Jan 27, 2015

Tuesday, January 27, 2015 Ed Sessa

Theme: Tuesday Toadies - All are dupes that get used.

57A. Classic comedy team, with "The" ... and what the last words of 20-, 38- and 44-Across comprise : THREE STOOGES

20A. Rock used for hammering, e.g. : STONE AGE TOOL

38A. Shari Lewis' Lamb Chop, memorably : SOCK PUPPET

44A. First piece moved in chess, often : QUEEN'S PAWN

Argyle here. Eighty words but it although it didn't feel like that many. All the letters except J Z.

Across:

1. Many an Amman man : ARAB

5. Grab, as ice cubes : TONG

9. Seuss character who "speaks for the trees" : LORAX


14. Ship bottom : HULL. Perhaps Spitzboov can elaborate.

15. Auth. unknown : ANON. But we know anons; they're not all bad.

16. Fit to be tied : IRATE

17. Opposed to : ANTI

18. Flat-topped elevation : MESA

19. Consumerist Ralph : NADER

23. Mousse kin : GEL

24. NBC skit show : SNL. (Saturday Night Live)

25. Neighbor of Can. : USA

28. Seasoned veteran : PRO

31. Sneaker brand : KEDS

34. Sharper, as vision : KEENER

36. One that falls in the fall : LEAF

40. Media workers' org. : AFTRA. (American Federation of Television and Radio Artists)

42. Mentalist Geller : URI

43. Home of baseball's Marlins : MIAMI

47. Takes a load off : SITS

48. "Incredible!" : "UNREAL!"

49. __ Piper : PIED. Def. having two or more different colors.

51. Half a colon : DOT

52. Blog VIPs : EDs. (editor)

53. Bubble bath spot : TUB

55. Arctic sea bird : AUK

63. Mexican mom : MADRE. (madre política : mother-in-law) Plus 63D. Mother's Day month : MAY. (el día de la madre, diez de mayo)

66. Wrap for a sprain : TAPE

67. Agatha Christie's title : DAME. She was made a Dame by Queen Elizabeth in 1971.

68. Universal principle : AXIOM

69. Letter-named thoroughfares in Bklyn. : AVEs. Full of snow, I suppose.

70. Soprano Gluck : ALMA



71. Gossipmonger : YENTA

72. Religious offshoot : SECT

73. Ringful on a belt : KEYS

Down:

1. Triumphant cries : A-HAs. When I 'got' 73-Across.

2. Littlest of a litter : RUNT

3. Voice below soprano : ALTO

4. Showy jewelry : BLING

5. Fare steamed in corn husks : TAMALEs

6. Ten C-notes : ONE G. 10 x $100 = $1,000

7. Wine quality : NOSE

8. Annoying swarm : GNATS

9. Kitchen flooring : LINOLEUM and 41D. Detested thing : ANATHEMA. I had trouble spelling these two climbers.

10. Like much early history : ORAL

11. "Cool!" : "RAD!" (radical)

12. Had a bite : ATE

13. Gen-__: boomer's kid, usually : Xer

21. Surprised scream : [EEK!]

22. Cleaning up after the mess? : ON KP. in the service.

25. Still owed : UNPAID

26. Appear that way : SEEM TO

27. Palette user : ARTIST

28. Inscribed award : PLAQUE

29. Check from the IRS : REFUND. They may be late this year.

30. Films featuring chaps in chaps : OATERS. (Westerns)

32. Fasten, as buttons : DO UP

33. Junkyard metal : SCRAP

35. Protestant denom. : EPIS. (Episcopal)

37. Let loose : FREE

39. Fuzzy fruit : KIWI

45. Insult : SLUR

46. Most shipshape : NEATEST

50. Lovebirds, e.g. : DUO

54. Software test versions : BETAs

56. George Eastman's camera : KODAK

57. Easy race pace : TROT

58. Whence icicles hang : EAVE

59. Building detail, briefly : SPEC. Specification, different from on spec: Speculation.

60. Big windstorm : GALE

61. Award for a sitcom : EMMY

62. Red and Coral : SEAs. The Coral Sea.


64. Bough breaker : AXE. Axe must have been too dull to chop it.

65. Racket : DIN


Argyle


Jan 26, 2015

Monday, January 26, 2015 Clement McKay

Theme: It's Clobberin' Time! - Just read the first words of the entries and you have Batman meeting The Thing.

