11.18.10 — Hieroglyphicesque

Hieroglyphics by bboss trekearth

Twenty-four uniliteral signs make up the so-called hieroglyphic alphabet. Egyptian hieroglyphic writing does not normally indicate vowels, unlike cuneiform, and for that reason has been labelled by some an abjad alphabet, i.e., an alphabet without vowels.

The Egyptian hieroglyphic script contained 24 uniliterals (symbols that stood for single consonants, much like English letters). It would have been possible to write all Egyptian words in the manner of these signs, but the Egyptians never did so and never simplified their complex writing into a true alphabet. ~ Egyptian hieroglyphs, Wikipedia


Thursday, November 18, 2010

Puzzle by Peter Wentz, edited by Will Shortz

"A B C D E F G, H I J K L M N O P, Q R S T U V, W X Y and Z — Now I know my ABC’s, twenty-six letters from A to Z…"  ~ Children’s song.

Across — 1. Fighter in the “Iliad”, AJAX; 5. Excellence, MERIT; 10. Similarly round, AS FAT; 15. Sumptuousness, LUXE; 16. Onetime name at the Ta Mahal, IVANA; 17. Apt, QUICK; 18. OPEC dignitary, maybe, EMIR; 19. It might be run in a hospital, FEVER; 20. Annoyance, in British slang, AGGRO; 21. Microsoft debut of 2001, XBOX; 22. Common result of high humidity, FRIZZ; 23. Located, BASED; 24. Infrequent blood type, informally, ONEG; 26. Like some doors, AJAR; 28. Keeps going, SUSTAINS; 33. Modern sum?, IAM; 36. Stone work, JFK; 39. Blue hues, AQUAS; 40. Drank heavily, BINGED; 43. What this puzzle is, orthographically, QUADRUPLE PANGRAM; 46. Spanish ARMADA; 47. Head of the class, in slang, TEACH; 48. Dressing tool, ADZ; 49. 1990 autobiography subtitled “Baseball, the Wall and Me”, YAZ; 50. “Hold on … what’s going on here?!”, WHOAWHOA; 53. Basketball’s Isiah Thomas, to fans, ZEKE; 55. Suitable for teen audiences TVPG; 58. Gets set, JELLS; 61. Some child-care center sites, for short, YWCAS; 66. Plug, CHEW; 68. Prepare for battle, EQUIP; 69. Like the Addams Family, KOOKY; 70. LARA Croft, Angelina Jolie role; 71. Optimistic, SUNNY; 72. Hall-of-Famer Michael of the Dallas Cowboys, IRVIN; 73. “Semper Fidelis”, USMC; 74. Model Cheryl, TIEGS; 75. Judges, DEEMS; 76. Longest-lived first lady, BESS.

Down — Does it matter?

“Uh oh. Somebody’s not going to like this.” ~ Wordplay, The Crossword Blog of the New York Times


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Puzzle available on the internet at
THE NEW YORK TIMES — Crossword Puzzles and Games.
Down clues — 1. “A Clockwork Orange” lead role; 2. Extra-large; 3. Hypothetical fundamental particle; 4. Persepolis king; 5. Put out; 6. “If I ___ …”; 7. Sitarist Shankar; 8. Don Juan’s mother; 9. “Me” follower; 10. “Lawrence of Arabia” city; 11. Sweetening; 12. Mediterranean harvest; 13. It’s about 90 yards of a football field; 14. Eliminated from a boxing match, in a way; 25. Sentry; 27. “St Matthew Passion” composer, for short; 29. Loudly voice one’s objections; 30. Male sheep, in Britain; 31. Noted Finnish chair designer; 31. “___ little silhouetto …” (Bohemian Rhapsody” lyric; 34. Locale of a much-visited mausoleum; 35. Flagon contents, perhaps; 36. Presidential inits.; 37. Alecto, Megaera or Tisiphone; 38. Hindu god of desire; 41. ___ pursuit; 42. Part of Korea, for short; 44. Brilliant; 45. Manhandle; 51. Geezer’s cry to a young ‘un; 52. Tech-savvy school grp.; 54. Awards show with a Best Play category, with “the”; 56. Stage; 57. “Bugs”; 58. Witticism; 59. Distant leader?; 60. Crescent shape; 62. Abraded; 63. Coastal feature; 64. Actor Tamiroff; 65. Thesaurus contents: Abbr.; 67. W.W. II group.

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