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Quick crossword No. 162 - Take Two

submitted by Shalia on 12 Jan 2006 at 08:53 PM GMT

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"...Most were easy, but a few were impossible. ..."

commented jimbob on 23 March 2006 at 03:47 AM GMT

"...awesome! thanks!..."

commented insomniacred on 20 April 2006 at 01:08 PM GMT

"...good variety of clues..."

commented lindseyk on 16 June 2006 at 10:30 PM GMT

"...17 Down - the clue should indicate a plural word 6 Down - 'Spit' doesn't equate to 'drool'..."

commented rainb19 on 17 August 2006 at 03:49 PM GMT

"...pretty good, I got stuck a few times, but overall, it was fun!..."

commented nordlundjr on 22 September 2006 at 04:01 AM GMT

"...ok puzzle..."

commented 2drolennaej on 24 September 2006 at 09:55 PM GMT

"...Very poor. Had some spelling errors...."

commented melton on 25 September 2006 at 03:09 AM GMT

"...Sorry - some of these clues just don't work. Spit = drool? Oregano is a spice? Sorry, no...."

commented prhim on 27 November 2006 at 10:43 PM GMT

" was octogenarian is anyone between 80 and 89, not just 89...and something like "yin and ___" instead of just yin would have been better for 26a...but you used some different clues which i liked......"

commented alk3cassh on 28 May 2007 at 06:53 PM GMT

"..."The debate between herbs and spices is ongoing. Some say that there is no difference, while others maintain that they are both completely different. Most learned scholars will say that the difference between an herb and a spice is found in where the herb or spice is obtained on the plant, and where that specific plant can be found." "Herbs vs. Spices Herbs vs. Spices We often use the words herb and spice interchangeably. Herbs and spices are obtained from plants. (Salt is neither a spice nor an herb. It is actually a mineral.) Herbs and spices are used primarily for adding flavor and aroma to food. And both are best used fresh but can be saved by drying. While there are similarities, there also are subtle differences between herbs and spices. Herbs are obtained from the leaves of herbaceous (non-woody) plants. They are used for savory purposes in cooking and some have medicinal value. Herbs often are used in larger amounts than spices. Herbs originated from temperate climates such as Italy, France, and England. Herb also is a word used to define any herbaceous plant that dies down at the end of the growing season and may not refer to its culinary value at all. Spices are obtained from roots, flowers, fruits, seeds or bark. Spices are native to warm tropical climates and can be woody or herbaceous plants. Spices often are more potent and stronger flavored than herbs; as a result they typically are used in smaller amounts. Some spices are used not only to add taste, but also as a preservative. Some plants are both herbs and spices. The leaves of Coriandrum sativum are the source of cilantro (herb) while coriander (spice) is from the plant's seeds. Dill is another example. The seeds are a spice while dill weed is an herb derived from the plant's stems and leaves. Examples of Herbs * Thyme * Sage * Oregano * Parsley * Marjoram * Basil * Chives * Rosemary * Mint Examples of Spices * Cinnamon - bark of the cinnamon tree * Ginger - root * Cloves - flower bud * Saffron - stigma (female reproductive part) of saffron crocus * Nutmeg - seed * Vanilla - undeveloped fruit of an orchid * Cumin - seed This article originally appeared in the 8/22/2003 issue. by Foy Spicer, Department of Horticulture" I enjoyed the puzzle, even if stumped on some clues...."

commented prisca22 on 23 April 2008 at 09:39 AM GMT

"...Interesting, loved some of the clues- they were obscure but when solved quite intriguing. Nice job..."

commented proteus14 on 23 April 2008 at 03:36 PM GMT

"...Screw the puzzle, I'm more interested in prisca22's comment above. At first I thought "how pedantic" but reading her distinction between herbs and spices interesting. I always thought the difference was herb = leaf and spice = berry or bark, obviously too simplistic. Interesting duality of dill as well...."

commented moldycheese on 25 November 2014 at 01:55 PM GMT