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Oct 21, 2012

Sunday October 21, 2012 Alan Arbesfeld

Theme: Alphabetical Pairings - AB, CD, EF, GH, IJ, KL, MN, OP, QR, ST, UV, WX & YZ are the initials of each theme entry.

 23A. Catherine of Aragon's successor, marriagewise : ANNE BOLEYN

 24A. High-volume pesticide deliverer : CROP DUSTER. Do you use this in your farm, Windhover?


 34A. "Cimarron" novelist : EDNA FERBER

41A. Best Picture of 1932 : GRAND HOTEL

 55A. Lively folk dances : IRISH JIGS. Is Jig part of your family reunion activities, Irish Miss? We had Polka dance last time. Boomer's mother was of Polish/German roots, mostly Norwegian on his father's side.

58A. Citrusy pie flavor : KEY LIME. Have some!


67A. Attempts to smooth ruffled feathers : MAKES NICE. I wonder if TTP likes Adele's "Skyfall". Amazing voice.

74A. Crankcase components : OIL PANS

77A. Page-turner : QUICK READ. I'm not sure if "Red Sorghum" by Mo Yan (the new Nobelist) is available in English. But it's a beautiful book. Definitely not a quick read.

86A. Cardiologist's exam : STRESS TEST

92A. Burkina Faso, once : UPPER VOLTA. Not familiar with Burkina Faso.

113A. Procedures for detecting carpal fractures : WRIST X-RAYS

115A. Restricted parking area, in some cases : YELLOW ZONE

Some key points in this theme:

1) Orderly letter progression;

2) Each symmetrically placed pair must have the same number of letters (AB= YZ letter count wise)

3) All the theme entries should be placed Across for visual effect

4) Most of the theme entries will be on the short side, as there are 12 theme entries (13, Dummy! Thanks, John Lampkin) and it's challenging to put them all Across. More often we see 7 to 9 on Sundays.

When I first started, I thought CREDIT LINE and LOSING TIME are parts of the theme due to their grid placements. But the gimmick quickly revealed itself. 

Across:

1. Dominant theme : MOTIF

6. "... __ a puddy tat!" : I TAW

10. Collectible game system : ATARI. I bet its collectible value is not as high as those old baseball cards in Dennis' boxes. He's currently unpacking and just discovered that he had a few 1908 tobacco cards.

15. Confident words : I CAN

19. MasterCard offering : CREDIT LINE

21. Beset by delays : LOSING TIME

25. They could go either way : TOSS-UPS.  And 32. Ratio for 25-Across : EVEN ODDS

26. When many lunch : AT NOON. Mine is 11:00am. Yours?

28. Plan : INTEND

29. "Stay" singer Lisa : LOEB. Haven't seen her for some time.

31. PBS benefactor : NEA (National Endowment for the Arts)
  
38. Physician's gp. : AMA. Boomer's VA doctor said that he could take a handful of Aleve next time his arthritis flared up. The bottle said you should not take no more than 3 per day. Whom to trust?

39. Brush fire op : EVAC (Evacuation)

40. Latin king : REX

48. Fronton balls : PELOTAS. Jai alai balls. Costs over $100/each? Wow! Fronton is Jai alai court. Cesta is the basket. I learned from doing Xword. 


52. Lenin's successor : STALIN. This picture (Marx, Engels, Lenin, Stalin & Mao) was in all our classroom walls.



54. Entertain with extravagance : REGALE

57. Classical lead-in : NEO. Neo-classical.

59. Rival of Cassio : IAGO. "Othello".

60. Oil used in paint : LINSEED

62. "Lordy!" : EGAD

63. Units in nutrition : GRAMS
 
69. __ fatty acid : TRANS
 
70. Russian wheels : LADA. Stumped me last time. Again today.

71. Emit : RADIATE

72. Tach measures: Abbr. : RPMs 

76. "Dude!" : BRO

82. Belgian lager, familiarly : STELLA. Stella Artois.

83. Browning's "How Do I Love Thee?" e.g. : SONNET. Have you dated anyone who never said "I love you" to you?

85. In a stuffed-up way : NASALLY
  
88. It fell after about 15 years : MIR. Hard clue. 1986 to 2001.

90. Pet food brand : IAMS. I also think Marti should keep the new cat. It looks so pert.

91. Landlocked Afr. land : ETH (Ethiopia)
 
96. Adds moisture to : HYDRATES. I'm a firm believer in moisturizers.

102. Batman after Michael : VAL (Kilmer). Michael Keaton.

103. Sweetheart : BEAU

104. Gold compound : AURATE. Makes sense, AU.

105. Civil War battle site : SHILOH

108. Took in, say : ALTERED

117. Avoids a confrontation : STEPS ASIDE

118. Go through : EXPERIENCE

119. Swedish actress Persson : ESSY. I belong to those 47% who don't know this lady.

120. Marketing data : SALES
 
121. Brown and Patrick : DANs.

122. Took a shot : TRIED

Down:

1. Hurdle for a would-be doc : MCAT

2. "Just answer yes __!" : OR NO

3. Place in math class? : TENS. Clever clue.

4. "Et tu, Brute?" day : IDES

5. Bone below the femur : FIBULA

6. "Let me get back to you" : I'LL SEE

7. Reason for sudden death : TIE. I hope you thought of sports immediately, otherwise, the clue is pretty heavy.

8. "Dragonwyck" author Seton : ANYA

9. Followed : WENT NEXT 

10. Metal giant : ALCOA. Always the first to report quarterly earnings, among the Dow components.

11. Picador's target : TORO

12. Without dissent : AS ONE MAN
 
13. Mending target : RIP

14. Non-studio pic : INDIE

 15. "__ die for!" : IT'S TO.  Must be Lucina's homemade tamales! I bought a block of taro cake yesterday and fried some for lunch. Too much rice flour and not enough taro flour, Jayce.

