Jun 6, 2009

Saturday June 6, 2009 Doug Peterson

Theme: None

Total blocks: 25

Total words: 68

Out of the 11 LAT Saturday themeless we've been offered since the switch, this puzzle has the least amount of black squares. The grid feels so open, with the triple-stacked 15-letter fills at the top and bottom:

1A: Winner of 49 Pulitzer Press: ASSOCIATED PRESS

16A: Diner order: SPANISH OMELETTE

17A: 200-mph swooper: PEREGRINE FALCON

46A: Two-generation groups: NUCLEAR FAMILIES

50A: State collections: INTERNAL REVENUE

51A: Some decks: CASSETTE PLAYERS

This time I was not intimidated at all. I got ASSOCIATED PRESS immediately, though my first thought was Washington Post, which actually has a total of 47 Pulitzers (NY Times has 101). I wonder if that's Doug's seed entry.

I was able to conquer the vast area of the top half, but I struggled with the lower part. What exactly is INTERNAL REVENUE? I wanted some word/phrase ending in TAX. Nevertheless, I am quite pleased with what I achieved today. I think the energy in my #1 CHAKRA point flowed pretty well.

Across:

18A: Menu items: ICONS. Computer. I thought of the food items.

19A: Nutrient in lentils: IRON. This answer came to me slowly, like love. I could only think of protein.

20A: MLB stat: HRS (Home Runs). ERA, RBI, etc. All three letters. Do you think Mine That Bird will hit a home run today? I want Calvin Borel to make history. Anyone besides Eliot Spitzer picks Luv Guv? The owner of Luv Guv also owns a horse called "Ninth Client".

21A: Peel: RIND. Noun.

22A: Loyal subject: LIEGE. I struggled with this answer.

24A: Premiere arrival: LIMO

25A: Lines on "ER"?: EEG. Filled in immediately.

26A: Break down: PARSE. Break down a sentence.

27A: General drift: TENOR. I like this clue.

29A: Heavy: BAD GUY. Heavy is noun. My initial answer is FAT GUY, since I had LET IN rather than LED IN for the intersecting 24D: Ushered.

30A: Fans of the bulldog Handsome Dan: YALIES. I forgot that Handsome Dan is Yale's mascot.

32A: Like much wage discrimination: SEXIST

33A: General types: DONORS. Mine was GIVERS.

34A: Beau: SWAIN. The 5-letter answer for "Beau" clue seems to be SWAIN all the time, never LOVER.

35A: Clearances: OKAYS. Spent a long time fooling around in this corner.

36A: Doesn't stay put: ROAMS. I had ?O??S staring at me forever.

37A: Sallie __: MAE. And Freddie Mac.

40A: Sake brewer's need: MOLD. Wrote down RICE first.

41A: Overcharge: GOUGE

42A: __ Corners: FOUR. Oh, this FOUR Corners. I thought of Augusta's AMEN Corner.

43A: Sermon ending?: IZE. Sermonize. One blank short for my AMEN again, and one blank too more for EN, the last letter of Sermon.

44A: Cotillard's Oscar-winning role: PIAF. I was shocked that Marion Cotillard won. She did not even sing in "La Vie en Rose".

45A: Eponymous Italian physicist: VOLTA (Alessandro). Ha ha, I had no idea that Volt is named after this guy.

Down:

1D: Have high hopes: ASPIRE

2D: Change: SPECIE. Well, I read Al's "Metallic money" posts a few times the other day, and I still failed to get this answer. "Coined money" seemed to be the most accurate definition.

3D: Java wrap: SARONG

4D: Standing up: ON END

5D: Bummed things: CIGS. Cigaretts? I don't get this clue.

6D: Country on the Medit.: ISR (Israel)

7D: Sushi staple: AHI. Also "Sashimi staple". Yummy!

8D: Tops in chic: TONIEST. I did not know tops is an adjective. Thought tops here is a verb.

9D: Appear: EMERGE

10D: "Captain Singleton" author: DEFOE (Daniel). I only knew his "Robinson Crusoe". Easy guess though.

11D: Outline: PLAN. PLOT fits too.

