Jun 28, 2013

Friday, June 28, 2013, Victor Barocas

Theme: Counting on you.

In the time I have been blogging I have had times where it is hard to name a puzzle and describe the the theme, but I usually manage, but this one has me, well, puzzled. The reveal is the a three step multi-word answer reminiscent of the quotation themes from days of yore. There is no way to solve the three parts to get the reveal except through perps, though because I always place the number of letters in a theme fill after the words, the concept came quickly. This allowed me to get it done after I had some of the letters. 54 theme letters and the wonderfully preserved symmetry makes this an impressive work from Victor Barocas, the Minnesota based constructor who was pictured along with C.C. in her Sunday write up. He has done early week puzzles for us before now, and this effort does include many 3 and 4 letter words which helped, but a trade off for such an intricate two headed theme. Let's dissect this one.

18A. With 33 and 52-Across, what 23-, 42- and 61-Across have in common : EACH OF THEM,(10)

33A. See 18-Across : ENDS WITH. (8).

52A. See 18-Across : ITS LENGTH(9).

then:
23A. Intermediate level : MEZZANINE. Notice the number of letters in this entry? Exactly 9.  The only one where the pronunciation changed.

42A. How some veggies are sold : BY WEIGHT. This entry has 8 letters.

61A. Creator of Emma Woodhouse : JANE AUSTEN. This entry has 10 letters. This took a bit to focus on which Emma it might be, and it is nice to see a complete name. LINK. (2:17).

Across:

1. Pooh-pooher of the provincial : SNOB.

5. Round trip? : ORBIT. Actually, most orbits are elliptical not round.

10. Barclays Center team : NETS. This is tricky and meant for a true sports fan as the Brooklyn Nets are not a household name. What is most interesting is the appearance the team was bought only as part of a master real estate development PLAN.

14. Irish pop group family name : CORR. All perps, but they seem interesting, will have to listen, LINK.

15. How most fly : COACH. Nice clue/fill and more true now than ever.

16. Overseas "other" : OTRA. Straight translation.

17. Start to till? : ROTO. I was thinking how cool it would have been if the previous fill was OTRO, which along with ROOT is an anagram.

20. B-boy link : AS IN. Speaking of B-Boy, has anyone watched the Liberace movie on HBO with Michael Douglas and Matt Damon?

21. Foofaraw : ADO. Never heard of this word but the fill was easy.

22. It's often grated : ROMANO. Cheesy but easy answer when Parmesan did not fit. Not to be confused with this CHEESY (8:02) one.

26. Lets use for now : LENDS. Poor Polonius.

27. Skye writing : ERSE. The old language of this North Sea Island.

28. Tree sacred to the Druids : OAK.

30. Wheel man? : SAJAK. He has made a Fortune standing while they spin; as Fermatprime pointed out, he lends his name to the publication of some crosswords.

38. Force on Earth, for short : ONE G.

39. "___ of Identity": Conan Doyle story : A CASE. One of Sherlock Holmes most fun cases with the added twist that is a  fiction story telling how life is stranger than fiction.

41. ___ Cakesters : OREO.

44. Get value out of, in a way : SMELT. Another fishy clue, that misled me completely.

45. Firing org.? : NRA.  National Rifle Association.

46. Massage target : ACHE. It was not knot.

48. Not now? : DATED. Not new not now?

57. 1972 self-titled pop album : OLIVIA. She was young when I was young, and a CUTIE. (3:28)

59. Service support gp. : USO. United Service Organizations. Bob Hope anyone?

60. Blind element : SLAT. Literal clue originally from Venice?

63. Drop : LOSE. A few pounds? Money? Weight?

64. Eclipse, to some : OMEN.

65. Sierra ___ : LEONE.

66. Connecticut's State Composer : IVES. This Danbury born MAESTRO.(6:01).

67. Puts turf on : SODS.

68. Game with doubles and triples : DARTS. Not baseball this time C.C.

69. "Sesame Street" roommate : BERT. Why are some "E" and some "U"?

Down:

1. "Out!" : SCRAM.

2. Image on a poster for Eastwood's "Hang 'Em High" : NOOSE. I cannot find one to post, though there are many for sale, they all seem protected.

3. 2006 A.L. home run champ : ORTIZ. Red Sox star Big Papi David Ortiz.

