Sep 11, 2009

Friday September 11, 2009 Dan Naddor

Theme: TWO FOR ONE (61A: Restaurant special, and a hint to this puzzle's theme) - synonym of "one" in a common phrase is replaced with synonym of "two".

18A: Not quite Barcelona's best?: NUMERO DOS. Numeros Uno, Spanish for "number one". Uno is replaced with DOS, Spanish (Barcelona) for "two".

24A: Four-handed piano piece by a French emperor?: NAPOLEON DUET. Napoleon Solo is a fictional character from "The man from U.N.C.L.E.". Unknown to me. Solo is replaced with DUET. French emperor = NAPOLEON. The piano DUET is also known as "piano four hands". Two pianists (four hands) play on the same keyboard.

37A: Movie gigolo Bigalow struggling with debt?: DEUCE IN THE HOLE. Ace in the Hole, a hidden advantage. Ace is replaced with DEUCE. Movie: "DEUCE Bigalow, Male Gigolo".

52A: Multitasking, but just barely?: DOUBLE-MINDED. Single-minded, determined/resolute. Single is replaced with DOUBLE. I just can't multitask.

Another creative puzzle from Dan Naddor. Another special 16*15 grid. The additional column is added to accommodate the even-numbered central theme entry DEUCE IN THE HOLE.

Today's Dan Naddor Index (total non-theme entries with 6 or more letters) is 28. Very high!

Besides NAPOLEON DUET, there are a few other music/opera references:

20A: La Scala highlight: ARIA. La Scala is an opera house in Milan.

33A: Conductor Toscanini: ARTURO. He was once the principal conductor of La Scala.

57A: "The Three Tenors" tenor with Jose and Plácido: LUCIANO. Plácido Domingo, José Carreras & LUCIANO Pavarotti are "The Three Tenors". They popularized the opera for the general public.

65A: "Swan Lake" heroine: ODETTE . No idea. She is the princess who's turned into a swan by an evil sorcerer. "Swan Lake" is a classical ballet.

19D: Key in which "Chopsticks" is usually played: C MAJOR. I've never heard of "Chopsticks", it's a simple, extremely well-known waltz for the piano, according to Wikipedia.

I just loved the upper left and lower right corner. Five out of those six long entries were gimmes. Still had to cheat though. Maybe I will finish one Dan Naddor puzzle before German pulls out of Afghanistan.


1A: Hardly emulated the 16-Across: SLEPT LATE. And 16A: Proverbial worm catcher: EARLY BIRD. Nice cross-reference. Nice placements as well.

10A: Skeleton's place?: CLOSET. Idiom: A skeleton in the CLOSET. Dark secret.

17A: Fountain treat: MALTED

19A: Ovoid tree nuts: ACORNS. Filled in PECANS.

21A: Swear falsely, with "oneself": PERJURE. Bet it's a gimme for Scooter Libby/Martha Stewart.

23A: Olympic perfection: TEN. Perfect!

29A: Chic: ELEGANT. Jerome observed last time that Chic is an anagram of "Hi, C.C.".

31A: Support provider?: BRA. You should always hand-wash your BRA.

32A: Wrong thing to do: SIN. Then ATONES (50D: Make amends).

36A: Impudent: PERT

42A: R.E. Lee, e.g.: GENL (General). GEN is a more common abbreviation. And CADETS (67A: Future officers).

44A: Batting sta.: AVG. Batting Average. Ichiro trails Joe Mauer slightly on AL Batting Average leaderboard now. Strangely, they both love rap music.

45A: Sch. with a Phoenix campus: ASU (Arizona State University). The Sun Devils. Their main campus is at Tempe.

56A: Versatile vehicle, for short: UTE. Sport-UTE. SUV.

59A: Not strict about, as crime: SOFT ON. All crimes should be punished sufficiently and immediately.

66A: Delicate spring roll wrapping: RICE PAPER. Gimme. It's made of rice flour. I really like Vietnamese spring rolls. Chinese egg rolls use wheat wrappers.

68A: How references may be available, in a resumé: ON REQUEST. Pas de problèm!


1D: It has 100 seats: SENATE. Senator Kennedy's seat may remain empty for many months.

2D: Hardy partner: LAUREL. LAUREL and Hardy. The comedy team.

3D: Fur source: ERMINE. Wow, he has such a long body.

4D: Arraignment response: PLEA

5D: Norse war god: TYR (Teer). The one-handed Norse god from whom we got Tuesday. Norse thunder god is THOR. Both sons of Odin.

6D: Debt-heavy corp. deal: LBO (Leveraged Buyout). An maneuver often incurs debt.

8D: Prefix with sphere: TROPO. Troposphere, the lowest layer of the atmosphere. New to me. TROPO is prefix for "turn/change".

9D: Car bomb?: EDSEL. The Ford flop. My mind just wandered off to Iraq where car bomb happens so often.

11D: Gap: LACUNA (luh-KYOO-nuh). Missing part in a manuscript/logical argument. New word to me.

12D: Opening hymn words: O LORD

13D: Coffeecake topping: STREUSEL. Same root as Strew. Literally "sprinkling" in German. I've never had coffeecake.

14D: Darkening time in verse: E'EN. Evening, poetically. I miss Dusk Til Dawn bar (Hongkong) occasionally. Wild time.

15D: NFL scores: TDS

22D: Yank's foe: REB (Rebel)

24D: Dealer's adversary: NARC. Drug dealer. I was picturing poker dealer. Do you like Kevin Spacey's "21"?

25D: Start a pot: ANTE. OK, poker now.

26D: Spitting sound, in comics: PTUI. Look, he is back!

