Seven things I learned from crossword puzzles this week:
“Elia” was “Charles Lamb’s pen name.” (Puzzle 81 by Edgar Fontaine)
“Snog” is “Kiss, to Brits.” (Puzzle 81 by Edgar Fontaine)
“Demolition Derby” is a “Smash-hit entertainment.” (Puzzle 80 by Mike Doran)
“Rota” is the “Series of golf courses that host the British Open.” (Puzzle 80 by Mike Doran)
“Double Dutch” is a “Jump-rope style.” (Puzzle 80 by Mike Doran)
An “S-shaped molding” is an “ogee.” (Puzzle 81 by Edgar Fontaine)
“Italian birthplace of Paganini” is “Genoa.” (Puzzle 79 by Elizabeth C. Gorski)
(Crossword source: The New York Times Easy Crossword Puzzles Omnibus, Volume 10. edited by Will Shortz (St. Martin’s Griffin, 2014.)
Full Moon Celebration of September: The Harvest Moon
A friend and I sat on his back screened porch and saw the moon rise through a brake of sycamore trees. I telephoned friends in Georgia, who with me, sang “Shine on, Shine on, Harvest Moon / Up in the sky. / I ain’t had no lovin’ since January, February, June, or July. / Snow time ain’t no time to sit outdoors and spoon / So shine on, shine on, Harvest Moon/ For me and my gal.”
Leia, the dog, was almost frantic with barking at the other side of the house. “Blame it on the moon,” I told my friend.
Several days after the witness and celebration, I enjoyed watching, “Moonstruck,” that excellent comedy from 1987, superb script, casting, acting, presentation of setting, and featuring another songs of the full moon, “That’s Amore!”
At La Farm. La Farm is a French bakery, where I enjoyed a pain au chocolat, a freshly baked and buttery croissant, and a large cup of cafe au lait. France, here!
A Southern expression heard this week: “Now there ain’t a bit of reason for you to have to . . . ”
Fall begins tomorrow. Mellow fall: slowly darkening days, coloring and falling of leaves, cooler temperatures, fun celebrations, reunions, first frost.
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