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Every day visits*
From Moose, Goose, and Orb Weaver
All seized by Haiku

"Why moose and goose?" you may ask. Back on 2/04/13 Pirate wrote a haiku with an elk in it, and I responded with
one with a moose and then included him every day. A few days later in comments Mystic asked "Where's the goose?"
So I started including her with this post on 2/07. A week later on the 14th, Mark Readfern
asked for and received a spider. The rest is history.

*Well, most days, anyway. Grant me a bit of poetic license.

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Crossword Puzzle Blogging

Wednesday, July 20, 2011 Scott Atkinson

Theme: DUCK-LING fling. Five common English words that can serve double duty as either nouns or verbs are adorned with a diminutive LING suffix, yielding another common English language noun, now in an off-beat, humorous diminutive form. Some of them are still verbs, as well.

17A. Very narrow fissure? : CRACKLING. N: 1) As per the clue, 2) A bit of fried pork or goose fat; V: producing a series of snapping noises.

26A. Landfill in a toy city? : DUMPLING. N: 1) As per the clue, 2) A lump of dough cooked in liquid.

38. Minuscule tattoo? : INKLING. N: 1) As per the clue, 2) A hint, 3) A vague notion, 4) (plural) An Oxford University literary discussion group whose members included C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien; V: Communicating in an undertone or whisper (obsolete.)

40A. Dollhouse dress adornment? : BOWLING. N: 1) Tiny BOW, as per the clue, 2) A game in which one knocks down wooden objects with a rolled ball. V: Playing that game.

49A. Where to wear a training bra? : BUSTLING. N: Per the clue, A, AA, or AAA miniscule bosom. (Dare I?) V: Moving energetically.

62A. Very young hobo? : TRAMPLING. N: Son of ON THE ROAD, perhaps. V: Treading in a heavy-footed, damaging manner

And the unifier, 67A. Waterfowl whose young inspired this puzzle's theme : DUCKS. Baby DUCKS are DUCKLINGS.

Wow!  Six theme entries, plus a unifier, and very complex wordplay, with layered double, and sometimes triple meanings, a rich musical sub-theme, and a bit of DF.  I am AGAPE, but will not DUCK out on you.    Lets DUCK INTO the puzzle and see what we can find.


1. Birthday secret : WISH.  We make our wishes known.  Otherwise, you get what you get.

5. "Back in Black" band : ACDC.  Of all the bands that (tried to ) sound like Led Zeppelin, I preferred Led Zeppelin.

9. Visibly amazed : AGAPE.  Jaw-droppingly so.

14. __ Domini : ANNO.  Latin: In the year of Our Lord.

15. Bodybuilder's supplement : WHEY.  Dairy-based protein source.

16. Hand-dyeing craft : BATIK. 

19. Vintage violin : AMATI

20. Michael Moore health-care film : SICKO.  Unavoidably political, ergo: no comment.

21. Melody : TUNE.  We opened the Jazz Fest with this TUNE.  Hardest Big Band Chart I've ever played.   I have a video posted on Facebook.  If you're on and interested, send me an email, and I'll send you a link.

23. Rock 'n' roll middle name : ARON.  Alvis ARON Presley

24. Didn't sell : KEPT. 
28. CIA part: Abbr. : AGCY.  Central intelligence AGENCY.

30. Arthur Fiedler et al. : MAESTRI.   Pl. of MEASTRO - orchestra conductors.

32. Hamm of soccer : MIA.   From the U.S Gold Cup Championship Team of a few years back.

33. Ryder rentals : VANS.  TRUCKS doesn't fit.
34. Where eaglets hatch : AERIE.   Alternate spellings of this word always leave me feeling eerily up in the air.

42. Opposite of perfect pitch : NO EAR.   OK.  But TIN EAR is more idiomatic.

43. Composer __ Carlo Menotti : GIAN.  20th Century Italian-American composer.

44. Transp. group in the Loop : CTA.  CHICAGO TRANSIT AUTHORITY

45. Pago Pago people : SAMOANS

48. Did a farrier's job : SHOD.   Installed horseshoes.   A farrier is a specialist in equine hoof care, including the trimming and balancing of horses' hooves and the placing of shoes on their hooves.  Now you know.