4. Period marked by copper use : BRONZE AGE. I smelt out the answer to this one quickly.

5. Title word with eleven, twelve or thirteen : OCEANS. Brad Pitt, George Clooney...


6. Tour toter : ROADIE. Nice alliteration and I was initially thinking redcap or the like.

7. Quiche Lorraine ingredient : BACON. My favorite RECIPE.(26:46).

8. German I : ICH. This week was the 50th anniversary of the famous JFK speech, Ich bin ein Berliner, a speech which many claim means he was a jelly doughnut.

9. Title foe of Loki in a 2011 film : THOR. Ladies?


10. "Sorry, wrong guy" : NOT ME.

11. Wharton's Frome : ETHAN. A very sad tale.

12. Vogue : TREND.

13. Birthplace of Pythagoras : SAMOS. He had figure out all the ANGLES.

19. People : FOLKS.

24. Ship with two zebras on it : ARK. and two aardvarks.

25. Long periods : EONS.

29. Lemon attachment : ADE. Wow, a full blown shout out to your Friday phrase flinger!!! It is enough to make me...

30. Blubber : SOB.

31. One or more : ANY.

32. Shylock, e.g. : JEW.

33. Get down : EAT. I was thinking more of jamming with some good music, but I have also choked down some food.

34. Movement that fought stereotypes : WOMEN'S LIB. Really nice long fill.

35. Spleen : IRE.

36. Rolodex no. : TELephone.

37. ___ pants : HOT. Boys?



39. Dept. with a plow on its seal : AGRiculture.

40. Spiced tea : CHAI.  Interesting because the YUMMY is very much tied to the culture of....

43. Columbus's elusive destination : INDIA.

44. Ella's English counterpart : SHE.

46. Nod, say : ASSENT.

47. "Star Wars Episode II" soldiers : CLONES. This MOVIE. (2:31).

48. Schools where boards may be used to measure ability : DOJOS. Really fun Karate clue, where breaking a board is part of the training, as opposed to taking a medical or legal board exam.

49. Where Davy Crockett died : ALAMO. San Antonio however lost it in Miami in the last 25 seconds of game 6.

50. Pointed at the table? : TINED. Meh.

51. Ties : EVENS.

53. Seneca, to Nero : TUTOR. Really interesting history, though I must warn you the link includes ancient Roman politics. READ.

54. Boxer's protection : GLOVE. Interesting thought, because the padded glove is important in reducing injury, though not completely effective.

55. It's a stunner : TASER. Nice phrased clue, bro.

56. Operation Redwing event, 1956 : H-TEST.

58. "___ Lang Syne" : AULD. really? It is almost July?

62. Black or Labrador : SEA. I liked this deception, and the black lab image made it harder to focus on the simple answer.

Another Friday done, and another month almost gone; I am very curious how you all will react to this effort. Keep those cards and letters coming and have a wonderful week end. Thank you Victor.

Lemonade out.


Note from C.C.:

Here is the photo Lemonade mentioned earlier. Our local constructors had a delightful get-together when Andrea Carla Michaels visited MN last week. Andrea, who is based in San Francisco, grew up here. Victor Barocas is a professor at the University of Minnesota. 


Left to right: Tom Pepper; Marcia J. Brott; George Barany; David Hanson; DK, C.C.; Andrea; Boomer & Victor

58 comments:

Dudley said...

Hello Puzzlers -

I am much impressed with Victor's clever puzzle! The letter-count scheme is inventive, and the whole grid design must have been a major effort. I say well done.

Morning, Lemon, enjoyed the chai link. There is a coffee shop nearby that serves its own brewed chai, which I find excellent. Most places use a commercial mix, which is junk in my experience; it's generally much too sweet, and not as fragrant or flavorful as the real deal.

Oh, and hot pants definitely are. On a young Olivia Newton-John, even more so.

Barry G. said...

Morning, all!

Interesting theme today. Kind of disappointing that there were only three actual theme examples and it took three theme answers just to explain the theme, but with a theme this exotic I don't suppose additional examples would be that easy to find (or fit).

Had a minor crisis at the crossing of SAMOS and OTRA, since the Spanish word could have been either OTRA or OTRO (depending on the gender) and the Greek town could have been SAMOS or SOMOS (for all I knew). Finally went with "A" and got it right, but it was a 50/50 proposition.

CORR was a complete unknown as well, but the perps took care of it (I may not be a baseball fan, but I do know David Ortiz!)

Never heard of OREO Cakesters, but it was easy enough to guess.