27D: Cork's home: EIRE. Cork is a county in Ireland.

28D: "We know drama" station: TNT. Plenty of "Law & Order" reruns.

30D: Franks' conquest: GAUL. Got the answer, though I had no idea that Franks refer to those "ancient Germanic peoples dwelling in the regions of the Rhine, one division of whom, the Salians, conquered GAUL about a.d. 500, founded an extensive kingdom, and gave origin to the name France". So, France was called GAUL before a.d. 500?

34D: ER personnel: RNS (Registered Nurses)

35D: Giant among Giants: OTT (Mel). Hall of Famer. Nice clue.

37D: "Whip it" band: DEVO. Ah, now I remember those red hats.

38D: Inundated: ENGULFED

39D: Tennis great Lew who won three of the four majors in 1956: HOAD. His name escaped me. Aussie.

40D: Lackawanna's lake: ERIE. Easy guess. Have never heard of Lackawanna, a city in W New York, on Lake ERIE, near Buffalo.

41D: Stampeding group: HERD. Was surprised to find out that the #1 meaning of stampede is "a sudden, frenzied rush or headlong flight of a HERD of frightened animals, esp. cattle or horses". I was picturing the horrible Hajj stampede.

42D: Zooks lead-in?: GAD. Stumper. I actually went in one Gadzooks store one day out of pure curiosity. Dark stuff.

45D: "Little Women" author: ALCOTT. Louisa May ALCOTT.

46D: Fishing nets: SEINES. Here is a good image.

49D: One in an international septet: EUROPE. One of the seven continents. Named after Europa, a Phoenician princess abducted to Crete by Zeus. Zeus is such a amoral/immoral guy.

51D: Shirk one's duty, in a big way: DESERT. Coward.

53D: Seat of Montana's Silver Bow County: BUTTE. No idea. See the map. It's southwest of Helena. Wikipedia says Evel Knievel was born here. Maybe Doug Peterson too.

54D: Foreword, briefly: INTRO. And the closing section is called EPILOG.

55D: Like a choice between evils: NO-WIN

59D: SPCA part: Abbr.: SOC

60D: Harem room: ODA. Turkish for room.

62D: Elec. text-reading method: OCR (Optical Character Recognition). Argyle's printer has such function,

64D: N-R connectors: OPQ. Alphabet.

Answer grid.

Picture of the Day: Here is great photo of our fellow LAT solver Bill G and his family. Bill is the one wearing sunglasses. His puzzle column (mostly math) "Mind Games" appears in the local newspaper "The Beach Reporter" every other Thursday. Bill and his wife Barbara (in blue jacket) are retired teachers. His daughter Bonnie (blond hair, holding her son Jordan) teaches third grade in nearby Redondo Beach. Bill's oldest son Tim is on the left side. And Dan, Bill's middle son, is on the right. Dan's kids, Felix and Scarlet, round out the motley crew.



Dennis said...

Good morning, C.C. and gang - I enjoyed this puzzle. Easier than normal for a Friday, but still challenging. Had to have perpassists for a few, plus I learned a new word.

Needed help for the 'Swan Lake heroine' and 'Franks' conquest' answers, and this was the first I've seen of 'lacuna'. Always good to see our old friend 'ptui' again, but not so great to see another alphabet run. I kinda got the general idea of the theme with the first theme asnwer, 'Numero dos', and that certainly helped with the rest of it. All in all, a fun puzzle, as we've come to expect from Dan Naddor.

C.C., got any good stories from the Dusk Til Dawn Bar? Ones you can tell, of course.

Today is Cheer Up the Lonely Day, but more importantly, it is, of course, the 8th anniversary of the events of 9/11/01. Hopefully, this country will never forget.

Today's Words of Wisdom: "We should treat all trivial things of life very seriously, and all the serious things of life with sincere and studied triviality." -- Oscar Wilde

Here's a couple funny marriage quotes:

- "A woman who takes her husband about with her everywhere is like a cat that goes on playing with a mouse long after she's killed it." -- Saki

- "You may marry the man of your dreams, but 14 years later you're married to a couch that burps." -- Roseanne

KittyB said...

Good morning, all. Dear Husband woke me early, so I started my day with Dan Naddor before 5:00 a.m. Great puzzle. I started from the NW corner and the “twos” made their appearance early, so the theme wasn’t difficult to suss out.

I’ve really enjoyed seeing the blogger’s pictures over the past month. Dennis, have you posted one?

C.C., your interviews have been fascinating, as always.

Foggy in the Chicago area this morning, but we’re hoping for 80 and sunny today. I hope you all have a good day.

Dennis said...

Kitty, for the sake of everyone's breakfast, no.

KittyB said...

Gallia est omnis divisa in partes tres.

C.C., one of the early lessons in high school Latin is "All Gaul is divided into three parts," which I believe is attributed to Julius Caesar.

And one further bit of information, did you know that the average life of a bra is supposed to be THREE MONTHS!?

Hahtoolah said...

Morning, All! I groaned when I saw the long first word, but after reading the clue, and jumping down to 16A, which I knew, I felt better. This actually turned out to be a fairly easy Friday puzzle for me. After getting DUET and DEUCE, I realized the theme.

Car Bomb / EDSEL (9D) was a gimme as Edsel is always the answer for a “bad” car, but the term “Car Bomb” made me a bit uncomfortable with all the car bomb violence in Iraq, and with today being 9/11.

Favorite clue: Skeleton’s place (10A): CLOSET

The September 11 attacks will forever be etched in our minds.

September 11 Birthdays:

1967 ~ Harry Connick, Jr., singer and actor. He’s from New Orleans.

