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Dec 6, 2009

Sunday December 6, 2009 Dan Naddor

Theme: Subliminal Messages - Big company names are embedded in each industry-appropriate advertisement message.

23A. Airline message: SEE ISRAEL ALL OVER AGAIN. Embedded is EL AL (74D. Apt company found in 23-Across)

37A. Electronics message: THE REASON YOU LOVE TV. Hidden inside is SONY (18D. Apt company found in 37-Across).

66A. Shipping message: RELIABLE PICKUP SERVICE. Contains UPS (5D. Apt company found in 66-Across).

98A. Automotive message: BUILT FOR DURABILITY. Holds FORD (89D. Apt company found in 98-Across).

116A. Cosmetics message: EXPLORE A LASTING BEAUTY. Encloses L'OREAL (53D. Apt company found in 116-Across).

And ADMAN (104A. Brains behind this puzzle's theme messages). Hmmm, it's actually Dan Naddor.

All the above ad messages are positioned in Across and symmetrically placed. All the company names are randomly placed in Down and cross one theme entry in which it's not hidden.

Quite a few noticeable "It ...." style clues in this grid:

59A. It gets the ball off the ground: TEE. Golf.

62A. It may be pediatric: Abbr.: ICU

124A. It's about 10% of the Earth's surface: EURASIA. But with more than 71% of the world's population.

6D. It paves the way: TAR

95D. It's read often at conventions: NAME TAG. I was thinking of the speech.

I am quite fond of "It..." style cluing. It often paints a vivid picture.

Also enjoyed the Asian references (esp food) in this grid: EEL (10D. Sushi choice), CHOY (12D. Bok __) and SOBA (34D. Thin Japanese noodle). CHOY is Cantonese for "vegetable". Bok means "white". Eat a ton of cold soba in summer time. Soba is made of buckwheat flour.

Across:

1. Works out: COMPUTES. Was in the gym "works out" direction.

9. Like the shore, often: BEACHY. And TAN (26A. Go for the bronze?). Tricky clue. The question mark did not prevent me from thinking of bronze medal.

15. Chapters in history: ERAS

19. Bridge opening: ONE SPADE. Often clueless about bridge or card game answers.

20. School for Torah study: YESHIVA. For future rabbis.

22. Court plea, for short: NOLO. Short for nolo contendere. Latin for "I do not wish to contend".

28. What "I believe in," in a Beatles title: YESTERDAY. Nice clue.

29. Cunning sort: SLY FOX

33. Perot of politics: H ROSS. H used to be a problem for me. Not any more. It stands for Henry.

36. Latin 101 word: ERAT. Latin for "was". I am used to the E in Q.E.D. clue.

44. Bag: VALISE. And then BAG (120D. Capture). Even though the latter is a verb, I still don't like the clue/answer duplication.

46. Kindle downloads: E-BOOKS

47. Toledo-to-Valencia dirección: ESTE. Spanish for "east".

48. "Rebel Without a Cause" actor: MINEO (Sal)

52. Ear projection: AURICLE. Auri is a prefix for "ear".

55. Peek-a-boo player: TOT

56. Feminine ending: ENNE. So are ETTE & TRIX.

57. Plot inventors: CABAL. Cabal is a small group of plotters. No plural, right?

60. San Luis __: OBISPO. Literally "St. Louis, the Bishop" in Spanish.

63. Dieter's unit: CALORIE. And PHEN (70D. Fen-__: banned diet aid).

65. Hyper toon pooch: REN. Stumper. From "The Ren and Stimpy Show".

75. Razz: RIB

76. House-warming presence?: GAS HEAT. Good clue too.

77. Cambodia's Lon __: NOL. Simple palindrome.

78. Bush tour: SAFARI. Of course I was thinking of President Bush.

81. Mischief-maker: IMP

84. Perfect: IDEAL

85. Casa chamber: SALA. Casa = House. Sala = Room.

86. Env. enclosure: LTR

87. Something to turn over: NEW LEAF. Turn over a new leaf.

90. "Brokeback Mountain" director Lee: ANG. And KAI (68D. Chiang __-shek). Both are Cantonese spelling. I grew up with Jiang Jie-shi, Mandarin spelling of Chiang Kai-shek. Quite different.

91. Last: FINAL

94. Kept going: HELD ON

96. Building blocks: ADOBES. Was picturing Legos.

103. Phil or Card: NLER (National Leaguer). Phillies and Cardinals both belong to National League.

105. California prison city: FOLSOM. Not familiar with Folsom State Prison.

109. "My Point...and I Do Have One" author: DEGENERES. I adore Ellen. Have never read her book though.

114. "Evil Woman" gp.: ELO. Three letter band is often ELO.

