Feb 3, 2008

Sunday, Feb 3, 2008 Arlan and Linda Bushman

Theme: Product Placement

23A: Offer really big reward?: PLEDGE hefty BOUNTY

38A: Watch over fledgling avian?: Safeguard DOWNY DOVE

56A: Promote West African nation?: Boost IVORY Coast

76A: Wreak havoc on hidden forest clearing?: RAID secret GLADE

89A: Flatter muscular Trojan War Hero?: Soft soap BRAWNY AJAX

109A: Observe Kilauea's huge outpouring?: Behold lava CASCADE

Those are all the brands I have identified, did you find more?

Very tough to bite into this puzzle. I almost used up my bottle of Liquid Paper. I googled like crazy, and still could not fill in 1/3 of the blanks. Then my husband woke up, and helped me a lot, but we still could not finish the damned thing.


1A: Cartoon apparition: CASPER. Put CASPAR first.

7A: Overcharge: SOAK. Never know "soak" has such a meaning.

11A: Premiere notables: STARS

19A: Programs with pop-ups: AD WARE. My mind is fixed with Spyware.

20A: Glazier's Piece: PANE. I didn't know the meaning of Glazier.

27A: Stephen of "The Crying Game": REA (not RAE). I cannot say how much I am moved by this movie. I also enjoyed The Devil's Own, which is also IRA related.

28A: Sent to the canvas: KOD (knocked out). I was thinking of CANVASS, Get out and Vote.

29A: Editorial symbols: CARETS.

30A: Tibetan monk: LAMA. Love Dalai Lama as a spiritual person. But I can not support his cause.

31A: Display of oils: ART SHOW

34A: Rubberneck: STARE

36A: Equal-angled figure: ISOGON

42A: Slop contraptions: T BARS

46A: One of the "Pump you up!" duo: FRANZ. Hans & Franz. Never heard of their names before.

47A: Hockey defensive great: ORR. Gimme for me.

48A: Curly-tailed pooch: AKITA

51A: Vacation option: CRUISE

60A: Info-gathering mission: RECON

62A: Title city in a Russell Crowe flick: YUMA, "3:10 to Yuma". Never watched it.

64A: Livid: IRATE

65A: Crazy Horse tribe: OGLALA

66A: Bonnet holder: HAT PIN

68A: Scoffs: JEERS

69A: Printer fill-up: DRY INK? Not sure of this why. Pls help me with this one.

80A: Tanker mishaps: SPILLS

84A: Motor or mechanism starter: SERVO. Never heard of it.

87A: Bridge seats: EASTS

96A: Except that: UNLESS

97A: Fluctuates repeatedly: YOYOS

98A: Word for Word: LITERAL.

102A: Muffed: BLEW

103A: Gaucho domain: PAMPAS

106A: Gumshoe: TEC

107A: __ du Diable: ILE

108A: Sock end: TOE

114A: Resinous secretion: LAC

116A: Novelist Murdoch: IRIS

117A: Call together: MUSTER

119A: Cornered: AT BAY

120A: Beekeeper's milieu: APIARY. A beekeeper is called Apiarist.

Down Clues:

1D: "Meet John Doe" director: CAPRA. I should put this movie on our Netflix Q.

2D: Freud colleague: ADLER (Alfred Adler). I know Jung.

4D: Energy unit: ERG

6D: Assault with nostrils with: REEK OF

8D: Galoot: OAF. I was thinking of Ape.

11D: Made a basket, say: SCORED. I was picturing a real basket is being made.

14D: Greek wines: RETSINAS. No idea. I don't drink any wine.

17D:"Foundation" series author: ASIMOV. Our Newspaper carries Asimov Quiz every day.

18D: Fuel for a lighter: BUTANE. New to me.

24D: Inventor Elias: HOWE

25D: National poet: BARD

30D: Polish city: LODZ. Would you believe that I actually got this one?

32D: Old map abbr: SSR

33D: Does after: HAS AT. I was trapped again, put "s" in the end first.

34D: Molasses base: SUGAR

35D: Menlo Park initials: TAE (Thomas Alva Edison)

37D: Enhanced combined effect: SYNERGY? Not sure of this one.

39D: Gainesville athlete: GATOR My husband got this one quickly.

40D: Helpful: OF USE

41D: Court order: WRIT

42D: Drinking mug: TOBY Very silly looking mug.

43D: Commotion: BROUHAHA

44D: Fragrant: AROMATIC

49D: Fuzzy fruits: KIWIS. Full of Vitamin C.

50D: Lendl or Pavlov: IVAN

51D: Uncouth: COARSE.

52D: Piper following: RATS. Why?

53D: Tabloid fare: SCANDALS. I used to watch E! News for their endless scandals. Now my mind is set on Super Tuesday.

54D: Spot pattern: POLKA DOT

57D: Smooth fabric: SATIN

61D: Architect Sarrinen: ELIEL. I know his son's name EERO.

65D: Sound off: ORATE?

67D: Take over: POSSESS

68D: Monopoly corner: JAIL

70D: Networked units: PCS

71D: 19th-century round dance: GALOP. Brutal, never heard of this dance.

