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Nov 26, 2009

Thursday November 26, 2009 Lila Cherry

Theme: Happy Turkey Day - A Thanksgiving Puzzle.

17A. Turkey: BIRD THAT GOBBLES. Or bird on your table today.

27A. Turkey: FRANK WAY TO TALK. Talk turkey.

48A. Turkey: THEATRICAL FLOP. Feared by some angels (financial backers).

63A. Turkey?: FRIDAY'S SANDWICH. A bit strained, no? Maybe that's the reason for the question mark.

Then we also have an exotic "Turkish currency" clue for LIRA (3D), which is often clued as old Italian bread/currency. Alas, no "three strikes in a row", the turkey my husband likes the most, too many letters (18).

Today's puzzle is by our editor Rich Norris. Lila Cherry is his alias name, anagram of "Really Rich". Thanks for the daily entertainment, Rich. And Happy Thanksgiving, everyone. Happy Feasting!

Across:

1. First name in folk: ARLO (Guthrie). He's in Woodstock, drunk and high.

5. Kick (out): DRUM. Did not come to me readily. Simple answer often stumps me.

9. Loathe: ABHOR

14. Judge's determination: BAIL. Can you clue NO BAIL the same way?

15. Moira's "Chaplin" role: OONA. Easy guess.

16. TV exec Arledge: ROONE. The ex-Chairman of ABC News.

20. Santa Anna siege site: ALAMO

21. Cooked: DONE. My special Jeannie's stuffing is done. Delicious! I added a small can of water chestnuts.

22. Closed sac: CYST. Fluid-filled.

23. Neo, for one: Abbr.: ANAG. Neo is an ANAG (anagram) of one. Got me.

25. M.I.T. grad, often: ENGR

33. NASA transport: LEM (Lunar Excursion Module).

35. Shaq of the NBA: O'NEAL. Now with the Cleveland Cavaliers.

37. Sacred bird of old Egypt: IBIS. Sacred indeed. Not fond of the bird/BIRD (17A) duplication though.

39. Savvy: SENSE. Like business/political savvy.

42. "La Gioconda" tenor role: ENZO. Uh-uh, nope. I bet "Auto designer Ferrari" knows. The name Enzo means "Ruler of the Home" in Italian.

43. Aggressive: PUSHY

45. Central church area: NAVE

52. Lake surrounding Canada's southernmost point: ERIE. Nice trivia.

53. Dodge Aries, e.g.: K-CAR. What does K stand for?

54. Many of its members are boomers: AARP

59. Like seven Nolan Ryan games: NO-HIT. A major league record. No perfect game from Nolan Ryan though. That's his rookie card.

66. Fast traveler, at times: RUMOR. Great clue.

67. Caesar's "Behold!": ECCE. Latin. The Italian for "Behold!" is ECCO.

68. China's __ Enlai: ZHOU. Or CHOW in Cantonese. China's first premier. Yesterday's Mao Ze-Dong is Mandarin Chinese. Mao Tse-Tung is Cantonese spelling.

69. Last in a series: OMEGA. The last of Greek alphabet (24 letters).

70. Take off: SHED

71. Shakespearean "over there": YOND. Why do we add "er" later on then?

Down:

2. Travel option: RAIL. Can never read on a train/car. It makes me sick.

4. Pop: OLD MAN

5. "Stupid me!": D'OH. Carol's V-8 moment.

6. It can't be played at home: ROAD GAME

8. Sticker?: MAGNET. It sticks to your fridge.

9. Wall St. figure who capitalizes on price imbalances: ARB (Arbitrager). Like those hedge fund guys.

10. "Hogan's Heroes" star: BOB CRANE. Penned in ALAN ALDA, confusing "Hogan's Heroes " with "M*A*S*H".

11. Devout: HOLY

12. Tip jar fillers, mostly: ONES

13. Take five: REST

18. Toy truck maker: TONKA. Originated in Minnesota.

19. Napa prefix: OENO. Prefix for wine. Napa is wine region. My favorite clue today.

24. Belt maker's tools: AWLS

26. '60s song car with "three deuces and a four-speed and a 389": GTO

27. Toss: FLIP

28. Disprove: REBUT

29. "Witness" sect: AMISH. The little Amish boy is the sole witness to the murder in the movie.

