancouver was named in his honor. Travelling with him on his Vancouver voyage was a lieutenant Peter Puget, and in his honor, Vancouver named the waters south of the Tacoma Narrows, Puget’s Sound. Nowadays, the name Puget Sound covers an area much greater than Vancouver had envisioned.
15. Main contents of the Spanish : AGUA
Contents of the Spanish Main
16. Clothing court : ROBE
17. Like the clues in all the words in this puzzle : REARRANGED
19. The Terrible ___ : IVAN
____ the Terrible
The Grand Prince of Moscow, Ivan IV, became known as Ivan the Terrible. The name “terrible” is a translation from Russian, but perhaps gives the wrong impression. The Russian word if “Grozny”, which is more akin to “strict” and “powerful” rather than “cruel” or “abominable”.
20. As a grasshopper prepares : MIXES
Prepares, as a grasshopper
One recipe for the cocktail known as a grasshopper is one part green creme de menthe, one part white creme de cacao, and one part fresh cream. The grasshopper takes its name from the green color imbued by the creme de menthe.
21. Food process : DIGEST
23. Faith without a person : INFIDEL
Person without a faith
Infidel is an English word, created by the Roman Catholic Church to describe someone who did not believe in the Catholic dogma. The word comes from Latin “infidelis” meaning “unfaithful”. During the time of the Crusades, the word “infidel” came to mean any non-Christian, and particular the Saracens of North Africa.
26. Years of plenty : DECADES
Plenty of years
27. Fine with choked sand : SILTED
Choked with fine sand
28. Date for many a place : CINEMA
Place for many a date
The word “cinema” comes from the Greek “Kinama” meaning “movement”. The name was applied to the new technology of “moving” pictures. So, cinema has the same root as “kinetic” as in “kinetic energy”.
29. Visitor space : ALIEN
30. Drive off the top? : PAVE
Top of the drive?
31. “___ Dies” : IRAE
Dies Irae is Latin for “Day of Wrath”. It is the name of a famous melody in Gregorian Chant, and is often used as part of the Roman Catholic Requiem Mass.
34. Music backdrop of “The Sound” : ALP
“The Sound of Music” backdrop
“The Sound of Music” is a Rogers and Hammerstein musical, made into a celebrated movie in 1965 starring Julie Andrews and Christopher Plummer. The musical is based on “The Story of the Trapp Family Singers“, a memoir by Maria von Trapp. The von Trapp family ended up in Stowe, Vermont after the war. One family descended from the Vermont von Trapps lives here in the same town that I live in California.
35. Alley ___ : TORNADO
Tornado Alley has no precisely defined area, but generally lies between the Rockies and the Appalachians. It is of course he area in the US where tornadoes occur most frequently.
38. General program for a future, maybe: Abbr. : OCS
Program from a future general, maybe
Officer Candidate School.
39. Of kind society : CAFE
Kind of society
Cafe society was the name given to a somewhat elitist and bright group of people that gathered in the places to be in the late 1800s. One mainly found cafe society in Paris, London, Vienna and New York City. From the fifties onwards, the name “jet set” tended to be used to describe the same type of people.
41. Supply nursery : POTS
42. Faces sulky : POUTS
44. Places small American flags for : LAPELS
Places for small American flags
46. Mouse ___ : MINNIE
Minnie and Mickie were both introduced to the world in 1928. Minnie was original known as Minerva, and sometimes still is.
47. Old like some painted cars : TWO TONE
Like some old painted cars
49. Cleared home at the plate? : DINED IN
Cleared the plate at home?
50. Tool fencing : RAPIER
51. Union in the European capital : SOFIA
Capital in the European Union
Sofia is the capital of Bulgaria. Natives pronounce the name “Sofia” with the emphasis on the “o”, while the rest of tend to stress the “i”. Bulgarians do agree with us though when it comes the girl’s name “Sofia”, then they stress the “i” like we do!
52. Channel game : ESPN
53. Like the clues in all the words in this puzzle : OUT OF ORDER
58. Some served veterans there: Abbr. : VIET
Some veterans served there: Abbr.
59. Cry ___ : A FAR
61. Opening China? : INDO
62. Example, for boxers : DOGS
Boxers, for example
63. For one square : SHAPE
Square for one
1. Revival of a cause, briefly : CPR
Cause of a revival, briefly
CardioPulmonary Resuscitation used to involve the simultaneous compression of the chest to pump blood using the heart, and artificial respiration by blowing air into the lungs. Nowadays emergency services are placing more emphasis on the heart compressions, and less on the artificial respiration (I just discovered).
