Mar 8, 2009

Sunday March 8, 2009 Josiah Breward

Theme: All This Time

1A: Former: ONE-TIME

29A: Football break: HALFTIME SHOW

37A: Strikeout victim: THREE-TIME LOSER

52A: Freelance work: PART-TIME JOB

67A: Classic Ken Kesey novel: SOMETIMES A GREAT NOTION

86A: Cash incentive: OVERTIME PAY

99A: Guinness concerns: ALL-TIME RECORDS

107A: A need for speed: NO TIME TO LOSE

128A: Whenever: ANYTIME

I had a very hard TIME solving this puzzle. Without the theme hint, I doubt I could finish it. Lots of pauses and write-overs. Strange to see 1A as a theme answer.

I am still not sure about STP (57A: potent hallucinogen). Do you have the same answer? I wrote down LSD first. STP is always "The Racer's Edge".

Nice to see ATONEMENT (79D: Ian McEwan novel) gets some recognition. Unfortunately, IAN (5D: Singer Janis) is an answer in the grid. So ATONEMENT has to be reworded. A plain "Reparation" would work.

Scroll down the page to see Argyle's blog on Stan Newman's Newsday "Baloney Sandwich" puzzle.


15A: Mature insect: IMAGO. Larva, pupa & IMAGO.

20A: Attack by bombers: AIR RAID. I was thinking of AIR STRIKE.

21A: Awakening: AROUSAL

22A: Hurler Ryan: NOLAN. The strikeout king, steroid free. HOFer. Very conservative political leaning.

23A: Philosopher Langer: SUSANNE. Guessed. Have never heard of this American philosopher. She wrote "Philosophy in a New Key".

25A: Oar holder: THOLE. Th' Hole.

33A: Hydroxyl compound: ENOL. "Hydroxyl" means nothing to me. The answer is always ENOL for a 4-letter compound clue: "Organic compound", "Carbon compound", whatever.

47A: Pirate in "Peter Pan": SMEE. Captain Hook's cohort.

49A: Assn.: SOC. Society?

50A: Feeling no need for apology: UNASHAMED. UNABASHED has the same amount of letters.

61A: Forthcoming: INSTORE

62A: CD alternative: DAT (Digital Audiotape)

63A: Founder of Stoicism: ZENO. ZENO of Citium. Different from ZENO of Elea.

66A: Latin handle: ANSA. Plural is ANSAE.

74A: Karras of "Webster": ALEX. The big guy. Total stranger to me.

75A: Years, to Yves: ANS. Le Nouvel AN (New Year's Day). ANS is more often clued as a shortened form for "Answers".

78A: Plant similar to verbena: LANTANA. Here some LANTANA. And verbena.

81A: Friend on the Left Bank: AMI. Ennui! Partial clue is more interesting here. But who AM I to argue?

89A: Mid-range golf club: SEVEN IRON. My first round of golf was played with SEVEN IRON and putter only.

92A: Winter Games grp.: IOC. "Summer Games grp." as well.

93A: Patriotic org.: DAR. "Patriotic women's org." to be exact.

95A: Nymph of mythology: OREAD. The mountain nymph. Like poor Echo.

96A: Feinstein or Wiest: DIANNE. Sounds like DIANNE Feinstein is going to run for Governor of California governor in 2010. I like DIANNE Wiest in "Hannah and Her Sisters". Can't stand her in "Law & Order".

103A: Annapolis grad.: ENS. Ensign. Does "swabbie" apply to commissioned officer also? Does ENS have to attend boot camp and read Blue Jacket Manuel as well?

114A: Thompson of "Family": SADA. Which one? I wrote down EMMA. Liked her a lot in "Sense and Sensibility".

118A: NH compound: IMINE. No idea. Dictionary explains IMINE (or AMINE) as "a compound derived from ammonia and containing the bivalent NH group combined with a bivalent nonacid group." What is NH?

123A: Brief look-see: RECON. I always wonder which military division usually conducts those RECON missions. Air Force?

125A: Transfers some power: DEPUTES

126A: Praying figure: ORANT. I forgot. Here is an early Christian painting of Noah in ORANT gesture. I had this image of Noah being an old, thinly-built man. Maybe I confuse him with Moses.

127A: Parliament of Israel: KNESSET. Interesting, the "Parliament of Japan" is called Diet.


1D: Tobacco kiln: OAST

2D: New Zealand island territory: NIUE. No idea. Sounds like a randomly made-up word. Look at the map on the right. It's pretty far away from New Zealand. I wonder what NIUE means in native language.

