Oct 12, 2008

Sunday October 12, 2008 Alan P. Olschwang

Theme: Ex Libris

25A: Start of Ed Howe quip: WHEN I GET HOLD

38A: Part 2 of quip: OF A BOOK I ADMIRE, I

50A: Part 3 of quip: AM SO


96A: Part 5 of quip: IT TO

103A: Part 6 of quip: SOME ONE WHO NEVER

122A: End of quip: BRINGS IT BACK

So he does not really like the book, does he?

Wikipedia does not have an entry for Ed Howe, so I suppose he is not very famous.

He also said: "As a man handles his troubles during the day, so he goes to bed at night a General, Captain, or Private." I don't think I get it either. He has different rank because the way he is treated by his wife?

This is probably the most boring Sunday TMS puzzle I've ever solved. Nothing thrilling. Quip never excites me. I guess I have difficulty understanding English puns or irony/sarcasm contained in the quip.

It's nice to see MAHATMA (9D: Gandhi's title) and INDIRA (42D: Gandhi of India) in the same puzzle though. They are different Gandhi's, but both great leaders. I am surprised that Indian people are not tired of the Nehru/Gandhi family dynasties.

I wanted TORN APART for 90D: Ripped open (TORN INTO). "Tear into" has a different meaning, doesn't it? The clue for STRIA (79A: Glacially produced grooves) is simply wrong. The clue is asking for STRIAE.


8A: Shadows: UMBRAS. I suppose "umbrage" is rooted in UMBRA.

21A: Kickback money: PAYOLA

23A: Scottish river: TAY. I think I linked this one several days ago. See Perth? Heath Ledger was born in Perth, Australia.

27A: Like the pounding surf: AROAR

32A: Data on jackets: TITLES. I wish TITLES were positioned where SMITE (62D: Hit hard, old-style) is, in singular form of course.

48A: Trues up: ALIGNS. I would like to see TRUES UP clued as "Align" next time.

57A: German city: STADT. German for "city".

63A: Loses traction: SLIPS. I wanted SKIDS.

66A: Tank top?: GAS CAP. I liked the question mark.

78A: Captive of Paris: HELEN. PARIS was clued as "Helen's abductor" yesterday. Who is the singer of the song "Poison"?

80A: "Oedipus" composer: ENESCO (Georges). I've never heard of his name before. This violin piece sounds so good.

83A: Extras in a theater production: SUPES. Should be SUPERS of course.

89A: Shoe form: LAST. I really had no idea that this wooden shoe model is called LAST.

93A: Runs in the heat: MELTS

97A: "The Devil Wears Prada" star: STREEP. Meryl STREEP is so talented. She pulled off the evil Miranda role so beautifully.

99A: Golfer Mediate: ROCCO. I think this is ROCCO Mediate's crossword debut.

112A: Japanese mat: TATAMI. This TATAMI bed looks a bit hard. Interesting, I recognize Japanese kanji "First time" and "High" on the pillow sheet.

113A: Fleet leaders: ADMIRALS

118A: Stretch of unchanging weather: SPELL. New definiton of SPELL to me.

125A: Franc's follower: EURO. Since Jan 2002.

128A: Literary anthology: CENTO. It's "a literary or a musical composition formed by selections from different authors disposed in a new order." New to me. ANA is a collection of work from one particular author, right?

135A: Some of the French?: DES. Good clue.


6D: Currier's partner: IVES. Got it this time.

8D: Prey's perilous position: UPWIND

12D: First Arabic letter: ALIF. Dictionary says ALIEF is the first letter of Hebrew alphabet.

14D: Gold-rush name: SUTTER (John). I had no idea that the SUTTERS built Sacramento.

15D: Gossamer: ETHEREAL. "Gossamer" is a new word to me.

17D: Cherbourg she: ELLE. Here is the map. Cherbourg is a seaport in Northwest France on the English Channel. Unknown to me.

30D: Complete failures: FIASCOES. The plural form can also be FIASCOS.

33D: Woman alone on stage: SOLA. Solus for man. I did not know this before.

35D: Monet's medium: OILS. Here is Monet's "Haystacks". Both Millet and van Gogh painted some great hayfield scenes too.

39D: Nancy of "The Beverly Hillbillies": KULP. No idea. I googled her name.

41D: Deuce, at the French Open: EGAL. I always associate EGAL with "equal" rather than "even".

44D: Jerry Reed song: AMOS MOSES. Here is the song slip. What is it about?

49D: Tampa neighbor: ST. PETE. Should have "informally" in the clue.

52D: "The Good Earth" heroine: OLAN. The best book about pre-1949 China, in my opinion, very real.