30. Greek New Age keyboardist: YANNI. University of Minnesota alumnus.

31. Three-time U.S. Open winner: LENDL (Ivan). So is Tiger Woods, but in golf.

32. Musical buzzer: KAZOO

36. Air show stunt: LOOP

38. What Bo Peep could have used?: SHEEP DOG. Nursery rhyme: Little Bo Peep has lost her sheep ...

40. Awkward-looking picnic contest: SACK RACE. Several nice two-worders in the Down fill today.

41. Rescue op: EVAC (Evacuation). Solid abbreviation in my book. Pinkerton provided EVAC services for expatriates in China.

44. "Babi __": Yevtushenko poem: YAR. Babi Yar is the name of a ravine (outside Kiev) where Nazis murdered lots of Jewish people. I am not familiar with the poem.

46. African antelope: ELAND. J.D. must have seen this spiral-horned antelope during her Safari.

50. NutRageous bar maker: REESE'S. Have never tried NutRageious. Is it similar to Snickers?

51. Slovenly: FROWZY. New word to me.

54. Hendrix hairdo: AFRO. Buckeye just mentioned that tomorrow is Jimi Hendrix's birthday.

55. __ lily: calla: ARUM. I am used to the "Calla lily family" clue.

56. Coleridge work: RIME. No idea. Does it refer to his "The Rime of the Ancient Mariner"?

58. Author Sholem: ASCH. The Yiddish writer.

60. Sunshine cracker: HI-HO. Have never seen this brand. Wikipedia said it's discontinued.

61. Screen image: ICON

62. Sound of an ungraceful landing: THUD

64. Altar in the sky: ARA. Latin for "altar".

65. Actor Beatty: NED. He's in "Deliverance". Quite a disturbing movie.

Answer grid.

What's your family traditional Thanksgiving meal like? We always have wild rice and mashed rutabaga.

C.C.

52 comments:

Hahtool said...

Morning CC and Friends. Happy Thanksgiving to you all.

What a fun Turkey Day Challenge today. I especially liked FRIDAY'S SANDWICH. How true. There were some great clues today. I likes seeing something new for ALAMO. My favorites were SHEEP DOG and ROAD GAME. I also laughed to see that most Boomers are now members of AARP.

Lots of preparing to do before our big feast.

QOD: He who will not economize will have to agonize. ~ Anon.

Buckeye said...

To all of youse and your kin, have a great Thanksgiving! Enjoy life - you don't get a repeat!

I must be off!

Dick said...

Good morning C.C. and all, first let me wish everyone a special Thanksgiving day. Thanks to those, on this blog, that provided me with much information and many laughs over the past year. Thanks!


Today’s puzzle was difficult for me for some reason. There were several clues that I did not know, a few misspellings and some errors on my part such as sped for 70A in lieu of shed and drub for drum in 5A. Also, I kept trying to force Chou for 68A before the DOH moment. I did manage to get the theme answers that helped solve most of the puzzle, but I still needed some outside help. Overall I thought the puzzle was a bit difficult for a Thursday, but that is OK.

Hope you all have a festive and “filling” day. Eat hardy.

Barry G. said...

Morning, all!

I had the same experience as Dick. More difficult than I was expecting, and I had the same exact missteps. The only difference is that I never had my D'OH moment and left in CHOU. FROUCY just looked wrong, but I've never heard of FROWZY, so that didn't help. In the end, I had to turn on the red letter help to find my error. Ah well.

Happy Thanksgiving, all!

Hahtool said...

I am not familiar with Frowsy, either. I initially had the F, the O and the Y, so tried to fit in the word FLOOZY, which seemed perfectly reasonable considering the clue. It was not to be.

Sholem Asch (1880 ~ 1957) was a Polish-American writer. He is often confused with the Yiddish writer Shalom Aleichem (1859 ~ 1916). The latter wrote "Tevye the Milkman", from which the play and movie "Fiddler on the Roof" was based.

Let me echo Dick and say that, in addition to my family and friends, I am also thankful for meeting all of you on CC's blog.

Anonymous said...

Sholem Asch wrote in Yiddish language.

Dennis said...

Good morning, C.C.and gang - I had mini-problems all over the place with today's puzzle. Knew it was gonna be a challenge when I recognized one of Rich's aliases.