52. Lacking spice : TAME

54. Chain selling stacks : IHOP. International House of Pancakes

55. Clue in a case : LEAD

57. Dip for a chip : SALSA

60. Mila of "Black Swan" : KUNIS

64. "Fear of Flying" author Jong : ERICA

65.  Sneaky trick :  WILE.  In theory, perhaps

66. Luke's sci-fi sister : LEIA

68. Black stone : ONYX

69. Enjoys a smorgasbord : SUPS


1. WWII auxiliaries : WACS.  Pl of WOMEN'S ARMY CORPS.

2. Calvary inscription : INRI.  L. abbrv. "Jesus of Nazareth King of the Jews."  Calvary was the site of the crucifixion.

3. Twinkie or Ding Dong : SNACK CAKE.  Empty calories.

4. Game with sticks : HOCKEY. 

5. Pointy tool : AWL

6. Slip in a pot : CHIT.  Slang for an IOU

7. Strips of leaves : DENUDES.  Remember Agent Orange?

8. Swan constellation : CYGNUS.  Use your imagination.

9. The N.Y. Nets were its last champion : ABA.  American Basketball Association

10. Warren Harding's middle name : GAMALIEL.  You all knew that - right?

11. Asteroids maker : ATARI.  Ditto.

12. Spike for a mountaineer : PITON.  Drive it into a CRACKLING.

13. Squeezing (out) : EKING

18. Keystone character : KOP.  BUSTLING Bumbling gendarmes from the silent movie days.

22. Ambulance VIP : EMT.  EMERGENCY MEDICAL TECHNICIAN.  Note abbrv in cl & ans.

25. Bur. of Prohibition employee : T-MAN.  Treasury Department officers out to collect alcohol taxes.

27. Shrimp relative : PRAWN.  What's the difference?

28. Key with no sharps or flats: Abbr. : A MIN.  Now this is tricky. A MIN is the relative minor of C MAJ - both with four letters, but no sharps or flats. 

29. NFL Hall of Famer Marchetti : GINO.  Old time Baltimore Colt.

31. Zambia neighbor: Abbr. : ANG.  ANGOLA - also a city in Indiana.

33. Like megapopular web videos : VIRAL.  Slang term, meaning passed from person to person, like a virus

35. Cardinal who was a foe of the Musketeers : RICHELIEU

36. Wild about : INTO.  How long has it been since anyone asked you: "Are you INTO C B?"

37. "Zounds!" : EGAD.  Slang from across the pond.

39. Unwanted playground game teammate : LAST PICK.  Yes. That would be me.

40. Recycling vessel : BIN

41. Brewer's kiln : OAST.  Crossword stalwart.

43. Yuri who was the first to orbit Earth : GAGARIN.  Russian Cosmonaut.

46. Wire measure : MIL.  Thousandth of an inch.

47. Punch sequence : ONE-TWO.  Take that, and that . . .

48. Some tees : SMALLS.  T-Shirt sizes.

49. Pedaled : BIKED.  This guy gave his girlfriend a bicycle.  Then she peddled it all over town.

50. Freedom, in Swahili : UHURU.  Didn't we just see her last week?

51. Part of SST : SONIC.  Super SONIC Transport

53. "Antony and Cleopatra" killer : ASP.  Slithery crossword stalwart.

56. Tyne with a Tony and Emmys : DALY.    The name is familiar, but not the face.

58. Salon sound : SNIP.  Cutting hair

59. "What __!": "How fun!" : A GAS.  Groovy slang, man.  Far out!

61. Palindromic airline : SAS.  Scandinavian Airlines System International, if you have an INKLING to travel.

63. Tex-__ cuisine : MEX.  Burritos, fajitas, chile con carne, etc.  OK.  Now I'm hungry.

Fine, intricate puzzle.  Hope you enjoyed it as much as I.

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