17A. Like the 1920s-'30s, economically : BOOM OR BUST  BOOM!

24A. Excellent work : BANG UP JOB                                       BANG!

35A. Dramatic weight-loss program : CRASH DIET              CRASH!

49A. Deadeye with a rifle : CRACK SHOT.(or crackshot)     CRACK!

59A. Hectic pre-deadline period : CRUNCH TIME               CRUNCH!

No reveal.

Argyle here with what appears to be a new constructor. The theme probably has been done before but if so, I doubt it was done as well. Impressive grid with the seven letter risers in two corners. I'm running late and I have some linkin' to so, so here goes.

Across:

1. Parking lot fillers : CARS. Too easy?

5. "Me too!" : "SO AM I!"

10. Cutlass automaker : OLDS

14. Nike competitor : AVIA

15. Valuable violin, for short : STRAD. (Stradivarius)

16. Genesis or Exodus, e.g. : BOOK

19. Wild revelry : ORGY

20. Audition hopefuls : ACTORS

21. Enjoyed a sail, say : BOATED

23. Indian melodies : RAGAs

27. Dean's email suffix : .EDU

28. Japanese sash : OBI

30. Back of a flipped coin : TAILS

31. 2,000 pounds : TON

32. Uncooked : RAW

34. Greek messenger of the gods : HERMES. Hermès, if you're fashionable.

38. Geek Squad member : TECHIE. The boys at Best Buy.

41. Fireworks reaction : [OOH!]

42. EPA-banned pesticide : DDT. Some controversy now that maybe an out-right ban was too strong for the good that it does.

45. Roger who broke Babe Ruth's record : MARIS

46. Refusals : NOs

48. Prior to, in poems : ERE

53. "A Doll's House" playwright : IBSEN

55. Decorative inlaid work : MOSAIC

56. Watchful Japanese canines : AKITAs

57. Comet Hale-__ : BOPP

61. Thought from la tête : IDÉE

62. Hayes or Hunt : HELEN. Both great actresses but from different eras.

63. Slaughter in the Baseball Hall of Fame : ENOS

64. Surrender, as territory : CEDE

65. Grab : SEIZE

66. Emailed : SENT

Down:

1. Musical set at the Kit Kat Club : CABARET



2. Guacamole fruit : AVOCADO

3. Tear gas weapon : RIOT GUN

4. Margaret Mead subject : SAMOA. "Coming of Age in Samoa"

5. Georgia and Latvia, once: Abbr. : SSRs. (Soviet Socialist Republic)

6. Horseplayer's haunt, for short : OTB. (Off Track Betting)

7. Island near Curaçao : ARUBA. Win enough at OTB and you can be here.

8. Perry in court : MASON. With Della Street at his side.

9. Convention pin-on : ID TAG

10. Section of a woodwind quintet score : OBOE PART

11. Conrad classic : "LORD JIM". A novel by Joseph Conrad originally published as a serial in Blackwood's Magazine from October 1899 to November 1900. I missed it. My subscription lapsed.

12. Guard that barks : DOG

13. Big __ Country: Montana : SKY. Big shout out.

18. Approximately : OR SO

22. One-to-one student : TUTEE

24. Prejudice : BIAS

25. Corrida cry : ¡OLÉ!

26. Undergraduate degrees in biol., e.g. : BSs. (Bachelor of Science)

29. Scottish hillside : BRAE

33. Detective's question : WHO

34. Sunshine cracker : HI HO

35. Massachusetts city crossed by four Interstates : CHICOPEE. Two are auxiliary Interstates.


36. Insurance covers them : RISKS

37. "Please stop that" : "DON'T!"

38. Film lover's TV choice : TMC. The Movie Channel is on Showtime. Yes, I tried TCM.

39. Corn serving : EAR

40. Hardly roomy, as much airline seating : CRAMPED

42. Preordain : DESTINE

43. "It'll never happen!" : "DREAM ON!"



44. Most uptight : TENSEST

47. Many a Punjabi : SIKH

50. Goldman __: investment banking giant : SACHS

51. New employee : HIREE

52. Eyelike openings : OCULI. Oculus, singular.

54. Tugs at a fishing line : BITES

56. Clearasil target : ACNE

57. Clic Stic pen maker : BIC

58. Poem that extols : ODE

60. Pince-__ glasses : NEZ



Argyle


Jan 25, 2015

Sunday, January 26, 2015 C.C. Burnikel

Theme: 4-G Network. Every theme answer contains 4 G's sprinkled throughout the fill. 