Didn't know 'Babi yar'. Never heard the word 'frowzy' before. Didn't have a clue what 'Neo, for one' was until the perps got it; ingenious cluing.

'Rescue op'/'evac' reminded me of Robin and the job she does. In Vietnam, we called medevacs 'dustoffs' - those pilots/crews, along with corpsmen, were the bravest, most fearless men I ever met.

My wish for all of you is that this is the happiest, most trouble-free Thanksgiving ever. We all need to reflect on how fortunate we are to have what we do, be it modest or bountiful. And do take a moment to think about our troops in harm's way whose Thanksgiving meal will come out of a couple freeze-dry bags.

Today is, of course, Thanksgiving, but it's also Shopping Reminder Day. Like it's necessary.

Today's Words of Wisdom: "Enjoy the little things, for one day you may look back and realize they were the big things." -- Robert Brault

Anonymous said...

CC,
My favourite thanksgiving meal. Turkey, mashed potatoes with gravy, stuffing, green beans, waldorf salad, Sister Schubert rolls, a Pepsi to wash it all down and for dessert pumpkin pie with cool whip.

But since my grandparents & parents are all deceased. This the first Thanksgiving w/o them. I have soup and a sandwich since it's just me.

kazie said...

Happy Thanksgiving to all!
Great theme puzzle for today. My only stumble was not knowing how to spell ZHOU. But perps took care of the seveeral unknown names and it all fell in.

tfrank said...

Good morning, C. C. and all,

Great puzzle today, Rich! I thank you and all my friends on this blog for the pleasure you have given me since I stumbled across it almost a year ago.

Favorite clues were for sheepdog, and of course, all the turkeys. Very clever.

I was working the puzzle online when Microsoft decided to reboot to install an update, so I lost all my work. I was able to remember all my answers, however.

My favorite dish for today is stewed turnips ala Julia Child's recipe. I have become the "turnip maker" in my extended family, and am asked to cook them for holiday get-togethers. Not this year though; it is just Jean and I. Two kid live in New York State and one in the Florida Keys; too far to travel.

Being of Southern origin, we always have a sweet potato casserole with a pecan topping.

Looking forward to lots of football today - them Cowboys first, then the Longhorns try not to let A&M spoil their perfect season.

Have a great day, everybody!

Hahtool said...

Anon@7:33. True, both authors wrote in Yiddish, however, the subject matter was quite distinct. After emigrating to the US, Asch became an American citizen. He was became very assimilated into American culture.

Argyle said...

Hi Ho, Everybody,

Anybody having parsnips? I hated them as a kid but love them now. I have several other foods like that. So don't force your children to eat things they don't like and some day they may try them again and find they do like them.

Anonymous said...

tfrank, care to share your turnip stew recipe?

Barb B said...

Happy Turkey day to all; I hope it's a day you'll always remember fondly.

Hard puzzle today with more googling than I want to list, but I enjoyed it for all that.

We'll be having ham, though. Blended families often get to have more than one holiday dinner, so we build in a little variety. Granddaughter (20) will make pumpkin gooey cake and I made pound cake with cherry sauce. I always make two, so we can nibble on one through the preparations for the rest of the meal. Last night my grandson (16) asked "Is this cake open for business?" Of course it was!

Jazzbumpa said...

Hi gang -

I never even think about parsnips. Maybe I'm missing something?!?

I have much to be thnkful for, including puzzles and all my friends here.

Not fond of today's puzzle, though. Sure it has a great theme,and some good fills, but too much NEO-crosswordese. ENZO and OONA, frex.

And too many names, too close together. East-central section is a big flop, IMHO. And too many obscurities YAR, ASCH.

HOLY means set apart.

YOND, yonder, yondest.

K is just a body designation, no specific meaning. L body was the Plymouth Horizon.

Canada's southern point is Pelee
Pelee. Monrach butterflies flock their for their southern migration.

Gotta go chop onions.

Cheers!
JzB the thankful trombonist

maria said...

Happy Thanksgiving CC and everyone !

Great puzzle, a challenge for me I confess, had to resort to red letter help.
Chou kept colliding with Floozy, baah humbug !

Dennis, thanks for reminding us of the troops, as i'm going out to dinner with friends i in turn, will remind others.
Imbo now for my power walk.