53D: Quickly: POSTHASTE. I did not know that "lickety-split" also has DF meaning until several weeks ago.

67D: Pretentious sorts: PSEUDS

74D: Golden-brown quartz: TIGER EYE. This reminds me of the blue glass Turkish evil eye amulets.

75D: Revere: HALLOW

77D: Norse goddesses of fate: NORN. New to me. It refers to "any of three goddesses of fate, the goddess of the past (Urd), the goddess of the present (Verdandi), and the goddess of the future (Skuld)".

98D: Cayenne car: PORSCHE. Pure guess. Why is it called Cayenne?

100D: Achieve victory after victory: ON A ROLL

102DL Akkadian kingdom's founder: SARGON. Unknown to me. He conquered Mesopotamia.

104D: Laptop item?: NAPKIN

106D: Improvised: VAMPED. Not familiar with the jazz term VAMP. VAMP is always siren to me.

119D: Soup ingredient: LEEK. I don't think so, unless you are making a potato leek soup.



Hayneous said...

I think 104D is NAPKIN not NAPKID

Chris in LA said...

Good morning CC etal:
Nice challenge today - some googles, but didn't need to resort to one-across, which hasn't happened on a Sunday in a while for me.

CC: some feedback for you:
- Theme "Ex Libris" translates from Latin directly as "from books", which means "from the library of". I imagine one doesn't admire a book until one has read it - and in so doing loans it to a friend who likes it so much he/she keeps it - happens to me all the time. Also, some older books in my collection have stickers on the inside that say "Ex Libris" with a line underneath where the owner would write their name in an attempt to make sure it was returned.
- Re: 2nd quote "how a man handles his troubles during the day" - my interpretation would be that a man handles his troubles (business) as a general (leader) a captain (team-member or coworker) or as a private (in the trenches handling the "grunt" work).
- Re: ripped open = "tear into" - think of kids opening Christmas presents. I was OK with the clue.

66A - wanted "turret" for a few minutes
118A - weather = "spell" - we have a lot of hot spells down here in Louisiana, I imagine you have a lot of cold spells in MN
14D - To the best of my memory, Sutter's Mill was the original location of the California gold strikes
98D - Cayenne is a relatively new Porsche model name
Finally, re 104D - I'm pretty sure the right answer is "napkin" whioh gives you "proven" as the ans. to verified.

Hope all have a great day! Geaux Saints! (Because LSU really played poorly last night - there ya' go g8termom). My Bucks won (barely) and, best of all, Michigan got beat by... ...wait for it...


Ken said...

Good morning, C.C. et al. No puzzle in Portland today, we get the NYT. I wish all good luck with the puzzle and a great day too.
I'm off to Central Oregon to a cribbage tournament. Wish me luck!

C.C. Burnikel said...

Thank you. I had PROVED for 133A (Verified), so my 104D became NAP KID. I was thinking of holding a kid who is napping on your lap.

No wonder I cannot enjoy Olschwang's puzzles. I completely misinterpretated both of the Howe quips. I wonder why the new model is called "Cayenne". Hot?

Good luck!

Chris in LA said...


Re: Porsche Cayenne - it's their version of an SUV. Personally I think it looks like a big tennis shoe, but to each his own, I suppose.

Dr. Dad said...

Good morning, C.C. and all.

Trouble in only a couple of spots this morning but still not too bad for a Sunday puzzle. I don't like quips on Sunday. Let Mr. Olschwang stick to weekdays.

Tear into means rip open and the past tense is tore into.

Umbra is what I think of during solar eclipses - the earth passes through the umbras or primary shadow of the moon. The secondary shadow is the penumbra.

The French for wooden shoe (clog) is Sabot. When the French laborers wanted to "clog" up the works, they threw their sabots into the machinery and stopped it. Thus, we have the terms saboteur and sabotage.

Nancy Kulp - Miss Jane Hathaway who had a crush on Jethro Bodine (played by Max Baer, Jr. son of the boxer, Max Baer who lost his title to James J. Braddock (the movie was "Cinderella Man")).

Today is the actual Columbus Day (by the Julian Calendar) even though it is celebrated on the second Monday of October (tomorrow) in the U.S. Incidentally, by the Gregorian Calendar, it falls on October 21st.

It is also Clergy Appreciation Day and National Children's Day.

Have a good Sunday.

KittyB said...

Good morning, C.C. and all.

This puzzle was a breeze....except for the east-central edge. I have never heard of AMOS MOSES, and know little more about it after watching the clip. I had AMOSM to start with and kept thinking something was wrong! I also didn't know NORN, although I should have been able to get it from ASSN.