Our lovely hostess is working weekends again and has acquired the services of GreGarious Guy Gary to blog for her very nice Sunday puzzle. Having  six theme answers across and two down supplied a nice element too. She produced some real learning for me with some of the theme fill and as usual provided entertainment with her always sparkling cluing.

I'm sure it was just serendipity that Don G had GettinG GoinG in his great Thursday puzzle! 

23A. What winners earn : BRAGGING RIGHTS - Texas and Oklahoma fight for these each October in Dallas  (1/2 orange, 1/2 red in Cotton Bowl)


41A. Search feature that tries to finish your thought : GOOGLE SUGGEST - New to this digital cowboy

60A. Grounded V-formation fliers : GAGGLE OF GEESE - Hey, once they take off they're a flock 


83A. Completely : BAG AND BAGGAG- "I threw him out, BAG AND BAGGAGE"

96A. Way to generate fresh website content : GUEST BLOGGING - I think that's what all of us do

120A. Flamboyant '40s-'50s wrestler : GORGEOUS GEORG- George Wagner from Butte Nebraska cut quite a figure in the 50's rasslin' game


40D. Kellogg's product slogan : LEGGO MY EGG

44D. Revelation nations : GOG AND MAGO- Not a clue

Across     
    
1. Give up : CEDE - The land Mexico CEDED to the U.S.A. after the Mexican-American War




5. 27 for Beethoven's "Moonlight Sonata," e.g. : OPUS 


9. Body sci. : ANAT 


13. Fingers-in-one's-ears syllables : LA LA LA - If I can't hear you, it doesn't count... 


19. Subtle vibe : AURA


20. "Hogwash!" : BOSH - Would Rich have allowed "Chris of the Miami Heat"?




21. Rao's competitor : RAGU


22. Polling place sticker : I VOTED 


26. Pan creator : BARRIE - Mary Martin as Pan on NBC in 1955  is a fond memory for me




27. Like a designated driver : SOBER - I don't think driving drunk is taken lightly any more


28. Coptic Museum city : CAIRO - tradition has it that the Holy Family visited this part of Cairo while fleeing from Herod


29. Toffee bar with a crown in its logo : SKOR - one of my favorite candy bars as long as my teeth are good!



31. Bread sometimes prepared with chutney : NAAN - I've yet to sample either

32. Bowler Mark who was four-time PBA Player of the Year : ROTH - along with Boomer, a man who has had a lot 127A. Alley pickups : SPARES


34. Trellis piece : LATH


36. Wipe clean : ERASE 


38. The NFL's Falcons : ATL - They got an NFL expansion franchise in 1965 so they wouldn't go to the pre-merger AFL


44. Coll. transcript stat : GPA 


47. Rake's look : LEER 


49. Big diamond-mining country: Abbr. : RSA - a 507.55 carat white diamond taken from the Cullinan Diamond Mine in South Africa in 2009




50. Tells a tall tale : LIES - George Costanza, "Jerry, it's not a LIE, if you don't think it's a LIE"

51. Melodious winds : OBOES - As mentioned on Monday, also the voice of the duck in Peter And The Wolf 


53. Ready to drive : IN GEAR


55. "Fear not!" : BE BRAVE - It's probably not as bad as you think it will be


59. Aptly named baby carrier brand : SNUGLI 



62. Usher in : HERALD - Hark!


63. Drudgery : MOIL - I will learn this word. I will learn this word. I will... 


64. Ninth-century pope : LEO IV  - Served from DCCCXLVII - DCCCLV


65. Ousted Iranian ruler : SHAH - he was a despot but, by God, he was our despot


67. Dundee denial : NAE - "Nae, I did na think she was bonny"


68. ''Chances Are'' crooner : MATHIS - You can't be my age and not have, uh, "pitched woo" to this record


70. Japanese IT services giant : NEC 


72. Map feature : LEGEND - This map and its LEGEND tell you where most people live in my, Joe's and Ergo's state.

74. Stable diet? : HAY - cute

76. Trace : HINT 


77. 2008 Jordin Sparks/Chris Brown duet : NO AIR


79. Letters on the back of a jersey : NAME - Coachspeak: 




81. Certain daisies : OXEYES


87. Trials and tribulations : RIGORS


88. Rhine temptress : LORELEI - I listened for her while floating down the Rhine, but all I heard were people at the ship's bar


