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QUICK PUZZLE NO. 11618
6. Noisy (10)
8. Appear (4)
9. Arrest (4)
10. Abundant (5)
11. Lean (4)
12. Trite (9)
16. Impotent (9)
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24. List (4)
25. Explosion (10)
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5. Advantage (5)
7. Answer (5)
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18. Lengthen (6)
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21. Hue (5)
CRYPTIC PUZZLE NO. 11618
6. Information one stoops to get? (3,3-4). 8. Blast! There’s
only very little! (4). 9. Vacant and without rent? (4). 10.
Cater badly, you find (5). 11. Call on her with the fish (4).
12. Help mend the handle, also. (4,1,4). 16. Get cross when
I have fun playing: wildly irate (9). 20. Note the doctor
may be Persian (4). 22. The girth needs adjusting, wouldn’t
you agree? (5). 23. The key person is no longer there (4).
24. A number help out the prima donna making a come-
back (4). 25. Does it provide a whistling accompaniment?
1. What one must pay daily, for instance, has risen (6). 2.
Everything prepared, you say? So soon? (7). 3. Swap with
Rod (6). 4. Region that has the same chief (6). 5. The sur-
geon’s out! (5). 7. Resorting to gun-play is ridiculous in it
(5). 13. He’s fifty per cent cockney (3). 14. Doting fool-
ishly on the second of the idols (3,4). 15. Quick to get
free, pop back inside (5). 17. Deny formerly carrying a
gun (6). 18. Innumerable, in the dark (6). 19. That piece
of land in the mouth of the river? (6). 21. Stop in the thicket
QUICK PUZZLE NO. 11617 - SOLUTIONS
Across - 1, Unexceptional. 8, Mourn. 9, Russian. 10, Set-
ter. 11, Devote. 12, Realm. 14, Octet. 18, Repute. 20, Re-
pose. 23, Torpedo. 24, Trial. 25, Chrysanthemum.
Down - 1, Unmask. 2, Exult. 3, Conceal. 4, Port. 5, Issue.
6, Noisome. 7, Linnet. 13, Emperor. 15, Chetah. 16, Arc-
tic. 17, Bedlam. 19, Tress. 21, Opium. 22, Moon.
CRYPTIC PUZZLE NO. 11617 - SOLUTIONS
Across - 1, Understanding. 8, Pears (pairs). 9, Riviera
(anag). 10, Can-yon. 11, C-re-ase. 12, Screw. 14, Spade.
18, A-irma-n. 20, Hea-rt-s. 23, Teati-me. 24, Addle. 25,
One for the road.
Down - 1, Un-pick. 2, Drawn. 3, Ris-sole. 4, Turn. 5, (o)ne-
ver(se). 6, I-re-land. 7, Graves. 13, Cor-sage. 15, Pre-pare.
16, Tattoo. 17, As-c -end. 19, A-m’i-go. 21, R-adi-o (rev).
There was the blind man who had
the disastrous experience of regaining
his sight. The surgeon who developed
a sudden passion for music after
being struck by lightning. And most
famously, the man who mistook his
wife for a hat.
Those stories and many more, taking
the reader to the distant ranges of
human experience, came from the pen
of Dr Oliver Sacks.
Sacks, 82, died yesterday at his
home in New York City, his assistant,
Kate Edgar, said. In February, he had
announced that he was terminally ill
with a rare eye cancer that had spread
to his liver.
As a practising neurologist, Sacks
looked at some of his patients with a
writer’s eye and found publishing gold.
In his best-selling 1985 book, The
Man Who Mistook His Wife for a
Hat, he described a man who really did
mistake his wife’s face for his hat while
visiting Sacks’ office, because his brain
had difficulty interpreting what he saw.
Another story in the book featured
twins with autism who had trouble
with ordinary math but who could
perform other amazing calculations.
Discover magazine ranked it among
the 25 greatest science books of all
time in 2006, declaring, “Legions
of neuroscientists now probing the
mysteries of the human brain cite this
book as their greatest inspiration.”
Sacks’ 1973 book, Awakenings,
about hospital patients who had spent
decades in a kind of frozen state until
Sacks tried a new treatment, led to
a 1990 movie in which Sacks was
portrayed by Robin Williams. It was
nominated for three Academy Awards.
Still another book,An Anthropologist
on Mars: Seven Paradoxical Tales,
published in 1995, described cases like
a painter who lost colour vision in a car
accident but found new creative power
in black-and-white, and a 50-year-
old man who suddenly regained sight
after nearly a lifetime of blindness. The
experience was a disaster; the man’s
brain could not make sense of the
visual world. It perceived the human
face as a shifting mass of meaningless
colours and textures.
After a full and rich life as a blind
person, he became “a very disabled and
miserable partially sighted man,” Sacks
recalled later. “ When he went blind
again, he was rather glad of it.”
Despite the drama and unusual
stories, his books were not literary freak
“Oliver Sacks humanises illness
he writes of body and mind, and
from every one of his case studies
there radiates a feeling of respect for
the patient and for the illness,” Roald
Hoffmann, a Nobel Prize-winning
chemist, said in 2001. “ What others
consider unmitigated tragedy or
dysfunction, Sacks sees, and makes
us see, as a human being coping with
dignity with a biological problem.”
When Sacks received the prestigious
Lewis Thomas Prize for science writing
in 2002, the citation declared, “Sacks
presses us to follow him into uncharted
regions of human experience — and
compels us to realise, once there, that
we are confronting only ourselves.”
In a 1998 inter view with The
Associated Press, Sacks said he tries to
make “visits to other people, to other
interiors, seeing the world through
His 2007 book, Musicophilia, looked
at examines the relationship between
music and the brain, including its
healing effect on people suffering from
such diseases as Tourette’s syndrome,
Parkinson’s, autism and Alzheimer’s.
“Even with advanced dementia, when
powers of memory and language are
lost, people will respond to music,” he
told The Associated Press in 2008.
Oliver Wolf Sacks was born in 1933
in London, son of husband-and-
wife physicians. Both were skilled at
recounting medical stories, and Sack’s
own writing impulse “seems to have
come directly from them,” he said in
his 2015 memoir, On the Move.
In childhood he was drawn to
chemistry (his 2001 memoir is titled
Uncle Tungsten: Memories of a
Chemical Boyhood) and biology.
Around age 11, fascinated by how ferns
slowly unfurl, he set up a camera to take
pictures every hour or so of a fern and
then assembled a flip book to compress
the process into a few seconds.
“I became a doctor a little belatedly
and a little reluctantly,” he told one
interviewer. “In a sense, I was a
naturalist first and I only came to
individuals relatively late.”
After earning a medical degree at
Oxford, Sacks moved to the United
States in 1960 and completed a medical
internship in San Francisco and a
neurology residency at the University
of California, L os Angeles. He moved
to New York in 1965 and began
decades of neurology practice. At a
Bronx hospital he met the profoundly
disabled patients he described in
Awakenings. — N Z Herald
Awakenings author Oliver Sacks loses battle with cancer
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