115. Sine __ non: QUA

123. Relaxing venues: SPAS

125. Agitated: IN A STATE. Oh, I only know "in a lather".

126. Construction site marker: CONE

127. Practicing: PLYING

128. Contest in which you try to get your opponent on your side: TUG OF WAR. So simple in retrospect.

Down:

1. Goes for: COSTS. Wanted TRIES. "Goes for" has so many meanings.

2. "Paper Moon" Oscar winner: O'NEAL (Tatum). She won Oscar for the movie (youngest Oscar winner). Moses is not her father, right?

3. Kid's picking word: MEENY. "Eeny, meeny, miny, moe...". Lost on me.

4. Chi follower: PSI. Before Omega. The second-to-last Greek letter.

7. Child expert LeShan: EDA. Got her this time.

8. Stew: SEETHE

9. Close way to win: BY A NOSE

11. Visual communication?: Abbr.: ASL (American Sign Language)

13. Queen's home: HIVE. D'oh, queen bee.

14. Saint Laurent of fashion: YVES. See YSL in grid often.

15. Personalize, at the jeweler's: ENGRAVE

16. Car salesmen's offers: ROAD TESTS

17. Inter __: ALIA. Inter alia = Among others.

21. Soviet cooperative: ARTEL (ahr-TEL). I forgot.

24. Old Banca d'Italia unit: LIRA. Banca d'Italia = Bank of Italy in Italian.

25. Prefix with -nautics: AERO. Aeronautics.

30. Town on the N.J. side of the George Washington Bridge: FT LEE. Nailed it today.

31. Louisville's river: OHIO

32. Crosses (out): XES

35. Muzzle: SNOUT

39. Old times: YORE

40. Arkie's neighbor: OKIE. Did not know Arkie is a nickname for Arkansas.

41. Pac-10 powerhouse, for short: USC (University of Southern California). The Trojans.

42. Sporty car roof: T-TOP

43. Reject: VETO

44. Super Bowl's __ Lombardi Trophy: VINCE. So many great quotes from Vince Lombardi.

45. Void: ANNUL

48. Rabin's predecessor: MEIR (Golda).

50. English horn relative: OBOE

51. Timber defect: WARP

54. Film critic Roger: EBERT. Do you follow his movie reviews?

57. One in line at an airport: CABBIE

58. DXX ÷ X: LII. 520 ÷ 10 = 52.

61. Bill: Abbr.: INV (Invoice)

63. Stone monument: CAIRN. No idea. It's a man-made pile of stones, often in a conical form. Often used as landmark.

64. ER test: ECG. Or EKG. Heart chart.

67. Apt name for a financial planner?: IRA. Apt indeed.

69. Prime letters?: USDA. Tricky clue.

71. "Under Siege" star: SEAGAL (Steven). This movie was not in my radar.

72. Cockamamie: INANE

78. Concrete section: SLAB

79. Westernmost Aleutian island: ATTU. Learned this trivia a while ago.

80. Lesser of two evils, metaphorically: FRYING PAN. Stumper. "Jump from the frying pan into the fire" is not in my vocabulary.

81. "Tadpole" actor Robert: ILER. Only know him in "The Sopranos".

82. Pinochle combination: MELD. No idea. Have never played Pinochle.

83. "The Taming of the Shrew" setting: PADUA. A city in NE Italy. Close to Venice.

85. Female oracle: SIBYL

88. Comedy first baseman: WHO. From Abbott and Costello's "Who's on First?".

91. Pic, commercially: FOTO

93. Everything before the last resort: ALL ELSE. When all else fails..

97. "What's the __?": DIF. Slangily.

99. __'clock scholar: TEN O. New to me also.

100. Bordeaux brother: FRERE. French for "brother".

101. Island south of Borneo: BALI. I guessed.

102. Part of the conspiracy: IN ON IT. Did not come to me easily.

106. __ Valley: 1960 Winter Olympics site: SQUAW. No idea. Dictionary says squaw is disparaging term for a woman, true?

109. Fam. tree member: DESC (Descendant)

110. Really big show: EXPO

111. Sign on for another tour: RE-UP

112. 1950s-'60s Chief Justice Warren: EARL. He chaired the Warren Commission for the JFK assassination investigation.

113. Make laugh in a big way: SLAY

117. "__ was saying ...": AS I

118. Fall from grace: SIN. Big big "sigh" for Eliot Spitzer. I really liked him.

119. Serengeti grazer: GNU

121. That, in Toledo: ESO. So is ESA.

122. Justice Dept. raiders: ATF (Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms). No idea. Triple bogey finish for me today.

Answer grid.

C.C.

34 comments:

Barry G. said...

Morning, all!

Great puzzle overall. Challenging, yet fair, and a lot of fun with the theme answers.

And yet... BEACHY? I guess that makes my office very "desky," huh? ^_^

Anonymous said...

SOBA is good, if a bit bland.

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Hahtool said...

Good Morning, CC and Friends: A great Dan Naddor puzzle with lots of misleading clues. what better way to start a very chilly Sunday than to curl up with a fun puzzle.

Favorite clue: Queen's home: HIVE.