12D: Xmas visitor, say: REL. No Santa.

13D: Some Rembrandts: ETCHINGS

14D: Make a dramatic exit: STORM OUT

15D: Tactile, e.g.: SENSORY

22D: Velcro alternative: LACES. Could not keep zipper out of my mind.

23D: Red states?: IRES. Great clue.

26D: Not very strong hand: PAIRS. Poker.

27D: Airport lineup: TAXIS. Wanted QUEUE.

28D: Two-time heavyweight champ Patterson: FLOYD. Nope. First encounter with this champ.

29D: New York mayor before Koch: BEAME (Abe). I can never remember his name. He was the mayor between 1974 and 1977. Wikipedia says "he was a man of very short stature, being only five feet, two inches tall". I am 5'4''. How about you?

30D: Highest rank in sumo: YOKOZUNA. No idea. I recognized its Kanji character 横綱 though. It's literally "horizontal rope". Wikipedia says the word comes from the most visible symbol of their rank, the rope (tsuna) worn around the waist.

31D: "The __ of Confucius": ANALECTS. Well, see these two Chinese characters? They simply mean "commentaries". I've never heard of ANALECTS before.

32D: Loot: SWAG. Forgot this slang word again.

33D: Patron saint of astronomers: DOMINIC. Stymied. Wikipedia says this Saint DOMINIC "zealously practiced rigorous self-denial" throughout his life. And "he abstained from meat and observed stated fasts and periods of silence". No wonder he is a saint.

34D: Fluffy fare: SOUFFLE. Yummy! Alliteration again.

36D: Obviously enjoy, as humor: ROAR AT

37D: Quad Cities city: MOLINE. John Deere is headquartered here.

38D: Stylish filmmaker: AUTEUR. Why "Stylish"? Woody Allen is an AUTEUR.

39D: Removes, in a way: ERASES.

42D: "The Unit" actor Scott: FOLEY. Recognized his mug when I googled him. That's Jennifer Garner, his ex-wife, in his arms. He was Noel in "Felicity".

44D: Nice old man?: PERE. Nice the city in France. Can't fool me.

45D: Bounty rival: VIVA. Holy moley. Have never heard of this brand.

47D: __ Fauves: Matisse group: LES. "The Wild Beast". Learned this group from reading "Charmed Circle", a book about Gertrude Stein, Picasso, Matisse, Hemingway, etc.

48D: Grünwald associate: ARP (Jean). The Dada pioneer. Was stumped. Not familiar with Alfred Grünwald, who founded Cologne Dada group with ARP and Max Ernest.

49D: Film maker Brooks: MEL. So many MEL's in Hollywood.

Answer grid.

C.C.

46 comments:

melissa bee said...

good morning c.c. and all,

well that was tough. started it late last night, walked away and finished it a few hours later. lots of unknows, including LIEGE, YALIES, SWAIN, PIAF, YOKOAUNA, ANALECTS, and .. TONIEST?? really?

the grid looks so crowded, must be the ultimate challenge for the constructor.

liked JAVA WRAP for SARONG, maybe i'm forgetful but seems like a new clue for an oft-seen fill. thanks to al, got SPECIE straight away.

INTERNAL REVENUE as in IRS, internal revenue service. tax collectors.

nicely done c.c., your first chakra is perfectly aligned.

Jazzbumpa said...

Treefrog -

Get thy hubbie to a chiropractor, soonest. This is exactly what I have, but in the right arm/hand. It is caused by nerve impingement in the vertebrae near the base of the neck: C6, C7, T1, T2 in my case.

I am currently getting adjusted 3 times/week with massage therapy once/week. Progress has been slow, but there is a definite improvement over the past two months.

Medical Drs. are great at lots of things, but this is an area where hey can do much more harm than good.

Slinging a bass trombone around probably does not help. Ditto, brickwork.

Barry G. said...

Morning, all!

Well, this one started out promising -- the top stack of 15s went down pretty quickly and I thought I was going to make like a PEREGRINE FALCON and swoop through the rest in record time. Alas, the bottom section of the puzzle bogged me down and I had to resort to Googling a few times to finish.

