Yow! I'm running late this week (as usual) and this morning when I was going to type up tonight's diary I discovered I'd misplaced my notes for the puzzle I intended to post tonight. Lots of other stuff I needed to be doing so after quick search failed to turn them up I decided it would be better use of time to simply construct new set of answers. Let's see if I managed to come up with clues and answers which actually work...

Tonight's puzzle once again features a book which deserves spotlighting. I'm pretty sure most of you won't have read it yet, since it won't be published until April. But I've read it already (from an uncorrected proof copy) and liked it a lot. It's an especially good book to recommend to (or donate to) your local library. What book is it? Well, there's one way to find out...

One of last week's puzzles went unsolved, so you get a second chance at cracking that this week as well.

And don't forget that next week is potluck Sunday, when everyone is invited to bring along a puzzle to share. Hope to see you in comments tonight, and hope to see you back for the party next week!

Here are the clues for tonight's JulieCrostic. If you're familiar with JulieCrostics, jump right in! If you're new to Sunday Puzzle and don't yet know how JulieCrostics work you can find complete instructions in the bottom part of this diary.

1. also
2. Portuguese port
3. name scan
4. rancor
5. before I see it ...
6. alien android
7. long-running show
8. counterfeit thousand
9. thanks
10. kind of garden
11. what Beck peddles
12. Wilson's predecessor or successor
13. to some it means yes
14. T
15. Anthony Stewart
16. benefit or penalty
17. Mr. Bones
18. class helpers
19. kind of chance
20. bloomers at night
21. Fairbanks studio
22. name for Egypt
23. mountain range
24. free delivery type
25. sturgeon story
26. English follower
27. ride
28. moves quickly
29. better than a cat
30. person who owns falcons
As usual for a Sunday night it would be wise:
• (a) not to trust the clue capitalization;
• (b) not to trust the clue punctuation;
• (c) not to trust the way the clues are grouped (the gremlins like to put the clues into tidy little bunches of three regardless of how many answers there actually are in a row);
• (d) and (just to play it safe) to be a little wary of word spacing.

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Puzzle Party / SUNDAY PUZZLE / Puzzle Party / SUNDAY PUZZLE / Puzzle Party /
SUNDAY PUZZLE / Puzzle Party / SUNDAY PUZZLE / Puzzle Party / SUNDAY PUZZLE /
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Last week I posted two Crypto-Gremlins.

(Crypto-gremlins are a special kind of cryptogram -- ones which can't be solved by online programs which run through every possible letter substitution, but which can be solved by reasoning and creative thinking. If you're not familiar with this kind of puzzle you can find a detailed explanation of how they work here.)

JoeXM posted the solution to one of the two (a quote from Katha Pollitt). But the other one went unsolved, so I'm posting it again tonight. Please don't make me re-post it again next week for the potluck! (I have a much more tasty puzzle cooked up for that...)

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• easy tips!(4+ / 0-)
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Since I was running late  today, I tried to construct a puzzle which wouldn't be too hard to solve (both in order to avoid embarrassing errors on my part, and to let you folks solve it more quickly so I can get back to work more quickly on the other stuff I'm running late on).

The weather warmed up considerably here this past week (into the 60s and close to 70) and I spent a lot of the daytime outside climbing around in trees. It was warm enough for me to make a 2-day trip (Tuesday and Wednesday) over to an organic nursery to prune some trees there, and yesterday I went up to prune for some friends just over the state line in Kentucky. This coming week we're going back down into cooler temperatures (supposed to go down to 13 Wednesday night!) so I'll mostly be pruning the trees here at home. The cats certainly prefer it when I don't wander off, and don't understand why I like to go elsewhere to prune sometimes when there are more than enough trees and bushes and vines to prune here.

5 minutes to diary post time, so I've got just enough time to post this comment and then get a fire going in the wood stove for the night (since it's supposed to go down into the mid-20s tonight).

Hope you enjoy tonight's puzzle, and hope you can be here next week for the monthly potluck party!

• 30 is (4+ / 0-)
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BLANK !

• 29(3+ / 0-)
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is there NOTHING better than a cat?

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• for this clue I consulted ...(3+ / 0-)
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my cats, and they all insisted there is nothing better. (So I didn't bother checking Wikipedia or the dictionary on this one. The cats said that any sensible source would agree, and any source which didn't agree wasn't worth referring to.)

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• 1,2(4+ / 0-)
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AND
DONA

3?

• 23-24(4+ / 0-)

23 ural
24 rural

I'm actually on time tonight!

• 5-8 but with no confidence(4+ / 0-)
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ah
Sam
MASH
sham k

• 26-28(3+ / 0-)
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LIT
LIFT
FLITS

29 is nothing, of course.

• 13-14(4+ / 0-)

13 no
14 ton

But I'm not confident on these until we rget 15-16.

• 15(4+ / 0-)
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could be

TONY

• 13(4+ / 0-)
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DA (Russian for thanks)

• beat me by 8 seconds(3+ / 0-)
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but it's Russian for yes, not thanks (yeah, I can read the language...)

