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"I want to tell you . . . My head is filled with things to say."
These are the first lines of the Beatles song "I Want to Tell You," written by George Harrison (1943-2001).
"I don't mind . . . I could wait forever."
more lyrics from "I Want to Tell You," though not the very next ones
Another German name, most famously the nom de guerre of the future mayor of West Berlin and Kanzler of Germany, Willy Brandt, born Herbert Ernst Karl Frahm (1913-1922).
a diplomatic office lower than an embassy
I.e., the Statue of Liberty, though calling it this implies sexual promiscuity, even if she is wearing a diaper
suitable or well adapted
Rub' al Khali
Arabic for Empty Quarter, this is another name for the Arabian Desert.
pertaining to or affecting the jaws and face
the Latin name for a fungal infection that causes, among other disorders, thrush
of or caused by fungus of the genus Monila
Michael Ellis DeBakey (born 1908) is a world-famous heart surgeon.
Latin: according to the value
Correctly used here, this word means "tending to cause nausea." If one has nausea, they are "nauseated."
a suburb about 19 miles east-northeast of Phoenix
a mystic strain of Islam
Pir Vilayat Inayat Khan (1916-2004) was a British-born Sufi.
Arabic for marijuana in leaf form, as opposed to hashish
An Arabic term akin to the Jewish kosher, this means that food has been prepared in accordance with Islamic law.
Back Bay Hilton
This is a real hotel, with a Web site here.
an anti-fungal drug
A styptic is a chemical that stops bleeding.
a term for death of bodily tissue
a three-part art display
Organization of North American Nations Medical Assocation
antibiotics effective against Gram-positive bacteria called actinobacteria
CBC is the Canadian Broadcasting Company. PATHÉ is probably the French entertainment company Pathé Frères (Pathé Brothers).
Arabic for "text"
a type of rope jumping where two ropes are used
presumably high-rise, low-income housing in Brighton
a brand of margarine
A wraith is a type of ghost.
a boy who has a wet dream
full of twists and turns
The title of an opera by Italian composer Giacomo Antonio Domenico Michele Secondo Maria Puccini (1858-1924), which premiered in 1900.
suffering from an irrational fear of going outside
This is "a strong grating, as of iron, made to slide along vertical grooves at the sides of a gateway of a fortified place and let down to prevent passage" (Random House Unabridged Dictionary).
2010h. on 1 April
The medical attaché has been watching for forty-three minutes.
a real perfume
Home with the team
It's already been mentioned that Orin plays professional football. He must play for the Arizona Cardinals.
Blattaria is the order that contains the several genus and species of cockroaches. The Latin phrase really means "implacable cockroach."
sudden outpourings of anger, outrage, or fear
an eastern suburb of New Orleans
Mrs. Avril M. T. Incandenza
Hal's mother is named for the first time.
Remove "-ish" and you have the English word for tefillin.
sanction or approval
According to Wikipedia, this is "a nuclear medicine medical imaging technique that produces a three-dimensional image or map of functional processes in the body."
the sub-atomic particles that are the opposite of electrons
Friedrich Christian Anton "Fritz" Lang (1890-1976) was a Viennese-born Austrian-American director, probably most famous for M.
This is a Jewish-interest magazine.
Pandora's box of worms
a mixed metaphor of "Pandora's box" and "can of worms," neither of which can be shut again once they're opened
a small marijuana pipe that will provide one "hit" of marijuana per packing
A town in Kansas about 55 miles north-northwest of Wichita
the digestive organ of a bird
Cockney rhyming slang for "dope"
modern-day architecture that approximates that of the Georgian period, from 1714 (accession of George I of the U.K.) to 1830 (death of George III)
In geometry, a cardioid is a plane curve produced by tracing the path of a chosen point of a circle which rolls around a fixed circle. The cardioid shape of E.T.A. has one cusp, i.e., a point on the curve that is not smooth. The r referred to by the narrator here is the radius of the moving circle.
German for "superhuman"
Brandeis is a Jewish-founded university in Waltham, Mass., about nine miles west of Boston, named for Louis Dembitz Brandeis (1856-1941) the first Jewish Supreme Court justice.
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Another neologism, presumably meaning having characteristics of both a sphere and cube -- a three-dimension "squircle".
