Sunday, February 27, 2005
It's like losing an old friend. My crossword puzzle dictionary has fallen apart. It's actually in more than two pieces. Sigh. I'll have to get Lucinda Sans to order one for me. I've resisted getting a new one because I have all these notes in the one that I have. All kinds of things like "Iva Toguri" is Tokyo Rose. Did you know that? And I have some Simpsons charactors listed like, Moe Slyzak, and Jimbo, Dolph, and the voice of Margie is done by Julie Kavner. These things come up in the Times Crossword Puzzle. Some things I have finally learned, like the first name of architect Saarinen is Eero, but I'll transfer that bit of information to any new dictionary I get anyway. You never know how long it will be before it comes up again, and I may forget it. I also have listed some famous horses in the back of my current book, such as Alexander the Great's horse was Bucephalus, and Tex Ritter's horse was Whiteflash. Those could be puzzle answers at any time. I also have noted that the last word in the Scrabble dictionary is "Zyzzyva." I could just look in the Scrabble book, but it's easier to just have the one book with me most of the time. Note: Now, whyever does the Scrabble dictionary need a word with so many "z's" when the game has only one "z" ? Yes, you can use the blanks as any letter, but this is very far fetched.
I'll try to be neater in my new book, but that will fail after a while. I'll start jotting answers here and there, hoping I can find them when I need them. I really love this old book.