At the center top of the puzzle I had the "A" in UMBRAS wrong. I had blended "umbel" and "umbras" in my mind, and didn't get it corrected before I visited your comments. Had I known ALIF, it would have corrected itself.

I didn't particularly care for PSUEDS or SUPES, and I tried to put 'Made up' and then 'made do' where VAMPED finally went.

In all, a fairly easy, uninspiring day.

As for your second quote, perhaps if you have lived your day well, and risen to its challenges with grace you go to bed as a 'General,' but if you plod along, making bad choices, and doing a half-hearted job, you go to bed as a private.

It's a beautiful fall day in the Chicago suburbs. We'll be celebrating family birthdays in 80 degree weather. I hope you all have a great day!

Anonymous said...

On some Sundays, it is best to just fill in the puzzle without a google in sight. I believe that Mr. Olschwang and I are kindred spirits on the same wave lengh. I just seem to hit all of the clues without much effort.

Perhaps Mr. Olschwant might leave up a comment about his puzzle. Or may he has a fictional name like Willie. Does anyone know anything about him or hose mcuh he is being paid to prepare the puzzles.

abogato in Alabama

Clear Ayes said...

Good Morning All, Just stopping by to check the Sunday clues, answers and posts. I think, with another Olschwang quip on deck, I'm glad I don't get the Sunday crossword.

Although several people breezed through yesterday's x-word, it was tough enough to last me for a couple of days.

Argyle, I loved your clip from last night, such a pretty song.

We are fortunate to live pretty near to Sutter's Mill. It is a couple hours drive from our house. As a matter of fact, we are taking a drive in that direction today, although we won't go that far. There is a wine festival in a little place that used to be a Gold Rush town and now it is getting pretty well known for its wineries.

We'll have to bundle up a little bit. The temperature right now is 40 degrees. Quite a difference from just a couple of weeks ago when it was 100 degrees.

Autumn is my favorite season, so it seems to be the time for October poetry.


O hushed October morning mild,
Thy leaves have ripened to the fall;
Tomorrow's wind, if it be wild,
Should waste them all.
The crows above the forest call;
Tomorrow they may form and go.
O hushed October morning mild,
Begin the hours of this day slow.
Make the day seem to us less brief.
Hearts not averse to being beguiled,
Beguile us in the way you know.
Release one leaf at break of day;
At noon release another leaf;
One from our trees, one far away.
- Robert Frost

JD said...

Good morning C.C. and all,

Argyle: my modem is also ailing, but I so enjoyed your clip on autumn, even though it stopped every 3 seconds.

Here's a poem for the tree lovers out there:

Trees are the kindest things I know.
They do not harm, they simply grow

And spread a shade for sleepy cows,
And gather birds among their boughs.

They give us fruit in leaves above,
And wood to make our houses of,

And leaves to burn on Hallowe'en
And in the Spring new buds of green.

They are the first when day's begun
To touch the beams of morning sun,

They are the last to hold the light
When evening changes into night,

And when the moon floats on the sky
They hum a drowsy lullaby

Of sleepy children long ago...
Trees are the kindest things I know.

Harry Behn

Enjoy your Sunday

carol said...

Hi C.C. and all, as you know I am among the group that does not get the puzzle on Sunday's, but love to check in anyway.

Argyle, nice clip from last night!

Clear ayes, sounds like you are having the same weather we are. Yesterday was just beautiful! Crisp, sunny with brilliant blue skies...just the way I love October days. I sure hope it lasts awhile. Enjoy your ride and wine tasting, sounds like fun!;)

carol said...

Jd and Clear ayes, beautiful poems! Thanks.
It's cloudy and a little showery this morning so we will probably have a wet bike ride. It's supposed to clear up later but I'll believe that when it happens.
Hope you all enjoy your Sunday :)

Anonymous said...

The singer of the song Poison you asked about (on the youtube video link) is Alice Cooper. Here's the original:

kazie said...

Thanks Drdad, for the explanation of sabotage and saboteur--I had never thought about the relationship to sabots before.

Like some others with no puzzle today worth trying, I like to check the comments here anyway.

kazie said...

Good poems!

Beautiful weather here in WI too.

We took a color tour drive yesterday which was wonderful. What was interesting though, was our golden retriever. For the first time, we were driving past the farm where she was born with her in the car. As we drew away from it, she suddenly stood up in the back seat and gazed excitedly out the back window, while usually, she just sits patiently awaiting our arrival at our destination. Do any of you know of anything like a built in homing device or anything else that could cause this reaction? I wondered if she heard a familiar bark or sound, since as far as I know they still raise goldens there.

g8rmomx2 said...

