January 3, 2016

"Supreme Court justice who once said 'I am a New Yorker, and 7 a.m. is a civilized hour to finish the day, not to start it."

That was a clue in today's NYT crossword today. Perhaps, "I am a New Yorker" is enough to let you guess the answer if you know the number of squares. But it's not. There are 7 squares, and there's a slightly complicated trick to the puzzle, which is explained here — along with the answer — at Rex Parker Does the NYT Crossword Puzzle."

I tried to find the remark in context. Who was — spoiler alert — she responding to? Did somebody say he got to work at 7 a.m.? It's rather unGoogleable right now, because this one crossword clue is hogging the first couple pages of hits.

8 comments:

traditionalguy said...

Sweet Sonia is Spanish. They like to rest when work is done.

MisterBuddwing said...

OK, without looking or Googling: Justice Cardoso? Or Justice Douglas? Or is this a current member, like Chief Justice Roberts? (Seven letters, right?)

MisterBuddwing said...

Oh, never mind.

Quaestor said...

Rufus Wheeler Peckham

Jonas said...

You can include -crossword in your Google search to remove all of the posts referring to the crossword puzzle.

Ann Althouse said...

Thanks, Jonas. I did not know how to do that on Google. (I've done Lexis searches for over 30 years, where you write "and" or "and not," but I didn't know how to do the same on Google.)

The Gold Digger said...

Maybe he was the crazy upstairs neighbors who did laundry every single day at 8 a.m., the noise of which would awaken my husband. (Reasons never to live in an apartment again: neighbors.)

When my husband took the upstairs neighbors a tray of freshly-baked cookies and asked them to wait until past 8 at least on the weekend, the neighbors took the cookies and then refused to change their habits, telling him that this was not New York City, it was [upper midwest], where people get up early.

Anders Weinstein said...

I also wondered about the source, found this:

Lamenting her big caseload as a federal trial judge, she told law students in 1994 that she admired a colleague who went to work at 7 in the morning but that she could not do the same: "I am a New Yorker, and 7:00 am is a civilized hour to finish the day, not to start it."

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/06/04/AR2009060403265.html