I guessed YALIES correctly but had GIVERS instead of DONORS and RICE instead of MOLD (they use MOLD to make Sake? Ewwwww!) Having the right answers there wouldn't have helped a bit, though since YOKOZUNA and ANALECTS were completely and utterly unknown to me.

Ah well...

boomermomma said...

Good Morning CC and all:
I had the " deer in the headlights" look when I first looked at this puzzle but got down to work with small clues first.
Moline and the SE corner came first and slowly worked my way up.
CC- I also couldn't get Washinton post out of my mind except that it would't fit.
Googled the SW corner as I had no clue as to Confucious's work
Oh well...needed your help today for much of this - so thanks as usual for your clever and informative comments everyone!
Have a great Saturday
Joan

Dennis said...

Good morning, C.C. and gang - Like Barry, when I got 'peregrine falcon', I thought I was off and running. Wasn't to be; took close to 20 minutes, and that was with g-spot help. I really like the 15-letter-answer puzzles like this one, where the real challenge is getting the perps to open up the long answers.

Took a while for the light to come on with 'rel'. C.C., it's not unusual for people to bum (mooch) cigs (cigarettes). I thought 'red states' was the cleverest clue; I think we're all catching on to 'lines on "ER"' and 'nice old man'.

Today is the 65th anniversary of D-Day. A good day for remembrance. An awful lot of men died on this day 65 years ago, fighting for our country, and a much higher number of men and women have given their lives over the years for the same cause. We should think of them every day, not just on days like this.

It is also National Gardening Exercise Day, should you like to work out with your geraniums, and National Yo-Yo Day; you know who you are.

Today's Words of Wisdom: "The only sin is mediocrity." -- Dancer and Choreographer Martha Graham

Fun Facts for today:

- More than 90% of diseases are caused or complicated by stress.

- More than 2,500 left-handed people are killed each year because they used products made for right-handed people.

C. C. said...

Melissa,
Yeah, 200 letters in the grid, 15 more than our usual. That's why you feel the grid crowded. So my #1 chakra should actually be #7? Thanks for INTERNAL REVENUE.

Jazzbumpa,
Have you tried Chinese acupuncture?

Barry,
Tee-hee, you got fooled by the MOLD clue also. Brilliant misleading clue then!

Joan,
I just checked. The Washington Post has a total of 47 Pulitzer prizes. NY Times has 101.

C. C. said...

Dennis,
Geraniums are your favorite flowers, right? Or Melissa bee's tulips? Disturbing to hear so many lefties are killed because of wrong products. Mediocrity is where I've been all my life. Not a sin.

Windhover,
Strangely, I don't consider the word "hell" to be bad. Cultural difference I think. The F word, Ass or Sh?t are the three words I consider really dreadful.

Lemonade,
I've never played Blue Monster. Did follow the old Doral Open. What's your best score there?

C. C. said...

KQ,
Ah, I finally got your Mauer & Morneau "Minnesota Twins" connection. The answer is YES.

Linda,
See you mail box.

Jerome,
Thanks for your take on JUNK DNA. Very well said. We need to have a good mindset regarding words/phrases/names that we don't know. All part of learning process. As for helper squares, I don't think we common solvers really care.

Dennis said...

C.C., certainly the tulip. And I think 'hell' is the least offensive 'swear word', followed closely by 'ass'; they're both extremely innocuous. And I don't think what you've accomplished just in your grasp of the language since coming here, could be considered anything but remarkable. You're hardly 'mediocre'.

Linda said...

CC: May I post your E-mail? Haven`t tried the puzzle...grandbabies calling...

tarrajo: It was a numb arm. I hope I`m worthy of your respect. Thank you.

melissa bee said...

@c.c.: freudian slip.

Anonymous said...

As a home brewer I know you never want mold in your mixture. Sake brewer's use a moto, a yeast rich starter mixture. Change need to bane and it all makes perfect sense.

Dennis said...

anon@10:43, when i checked on that, I found that sake brewers need kaji mold in their process.

Just as an aside, I hope we all can realize that most things said here are meant in jest, and taken as such.

carol said...