89. "Under Siege" star : SEAGAL


90. Church doctrine : DOGMA - The Golden Rule is all I need


91. Kiara's mother in "The Lion King" : NALA 


92. Org. promoting hunter safety : NRA 


94. Fuss : TO-DO - Miss Bunting seems intent on creating a TO-DO whenever she is at Downton Abbey


95. Comic Philips : EMO - I always thought he was an odd little man




102. Airer of "Family Feud" reruns, briefly : GSN - How much Family Feud can you really watch? 


103. Hulu service : NET TV - Now that we have a "smart TV"...


104. Palm starch : SAGO - Harvesting the pith from the Sago Palm to make starch




105. Besties : PALS - BFF's (which last about a week in middle school)

107. It can precede Bravo : ALFA - Take it from Golf Alfa Romeo Yankee


110. "If that's true ..." : THEN - Simple If/Then flow chart




112. Dupe : REPRO - If a brother can be "bro",  a 
reproduction can be a REPRO

114. Online savings accounts offerer : E-LOAN - I've seen 391% APR on those babies


118. Text file with instructions : READ ME 


123. Blini topper : CAVIAR - EGADS! You eat caviar with a metal spoon! How gauche! 

124. Sweetie, in Tahiti : AMIE - Parlez vous Français in Tahiti? Mais oui!


125. In the know about : ONTO - Yeah, no one was ONTO Tony and Jack




126. Glimpses : SEES


128. Scorch : SEAR


129. Reflexology targets : FEET




130. Throw, as a party : HOST


Down:

1. Train station waiters : CABS - Our resident oenophile Marti might have clued this differently!


2. Vatican City coin : EURO - The cheapest tour of the Vatican will set you back €32,00


3. Lackluster : DRAB 


4. Champing at the bit : EAGER


5. Kimono closer : OBI


6. Wet weather wear : PONCHOS - The Pope wore the same cheap rain PONCHO when visiting the faithful in the Philippines. A true man of the people.




7. Org. that tests balls and clubs : USGA


8. Piercing : SHRILL


9. Specialized idioms : ARGOTS - We have 'em here! 


10. "Pass" : NAH - Coupled with NAE today


11. NSA figures : AGTS 


12. Rosa Parks' birth city : TUSKEGEE - She'd had enough, decided to BE BRAVE and showed true courage 


13. Some fall babies : LIBRAS 


14. Clark's "Mogambo" co-star : AVA - She was forced on director John Ford who wanted Maureen O'Hara


15. "SNL" creator Michaels : LORNE

16. Hair removal brand : ATRA - I guess shaving is hair removal


17. "Well, I guess you don't know everything about women yet" speaker : LEIA


18. Yemeni port : ADEN


24. Pirate's brew : GROG - A staple for Captain Hook in Pan?


25. Wrath, in a hymn : IRAE


30. Tram loads : ORES - Gold ORE in a slightly bigger mode of 
transportation



33. Manager with four World Series wins : TORRE - Four Yankee titles


35. Expressive dances : HULAS


37. Salisbury Plain monument : STONEHENGE - YouTube has many great theories about how STONEHENGE was built


38. Irreverent Sacha Baron Cohen alter ego : ALI G - Not my (Nice) Cuppa tea!


39. Break hr. : TEN AM 


42. Talky get-together : GABFEST


43. Hand over : GIVE


45. Big name in windows and doors : PELLA - In Iowa, it's a town with a fabulous Tulip Festival


46. Private remark : ASIDE - Bob Hope was a master at this in the "Road Films"


48. Aqua __: gold dissolver : REGIA - Literally Royal Water. Nitro-hydrochloric acid


52. Rough case : BUR


54. Extremely hot : ALL THE RAGE 


56. Locker room problem : EGO - A crossword stalwart with a huge EGO




57. '60s counterculture event : BE IN


58. Common crime drama theme : REVENGE


59. Plush carpet : SHAG


61. Ken of "thirtysomething" : OLIN - Another stalwart here


65. On the skids : SLIDING


66. Sage, say : HERB


69. Bad reception? : HISS - My MIL's radio HISSES constantly but it was a gift from her late son


71. Shade of black : COAL 


73. Pester : NAG AT - LA LA LA... 


74. Large crowd : HORDE


75. Geometry basic : AXIOM


78. Hydrocarbon suffix : ANE - It's been very warm this week and so I refilled my proPANE tank earlier than usual to BBQ


80. "Oh my goodness!" : EGADS


82. __ Kippur : YOM - Will 9/23 - 9/24, 2015 be long enough for me to atone for all my sins?