3D: Old Gaelic: ERSE. This is another bothersome word. Irish Gaelic, Scottish Gaelic and Celtic confused the hell out of me.

4D: Layered nets: TRAMMELS. Ah me. No sir, have never heard of TRAMMEL net.

6D: Manhattan buyer: MINUIT. He bought Manhattan for only at 60 guiders, appoximately $1,000 in today's money. I knew this crazy deal. Did not know this guy's name. Go Dutch! Have you heard of Dutch courage & Dutch uncle?

8D: Go, in Glasgow: GAE. Pronounced like GAY.

9D: One end of a sleeve: ARMHOLE

10D: Snook: ROBALO. Got the answer from across fill. Did not know "Snook" is a kind of fish.

14D: Havelock or Perry: ELLIS. Havelock ELLIS was a British psychologist who wrote "Studies in the Psychology of Sex". And Perry ELLIS was an American ashion designer. I got it from across fills as well.

15D: Office speakers: INTERCOMS

16D: Scale of minerals: MOHS. MOHS scale. It measure the hardness of minerals. 1 for TALC, 10 for diamond. Perfect!

28D: "Philadelphia" director: DEMME (Jonathan). Saw the movie. Did not pay attention to who directed it. DEMME won Oscar for "The Silence of the Lambs".

30D: Commonest protein in muscle: MYOSIN. No. Beyond my ken. "Myo" is a prefix for "muscle".

37D: Wyomia of track: TYUS. "Ah me" again. I had TYU? forever. She is the first woman athlete ever to successfully defend her sprint title in a subsequent Olympics.

45D: Film material: ACETATE. I should have known, but I don't. I actually use these sheets to protect my collectible magazines.

51D: Spumante source: ASTI. Wine region.

52D: Offspring: PROGENY

60D: Literary bits: ANA. Sometimes it's clued as "Santa ___ winds".

62D: Gum substitute: DEXTRIN. Impossible for me. Sounds so toxic. Dextr(o) is a prefix for "to the right", but I don't think it applies here.

64D: Awe-inspiring: FEARSOME. Like this puzzle. But it inspires no "awe" from me.

65D: Nice water?: EAU. Plural is EAUX. "Nice" has lost all its playfulness to me. Try "Sand water?" next.

67D: Pasonlini movie: SALO. Forgot. The movie is based on Marquis de Sade's "The 120 Days of Sodom". Looks very sadistic.

69D: Writing-on-the-wall word: MENE. Total mess here. I definitely googled this word before. I think I saw the "writing-on-the-wall" of Tribune Media Service (TMS). It looks bleak.

71D: Mandela's nat.: RSA (Republic of South Africa). Mandela was born in UMTATA, which was clued as "Capital of Transkei" in yesterday's puzzle.

73D: Venezuelan river: ORINOCO. See this map. I only know Enya's "ORINONCO Flow".

80D: Christian creed: NICENE. I probably need to see this word 3 more times to remember it.

83D: Fox's title: BR'ER. Uncle Remus tales. BR'ER Rabbit appears in our puzzle more often.

85D: Added stipulations: ANDS

90D: Ecole student: ELEVE

91D: Resolves, as a disagreement: IRONS OUT

96D: "Casino" star: DE NIRO. Is "De" a sign of his Italian root? Too many F words in "Casino". I did not like it.

97D: Atom with a variable nucleus: ISOMER

98D: New York prison: ATTICA. Sing Sing is also in NY.

100D: Magnetic flux density units: TESLAS

113D: "The Ring of the Nibelung" role: ERDA. First time I heard of "The Ring of the Nibelung", a "cycle of four epic music drama by Wagner".

115D: Graph starter?: ALTI. Have never heard of Altigraph. It's "an altimeter equipped with a device for recording its measurements on a graph". I am too frustrated to check the meaning of "altimeter". Simply hated this clue. Why not "Prefix for high"?

117D: African fox: ASSE. Also called Cape Fox. Hey, buddy, nice to see you again!



C.C. Burnikel said...

Ah ya, 9D "Junk"! Have never heard you utter WTF before. Weird, weird feeling.

I really like the links you've been bringing here.

I've been dreaming the impossible. I want van Gogh's "Starry Night" stars. But if Ink's penguins can fly, maybe I will get mine someday.

C.C. Burnikel said...

Congratulations on being a first time grandpa.

Were you a "Pecker checker"? What does "Captain' Mast" have anything to do with your " honorable discharge"? Liked your TRIREME link a lot.

