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Bill’s errors: 2
- FOLDEROL (folderow)
- MCCALL’S (McCawl’s)
Today’s Wiki-est, Amazonian Googlies
Raid insecticide has been killing bugs since 1956.
7…Pass after all else failed?..HAIL MARY
A “Hail Mary pass” (also called “the long bomb”) is a desperation move in American football in which a long pass is thrown with very little chance of a success, right at the the end of a game or at the end of a half. The term dates back to thirties, and was probably first used at Notre Dame. The “Hail Mary” is a prayer in the Christian tradition that is of particular significance Roman Catholicism.
15…Mine shaft tool..TREPAN
A trepan is a boring tool used to sink mineshafts.
17…Cab Calloway catchphrase..HI-DE-HO
Cab Calloway was a famous jazz singer and bandleader who enjoyed most of his fame in the thirties and forties. His best known recording was the song “Minnie the Moocher” which had a chorus that used the “words” “hi-de-hi” and “hi-de-ho”. Calloway became so associated with the song he earned the nickname “The Hi De Ho Man”.
A winesap is a small and tart apple, often used for making cider.
There are a couple of theories about the origins of the Jonathan cultivar of apple. The most likely is that it was developed from an Esopus Spitzenburg seedling on a farm in Woodstock, New York. Originally called the “Rick” apple, after farm-owner Philip Rick, it was renamed by the president of the Albany Horticultural Society. He chose the name “Jonathan” after Jonathan Hasbrouck, a society member who brought the cultivar to the president’s attention.
19…She plays Hermione in “Harry Potter” films..EMMA
Emma Watson is the English actress famous for playing Hermione Granger in the “Harry Potter” series of movies. Watson continued her education while pursuing her acting career and studied at Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island.
“Sofa” is a Turkish word meaning “bench”.
The leek is a vegetable closely related to the onion and the garlic. It is also a national emblem of Wales (along with the daffodil), although I don’t think we know for sure how this came to be. One story is that the Welsh were ordered to wear leeks in their helmets to identify themselves in a battle against the Saxons. Apparently, the battle took place in a field of leeks.
24…Big name in diamonds..ZALES
The first Zales jewelry store was opened by Morris and William Zale and Ben Lipshy in Wichita Falls, Texas, in 1924. Zales became successful largely by offering credit to their customers, a revolutionary concept at the time.
In large Christian churches, the nave is the main approach to the altar, where most of the congregation are seated.
Ronald Reagan started out his political career as a member of the Democratic Party, but switched to the Republicans in the early fifties. Reagan served as Governor of California for eight years, and vied unsuccessfully for the nomination for US President on two occasions. He finally succeeded in 1980 and defeated President Jimmy Carter to become the 40th US President in 1981.
29…Old tankard material..PEWTER
Pewter is a relatively soft alloy that is made up mostly of tin, with some copper, antimony, bismuth and lead.
31…Stallone, in “Capone”..NITTI
Frank Nitti was one of the top henchmen working for Al Capone. Unlike American-born Capone, Nitti was actually from Italy and was born near the city of Salerno. When Capone was eventually put away for 11 years for tax evasion, Nitti was convicted of the same crime. Nitti was only imprisoned for 18 months, and when released he was labelled as the new head of Capone’s Chicago Outfit. However the truth seems to be that he was just a frontman, with others making the decisions.
“Capone” is a 1975 biopic about infamous gangster Al Capone, with Ben Gazzara playing the title character. Sylvester Stallone makes an early film appearance as Frank “The Enforcer” Nitti, just one year before he hit the big time with “Rocky”.
33…Name on some euros..ESPANA
In Spanish, “Spain” is written as “España”.
“Tourney” is another word for a tournament. The term comes from the Old French word for “contest of armed men”, with “tournoier” meaning “to joust, jilt”.
“Chow” is an American slang term for food that originated in California in the mid-1800s. “Chow” comes from the Chinese pidgin English “chow-chow” meaning “food”.
In law, a “brief” is a written argument submitted to a court. The term ultimately derives from the Latin “brevis” meaning “short”.
Starbucks is a coffee company based in Seattle, Washington. It is the largest coffeehouse company in the world and has over 19,000 stores. In the 1990s, Starbucks was opening one new store every single day! Starbucks is named after the chief mate on the Pequod in Herman Melville’s book “Moby Dick”.
“Upsy-daisy” is an interjection sometimes used when lifting up a child. It’s “baby talk”, words of reassurance.
“Falderal” (also “folderal”) is a nonsense word that originated in the 18th century. Aptly enough, “folderol” means “nonsense”.
60…Where Mark Twain married Olivia Langdon..ELMIRA
Elmira is a city in the southern tier of New York State located closed close to the border with Pennsylvania. Elmira was also the family home of Olivia Langdon, wife of Samuel Clemens (aka Mark Twain). Mark Twain and family are buried in Elmira’s Woodlawn Cemetery.
62…Paratrooper’s start..FREE FALL
The term “parachute” was coined by Frenchman François Blanchard, from “para-” meaning “defence against” and “chute” meaning “a fall”.
The commuters were packed in like sardines in a can.
65…Bands of cerebral nerve fibers..PONTES
In anatomical terms, a “pons” (plural “pontes”) is a slender tissue joining two parts of an organ. “Pons” is Latin for “bridge”. Sometimes the term “pons” is used to describe a band of nerve fibers on the front of the brain stem that links (“bridges”) the medulla oblongata and the cerebellum with the upper part of the brain. This band is referred to more completely as the pons Varolii.
