lalita larking

An obsession with cryptic crosswords. Everything else falls in place.

Location: Kolkata, India

Thursday, June 28, 2007

En passant

Missus Em is sulking. She is in a snit. Her blog is accused of being incomprehensible. So she is going to write an erudite post so full of scholarship that it will boggle minds and drop jaws at the breadth of her knowledge. You have been warned.

Laurence Olivier could 'value cornier lie', but Alec Guinness had 'genuine class'.

George Bush, 'he bugs Gore', they say, they do.
George W Bush, 'he grew bogus' they say too.
Yes, President George 'Dubya' Bush is
'Ego upset by pride and hubris'.
But Tony Blair is 'only a Brit'
Even for Americans 'tis only a 'tiny labor' to discover it.

Paris Hilton is 'an Irish plot' and Victoria Beckham is an 'abhor cake victim'.

But Missus Em will have nothing to do with these film types, these political types and society types. She prefers to contemplate loftier ideas.

Ludwig van Beethoven was a 'Vienna vet who bugled' whereas Wilhelm Richard Wagner will 'cling harder while warm'. Did Sergei Rachmaninov 'ever sing a harmonic' as a 'sovereign chairman' or Maurice Ravel have a 'Valium career'?

Romeo and Juliet were 'la mort d'une joie' but Julius Caesar was a victim of 'casual juries'. William Shakespeare might have modestly said, 'I am a weakish speller', but 'we all make his praise'.

Satanic Verses was thought to be in 'Satan's service' and saw 'vast increases' in hatred for him and Salman Rushdie had to 'run amid hassle' because they thought he said 'read, shun Islam'.

A 'trap of hoping soon' is what readers will get caught in if they expect Missus Em to lark now; because 'apropos of nothing' is her new motto. Missus Em won't write about a topic any more, she won't. Missus Em refuses to be mollified. A 'problem in Chinese' it may be, but incomprehensible she will remain.

En passant and in 'an aptness' too, here is a link to a truly mind-boggling news item. Missus Em wishes she had thought of it when she still had a dog. Missus Em recommends that you read it and laugh.



Anonymous dipali said...

Loved it, Lali! The link was hilarious, too. Since we've all had a good laugh, pray be mollified and out of your snit....

9:21 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Romeo and Juliet is one jilted amour, too.

Secret Admirer

11:26 pm  
Anonymous Ash said...

A lovely post, Lali. Be nice now and get back to the heavy stuff.

12:06 am  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The mind boggled and the jaw did drop, Matilda! Please spare us and get back to your old self!


5:33 pm  
Blogger Priya said...

haahaahaaheeheeeheehe. As Doc Em ordered :)

8:06 am  
Blogger Lalita said...

Dipali- Nothing doing. In a snit I am, in a snit I shall remain.

Anon- Get a name.

Ash- I am going to be an airhead chick, so there. No heavy lifting for me, tee hee.

Anon2- Hi. Welcome back, None. Thou shalt not be spared.

Priya- Doc Em orders that you get in touch, get back to blogging too. What is the use? You won't pay any attention.

12:05 pm  
Blogger Rimi said...

Aha, finally! We see you missed the Bill Clinton one, Lali, for all that he was a poor political type only.

I see you are advised to get back to the 'heavy stuff'. Since when is heavy stuff manufactured at Chez Em, love? I never noticed the heaviness myself :-)

12:47 pm  
Blogger Chenthil said...

A few Indian Blogger anagrams

The Maanga - A ahem gnat
Dabbler - Lab bred
Selective Amnesia - A seventies malice (or) A camel envies site
India Uncut - A Cud in 'nu tin (or) 'Nu acid in nut
Sad Old Bong - Bald Godson
Within/Without - Hi With wit unto

A bunch of smileys are in order I guess, for stepping on so many foot.

2:18 pm  
Blogger Lalita said...

Rimi- Right you are, darling. I do lightest of light fluffy stuff only. But Bill Clinton has been done ad nauseam, really.

Chenthil- Here is my two bits.

The Maanga-A ham agent, Aha magnet
Dabbler- Dr. Babel
Selective Amnesia- Ace sensitive male
India Uncut- Unit in a cud
Sad Old Bong- Bland goods

I can't think of another for Within/Without though. And DesiPundit is sided input. Hah!

3:23 pm  
Blogger Priya said...

Blogging? That's for the erudite only. I'm happy to be dumb, thank you ;-)

4:04 pm  
Blogger Lalita said...

Priya- Yeah, you be dumb, I'll be blonde. :-)

5:40 pm  
Blogger Lalita said...


Selective Amnesia- Is a set evil menace
Recursive Hypocrisy- Is hyper, cursory vice
The Madrasi Chick- Thickhead racism
Lalita Larking- A killing altar

Tee hee.

7:19 pm  
Anonymous dipali said...

Slayed, Lali:)

7:43 pm  
Anonymous Rajesh said...

RA acting up, it seems. Nice post, but you can do anagrams in your sleep. How about some fiction, Lali?

3:02 pm  
Blogger Lalita said...

Dipali- *bows*

Rajesh- RA is the same. I can do crosswords in my sleep too. Last night I dreamt I solved an Araucaria themed puzzle, great clues and all. It was sad to wake up and find it was only a dream. :-)

6:29 pm  
Blogger Priya said...

:D yeah "dumb dumb" diga diga, mausam bhiga bhiga,... Mein toh chala, mein to chala, mein to chala, :P

6:49 pm  
Blogger Lalita said...

Dumb arrow dum... Angel I die happy now. :-)

7:56 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Secret admirer sulks- desires smarter luck, but
luck resists dreamer

Secret admirer #2

9:59 pm  
Anonymous Ash said...

Now what? Is this becoming a contest? And who on earth is #2? Your blog is being haunted by anon ghosts Lali.

@Rimi- Her poetry and language pieces are lightweight? Tut, tut.

10:16 pm  
Blogger Lalita said...

Anon- Get a name.

Ash- Call for the exorcists.

5:31 pm  
Anonymous PTC said...

Tame a hulk,jailer

9:01 pm  
Blogger Lalita said...

PTC- Harm Julie at lake, and then we'll see how it goes. So there. :-)

Welcome back, by the way.

11:06 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Bring on the ouija board, I shall haunt on. I love this blog.

Secret admirer #2

10:25 pm  
Blogger Lalita said...

Anon- Sheesh. It's not funny, get a name.

11:18 pm  
Blogger త్రివిక్రమ్ Trivikram said...

Great blog, madam!

Have you tried ? I hope you like it.

11:34 am  
Blogger Lalita said...

Trivikram- Thanks, and do visit again. I had no idea there were Telugu crosswords available online. Thanks for the link, I will definitely try it.

1:04 pm  
Blogger Venky said...

just too good! really enjoyed reading it...

6:06 am  
Blogger Lalita said...

Venky- Thank you. Do drop in again.

2:33 pm  

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