A homonym of Lethe, the name of the river in Greek mythology whose water, if drunk, will erase one's memory.
Dr. James O. Incandenza
Hal's father's full name is given for the first time.
This substance does not actually exist. An educated guess is that it is a type of polyurethane that comes from trees, dendri being Greek for "tree."
almost twenty-two yards
having no windows
a little over 6.5 ft
In Irish mythology, the banshee is female spirit, who acts as an omen of death. They are known for "keening," i.e., shrieking.
a plate or ring to form a rim at the end of a pipe when fastened to the pipe
after the latency period that Freud posited in his four-stage theory of psychosexual development in children
abbreviation for Latin nota bene, i.e., "note well," stated before an important example or corollary point
involuntary eye movement
French for "warehouse," this is where foreign merchandise can be purchased duty-free
Halcion (still available in Canada, unbelievably, still)
It's also still available here, though the U.K. has banned it since 1991.
Here meaning "smoothed out" and misspelled, beveling is the making of 45º angles where perpendiculars meet.
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mushrooms or X
psilocybin mushrooms or MDMA (called ecstasy)
another mushroom-based hallucinogen, like psilocybin
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As a dickie is designed to give the appearance of wearing a tie, Wallace uses this word here to deal with drugs that mimic the effects of other drugs.
central nervous system
gamma hydroxybutric acid
now more commonly known as GHB
DMZ is another made-up drug. M.P. is probably Michael Pemulis.
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members of a management body of a university, each managing his/her specific area
a brand of chewing tobacco
to shrink back in fear
The medical attaché has now been watching for four hours and fifty-three minutes.
having to do with motion pictures
"...Continental Controlled Substances Act of Y.T.M.P., O.N.A.N.D.E.A.'s hierarchy of analgesics/antipyretics/axiolytics..."
There is no such act, obviously. Y.T.M.P. is Year of the Tucks Medicated Pad. The second acronym is Organization of North American Nations Drug Enforcement Agency. Analgesics are painkillers. Antipyretics are fever-reducing drugs, and anxiolytics are anxiety-reducing drugs.
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enthusiastic vigor or liveliness
a jail, obviously -- probably the jail for Revere, Mass., just south of Boston
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a maxim or saying
A town in Essex County, Mass., home to a yachting resort. It's about 15 miles northeast of the city on the water.
piece of information
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International Affairs and Interdependent Affairs
The first magazine is real; the second is not.
a piece of furniture, one of which you can see here
the westernmost portion of Massachusetts, a popular vacation spot
losses of syllables from words, particularly unstressed vowels
Café au Lait
half coffee and half milk in a large cup, as drunk in France
I.e., so tight as to cause gangrene, i.e., death of tissue due to lack of blood
The British took over Quebec on September 8, 1760.
passernine birds native to North America
French: A person of terrible importance
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pertaining to the ribs or the muscles around them
Montreal Tulip Fest
The Canadian Tulip Festival actually takes place in Ottawa, Ontario, and Gatineau, Quebec, which border each other.
A man by this name was one of the first French Calvinist settlers on the island of St. Kitts in the 17th century.
250 clicks due east
Clicks are kilometers. Two hundred fifty km is about 155 miles.
the change of color in skin brought on by livor mortis, an after-death phenomenon when blood settles in the body at low points of gravity
French: As is necessary
I don't know what the numbers mean, but the first is half of the second.
reduced instruction set computer, i.e., a computer that takes a limited set of commands
a direct broadcast satellite network active in the 1990s
digital satellite system
smooth and not pixelated
a unit equal to bits per second; a baud rate is the number of bits per second a modem can send/receive
French for "fashion"
very small processors -- smaller than microprocessors
Here misspelled, chromatography is "any of various techniques for the separation of complex mixtures that rely on the differential affinities of substances for a gas or liquid mobile medium and for a stationary adsorbing medium through which they pass, such as paper, gelatin, or magnesia" (American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language).
nerve pain in the bones of the hand
the phenomenon of seeing lights accompanying a migraine
fat in the buttocks
The most famous person with this surname is Ernst Troeltsch (1865-1923), a German Protestant theologian and philosopher of religion and history.