72D: Matter-of-fact: PROSY (Sorry for the mistake earlier).

76D: __ Ridge (Derby winner, 1972): RIVA. Unknown to us.

77D: Highland units: CLANS

81D: Potential customer: PROSPECT

84D: Brood: STEW

85D: Wage Receipt: PAYSLIP

86D: Brace or span: TWO? Why?

88D: Chopper: AXE

89D: Not obvious: SUBTLE

90D: Borrowed: ON LOAN ( I put loaned at first)

91D: Take to the cleaners: FLEECE. This reminds me of that greedy DC judge who sued his cleaner for $54 million over his stupid lost pants.

92D: Side action: BYPLAY

93D: Course: ROAD

94D: Writer Waugh: ALEC

95D: Turnip-shaped root vegetable: JICAMA Saw this tuber before. Never eat it.

99D: Rodeo-accessory: RIATA. I just hate this word.

100D: Pile wood: ALDER. Unknown to me.

101D: Suspicious and distrustful: LEERY

104D: Pequod skipper: AHAB. "Moby Dick" again. Never read this book.

105D: Colorful fabric panel: MOLA. It's a "colorfully appliqu├ęd piece of fabric handcrafted by the Cuna Indian women of the islands in the Gulf of San Blas and used for clothing, decoration, etc." says so.

Now I am done.

C. C.


Anonymous said...

very helpful!

Anonymous said...

i do the tribune crossword every week, and am generally very good at finishing most of it.

this one was BRUTAL. i finished about 40 percent. luckily i found your site to push me along with some helpful answers, otherwise i think i might've started to beat my head against the wall.

literally, i think this is one of the hardest puzzles i've seen yet in the trib.

anyway, i hate looking up answers, but in the end, you helped preserve some of my sanity.


Anonymous said...

oh, and by the way (i just made the last post), "matter-of-fact" is "prosy", not "prose" ("prose" wouldn't work with "brawny").

just an FYI.

C.C. Burnikel said...

Thanks for the comments, both of you guys.

Anonymous 2 & 3, thanks for pointing out "Prosy mistake. I've changed it in my blog.

I did find it very difficult. 95D Jicama & 121A Beekeeper's millieu were very difficult to ferrt out.


Anonymous said...

Was it just our local paper, or was the clue to 113D missing in every copy of this puzzle?

If anyone can tell me what the clue was, please post it in a comment on this site.


C.C. Burnikel said...


The clue for 113D is "___: Miami".

I am curious, are you doing today's puzzle or last Sunday's puzzle?

C. C.

Anonymous said...

Thank you, DJH, for answering my question. Now I'll answer yours.

I was doing the puzzle published in the Herald-Bulletin (based in Anderson, Indiana) on 03 Feb 2008--last week's puzzle. The words on the top row are CASPER, SOAK, STARS, TAB in the solution of that puzzle. My father and I were completing our verification process before looking at the published answer when we found this site. It came up when we Googled Yuma + "title city"

C.C. Burnikel said...

I am sorry I wrote your name wrongly earlier Jdh.

The reason I asked you the question is because today many people visited this Feb 3 posts, so I thought maybe your newspaper crossword was one week late than ours.

Thanks for answering my question. Hope you will drop by again.

C. C.

Anonymous said...

This xword you got in the Star Tribune appeared in the Palm Beach Post on Jan 30. and we just got into doing it a few days ago. My wife worked on it w/o Google then handed it to me. After I got stuck I googled and did some more then hit on your blog with answers. Good job. I also question TWO for bridge or span. Google doesn't find any such usage. The dryink comes from the use of toner, which is a powdered dry ink used in laser printers. For a while I thought it might be anyink.
I had Alex(ander) Waugh instead of Alec... based on Googling.

C.C. Burnikel said...


Thanks for stopping by.

Interesting that we have different date for the puzzle.

I am going to ask the other readers tomorrow morning to see if anyone can help us with the Brace or Span clue. I am still baffled by it.

Thanks for the dry ink explanation.


C.C. Burnikel said...


Someone just explained to me today (Feb 22 Friday) that span/brace means a pair, as in a span of horses, or oxen.

C. C.

Anonymous said...

You asked why 52D "Piper following" is "rats" -- Well, the old tale of the Pied Piper of Hamlin is about a flute player whose music attracts rats and he leads them all out of town.

Anonymous said...

This xword appeared in the Orange County Register October 9, 2008. It's a clever one. Took me a long time -- and thanks for your help!

C.C. Burnikel said...

Thank you for leaving comments. You can always go to Chicago Tribune's website for the update puzzle.

Argyle said...

CC, I wasn't going to comment on this puzzle. After all, it's nearly a year old now but I noticed you've had comments as late as October. On this Peculiar People Day(Jan. 10, 2009), you don't find it strange that I am reading old blog, do you?

So anyway, did you realize that all the theme answers were products?

C.C. Burnikel said...

I was shocked to see you here. How come you visited this particular puzzle? I thought they are all brands of products.

CrossEyedDave said...

CED was here,,,

Argyle said...

CED, Time Lord.