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Jul 26, 2009

Sunday July 26, 2009 Nora Pearlstone

Theme: Midafternoons - PMS (132D: Times of day hidden in eight puzzle answers)

23A: Temporary solution: STOPGAP MEASURE

54A: Controversial excavation method: STRIP MINING

94A: Key equivalent to B-flat: A-SHARP MAJOR

130A: It can help you organize windows and wallpaper: DESKTOP MANAGER

17D: Startling Stories, e.g.: PULP MAGAZINES

29D: One making a large withdrawal?: HOLDUP MAN

66D: Maker of Marlboro: PHILIP MORRIS

68D: Laptop power saver: SLEEP MODE

I did not find any other non-theme **PM** combination fill in the grid, did you? Pretty neat! Nora Pearlstone, anagram of "not a real person", is the alias name of our editor Rich Norris.

STRIP MINING is new to me. Normally the answer to B-flat is just A-SHARP, so I was surprised by the following MAJOR. But again, I know nothing about musical terms. PHILIP MORRIS is my first theme fill.

I don't understand the clue for ATM (109A: Vegas contraption offering the best odds?). Why "best odds"?

Across:

1A: Mollusk shell materials: NACRES. Also called mother-of-pearls.

7A: "Piece of cake": NO SWEAT

14A: Charts with axes: GRAPHS

20A: Maintain: ALLEGE. ASSERT has 6-letter too.

21A: What a stalwart won't give? ONE INCH. I wanted AN INCH.

22A: Liturgy: RITUAL. I confused liturgy with litany.

25A: Harlem theater: APOLLO. Have heard of this theater. Did not know the exact location though.

26A: Arnold Palmer's Pennsylvania birthplace: LATROBE. No idea. LATROBE is about 40 miles southeast of Pittsburgh. Wikipedia says Steeler's training camp is there.

27A: "Lemme __!": AT 'EM. What does the phrase mean?

28A: Physicist with a law: OHM. OHM's law. Named after the German physicist George OHM.

30A: Fraternal org.: BPOE

31A: Golf iron socket: HOSEL. It's the part where the shaft is installed.

32A: Do not disturb: LET BE

34A: W. vis-à-vis E: OPP. West/East. Opposite direction.

36A: Money pile?: Abbr. MSS (Manuscripts). Money magazine. Tricky clue.

37A: With 81-Down, game played on a three-walled court: JAI. And ALAI (81D: See 37-Across).

39A: Govt. division: DOJ (Department of Justice). I was stumped.

42A: Title woman about whom Clapton sings "You've got me on my knees": LAYLA. About Pattie Boyd.

44A: Year in Augustus' reign: ONE BC. The N from ANT (38D: Colony resident) allowed me to fill in the answer immediately.

47A: Political payoff: SOP. Bribe.

51A: Goneril's victim: REGAN. Both King Lear's daughters. The bad ones.

60A: Half of Bennifer: J. LO. Bennifer = Ben Affleck + Jennifer Lopez.

61A: Erotic god: AMOR

63A: Pencil puzzles: MAZES

64A: Old Boston Garden nickname: ESPO. Sigh. All I could think of is Bobby ORR. How can I remember Phil ESPO Esposito?

67A: Like horseshoes: U-SHAPED

70A: Both: pref.: AMBI. Like ambidextrous.

73A: Uto-Aztecan tongue: NAHUATL. Wikipedia says avocado, chili, chocolate, tomato are all of NAHUATL origin.

75A: Capital of Yemen: SANAA

77A: Not too soft: AL DENTE. Italian for "to the tooth". I like pasta/veggie/fruits to be firm. I like everything to be firm.

79A: CCX x V+ I: MLI. 210x5+1=1050

80A: Long-necked runner: RHEA. Flightless.

82A: Nautical ladder rung: RATLINE. No idea.

84A: Court period: Abbr.: SESS. Supreme Court?

85A: Israeli port city: EILAT. Of course I thought of HAIFA first.

87A: Fantasy spirit: ELF

89A: "Sleepy Hollow" actor: DEPP. I don't find Johnny Depp attractive.

92A: Piques: SNITS

93A: Kung __ chicken: PAO. Mostly with cashew nuts.

99A: Aware of : HEP TO. Or HIP TO.

100A: In the 60s, say: MILD. Oh, temperature.

