This is Buzzy's Country Store blog designed to keep you apprised of what's going on at the Store. Buzzy's is a general store located in St. Mary's County, Southern Maryland near Pt. Lookout State Park. Buzzy and Jean Ridgell purchased the Store from Jean's father Harry Raley in 1953. Buzzy operated it until his passing in 2009. His son J. Scott Ridgell is the current owner.

Friday, September 24, 2021

Um, Puzzle Me This

My Mom used to enjoy doing the Washington Post crossword puzzle.  I would attempt to do it too but usually would give up about halfway thru out of frustration because I couldn't figure it out.  I would later ask Mom about it because I knew that she had solved it.  

Now remember, all this was back in the good old days when both Mom and I received a hard copy of the newspaper.  Today, I work the puzzle on line where they feature a Reveal Button that allows me to cheat and look up the answer(s.)  (The Washington Post has a paywall, but they use the LA Times puzzle which is available online for free if you want to check it out (click here.))

The Friday puzzle is generally a little harder to do than the previous ones in the week.  Monday's is the easiest and I can vouch for that because it is the only one of the week where I don't have to cheat to solve it.  

However, today, I cheated and I cheated a lot by hitting the Reveal Button several times.  But guess what?  Even after I had completed the puzzle, I still could not decipher what the hell the main theme i.e. the 4 big answers/clues were talking about.  Here they are:

As with alot of these puzzles, the 4th main clue refers back to the other three and solves the overall puzzle theme.  Here was this puzzle's 4th clue:
Assuming that you didn't bother going to the LA Times site to solve the puzzle for yourself, here then are the hi-lited answers to these 4 clues.
Get it?  Well, neither did I.  Unfortunately there was no Reveal Button to explain what it all meant.  

Semi-ticked off, and with no Mom around for her to explain it to me, I had another cup of coffee and dug in to figure it out.  Well, I eventually did.  (Won't tell you how long it took me to do so but I did finally figure it out.)

Needless to say I miss having Mom here to share and discuss all of this because I know that she would have figured it out immediately.

OK, since the White Album was mentioned, how's about John's song on it to his Mom?  She died in a car accident when he was 17 years old.  Wonder if she ever helped him out on doing crossword puzzles.

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