But recently they seem to have gotten hard again. I don't really want to spend 20-30 minutes in the morning doing the crossword--7 to 10 is fine with me. But I seem to be creeping back up there. Today's puzzle took me 22 minutes, including looking up words in the crossword dictionary. Now, really:
- Black currant liquer: cassis
- Munich's river: Isar (maybe if you've been to munich you'd know this? Why have I never heard of it?)
- Swenson of "Benson": Inga. Inga? OK, I don't watch TV. That's a TV show, right?
- Green finch: serin. (You'd think that, as a Finch myself, I'd know. But no.)
- Long stole: Tippet (that wasn't even in my crossword dictionaries.)
- Cell body: Soma (should I have remembered that from biology? I don't think I heard it before--)
- Carolina rail: Sora (yeah, right)
- Whole: Unitary (unitary? Jeez, we're stretching here)
- Stubby, erect tail: scut (even with all the dog-related research I've done, I've never heard this term)
- Russian chess great: Tal (OK, chess players might know this. I've never heard the name, that I know of)
- Communion plates: patens (maybe if I'd ever had communion I'd know this. Do communionators know this, or do they call them "communion plates"?)
OK, I DID know that a black cuckoo is: Ani (from doing crossword puzzles only), that a grain beard is: Awn (from doing crossword puzzles), that an inverse math function is: arcsine (after filling in 3 or 4 of the letters first), and that a Flemish map maker is: Mercator (ditto), but this one just really seemed to have more than its share of obscure terms.