 

16. Credited in a note : CITED

17. Improve : AMEND

18. Unhip types : NERDS

20. Riding, with "on" : TOP OF

22. "Project Runway" mentor Tim : GUNN. "Make it work!". Like Emeril's "Bam!"

27. __ Tamid: synagogue lamp : NER. Gimme for Lemonade/Hahtool. Completely unknown to me.

30. "Crank up the heat!" : BRR

33. Carpooling convenience : VAN

34. At all : EVER
 
35. Catalan surrealist : DALI

36. Sgts., e.g. : NCOs

37. First lady before Mamie : BESS

38. Melodic segments : ARIOSI. Plural of Arioso.

39. Dermal opening : EPI. Epidermal. 

41. Headly of "Dick Tracy" : GLENNE. No idea.


42. Stowe novel : DRED

43. "Ahem" relative : HEY

44. Lustful looker : OGLER. Here is the most famous Chinese actress: Gong Li. I think she's more beautiful than Bill G's girlfriend Sofia Vergara. Gong Li's debut film is Mo Yan's "Red Sorghum".

45. Subarctic forest : TAIGA

46. Jazz trumpeter Ziggy : ELMAN. Gimme for Pas de chat, or her husband.

47. British city whose natives are called Loiners : LEEDS. Loiners? What does it mean?


49. "I'm holding it!" : THIS

50. Multi-platinum Steely Dan album : AJA

51. Odysseus trio, to Homer : SIGMAS. The three S in Odysseus, I suppose.

53. "The Good Girl" star : ANISTON (Jennifer). I've watched almost all of Aniston's movies. "The Good Girl" is so so. Did you see "Derailed"? It's terrifying.

56. Use spurs on : GOAD

58. Not cut : KEEP IN

60. Picked up : LEARNT

61. Beige shade : ECRU

63. Lip protection : GLOSS

64. "Nick of Time" singer : RAITT (Bonnie)

65. Freud contemporary : ADLER

66. Colorful autumn tree : MAPLE

68. Put the __ on: squelch : KIBOSH. Spitzboov used this phrase at times.

69. Impatient sounds : TSKS

71. Genetic chains : RNAS

73. '70s Lynyrd Skynyrd label : MCA

75. Racing's Unsers : ALs

77. Canal-cleaning device : Q-TIP

78. Way to travel : RAIL
 
79. Israeli port city : ELAT. It appeared often in the old Wayne R. Willams' puzzles.

80. __ mater : ALMA

81. Peptic opening? : DYS. Dyspeptic. 

83. Leaves the harbor : SETS SAIL

84. Working : EMPLOYED

87. Shirt prohibited at most golf courses, ironically : TEE.

89. Yank's foe : REB

92. Initials at O'Hare : UAL

93. Old Spanish coins : REALES. I belong to those 47% who don't know these coins.
 

94. Knight's quality : VALOR

95. Stay one step ahead of : OUTWIT

96. Anchor cable opening : HAWSE. Forgot. We had this before. CCnesia.

97. Mongolian tents : YURTS

98. Hangs on a line : DRIES

99. Rough, in a way : RASPY

100. Court figs. : ATTs

101. State with a panhandle : TEXAS

102. Shop class holders : VISES

106. __ Park: FDR home site : HYDE

107. Twice tri- : HEXA. "Six" prefix.

109. Israeli statesman Weizman : EZER

110. Package word with a cable car in its "o" : RONI

111. Suffix with defer : ENCE

112. Monopoly card : DEED

114. Pretoria's land: Abbr. : RSA (Republic of South Africa)

116. Hosp. staffer : LPN. Hi there, Blue Iris.

C.C.




Oct 14, 2012

Sunday October 14, 2012 John Lampkin

(If your paper does not carry the puzzle we're blogging on Sundays, click here to solve on line or print out a copy.)

Theme: Location, Location, Location - The first word in each locale contained phrase is replaced by a sound-alike word.

25A. African antelope's haven? : GNU REPUBLIC. New republic the magazine.

27A. Farmer's fields? : FODDER LAND. Fatherland

44A. Roomer's mecca? : BOARDER STATE. Border state.

66A. Ford's legacy? : AUTO-MAN EMPIRE. Ottoman Empire.

85A. Oscar fan's realm? : WILDE KINGDOM. Oscar Wilde. Wild kingdom.

108A. Celebrity chef's turf? : EMERIL CITY. Emeril Lagasse: "Kick it up a notch!". Emerald City.

110A. Bellyacher's bailiwick? : WHINE REGION. Wine region.

42D. Friendly folks' environs? : HI COUNTRY. High country.

50D. Jurist's paradise? : SUE NATION. Sioux Nation.

To me, no one does this type of punny theme better than John Lampkin. Try to clue those theme entries yourself,  you'll realize what imaginative and witty person he is.

Of course, a pangram. Of course, no cheaters. It's a John Lampkin after all. He treats every grid as an art. Plenty of long non-theme entries for a 9-theme entry grid. Only 66 black squares. I'd need 76 to 78.

