Solving => Today's Puzzles => Topic started by: magus on March 10, 2015, 09:34:56 AM

Title: Tue., 3/10 John Lampkin
Post by: magus on March 10, 2015, 09:34:56 AM
THEME:   Things William Tell   
GOOD ONES:        
Review of books?   AUDIT      
Nice NELLY is new to me perhaps because I'm from the East, as appropriate for a Magus.      
Elton John's title   SIR [better without the apostrophe so it could also be a three-letter song title]      
RATING:  :'(      
Three grins = Loved it; Two grins = Enjoyed it; One grin = A bit bland for my taste; One teardrop = Not much fun      
Title: Re: Tue., 3/10 John Lampkin
Post by: Thomps2525 on March 10, 2015, 04:38:37 PM
The term "Nice Nelly" refers to a person who is overly modest or prudish. It was first used in 1925. Today's crossword included ENDMOST for "Bringing up the rear." The word dates from the 11th century and means "situated at the very end." Why does the word even exist? Why did anyone in the 11th century feel the need to take the word "end" and add the superfluous word "most" to it? As for the definition, how is "the very end" any different from "the end"?

I'm reminded of the story of a teenager who tried to cut in line outside a movie theater. A man said, "Hey, go to the end of the line!" The boy replied, "I can't---there's already somebody there."