Oh -- and I really wanted to put AUTO for 64A, but that's only because I use to own one... ^_^

[BuiteAn]

PK said...

Hi Y'all! Very clever, Victor B, and fun to do. Got through this a few letters at a time with perps.

I liked BRONZE AGE & SMELT in the same puzzle.

OREO Cakesters? Never saw these in a store. Why fool around with a perfect product?

HOT pants? I outgrew mine years ago. The popular HOT pants when I was a teenager came up to the waist, thank heavens. I had a pair of black, beige & white striped short shorts that I loved. So did some guys. Ah, the good ol' days!

Barclay's was a gimmee as an NBA fan. The first scheduled game there with the NY Knicks had to be postponed because of the hurricane.

PK said...

Great explainations & links as always, Lemonade. Nice of them to run a puzzle with your shoutout on your
Friday.

desper-otto said...

Good morning!

This one was slow starting, and then rolled right along. I really liked some of the original cluing.

Lemon, I can't believe you've never heard of ADO. :) The BERT/BURT conundrum could be abbreviated versions of BERTRAND and BURTON. And thanks for parsing ONE G for me. I didn't get it. I was bloodied with O NEG.

The "Get Down" = EAT reminds me of the Taco Cabana commercial where Anjelah Johnson says, "You can find cheaper Mexican food. But then you'd have to eat it."

desper-otto said...

Garlic Gal (from last night): I double-dipped and watched two episodes of Jeopardy! last night. Darryl acquitted himself very well. He should be proud of that performance.

Lois (from last night): Oops! My bad. I'm glad you didn't take offense at my fox pass (frawnch).

Anonymous said...

I thought the long clue was going to have the word "number" in it, as I had already gotten the nine and eight, but perped towards "its length". Fun theme, I like it when there are 2 levels of theme.

A brief pause when I thought Emma Wodehouse was related to PG Wodehouse. But easily rectified.

CrossEyedDave said...

The Corrs - Runaway.

Hahtoolah said...

Good Morning, Lemonade and friends. Interesting puzzle's theme today.

I misread German I as German 1 (one), so confidently wrote in Ein.

We recently saw the new Joss Whedon film Much ADO About Nothing. It was very good.

Apparently lots of trees are sacred to the Druids.

Stay cool this weekend.

QOD: Tragedy is when I cut my finger. Comedy is when you fall into an open sewer and die. ~ Mel Brooks (June 28, 1926)

[igkosti]

thehondohurricane said...

Grrrr day,

I had no chance today, none whatsoever. Needing perps to fill in the "themes" was okay, except a lot of them were blank or wrong.

Biggest error was 6D, Tour toter. I confidently had Caddie. ROADIE never entered my pea brain. I mis-read the clue for 36d as Rolex, instead of Roledex. I knew the fill was either III to VIII!

ROADIE........ good grief!

[cyedov]

Lemonade714 said...

HH, I thought caddie first myself but 5 down, OCEANS, was easy and gave ORBIT which eliminated caddie. On Friday I usually try to get a down to confirm an across before I put the answer in.

HeartRx said...

Good morning Lemonade, C.C. et al.

Wonderful expose today - I loved all your links. And what a nice shout out to you at 29-Down on the day you blog! Do you have an "in" or something?

I was all over the place on the theme cross-references. But when I looked over the puzzle at the end, it was quite elegant to see. The explanations ran down the right half of the grid, and the examples were all in the left half. Neat arrangement, and a really tough theme to be able to execute well.

JD - I did watch "Jeopardy!" last night. Good job by your daughter's friend!

Have a great day everyone!

Sfingi said...

Though the puzzle was very intelligent, yet I didn't need to Google, I found myself tippy-toeing around JEW. I guess I'm just old-fashioned.

I'm going to check out this CORR music. Maybe Cakesters.

Went to Wal*Mart yesterday to see if I could make a killing in Paula Deen kitchenware. There was very little, and at full price. The clerk informed me they had already dropped her for Rachel Ray - who had referred to Deen as a hillbilly after Deen upbraided her for not baking. No idea all this went on.

Doha Doc said...

Happy Friday everyone!

Really enjoyed this puzzle, even tough it was a bit of a slog to get through. Got the link with the three numbered endings, but "number" didn't fit on 52A (ala anon), so the SE was the last to fall....

WBS re OTRO, CORR, OREO....

Think I still have my copy of OLIVIA somewhere....