Across:

1. Nighttime refresher : SLEEP. Lately Boomer (a diabetic) wakes up often because of foot nerve problem. Any advice will be appreciated.

6. Stir : ADO

9. Coffee flavoring : MOCHA

14. Galleon spars : MASTS

19. Roaring Camp chronicler : HARTE (Bret). From the "The Luck of Roaring Camp". Not  familiar to me.

20. Like some cats : HEP. 95D. Cool cat's "Understood" : I'M HIP.

21. Faint : SWOON

22. Britten's "Billy Budd," e.g. : OPERA

23. Command to a soldier : ABOUT FACE

29. Eocene and Miocene : EPOCHS

30. Unappreciative response : ICK. 41. Appreciative responses : AHs

31. Cardinal's resting place : TREE. What a great misleading "Cardinal"!

32. Bid : OFFERED

34. They may be written in tablets : DOSAGES. Great clue also.

36. Down : SAD. Splynter frequently gave shout-outs to Eddy on Saturdays, Eddy always  responded in his terse & droll style.

38. Actress Vardalos : NIA. And 56. Aimée of "La Dolce Vita" : ANOUK. Both should be gimmes for long time solvers.

39. At an earlier time : SOONER

48. It: It. : ESSA. ELLE in Italian.

52. Amp controls : DIALS

54. Shaping devices : DIES. Tricky clue.

55. Galleria display : ARTE
  
57. Highest point : ACME
 
58. Like some memories : FOND. I will remember you, will you remember me?
EddyB Hockey Game
Clear Ayes & Granddaughter Rachael

59. Tints : DYES

60. Rhododendron variety : AZALEA. I planted Burning Bush in our little garden this year. So impressed with their bright color and sturdiness.

61. Route directories : ROAD MAPS

63. Mexican pyramid builder : MAYA. 56D. Mexican pyramid builder : AZTEC

64. Nicklaus rival : WATSON (Tom). Or PALMER. Tom Watson is very nice in person. Some pros can be very cold.

65. Berliner's cont. : EUR

69. Peace, in Mexico : PAZ

71. 1960s-'70s first family : NIXONs. Nixon is very well regarded in China.

73. Queen's subjects : ANTS. John's wits in full display.

74. Acoustical foam pattern : EGG CRATE. I wonder why this shape.

76. Floral fragrances : ATTARS

77. Down : BLUE. "... Where do you go when you're blue..."I love this song so much.

78. Dullsville : BLAH. 89. Dullsville : DRAGGY.

79. Vacation plan : TRIP

80. Modern Persian : IRANI

81. Alligator __ : PEAR. Avocado. On toast with a few red pepper flakes. Heaven!

82. "__ there ..." : BEEN

83. Legally block : ESTOP

84. Feathered mimic : MYNA

88. __-cone : SNO

91. Gram. case : OBJ

92. Sister : NUN

94. Airport security concern : LIQUIDS

97. Round Table figure : GALAHAD. Lancelot's son. 

100. It broke up in 1991: Abbr. : USSR. Where were you in 1991? I was in college, happily dating.

104. __ Darya River : AMU. To the Aral Sea.

105. Come to pass : BEFALL

113. Taught gradually, with "in" : INSTILLED.

114. Gritty intro? : NITTY. Nitty-gritty.

115. Rub out : ERASE

116. U.S. Army E-6, e.g. : NCO

117. Pet annoyance? : PEEVE. Pet peeve. 45D. Gets pets, maybe : ADOPTS

118. "Jes' think ..." : S'POSE. Does "Jes'" stand for Jesus? I've never heard of this phrase before.

119. Site of unplayable organs : TORSO. And 33D. Organ with a drum : EAR

120. JFK, in the '50s : SEN

121. Philly cager : SIXER   

Down:
    