Well, once again I must thank you C.C. for help in this tough, tough puzzle.
I felt like Dennis for a while because I got 'Peregrine falcon', then I figured out 'Associated press' but after that it was downhill. I needed too much help for it to be enjoyable BUT it was a great learning experience.

I never would have guessed 'MOLD' for 40A. I put in RICE. Thanks for the explanation.

Red States got me....I had I-ES and still could not get it. When I read the answer, I was in a 'red state' for a minute while hitting my forehead with my V-8 can (I keep it close by).

It is cool and moist here in 'Puddle Town' but is not supposed to rain on the 'Big Parade' that will start at 10:00. I dislike crowds so don't go, but thousands do and I am glad they will not get wet. Lot's of work goes into this each year and it is 2nd only to the Pasadena Rose Parade.

Crockett, how is Leo doing?

Alain said...

Onmly been here once or twice but it seems lik dennis is the patriarch of this site. Certainly very knowledgable what with 'fun' facts and notable days. What is a yoyo? Is it a top with a string.

luxor said...

C.C.,
Thanks for the chakra diagram. Never heard of it before. I'll bet that when boys are around 18 yrs. old or so, their #1 and #7 are transposed. (chuckle)

Doug P. said...

Nice write-up, C.C. It's nice to see that you weren't intimidated by the grid. I don't remember what my seed entry was for this one. I think I started with CASSETTE PLAYERS on the bottom of the grid and worked from there.

Your FAT GUY answer made me laugh! It's a great fit for "Heavy".

Dennis said...

Alain, far from the patriarch, except maybe in age. This is C.C.'s creation, her blog, and we all play within it as equals. And believe me, far more intelligent people than I post here. We all have our contributions.

Doug P., thanks for an enjoyable solving experience. Your puzzles truly stimulate the mind.

Jerome said...

Great puzzle from Doug. The man is a master constructor. Really liked YOKOZUNA. But now I have this image of Ms. Ono weighing 400 pounds.

Doug won't toot his own horn so I'll do it for him. Today's NYT puzzle was also crafted by him!

WM said...

Morning all...did this last night after getting home late from babysitting our granddaughter so mom and dad could have a date night.

First fill PEREGRINE FALCON, second fill MEL Brooks. Got lots of exercise dancing around this but got enough to fill in ASSOCIATED PRESS and SPANISH OMELETTE. The bottom fills were a bit tougher but I got BADGUY,PARSE a number of others and SPECIE, thanks to Al. Had absolutely no clue on YOKOZUNA and had every letter but the first A for ANALECTS and still couldn't figure it out because I forgot about the Yale bulldog. Also had RICE but remembered an article I had read on Saki-making and the fermentation process so was able to accept MOLD.BarryG...some molds/bacteria are very helpful
in food products...where would many cheeses be without it? Not all molds are like a science experiment in your refrigerator. ;o)

I think this was actually a bit easier than Friday's and I am finding that I don't recoil in horror anymore at the long fills...so, progress.

Another gorgeous day...

Lemonade714 said...

With Doug Peterson you always are going to get a workout; it was 26:13 for me today online, but the first few minutes were mostly blank stares. Each Doug P. puzzle is initially intimidating, now, using the new philosophy of starting with the downs, I put in ASPIRE, SPECIE (a gimme from recent puzzles) and SARONG , which gave me SPANISH OMELETTE and PEREGRINE FALCON and the top was moving along. The bottom was much harder, and in the end I guessed that MOLD and YOKOZUNA crossed at the O. I resisted the temptation to Google, and was pleased, and little taken aback to know the origin of SAKE . If you use the Latin name, aspergillus oryzae it does not sound so bad. The same mold is used in the making of soy sauce.

I have just learned that YEAST (a single celled organism) is like MOLD a microscopic fungus, though MOLD is multi cellular. It turns out we eat foods prepared with mold all the time, MOLD , as well as all the good bacteria like acidophilus.

I liked the cluing on Heavy: BAD GUY, and Clearances: OKAYS, both of which kept me thinking in the wrong direction. Corners: FOUR, popped into my head quickly, as we have an expression in brief writing that a case is on ALL FOURS with an earlier decision.