SIGN for OMEN, HOMER for ORBIT, CHEESE for ROMANO (just got back from the store with some grated parmesan). Also had GRAV before ONEG, and still didn't get it until reading Lemon's expo....

Vidwan827 said...

Lemonade thank you for your wonderful commentary. Enjoyed your wit and your always good humor.

I am very impressed with Dr. Barocas Cv ..... Very Impressive !!! Degrees from MIT and UMinn !!! Both of them are among the best in Chemical Engg. . in the world !

The puzzle was rather difficult for me.

Unfortunately, Shakespeare will live long after us. For most people in the world who read his works, (as it was with me ....) the word 'Shylock' and 'Jew' becomes synonymous. For me, growing up, it was the only association I ever knew, about the Jewish people, until I grew up enough, and read more on my own, to know better.

Have a nice day, you all.

Kent Mauk said...

How about:
Boss Hawg is tied? HESEVEN
"___ told you once..." IFIVE

Yellowrocks said...

Impressive puzzle and theme, Victor. Thank you, to the always wise and witty, Lemonade. I found the three examples were doable with only 3 perps each and I immediately saw the numbers at their ends. EA---F----gave me EACH OF THEM. EN------ gave me ENDS WITH and ITS L-----, along with the numbers at the ends gave me LENGTH.
These six entries provided enough perps to get the others.
Much fun. Easier than yesterday.
I enjoyed Darryl on Jeopardy. He is quick on the clicker, as well as very knowledgeable.

Spitzboov said...

Good morning everyone. Thanks Lemon for a fine write-up.

A difficult but refined puzzle. Like PK, a few letters at a time and lots of perp help. At the end I was dumfounded at how the fill for 18a et al was applied. But it was not specifically needed for the solve. BRONZE AGE, AULD, ALAMO, and SEA were early anchors. Liked ONE G, the clue and answer. Also liked DATED. Overall, a very clever end-of-the-week workout. Thanks, Victor.

Very soggy here last night but improving. Have a great day.

Lemonade714 said...

BTW I watched some of the Jeopardy, and read the preparation. It is a wonderful show with so much skill and just a total unknown variable of luck on the Final Jeopardy Category. Some are really easy and others tricky.

Abejo said...

Good morning, folks. Thank you, Victor, for an excellent puzzle. Thank you, Lemonade, for the fine review.

I think yesterday's and today's puzzles should have been switched as far as difficulty levels. I found today's much easier than yesterday's.

Got through this in a couple hours. For me on a Friday, that is good.

The them was daunting at first, but as I was able to get a few here and there it fell together. Very clever.

SAMOS came with perps and a wag.

I also misread Rolodex as Rolex. Was all set to write III, VII, or XII. I did write in the II, but fixed them later to EL and put a T on the front, after I reread the clue about six times.

SMELT was very good and gave me WOMENS LIB.

Liked BRONZE AGE.

Only a couple write-overs today. Not bad for me.

Home now. Rolled in at two AM. Have to cut the grass and then heading to Bloomington, IL. Our daughter turned 21 yesterday. Hard to believe how fast time flies.

See tomorrow from Bloomington/Normal, IL.

Abejo

(sepubje)

GarlicGal said...

'm late for work! ACK!!!

But I wanted to say thanks to all of you who watched Jeopardy! last night and commented on Daryl's performance. And Lois, yes, I agree, he is a handsome man!

I'll check in later...

Irish Miss said...

Good Morning:

I finished w/o help, but it was no walk in the park. I had ein before ich, cry before sob, and caddie before roadie but, eventually, perps saved the day.

Nice job, Victor, and super expo, Lemony, with a big shout-out, to boot!

Temps have lowered but the humidity is still high. Before last night's storm, since June 1st, we've had over 6" of rain.

Happy Friday.

Qli said...

Oh man! Almost finished, but was done in by the SE corner. S'pose I could have googled that composer, but it would have felt like cheating. Good work, Victor Barocas.

Enjoyed your comments, Lemonade. I will save that Chai link; I love the stuff and have tried several recipes for it. My Mom actually got me started drinking it.

I was disappointed in Cakesters; thought they tasted more like preservative than like OREOs. Now the peanut butter Oreos....Yum!

Not sure I get the SLAT clue. The only thing I can think of is a wooden duck blind with a rifle sticking out.

Two days in a row with German words; cool.

I saw the tail end of the Liberace movie. Great acting, but very sad movie.