Thanks for the great explanation on "Captain's Mast". As for your response to PromiseMe: "I haven't heard "Pecker Checker" since Jesus was an E-1.". What does it mean? What is E-1?

C.C. Burnikel said...

Mist: Holy cow! What a surprising twist. Gives a whole new meaning to "Face Mist".

Avatar is just your icon picture.

Jimmy in South Carolina,
Why "Drum roll" in your Menlo Park comment yesterday?

Great to see you again!

Thanks for "egg lady". What did you do before you retired?

Anonymous said...

I had trouble with the clue "gum Substitute". I could not find in Mr. Google. also I had lamiana for 78 across ( verbena). It was decent puzzle from another "also know as" puzzle master. Beautiful weather around 70 degrees. Also it is now DST so it is about 8:34 instead of 7:34.

abogato in alabama

kazie said...

Thanks for the reminder--I need to change our clocks.

Mist is usually translated as dung or manure, but it's a mild expletive as well, a more polite substitute for Scheiße, which is however also freely used in most circles these days.

Linda said...

CC: Don`t get Sunday Puzzle...

As to Noah and Moses, Moses led approximately 3,000,000 people through the desert for 40 years...he couldn`t have been weak or sickly.

Noah built that huge arc with hand tools and he preached while doing it for wimp either.

You did not mention Him but,
as to the paintings of the blue-eyed, effeminate "Jesus" we see, He was a Jewish (dark hair...probably large nose, probably brown eyes)carpenter...again, hand tools. He was also the "second Adam" and, as such, was a perfect specimen of the adult male... a "hunk' in my day`s vernacular..just food for thought..

Glad you`re ok...I like Van Gough`s self-portrait the best. I can see why he HAD to cut off an ear to attract female attention!

In case the author doesn`t get back to you...a "drum-roll" often precedes an important announcement.

kazie said...

I don't get this puzzle either. I couldn't help wondering about your observations about Jesus. He probably did look as you describe, but I've known many blue eyed redheads who were Jewish.

And Van Gogh cut off his ear in a hissy fit because he was rejected by a woman--not to be more attractive. I can't imagine it did much for the relationship when he sent it to her!

JD said...

Good morning CC and all,

No Sunday puzzle here, but it's alwys fun to see what we missed.

CC, keep dreaming.
"Keep your heart open to dreams. For as long as there's a dream, there is hope, and as long as there is hope, there is joy in living."

DAR stands for the Daughters of the American Revolution.Bob's mom is a member because she is a descendant of someone who was part of our struggle for American independence, and Bob qualifies for Sons of ...We never signed our girls up, but they are eligible.

Here's a few fun facts:
A hamlet is a village without a church and a town is not a city until it has a cathedral.(good fact for those reading World Without End.)

Donkeys kill more people annually than plane crashes.

Gotta check Baloney Sandwich..went to bed last night with 4 empty squares.sigh

kazie said...

I forgot to mention that I saw a bit on Madison news last night about the community project you had worked on yesterday. It sounded like a really worthwhile cause.

And for those missing Dennis' announcement of special days...I just got a phone call from Germany. It was d-i-l (she's visiting the family there)and her grandma wishing me a happy International Women's Day. Is this known of here? Apparently there it's a big deal, and the men are supposed to wait on their women hand and foot all day. Yeah--in their dreams!

Also, they don't start daylight savings until March 29th this year. Ours used to be later too, didn't it?

Lemonade714 said...

STP was another of the pharmaceutical attempts (actually called DOM by the drug companies) to enhance human capabilities. It was a post LSD drug that combined methamphetamine ("speed") with mescaline, a natural hallucinogenic. STP was the street nickname for the drug and was derived from the oil additive, because it was supposed to do for humans what STP (scientifically treated petroleum) did for cars. It was not around for very long.

ALEX KARRAS was a defensive tackle for the Detroit Lions, who became a media darling going on tv talk shows, and had a brief acting career, that also featured a wonderful turn as MONGO in the Mel Brooks' classic "Blazing Saddles" during which he knocks out a horse with a punch.

SADA THOMPSON was the mother of Meredith Baxter and Kristy McNichol

I guess it is now Gpapajim, great!

Anonymous said...

Re drum roll.
Trying to be funny. I E what else would be near Menlo Park but a town named after Thomas Alva Edison.

Jimmy, S Carolina

Anonymous said...

Dear C.C.
Thank you for the Sunday Puzzle link....
I felt so left out , my paper not printing it.
I must be a star tribune c/w phile.
Your fan,

JD said...