1940 ~ Brian DePalma, film director known for suspense thrillers, such as “Carrie” and “The Untouchables.” I liked “Body Double.”

1885 ~ D.H. Lawrence (d. 1930), English of such books as “Women in Love” and “Lady Chatterley’s Lover.” Lots of schools ban his books.

1862 ~ O. Henry (d. 1910), pen name of William Sydney Porter. He wrote short stories with a surprise ending. He spent time in prison for embezzlement.

1816 ~ Carl Zeiss (d. 1888), German optician. Zeiss perfected the modern manufacturing of lenses, for cameras and microscopes.

QOD: The advantage of taking an instant dislike to somebody is that it saves time. ~ Spike Milligan.

Barry G. said...

Morning, all!

Pretty straightforward puzzle for me today with a very enjoyable theme. I loved the fact that it used multiple synonyms for "one" and "two" instead of just literally replacing "one" with "two" in every theme.

One minor snag occurred when I confidently put in STREUDEL for 13D and wondered why the heck DIN was clued as "Wrong thing to do." Fortunately, when I didn't get the expected "tada!" at the end I knew exactly where to look. All right, so there's no such thing as STREUDEL, and even the word I was thinking of (strudel) wouldn't actually go on top of a coffee cake. Just wait until a puzzle actually calls for STRUDEL as an answer and I confidently put in STRUSEL instead...

Carol2 said...

Good Morning to all,

We are having a monsoon in the Phila suburbs this am. Good time to stay in a do crosswords!

Have grown to love Dan Naddor's puzzles. His name no longer strikes terror in my heart. Had fun with this one - but it required googling. Had "Ba" for support provider and couldn't get bra (duh). Never heard of Lacuna for gap. Another stumper - seines for fishing nets? Had ATV instead of UTE and that messed up my lower right corner.

Hope everyone has a nice weekend!

Lemonade714 said...

I loved the Skeleton's place?: CLOSET, and had a hard time with UTE, thinking ATV, SUV, luckily the rest of the crosses were easy.

C.C., I thought everyone learned this Piano piece first Chopsticks .

Great quote, if you want to read the writing from Julius Caesar THREE PARTS .

Lemonade714 said...

PS loved the puzzle, and more grat Corner family pics. Where are our blondies? Minnesota okay?

lois said...

Good morning CC, et al., What a great puzzle and on Friday too! I didn't know 'lacuna' either and always thought (13Dthat 'streusel' was the coffeecake and not just the topping. Whatever. It worked.

Think it's hilarious that 'bra' is included in a puzzle w/a duo theme first of all and then to be close to O Lord, 'sin', 'pert', 'tnt'and near 'soft on'is just great. Oh just wait! There's more! I see that 6D and 7D together misspell Libido(Labido)which is 'engulfed' in (1A) staying in bed &
(16A)'getting up'. Also that
'plea' is aligned with 'TDs' is interesting (as in wanting to score) plus having 'acorns' cross 'lacuna' could indicate that these nuts are missing something. O lord, and then 'ten'(23A) under
'aria'(20A) just shows that when one gets a perfect score, it makes one want to sing like 'Luciano'. Well, out of the 'closet' and into church to 'atone' for one's 'sin' b/c this was only an 'intro' to the 'herd' of 'double minded' inferences I see. Great stuff, but I gotta go. Absolutely loved this puzzle! Great entertainment on many levels.

Having serious computer problems and will return when I can.

Enjoy this gorgeous day, finally.

kazie said...

Good morning all!
For once a Naddor that I didn't have to fight with. My one real hang-up was Deuce Bigalow, which I miss-remembered as Ace, so I was trying to fit BRACE in there for DEUCE. I had to g'spot DEVO, because I'd never heard of them (and now wish I hadn't after that link!), and instead of GAUL, was thinking of GOTH or some such. And I thought the abbreviation for general might be GENR.

I didn't know OCR or AVG either--wondered if the batting stat could be RBI--baseball is a foreign language to me. I only got BUTTE because it's the only place name in Montana I could think of.

Anyway, quite enjoyable compared to normal Fridays.

I got LACUNA because of a French word, lacune, which is used when you're trying to translate something from one language into another where no equivalent word exists. It makes you think of "lack one".

I didn't think PERT was a good match for impudent--I wanted RUDE at first.

Barry G,
If you remember that STREUSEL is pronounced "stroisel" that might help distinguish it from Strudel. Maybe?

kazie said...

I forgot to mention that Bill G's family looks very distinguished indeed!

Anonymous said...

37 Down Whip It Band Devo

I prefer this bands song better

The Dazz Band

some unknowns this AM

8 Down prefix with sphere I've never heard of Troposphere. Has anyone?

9 Down Car Bombs? I thought IED before Edsel.


Is rice paper used to make Crab Rangoon? I like eating those at a Chinese restaurant in my town.

Anonymous said...

Hello Kazie,

You might like Democrats link better. He picked a good jam to kick off the weekend.

Dennis I hope no one forgets 9/11/01 but I fear 100 years from now someone will change the story or deny it ever happened.

Just like now there are some holocaust deniers who claim that Hitler did not kill 6 million Jewish people. Mel Gibson's dad said "The only reason we beat the Germans was because they ran out of gas, it takes an hour and a gallon of gas.............."

Spitzboov said...

Fun puzzle. Was thrown a little by 19A which was clued as ovoid tree nut (singular) while answer was ACORNS (plural).

lois said...

Forgot: Bill G: great picture. Beautiful family.

Dennis: yeah, we'd like to 'see more of you' at any time of day.

Argyle said...

