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  •  Possible 3,4 (3+ / 0-)
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    science, Nova Land, nonnie9999

    is sad - sadist

    "I suppose it's never any surprise that a sham, when it falls apart, falls apart so quickly and thoroughly." - from Sea of Tranquillity by Paul Russell

    by wayoutinthestix on Thu May 22, 2008 at 04:45:53 PM PDT

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    •  GOT 1,2 !!! (3+ / 0-)

      Given "is sad" and "sadist", then 1 must be an anagram of "asi".  An Okinawan weapon is called a "sai" (google it).

      Then 2 would be "as is".  I can see a vague connection to "skilled at recall", but not a strong one.

      So:  sai    as is     is sad   sadist

      All that's left is the bizarre HHH claim.

      •  Ha! (2+ / 0-)
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        Nova Land, nonnie9999

        I did try to look up sai in the dictionary but found nothing. ISSA or some combination could be a security agency of some sort.

        "I suppose it's never any surprise that a sham, when it falls apart, falls apart so quickly and thoroughly." - from Sea of Tranquillity by Paul Russell

        by wayoutinthestix on Thu May 22, 2008 at 04:56:57 PM PDT

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        •  ISSA (3+ / 0-)

          International Slurry Surfacing Assn.

          International Ship Suppliers Assn.

          Information Systems Security Assn.  (aha!)

          That could be it.  Either "as is" or "ISSA" is it.  Done for now.

          Except that damned HHH "fifthh" clue.....

          Maybe tomorrow...

        •  I'm surprised it's not in the dictionary (2+ / 0-)
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          nonnie9999, wayoutinthestix

          ... but I just checked dictionary.com and you're right; it doesn't seem to be listed there.  (It is listed in Wikipedia, though.  And a Google search for sai brings up the Wikipedia entry as the very second hit, so it's reasonably easy to find if one knows to look for it.)

          I just assumed everyone was familiar with sais, since they were Elektra's favorite weapon and were featured prominently in a number of classic stories.

          (Here's a picture of Elektra with a sai, to save you having to dig out your back issues.)

          •  Nova, (2+ / 0-)
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            Nova Land, nonnie9999

            I just assumed everyone was familiar with sais, since they were Elektra's favorite weapon and were featured prominently in a number of classic stories.

            You seem to think we all live and breathe comic books. Not me, at least. I didn't read them as a child or ever since. Sorry :)

            "I suppose it's never any surprise that a sham, when it falls apart, falls apart so quickly and thoroughly." - from Sea of Tranquillity by Paul Russell

            by wayoutinthestix on Thu May 22, 2008 at 07:20:55 PM PDT

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            •  tongue slightly in cheek (1+ / 0-)
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              wayoutinthestix

              I confess: I didn't really assume everyone was familiar with Elektra.  

              (I mean, she's a Marvel character, and all serious students of literature read DC.)

              This wasn't really a comics-related clue.  While I'm mainly familiar with the sai from its use in Elektra back in the 1980s, I think it's reasonably well-known outside of comics circles.  

              It should be noted that I did use only one comics-related clue this time, and that more from necessity than choice.  For line 6, I needed to add on the letters B N I.  Working backwoard from the longest word, I could see a good possibility in brains, brans, bras.  The catch was that left me with the letters A R S for the 3-letter word.  

              I had already used ars once, and it occurred to me to use it twice, with a clue for # 21 saying "Same as # 5" or "See clue # 5".  That idea had a certain appeal, and for a while I considered doing it.  But since # 5 was the middle item in a set of three, and # 21 was the third item in a set of three, that seemed likely to get people thinking that there might not be 3 words per row.

              I could have gone with Ras as in the plural of the Egyptian sun god, but I wasn't fond of that.  Fortunately there was a well-known comics character whose name fit those letters perfectly...

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