1. Dumbwaiter enclosure : SHAFT

2. Birthday work for mom : LABOR. Fun clue.

3. Destroy over time : ERODE

4. Liszt's "Transcendental __" : ETUDES. John is a pianist.

5. Elliott the Dragon's friend : PETE. From "Pete's Dragon". I definitely googled this before.

6. Time and __ : A HALF

7. Orange-handled pot beverage : DECAF. I don't drink coffee. Have no idea it's in orange-handled pots.

8. Unrestricted, as a discussion : OPEN-ENDED

9. Controversial flavor enhancer : MSG. It's widely used in Chinese dumplings.

10. Dominated : OWNED

11. Clever stroke : COUP

12. Scope opening? : HORO. Horoscope.

13. One may begin "Reminds me of the time ..." : ANECDOTE. I like this clue.

14. Creamy dessert : MOUSSE

15. 911 call follow-up, perhaps : APB

16. Baseball commissioner who helped establish interleague play : SELIG (Bud). Also wild card.

17. Instant : TRICE

18. Quarterback's concerns : SACKS

24. Bilbo's heir : FRODO. "The Lord of the Rings".

26. App-using device : PHONE

28. Helps with the dishes : DRIES
  
35. Some bowls : ARENAS

37. Playing hooky, maybe: Abbr. : ABS

39. Casting site : STREAM. Fishing.

40. They made Trigger happy : OATS. Trigger was Roy Roger's horse.

41. On __: if challenged : A DARE.
 
43. Memorable provider of roadside aid : SAMARITAN

46. Classic laundry soap : RINSO
 
47. Approve : SAY YES

49. Featured chorus lines : SOLO PARTS

51. Alias indicator : AKA
 
53. Showed the way : LED

58. Satyr cousins : FAUNS. Half man, half goat.
 
59. "Inferno" author : DANTE

60. Cry of frustration : AARGH

62. Soprano Kiri Te Kanawa, e.g. : MAORI

63. Soil enricher : MANURE

64. Tobacco industry whistle-blower Jeffrey : WIGAND. Stranger to me.

67. Bug, perhaps : MALADY

68. Pequod part-owner : PELEG. "Moby-Dick".

70. Youngest Marx brother : ZEPPO. Herbert Marx.

72. Kubla Khan's palace : XANADU. It's located in the present day Inner Mongolia, north of Beijing.

75. Amendments 1-10 subj. : RTS (Rights)

76. Intention : AIM

77. Lux. neighbor : BELG (Belgium)

78. Hundred-dollar bills, in slang : BENJAMINs

81. Pickled offering at a deli : PIG'S FEET. Widely consumed in Guangzhou, but never pickled.

82. Authoritative source : BIBLE

83. Avian runner : EMU

85. Spoonbill, for one : WADER
 
86. RV park chain : KOA

87. Vague rumor : ON DIT. Literally "They say" in French.

90. Angus cut : RIB EYE

93. Centers : NUCLEI

94. Homeowners' prides : LAWNS
  
96. Birder's Andean mecca : QUITO. Trust John on this. He's a naturalist.

97. Sheen : GLOSS

98. So : HENCE

99. Bad fire : ARSON

101. Big name in kitchen appliances : SILEX
 
102. Winwood of Traffic : STEVE. Also unknown to me.

103. Cup sought every two years : RYDER. Epic meltdown this year.

106. Farmer's prefix : AGRO

107. "Pants on fire" person : LIAR

109. Bussing needs : LIPS. Yellowrocks had a fun comment on bussing/bussed this past week.

111. Some Windows systems : NTS

112. Romantic beginning : NEO. Noe-Romantic.

I want to thank Seen and Windhover again for checking on Eddy & Clear Ayes last week and all your touching notes. I'm very saddened by the loss of two long-time regulars in a short period of time, but also comforted by the warmth and support shown on the blog. 

Life has been a bit rough lately, thank you for brightening my day with your daily comments and banters.


C.C.

Oct 7, 2012

Sunday Oct 7, 2012 Amy Johnson

Theme: "High Jinks"- UP is inserted into common phrases.

23A. Dear John? : BREAKING-UP NEWS. Perfect clue. Breaking News.
 
34A. Extortion amount, perhaps? : COVER-UP CHARGE. Cover charge.

66A. Raise some prices in the 19th-century literature section? : MARK UP TWAIN. Mark Twain.

97A. Revolting Oscar also-rans? : UPRISING STARS. Rising stars.

116A. View from the Transamerica Tower? : BALTIMORE SUNUP. Baltimore Sun.

15D. Hired prankster on the set? : DIRECTOR'S CUTUP. Director's cut.

 50D. One-liner from the pulpit? : UPSTANDING JOKE. Standing joke.

So, 3 insertions are in the middle, 2 in front and 2 in the back. Very consistent. You don't want an odd man out in your theme selection.

Looks like this is Amy Johnson's debut, and a Sunday! Congrats.

Across:

1. Saucers in the air : UFOs
 
5. Jewelry holder : CHEST. Sounds old-fashioned.
 
10. You won't see them in N.L. ballparks : DHs (Designated Hitter)
 
13. Shanghai : ABDUCT
 
19. Raise Cain : RANT
 
20. Miniseries opener : PART I
 
21. Turn state's evidence : RAT. Not famliar with the term "Turn state's evidence".

22. Book with Dick and Jane, say : PRIMER

26. Alice Walker title color : PURPLE. "The Color Purple".
 
27. Playing marble : AGATE
 
28. Response to "Was it that bad?" : DON'T ASK. I'll never tell...
 
29. What liars lack : HONESTY
 
30. So-called : NOMINAL
 
32. Mordor monster : ORC. "The Lord of the Rings".
 
33. Colorado-based sports org. : USOC (United States Olympic Committee)

39. Greenish blue hue : TEAL
 
43. James and Natalie's "Rebel Without a Cause" co-star : SAL (Mineo). Never saw the movie. You? I do like James Dean in "East of Eden".

46. Yemeni seaport : ADEN
 
47. Rest stop sights : SEMIs
 
48. Star of the 1981 revue "The Lady and Her Music" : HORNE (Lena).
 
49. "Ice cream castles in the air," in a Mitchell song : CLOUDS. "Both Sides, Now". This constructor might be a Joni Mitchell fan.
 
52. H.S. math course : ALG
 
54. Fabled flier : ROC
 
55. Frito-Lay chip : DORITO. Speaking of chips, what are your must-buys in Trader Joe's? I like their salsa & fig butter.
 
56. Manufactured goods : OUTPUT
 
57. Sullen look : POUT
 
59. Graduate's award : SHEEPSKIN. How does it become diploma? Strange.
 
61. Opulent : PLUSH
 
62. Stocking shades : ECRUS. Splynter's leggy girls often wear black colored stocking.
 
64. Of the flock : LAIC
 
65. Steinbeck title starter : EAST. "East of Eden".

70. Where Brigham Young settled : UTAH
 
74. Bio lab gel : AGAR
 
76. Glad alternative : SARAN. Wiki says "Saran" was coined by a combination of Sarah and Ann, the names of the Dow Chemical engineer's wife and daughter.