83. Hightail it : BOLT - Col. Pickering, "Where's Eliza?" Professor Higgins, "She's BOLTED!"


84. Spirited horses : ARABS 


85. Yoga posture : ASANA - I can do some of these 


86. Tesla Motors CEO Musk : ELON - He's building space vehicles too

88. City on I-15 : LAS VEGAS - 5 hr and 49 min north and you'd be in Salt Lake City. Hmmm...


91. Rembrandt's home: Abbr. : NETH


93. Comeback : RIPOSTE - here's one with our crossword weapon of choice




97. States : UTTERS

98. Minnesota, vis-à-vis Nebraska : LARGER - C.C. said she originally had Missouri but Rich put in Nebraska. Yeah 
right! ;-)

99. Arch in some Gothic architecture : OGEE


100. Vanish : GO POOF


101. __ club : GLEE


103. It's the pits : NADIR 


106. Play in the tub : SLOSH


107. Lob paths : ARCS - The result of many a Lob pass




108. Bound : LEAP  - See above

109. Bean variety : FAVA


111. Alaskan gold rush town : NOME - What great 1960 song has the lyric, "Below that old white mountain, Just a little southeast of NOME"?


113. Mysterious letter : RUNE - Early Germanic writing system


115. Snack sometimes fried : OREO 


116. Long stretches : AGES 


117. Place to find eggs : NEST


119. West in pictures : MAE - She really knew her, uh, assets


121. Coastal inlet : RIA


122. Figured out : GOT - I was so happy I GOT to blog this fine puzzle for my 
friend C.C.!

Thanks for this great puzzle C.C.! This site is now charging into its 8th year with you firmly ensconced in the position of leadership. How fortunate we are!

Husker Gary




Note from C.C.:

Ralph Bunker, the co-constructor of George Barany's "Enigma Variations" meta puzzle, visited MN yesterday, so our local constructors had another gathering at the University of Minnesota. The conference room we were at is named after George's parents, both Holocaust survivors. George also gave us a tour of their chemistry department and showed us this huge periodic table where you can touch some of the elements.


Marcia Brott, C.C., Tom Pepper, David Hanson & Nancy Herther
  Tariq Samad, George Barany, Ralph Bunker, Tom Pepper, C.C., David Hanson, Marcia Brott & Nancy Herther

George Barany, Nancy Herther, Tom Pepper, Marcia Brott, David Hanson, C.C.m, Victor Barocas,  Tariq Samad & Ralph Bunker

Click here for a few more pictures.

Also, the Fourth Minnesota Crossword Tournament will be held on Sunday, June 14, 2015. Please click here for more info. 

Jan 24, 2015

Saturday, Jan 24th, 2015, Julian Lim

Theme: None

Words: 64 (missing J,Q,Z)

Blocks: 37

  I would have to say I did a 43a. on this puzzle - but I did actually finish, with just one cheat, and one bad cell.  I consider it a victory.  A rare grid structure, with a high block count and a pair of central staircases of 4,5,6,7,7,8-letter words, but the ambiguous and nebulous cluing made this one a real grind.  Always the case with Mr. Lim on Saturday.  Two climbers of 12 letters and two spanners of 13;

6d. One of an elite eatery trio : MICHELIN STAR - I did not get this until I read that there's only "three" stars given out; technically, you can actually get zero, but that's not very elite....

18d. Subject of a 1996 holiday craze : TICKLE ME ELMO - DAH~!!! the --MEEL--- in the middle just messed me up; I went to Google and typed in "1996 holiday craze" and he came up; I was taking shots at him upstate


22a. Run using water, as a plant : HYDRO-ELECTRIC - ah, that kind of plant; at first I was thinking of the "roots and leaves" kind, and yes, those do run, using water, but....

35a. Greeting words : NICE TO MEET YOU

ONWrrrrrD~!

