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Author Topic: Time (and a half) for the February 28 crossword  (Read 2344 times)


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Time (and a half) for the February 28 crossword
« on: February 28, 2016, 02:17:22 PM »
The title -- and theme -- of today's crossword by Jeffrey Wechsler is "Putting in Overtime." Familiar phrases are altered with the addition of OT:

Child-friendly? SUITEDTOATOT
Moor's money pool? OTHELLOKITTY
Cold weather moisturizer? THELOTIONINWINTER
Best Western fishing amenities? MOTELBROOKS
Queen's body double? OTHERROYALMAJESTY
Business where lines are discouraged? BOTOXOFFICE
Did away with voting? DROPPEDTHEBALLOT
Pirate treasure at your neighbor's house? THEBOOTYNEXTDOOR

The Lion In Winter was a 1966 Broadway play written by James Goodman. It was set at Christmastime 1183 and dramatized the personal problems and political battles of King Henry II and his wife and three sons. I say "dramatized" but actually the play was fictional.  A 1968 movie version of the play starred Peter O'Toole and Katharine Hepburn. A 2003 made-for-tv movie  starred Patrick Stewart and Glenn Close.

"Real Madrid's game" is FUTBOL, which is not used in English. "Alberto's alternative, with 'el'" is OTRO, which is not used in English. "Latin dating word" is ANNO, which is not used in English. "Zwei quadrupled" is ACHT, which is not used in English. "Omsk objection" is NYET, which is not used in English. "Jacques' ' ___ bien'" is TRES, which is not used in English. "___  à manger: dining room" is SALLE, which is not used in English.

"Noodle variety" is SOBA. The word means "buckwheat" in Japanese and refers to thin noodles made from buckwheat flour. In Japan, soba is combined with broth to make hot soup. During warm weather, the Japanese eat cold soba with a dipping sauce.

"First named Atlantic storm in 10 different years to date" is ARLENE. That name was last used in 2011. The National Hurricane Center assigns names to each year's storms and hurricanes chronologically and alphabetically, alternating between male and female. Names are re-used every six years, although names of major hurricanes are permanently retired. For more information, plus forecasts and data, go to the National Hurricane Center  website:


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