Qli said...

Just realized that I didn't have time to look at the puzzle yesterday, so was thinking of the German in Wednesday's. Oops.

Time to go pull some weeds.

Lemonade714 said...

As far as the topic of JEW, by itself it is not a term I see as always a pejorative, though it can be used badly in different context. I am a JEW and happy about it, though the use of the word as synonymous with cheap can be hurtful, words are just words, Paula Deen notwithstanding.

However, I do believe when people hold themselves out as public figures, they should be held to a higher standard. My opinion, not religion, not politics.

Misty said...

Victor--what a Friday treat! Thank you, thank you! Tough but doable, my favorite kind of Friday and Saturday puzzle. And very helpful introduction, Lemonade. I got everything about the theme except for counting the letters in the answers. Duh! Glad to get that explanation!

Loved seeing Darryl on "Jeopardy" last night. Smart, nice, good looking dude! And fun to have SAJAK showing up in the puzzle today.

Husband getting his first shower from a new care-giver--not easy with serious paralysis when you're over 6 feet tall.

Have a great Friday, everybody!

Lemonade714 said...

Qli, sorry if my reference to Venetian blinds was not clear, but the slats are the individual parts of a blind used as a window treatment.

Lemonade714 said...

here is something I did not know which I copied from another blog.


"Victor Appleton wrote a novel for young adults called "Tom Swift and His Electric Rifle". The company that developed the TASER electroshock weapon named its product as a homage to the novel. The acronym TASER stands for "Thomas A. Swift's Electric Rifle". Interesting, eh?"

Java Mama said...

Happy Friday, everyone! Thanks for the mental work-out this morning, Victor. Even though I filled in the theme reveal, I was scratching my head until coming here (I’ll have that V-8 to go, please). Great write-up, Lemony; will have to go back and enjoy all the links later. Bonus shout out on your blogging day, to boot!

Favorites today include: Round Trip? = ORBIT and Skye Writing = ERSE. Got a little sideways by filling in ERAS before EONS at 25D, then wondering what sort of a tree a RAK was – d’oh. Didn’t have a problem parsing ONE G, and ROADIE was my first thought for Tour Toter (don’t play golf, so Caddie never surfaced).

Really enjoyed Darryl’s performance on Jeopardy last night, JD. So often it all comes down to whether or not Final Jeopardy is in your wheelhouse. Like Lemonade noted, sometimes the answer is quite obvious, other times it’s really tough.

Weather forecast for this weekend calls for highs in the upper 70’s – delightful!

Have a great day, all!

Bill G. said...

TGIF though it's not such a big deal when you are retired.

It's going to be really warm here this whole weekend. Not my cup of Chai.

I really liked the clever theme and the whole puzzle in general though parts of it were tough for me.

I accidentally noticed a really enjoyable movie on cable. "Pleasantville" with Tobey Maguire and Reese Witherspoon. I started recording it about half way through. I am looking forward to seeing the second half again. I recommend it if you haven't seen it before.

"A brother and sister from the 1990s are sucked into their television set and suddenly find themselves trapped in a 1950s style television show. Here they have loving parents, old fashioned values, and an overwhelming amount of innocence and naivete. Not sure how to get home, they integrate themselves into this "backwards" society and slowly bring some color to this black and white world. But as innocence fades, the two teens begin to wonder if their 90s outlook is really to be preferred."

Keith Fowler said...

Thanks, Victor!

A clever puzzle indeed. I could not get the theme until completing the entire grid, but then enjoyed going back and counting the EIGHT, NINE, and TEN answers to be sure.

On the whole, this was relatively easy, but much fun.

PK said...

Darryl did so well and provided some nice eye-candy, I hoped he'd spend a week on Jeopardy. That final question shoots down a lot of 'em.

Those CORR women look so much alike. Wonder if they are triplets?

Did anyone see the program--must have been Inside Edition -- where long-time black friends and employees of Paula Deen said she definitely is not a racist. Poor lady just opens her mouth and a whole lot o' "Suthren" comes gushing forth and is misunderstood. I feel sorry for her and I'm not being sarcastic.

My unfriendly neighbors & some friends have been clattering around on their lawn since 5:30 a.m. having a yard sale. Quite a bit of traffic, but I haven't seen one person carry anything away. So much work for little gains. High prices?

Jazzbumpa said...

Hi Gang -

Very clever, original, creative and unusual theme. Got it with a lot of head scratching and perp help.

