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. Posted by Hello

4 comments:

AP3 said...

I'm sorry about your book, Tan. It served you well!

dddragon said...

I think that Napoleon's horse was named Marengo -- I remember that because the school in South Pasadena was named that, too. I used to be able to name the three stallions that founded the Thoroughbred breed, but can only remember the Godolphin Arabian and the Byerly Turk now.

actonbell said...

It sounds like you could write a better xword dictionary yourself!! Maybe you should just punch holes in the new one, and put it in a loose-leaf binder, so you could add pages in between....Of course, I don't mean to joke about the loss of a wonderful book. Lo siento!

still life said...

oh gosh...crossword puzzles...and the time's at that.
it makes me dizzy not to know all of those little facts.
now i just say...
oh, i would but, i can't hold a pencil.
i wonder if they have online crosswords? i play scrabble online at night. hmmmm