Our last full day of vacation before making the long trek up the Eastern Seaboard back to Albany has been another lovely day, so I suppose that means that one shouldn’t put too much stock in the predictive value of Monday crossword puzzles.
Today’s themeless is anchored by a grid of six 15-letter answers, so you know what that means: time to rank them in order of my least to most favorite. Since I’m writing the blog, I get to decide that order. Your opinions still matter; however, they will be relegated to the comments section.
6. HERESWHATIFOUND: Siri’s announcement invariably leads to disappointment, in my opinion. Google is much stronger.
5. ANIMALHUSBANDRY: a dry term is enlivened, in my memory, by Tom Lehrer, who in one of his long intros to a song of his, spoke of an old friend who “used to practice animal husbandry, until they caught him at it one day.”
4. ONEWAYORANOTHER: A fine song from my childhood. Hard to believe it’s 43 years old.
3. ASTHICKASABRICK: Another fine song from my childhood, by Jethro Tull. Hard to believe it’s 49 years old.
2. IMEANITTHISTIME: Made even better by the fine clue - “Threat that’s hard to take seriously.”
1. LAHDIFRICKINDAH: Clearly the best of the lot, but not by a ton. It’s a good selection of answers.
The rest of the puzzle is strong as well. I’m fond of MANGANESE, which can cause nasty brain degenerative syndromes. Perhaps “fond” is a poor choice of word. It resonates with me professionally. Also, the stirrup, or stapes BONES are found in the inner ear.