ACROSS:

1. Meg, to Jo : SIB - no clue to start, but I surmised it would be "SIS" or something - a Little Women reference

4. Lighter : LAMP - ummm, meh

8. Fashion first name : COCO - Chanel; I was born one month after her death

12. Cathedral feature : CRUCIFIX - ummm, yeah, but I can find that in a local church, too - I was thinking more like PIPE ORGAN, which didn't fit

14. "Frère Jacques," e.g. : CANON - a musical canon, referring to the "in a round" style of singing;   hey - two birds with one stone~!

Frère Jaques on Pipe Organ

15. Heartfelt class? : AEROBICS

16. Dismiss, in a way : WAVE AT - meh.  I would wave OFF to dismiss

17. Adopted : RAN WITH

18. Daughter of Oceanus : TELESTO - there's more about the Saturnian moon on the internet than the mythology

19. Monopoly acquisition : DEED

20. Installments : EPISODES

24. Unsettled items : I.O.U.s

25. Gets absorbed : SINKS IN

26. Lightweight boxer? : PUP - Har-har~! Boxer, the dog breed

27. Redcap's workplace: Abbr. : STN

28. "__ Down In Darkness": Styron novel : LIE - Perps, all perps

29. Little projectiles : BBs - we shot Elmo with a .22

32. Hardly keeps cool : SEES RED - I was seeing the red of his fur....or is that Stoat?

34. Rock __ : SALT

37. Like some pasta : HOME-MADE

38. Full of vitality : GO GO

39. Filing aid : DIVIDER

40. Call before a head-to-head contest : EN GARDE

43. Reacted to a sock : REELED - yep, this puzzle punched me in the gut

44. Fruit sometimes fried : PLANTAIN - I had the "P", but still struggled to think of a fruit - then the V-8 can flew

45. City on the Rhone : ARLES - I threw in ESSEN, which was only 20% correct

46. Like some fancy stationery : EMBOSSED

47. Forest coat : MOSS

48. "Walkabout" director Nicolas : ROEG - just an 'ugly' clue/fill; more here

49. Many boomers: Abbr. : SRs - Baby-boomers, who are well on into Senior Citizen status now

DOWN:

1. Plastic surgeon's concern : SCAR - scaB?  The crossing didn't help

2. "Roger that" : "I READ YOU" - always reminds me of this scene - "Do you like movies with gladiators?"


3. Reduced to ashes : BURNED UP

4. Drive in the bedroom? : LIBIDO - cute

5. Words with throw or have : A FIT - ugh; throw yes, have, meh. Just MHO

7. Spots for private shoppers?: Abbr. : PXs - Private, Army style

8. Gave : CAVED IN

9. "Almost ready!" : "ONE SEC~!"

10. Covers : COATS - like paint

11. More than not sure about : ONTO - implying some sort of shadiness

13. Quails : COWERS - ah, the verb, not the bird

14. Nutritionist's unit : CALORIE

16. Lincoln Center locale : WEST SIDE - I had ----S-D-, and it kinda came to me; had to guess EAST or WEST

21. Sword's superior? : PEN - "The PEN is mightier than the SWORD~!"

22. Not square : HIP - your social quality

23. Venerable : ESTEEMED

27. Forms a new state : SECEDES - had it, spelled it with two "C"s, took it out, put it back in

29. Aquatic plant that reduces erosion : BAY GRASS - Total WAG from "B------SS"; in fact, it was not until the write-up that I actually noticed it did not change

30. More rare, in a way : BLOODIER - ah, like your steak

31. __ Redman, Gary Sinise's role in Stephen King's "The Stand" : STU - I thought it was SYD, but then "nice to meet you" had to be correct

32. Like expressions? : SIMILES - an expression using the word "like"; 'her eyes are like pools of water'

33. Fuel __: reactor component : ROD - nuclear reactors

34. Rabbit predators : STOATS - new clue for the old "ermine/mink kin" answer.  I found this video of a stoat hypnotizing a rabbit

35. They have plots : NOVELS - yes, they do

36. Traditional beverage : EGG NOG

37. Prefix meaning "sacred" : HIERO - so, Hieroglyphs are sacred carvings, eh?

39. Scotch serving : DRAM - thank God it was not three letters~!

41. Local theater, informally : NABE - short for "neighborhood" (ney-bər-hoo d)

42. Purposes : ENDS

44. __ se : PER - Latin, "in itself"

Splynter