Hi there, Spitzboov, Welcome.

On line puzzle had the 's' on nuts but my paper was lacking it.

What I found unique was not a single 'partial fill' clue, if that's the right term.

Dennis said...

RSD, the troposphere is the lowest layer of our atmosphere.

Anon@9:22, there's always gonna be that 1%, no matter what the issue.

Spitzboov, welcome to the blog; any significance to your name?

Lois, another outstanding write-up! Oh, and be careful what you wish for...

Mainiac said...

Good Morning All,

Typical Friday butt kick for me thanks to Mr. Naddor although I did pretty well on the upper half but had problems down below. Napoleanduet fell only with much work on the fills. UTE killed me along with ODA, ODETTE and OCR. Oh the ohs!! Needed red letter help to finish. Very enjoyable though. Favorite clue was the Skeletons Place.

Our season opener is at ORONO playing their 5th and 6th graders. Kids are pumped so it should be fun.

Have a great day!

Dennis said...

BIllG., great family picture; what'd you guys teach?

Anonymous said...

Great challenge. It's amazing that I'm always ready to give up and then I finish it. I use this site to verify my answers.

Jazzbumpa said...

Hi Gang -

At first I thought I might have really SLEPT LATE, DESERTed Friday completely, and was looking at a Saturday puzzle. Took some time to suss the theme. Nice "AHA!" when it clicked.

Excellent, clever, and original theme. A virtuoso puzzle. You know it will be something special when it's 15x16.

Lois - you slay me with your DOUBLEMINDEDness!

As much as I detest PTUI and alphabet runs, I'll be SOFT ON a puzzle this ELEGANT in every other way. It is entitled to Navajo humilty mark NUMERO DOS.

Haven't played an jazz for a couple of months, but had a chance to jam last night with a bunch of guys who are WAAYYY better than I am. I played about as well as I'm ever going to. Company like that is inspirational, and can be intimidating, but they were all extremely accepting and encouraging. One of them is my favorite trombonist, among guys I've actually met. He lives in CA now and was back in town briefly. Quite a treat for me.

Full disclosure: I sat out Groovin' High and A Night In Tunisia. Know thy limits!

Bill - great pic - look at the faces on those guys - ACORNS don't fall far from the tree.

JzB the happy jamming trombonist

JimmyB said...

Another great Dan Naddor puzzle. Too many clever clues to mention. LACUNA and OCR were new to me.

Regarding Chickie's comment last night: that was indeed a remarkable "small world" experience, running into her at a San Jose State function. Talk about "six degrees of separation"; we only needed one! So funny finding out she's known my mother-in-law for years. And Chickie is as sweet and charming in person as I would have expected.

melissa bee said...

jimmyb, small world indeed .. i'm curious how you recognized chickie.

Warren said...

Hi C.C. & gang, we finished the top 1/2 before my wife left today. I used the online version to finish. I didn't get the theme until the very end either, oh well.

Here's a link to some information about OCR

My Hp Office Jet has a version of OCR but it doesn't work perfectly especially if you try to OCR scan in a recipe with partial amounts like 1/2 cup -- scan result comes back with something like '~' cup

Moon said...

Good Morning!
An enjoyable puzzle though I struggled a lot. The top half was ok, though LACUNA, STREUSEL are new words for me.
I hardly got anything at the bottom half...a few G spotting helped and then everything fell into place.
Ofcourse, this was Friday and its expected that I'd struggle. :)

The DH is back...I was concerned that it wouldnt be the same. But when we were sitting, drinking beer and watching the NFL season starter, it was like he never left :).

Lois, Loved your take on today's puzzle..made me laugh aloud.

Dennis, Loved the quotes on marriage.

Bill G, Beautiful family

WM, Belated anniversary wishes.

Have a great day, everyone.

eddyB said...

Good morning all,

I had all kind of trouble with this
puzzle. It is a good thing that the gods put erasers on the end of my pencil.

Are any of our local artists going to have a booth in Mt. View this weekend? I'll stop by and so hello.


MJ said...

Good morning, all.
What a pleasant surprise this puzzle turned out to be! With the triple stacked nine letter fills in the NW and SE, the grid looked extremely challenging. But the top half came easily, and although "people" answers are my weakness, this time I actually knew most of them. The only struggle was with 19A because, as others have pointed out, it was clued as singular in the newspaper, yet I already had the A and S and was certain of those answers. All in all, another excellent Dan Nador puzzle with a clever, well executed theme.

Dennis-good WoW and QODs. And hopefully not only this country, but the world, will never forget the events of 9/11/01.

BillG-Great looking family!

Hahtoolah said...

I wish I could say that I SLEPT LATE, but unfortunately, I always seem to awaken way too early. Thank goodness my paper has been delivered, so I can do the crossword in those early morning hours.

A Seine Net was used commercially to capture as many fish, and other things, as possible. They are illegal in many places because they also trap dolphins and turtles. I used to get a lot of cases where fishermen caught for using seine nets.

Kazie: Like you, I got BUTTE because that is about the only place I've heard of in Montana. (I know someone from Two Dot, which would have been appropriate for this puzzle, but that place has too many letters)

Lemonade: Thanks for the Caesar quote. My Latin, however, is non-existent, so can't read it.

Clear Ayes said...

Good Morning All, When I see Dan Naddor's name on a puzzle, I am learning to relax and enjoy the experience. (You too, Lois?)

There were fills I didn't know, among them, LBO, LACUNA, HOAD and BUTTE. But they were not enough to be frustrating and all were perpable.

