Ellen (ennienyc) wrote,

It's always the little things

The West Bend model 40005X timer/stopwatch I bought before Stamford is suddenly showing the letter C and 1:00:00 as a default display. Replacing the battery doesn't change this, and the manual is no help. I wrote the company, so we'll see if they have a clue.

I'm wearing the first new prescription today. You know, it's not that bad. Oy. I haven't done much reading though, and I probably won't like that. I have a headache, but it may be from the stress of the bag check incident earlier. Or because I haven't eaten today.

Today some newspapers printed NEXT week's NYT puzzle in syndication instead of the one from a week ago. It's unclear how that could have happened. I asked my mother to check the Miami Herald and they have the puzzle from 2 weeks ago; I don't know if they normally run on a 2-week delay. And it's by "David Levinson" without the Wilk. It's maddening to make sure everything is just right, and then have it made wrong by individual papers. Some leave off bylines entirely. Or don't italicize italicized clues, rendering a theme meaningless. I also remember a clue with an intentional typo to define TYPO or ERROR, and some brilliant copy editors corrected it.

I'm almost caught up on "Merv Griffin's Crosswords" viewing. "Uh-oh, here comes trouble!" Maybe the spoilers should arrive in a cloud of black smoke. There are always a few "Huh?" or "Eww" or "This could be a lot of things" clues but I didn't note them. More care needs to be taken in the order the clues are given and how much is showing, especially on the Crossword Extras. Don't expect people to get a 9-letter punny answer with nothing filled in. And contestants need to think more about how to navigate the final puzzle for maximum efficiency.

I watched another DCC. The dragon ladies in charge cut a girl for being too fat to properly wear the sacred uniform (2 hankies and some fringe). She was not heavy by any normal standard. What's heavy is everyone's makeup; I'm surprised their faces don't all melt. And still I tune in.

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