Arrivederci

Moon said...

Happy Thanksgiving to all of you.

PJB-Chicago said...

Happy Thanksgiving, all, to you and your loved ones. May you have much to give thanks for.

Family tradition is two invite a huge crowd, have two turkeys (one bbq' d, one deep fried) and most years a smoked goose as well. Everyone brings their signature dish, be it homemade or storebought (e.g. Pie).

Fine puzzle: my favorite fresh fill words were SACK RACE and SHEEPDOG. FROWSY (or with a Z?) is a word I see in magazines but.... LEM took crosses to solve on 66.66% of its three letters! HIHO crackers must have been before or after my time. Did they have Silver in them! [groan]

Enjoy the day! Thanks to all of you for your wisdom, humor, savvy, and grace.

MJ said...

Happy Thanksgiving to all!
Today I am thankful for family and friends and life's daily blessings, both large and small. And thank you, C.C., for your fine blog, to "guest" bloggers, and to all who contribute insight, humor, recipes, etc. to the site.

Great puzzle today, nice to have a bit more of a challenge. Loved 23A: "Neo, for one", 66A: "Fast traveler, at times", and 38D: "What Bo Peep could have used?"

We will have our family time of celebration tomorrow as two out of three sons work today. One is employed by the Hotel Del Coronado in San Diego, the other is a firefighter/paramedic. I'm going to miss the turkey and all the trimmings. Tomorrow's menu is a potluck lunch. I am making Jeannie's "Tomato and Basil Pies" and my mother's "Golden Potato Casserole."

Enjoy the day!

Anonymous said...

From Vern:

In analyzing today's puzzle's difficulty, popping into my head was "Can you say Waterloo?"

My favorites today are homemade creampuffs and homemade chocolate eclairs. How many miles will that be on a treadmill? Going to a small family gathering of between 35 and 45 people. Happy Thanksgiving to all.

Belle said...

I've just found this blog and very much enjoy it. However, can someone clue me in as to what "perp" means?

Crockett1947 said...

Happy Thanksgiving to all the C.C.addicts!

I enjoyed quite a few of today's clues: 52A Lake surrounding Canada's southernmost point; 23A Neo, for one. Abbr.; 20A Santa Ana siege site; 60A, Fast traveler, at times; 69A Last in a series; 6D It can't be played at home; 8D, Sticker?; 32D Musical buzzer.

I want to say "Thank You" on this Thanksgiving Day to this virtual family of friends. You enrich my life every day.

Had no idea who made NutRageous, so I had to g-spot that.

@RSD Care to explain what a "Sister Schubert roll" is?

@belle "Perp" is our word for a word that crosses another. Sometimes the down word will make solving the across word easier, and we coined the word to describe that.

carol said...

Happy Thanksgiving C.C. and all of you!! You have made me laugh, cry, Google words I never heard of, therefore enriching my vocabulary and life. Thank you.

This puzzle was beyond difficult for me (I echo your sentiments, Dick). For some unknown reason I just didn't know most of the answers in the top half and the bottom half is unfinished. I'll work on it later. I tend to lose interest if I have to hit the 'solve word' box so many times.

I started off badly by reading 1A as 'Mamma Mia' BRAND and thought of Ragu.
That is how it went from there. sigh.

Off on a bike ride..we'll do the 'turkey trot' later :)

A.R.E. said...

C.C. and all,

Happy Thanksgiving.

A little trivia about 6 down, road game. It is possible to have a road game at home. University of Idaho, for a time used the Washington State University Martin Stadium as their home field in order to maintain their Division 1 status. A game was scheduled with WSU where Idaho was the home team, in the opponents stadium. That made WSU the road team in their own stadium.

Enjoy your turkey!

A.R.E.

Dennis said...

Belle, just to add a 'further' to Crockett's explanation of 'perp', it's short for 'perpendicular', as in perpendicular to the clue you're working on.

Warren said...

Hi C.C. and gang, we finished today's puzzle with a little Google help. Didn't know the word 'frowzy' and had to type 'define' to get the def.

The Duh moment came with a 'do you mean' rumor? from Gspot...

Have a great Turkey day!

DCannon said...

I'm happy to find out that I wasn't the only one who had trouble with this one!