77. Screen partner : STAGE

78. Not even slightly different : IDENTICAL. Cute haircut for these quadruplets. From left to right, 4, 1, 3 & 2 in Chinese. So the teachers can tell them apart.
 
 

 
83. New Eng. state : CONN
 
84. Boosters, often : ALUMNI
 
85. Once in a blue moon : SELDOM
 
86. Landscaper's purchase : SOD
 
88. Mine in Rome : MIO. "'O sole mio" = "My sunshine".
 
89. Took a short trip : HOPPED
 
90. "American Psycho" author : ELLIS. Bret Easton Ellis. Unknown to me.
 
91. Aweigh : ATRIP
 
93. NASDAQ competitor : NYSE
 
95. "__ Grew Older": Hughes poem : AS I
 
96. Vivacity : ELAN
 
101. H.S. dropouts may earn them : GEDs
 
103. Cat lead-in : SNO
 
104. School : EDUCATE
 
108. Beatles hit with a four-minute coda : HEY JUDE



111. Measure that's often square : FOOTAGE
 
114. Household cleanser : BORAX
 
115. Fútbol shout : OLE OLE
 
 118. Dairy worker : MILKER. And 97D. 118-Across targets : UDDERS. The cow looks very burdened, PK/Spitzboov.


 
119. Quad bike, for one : ATV
 
120. Pigeon shelters : COTES
 
121. Two-time All-Star Martinez : TINO
 
122. Fishermen with pots : EELERS. Every puzzle has a few undesirable fill to glue things together.
 
123. Raised golf course feature : TEE
 
124. Strengthen's opposite : ERODE
 
125. Film crew locales : SETS

Down:

 1. __ sprawl : URBAN
 
2. Wells's partner : FARGO. The bank was hacked a couple of weeks ago.

3. Late show hr. : ONE AM

4. At a standstill : STATIC
 
5. Inflation no. : CPI (Consumer Price Index)
 
6. Dealt with : HANDLED
 
7. Cogito __ sum : ERGO
 
8. __ gun : STUN
 
9. Best of the best : TIPTOP
 
10. "Happily Divorced" star : DRESCHER (Fran). A "Fran" in the clue would make the fill easier.

11. Aggressive type : HAWK

12. Part of USA: Abbr. : STs

13. Place beside : APPOSE

14. German philosopher Bauer : BRUNO. No idea. What's his philosophy?

16. Out callers : UMPS
 
17. Gael or Breton : CELT
 
18. Small diamond : TREY. I was picturing a real diamond.
 
24. Popular bar game : KENO
 
25. Busters : NARCS
 
29. Half of XOXO : HUGS
 
31. Sailor's "Stop!" : AVAST
 
35. Grim guy? : REAPER
 
36. Open, in a way : UNLOCK
 
37. "Famous" cookie creator : AMOS
 
38. Drummer Buddy : RICH
 
40. Christine's phantom admirer : ERIK. "The Phantom of the Opera".
 
41. Prefix with knock : ANTI
 
42. "Exodus" author Uris : LEON
 
43. Check (out) : SCOPE
 
44. "Be-Bop-__": Gene Vincent hit : A-LULA
 
45. Meditative position : LOTUS. I can't seem to meditate. Deep thinking does not fit me.
 
48. Navajo neighbor : HOPI

51. Cry with a head slap : DUH
 
53. Spiritual leaders : GURUs
 
55. List maker : DEAN
 
58. Rapper __ Shakur : TUPAC. Dennis likes Pitbull, the rapper. Can you picture Dennis raps?
 
60. Yale Bowl rooter : ELI
 
63. Longtime senator Thurmond : STROM. Where is Trent Lott nowadays?

66. Seriously impair : MAIM
 
67. Crescent component : ARC
 
68. Diminishing : WANING
 
69. Rattles one's cage : ANNOYS
 
71. Florida city on the Gulf Coast : TAMPA. No OCALA  today.

72. Mother Teresa's birth name : AGNES. Also the name of our Irish Miss.
 
73. "Project Runway" host Klum : HEIDI. She's always so bubbly.

75. Souped-up Pontiacs : GTOs

77. __-mo : SLO
 
78. Following words : I SEE
 
79. HP competitor : DELL
 
80. Big name in scat : ELLA
 
81. Celestial sci. : ASTR
 
82. Petty of "A League of Their Own" : LORI. The movie is OK.
 
84. Winning : AHEAD
 
87. Break up, as a union : DISSOLVE
 
91. Notre Dame recess : APSE
 
92. Red choice : PINOT
 
94. Guided : STEERED
 
98. It may be given before leaving : NOTICE
 
99. Massages : RUBS
 
100. Youngsters in uniforms : SCOUTS
 
102. Swiss mathematician : EULER
 
105. Masters champ between Gary and Jack : ARNIE (Palmer). Gary Player. Jack Nicklaus.
 
106. Tease : TAUNT

107. Olympic Stadium team through 2004 : EXPOS. Now the Nats.

108. Five-sided plate : HOME

109. Author Wiesel : ELIE

110. Hardly one's library voice : YELL

111. It can be cruel : FATE

112. Valentine's Day deity : AMOR. To this guy, it's the girl in white.


113. Good kind of guy to have around : GO TO. I have two on the blog.

116. Belfry denizen : BAT

117. Oakland-to-Vegas dir. : ESE


C.C.