Not to be a nitpick douche bag (is that a verboten phrase?) Jennifer’s last name is GARNER, and happily Mrs. AFFLECK.

When I was playing often, I shot an 88 on the Blue Monster, which was for me a great round of golf. It is easy to get in triple digits on the courses that are set up for the pros. Oddly, my concentration was usually good when playing in tournaments or hard courses. It is fun to travel and play where the pros play.

Meanwhile, “dennis is the patriarch of this site…” what a fun idea, BTW I am 5’7” slowly eroding to less. Have a nice week end, it is pouring here, hence the long post.

Clear Ayes said...

Good Morning All. Do I start with the words and phrases I didn't know, or the ones I did? Either way it was a toss-up and definitely a hunt and peck morning. The first fills were SARONG, ON END and AHI. That was enough for me to get ASSOCIATED PRESS, then ASPIRE and PEREGRIN FALCON. I'm not a big omelette fan and I had a heck of a time because I've never had a SPANISH OMELETTE.

Farther down the SW was a real slog. I didn't know YALIES, YOKOZUNA, ANALECTS or DOMINIC, or MOLD Thank goodness I got PAIRS and FLOYD.

On the SE coast, I had heard of Fanny MAE, but had never heard of the student loan related Sallie MAE. FOLEY and VOLTA were unknowns and I didn't know what or where the "Quad Cities" were.

I didn't even try anything other than the online red letter help and eventually got all the fills.

I spent a lot of time scratching the top of my # 1 Chakra.

BTW, Here an interesting Chakra Test. Find out how open each of your seven chakras is. (Go for it Dennis!) My Crown Chakra was under-active. I admit, I'm not a very spiritual person. My Throat Chakra is over-active. I definitely tend to talk too much, although I'm not domineering. Everything else was open, so I guess I am pretty normal overall.

Melissa bee, what do you think of this test? Is it just fun and games, or does it have Chakra validity?

Clear Ayes said...

Oh oh, according to the Chakra test, the #1 Chakra is the farthest down on the body. I swear...I wasn't doing any scratching there! Whichever way the Chakras run, it was the top of my head I was scratching while doing today's puzzle.

Hayrake said...

Dennis @ 5 June 7:49P

Missed your note last night Dennis. Thank you once again for the nice wishes. I'm beginning to think you are a pretty good guy.

I know exactly what you are saying about 'that' feeling of acceleration. It's all the more reason for this old wingnut to have that hot motorcycle.

boomermomma said...

Clear Ayes- nice test! It was fun but unfortunately I have some "work" to do! Isn't that always the case. At least the crown is open!
Baby shower tomorrow for the new grandbaby,David and he gained 1lb in 2 weeks, the little chubbers. Weighs in at 9lbs 6oz.
Spent too much at Baby R US but he's our first grandchild in almost 10years so I don't care...have a wonderful weekend everyone- more rain in Chicago, ugh. The skeeters will be gigantic and biblical in numbers this summer,I fear
Take care
Joan

luxor said...

There is a mistake in todays puzzle. 18 across-clue=Menu items answer=icons. WRONG! A menu on a computer offers word choices not icons. For example, when you click on favorites, a menu drops down offering you choices in words, not icons. Now on the desk top, which is not called a menu in computerese, there you have icons to choose from. Just thought i'd clarify that.

I have no idea on:
general drift=tenor, unless there is a 'general' named 'tenor'.
beau=swain.is that from 'where ever the swain shall meet'?

C.C.,
Is sumo a Chinese or Japanese sport? also, maybe you never opened a velcro fly? (said in jest)
I have to agree, you are truly amazing for not being formally educated here. I'm sure you try very hard to comprehend this crazy language.
Confucious say, 'one who never tries, makes no mistakes'.

WM said...

Luxor..the TENOR of an argument or discussion is the tone and direction it is taking.

Sumo is a Japanese form of wrestling.

A SWAIN is definitely a beau or in crosswordese a WOOER...and unless you meant it tongue in cheek...it is "Never the TWAIN(two) shall meet".

