Heart skippo'ed a beat on this one.
Saw __LIN__OM_NIA in 1A and wha? Could that be something-something ROMANIA?? Could this be a reference to our Romanian Sweet Vlad (The Sweet One)?? Is this a cryptic message just for us???
18A and sister answers 28A and 37A reveal glorious long narrative palindromes:
- 18A) Oh cameras are macho
- 28A) Deb sat in Anita's bed
- 37A) but Anita sat in a tub
These are from JON AGEE's PALINDROMANIA. Very nice. Thus, this was not a message in the matrix for we and Sweet V ... or twas it???
While on topic, our personal all-time favorite palindromes:
- lonely Tylenol
- a butt tuba
- taco cat
- yo! banana boy!
- 11A) Mad money assuming company has thrifty management (7)
MONEY + (company = CO) * mad = ECONOMY
- 23A) What the Selective Service does for those making plans (8)
What the Selective Service does = DRAFTS MEN = DRAFTSMEN
- 33A) Exported Dutch tire announced (4)
(tire = BORE) * homophone = BOER
- 40A) Registered trademark with earliest organized shopkeepers (9)
((Registered trademark = R) + EARLIEST) * anagram = RETAILERS
- 41A) Fantasy creatures is described by Herb Klein initially (8)
IS + (Herb = BASIL) + (Klein initially = K) = BASILISK
- 2D) Look over little woman: rich and earthy (5)
(Look = LO) + (little woman = AMY)
- 3D) Mutinous antielitist, taking the head off royalty, is found in space! (12)
(ANTIELITIST + (head off royalty = R)) * anagram = INTERSTELLAR
- 5D) Some spirits turn out to be right, of course (4)
(right = R) + (of course = YES) = RYES
- 13D) Adventurous sounds played in an alley (4)
(played in an alley = BOWLED) * homophone = BOLD
- 29D) Who is named by the leaders of Denmark, Yugoslavia, Bangladesh, Brazil, and Britain? Not a living soul!
(leaders of (Denmark, Yugoslavia, Bangladesh, Brazil) = DYBB) + (Britain = UK) = DYBBUK
In Jewish mythology, a dybbuk (Yiddish: from Hebrew adhere or cling) is a malicious possessing spirit believed to be the dislocated soul of a dead person.
- 30D) Play doctor with a lot of doctors (5)
(doctor = DR) + (lot of doctors = AMA) = DRAMA
btw: salt 'n' pepa Cæsar cut Doug Ross is this month's Nerd Hot Guy. Notttt George Clooney. Dr Doug Ross.
- 36D) Something to be avoided in losing or taking on an element (4)
taking on, an element = CARB
- 15A) Being close to a woman about to acquire a cape (12)
TO + (woman = HER) + (acquire = GET) + (cape = NESS) = TOGETHERNESS
ness (n.)Fresh way to get to Ness WE GUESS. Not mora dis:
obsolete except in place names, Old English næs "a promontory," related to nasu "nose" (see nose (n.)). Cognate with Old Norse nes, Danish næs, Swedish näs, Middle Dutch nesse.
- 34A) Initiating it: a license to produce biased writing? (6)
IT A LICense = ITALIC
- 1D) Pacific telephone system follows quietly, each incorporating extra energy (9)
(telephone system = CABLE) follows (quietly = P) + (each = EA) + (extra energy = E) = PEACEABLE
- 8D) Not quite ordinary opera (5)
not quite (ordinary = NORMAL) = NORMA
ACT ONE: The action takes place in ancient Gaul, under Roman occupation, where the Druid priestess Norma has fallen in love with a Roman official named Pollione and has secretly borne him two children. Norma is also the daughter of the Druids' leader, Oroveso.Hoped for a second this was a reference to Sally Field as brave and plucky union activist Norma Rae. We always mix Norma Rae up with tragic whistleblower and union activist Karen Silkwood.
And later sounds like it gets RULLY good!
ACT TWO: So far, Norma has come across as an unpredictable and even dangerous woman. Now, we find her sounding vulnerable and filled with doubt — and with a knife in her hand.
Also: jotted Turandot in our notes cuz: it's always Turandot.
The Tacky!There were three we didna like this month! Ein zwei drei(sbach)!
- 12A) Female writer's name, in the long run
(name = N) in the (long run = JOG) = JONG
“I took a jog this morning: two miles.”
“Good for you!”
“I took a jog this morning: 20 miles.”
“You bitch that is not a ‘jog’ that is a run.”
“It was at jog pace!”
“Like that matters. Twenny miles! Twenny miles!! ‘Jog’ ... sheesh ... ” [eats donut]
Wooot Erica Jong but buh, whysit gotta be female writer why not just writer you know like a real writer, unqualified, just that subtle shit that quietly rots female writers from the inside. Robble robble robble.
You wanna refer to Tacky Harper's Cryptic Clues as the premier female comedic blog review of the Harper's cryptic?
WE'RE THE ONLY COMEDIC BLOG REVIEW
OF THE HARPER'S CRYPTIC
probably. anyone else out there? holla!
The other Wednesday we had our first improv class at Second City. We expected Second City to be kindof dirty and gritty, like an old theater. Instead it's clean and expansive, like a new university student center, or Scientology headquarters* (*we imagine).
Anyway we arrived ten minutes early. And there was an earlier class in the room still wrapping up, but we figured, prolly ok to stand in the back and watch. But then the class teacher said in a very obnox way, “claaaaaaaasss hasn't started yet!” Which was a drag of a first impression to make on us.
We texted Sweet V about it: “He confirmed all those stereotypes you hear about men in comedy. Like how men in comedy are really chill, and funny.” And V texted back, “I've heard rumors that men can be funny, but never believed it could be true!”
This has prompted much extended trolling on the topic of Whether Men Can Be Funny, or Whether Men Are Capable of Being as Funny as Women.
“It's not sexism, it's a brain thing.”Soooooo satisfying to use the tactics of the oppressor. A little dangerous. We lose track of whether we're joking or not. We must be careful to use in moderation.
“Seriously: men are biologically wired to hunt things, to punch things. They're warriors. Not comedians.”
“I'm sure you could name me plenty of exceptions. But the fact remains that most so-called male ‘comedians’ simply aren't funny.”
- 14D) Sporting place whose hero shamelessly takes in university (10)
(WHOSE HERO takes in (university = U)) * anagram = WHOREHOUSE
- 13A) Bishop washed out a significant continental address (5)
(Bishop = B) + (washed out = WAN) + A = BWANA
BWANA is just a slip-tip of the tongue away from MASSAH. See what we mean? Language of oppression. We didn't like it. Boo(ana).