So I thought for today, since it is Columbus Day, I'd better run a photo of
Christopher Columbus the latest BEQ.com fan of the moment: Barry Franklin of Parts Unknown. Well, one things known for certain, Barry's not in Parts Unknown in that picture. Sure looks like he's in the Holy See. I should know, when Liz and I were in Rome, out hotel overlooked the entrance. But I digress. Take it away Barry:
Friday, October 8, 2010, in the Cortile Ottagono portion of the Vatican Museum, [Barry Franklin] struggles to come up with PILER ("One doing laundry, often") in Brendan Emmett Quigley's Friday NYT puzzle (International Herald Tribune edition), looking for inspiration from assorted statues of emasculated gods, imagining Chrissie Hynde singing "The Great Pretender", and (while quietly prepping his neck muscles for the Sistine Chapel), wondering why anyone would paint a ceiling, hoping they have a rent-a-guerney business, silently questioning why the tub directly behind him contains fake water, and, for some reason, losing track of the tour guide's ramblings on the headset.
That's my kinda guy. Bringing puzzles whilst sightseeing. A++. And spending $3.40 for a hard copy to solve the puzzle. How quaint! Heck, since Europe is where all the history came from, why not solve the puzzle in an antiquated fashion as well? Anyway, for his bravado, Barry will receive something of his choice from the BEQ souvenir shop; here's hoping it goes along with his Pope Benedict XVI action figure.
Keep those fan pics coming in. Share the puzzle. New one on Thursday.
UPDATE: Difficulty has been adjusted to Hard. Thanks!