Cool news at TackyHarpersCrypticClues headquarters: we've seen a surge in web traffic! But thus also a surge in spam comments. It's always flattering, the spam. The first sentence is usually, like, “WOW!! This blog is packed with great info!!!” and we blush with pleasure.
The second sentence is, like, “Web sluxuriant krazee moriaty mosgrove acquittal Affiliate marketing.” Then a link to some dum spam site.
But popularity with robots is still popularity! You know that old show biz saying: “first the bots, then the masses.”
… why, yes. We do consider this blog to be under the ægis of show biz.
In unrelated news: currently we are obsessed with Snapchat© face swaps™ of we and Sweet V. We were hung up at first believing these are alt‑lesbian versions of ourselves. But now we're hung up on imagining these are our grown up daughters, who are friends, and come to visit their old ma and pa sometimes.
The Theme!A four‑quadrant construction with four fifteeners as lattices. We're told in the instructs that 1) is an across lattice so that the solution is unique. Ok.
Sweet V's solve of VIDEOCONFERENCE and early successes with quadrant C led to some speculative fill and good guesses. Final quadrants:
|QUADRANT B||QUADRANT D|
|QUADRANT A||QUADRANT C|
How does the title QUO VADIS relate to this Theme? We do not know, Dear Readers. Uncle Google says QUO VADIS means “where are you going?” in Latin and that it's also the titles of a buncha media including a 1951 film starring six‑time Oscar nominee Deborah Kerr. This is a surprising descrip on the 1924 film:
Watch the Apostles and other followers like Saul preach the gospel and spread the message of love and hope in this high quality entertaining animated feature for your kids and family.
That wholesome animated feature is out of step with most Quo Vadi, which reference Peter feeling afraid in Italy and high‑tailin it outta Rome to escape the toxic murderous climate against Christians. But on the way out he encounters Christ. And Pete asks, “quo vadis?” And his Prince of Peace answers, “o, not much, I'm going back to Rome to be re‑crucified.” And Pete is like, “o. I'm a coward.” So then he goes back to Rome where soon afterward the Romans crucify him upside down.
The grid construction definitely looks kinda Roman architectural agora'y. So maybe that's the idea. Dear Readers are of course invited to speculate further in the comments!
- 1) This one is our pick for Tacky Clue, see below
- 2) She invoices sums, concealing monkey business (15)
SHE INVOICES SUMS * anagram = MISCHIEVOUSNESS
- 3) Solving the problem when basketball player has this? l;(15)
TROUBLE SHOOTING (double syn)
- 4) Communication, if CEO reconvened organization? (15)
IF CEO RECONVENED organization = VIDEOCONFERENCE
An Academic Skype Conversation— Shit Academics Say (@AcademicsSay) June 1, 2014
A. "I still can't see you."
B. "Let me just try something."
A. "I'll just call you."
B. "Can you see me now."
Alla the resta the clues were sevensies, so we'll omit the letter count.
- 5) Here's the dish: knight is back to going both ways
((knight = SIR) is back = RIS) TO going both ways = RISOTTO
- 6) Cannabis, you are it! It's found by the pound!
(Cannabis = HASH) (you are it = TAG) = HASHTAG
- 9) Drag out gag that appears on street
(gag = RETCH) appears on (street = ST) = STRETCH
- 11) Squabble's royal focal point: putting underwear on backward
(royal = R) (focal point = HUB) (putting (underwear = BRA) backwards = ARB) = RHUBARB
But buh, any time BRA shows up it's a small unkind cut. A crappy underwire that poked through.
- 13) Pitt abs developed by one immersed in worship
PITT ABS * anagram = BAPTIST
- 14) A tropical theme plays cleverly in Company
PLAYS cleverly in (company = CO) = CALYPSO
- 15) I'm a fruit—get out of the office!
IM (a fruit = PEACH) = IMPEACH
- 16) Material that's sized for two male animals
two male animals = BUCK RAM = BUCKRAM
- 17) Brought to victory, Roman four does coming back around
(victory = V) (Roman four = IV) (does = DEER) coming back around = REVIVED
- 20) Diverse characters in a new edition
DIVERSE * anagram = REVISED
- 22) Harmful Burma‑Shave writing?
Burma‑Shave writing = AD VERSE = ADVERSE
- 23) Strange Latvian game
LATVIAN * anagram = VALIANT
- 25) Makes lower classes well‑spoken
(classes = LESSONS) well‑spoken = LESSENS
- 26) One dangerously wild flower in the Mideast, they say
(flower in the Mideast = TIGRIS) they say = TIGRESS
- 27) Contract to form brigade
form BRIGADE = ABRIDGE
- 28) Find us tragically enthralled by housecleaner? Just the opposite!
FinD US TRAGically = DUSTRAG
- 7) Makes new catalogues for big hotels
Makes new catalogues = RE‑SORTS = RESORTS
- 8) Mass movement gone crazy—there's rot in it!
crazy ROT IN IT = INTROIT
- 10) How Italians keep their cool and not riot when provoked
NOT RIOT when provoked = TORTONI
- 12) Exercises that are the same going up or down?
- 18) Unbounded and friendless but not at the end of the week
FRIENDLESS but not (at the end of the week = FRI) = ENDLESS
- 19) Plays with dialogue—initially I would bring up Rosebud e.g.
(DIALOGUE initially = D) (I WOULD = I'D) (bring up (ROSEBUD e.g. = SLED) = DLES) = DIDDLES
- 21) Northern riots broken up, left where there's a passing of wind
(Northern = N) RIOTS broken up (left = L) = NOSTRIL
I want this to just be FARTS.
Yes. Altho that would be Southern riots.
- 24) In Italy, everything from three on is late!
In Italy everything from three on = OVER DUE = OVERDUE
- 1) Frank: a gay soccer team won't hire him! (15)
STRAIGHT FORWARD (double syn.)
Um ok so um wut? Let's be real, the criteria a gay soccer team is likely to set for Hetero Frank qua new forward are:
- does he want to play on our gay soccer team?
- is he any good? (optional)
- get outta here breeder cuz it's gays only, Frank!!!!!!!
Most gay clubs in our experience are like the Palm Springs Gay Men's Chorus:
Non‑Discrimination StatementYou don't hafta be gay or a man. There just aren't enough gay hobbyists to get uptight about identity.
The Palm Springs Gay Men's Chorus does not discriminate in it's[sic] employment practices on the basis of: race/ethnicity, color, creed, national origin, ancestry, sexual orientation, gender, gender self‑identification, age, disability, veteran status, religion, or political beliefs.
Source: they's About page
This is really a fantasy that a gay soccer team would be as shitty and discriminatory as non‑gay soccer teams are. Which, semantically they would be more inclusive but in live real world practice, not so much.
Don't worry, we'll fix it:
- Blunt, neat, and fresh (15)
“fresh” as in “Marvin! Don't get fresh! [slap]” or “Marvin! How FORWARD of you!”