102A: Chemical suffix: ANE

104A: Snapple's __ Madness: MANGO. MANGO stain is tough to remove.

106A: French military cap: KEPI. With a flat, circular top and a visor. I simple forgot.

112A: USCG rank: CPO (Chief Petty Officer). USCG is United States Coast Guard.

114A: Jupiter, e.g.: GOD. Greek for Jupiter is Zeus.

115A: East German secret police: STASI. Nailed it this time.

117A: Violinist's aid: ROSIN

120A: Not stifling: AIRY

122A: 109-Across charge: FEE

124A: Emerald Isle: ERIN

125A: Woozy: IN A DAZE

128A: Low-level clouds: STRATI. Singular is stratus.

133A: Puts on ice: CHILLS

134A: Best: OPTIMUM. Is this a noun or an adjective?

135A: It's fixed by a bank: CD RATE

136A: Per se: AS SUCH. Per se is Latin "By itself".

137A: Annual Georgia tournament, with "The": MASTERS. Augusta, Georgia.

138A: La Scala offerings: OPERAS

Down:

1D: Pelé's org.: NASL (North American Soccer League). I only knew MLS (Major League Soccer).

2D: B.C. neighbor: ALTA. Alberta.

3D: One concerned with duds?: CLOTHIER. I was thinking of failure duds.

4D: Printer's proof: REPRO. Needs a "briefly" hint.

5D: Toaster waffles: EGGOS

6D: Lobster habitat: SEABED

8D: Actress Tatum: O'NEAL. She won Oscar for "Paper Moon", the youngest ever to win an Oscar (age 10).

9D: Not off one's rocker?: SEATED. I did not know "off one's rocker" is a slang for crazy, so the question mark wordplay was lost on me.

10D: Not tricked by: WISE TO

11D: Digital food additive code used in Europe: E NUMBER. No idea. E stands for Europe.

12D: Horiz.: ACR. Across.

13D: Kojak, to friends: THEO. Van Gogh's brother is called THEO too. "I dream my painting, and then I paint my dream".

14D: Family nickname: GRAMPA. Ye Ye in Chinese.

15D: Pants problem: RIP

16D: Phrase indicating small progress: A TO B

18D: Saintly rings: HALOS

19D: Tart fruit: SLOES

24D: Speaker since 2007: PELOSI (Nancy). Didn't we just have Boxer last Sunday? Guess Dianne Feinstein is next.

33D: Blow one's stack: ERUPT

35D: Giza attraction: PYRAMID

40D: Whale of a guy?: JONAH. I was ignorant of the Biblical JOHAH & whale story.

43D: Yeats' "___ and the Swan": LEDA. Easy guess. Since LEDA is sometimes clued as "The Swan lady".

45D: Exquisite gem: BIJOU. Wouldn't have got the answer without Across help.

46D: Rank abov Pfc.: CPL (Corporal)

48D: Early Arizona natives: PIMAS. I forgot.

50D: Joy Adamson lioness: ELSA. The "Born Free" lioness.

52D: Bond and others: AGENTS

53D: Headlands: NESSES. Learned this word from doing Xword.

56D: Stock phrase: NO-PAR

57D: Caribbean nation: GRENADA. Interesting, they speak English there. I thought Spanish is their official language.

64D: Tangle up: ENMESH

65D: Intravenous solution: SALINE

74D: Schubert vocal work: ART SONG. Schubert composed many Lied, German for ART SONG.

76D: First in a series: ALPHA. Greek alphabet series I presume.

78D: Think piece: ESSAY. Strange clue. Is "think" here a noun?

83D: Classic toothpaste: IPANA. Here is an old IPANA commercial.

88D: Parents: FOLKS

96D: "Sands of Iwo Jima" costar: JOHN AGAR. No idea. Wikipedia says he was Shirley Temple's first husband.

97D: Unveil, in poems: OPE. Poetic open.

98D: T. __: REX

101D: Can't abide: DETESTS

105D: Simple card game: GO FISH. No idea. Shouldn't the name be GO FISHING then?

107D: "Sit!": PARK IT

108D: "Am I the only one?:": IS IT ME

110D: State of Grace?: MONACO. Grace is capitalized, referring to Grace Kelly.

112D: First to stab Caesar: CASCA. I just knew it's not Brutus.