I knew the word frowzy, but I had never seen Enlai's name spelled any way but "Chou." As soon as I saw the first "turkey" clue, I knew what the theme was. I correctly penciled in "O'Neal" at 35A, but then I thought 31D would be "Woods." I was messed up in that section for quite a while. Didn't know Lendl and trusted the perps for that. I also had "drub" instead of "drum" for 5A.

Tfrank, turnips are one of my favorite things. I steam them and mash them like potatoes and add just a tad of sugar and butter. Yummm! Not making those today, though.

All the menus sound really good. Our only "company" is our older son. He works at the local CBS station (sound technician, I think) and has to be there before and during the Cowboys' game, so he will be here in the evening.

Both the son and his dad have to watch their sugar so I'm not serving sweet potatoes or anything else with a lot of sugar - except pumpkin pie, which they can eat or not. This is the first year our menu has been so spartan. Can't say I like that very much.

Here's hoping everyone has a happy Turkey Day and a wonderful visit with kith and kin.

I haven't been here long, but coming here to talk about the daily puzzle makes working it more enjoyable.

WM said...

Happy Thanksgiving to everyone. Big day, lots of family here this evening and for C.C. I roast 2 free-range organic 18lb hen turkeys with my grandmother's sage/bread stuffing, fresh cranberry sauce, my daughter contributes killer Paula Dean mashed potatoes,the ubiquitous green bean cassarole because she is asked to make it by over 2/3 of the family, Son-in-law is contributing his yams(thankfully no mini-marshmallows) and his step dad, a former chef, is bringing pancetta brussels sprouts. I have freshly made pecan and pumpkin pies. All of this is traditional for us and we are in deep trouble if we every try to change it. My brother raids his awesome wine cellar and so a great time is had by all...16 people this year.

Fun puzzle and it took a bit to come together, but I finally got it. Off to finish up a few details before stuffing the turkeys.

A wonderful day to you all!

Mary said...

Happy Thanksgiving, CC, bloggers, constructors, et al. Thanks for the challenges, humor and insight you offer every day.

I found today's puzzle hard for a Thursday. Rich must have figured we would have time on our hands today. I loved the turkey theme although it took a while to start getting the answers.

D'OH came easily, a theme of its own here. I stared at Neo/ANAG for ages before I got the anagram with one. D'oh moment for me.

FROWZY only worked with the perps even though I remembered to use the Mandarin spelling of ZHOU.

Fresh new clues for ALAMO, OENO and GTO.

We're down to a family of 3 today. Ham beats turkey but we are still having my favorites, waldorf salad and pumpkin pie.

My thoughts are with all of you working today, especially CBS sound technicians!

Clear Ayes said...

Good Morning All, It was great to see a Thanksgiving puzzle on board today. I didn't know ARB and that darn anagram NEO got me too. I also misread 39A "Savvy" as Sawy" the first time around. Strangely, I did know FROWZY. It was a a fun, if a little slow solve for me. Hey, that's a good Thursday as far as I'm concerned.

We're having dinner at my cousin's house, so no leftovers for us. I'm bringing the mashed potatoes and cranberry sauce. All is not lost, because we are invited for FRIDAY'S SANDWICHES at a friend's house. Win-win...clean kitchen AND someone else's leftovers.

My favorite holiday treat is sweet potato dinner rolls. I got a recipe from Bon Appetit magazine a long time ago. I'll be making them for Christmas.

It's a little long to post, but here's a link to Eugene Field's The Awful Fate of Little Jim It is a cautionary poem that my mother always read to the children on Thanksgiving Day. We loved every ghastly line!

I've been a very fortunate woman and I try to spend some time every day being thankful for the wonderful people and pleasures in my life. All of you on this blog have enriched my life. Thanks so much.

Anonymous said...

Curious to know why some answers, for example, 47_A: Scooby-___, are omitted in the solution.

embien said...

13:49 today. Haven't been here much the last few days. I've been busy on other projects and not much xword time.

No family gathering this year. My sister now lives in Bend, OR and there is usually too much snow in the mountain passes for me to have much desire to go to her house.