Sep 30, 2012

Sunday September 30, 2012 Gail Grabowski

 Theme: "Group Practice" - The last word of each 2-word theme entry all consists of a group of people. And each theme entry is humorously clued, corresponding to the first word.

 25A. Group providing pro bono services? : FREE AGENCY. The original phrase refers to the status of the free agents, of course.

27A. Group overseeing porch furniture? : ROCKER PANEL. Not familiar with "rocker panel".

 45A. Group dealing with hard stuff? : LIQUOR CABINET. We have one above our refrigerator. 

 82A. Group supervising subs? : SANDWICH BOARD


97A. Group testing antipasto tidbits? : OLIVE BRANCH

103A. Group specializing in spinal complaints? : BACK OFFICE

 35D. Group assisting St. Peter? : HEAVENLY BODY


 39. Group handling hand-held phone sales? : CELL DIVISION

I just love Gail's puzzles. Her byline comforts me. I know I have a good chance to solve & enjoy the puzzle (with occasional cheats).

I have no idea how Gail can be so productive and continues to make smooth grids for LA Times, Newsday and CrosSynery on regular basis. She's a marvel. Also a very very modest person.

Constructors often give subtle shout-outs to their local teams. Gail lives in Illinois, hence:

42. Chicago Sky's org. : WNBA. But who are the reigning WNBA champs? Minnesota Lynx!

Across:

1. Find a space : PARK

5. Baking aid : SHEET. Chinese kitchens do not have ovens. We steam everything, including bun (bread). I'm a bun lover, TTP.

10. Surrounded by : AMONG
15. Project leader's selection : TEAM. "Group" too. Bonus entry.

19. Ingredient in some soaps : ALOE

20. Scandinavian wife of comics : HELGA.  In "Hagar the Horrible".

21. Redder inside : RARER

22. Joyful dance : HORA

23. That-say connection : IS TO. That is to say.

24. Under control across the board : ALL OK

30. Land chronicled by Lewis : NARNIA. "The Chronicles of Narnia".

31. Some Little League volunteers : UMPS

32. Punished, in a way : FINED

34. Mazatlán munchie : NACHO

37. Teammate of Pee Wee and Duke : JACKIE ( Robinson). Duke Snider. All Dodgers greats.  Our own Steve once sat beside Duke Snider in a ball game.

40. Hive member : DRONE

42. When many shovels may be seen : WINTERS

44. Meadow matriarch : EWE. Ha ha, matriarch!

49. Santa __ : ANA

50. Blunder : FALSE STEP. Nice entry.

52. Crypts, e.g. : TOMBS

53. ESPN pitch, say : TV AD. Awesome clue. Of course I was thinking of baseball.

54. Record holders : FILES

55. Océan sight : ILE

56. Eyelashes : CILIA. Forgot. Definitely saw this word before.

57. Garbo of "Grand Hotel" : GRETA

58. Jerry Rice's record 208, briefly : TDs. Is Jerry Rice football's Hank Aaron?

59. St.-finding aid : GPS

60. Scary noble gas : RADON

61. Online newsgroup system : USENET

62. "Here we are!" : IT'S US

64. Sensitive spots : SORES. What's your cold sore trigger? Mine is always deadline, PK.

65. CIA briefing info : INTEL (Intelligence)

66. Soldiers' org. formed during WWII : AMVETS (American Veterans)

68. Gaucho gear : RIATA

69. Alarming way to go? : APE. Oh, go ape.

70. One of four in Massachusetts: Abbr. : SYL. Syllables.

72. Prayer object : DEITY

73. Remains unsettled : PENDS

74. The Snake R. runs through it : IDA (Idaho)

75. Morocco's capital : RABAT. I bet they have the best Couscous.

77. Edinburgh girl : LASS

78. Bashes : FETES

79. Island republic near the Malay Peninsula : SINGAPORE. Clean country.

81. Ristorante suffix : INI

85. Pursue, as a deadbeat : DUN. This word always reminds me of a big American company and my first solo undercover work.

86. Risky stock category : BIO-TECH

88. Faculty officials : DEANS

89. "Despite that ..." : AND YET

91. Maternally related : ENATE. "Paternally related" is AGNATE.

92. On the ball : ALERT

94. Radio-active sort? : CB'ER. Great clue.

95. Comedian's sidekick : STOOGE

107. Pension law acronym : ERISA (Employee Retirement Income Security Act. Unfamiliar to me. 

108. Major function : GALA

109. Bailiff's request : RISE "All rise!"

110. Disastrous : FATAL

111. __ system : SOLAR

112. Birthstone before topaz : OPAL

113. Settled down : ALIT

114. Growl relative : SNARL

115. They may be emotional: SCARS. We all have a few.

116. It may get hot under your collar : NAPE. Really?

Down:

1. Two of a kind : PAIR

2. Besides : ALSO

3. Univ. recruiter : ROTC

4. Iowa city named for a Sauk chief : KEOKUK. New to me. What's the city famous for?



5. Wrinkly dogs : SHAR PEIs. Literally "Sand skin" in Cantonese. Shar = Sand. Pei = Skin.

6. Goes to bat for : HELPS

7. "The First Lady of Song" : ELLA

8. Austrian painter Schiele : EGON. Was this guy a gimme for you?

9. Assume to be : TAKE FOR

10. Lab greeting : ARF. Labrador.

11. Seine tributary : MARNE. Man, lots of 5-letter rivers.

12. Mountain nymph : OREAD

13. "Oh, thou did'st then __ love so heartily": Shak. : NE'ER

14. Moms' moms, familiarly : GRANNIES

15. Bad thing to be caught in : THE ACT

16. Quite a stretch : EON

17. Detour, perhaps : ARC. "Perhaps".

18. Kentucky Derby time : MAY

26. Humongous : GIANT

28. Pugilist Griffith et al. : EMILES. + Zola.

29. R.I. governor Chafee : LINC. Lincoln Chafee. Used to be a Senator (R).


33. "Very creative!" : NEAT IDEA!