1…Napa County city that’s home to Beringer Vineyards..ST HELENA
St. Helena is a city in the Napa Valley wine region of California. There is only one chain restaurant within the city limits, because legislation was passed preventing chain restaurants from setting up shop in St. Helena. That one restaurant was in business before the law was enacted.
4…Vertical, more or less..APEAK
“Apeak” is a nautical term meaning “vertical”, as in “the oarsmen held their oars apeak”.
You snooze, you lose.
7…”The Shape of Things to Come” author..HG WELLS
The HG Wells science-fiction tale “The Shape of Things to Come”, written in 1933, predicts a global conflict (WWII) that breaks out in 1940 lasting for ten years, after which chaos reigns as no victor emerges. After worldwide plague, a benevolent dictatorship emerges and the world moves towards a serene utopia. In time, the dictators are overthrown and peacefully retired, and the people of the Earth live happily ever after. All are citizens of one global state, with its capital in Basra in the Middle East.
9…Ziering of “Sharknado”..IAN
Ian Ziering is an actor best-known for playing Steve Sanders on the TV show “Beverly Hills, 90210”.
“Sharknado” is a 2013 tongue-in-cheek disaster movie that was made for the Syfy television channel. The basis of the plot is a freak hurricane that hits Los Angeles, resulting in a flood that leaves man-eating sharks roaming the city. I don’t think so …
Soap is basically made by adding a strong alkali (like lye) to a fat (like olive oil or palm oil). The fats break down in the basic solution in a process called saponification. The crude soap is extracted from the mixture, washed, purified and finished in molds.
11…Stinging builder of mud nests..MASON WASP
Potter wasps (also known as “mason wasps”) are named for the shape of the mud nest that they build.
13…Work on, as a road..REPAVE
Back in Ireland, the “pavement” is what we call the “footpath” (because the footpath is “paved”!). It’s very confusing when you arrive in this country from Ireland, and a little dangerous when one has been taught to “walk on the pavement” …
14…With 12-Down, 1994 Peace Prize sharer..YASSER …
12…See 14-Down.. …ARAFAT
Yasser (also Yasir) Arafat was born in Cairo in 1929, the son of two Palestinians and the second-youngest of seven children. Arafat was beaten by his father as a child and so did not have a good relationship with him. Arafat did not attend his father’s funeral, nor did he visit his grave. The beatings were apparently administered because the young Arafat was repeatedly attending religious services in the Jewish quarter of Cairo. Arafat’s explanation was that he wanted to “study the mentality” of the Jewish people.
21…Peace Nobelist of 1983..WALESA
Lech Walesa worked as an electrician in the Gdansk Shipyards in Poland. Walesa was active in the trade union movement in the days when unions were not welcome behind the Iron Curtain. His efforts resulted in the founding of Solidarity, the first independent trade union in Soviet-controlled territory. For his work, Walesa was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1983, and in 1990 he became the first democratically elected President of Poland. He has lost support in Poland in recent years, but he is a very popular booking on the international speaking circuit.
Cirrus (plural “cirri”) clouds are those lovely wispy, white strands that are often called “mare’s tails”.
32…Like tournament favorites..TOP-SEEDED
A “seeded” player or team in a tournament is one given a preliminary ranking that is used in the initial draw. The intention is that the better competitors do are less likely to meet each other in the early rounds.
A pasha was a high-ranking official in the Ottoman Empire, roughly equivalent to the English rank of “lord”.
I have not been a fan of Daniel Craig as James Bond (preferring Sean Connery and Pierce Brosnan in the role). However, I saw “Skyfall” when it first came out and have been won over. “Skyfall” is one of the best Bond films so far, in my humble opinion. And, Adele’s rendition of the title song is an added plus …
38…Medium for da Vinci..OIL PAINT
Leonardo da Vinci was perhaps the most diversely talented person who ever contributed to society. He was a gifted painter, sculptor, architect, musician, mathematician, engineer, inventor, anatomist, geologist, cartographer and writer. Da Vinci’s mural “The Last Supper” is the most reproduced work of art in the world.
42…Magazine renamed Rosie in 2001..MCCALL’S
“McCall’s” was a women’s magazine published monthly. The magazine started out life in 1873 under the title “The Queen”, becoming “McCall’s Magazine—The Queen of Fashion” in 1897. Entertainer Rosie O’Donnell took over editorial direction in 2000, and the publication was renamed to “Rosie” in 2001. “Rosie” folded at the end of 2002.
In the television sitcom “Bewitched”, Endora was Samantha’s mother, with mother, daughter and indeed granddaughter having the magical powers accorded to witches. Endora was played flamboyantly by Agnes Moorehead.
46…Worker in a cage..TELLER
“To tell” can mean “to count”, as in “telling one’s blessings” and “there are 16, all told”. This usage of the word “tell” gives us the term “bank teller”.
In French, one might learn “une leçon” (a lesson) in an “école” (school).
The French city of Nice is on the Mediterranean coast in the southeast of the country. Although Nice is only the fifth most populous city in France, it is home to the busiest airport outside of Paris. That’s because of all the tourists flocking to the French Riviera.
The verb “to unman” means to deprive of courage or virility. Back in the late 16th century, the term meant “to deprive of the attributes of a human being”.
Savings and Loan (S&L)
61…Early August arrival..LEO
Leo is the fifth astrological sign of the Zodiac. People born from July 23 to August 22 are Leos.