Default with Spaces: 143515
NOTES: Last week’s Science Friday podcast included an interview with scientists advocating an increase in tech-free (65) lifestyle choice. Listening to podcasts was an activity excepted in their recommendations, but they suggested that spending less time on a smartphone and more time doing nothing or being bored was actually beneficial in stimulating creativity. Word Spy recently cited tech-free tourism (75) as a trend gaining momentum and mentioned digital detox (75) as a term used to describe time away from electronic devices. This week the Sporcle website introduced a badge that could be earned by taking a number of quizzes on young-adult fiction. I got 2/8 on the “Books in the Anne of Green Gables” quiz, being unfamiliar with the later books in the series including Rilla of Ingleside (70). Rilla (45) could be an useful in a pinch for a partial in a crossword puzzle.
LISTS: I made a bit of progress on Mark Diehl’s 10-letter word list this week with additions including ghost ships (75), Parseghian (55) (a warhorse figure in crosswords based on his first name but hadn’t added his last to Default), and test flight (80). The entry gopher guts (60) reminded me of a conversation I had with some coworkers about songs we learned when we were children. The topic was inspired by an episode of “The Newsroom” featuring “Shenandoah” sung by Norwegian pop star Sissel (50). We discussed other folk songs that were often introduced in elementary school choirs or campfire circles and I confirmed that “Great Green Gobs of Greasy, Grimy Gopher Guts” was associated with Boy Scouts gatherings and better known to males than females. Do you have a favorite song that you learned at school or camp?