Kazie, look at the proximity of the Middle East to the Equator. I would think that 2000 years ago, before the blonde, blue eyed people from the north came and mixed with the population, all of them were dark haired/dark-eyed.

From what I've read Van Gogh was upset over the loss of his "friend" Gauguin.They had lived together in Arles and had a very stormy relationship.I don't think the women in his life meant as much to him.

Anonymous said...

Happy Sunday morning to you C.C.

Alex Karras was very well described for you by Lemonade 714.
She failed to mention that he was inducted into the Iowa Hall of Fame the same time as my wife.
Karras was a great college lineman with the Iowa Hawkeyes.

Are ensigns called 'swabbies'? The term is usually reserved for the 'grunts', lower grade enlisted who stay busy swabbing the decks and scrubbing pots and pans in the gally. Ensigns attend boot camp: No, that unplesant place is reserved for incoming recruits. Some ensigns come from the enlisted ranks and attend Officers Candidate School (OCS); some graduate from a military academy; some - like pilots - are annointed an ensign when they complete flight school. Read the Blue Jackets Manual: I believe all Navy personnel are issued the BJM and told to read it. I had one but never read a word of it and I didn't know anyone who did.

Recon missions: Just about all combat units have their own form of recon - Marines, army infantry, Special Ops - they all do their own recon in their own wasy. Aerial recon is performed today by airplanes armed with very hi tech surveillance gear.

These things all tend to make young kids turn into mature adults in a hurry. Inshah' Allah.


Lemonade714 said...


On what information did I become "she?" The picture of me with my two sons, did not suggest that I am of the masculine persuasion?

As far as mentioning AK's history in Iowa, it was much better you brought it you, because of the personal tidbit; for what accomplishment was your sister honored?

Oh, and SADA is on the bottom left of the picture linked by C.C.

Auntie Naomi said...

Good Afternoon C.C.,

Were you a "Pecker checker"?"
Not while I was in the Navy.

"What does "Captain' Mast" have anything to do with your " honorable discharge"?"
I got out of the Navy with an honorable discharge despite having had the pleasure of the Captain's mast. It was thoroughly enjoyable. It must have been, since I decided to do the Captain's mast again. Not only did I do the Captain's mast again, I also gave the XO's mast a try, as well. Ahh, the joys of the mast.
Seriously ...
In my own defense, at least one of those time's was not my fault. How could I be expected to make muster when the Volusia County Sheriff wouldn't let me go?

I am glad you liked the trireme link :)

Linda said...

Hey Kazie: Notice I said "probably"
about the physical appearance of Jesus...since nature always has anomalies. But generally speaking...Jewish people descended from wandering nomads who were dark- haired and eyed.

Many people of Irish descent are red haired and blue or green eyed...because of the invasions of the Vikings...but true Irish are dark-haired and blue eyed...a beautiful blue I might add.

On another note: People who study trends (their name escapes me right now) say that, eventually, blue eyes will be bred out of the human population.

Thanks for your comments...I always learn from and enjoy them.

SANT (Sunday afternoon nap time)

papajim said...

Thank you all for all the congrats.
sallie.. thank you for the very clever E-card!
The little guy comes home today, so some return to routine will ensue. Not much, but some.
Thank you all again,

kazie said...

JD and Linda,
You are right --I just checked on Van Gogh. I had heard the other story years ago and never bothered to check on it. Sorry.

Also on the Mediterranean appearance of Jesus, I also said that Linda's description was probably how He looked, but I thought it was worth mentioning that other looks are now also common. I wouldn't want anyone to think we were assuming racial characteristics à la Nazi interpretation. There have obviously been many intermarrital influences in the centuries that have followed biblical times.

Anonymous said...


No disrespect intended sir. That was my left handed brain telling my right hand what to type. My apologies.

My 'sister' (Ha - you're getting even with me, right?) my wife, Zoe, .. was a springboard diver, competed in the '48 and '52 Olympics. She was a great athlete back in the day.

Does your 'SADA' comment pertain to me? I don't know what it means.


Crockett1947 said...

@hayrake The SADA comment is in response to C.C.'s question on 114A asking which person in the TV Guide cover was Sada Thompson.

Elissa said...

Hayrake: I was an officer and don't think I ever got a Bluejackets Manual. Of course they could have slipped it into the massive quantities of paper provided when I joined. But since,as a lawyer, I compulsively read everything, I think I would have noticed.