I had trouble with 37A "Movie gigolo Bigalow..", although I loved the rhyming words. The only Bigalow I could think of was Billy Bigalow from "Carousel", even though he wasn't a gigolo. Perps to the rescue here too. The DEUCE Bigalow movies are among those I haven't seen.

I had to wait until DEUCE IN THE HOLE filled in to get the theme. I had totally forgotten about NAPOLEON Solo. I had even met pre-U.C.L.E. Robert Vaughn once at a wedding. I later watched the show and was much more enthused about the Russian spy, Illya Kuryakin played by David McCallum.

My Swedish grandma mixed up STREUSEL coffee cake just about every week. It wasn't considered anything fancy, just "a little something" to have with morning coffee.

Bill G. A happy family having a good time(except maybe for Jordan :o) together. It doesn't get better than that!

We will all spend a little time reflecting on this anniversary of 9-11 and what that date means, not only on an historical scale, but also to the individual people who were so tragically affected.

Anonymous said...

IMHO, the best puzzle of the week. A fun and clever theme, and it still solvable for me offline without help. Lacuna was a new word for me too, and the source of my one one-letter misentry. I'd written in "lacunO", using "brO" rather than "brA" for "support provider" D'oh!


Bill G. said...

Dennis asked: What'd you guys teach?

Barbara has taught Special Ed, regular fourth grade and ended up at the middle school level. I always taught middle school; some science but mostly math. I started out as an engineer, got laid off and switched to teaching. Getting laid off was stressful but worked out for the best. I was a mediocre engineer but a really good teacher (I thought). I enjoyed getting up and going to work. Of course, these days I enjoy not getting up and going to work.

JD said...

Good morning CC and all,

What an interesting looking puzzle today! Seeing Dan Naddor's name filled me with trepidation that I might not be able to finish, but no worries there.Last fill was the T in UTE.Loved the puzzle because it was so fair, although I did have a lot of WAGS (luciano, seines-loved your picture,CC).The NW corner were all gimmes, and the SE corner was like pulling teeth.I thought desert was going to be dessert (with 2 s's).Yesterday I had a dessert for 3..Dulce de Leche Caramel slice = 1090 calories! Yikes!

I laughed filling in Edsel. How can you get serious with bra in the same puzzle, and then CC telling us to wash them by hand.LOL! BTW, Lois, fun write up again.
CC, I prefer WM's use of purple in her art work.

Bill, 3 beautiful kids,3 beautiful grandchildren, and a beautiful wife. I bet Scarlett has you wrapped around her pretty little finger.

I can now see that repetition really helps.Ptui, and all of the 2 word fills would have been impossible a year ago.

Lemonade714 said...

My Latin is not what it used to be, but this is a directive from Julius to the senate explaining what he has learned about Gaul, it starts out describing Gaul is divided into three disting sections, with different custome, languages etc. the Belgians, the Aquitaine and the Celts. With everyone familiar with Julius as a conquering general it is interesting to see how comfortable he was with language.

Yes this was a really fun puzzle, with a very well designed theme, and being able to evoke an image of Rob Schneider as a gigolo and Julius Caeser in the same puzzle is wonderful. This is why Dan is one of our favorites.

treefrog said...

Brain was asleep this morning. Struggled with the theme. Once I came here and filled in that part the rest pretty well fell into place.

Kind of a bummed out day. Just found out my almost 10 year old granddaughter has a large kidney stone. (Hope that's all it is.) Waiting to find out what the urologist has to say. This is the family who lost a daughter to cancer 7 years ago.

Oops, need to go back and look at the pix. I forgot:}

Have a great weekend. Gonna' be hot here for the next 2 days.

kazie said...

At some stage of my 5 years of Latin, we had to read and translate all of Caesar's Gallic Wars(probably abbridged), Book IV. I noticed in the link that this was Book I. It is probably little known among non-Latin students that he was indeed very comfortable with writing. His sense of organization probably was a useful skill in battle strategies too. Obviously well educated and intelligent, and thus more successful than most in his conquering efforts.

Here's a coffee cake to die for--really moist. It requires sourdough starter, but if you are used to using that, this is a good way to keep depleting it:


2 C Herman (sourdough starter)
2 C flour
1 T cinnamon
½ tsp. baking soda
½ tsp. baking powder
1 C. sugar
2 eggs
2/3 C oil
(optional) nuts and raisins—I use about 1 ½ cups; someone suggested trying rhubarb instead for additional moisture, but I haven’t tried this yet.

Mix all the above at medium speed until well blended. Pour into a well greased 9 x 13 pan.


1 T flour
1 T cinnamon
1 C brown sugar
½ stick butter

Melt butter and add dry ingredients. Spread on top of cake and swirl down into the mix with a fork. Bake at 350 degrees for 40 minutes.

When cool, swirl frosting on top if desired, but it really doesn't need any.

WM said...

Good Morning...I was so surprised that I was channeling Dan Naddor last night...figured I was in for a struggle...Friday and Mr. Naddor...but I started right at the top and and just kept working down. Clever, clever, clever and fun! Loved the long fills and the only word I didn't know was LACUNA(seems like I've heard it somewhere but no clue as to the meaning). No worms for UTE finally, but hung myself up momentarily with AFRO for FROS and couldn't figure what word was
H--U...D'oh! Actually remembered ODETTE...and BTW, apparently Stalin(or Lenin) didn't like the ending of Swan Lake where Odette is killed by the prince and ordered the ending to be changed. It is, apparently, still performed in Russia that way today.

I do have to admit that even though I filled in all the theme answers, including TWO FOR ONE...I truly didn't see the replacement until I came here...big DUH and a head slap.

