04.22.11 — O Mistress Mine!

The Artist's Mistress by Charles Sims, c. 1900.

In the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition of 1924, Sims exhibited his Mrs. Jeudwine and her son Wynne. It was the artist's very public acknowledgement of his mistress Vivienne Jeudwine. Our painting dates from the same period. Sims met her in 1920 and made several studies of her and her son Wynne (Sims could well have been the father). He was quite obsessed with her and her remarriage to another man in April 1928 wounded him badly, perhaps fatally. ~ Rupert Maas, The Victorian Web


Friday, April 22, 2011

Puzzle by Ashton Anderson / Edited by Will Shortz

This is one hot little Friday crossword that will keep many a solver’s brain on ice!

Across — 1. Setting for many legends, HALL OF FAME; 11. The Bee Gees’ “HE’S A Liar”; 15. “Seriously!”, I KID YOU NOT; 16. Social workers, ANTS; 17. Big entertainment center, TINSELTOWN; 18. Pig, SLOB; 19. M.’s counterpart, MME; 20. The Promised Land, ZION; 21. Like slaloms, ALPINE; 23. Basic verse option, ABAB; 25. Black, ONYX; 27. Dipsticks, ASSES; 28. Jazzy Jones, NORAH; 30. 1930 tariff act co-sponsor, SMOOT; 32. Bit of ink, TAT; 33. Man doing light work?: Abbr., TAE; 35. Id Checker, SUPEREGO; 37. Violent concert activity, MOSHING; 41. Nail-splitting sessions, TIRADES; 42. John McCain, e.g., for over five years, INTERNEE; 44. Caesar’s following, EAN; 45. Site of many departures: Abbr., STA; 46. Begonia, Geranium or Magnolia, GENUS; 48. "THX 1138" director, 1971, LUCAS52. Plant once considered a source of courage, THYME; 54. 45-Across info, ETAS; 56. Imitate a hot dog, PANT; 57. Defect effect, RECALL; 59. Jazzy Jones, ETTA; 61. Elvis’s heart?, VEE; 62. Singer/songwriter MacColl, EWAN; 63. Like instant messaging, IN REAL TIME; 66. Event for which percentages may be specified, SWALE; 67. What a criminal doesn’t want to leave, PAPER TRAIL; 68. “I Could Have Danced All Night” singer, 1956, SYMS; 69. Like some software, OPEN SOURCE.

Down — 1. One erasing marks, HITMAN; 2. Like Superman’s arms, often, AKIMBO; 3. Sequential, LINEAR; 4. Its HQ are in Temple Square, LDS; 5. Bringer of order in the court, OYEZ; 6. Page number, FOLIO; 7. Versatile furniture, FUTONS; 8. Unidentified people, ANONYMS; 9. Obliterate, with “down”, MOW; 10 Blower of giant smoke rings, ETNA; 11. Features of some diaries, HASPS; 12. Like privates, ENLISTED; 13. Much simpler time, STONE AGE; 14. Old construction danger, ASBESTOS; 22. Certain pass, LATERAL; 24. Clean up, BATHE; 26. Expunge, X OUT; 29. Do glue?, HAIR GEL; 31. Bee’s charge, OPIE; 34. Gender-altering ending, ENNE; 36. Incurred, RAN UP; 37. Many a tryst participant, MISTRESS; 38. Not yet born, ON THE WAY; 39. “Nobody panic”, STAY CALM; 40. Family hand-me-down?, GENE; 43. Sister of Clio, EUTERPE; 47. Sheet material, SATEEN; 49. Blini go-with, CAVIAR; 50 Weak, ANEMIC; 51. First African-American Republican National Committee chairman, STEELE; 53. They flow along bays, MANES; 55. “My STARS!”; 58. Way to slim down, for short, LIPO; 60. Opposite of bajo, ALTO; 64. Be off guard, NAP; 65. 1989 one-man show, TRU.


O Mistress mine, where are you roaming?
O, stay and hear; your true love's coming,
That can sing both high and low:
Trip no further, pretty sweeting;
Journeys end in lovers meeting,
Every wise man's son doth know.

What is love? 'Tis not hereafter;
Present mirth hath present laughter;
What's to come is still unsure:
In delay there lies not plenty;
Then, come kiss me, sweet and twenty,
Youth's a stuff will not endure.
~ O Mistress Mine, William Shakespeare

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