Thursday, December 9, 2021

Thursday, December 9, 2021, Alexander Liebeskind

A cute theme of film adaptations today - adding "ing" to movie titles, and then, as is the custom, cluing wackily. Let's list them all.

LALALANDING (Film adaptation with ... a choir arriving at the airport? (2016))
GREENBOOKING (... a room in an environmentally friendly hotel? (2018))
JURASSICPARKING (... a triceratops trying to find a spot for its car? (1993))
KNIVESOUTING (... a quick trip to purchase cutlery? (2019))
KILLBILLING (... a movement to make invoices illegal? (2003))

As a kid who loved dinosaurs, I feel obliged to point out that triceratops lived in the late Cretaceous period, not the Jurassic. And you may think, oh, what's the difference?, but the span of time between the end of the Jurassic period and the last living triceratops is greater than the amount of time between the last living triceratops and you. It's practically an EON! Sooo... and besides, the triceratops didn't have to look for a spot, he parked wherever he damn well pleased! YADIG?

BEE hummingbird from CUBA
Anywho ... it's kind of cool that all of those ending words can be verbed. Can we think of any others? "Unpleasant occurrence in the flower garden?" (The Stinging), "One of the supports I built myself?" (My Left Footing), "Power outage during a ceremony at the castle?" (The Dark Knighting), "Street discipline in Singapore?" (Citizen Kaning) OK, the spelling's off on that one ...

I liked "You might need this to go on" for CUE, and "One on the case?" was a cute clue for STAIR. But "You might have a stake in this" for TENT is trying a little too hard. And I hate "the OLDS" for "parents." Who ever says that?

- Horace

p.s. Whizzed through this in 6:51.

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