Also, though not entirely in disagreement...ICONS are primarily on the desktop but my favorites menu is now loaded with icons since I switched to Explorer 8...although not every entry, obviously, has one...but I would say it is sufficient enough to make that clue workable.

Just FYI. Nothing personal...just IMHO.

C.C. I used to be 5'7" but I think I am more like 5' 6" now...

Fred said...

Doug P

Does Rich Norris shine the batsignal in the sky when he needs another puzzle from you?
Fred

Lemonade714 said...

WM,

We are shrinking at the same pace, yeah for the spinal column.

Root: under-active (-25%)
Sacral: open (50%)
Navel: under-active (13%)
Heart: open (50%)
Throat: open (56%)
Third Eye: open (56%)
Crown: open (31%)


only have to work on two; that is the closest I have been to normal in any test

maria said...

good afternoon, c,c, and all
googled aplenty, and got all the biggies.
Got most everything except for, Icons, specie, Liege and parse
Did not believe, very strong hands could be pairs, so i didn't write it in.

Also, don't understand swain for beau and swag for loot ? Obscure to me.

Al, can you believe it ? I flunked on specie after all that posting about it the other day !
I could kick myself !


Well, it stopped raining, i wonder for how long, yesterday, was all day, rain and thunder.
I heard the cars were floating, in South Beach , they got like 8 inches of rain.

Ciao for now

melissa bee said...

@clear ayes: thanks for the link to the test.

chakra work done by a reiki (pronounced RAY-kee) practitioner is primarily energy work. it might be preceded by collecting some information but the actual work is a sort of energetic, intuitiveness on the part of the practitioner, who will feel blocked energy that sometimes even the client does not. typically there is no physical contact, the practitioner's hands stay a few inches from the client's body.

one of those things that isn't for everybody.

also, a few have mentioned #1 root chakra in relation to sexual energy. the root chakra is about survival and your phyical constitution. the #2 sacral chakra (sometimes called the spleen chakra) is associated with sexual energy.

embien said...

23:28 today. Man, I loved this puzzle. Sure it was tough (for me), but eventually doable. Friday's puzzle was a slog for me; this one, though it took about the same length of time, was totally fun from start to finish, as the long fill answers slowly revealed themselves.

I never Google and use AcrosLite to do the puzzle, so no "red letter" help either. If I completely fill in the grid and don't get the "Congratulations" pop-up, I have to go back over the puzzle and find my mistake(s).

Today, it was having DUAL... instead of NUCLEAR... for the multi-generational groups (note that the U and L are shared in those two). I knew it was wrong, but it took a good little while to finally suss out the correct entry. Never heard of ANALECT before, so that was of no help. Fortunately, brother DOMINIC eventually came to my rescue.

embien said...

@maria: Did not believe, very strong hands could be pairs, so i didn't write it in.

Actually, Maria, the clue is 26d: Not very strong hands, and in Texas Hold'em Poker, one pair is usually not a particularly strong holding.

Warren said...

Hi C.C. & gang,
A very tricky one today. We got 1/3 of it before using the online in red to see if our guesses were correct. I had rice for the sake thing too.
I like this definition for liege from Britannica.com the best


"(probably from German ledig, “empty” or “free”), in European feudal society, an unconditional bond between a man and his overlord."

It turns out that Liege is also a city in Belgium.

Stuart said...

Not only do I have a hard time with the puzzle but all the sudden I am having a hard time printing it out. The bottom two lines are cut off. This is happening with all the online puzzles using this format. Is anyone else having this problem? Other printing projects work fine.

WM said...

MelissaB...went to a reiki session with my Scots friend when we were staying with another friend in Brighton...It was very unusual but exceedingly soothing and an extremely pleasant experience...Would pretty much recommend it to anyone...I didn't realize that it was a Chakra connection. They just described as a re-aligning of things...but that totally fits. I just love all the interesting stuff I learn here.

#3

Oberhasli said...

Today's puzzle was pretty hard for me. I had to google a few like the "associated press" clue. Got the peregrine falcon clue right off, they have them here at the Air Force Academy Falconry team - and boy can they fly fast! There were a few more googles in the lower left, but everything finally fell into place. I almost threw in the towel earlier though, it seemed hopeless.

