03.25.08 -- Voice v.v. Voice, II

His Master’s Voice by Francis Barraud, circ. 1899
Tuesday, March 25, 2008
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Puzzle by Steve Salmon, edited by Will Shortz
"(In linguistics), a homophone is a type of homonym, although sometimes homonym is used to refer only to homophones that have the same spelling but different meanings.. -- Homophones, Wikipedia.
Well, whatever -- today’s are both amusing and helpful -- getting one of the following group of this crossword’s reveals the remaining, which makes for an amusing and enjoyable solve, even though one has probably heard these particular entries time and again, the clues are playful, pleasing, and to the point.
BOREDBOARD (18A. Blasé group of directors?); SWEETSUITE (62A. Lovely hotel accommodations?); MAIZEMAZE (3D. Farm-grown labyrinth?); MOURNINGMORNING (7D. Wake at dawn?); WHOLEHOLE (10D. Pit in its entirety?);................ HEARDHERD (33A. Mooing group of cattle);.......... ISLEAISLE (37D. Key passage).
The last time around for this ilk of entries (albeit, with a different twist), the November 27th crossword offered: LEADPENCIL (Number one #2?); MINUTEMAID (Little woman?); POLISHJOKE (What a comedian might do before going onstage?); and BASSGUITAR (Fish-shaped musical instrument?). Perhaps JimH can provide a few more for our amusement.
Meanwhile, there are two 9-letter entries, LASERBEAM (38D. Light in a light show) and SEMIMETAL (21D. Arsenic or antimony); two 8-letter entries, HEADGEAR (51A. Helmets and such) and INCREASE (26A. Double or triple, say); two 7-letter entries, ACETATE (25D. Film material) and CAROTID (27D. Kind of artery); with no 6-letter entries.
Four-letter: ALEF, AMIE, ATEA, BARS, ECON, ELSA, ESTD, FLEA, GULF, HEMS, HIYA, IGOT, ISMS, IRAS, LAZE, LSAT, OILS, REAP, SCAN, SLAG and STAG, TEAR, UPIN, USER, UTAH, WRAP…with a handful of three-letter: ASH, ERR, NEB, NNE, RIT, RNA, SAP, SIS, TAB, and appropriately, END.
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Across: 1. Philosophies; 5. Fiesta Bowl site; 10. Tortilla sandwich; 14. Bring in from the fields; 15. ___ squash; 16. Breezy greeting; 17. Gallic girlfriend; 20. 5, 7, 9, etc., for juniors’ dresses; 22. Dallas-to-Des Moines dir.; 23. Change; 28. Tourmaline, e.g.; 29. Read quickly; 31. Smokestack emission; 32. Mormon State; 34. “Pomp and Circumstance” composer; 36. Traditional paintings; 40. Spend an afternoon in a hammock, e.g.; 41. Musical beat; 42. Exam for a future atty.; 43. It can get under your skin; 44. Under way; 45. “Lohengrin”: lass; 46. Slowing, in mus.; 48. Get ___ arms; 50. Head lines?; 55. Exclude; 57. Notwithstanding the fact that, briefly; 58. Messenger material; 60. Kickback; 65. Addict; 66. Eye drop; 67. “Li’l” one in the comics; 68. Refinery waste; 69. Abbr. on a business sign; 70. It may go off on you; 71. Partners of haws. Down: 1. Bank offerings, for short; 4. Methamphetamine; 5. “Running” amount; 6. Business subj.; 8. Primp; 9. Player next to a tackle; 11. Lasso; 12. Lew who played Dr. Kildare; 13. Mexican father; 19. Where spirits run freely?; 21. “___ boom bah!”; 28. Waters south of the South, e.g.; 30. Hebrew leader?; 36. Each; 39. Unaccompanied; 47. “___ Rhythm”; 49. It’s south of S.D.; 51. Swiftness; 52. Actor Cary of “Twister”; 53. Bothered a lot; 54. Caribbean vacation spot; 56. Dentist’s advice; 59. Fit to ___; 61. Pieces of work?; 63. Schnook; 64. Fumble


NYTAnonimo said...

This puzzle and your post reminded me of a recent e-mail I received. It's a little long for the comment section but I thought you might enjoy it Donald.

You think English is easy???

1) The bandage was wound around the wound.

2) The farm was used to produce produce .

3) The dump was so full that it had to refuse more refuse.