C.C. Thanks for the Springroll link...and now I'm hungry. I absolutely love Vietnamese spring rolls. Fortunately we have a lot of Vietnamese restaurants and Asian grocery stores in the I can either buy them or make them...serious yum!

JD...what did I miss?

Fun bit in the news last night...apparently in Wisconsin a baby boy was born on 09/09/09 at 9:09pm weighing in at 9 lbs 9oz(unless the nurse had her finger on the scale)...should we make note of him and see how his luck runs?

I think it is important to remember all the lives needlessly lost on this day but to also remember that whole story has yet to be told and that the people responsible for not acting on the information they were given and purposely ignored, have yet to be brought to justice for their crimes of, if nothing else, willful omission and a failure to act on that information.

And BillG...another great photo and hugely attractive family...what a great group.

Kazie, thanks for the recipe...Streusel coffee cake was always a quick put together dessert when the girls were little... I haven't made one for ages.

Lemonade714 said...

For all of our sweet ladies:

Adult Education Classes for Men

By Friday, September 18, 2009


Class 1
How To Fill Up The Ice Cube Trays--Step by Step, with Slide Presentation.
Meets 4 weeks, Monday and Wednesday for 2 hours beginning at 7:00 PM.
Class 2
The Toilet Paper Roll--Does It Change Itself? Round Table Discussion.
Meets 2 weeks, Saturday 12:00 for 2 hours.
Class 3
Is It Possible To Urinate Using The Technique Of Lifting The Seat and Avoiding The Floor, Walls and Nearby Bathtub?--Group Practice. Meets 4 weeks, Saturday 10:00 PM for 2 hours.
Cl ass 4
Fundamental Differences Between The Laundry Hamper and The Floor--Pictures and Explanatory Graphics. Meets Saturdays at 2:00 PM for 3 weeks.
Class 5
Dinner Dishes--Can They Levitate and Fly Into The Kitchen Sink?
Examples on Video. Meets 4 weeks, Tuesday and Thursday for 2 hours beginning at 7:00 PM
Class 6
Loss Of Identity--Losing The Remote To Your Significant Other. Help Line Support and Support Groups. Meets 4 Weeks, Friday and Sunday 7:00 PM
Class 7
Learning How To Find Things--Starting With Looking In The Right Places And Not Turning The House Upside Down While Screaming. Open Forum Monday at 8:00 PM, 2 hours.
Class 8
Health Watch--Bringing Her Flowers Is Not Harmful To Your Health. Graphics and Audio Tapes.
Three nights; Monday, Wednesday, Friday at 7:00 PM for 2 hours.
Class 9
Real Men Ask For Directions When Lost--Real Life Testimonials. Tuesdays at 6:00 PM Location to be determined
Class 10
Is It Genetically Impossible To Sit Quietly While She Parallel Parks? Driving Simulations.
4 weeks, Saturday's noon, 2 hours. Class 11
Learning to Live--Basic Differences Between Mother and Wife. Online Classes and role-playing
Tuesdays at 7:00 PM, location to be determined
Class 12
How to be the Ideal Shopping Companion Relaxation Exercises, Meditation and Breathing Techniques. Meets 4 weeks, Tuesday and Thursday for 2 hours beginning at 7:00 PM.
Class 13
How to Fight Cerebral Atrophy--Remembering Birthdays, Anniversaries and Other Important Dates and Calling When You're Going To Be Late. Cerebral Shock Therapy Sessions and Full Lobotomies Offered.Three nights; Monday, Wednesday, Friday at 7:00 PM for 2 hours.
Class 14
The Stove/Oven-- What It Is and How It Is Used.Live Demonstration.
Tuesdays at 6:00 PM, location to be determined.
Upon completion of any of the above courses, diplomas will be issued to the survivors.

Bill said...

WOW! WOW! WOW!!!!!!
5 weekdays, 5 crosswords finished. What is up. Some I didn't know were filled in with those I did. Again, WOW!! I haven't finished a Friday x word in months.
The bathroom is almost done. Needs sanding, painting, ceiling and floor covering. With any luck next week will finish it.
Only get a few hours each day what with all the other things going on in our lives. Seems like it's a never ending saga of drama around here.
Oh, well, tomorrow my sister is getting married and it's PARTY time.
CY'all Later

Al said...

@Lemonade, Whoa! That's way too many classes and too many new concepts to take in that short of a time period. Those need to be spread out over a couple semesters at least, and some of them need companion lab courses with assigned partners to run immediately after the lectures.

Chopsticks. If anyone watched that instructional video, note the two parallel finger technique. Kind of looks like me trying to eat in a Chinese restaurant; I have to keep trying over and over to pick something up.

Lacuna Coil (empty spiral) is one of my favorite bands, maybe because of Cristina Scabbia. The music's not for everyone, I'll bet.

And here's a pic to put Odette the swan into her natural environment.

Clear Ayes said...

Kazie may be familiar with Dorothea Mackellar, an Australian whose work is mostly from the early 20th century. The poem seems most appropriate today, in honor of the many heroes of September 11, 1961 who gave their lives so selflessly, so that others might live.


This life that we call our own
Is neither strong nor free;
A flame in the wind of death,
It trembles ceaselessly.

And this all we can do
To use our little light
Before, in the piercing wind,
It flickers into night:

To yield the heat of the flame,
To grudge not, but to give
Whatever we have of strength,
That one more flame may live.

- Dorothea Mackellar

kazie said...

Clear Ayes,
Thanks for the poem. Yes, I am very familiar with MacKellar. The following poem is about Oz, except the first stanza of course, but in many ways, could just as easily refer to the USA. It still puts a lump in my throat, after all these years.


