European Crossword Puzzle #14

Mar 20th, 2005, 02:24 PM
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I'll just leave a clue, but grandmere can veto it if I didn't get the right answer.

City: 9 letters (2nd = "e"), which lies near the border between two countries. It was finally ceded by (country 1 = 5 letters) to (country 2 = 6 letters) in the 17th century.

The (2 words: 5, 7) in this city had a special significance for a certain artist, who thought that it was the (4 words: 6 (2nd = 5th = "e"), 2, 3, 8).
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Mar 20th, 2005, 05:31 PM
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My Fodor's Greece (copyright 1995) says that, "Traditionally, the Pythia was a woman over 50 . . .".
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Mar 20th, 2005, 06:00 PM
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Salvador Dali thought the train station in Perpignan was the center of the universe.
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Mar 20th, 2005, 06:01 PM
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Forgot to add that Spain ceded it to France.
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Mar 21st, 2005, 03:00 AM
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Correct, grandmere! So your turn.

I didn't know that about Pythia. Interesting. I did a quick web search last night and figured that Delphi must be right so I didn't bother to confirm Pythia's age.

I just spent a day in Philly and went to the Dali show. It was surprisingly interesting (I'm not exactly a Dali fan) -- he had a very active imagination (duh!) and a wide range of styles. I'll be blogging about it later (and will post a link here for those interested).

One of the paintings alludes to the Perpignan train station. I definitely didn't know of this wacko notion that that train station is the center of the universe for Dali until I went to the show. My friend in France tells me that there's some sort of commemorative plaque in the Perpignan station for Dali.
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Mar 21st, 2005, 06:20 AM
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For those interested, my report on the Dali show:

http://makeashorterlink.com/?X3BB217BA
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Mar 21st, 2005, 07:45 AM
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Here's an easy one that probably won't take any googling:

This site (6,2,8) is located on a promontory with a spectacular view.
A poet (5) carved his initials on it. Most of him is buried in his native country of (7), but his heart is interred at (10).

The "E" from Perpignan is the second letter of the first word of the site: _E_ _ _ _.
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Mar 21st, 2005, 07:54 AM
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I did have to Google this. It sounds like Byron, whose heart is buried at Messolonghi (11 letters?).

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lord_Byron

I'll Google the rest later.
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Mar 21st, 2005, 08:02 AM
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Some sources spell it with one "e"--Mesolonghi. Perhaps the anglicized spelling.

So far, kee-rect!
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Mar 21st, 2005, 08:02 AM
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Carved initials on a column at Temple of Poseidon (Sounion).

http://www.athensguide.com/sounion/
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Mar 21st, 2005, 08:11 AM
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I'm going to cheat a little. The only thing European is the birthplace (8 letters, 1st = "e") of this archiect (2 words, 5, 4).

Long associated with a certain American city, he, however, left few imprints in his "home city." He died in a somewhat tragic fashion but is revered today as one of the foremost American architects.

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Mar 21st, 2005, 08:15 AM
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P.S. As far as I know, none of his famous works is located in Europe (so I'm really pushing the boundaries allowed by the game ). He does have a few significant works in Asia.
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Mar 21st, 2005, 08:36 AM
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Louis Kahn, born in Estonia. 7 letters?
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Mar 21st, 2005, 08:38 AM
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Oops -- sorry for the miscount. You're up, grandmere.

Yes, long associated with Philadelphia and died in Penn Station, NYC, of a heart attack. Also the subject of a recent fascinating documentary "My Architect."
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Mar 21st, 2005, 09:17 AM
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Leav9ng my office for the day and won't be near internet 'til evening; someone else take a turn.
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Mar 21st, 2005, 09:19 AM
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I'll wait -- but anyone else feel free to have a go.
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Mar 21st, 2005, 12:35 PM
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I'll post one for the time being.

Clue:
This is about one painting (title: 2 words, 3,10) and 3 artists. The title of the painting is also a title of a famous novel, written by (6,4).

The painting was painted by Artist #1 (4,7), a self-portrait. It was a gift from Artist #1 to Artist #2 (3,4). In the self-portrait, Artist #1 also included a portrait of Artist #3 (5,7).

"n" in Estonia is the 4th letter of the first name of Artist #3.
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Mar 21st, 2005, 12:40 PM
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I don't know Artist 3 yet.

Title = "Les Miserables" (Victor Hugo)
Artist 1 = Paul Gauguin
Artist 2 = Vincent van Gogh
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Mar 21st, 2005, 12:41 PM
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Artist 3 = Emile Bernard

http://www.artcyclopedia.com/Gauguin-LesMiserables.html
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Mar 21st, 2005, 12:43 PM
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By the way, letter hint for Artist 3 looks wrong?
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