4) We must polish the Polish furniture.

5) He could lead if he would get the lead out.

6) The soldier decided to desert his dessert in the desert.

7)Since there is no time like the present, he thought it was time to present the present

8) A bass was painted on the head of the bass drum.

9) When shot at, the dove dove into the bushes.

10) I did not object to the object.

11) The insurance was invalid for the invalid.

12) There was a row among the oarsmen about how to row

13) They were too close to the door to close it.

14) The buck does funny things when the does are present.

15) A seamstress and a sewer fell down into a sewer line.

16) To help with planting, the farmer taught his sow to sow.

17) The wind was too strong to wind the sail.

18) Upon seeing the tear in the painting I shed a tear.

19) I had to subject the subject to a series of tests.

20) How can I intimate this to my most intimate friend?

Let's face it - English is a crazy language. There is no egg in eggplant, nor ham in hamburger; neither apple nor pine in pineapple. English muffins weren't invented in England or French fries in France . Sweetmeats are candies while sweetbreads, which aren't sweet, are meat. We take English for granted. But if we explore its paradoxes, we find that quicksand can work slowly, boxing rings are square and a guinea pig is neither from Guinea nor is it a pig.

And why is it that writers write but fingers don't fing, grocers don't groce and hammers don't ham? If the plural of tooth is teeth, why isn't the plural of b ooth, beeth? One goose, 2 geese. So one moose, 2 meese? One index, 2 indices? Doesn't it seem crazy that you can make amends but not one amend? If you have a bunch of odds and ends and get rid of all but one of them, what do you call it?

If teachers taught, why didn't preachers praught? If a vegetarian eats vegetables, what does a humanitarian eat? Sometimes I think all the English speakers should be committed to an asylum for the verbally insane. In what language do people recite at a play and play at a recital? Ship by truck and send cargo by ship? Have noses that run and feet that smell?

How can a slim chance and a fat chance be the same, while a wise man and a wise guy are opposites? You have to marvel at the unique lunacy of a language in which your house can burn up as it burns down, in which you fill in a form by filling it out and in which, an alarm goes off by going on.

English was invented by people, not computers, and it reflects the creativity of the human race, which, of course, is not a race at all That is why, when the stars are out, they are visible, but when the lights are out, they are invisible.

PS. - Why doesn't 'Buick' rhyme with 'quick'

You lovers of the English language might enjoy this .

There is a two-letter word that perhaps has more meanings than any other two-letter word, and that is 'UP.'

It's easy to understand UP, meaning toward the sky or at the top of the list, but when we awaken in the morning, why do we wake UP ? At a meeting, why does a topic come UP ? Why do we speak UP and why are the officers UP for election and why is it UP to the secretary to write UP a report ?

We call UP our friends. And we use it to brighten UP a room, polish UP the silver, we warm UP the leftovers and clean UP the kitchen. We lock UP FAMILY: " the house and some guys fix UP the old car . At other times the little word has real special meaning. People stir UP trouble, line UP for tickets, work UP an appetite, and think UP excuses. To be dressed is one thing, but to be dressed UP is special.

And this UP is confusing: A drain must be opened UP because it is stopped UP . We open UP a store in the morning but we close it UP at night.

We seem to be pretty mixed UP about UP ! To be knowledgeable about the proper uses of UP , look the word UP in the dictionary. In a desk-sized dictionary, it takes UP almost 1/4th of the page and can add UP to about thirty definitions. I f you are UP to it, you might try building UP a list of the many ways UP is used. It will take UP a lot of your time, but if you don't give UP , you may wind UP with a hundred or more. When it threatens to rain, we say it is clouding UP When the sun comes out we say it is clearing UP ..

When it rains, it wets the earth and often messes things UP .

When it doesn't rain for awhile, things dry UP

One could go on and on, but I'll wrap it UP , for now my time is UP , so............ it is time to shut UP ...!

DONALD said...



Anonymous said...

They are still disputing in the Rex comments what you've already resolved about homophones...WTF?

Anonymous said...

Lots of potential homophones in the other clues: wrap/rap, err/air,flea/flee,altar/alter,tear/tier,and laze/lays.

Anonymous said...

PS: Thought I'd drop by here as there's a 3 comment limit at Rex.

Now where do I go?

Piers said...

I loved the "Key passage" and "Wake at dawn" clues. So clever.

DONALD said...


Those were probably the best of the lot!