Wife and I will be having what I hope is a fantastic meal for two at a downtown Portland hotel. Their email says the sommelier will be on duty--I fully intend to splurge on a nice bottle of Oregon Pinot Noir. Thus there will be no leftovers, and, sadly, no FRIDAYS SANDWICH here (I do loves me some leftover turkey and cranberry sandwiches).

Anonymous said...

Hope you all have a great Thanksgiving. Red State Democrat, I hope you make a plan to go out somewhere next Thanksgiving. There may even be a volunteer job dishing up a feast for the homeless or something. IMHO. I spent a few years widowed, no parents, kids too far. But I never had a sandwich alone on Thanksgiving. I felt bad when I read your statement.

How did you all get pumpkin to make pies? Our local supermarket has been out all week. I finally succumbed and bought a store made one. Not up to my standards!

Cheers

kazie said...

anon@ 1:47,
Since this is not an official solution site, some easy ones are often omitted. Check the answer grid for them. That one was Scooby DOO.

Sallie,
My supermarket was out of pumpkin a few weeks ago, so I nabbed a good supply when they got it in again. This week though, there was plenty.

We just got home from DH's sister's place where we went with our son and d-i-l. Most of my s-i-l's family were there and we all ate too much and had a great time catching up.

Tomorrow is a repeat performance with son and d-i-l at their place with DH's brother. So even though we'll have no leftovers, two T'days will be nice.

I hope you all had a wonderful time today.

Bill G. said...

Happy Thanksgiving everybody. All of your dinners sound great. Ours is a little different in two ways. About 30 years ago, we heard a radio chef describing his way to cook a turkey. It was breast down. All of the juices run down into the white meat. No basting and no dried-out white meat. Delicious! Also, my grandmother's pumpkin pie recipe is unusual. It contains no pumpkin pie spices. The only flavoring is three tablespoons of vanilla. We all love it!

PJB-Chicago said...

Good evening:
We had a wonderful meal, with aforementioned turkeys and goose. Youngest participant: a wide-eyed fourth grader, along with a healthy mix of 20-50ish folks, skewed heavily in the mid five-ohs, plus two grandes dames in the realm of 70 plus.
We played table tennis, jenga or dice games. Word games will be coming up now, but am back on the train so will miss out on that. Others, including a crop of 30 y/os will join the festivities later, following their family meals, for more games and second course of desserts.

Common refrains: We're lucky to know one another. We're glad to be here. We have much to give thanks for. And "Oh, where's the pie?"

Sounds an awful lot like here at C.C.'s Corner!

See y'all for the Friday puzzle & commentary.

Anonymous said...

Two of my four daughters are members of AARP.

They are also grandmothers! And I'm still young.

Doreen

Bill G. said...

Turnips and parsnips. Two things I haven't had often but if you enjoy them, I'll bet I would too if I cooked them your way. What goes into their preparation other than boiling and mashing them? Sugar maybe?

Jazzbumpa said...

This is something I'll only admit late at night. I can now confirm that cooking the turkey upside down does make for a very juicy and delicious treat.

We have done ours in a roaster the last couple of years and it is a LOT quicker that way - plus it frees up oven space for casseroles, etc.

Anyway, I didn't discover until we took the bird out of the roaster and I tried to carve it that we had cooked the dang thing wrong-way-round. Sort of explains why the LW thought it was such an ugly bird, too, I suppose.

D'OH!

Cheers!
Jzb the which-way-is-up? trombonist

Anonymous said...

It's getting pretty late but I want to add my thanks to CC, the guest bloggers, and the whole crew here for a lot of interesting conversation and information. I don't comment often but we always do the puzzle and I rarely miss reading the blog.

Thanksgiving was at our house with only 14 of a potential of 22 here. but we had an enjoyable fun-filled day. It started out as a disaster When the lower pane of my kitchen sink window suddenly came crashing down, hitting the faucet with such force that it put a wide crack in it just where the spigot joins the handle. I then had a mini geyser. Husband tried to patch it with some kind of plumbing gunk but it didn't hold. So I had to carry water from the bathroom to the sink & for cooking needs. Then the flushing mechanism in the main bathroom decided to break. But as my husband said, 'Give thanks that we aren't carrying the water from a well". and I'm thankful for indoor plumbing". I was cooking the turkey in a Nesco. After an hour and a half, I realized it wasn't sizzling any longer. the Nesco had died. That meant put it in the oven and do some juggling to get everything else cooked. we were only a half hour late in eating. We had a lot of good conversation and laughter. A couple of our grandsons are funnier than most TV comics.