Hi c.c. and all,

Well, like Kittyb I never heard of the Jerry Reed song and thought that I had a mistake, even though all my perps seemed correct! Also, like c.c. I had skids at first and wanted made up instead of vamped. I did look up a few in my Dell Crossword dictionary and finally had to resort to some googling!

chris in la: Good explanations on the quotes, so I won't add to that. Yes, UF pretty much romped LSU. Good for you on the Ohio win also!

Drdad: Thanks for the origin of the words saboteur and sabotage, never knew that.

Kasie: Very interesting about your golden retriever. My dog will go to the front door shortly before my husband comes home and wait. Always different times of the day when this happens. They must have some kind of sixth sense.

Have a wonderful Sunday! Off to the gym and watching the Miami game after I get back.

Argyle said...

Dogs have a keen sense of smell and hearing. I'd bet it was the smell of her old home she recognized and I've known dogs that tell when a particular car is approaching. One always greeted me with the tail awagging but when I changed cars, he was very cautious untill I got out.

Thank you for the kind words about the clip but I was disappointed with the pictures. is a more colorfull clip but melancholic. It is from the album, "War of the Worlds", Forever Autumn.

Argyle said...

for C.C.

from the Glens Falls Post-Star
Sunday, Oct. 12, 2008
Theme: Hue and Cry
Edited by Linda and Charles Preston
no constuctor given 21*21
Tribune Media Services

68A) Juice Colors - lime and orange

75A) 1999 Robert Downey Jr's color movie - Black and White

And that's it. The theme doesn't even seem to reflect the answers. Where's the "cry"?

Clear Ayes said...

Good Evening All, It looks like everyone has been busy either getting outdoors and enjoying some gorgeous autumn weather, or they have been indoors rooting for their favorite teams.

G.A.H. and I had a wonderful day in the Sierra foothills today. The temperature evened out at around 70 degrees, so it was just about perfect. We stopped at three wineries and enjoyed some really good Zinfandels and Sangiovese. This area is getting to be very well known for its red wines. I'm no expert, but I believe those who are and tell us to buy our white wines at Costco, rather than at a local winery.

Kazie, our little dog Charley always perks up when we get about a mile away from my youngest sister's place. It is amazing to think that their sense of smell is that good, but I think Argyle is right.

The noise of a specific car is a given. Any dog we've ever had (including Charley) could always tell when G.A.H. was/is about two streets away. They could be sound asleep, wake up instantly and run to the door with tail wagging.

Hope you didn't get too soaked today Carol.

Looking forward to a nice easy-does-it crossword for Monday morning.

heather said...

Beautiful day to spend Thanksgiving here in Canada. Sitting on the deck in the middle of October

DoesItinInk said...

Today my oldest daughter and I went to Utica, IL for their annual Burgoo Festival. We left at 7 this morning and got home after 6 pm, so I got around to the puzzle very late today.

The puzzle moved along rather smoothly, though I ended up with three red squares. I too had difficulty with 44D. I had AMOSMO?ES and finally plopped in an R, giving me AMO SMORES…you know, I love smores! Ok, it was weak, but I was desperate to fit something in to complete the puzzle. I had difficulty with NORN and CENTO also. I had never seen SOLA before but could guess it from brava/bravo.

cc: Cherbourg was the city featured in the 1964 somewhat-famous French film Umbrellas of Cherbourg with Jacques Demy and a very young Catherine Deneuve.

I guessed too that the Cayenne is so named because it is “hot!” But when I hear the name Porsche, I always think of the line from A Fish Called Wanda when the character played by Kevin Klein wondered why John Cleese’s daughter Portia would have been named after a car! This is one of my favorite scenes from that incredibly funny movie.

Clear Ayes said...

Doesitinink, You and I have very similar taste in movies. The Umbrellas of Cherbourg is one of my all time favorite movies. I also thought A Fish Called Wanda was hysterical. I love the Monty Python gang and Kevin Kline was wonderful.

kazie said...

Argyle, Thanks for the suggestion of smell as the reason our dog recognized her birth home after eight years. I didn't think about smells, but that's probably it--maybe combined with sounds too, even though the car windows were all closed and the AC was on. I know their senses are fantastic. I think I'll run her by there again soon and see if we get the same reaction.

Anonymous said...

C.C. Burnikel said...

Anonymous @ 9:50am,
I don't think that's the same Ed Howe we have on our puzzle.

Anonymous said...

This is the second week in a row that clues are missing.Chicago, Illinois Trib

Missing 126 down.

So, maybe clue, list ender 130A is etal ?

That would make 126D Rae, however, there is no clue

C.C. Burnikel said...

Yes, 130A: "List ender": ET AL
126D: "Norma __". RAE