I can't even imagine what went into construction this masterpiece. Brilliant!

Alas, though, another DNF for me. I also misread Rolodex as Rolex, and since I'm unfamiliar with Cakesters, had a blank where they cross. Major difficulty in the SW corner, too. Missing only the O and V, I still could not get OLIVIA. I know DOJO, but it eluded me like INDIA [which I did find] eluded Columbus.

Why is there a "?" after Not Now? Seems like a straight forward answer?

WE played Ives' America variations a few years ago. In this 7 min vid, the variation from 2:38 to 3:16 with its increasingly strange harmonies sets up the mercifully short one from 3:16 to 3:40, where every note in my part sounded and felt wrong. At first rehearsal I couldn't believe what I was hearing. I think Ives had quite a sense of humor.

Cool regards!
JzB

Anonymous said...

Alec Baldwin uses the n word to no backlash. Then yesterday his goes apeshit AGAIN and calls a gay reporter a "queen". Yet we still have to watch his insipid Capital One spots. double standard?

Anonymous said...

I got the puzzle, not too hard except for "later" instead of "dated", which of course made 43and48 downs gibberish, but never caught 'em. Except for the biggie, the reveal, which I missed by one letter, the "e", which was because I had no clue, and still don't, as to "ella" being "she"? Could somebody help 'splain it to this worn- out old brain?

Lemonade714 said...

ELLA is Spanish for she

john28man said...

German I can also be EIN too (Roman Numeral).

Lucina said...

Hello, hello, LemonADE and OTROS puzzlers.

WEES. Yowza! What a clever puzzle from Victor Barocas, difficult yet doable.

WMS. What Misty said. Seeing that it was a referenced puzzle, I did all the obvious fill first (not that many) then concentrated on completing the theme answers. At first I wasn't sure what JANE AUSTEN (I love her writing)had to do with the theme, so thank you Mr. Lemon for that.

I love misdirection in a puzzle and this satisfied me with round trip, ORBIT, pointed at the dinner table, TINES and OTROS.

Sadly, I initially wrote OTROS and never went back to review it, so a DNF for me. Drat. Drat. Drat.

GarlicGal:
Darryl was very impressive last night, both in looks and intelligence. What a stunner at the end. Did anyone else here know the answer? It surprised me.

Have a fruitful Friday, everyone! The heat is breaking records this weekend and I don't mean the team.

Lucina said...

Anonymous@12:02
ELLA means she in Spanish and is pronounced eya.

pas de chat said...

Hi C.C. and Lemonade.
I read your write-up twice because I STILL didn't get the theme. Duh.
MEAZZANINE (which I misspelled 3 times) has 9 letters. BYWEIGHT has 8, and JANE AUSTEN has 10.
(For anyone who still doesn't get it.)
Ella counterpart threw me too, Anon. It's Spanish for "she"
Had NOThE until I realized it was wrong grammatically.
Get down = EAT was a real meh for me.
DNF for one letter, drat!
WAG at OTRa/ SoMOS
Anyway here are the REAL
BERT AND ERNIE
Fermatprime from yesterday,
Cream of "Anything" soup. Yams, mashed potatoes, gravy, yogurt, cottage cheese, Stouffer's spinach souffle, pudding, smoothie (no straw!) ice cream, butternut squash, cream of wheat, orzo in soup, etc.

lois said...

Good afternoon, Lemon, CC, et al., A DNF for the first in a while.LEM
LOLd at your 29-30 comments. cute. Clueth theemed thomewhat obtooth and I wath thore for thecond, but then, oh my, Thor made it all better. Thank you tho much Lemonade. Eye candy! Tongue dropping gorgeouth!

JzB: how did you guys keep a straight face through that..either from laughing or grimacing? Great job on it all! Well done! BTW how old is that conductor? 15.. from a distance? Does he even shave?

Desper-otto: You're good. I'm from OK, eat nails for breakfast, and more importantly work with about 130 hormone crazed, testosterone poisoned teen agers every day. I show armadilloes how to be thick skinned.

PK: you are so sweet. I agree w/you on Paula Deen. It was 30 yrs ago. She apologized. Let it go. Like 'anon'..what about Baldwin?

Bill: I want to have modern technology and Pleasantville all wrapped into one...

...with Santa Baby coming at least twice a year, and the 'Eater' Bunny laying around every quarter. ohhh that Freud again!

Enjoy your day.