113D: Cores: PITHS

116D: "__ time": Hemingway work: IN OUR. Got the answer from Down fills.

118D: Wall St. "500": S AND P. S &P 500 index.

119D: "Do __ to eat a peach": Eliot: I DARE. Have to thank Clear Ayes for the answer. For those who only solve LAT Sunday puzzle, don't miss Down the Aisle video Clear Ayes linked a few days ago.

121D: Korean border river: YALU. China/Korea border river. A rare gimme river for me.

123D: Ancient Dead Sea land: EDOM. Learned from doing Xword.

126D: Sixth Greek letter: ZETA

127D: "__ Tu": 1974 hit: ERES. "ERES Tu" is literally "You Are" in Spanish.

129D: Tot's need, often: TLC. Again, no abbreviation hint in the clue. I thought of NAP.

Answer grid.

C.C.

43 comments:

danabw said...

Hahtool - I live in Alabama so I was aware of the ABC's licensing bureau deeming the label inappropriate. Unfortunately this is another black eye for our state and the rest of the world will perceive this to be a reflection of how all residents think. I find the ruling complete nonsense and see absolutely nothing wrong with the label. I plan to 'cross the border' just so I can buy some!!

JoJo said...

Hey All, I don't usually attempt the Sun. puzzle, it is too long for me but I gave it a shot today. Managed to solve about 40% before I had to resort to doing it on line for some red letter help. I am in awe of anyone who can complete a Sun puzzle with no help.
To anyone who addressed me, that I did not respond to, I am sorry. I do not spend a lot of time on my computer, so by the time I have read the comments it can be very late in the evening. Also I have the old dial up service and a comp. we bought in '97, so it operates pretty slowly. Very frustrating! I Would like to get to know everyone here, as I really enjoy this site, and all the comments that are made. I am just starting to figure out blogging so please be patient with me. I am not extremely computer literate. Hope everyone has a great Sunday.

Anonymous said...

Thin theme this time.! I worked it except for one part , but had to have some G-MAN help on some of the unknown people like half of Bennifer and the first to strike Caesar. Did anyone get 91 Down or 103 Across. I just could not figure that one out and CC did not have in his list. Help.

Recently at a seminar in San Destin, there was a wine drawing at the end. Some one from Atherns Alabama brought some real " Whie Lightning. I can still smell and taste that stuff. it is absolutely clear and will make you eyes water and nose run for a week is you take a sip.

abogato in Alabama

abogato@aol.com said...

I am sorry, but I hit thed wrong key. the white lightning comment is from abogato in alabama

Hahtool said...

Anon/Abogato: (91D): "I wonder ..." answer: Hmm ... (I thought that was a weak answer). (103A): someone who is short-sighted is a "MYOPE." Generally referred to as myopic.

I liked today's puzzle, but thought the theme was a little weak. By the time I got to (132D), which zeroed in on the theme, the only real choices were AM or PM. That did help me, though with a couple of the long answers. DESKTOP MANAGER, was tricky, since the clue referred to windows and wallpaper. Since I just got my house painted, I was thinking along those lines and not the computer.

Also, the Old Boston Garden nickname threw me. I was trying to think of a nickname for the arena, not a hockey player. I went to a hockey game in the old Boston Garden once during a warm spell. Because of the humid temperature and the ice, a great fog was created over the rink. It was very surreal to see/not see the game through the thick fog.

Moon said...

Took exactly an hour online to complete this...Whew!
Lots of red letter help and wordweb.
I cannot do the Sunday Xword on the newspaper as my neck hurts trying to look up and down the many clues. Also I get completely lost :)
Ofcourse online has the red letters so its easy to correct.
Very few gimmes for me: Tatum ONeal, Stasi, Philip Morris, Nom De Plume.
Saw the port of Eilat when I visited Israel last year.
Back to the books again.
Have a great Sunday.

eddyB said...

Good Morning all,
Another old memory about the Gardens. Remember the fog and paying $1.50 to sit in the nose bleed section in the rafters. ( Sunday special) This was before Bobby Orr came to the team.
Got 91D from EHS and the As
The down load version last night did not have the clue for 75A. Got it from the Ds.
It took awhile but was finished at 1AM.
Must run to the store and be back for the IRL race from Edmonton.
Later. eddyB

Clear Ayes said...