36. Highly decorative : ORNATE

37. Mutt's mate : JEFF. "Mutt and Jeff".

38. Look forward to : AWAIT

40. Dramatic one-on-ones : DUELS

41. It might be skipped : ROPE. The other day is STONE.

43. Egyptian Peace Nobelist : SADAT. I don't think I'll ever visit Egypt or Middle East.

46. Cotton-on-stick cleaners : Q-TIPS

47. Ties with clasps : BOLOS

48. "Call," in poker : I'M IN

51. Sonnet sections : SESTETS

53. Syrup source : TREE SAP.  I recall Marti's personal idol grew up in a maple tree farm. Bode Miller had a very unconventional childhood.

56. Course rentals : CARTS

57. Prime meridian std. : GST

59. NASA's Grissom : GUS

60. Shoulder location : ROADSIDE. Nice shoulder mislead.



61. A, in Arles : UNE

63. Squalid quarters : STY. Pigs disagree.

64. Tendon : SINEW

65. Old Colgate competitor : IPANA

66. Improvise : AD LIB

67. Nasty sort : MEANIE

68. No longer working: Abbr. : RET'D

69. "Later, amigo" : ADIOS

71. 1983 Golden Boot Award winner Lash : LaRUE. Learned from doing Xword.

73. Phnom __ : PENH. Very random H placements.

74. Library ID : ISBN

75. "It's Always Something" autobiographer : RADNER (Gilda)

76. Shelter near a fire : TENT

78. Open confrontations : FACE-OFFS. Another great fill.

80. Wall-mounted grips : GRAB BARS

82. Brief brawl : SETTO

83. Uno minus uno : CERO. 0 in Spanish.

84. Like ballplayers during the national anthem : HATLESS

87. "A-Tisket, A-__" : TASKET

90. Smaug in "The Hobbit," for one : DRAGON. No idea.

92. Tummy trouble : AGITA

93. Old Renault : LE CAR

94. Composer Franck : CESAR. Unfortunately Chavez is the only CESAR I know.

96. End-era link : OF AN. End of an era.

98. Camaro __-Z : IROC

99. '80s "This Old House" host Bob : VILA

100. Western wine region : NAPA

101. Give the band a hand : CLAP

102. Robust : HALE

103. Uplifting item : BRA. Victoria's Secret is going to open a store at Cowboys Stadium. So now fans have a beautiful place to go when the game gets boring.

104. Have a bug : AIL

105. Drama set in Vegas : CSI

106. Letter opener? : ELL. Clever clue.


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Sep 23, 2012

Sunday September 23, 2012 Alan Arbesfeld

(If your paper does not carry the puzzle we're blogging here on Sundays, Click it to solve on line or print out a copy.)

Theme: Inside Help - SOS spans across two words inside each theme entry.
 
23A. Infielder traded by the Yankees to get Alex Rodriguez : ALFONSO SORIANO. Now with the Cubs. Great leadoff man.


 33A. Bygone U.S. fuel stop : ESSO STATION

 42A. "How the Camel Got His Hump" et al. : JUST SO STORIES



 57A. Where Hope sprang eternal? : USO SHOWS. Bob Hope.

 80A. Japanese food staple : MISO SOUP. My grandma liked fermented soy beans. She never made Miso soup.

 95A. "CBS News Sunday Morning" host : CHARLES OSGOOD. Hard to find answers with S & OS spanning. Plenty of SO & S to choose.
 
 103A. Area in the North Atlantic : SARGASSO SEA

 116A. Lord Kitchener of Trinidad et al. : CALYPSO SINGERS

 120. Help found inside eight puzzle answers : SOS

On Sundays, I like to guess what the theme is by looking at the puzzle title. Often I'm wrong. Today I thought AIDE is contained in each theme answer.
 
Across:

1. Fowl poles : ROOSTS. Lovely clue.

7. Something for a rainy day : NEST EGG. I always associate this with retirement.

 14. Bad mark : STIGMA

20. Lenient sort : SOFTIE. I think Irish Miss is one. Hope your ice maker is working now.

21. Not quite par : ONE OVER. Bogey.

22. Snorkeling site : LAGOON. JD likes snorkeling.

25. Journalist Peter : ARNETT. Covered the Gulf War for CNN.

26. John Irving's "__ of the Circus" : A SON

27. Bit of derring-do : GEST

28. Obi-Wan portrayer : EWAN (McGregor)

30. Ratio words : IS TO

31. Fit to be fried : EDIBLE. Fun clue. Deserves a fun link from Dave. Such an unfaithful rat!


36. Like : A LA

38. Fair-hiring inits. : EOE

39. "Moon River" composer : MANCINI ( Henry). Forgot. Definitely googled his name before.

41. Ran into : MET

45. Select : TAP

47. Jets' former gp. : AFL (American Football League). 1960-1969.

50. Cuts short : ABORTS

51. __ of vantage: favorable position : COIGN. Never heard of this word before.