Java Mama said...

PK @ 11:54 – Your neighbor’s yard sale reminds me of the novel approach my sister-in-law took when she was getting ready to move to another state. Rather than price items separately, she charged a “flat fee” to get in (she had a fenced back-yard, which made it easy), and folks could take whatever they could carry out in one trip. She made several hundred dollars on the day – and better yet, got rid of all the junk she didn’t want to move.

Jayce said...

Very cool puzzle today. Really had my brain working out.

Good to thee you, Loith.

Have I ever said the n-word in my life? Yes, but not for a very long time. So fire me.

Bill G, I looked at the map and now I understand how it was possible for my granddaughter to say she saw the sun rise over the Pacific ocean in the morning.

Anonymous said...

Great. I have my Weight Watchers weigh-in on Tuesday and I was planning to eat healthy tonight. But now I have an insane craving for Quiche Lorraine.

lois said...

Good to thee you too, Jaythee.

I won't fire you for saying that word so long ago, but I would give your sweet white a** a firm spanking. Then we can both get fired....up! It's a crazy world!

Lemonade714 said...

Thanks Lois, I was going to add in the continuation 31, 32 "I am not just...." but I figured one shout out was enough.

Bill G. said...

Jayce, I'm glad you looked at a map. Unusual orientation for a city on the Pacific shore, eh?

Growing up in Virginia, I was used to White and Colored restrooms and drinking fountains. My parents let me know in no uncertain terms that the "N" word was unacceptable.

Lemonade714 said...

June 28, 1997
Mike Tyson was disqualified for biting Evander Holyfield's ear during their WBA title bout, and now he is a movie star traveling doing a one man comedy show.

Happy Anniversary Mike!

Manac said...

Re: 34D, I'm all for Womens Lib but this one Confuses me ;~)
(Oh! I'm going to hell for this post.)

fermatprime said...

Hi, all!

This one was somewhat difficult for me. Hate these tri-part answers. But a really clever puzzle! Thanks Victor, Lemonade!

Thanks, Pas de Chat! (But no wheat and lactose.)

I, too, watched Jeopardy. A shame about final question.

As I posted some time ago, I watched the Liberace movie. It was a real downer.

Happy weekend!

fermatprime said...

Argyle--thanks for suggestion. Am eating scrambled eggs. Applesauce has way too much sugar for me, though! The salt is not in the pool yet! Takes 2 more weeks. Even then, I understand now that it also produces chlorine! Thanks for asking!

Jazzbumpa said...

I must belatedly point out that that was not our performance of the Ives. To the bet of my knowledge, nothing I've ever played in is on YouTube.

So I don't know about the conductor.

Lo siento,
JzB Occasionally unintentionally misleading.

Argyle said...

A trip to Wikipedia has brought me up to speed on saltwater pools. It's nothing like I was thinking. It seems like a more complicated way of getting chlorine but it is a gentler chlorine on the skin and eyes. I see proper maintenance is a must. And it's nothing like being in the ocean. lol

Yellowrocks said...

In Berlin:
Ich bin ein Berliner.
In Hamburg:
Ich bin ein Hamburger.
In Frankfurt:
Ich bin ein Frankfurter.
In Wien (the Austrian name for Vienna):
Ich bin ein Wiener.
I know! I know! The w is pronounced as a V, but anyway...

PK said...

Yellowrocks, Stop! You're making me hungry and I'm out of mustard.

JavaMama, I like your sis-in-law's idea. Makes the whole process easier. My neighbors were carrying most of the stuff back in around 4 p.m. The only thing I know that left the premises was an old leaf blower. The strange thing was there were more old men than women of any age at the sale. I always thought women were the yard sale shoppers.

Bill G. said...

Lucina, I'm guessing Death Valley is one of the few places hotter than where you are. Yes? The whole southern California area is really hot except near the coast where we are. It's supposed to heat up even more over the weekend.

Manac, I'm guessing your links (ensuring your place in hell) are just two more straws on the camel's back. :>)

Lucina said...

BillG:
Yes, other than Africa, Death Valley is hotter. I just went out to retrieve my clothes which were drying and felt the oppression engulf me. It's really uncomfortable to be out for long.

I am reading a book called The Ice Master about a failed expedition to the Arctic and there the temperatures are just the opposite, as low as -50degs.

thehondohurricane said...

Abejo @10:02 AM

There is no XII on a Rolex. In it's place is the Rolex logo.