W.B. Yeats poem Leda And The Swan is an account of the Greek myth about the god Zeus taking the form of a swan and ravishing the young woman Leda. It is a graphic and violent poem, not for everybody. But it certainly is a good example of how a poem can sometimes have a greater effect than prose.

Leda And The Swan

A sudden blow: the great wings beating still
Above the staggering girl, her thighs caressed
By the dark webs, her nape caught in his bill,
He holds her helpless breast upon his breast.

How can those terrified vague fingers push
The feathered glory from her loosening thighs?
And how can body, laid in that white rush,
But feel the strange heart beating where it lies?

A shudder in the loins engenders there
The broken wall, the burning roof and tower
And Agamemnon dead.

Being so caught up,

So mastered by the brute blood of the air,
Did she put on his knowledge with his power
Before the indifferent beak could let her drop?

- W.B. Yeats

WM said...

Morning everyone...This puzzle just gave me grief all over. I started with NACRES and APOLLO, wanted STRATUS which wouldn't fit so put in CIRRUS which didn't work...took a long while to come up with the plural. I thought there were an awful of "G" spot clues with difficult or unknown perps. I had very little of it filled in by 11 pm so I printed out the filled grid to check on what I had filled in...had to take 3 things out and correct. Then by fits and starts I slowly managed to fill it in. I ticked off 16 things that I just would never have known and I really didn't want to Google or look up. Oddly, I got STASI, and KEPI and the bottom fills were the easiest. I still don't get the connections between Charts with axes and Graphs????(unless it is a plural for axis?) I originally also wanted ELKS for 30A and forgot the BPOE designation...there is one around the corner from where my mom lives...D'oh.

LATROBE was a complete unknown along with all those others I counted up. I agree with C.C. that TLC is an abbr. and should have been indicated as such. For pants problem I started with Zip...BLEH. :oP

I really felt stupid trying to do this puzzle so after I finished I worked 4 NYT weekday puzzles, including a Rich Norris, and felt a whole lot better...stayed up way too late.

We still have at least one more day of moderate weather before the fog abandons us again for the rest of the week...I can't seem to so-ordinate with the weather...on cool days I have all these outside responsibities and when I am finally free, hot weather shows up

Hahtool...you do a great stand-in for Dennis...love the Mom quote. I think it is really sad that after almost 400 years we can't shake that blasted Puritan ethic thing regarding a nude body...Lots of wineries are putting art on special edition bottles...so lovely. It's not good to look at a beautiful painting but we can cut, slash, torture and dismember people at an alarming rate on TV and in the movies and no one makes a comment...incredible!

I think Johnny Depp fascinates because he so easily slips into a wide variety of characters, and does it so well.

CA...The poem really captures the image of the Leda and Swan story. Several artists have painted it, but it is usually very benign looking...not!

Sharon said...

I'm 67, was born,educated and teach in US and couldn't get 1/2 the clues. I am amazed at your expertise.

"Lemme at 'em" would be a slang expression meaning "Let me get at them" as in when you might go to fight someone, or face daunting challenges and are resigned to tackle them. I think I remember Buster Keaton , Lou Costello or Bert Lahr saying something like that humorously in an old black and white movie.... maybe it was Bert Lahr as the Lion in "The Wizard of Oz" although that wasn't black and white after the first several minutes.

The only good odds in a Vegas machine transaction would be the ATM as the slots frequently pay off nothing, but the ATM rarely pays out nothing, only if you have exceeded your daily limit or your account is overdrawn. Those of us waiting in line to use the ATM in a casino frequently banter with each other and say dumb stuff like, "At least I know I'll win on this machine!"

"Petit point" is a decorative form of needlework. The encyclopedia says

"form of canvas embroidery similar to cross-stitch embroidery, but even finer because of its small scale. The squareness and regularity of the outlines of the forms represented is less apparent at ordinary viewing distance. The stitch used—also called petit point or tent stitch—is worked either in diagonal or horizontal rows across the intersection of the canvas threads. The thread is carried back from stitch to stitch in a uniform manner to ensure that the pull of the thread at the front is consistent.Petit point was widely used in France in the 17th and early 18th centuries, particularly for pole screens and upholstery covering."

I only know that because I had a blouse with some petit point roses embroidered on the collar around 1960.