• Yeah, I can read Cyrillic, too.(3+ / 0-)
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science, Nova Land, Villanova Rhodes

spacibo

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• D'oh. That's English for "answering 13 while(3+ / 0-)
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looking at 9" -- yikes.

• 15, 16(4+ / 0-)
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I think are
and
Death

• 13(4+ / 0-)
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would be DA

• Ahem(4+ / 0-)
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Excuse me.

I hate Buffy. So lame.

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• Fair enough!(4+ / 0-)
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• Ha!(3+ / 0-)
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I notice that I did not get a recommend from Nova after dissing Buffy.

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• you didn't?(3+ / 0-)
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That's odd; I'm sure I recced the comment.

(I still think the Buffy tv series was great -- at least for the first 6 seasons; the last season wasn't quite as good -- but I can respect that not everyone shares that opinion.)

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• Yes, you did.(2+ / 0-)
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I can't take back my comment. But you did rec it.

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• 14(5+ / 0-)

DAH from Morse Code

3 pets
4 spite

• Here's the second CG that I forgot to post(4+ / 0-)
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A new ad from national Republicans in the special election to replace
the late M.S. Rep. C.W. Bill Young features something old, something
new, something borrowed, but not much that is true.

• Verticals beginning(4+ / 0-)

The Harlem ell*ik*ter

I guess that means sam is wrong for 6, which has to be an anagram of sah (ash?)

• perahps 6 is wrong(4+ / 0-)
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the verticals might then start THE HARLEM

• 26,28 (3+ / 0-)
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26 lit
28 flits

But I'm not sure, since I cant see a 27 that works

• 27(4+ / 0-)

Oh duh, 27 is lift.

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• 25(3+ / 0-)
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it!

Its apparently the title of a short story by a Mr. Sturgeon. I was googling to see if the antagonist in Stephen King's It (which I've never read) was a overgrown sturgeon.

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• quick DKU note on the Sturgeon story(1+ / 0-)
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Theodore Sturgeon was a prominent 20th century science fiction and fantasy writer.  (He also ghosted at least one Ellery Queen novel).

"It!" is one of his most famous stories, and served as inspiration for a number of comic book characters such as DC's Swamp Thing and Marvel's Man-Thing.

Even if you aren't familiar with Sturgeon, you are likely familiar with Sturgeon's Law. Here's the story as I recall it. During a presentation Sturgeon was making at a university, a person in the audience said, I read a bunch of science fiction last night and 90% of it was crap. To which Sturgeon replied, Yes -- but 90% of everything is crap.

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• see above(4+ / 0-)
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27 is LIFT

• VERTICALS(4+ / 0-)
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The Harlem Hellfighters   (a wwI group)

• 6 is(4+ / 0-)
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• 9-13(4+ / 0-)
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TA
TEA
HEAT
HEATH (pm of the uk)

• quick note on 12(3+ / 0-)
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Yes, the answer is Edward Heath, who was the British prime minister from 1970 to 1974. He was preceded by Edmund Wilson, who served from 1964 to 1970, and he was followed by Edmund Wilson, who served from 1974 to 1976.

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• 10-12(4+ / 0-)

10 tea
11 hate
12 heath

9 is an anagram of ta???

• And we're done.(4+ / 0-)
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I'll try to have something for the potluck next week...

• small hint for 6(4+ / 0-)
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although y'all may have solved it already by the time this hint posts.

When a clue gives you trouble, it may be due to gremlins. In this case, I'd recommend double-checking the capitalization...

• great job in a short turnaround, Nova!(3+ / 0-)
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Thanks as always.

• DKU note on the spotlighted book(1+ / 0-)
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The Harlem Hellfighters is a graphic novel about a group of young black men and the world they live in. It does a very good job of depicting the racism of the time they lived in and the realities of war.

Next year will mark the 100th anniversary of the beginning of the First World War, or, as many called it “The War To End All Wars.” While America entered the war to “make the world safe for democracy,” democracy wasn’t yet safe for all Americans. In 1917, as millions of American men trained, armed, and prepared to serve, one particular unit was purposely set up to fail by their own government. Because these soldiers were African American, the U.S. Army feared their success might inspire and empower others in their community. These soldiers were humiliated, sabotaged, and ultimately forbidden from fighting alongside other American troops. As a result they were passed off to the French Army and despite continued meddling from Washington, ended up returning as some of the most decorated heroes in the entire war.
The book is written by Max Brooks  and illustrated by Canaan White.

The pages of the story aren't numbered (which, sadly, is all-too-common with comics and graphic novels these days) but the story runs about 240 pages -- and my main regret, on finishing the book, is that it didn't run another 240 pages in order to tell more of the story and fill in more of the details.

This is one of a number of comics and graphic novels coming out this year about black history, and would in my opinion make an excellent addition to the shelves of public libraries and school libraries.