2. Cry of partner : HUE
Partner of cry
3. Respect of Eastern title : AGA
Eastern title of respect
Aga, or agha, is a title that was used by both civil and military officials in the Ottoman Empire.
4. Of a colony member : TERMITE
Member of a colony
5. Having a sound grating : STRIDENT
Having a grating sound
6. Show part of a game : PANEL
Part of a game show
7. With spurs on : EGGS
With on, spurs
8. Go on to signal : CUE
Signal to go on
9. Low on the side : SADDENED
On the low side
10. Craft paper : ORIGAMI
The word origami is derived from ori (folding) and kami (paper).
11. Like the clues in all the words in this puzzle : MOVED AROUND
12. In lower rank : ABASE
Lower in rank
Meaning, it’s the verb “to lower in rank”.
13. Letters for checks : RENTS
Checks for letters
18. In a split way : AXED
Split in a way
22. Cooler drink : ICE
23. Stern violinist : ISAAC
Isaac Stern was Ukranian-born, but moved with his family to San Francisco at a very young age. A wonderful violin vituoso …
24. Wafer ___ : NILLA
As one might expect, Nilla is a shorted from of “vanilla”. However, you won’t find any vanilla in any Nilla cookies or wafers. They always been flavored with vanillin, synthetic vanilla. Is nothing sacred?
25. Like the clues in all the words in this puzzle : FLIP-FLOPPED
26. Attitude with singers : DIVAS
Singers with attitude
28. Secret thieves of slang : CANTS
Secret slang of thieves
Thieves’ cant was also known as Rogues’ cant, and was just that, a secret language used among thieves. It was used by miscreants in Britain mainly, but has largely disappeared.
30. Worker routine : PROLE
George Orwell introduced us to the proles, the working class folk in his famous novel “Nineteen Eighty-Four“. Collectively, the proles made up the section of society known as the proletariat.
32. Half of a musical second : ACT II
Second half of a musical
33. City steel in Europe : ESSEN
Steel city in Europe
I knew a man back in Ireland, a German national. He had a very sad story from the war, lost his (socialist) parents during the Nazi purges. He lived in Essen. Towards the end of the war, he was in school, living with his grandmother. He was drafted into the army, along with the rest of his class (14 years old he told me). His platoon leader was his old school teacher, so he kept up with classes. One day, he was on guard duty with his class/platoon at the dam above the city. Along come the Dam Busters, with their bouncing bombs. The raid was successful, but he described some terrible famine after the war in the whole of the Ruhr Valley.
36. Drivers of love : OPEN ROAD
Love of drivers
37. Judges of written works : OPINIONS
Written works of judges
40. Part of drain : EAT INTO
Drain part of
43. Heaven, not in here : ON EARTH
Here, not in heaven
45. A dreary poet upon midnight, once : POE
“Once upon a midnight dreary” poet
This is the opening line of Edgar Allen Poe’s famous narrative poem “The Raven“, first published in 1845.
46. Off tee : MIFF
47. Fountain ___ : TREVI
The Trevi Fountain is a huge fountain in the Rome, the largest constructed in the Baroque style. The tradition is that if one throws a coin in the fountain, one is guaranteed a return visit to the city one day. Tourist throw in an amazing 3,000 euros (over $4,000) every day. The money is collected and is used to stock a supermarket for the needy of the city.
48. “When Flower ___ Knighthood” (1922 film) : WAS IN
“When Knighthood ____ Flower” (1922 film)
“When Knighthood Was in Flower” was originally a novel, written by Charles Major (pseudonym of Edwin Caskoden) and published in 1898. The 1922 movie adaptation was famously financed by media magnate William Randolph Hearst. Coincidently, his mistress Marion Davies was selected as the female lead.
49. Opportunities to speak so : DOORS
Opportunities so to speak (I think that’s it!)
51. Does partner for : STAG
Partner for does
54. Light sky, maybe : UFO
Sky light maybe
55. Traffic group that may stop: Abbr. : DEA
Group that may stop traffic
The Drug Enforcement Administration.
56. To know one way : ESP
One way to know
Extra Sensory Perception
57. Offering G.P.S. : RTE