Got wiped out at the farmer's market today. WINDY! The market is in a big empty dirt parking lot and there were 20-30mph winds. Everyone's stuff was flying. My cheese samples had some extra flavoring on them (grit). But, in response to a question from yesterday, goat cheese is called chevre. I also make feta cheese from goat milk. In fact any cheese made from cow's milk can be made from goat's milk as well. I'm a bit sunburned and ready for a nap.

Have a great rest of the weekend!

Crockett1947 said...

Hello, everyone! Leo report: He is walking much better today, but he is still somewhat unstable and falls over occasionally. He's had a couple of doses of steroids, and they seem to be helping out. He's not eating as much as he should, and his thyroid blood test results were a bit on the high side. Thanks for all of your thoughts and concerns.

WM said...

Crockett...I am assuming that is Leo? AWWWW, what a lovely cat...Glad to hear he is doing better. That thyroid test is important...that was Tazzy's issue and once they put her on the thyroid medicine(it's a "dial-a-dose salve that goes into the ear 2x per day) she finally started to gain back some weight and wasn't falling off of things...her balance was terrible and she walked with her head to one side. We are about 4 mos into the thyroid medicine and she is almost back up to her "massive" 7 lb weight. She is also eating much better. Glad to hear positive news...hopes for continued improvement...

Lemonade...I keep thinking that I'm not getting shorter, but just not standing up as straight...BLEH ;oP.

Oberhasli...my goat cheese maker friend recently came out with a raw milk, aged, apple cider washed cheese called GRAVENSTEIN( their farm is in CA apple country)...seriously yummy. She also makes a raw milk Feta which they age for about a year...a truly lovely cheese.

#4

maria said...

Crockett - Leo looks like a very content and confident male cat, he has beautiful coloring.
my well wishing thoughts are with you.

CA, i took the test and i was chanting for a while, lol, i am too impatient.

Root: open (25%)
Sacral: open (56%)
Navel: open (38%)
Heart: open (25%)
Throat: under-active (-25%)
Third Eye: open (25%)
Crown: open (25%)

Lemonade - notice the diff. in throat , mine is under-active , is that because i don't talk alot ?
You are good in that area, being an attorney i guess, you do talk a lot ? Ha. ha.

Dennis said...

Root: open (56%)
Sacral: open (44%)
Navel: over-active (69%)
Heart: open (31%)
Throat: open (31%)
Third Eye: open (25%)
Crown: under-active (13%)

No surprise my head's underactive - not much left in there.

treefrog said...

Didn't get to the puzzle until about 3Pm
Went to the daughter's today so hubby could help start the sheetrock taping of the shop bathroom.
His arm is better this morning. He actually feels better when he is doing something.

Linda-will tell him about the chin to chest thing. Sometimes I realize I need to do that.

Jazzbumpa-he's flat out said he won't go to a chiropractor. He has a couple of herniated disks in his lower back. Too many years crawling attics and under houses. He used to do heating and A/C.

Crockett-glad Leo is feeling better :}

Hmm, recently my 3 1/2 year old grandson was shopping with his mother. He suddenly announced that daddy and mommy exercise naked. She had a hard time talking her way out of that one. I laughed my fanny off.

I'm heading back to my chair. Can't get rid of this sinus headache. Oh yeah, spent another hour at a T ball game today. I really should have taken the water bottle filled with vodka!!

Oberhasli said...

WM... that Gravenstein cheese sounds really good. I would love to try to make a bunch of different cheeses in the summer time - but, with market every week, I only have so much milk to play with! I did sell an aged parmesan today that I made last April. It was really nice and buttery - melt in your mouth! :-)I want to try to get some crottin cheeses made at least once this summer.

luxor said...

WM,
Thank you for your insights.

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Hang fire is a shooting term. When you pull the trigger and a bullet doesn't emerge from the gun, you have a hang fire. You should wait a few minutes before ejecting the cartridge because the powder might still ignite & discharge the bullet. You're pending the discharge in those minutes.

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