I didn't know you had this site but looked on line to try to find some of the answers. Do you get the puzzle on Saturday night and stay up all night figuring it out and writing your articles? This is the hardest puzzle I have ever tried. I can usually do the easy "commuter puzzle" my newspaper runs daily in about 25 minutes.

Thank you for putting your words on line. It was a great help.

Crockett1947 said...

Hi Sharon! Come back often and visit us. We have quite a crew here!

Jazzbumpa said...

Oooops. I my eagerness to share, I missed "Down the Aisle."

Tsk, tsk.

That video has had over 6.7 million views. What are the chances we'd link to it on the same day?

Cheers!

JzB the redundant trombonist

MJ said...

Good morning, CC and all!

I figured out why I was getting a different puzzle in the newspaper for Sunday than you all were doing. Evidently, there are at least two LA Times Crosswords! The URL's are almost exactly the same, but the one that comes up from the link on this blog site ends in "=tmcal". The one on the LA Times web site ends in "=lacal".

CC--Thanks for a great job, as usual, in your commentary. You are amazing! Thanks for the 15D RIP link. Gave me quite a chuckle! Also, OPTIMUM is a noun. An adjective form would be OPTIMAL. Also thanks for the IPANA commercial. I can remember those commercials, and asking my mother to buy some. However, she swore by Crest then (still does), so my sister and I never got to try Ipana.

Hahtool--Great quotes for the birthday bunch today! Thanks!

MJ said...

Oops! It's afternoon, even here on the West coast.

Sending a photo of my 88 year-old mother. A friend took this photo the day of my son's wedding last fall. We were asked to arrive about two hours early. It was an outdoor wedding, and the wind was blowing really hard, and it wasn't fun being outside. So I found a crossword in my purse (always have extras, since I don't get them all finished when I'm working a lot), found a cozy corner for her indoors, and went off to play "Mother of the Groom" until it was almost time for the procession and ceremony. Incidently, Mom usually fills in with ink, but all I had was a pencil!

Good afternoon, all!

WM said...

MJ...what a great photo...and such a concentrated look.

Sharon...Welcome. Please stay and join in the fun.

#2

Chickie said...

Hello All--Started and ended the puzzle with lots and lots of red letter help. There were so many unknowns for me that even after filling in a lot of the letters correctly, I couldn't finish some of the answers.

Thank you C.C. ,once again, for your expertise. The Sunday puzzle isn't printed in my paper, but on line is the only way I could have finished this one.

Money pile and Sop were totally obscure to me. But I am old enought to remember when Shirley Temple married (then divorced) John Agar. He was the current heart throb for all of us movie going teenagers at the time.

Who can tell me why Exquisite Gem is clued for Bijou? Is it because Bijou was the name for many art-deco theaters? I'm stumped.

Have a great rest of the day. I will be peeling apples for our dryer. I made jam yesterday and the plums are making my kitchen smell like a cannery. I love the fruit, jam and dried apples in the winter, but my summer is way too busy!

Hahtool said...

@Chickie:

I knew Bijou, because is a perfume with that name. The name was rather curious to me when I first heard it, so I looked it up. For some obscure, the meaning stuck with me. Bijou means a small, dainty ornament, or something that is highly valued.

eddyB said...

Hi, Plenty of time before the race so here is #2. The trash can is still on #1. ?? So any one can erase it, right?
More info that you probably don't want or need.
The Steelers train on the campus of St. Vincent College. (Founded be The O.S.B The best known O.B.C. campus is probably St. John's in Minnapolis)
Anyway, St. Vincent's is nestled in the Laurel Highlands which is cool in August and the campus is neally empty.
Latrobe is also the home of Rolling Rock beer. It was introduced in 1939 - the year I was born. It is known for its clear, crisp taste and the little green 7 oz bottles. Ask for a "pony".
Looks like the Alabams and the Penns have the same problem with state controlled alcol. sales.
Giant Eagle, a food chain, wants to sell beer. The LCB wants them to have an enclosed area with waitress served tables. This is very funny to me when I can walk into a store or drug store and buy what I want. People in Erie have to make the hard decision whether to drive over the border to Ohio or NY for what they want.
Time for the race. Bye.

eddyB

eddyB said...

#3
Know it seems that I can't get rid of the trash can. ???

eddeyB

Argyle said...

