Wednesday, April 27, 2005

Morning sickness

Today's crossword is a running quote across three lines, compiled by Lyell Rodieck. The quote is cute, but I cannot comiserate because I am not one who owns a pet. "There's no snooze button on a cat who wants breakfast."

Cute clue:
Beaverlike? - eager
Ancient Mariner, e.g. - oldseadog

Things to know:
Linda Ellerbee - NBC, ABC anchor and journalist. Authored And So It Goes and Move On.
Lepidopterist - Butterfly enthusiast
Albedo - a measure of reflectivity of a surface or body, ie planets.
Aspic - a dish in which ingredients are set into a gelatin, made from a meat stock or consumme.

And since Etna comes up a lot, let me do a highschool report on it. Etna is an active volcano on the east coast of Sicily, close to Messina and Catania. It is the largest volcano in Europe, and three times the height of the next largest, Mount Vesuvius. It is one of the most active volcanoes in the world and is in an almost constant state of eruption. Virgil wrote about its eruption in the Aeneid. 20th century eruptions occurred in 1949, 1971, 1991, and 2000. In 2001-2002, the biggest series of eruptions for many years threw up a huge column of ash that could easily be seen from space and fell as far away as Libya, on the far side of the Mediterranean Sea. Here's an Etna webcam.


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