THE love of field and coppice,
Of green and shaded lanes,
Of ordered woods and gardens
Is running in your veins;
Strong love of grey-blue distance,
Brown streams and soft, dim skies ---
I know but cannot share it,
My love lies otherwise.

I love a sunburnt country,
A land of sweeping plains,
Of ragged mountain ranges,
Of droughts and flooding rains.
I love her far horizons,
I love her jewel-sea,
Her beauty and her terror ----
The wide brown land for me!

The stark white ring-barked forests,
All tragic to the moon,
The sapphire-misted mountains,
The hot gold hush of noon.
Green tangle of the brushes,
Where lithe lianas coil,
And orchids deck the tree-tops
And ferns the warm dark soil.

Core of my heart, my country!
Her pitiless blue sky,
When sick at heart, around us,
We see the cattle die ----
But then the grey clouds gather,
And we can bless again
The drumming of an army,
The steady, soaking rain.

Core of my heart, my country!
Land of the Rainbow Gold,
For flood and fire and famine,
She pays us back threefold;
Over thirsty paddocks,
Watch, after many days,
The filmy veil of greenness
That thickens as we gaze.

An opal-hearted country,
A wilful, lavish land ----
All who have not loved her,
You will not understand ----
Though earth holds many splendors,
Wherever I may die,
I know to what brown country
My homing thoughts will fly.

Dorothea Mackellar

Andrea said...

Greeting all -

Just now getting around to the puzzle today. Very enjoyable, and much easier than I thought it would be when I started it.

Loved the Devo reference. Took me back to high school on the pom pom squad tp'ing football players houses for homecoming, singing "Whit it good" as we hurled the rolls into the trees. Fortunately, no callbacks to help get the tp out said trees...

CC, Dusk til Dawn bar looks interesting.

Someone mentioned Chocolate Zucchini Cake yesterday - here's a very tasty recipe. Makes alot - so great for sharing.

5 C flour
1/2 C cocoa
1 tsp baking powder
2 tsp baking soda
1 C butter
1 C packed brown sugar
2 1/2 C white sugar
2 eggs
1 C applesauce
1 C buttermilk (can sub plain yogurt)
2 tsp vanilla
4 C zucchini, unpeeled and grated

1 C chocolate chips
1/4 C white sugar
1/2 C chopped walnuts

Mix together first four dry ingredients. Set aside.

Mix butter and sugar until well beaten. Gently beat in eggs, applesauce and buttermilk. Stir in vanilla and zucchini. Fold in dry ingredients and mix well.

Pour into greased and floured 10x13 jelly roll pan AND 8x8 square pan, OR 3-4 loaf pans. (Half recipe works in 13x9).

Top with chocolate chips, sugar and nuts.

Bake at 350 for 45 minutes.


C.C. Burnikel said...

You'd love Dusk Til Dawn.

Crab Rangoon use wanton wrappers (wheat), not RICE PAPER.

Hope everything turns out fine with your granddaughter.

Kittyb & Lois & Bill,
Welcome back!

Anonymous said...

Hi C.C and all,
Dropping in to say what fun it is looking at all the pictures.
Such a handsome lot these bloggers are!!
Have been super busy of late, not getting to all the c/words done.

Today is my sister's birthday as well, only thing is she gets chemo for a present. So far it has been keeping her in remission and that is a good thing.

Have a good weekend everyone ,

embien said...

8:01 today. Easiest Friday in recent memory. I solve "downs first" so it wasn't until I got to 18a: Not quite Barcelona's best? that I got the theme (there were enough letters from the downs to make that easy to fill in). I then did all the other theme answers without pausing, as the theme was obvious and the fill was pretty easy.

OCR was a gimme for me because I used to work for a company that sold fancy OCR scanners (based on Kodak equipment). You'd think it might be easy to scan text, but most of what we did was hand-written, and that is extremely difficult and involves serious computer computation.

Clear Ayes said...

Where the heck did I get September 11, 1961 from? I'm sure something important happened on that date, but whatever it was wasn't what I was referring to when I posted Dorothea Mackellar's poem. Of course I meant 2001.

Anonymous said...

Well that was a serious puzzle for me. All those E's and U's and keeping straight which goes where. For some reason I cannot deep that rule in my head very well. LACUNA and HOAD were complete unknowns. Didn't remember ODETTE, had ATV vs. UTE. It was a semi-mess but most of it straightened out in the end. Was a very nice theme though, which I also only half got (or was that twice got?).

What a super duper picture of your family BillG. Very nice indeed, and the backdrop looks lovely too. I have been to Manhattan Beach and it is lovely and eclectic as well.

My mother makes a mean homemade coffee cake with an outstanding streusel. We still beg her to make it and she brings it over regularly. My kids will eat all the streusel and leave the cake sometimes - little devils that they are.

Treefrog, hope your granddaughter is okay. Those can be so painful I hear.

Geri, your sister will be in my thoughts on her birthday. I am sure it is bittersweet.

Chickie said...

Hello All--Just a quick entry today. All the college kids are off to San Francisco and will be there until late late tonight. It was early this morning when they got in. Our Bed and Breakfast is really perking along.

I finished the puzzle with help from Google today. As names are my weakness, the "Whip It" band and Tennis great Lew had to be looked up. But a really fun puzzle non-the-less. I had the SE corner done but didn't get the meaning of the theme , until I realized that two forone was three words! Duh! I'm sleep deprived!

I also had to look up "lacuno" and found it was "lacuna", therefore bro, was bra. Another Duh moment today. Lacuna was my new word for the day.

Bill G., a wonderful family picture.