The menu was very traditional. Turkey and Ham; mashed potatoes and gravy; three kinds of stuffing: Moist, dry & some with apple and dried cranberries, added; the green bean casserole; orange-cream cheese jello; pumpkin pie and apple pie. Oh, yes, a veggie tray for health conscious people. And a granddaughter made pumpkin cookie sandwiches.

I'm waiting until tomorrow to downsize the table, put the special dishes away and wash the pots and pans.

Dot

JD said...

Hi CC and friends,

Finally a quiet moment.I completed the c/w very early today before preparing the stuffing,etc.I really liked the challenge level, and left just a few holes, like the n in oeno.Loved the 4 turkeys, although filling in Friday took awhile and an a-ha!

I do not think I saw an eland, but I remembered it and oribi from past puzzles. We did see impalas, bushbucks, kudus, nyalas, duikers and steenboks.I think they are all members of the antelope family.

Added 2 new dishes this year: Roasted sweet potatoes and apples,found in a magazine, and Jeannie's corn pudding..both yummy.My girls always come early and we cook together; it's a little more complicated with the advent of the grandsons.

I'd also like to give my thanks to all of you, for your wisdom, advice, humor and acceptance. I found all of you the 1st week I retired. What a gift!

MamaRuth1950 said...

My first mistake on this puzzle was putting PETE for 1A for Pete Seeger but I quickly saw it didn't work. Couldn't see the first 2 turkey clues and had a lot of other holes. It is so nice to come here and get the answers and not to have to wait for them in tomorrow's paper.

Hope you all had a good Thanksgiving. This was the first year in 15 years that I didn't cook. My husband moved out at the beginning of Nov. so I had a good excuse for getting out of cooking for my relatives. Will probably make a small turkey on Sat. to take to my mother's apt. and share with her and my son. He and I had dinner at the home of his best friend from high school--our first holiday without husband/Dad. It was an easy-going,congenial group of 9. I took my usual cranberry chutney with 2 surprise ingredients (pineapple and onion). It feels like I am over the initial shock of my husband filing for divorce without letting me know he was planning it and without even trying a separation. I'm sure there will be more adjustments and tough days ahead but I'm not unhappy right now that he is not living here.

Parsnips are naturally sweet like carrots. I peel them, cut into thick slices, mix with a small amount of vegetable oil and bake them. They are a nice change from the usual. Would never mash them with white potatoes because I don't like mashed potatoes.

MR ED said...

Melissa, Do you ever use Lavender in your work?

C. C. said...

BISCUITS & GRAVY,
What the heck were you doing earlier? Don't ever post a comment regarding a new puzzle before I publish my daily blogging.

Anonymous said...

@ Crockett 1947 Sister Schubert Roll is a brand of brown and serve dinner roll purchasable @ Kroger.

Sister Schuberts


@ Sallie there are not any homeless people in our town.

Anonymous said...

my philosophy don't ask a question if you don't want an honest answer. I don't know what your problem is but you aren't a very nice person.

So what I posted blurb about Fridays puzzle so what! If any body else did you wouldn't say a word! I guess you want to make up rules as you go along!


BISCUITS & GRAVY

C. C. said...

BISCUITS & GRAVY,
Blurb? You completely spoiled my blogging, with other' comments. Not even your own!

Dennis said...

Biscuits & gravy, had C.C. not deleted your post, you would've ruined Friday's solving experience for virtually everyone on this blog, since we read the previous day's late posts before Friday's. Not very smart, not very considerate.

Anonymous said...

boo hoo! CC is a cry baby! somebody is smarter & faster than him!

BISCUITS & GRAVY

Dennis said...

B&G, I'm not sure what grade you're in, but C.C. is female. And if you can't abide by her rules, perhaps it's time to create your own blog; I'm sure you'd have a tremendous following...

Anonymous said...

DC is the code for Douglas Corp. They use to built a lot of aircraft and eventually merged with McDonald Aircraft to form none other than McDonald Douglas!

Anonymous said...

Frowzy? Hi-ho...come on! I thought you people knew these words...never again, lila. You and Naddor...on the naughty list!