Who can tell me why Exquisite Gem is clued for Bijou?

Bijou is something small, delicate, and exquisitely wrought. That is the meaning and it comes from French.

I did know that but I didn't know AXES is the plural of axis. I pictured a chart with little hatchets on it.

Argyle said...

Those are your very own trash cans; we can't see them.

Warren said...

Hi C.C. and gang, a tough puzzle but we managed to get most of it done without cheating too much...

For @eddyB? Re: trashcan? You only see your trashcan if you are logged in to the blog, otherwise you won't see it. Does that make sense?

;-)

WM said...

Argyle...thank you for having the same mental image of a chart with axes...LOL I was totally stumped even when I filled in graphs until I wrote it out here...then D'oh.

Very frustrated at the moment...I had to walk away from the current painting for over a week to meet other commitments and now I can't remember what I wanted to do with it...Jeannie's daisies may get painted sooner than I originally planned. Bleh :oP

Bijou is also often used to describe a very tiny room in a hotel, inn or B&B...they will tell you it is a lovely little room...very Bijou...that usually means the bathroom is down the hall or down the stairs and you can probably touch opposing walls while standing on the bed which is most likey the only way you can move around the room...if you have more than one teeny suitcase, you will have to park it in the hall.

#3

Clear Ayes said...

Eddyb, the trashcan that appears at the end of each of your posts means that only you can delete that post. No one else can see your trashcan(s), or can delete your post(s), except for the blog administrator(s).

Chickie, I think the theaters named The Bijou were named after the gem, rather than the other way round. Of course, a lot of theater owners probably just thought it sounded classy. I don't know about small and exquisite though, the last Bijou theater I attended had gum stuck to the bottom of the seats.

WM, GAH and I stayed at one of those "bijou" type hotels the last time we were in London. Our room did have an adjoining bathroom, but there was barely enough room to climb out of the bed to get there. In its favor, it had a new installed lift (elevator), so we didn't have to tote our luggage to the third floor...we had learned our lesson on previous trips. No such luck in Paris. I think the French think elevators in those little hotels are an unnecessary affectation.

Hahtool, I loved your Mom's WOW.

Anonymous said...

Just checking in to say hi. Did the puzzle earlier. Lets just say that I stunk it up pretty good this morning.

EddyB, thanks for the interesting info on St. Vincent's. I am surprised you are familiar with St. John's in Collegeville. We would love to send our son there (I think he would love to go also, but the price tag is pretty steep - he needs a little maturity yet to get there). The Benedictine tradition is amazing, and the presence of the monks makes it a very special place indeed. The priest who married us lives there now and was an incredible inspiration. Interesting to know about another O.S.B. school. Would love to visit that someday.

Anonymous said...

Hahtool, did you see the piece on Peacocks this morning on the Sunday morning show?

MJ, sweet picture of your mother. Both my mother and mother-in-law and I do xwords together and have such fun. It is always better when there are two in my opinion.

Argyle, love that G&T avatar - one of my personal favorites.

Sharon, welcome and come back again and again. I stumbled on this site when g-spotting an answer a while back. It makes doing the xword so much more fun.

embien said...

34:20 today. Lots of distracting activities for me today, so I finished the puzzle really late (even for me).

I thought the theme was just "so-so", though it actually did help in a place or two. The hardest part of the puzzle for me was in the NAHUATL area as I filled in HAIFA for the Israeli port, then changed it to JAFFA (I think that is Tel Aviv's port, but not certain). It was a long slog before EILAT appeared. I always think of that as a resort city and not a port. I also couldn't remember the manufacturer of Marlboro cigarettes, though I know I smoked them occasionally 50 years ago.

Is ARTSONG s specific Schubert composition or is that a generic term? I was totally confused by that.

WM said...

This one is for C.C. The avatar is a petit point that I did a while back...I stuck some keys with it so you can see how tight the canvas mesh is...usually silk, or in this case, wool yarn comes in 6 strands that you have to separate into either 2 or 3 strands for the actual work. I have one I am working on that uses both 2 and 3 strand but alternates...definitely has to be done in good light. I bought the canvas with a pre-printed design in a small shop near Notre Dame called la Boucherie. My friend and I have a great time time visiting with the owner...Madame has family in the U.S. so her English is way better than our French.