52. Literary lord : JIM. Conrad novel "Lord Jim". Drew a blank.

53. Court answer : PLEA

54. Lucy Lawless role : XENA

55. Coastal flooding cause : TSUNAMI.  Rooted in Japanese, literally "harbor wave".

59. Soft "Hey, you!" : PSST

61. Didn't quite win : PLACED. At the racetrack.

63. You can skip the flat ones : STONES

64. Stage remark : ASIDE

67. Part of a Maui welcome : LEI

69. Barber's challenge : MOP

71. Año starter : ENERO

72. Back from a trip, say : IN TOWN

74. Mideast native : SEMITE

78. One-named supermodel : EMME
 
82. "West Side Story" number : AMERICA. See hereA few doses of racial slurs.

84. Lift near a lodge : T-BAR. Ski lodge. I think Marti can be a stunt woman. She's so adventurous & fearless.

88. Purim's month : ADAR

89. Stock mkt. opening? : IPO

90. Lean cuisine lover : SPRAT.  Good clue. Never tried Lean Cuisine though.

91. Theater district : RIALTO

93. Address bk. datum : TEL

94. Modern address : URL

97. Smashed : LIT. Drunk.

99. Was of use : AVAILED

101. Excessively : TOO

102. Short missions? : OPs. Anyone else reading "No Easy Day"?

106. Fivesome : PENTAD

108. Grenoble girlfriend : AMIE

109. Problem's end? : ATIC. Problematic.

110. It may be used in a pinch : SALT. Clever.

112. Suspicious of : ONTO

114. Iowa and Indiana are in it : BIG TEN

121. Available for work : ON HIRE

122. Most avant-garde : EDGIEST. 5D Least resonant : TINNIEST. Sometimes constructors just could not make snazzier entries work.

123. Earthquake prefix : SEISMO. Quite a long prefix.

124. Walk unsteadily : TOTTER

125. Strengthens : DEEPENS

126. Ridges in ranges : ARETES

Down:

1. Cape Town's home: Abbr. : RSA

2. Dancer enslaved by Jabba the Hutt : OOLA

3. When many trades are made : OFF SEASON

4. Put up with : STOOD

6. His, to Henri : SES

7. Long time follower? : NO SEE. Long time no see. This phrase is rooted in Chinese I think. We say this often.

8. Slaughter on the field : ENOS

9. Spanish muralist : SERT. José María Sert.

10. Vous, familiarly : TOI

11. One of the Peróns : EVA

12. Torah starter : GENESIS

13. Become gradually more desirable to : GROW ON. I have the feeling that "Gangnam Style" won't grow on Jayce. Quirky horse dance. But hey, we have an exciting new clue for PSY.

14. Bias : SLANT

15. Do road work : TAR

16. Start to burn : IGNITE

17. Abandons the band : GOES IT ALONE. Nice long answer.

18. Slogan : MOTTO

19. Dramatist Chekhov : ANTON

24. Gives more than the once-over : OGLES. Here. I've watched almost all parodies of the song, Army, Marines, Navy, etc.

29. The way things stand : AS IT IS

32. Raises : BOOSTS

33. Puzzle : ENIGMA

34. Pretty : SCENIC. Melissa linked this one before. So pretty.


35. Band booster : AMP

36. Comet competitor : AJAX

37. Garage job : LUBE

39. Marshmallowy treat : MOON PIE. A week from now on, I'll be eating moon cakes.

40. Plain font choice : ARIAL

43. Hidden entrance : TRAP DOOR

44. Ft. Worth campus : TCU

46. John of "Good Times" : AMOS

48. A smaller number : FEWER

49. Nab, in oaters : LASSO

52. Karate kin : JUDO

53. Frustrating series of calls : PHONE TAG

56. N.L. Central team : STL

58. Originate : STEM

60. Attaches, in a way, with "on" : SEWS. Boomer is attending a bowling tournament today, with a brand new bowling shirt with his name embroidered on the back.

62. Shade of green : EMERALD

64. Get in one's sights : AIM AT

65. Nasty : SNIDE

66. "There there" : IT'S ALL RIGHT. Another great entry.

68. Hockey great Phil, familiarly : ESPO

70. Upper-bod muscle : PEC

73. Dark genre : NOIR

75. Bag mate of a cleek and a niblick : MASHIE. Old name for 5 iron. Bobby Jones used this word in his "How I Play Golf" series. Cleek is 2 iron. Niblick is 9 iron.

76. Classic Chevy : IMPALA

77. __ Haute : TERRE

79. Strand : MAROON

81. Like a baseball home team : UP LAST

83. Manhattan suffix : ITE

85. Exam many examinees won't look at : BLOOD TEST. Tricky clue.

86. Over : ATOP

87. Fishing gear : RODS

92. Big name in gloves : ISOTONER

94. Hagen of Broadway : UTA

95. Falls : CASCADE

96. Leaves in : STETS

98. "That makes sense" : I GET IT

100. Spoken : VOICED

103. Cousin of a clog : SABOT. Root word for sabotage.

104. Essential acid : AMINO

105. More sound : SANER

106. Cabal activities : PLOTS

107. 1973 #1 hit for the Stones : ANGIE

110. Graf __ : SPEE

111. NCAA member?: Abbr. : ASSN. I like this clue also.

113. "Him __": beau's ultimatum : OR ME

115. Ahead of, in verse : ERE

117. Size above med. : LGE

118. Pound sound : YIP

119. Patience-virtue link : IS A. Patience is a virtue, esp in crossword construction.


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