CC: "since Jesus was an E-1" means it was a very long time ago. An E-1 is the lowest enlisted rank. Seaman in the Navy, private in the Army. The enlisted rank run up to E-9 - Master Chief Petty Officer in the Navy, Sergeant Major in the Army. Officers go from O-1 (Ensign, 2nd Lieutenant) up through O-10 which includes both 4 star and 5 star flag officers (Admiral/Fleet Admiral, General/General of the Army). I don't know why they are called Flag Officers, but they do have flags on their cars and when military personnel see the car with the flag they are supposed to stop and salute as it goes by.

PromiseMeThis: Sounds like you had what we used to call a yo-yo career. (One of the possible punishments at Mast is reduction in rank. Some guys would attain rank, get in trouble and lose rank, turn to (the Navy slang for applying yourself to the work) and attain rank, get in trouble and lose rank, etc.) We also used to say "the guy was striking for seamtress" because every time you changed your rank you had to remove or sew on a new rank insignia. When you apply for a specialty it is called "striking".

CC: As you can see the military has a whole separate language. When I was in the Navy I married someone who was not a native English speaker and he complained that he was learning both American slang and Navy slang and it was all very confusing.

Dennis said...

As another example, in the Marines, we used to say 'when Christ was a Corporal', with the same meaning (quite a while ago).

WM said...

Since I don't get this puzzle and already posted on Argyle's blog, which was most excellent...I have a Fun Fact for everyone:

Today was the start of the the Alaskan Iditerod...billed as The Last Great Race. It begins at Willow Lake, Willow, Alaska.You can get Shuttle buses from Wasilla, so...I'm thinking Sarah can see the race from her house as it is much closer than Russia.

And... I remembered to set my clocks back and woke up just time for a 3.5 earthquake jolt! Fun! 80)

Anonymous said...

Right in TIME for Daylight Saving Time. Would that fit into the grid?

Dennis said...

Wolfmom, I hope you set your clocks ahead and not back.

WM said...

Yeah Dennis...that's what I meant. Brain fart! Senior moment...seem to have those more frequently!

DoesItinInk said...

This puzzle was a real killer for me. I finally gave up and came here to complete it. Grrrr! Though I had problems in many areas of the puzzle, the area that gave me the greatest difficulty was midway down the left side. SOMETIMES A GREAT NATION was the only theme answer I could not get in its entirety thanks to thanks to its crossing with such common-use words as SALO, MENE, DEXTRIN and ANA!!! I have never heard of SUSANNE Langer, The Ring of the Nibelung , SADA Thompson or “Family” (is that a tv show?). And even when I did get things correctly, some of the answers looked so strange that I was unsure if it was correct. I mean ROBALO? KNAR? ALTIgraph? So I ended up with 16 incorrect squares. 16! YUCK! I so did not like this nasty puzzle. A pox on the house of Josiah Breward!

DoesItinInk said...

@cc: You did understand that the link to the flying penguins was a real BBC segment created as an April Fools joke, yes?

Final note on this puzzle after the above rant…until I got some crosses (not IMINE or ORANT…two more words I have never seen) 79D could have been either Amsterdam for which Ian McEwan won the Mann-Booker award or his next novel Atonement which I thought was a marvelous work of fiction that should have won the Booker!

I am currently reading A Fraction of the Whole by Australian Steve Toltz which was short-listed for last year’s Booker. It is a very strange book, not one I would have expected to see on the Booker list. I wonder if Kazie has read it?

Anonymous said...


I was in college at the start of the Korean war and joined the Navy Reserve in a failed attempt to dodge the draft. The first Navy door I opened was at the boot camp in Bainbridge Md. Based on what you said, this is possibly where the Bluejacket's Manual was stuck into my little bag of belongings. After only 2 weeks there I jumped at the opportunity for a more interesting life (maybe) and - with 5 other 'boots' - got aboard a train headed for Pensacola and entered basic training and flight school there. I remember having that book at one time but I know I never got interested in reading it.

Sounds like you had a good career in the Navy with your attorneying


Argyle said...

Officers and their insignias, including my favorites, the warrant officers.

kazie said...

No I haven't read it, but I'm putting it on my list. The online description sounds interesting. Thank you.

Unknown said...

The OC Register is now using the Universal Crossword for the weekday puzzles, but still has the Sunday Crossword from Chicago Tribune. I don't know why they made the weekday switch.

Thomas said...

Thomas of 11:43 is not TJ from Osseo. Please, this other Thomas, digress from using my moniker.

Thomas said...

C.C. what's your rule to the same name posting?

Thomas said...

Tj in Osseo is asking the question, to avoid confusion.