CA...we stayed in a place in the Lake Country and my mom got the Bijou room...she thought it very quaint(I think it used to be an attic storage area)...but it did have a teensy sink and weensy loo. As it was a family home there was no lift! :o)

#4

maria said...

Good afternoon, c.c. and all - i had a busy morning, took Lola to the park at 08:00 hrs.(my neighbor's dog) then spinning at 10:00 , breakfast at Paneras at 11:00 with my two other neighbors, and then they wanted to go walking in the park, whew !
Good thing i've got my MBT sneakers or i could not have gone.
I did badly again, 2D. B.C. i took it for Before Christ !
and 20A. Allege for maintain ? New to me.

Googling, and lots red letter help, it got finished.

WM, thanks for Bijou.
And you did it again! I go away for awhile and you change your Avatar this time, you always keep me guessing, ha ha. But i like it, is that Ilse from Casablanca? Or that wouldn't be a self portrait, would it ?!
I took a peek at your collection of paintings, WOW , beautiful !

Hatool, welcome, nice Avatar.
It's hard to believe in this day and age , in Alabama . . .they probably banned the circulation of Je t'ame a record by Jane Birkin, as well then , hee-hee .

Danabw, welcome, curious, your Avatar, looks like a dog or a cat's paw, is that so ? I am a bit Myopic or the reverse, dunno which .

JoJo , welcome, we are kind of neighbors, i'm in Sans Souci.

Another gray day today, not much rain but plenty of thunder.

Ciao for now.

Anonymous said...

Well, my weekend with my "other half" okay, "mirror half" came to an end way too quickly. For the first time since LGJ has been gone I really didn't miss him all that much. We intended to tear up Minneapolis last night but instead ended up concocting various blender drinks and "chewing the fat". Tashajo is a breath of fresh air to me and puts a perspective on things. Yep one of those drinks included what else? Zucchini!!! I have a new one that included chocolate chips, zucchini, and rum.

Elissa, I made the fratatta this, okay...noon for brunch and she loved it...

Chickie...I "tweaked" your bread recipe to include some chocolate chips...nummy.

Dennis, are you back from your weekend retreat? If so, are you okay?

Lois, how did the bachelorette party go? I trust you guys tore up VAbeach and set a new standard.

windhover said...

Tarrajo:
zuchini and rum? I have always defended you before, but that's just plain wrong. Vegetables and fine spirits should never touch each other except in one's stomach. :-)
I'm sure Dennis will back me up
on this one. But I am glad to hear that you and Tashajo
had a good time.

danabw said...

Maria-My avatar is the back paw of one of my cats. His name is Jasper and weighs 18 lbs. My other cat is Neko and he is around 22 lbs. Little Sophie is a mere 8 lbs.

I have never heard of Je t'ame so I just watched the video on YouTube. I don't know French so I had to google the lyrics. If our legislature could find a way to ban me from reading or listening to that again I'm sure they would!

Interesting that Gainsbourg wrote the song for his then girlfriend, Brigitte Bardot. She refused to allow him to release their recording since she was married to someone else at the time.

It was later that year when he met, and fell in love with, Jane Birkin and the song was re-recorded.

I wonder how Jane felt singing the song that he wrote for another woman AND how did Brigitte feel when she heard another woman sing the song written for her?!

Anonymous said...

Windhover, let me say that I have zucchini coming out of my nether regions, and we were somewhat intoxicated. I took out the blender and it was Tasha's idea...Hey it worked whatever we blended. It was late in the evening and that's all I am saying about that. Okay...one more...Tasha had her own bed and ended up sleeping with me...Down boys, as we shared a bed for almost 15 years.

Jeannie said...

Tarrajo, it sounds like you had a great time with your sis. I just wanted to share a recipe, really a vairiation of my au gratin and your fried zucchine recipes It is really quite tasty.

Recipe: cut the zucchini on a bias in about 1/3" in strips; soak in egg, and then roll in Italian seasoned bread crumbs. Brown some Italian sausage, and drain off the fat. Julienne a bundle of basil, about 8 leaves bundled and rolled like a cigar. Put a little olive oil on the bottom of your baking dish and place the coated zucchini in layers with After you have a layer of breaded zucchini, sprinkle some basil, sausage, parm cheese and repeat layers....bake at about 375 degrees until somewhat crispy and at the very end add some mozz cheese or sliced provolone. It's phenomenal. No marinara needed as it is really quite tasty.