Kazie and CA thank you for the two lovely poems today. I'll have to look up some more of Dorthea Mackellar's work.

Anonymous said...

Clear Ayes,

Maybe you were thinking of Hurricane Carla. September 9-12, 1961

Hurricane Carla


Bill G. said...

KQ said: What a super duper picture of your family Bill G. Very nice indeed, and the backdrop looks lovely too. I have been to Manhattan Beach and it is lovely and eclectic as well.

Thank you and everybody else for the nice comments about the photo. It was taken in a funky little Manhattan Beach restaurant called Sloopy's.

About an hour ago, I heard the double sonic boom of the space shuttle flying over in its return to Edward's Air Force Base. (It always startles me even though I know it's coming.) I turned on ABC and watched the landing. Very cool!

Al said...

Trying not to post a spoiler, but I think the cruciverb solution for Saturday is wrong at the intersection of 5A and 9D. The letter it wants does not make sense with the clues and a different letter makes much more sense there. Anyone else do it yet?

Dennis said...

Al, yes, and I believe it's correct. Since I can't email you, if you want to email me, I'll explain.

Anonymous said...

Hey, Tarrajo here. Just a quick note to set your minds at ease after Jeannie's post last night. Yep, the absent father found the site as I keep in contact with his sister in Chicago via e-mail and I knew she enjoyed crossword puzzles. I got an e-mail via her address from him stating what he did and it did kind of give me a scare. Seeing how I haven't been able to find the creep for any kind of support, I told him/her it was great to know where he is staying and that the county would be in contact shortly for some monetary help. Not a peep since, so all is well that ends well. BTW, neither know my address or phone number.

Brady is doing well in school (it helps he has Sierra in his class this year), it's kind of cute actually to watch that interaction.

He is the starting running back on his football team and so far has scored 2 touchdowns in two games. Tomorrow we attack the acorn squash as I made the same mistake planting them as I did the zucchini. Any suggestions there?

C.C. Burnikel said...

Al et al,
Yes, Rich Norris has alerted me the error. The result of last-minute changes requested by Tribune again. I have the corrected Across Lite file, and will make it available once I solve the puzzle myself.

Clear Ayes said...

Al,It looks like an error to me too. It is pretty easy to spot, so I don't think it will cause a problem for other solvers. I'm interested in Dennis' explanation of why it is correct, but I'll wait until tomorrow morning.

Gravy, Yeah, that's the ticket. It must have been Hurricane Carla I was thinking of.

Tarrajo, we are thinking of you and wishing you well.

Have a good evening everyone.

Dennis said...

The difference is that I printed it out, then did it, so I wouldn't see the erroneous 'happy pencil' message. What you think is correct, is correct; the 'happy pencil' message is wrong.

Clear Ayes said...

Dennis, I should have known. You have often said that you are paper and pen guy. We should know better than to trust a lousy happy pencil!

Jeannie said...

I just took the time to burn a few brain cells I had remaining to try to complete the first puzzle in a long while after a couple of "adult beverages". I did pretty well I have to admit even though I had to hit the g-spot a couple of times.

Dennis, loved your quote from Saki...there are just some things husbands and wives need to do seperately.

Lemonade, my counselor your post on the Adult Learning Center classes had me laugh out loud. I know someone sent me one for women, but I couldn't find it in my archives.

Tarrajo, sorry that I made a mountain out of a mole hill and that should have been something you shared on the blog.

Lois, hope your school year is going well with your new principal. Your blog today had me smiling. Haven't done that much lately.

WM, still looking for my DAISIES...

kazie said...

I was wondering about that 1961 date too. Just figured your wires got crossed somewhere. The symbolism in the poem you linked was beautiful, but the reference to fire reminded me of the bushfires raging every year in Oz, now also in California, and thence the other poem where she brings in all the aweful contrasts of nature.

May your granddaughter be well again quickly. What an ordeal for a little girl!

And Geri,
We pray the chemo does its job for your sister. Cancer is a terrible disease, that too many have to suffer.

I'll be at a workshop all day tomorrow, so won't be looking at the puzzle until very late. I hope I have time to get to it before Sunday. Have a great weekend everyone!

C.C. Burnikel said...

Al et al,
Here is the correct answer grid. I can't figure out how to make a link of Rich's puz file. The clues are the same.

Jeannie said...

Kazie, I meant to thank you for the recipe earlier. What kind of workshop are you attending?

C.C. Burnikel said...

Al et al,
Rich just told me that LAT Online has confirmed that they made the correction. Good night, everyone.

Argyle said...

I hope this is a link to the Across Lite puzzle.


Argyle said...

Nope, didn't work. Back to the drawing board.

Al said...

@Argyle, I think you need to set the "sharewith" controls to public for us to get it without asking you one by one.

Argyle said...

Thanks, Al. I finally figured it out, the site wasn't very helpful.


Argyle said...

or maybe this one.


Al said...

@argyle Your last two links both worked for me, but the first made me click another button in a web page before I could get the file. The second one directly opened the file for me. Good job figuring it out.

Argyle said...

funny thing is... the first one works now, too.

Anonymous said...

Omnis gallia in Tres Partes Divisa est...

Caesars opening comment on his conquest of ancient Gaul; All Gaul is divided into three parts....

Note also Charles deGaulle translates as Charles the Gaul.

After the Fall of the Roman Empire, Gaul was ripe for conquest again, this time from Germanic peoples. While the vandals, goths, and visigoths moved on, the Burgundians and the Franks remained in Gaul, just as the Lombards remained in Northern Italy

C.C. Burnikel said...

Anonymous @7:02am,
Interesting information on GAUL. Thank you.