a suburb of Philadelphia, on the famous Main Line from Philadelphia to Lancaster
a natural bodily opening
Latin abbreviation for quod vide ("which see"), used to direct a reader elsewhere in a book. Here we are directed to...
to bribe or induce someone to commit a crime or misdeed
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over the counter
drugs that induce phlegm-producing coughing
a combination of mega + span + capsule, these would be large, time-released capsules
drugs that dry up phlegm
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If the name is pronounced with a "long a," as in the Oakland football team, a famous person with this last name was Erich Johann Albert Raeder (1876-1960), a World War II-era German grand admiral, sentenced to life at Nuremberg but served only nine years.
something that turns a liquid into a spray
According to Wikipedia, a fugue state is "a state of mind characterized by abandonment of personal identity, along with the memories, personality and other identifying characteristics of individuality."
extended to a great, unneedy length
as an adjective, having a dull or lusterless finish
Snuff is grayish to yellowish brown in color; snuff-white must be that color, but lighter.
narrow, flat moldings
continuously variable electronic resistors
part of the leg between the knee and ankle
As of Year of the Depend Adult Undergarment
Which is to say, as of 2009
He was an actor before the dawn of the Method.
United States Department of Defense
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G. Ford - early G. Bush
roughly 1974 to 1989
Strategic Air Command
a subatomic particle with no charge
referring to a certain index of refraction, i.e., a measure of how much the speed of light is slowed down under certain conditions
made more beautiful with lithium
cold annular fusion
Cold fusion is a low-energy nuclear reaction. That it is annual means it is ring-shaped.
This is the French pluralization of "tableau," a striking scene.
This is map-making based on an equal distribution of land, created by John Paul Goode (1862-1932), an American geographer. Goode did this to replace the Eurocentric Mercator projection.
expressing a wish or choice
United States Tennis Assocation
French for "rear guard," it's the opposite of avant-garde.
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possibly named for Dwight Macdonald (1906-1982), American writer, editor, and social critic
Reflective vs. Reflexive Systems
These are two systems of cognition, the former is associative, rapid in processing, and subconcious, while the latter is rule-based and thus slower.
Personnes à Qui On Doit Surveiller Attentivement
French: People Whom We Must Watch Closely
Throppinghamshire Provincial College, New Brunswick, Canada
There is no such college, though New Brunswick is a province of Canada.
dealing with complex subject matter
in a caustic manner
efficacy; force; value
Perhaps "formerly Canadian"
Atomic Energy Commission
The Advanced Research Projects Agency Network, development by the U.S. Dept. of Defense, was a forerunner of the Internet.
a county of Québec at the northern end of the Appalachian Mountains
overgrowth of flowers or plants
In German, a Festschrift is a celebratory monograph dedicated to a person.
against things coming together
distribution of light and shade in a photo or painting
the formation of rings
grown exceeding large
follows a zigzag course
the stadium in which the Denver Broncos play
100 meters over the 40
I.e., the 40-yard line on the football field. One hundred meters is slightly longer than the length of the field.
not garish, i.e., not excessively ornate
a harp-like instrument, hand-held, associated with angels
being dropped into water, presumably because the football team in Seattle is the Seahawks
the former football team of Houston, now the Tennessee Titans
The Browns are the football team of Cleveland.
a substance naturally producing a psychedelic effect
Isoxazole is explained here; an alkaloid is a naturally occurring, nitrogen-containing, plant-produced compound.
Wikipedia redirects here or "methoxylation."
possibly a made-up substance
rock and bob Hasidically
A Hasid or Chasid is an Orthodox Jew who wears sidelogs, dark clothes, etc. The bobbing is a nod to what Hasidim do when praying or studying religious texts.
To titrate is "to ascertain the quantity of a given constituent by adding a liquid reagent of known strength and measuring the volume necessary to convert the constituent to another form" (Random House Unabridged Dictionary).
As used here, a doper expression meaning to try a bit of the drug to ascertain its effects before taking the whole thing (eg one hit of pot, half a tab of acid/LSD).
a type of painkiller
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a drug that negative effects the take psychologically
Latin: in the middle of
neither perpendicular nor parallel
to become liquid by absorbing moisture from the air