Tomorrow I go in to have the nasty cyst aspirated. I thank God it was nothing more than that but am still not looking forward to the procedure. The biopsy hurt enough...

Chickie said...

Thank you CA, Hatool and Argyle for the enlightenment on Bijou.

WM: We had one of those rooms in Paris (no lift, either). But it was called a "Bijouette". We had to stand on the bed in order to open the teensy bathroom door, and the shower curtain went around the shower head and the loo!

Sharon: Stay with us. The more the merrier, and we are a merry group.

Tassajo: I was going to ask you how the Chocolate chip zucchini bread turned out that you took to the office. I really like the Chocolate zucchini cake, so thought the addition of chocolate chips to the bread recipe would be a good thing. Did you add anything else besides the Choc. chips?

I'm glad you had such a great weekend. My sister moved about 3 hours away after living only 1 1/2 miles away for most of 40 years and I miss her dearly.

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Jazzbumpa said...

Embien -
Schubert wrote a lot of songs (Lieder in German.) Art song is a generic category for them. A def. on Google is "A serious vocal composition, generally for voice and Piano. Denotes a self-contained work, as opposed to an aria."

Not necessarily piano, though. Can also be orchestra. Copeland wrote a few in English.

windhover, re: Vegetables and fine spirits should never touch each other except in one's stomach. My friend, you are forgetting about the Martini. What woulod it be without two gigantic pimiento stuffed olives?

Hmmm. Three posts, and I never even looked at the puzzle. Did fire off a nastygram to a columnist, though.

Cheers! (a martini helps)

joe said...

Latrobe,PA is where 'Rolling Rock' beer is brewed.

Can someone tell me how to find the puzzle online?

Anonymous said...

Chickie, I basically followed your recipe and cut the nuts in half (sorry guys) and added about a half a cup of chocolate chips. It was fabulous. I know what you are going through regarding your sis moving away. Tashajo is so much a part of me that I miss her dreadfully when she is attending to her own life. It truly was a treat for her to come down and visit me when LGJ is away. We talk on the phone most everyday, but it's not the same as when the "terrible two" are together.

Jeannie, thank you for the variation of the recipe, it sounds yummie, and something I can probably pawn off on LGJ. Also, I hope your procedure goes well tomorrow. My thoughts will be with you.

WM said...

Jeannie...good luck with the proceedure, been there, done that...just take of yourself.

Maria..thank you for the kudos...and the avatar for now is an Andy Warhol...and you could be correct on the Ingrid Bergman image, sure looks like her.

Joe...re: printing the puzzle...if you look on the puzzle blog page there is a column on the right where you can link to puzzles...the Cruciverb is available in the archive(go figure) after 7pm PST but you need to download AcrossLite...Crockett or Embien or Argyle can assist there...otherwise after 11pm PST you print the puzzle from the LA Times site. Both can also be worked online but as I like hard copy, the others will have to fill you in on online solving...personally drives me nuts...but I lean that way a bit already. ;o) Please join us.

That's #5 for me...cheers.

Thomas said...

Jeannie, best of luck inre: your procedure!

Tarrajo, maybe a zucchini and takillya margarita?? What would you put on the rim of the glass, salt or sugar? Hmmm... Amazing what you can come up with when alcohol is involved. My best (worst) was takillya and Tang. Shudder at the memory...

Joe said...

Thank you WM. I found the puzzle. is it normally so small.

I wanted gepetto for whale guy but it didn't fit. ha ha.
I didn't finish it because I lost all my work when I surfed and went back it was blank and I had to start all over. I couldn't deal with that. But I do thank you for your help.

joe

Argyle said...

11D: Digital food addictive code used in Europe: E NUMBER. No idea. E stands for Europe.

Extra letter in there. It should be 'additive'

Coding of food additives
The food additive coding system was developed by the European Community (EC). The European food additive code numbers are prefixed by 'E' (e.g. E223). These E-numbers indicate the food additives that are approved for use in Europe.

Countries outside Europe use the numbers but do not add the E prefix. For example, acetic acid is written as E260 on food products sold in Europe, but it is known as additive 260 in Australia. Additive 103, alkanet, is approved for use in Australia and New Zealand, but is not approved for use in Europe and so does not have an E number.

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