QOD: The problem with beauty is that it's like being born rich and getting poorer. ~ Joan Collins

Lemonade714 said...

I very nicely put together Sunday puzzle with an inventive theme that works. I cannot imagine the amount of time dedicated to finding the phrases and the companies. Like all of Mr. Naddor’s wonderful work, it is through clues like Works out: COMPUTES; Bush tour: SAFARI; Goes for: COSTS; Queen's home: HIVE, where like a magician we are looking in one way, and the answer comes from a completely different thought. I this Mr. Naddor is the King of MISDIRECTION .

One way to always remember FOLSOM PRISON , is with your ears, and for future reference you might want to watch a few minutes of Ren & Stimpy .

Dan, I hope your health is improving, and have a relaxing Sunday, all.

Anonymous said...

Dear C.C., I envy that you speak Cantonese. Your husband is from Canton? I am from Beijing and Jiang Jie-Shi is the spelling I know too.

I don't understand Cantonese and often feel embarrassed that I don't recognize some food in Chinese restaurant.

I read your blog every Sunday. Thanks for the education.

Yang Lan

Clear Ayes said...

Good Morning All, WOW! Dan Naddor is amazing. What could be a more inventive set of theme answers than the ones he put together for today's puzzle. I thought EXPLORE A LASTING BEAUTY might have been the most difficult, since L'OREAL spans three words.

I started puzzling on this one last night and I needed all the time I could get to make it through. I left a lot of empty spaces in my picket fence before I gave up, polished off that last glass of wine and went to bed. Some of what had evaded me last night got filled in and the rest (still quite a few) were helped by the perps.

BEACHY(9A) sounds a little weird, but it is a real word, so I won't quibble. I still can't forget that OKIE(40D) was insulting to my mother-in-law and her generation. I've always thought the abbreviation was EKG, but it turns out ECG(64D) is the same thing.

Vern said...

Hi: After all the "cookie" talk yesterday, I sit here today with the delicious scent of cookies wafting in from the kitchen. My spouse is baking 10 different kinds of cookies for her garden club sale. My absolute favorite is a cream cheese wreath tinted light green with a maraschino cherry on top as a bow. (She let's me have the few broken ones).
I didn't do today's puzzle as my brain is on overload from yesterday and I was afraid of an explosion.

Moon said...

Good Morning!
One word to describe this: SUBLIME.
I loved it, though I struggled and only after getting SONY and EL AL, did I get into Dan's thinking.

Have a great Sunday! I'm getting ready to watch the Colts stomp the Titans.

Annette said...

I thought today's puzzle was trickier, but easier than the past 2 days. The theme was clever. I didn't quite get the whole complexity though, even though I saw the word FORD in the ad, but dismissed it when I saw it was only part of a different word, and solo elsewhere in the puzzle. It's themes like this that just have me in awe of the constructors! My thanks and wishes for improved health to you Dan Naddor!

2D Moses was not her father, but the actor playing Moses is Tatum's father in real life.

63D CAIRN - The guy in the cubicle next to mine at work has several small cairn atop his metal bookshelf. They make a racket when they fall down, and they do so whether anyone is near them or not. Drives me crazy...

Today's favorite: 69D Prime letters? USDA (That's what I kept trying to put in or 'Juice' clue yesterday.)

Warren said...

Hi C.C. & gang, a very enjoyable Sunday puzzle from Mr. Naddor. I hope this means his health is improving.

Here's a clip for the song yesterday

lois said...

Good morning CC et al., What a fun puzzle! Loved it! Agree w/Lemonade and CA on the amazing talent of Dan Naddor to put together this set of theme answers in such a creative and entertaining way. Lemonade is right. Naddor is the king of misdirection. Great stuff! Hope he's feeling better.

I initially thought the theme was going to be about 'love' as 23A and 37A were revealing themselves, but 23A 'lover again'? That didn't
'compute'. Assuming one broke up for a reason, why 'see' (and repeat) the same mistake? That's like deja vu 'all over' again, as Yogi said. Or like having a bad 'road test" and buying the car anyway. Or 'reup'ping for a boil implant. 'Inane'! Even when 'all else' fails in the 'tug of war' of the heart, the 'final' analyses of 'costs'/benefits ratios should be screaming 'at ya' "remember
'yesterday'"! 'Veto' that 'bag' and realize that's 'the reason you love TV'. At any rate, the theme finally came clear and my favorite answer? so perfect for me...
'reliable pick up service'. Loved it! Great puzzle!

Dennis: re: premature gifting? LOL That's ok. It just encourages
'regifting'. And after the fun Repeal Day Celebration and 'tub party' last night, the toast really should've been, 'Here's to Baubles, Bubbles and Booze" - giving a whole new slant to the 3 B's. Great time!

Enjoy your day.

MJ said...

Hi C.C. and all,

Just got caught up on posts for the last couple of days. All the cookie talk had me looking through my cookie recipe file. My mother is a wonderful baker, and Christmas meant no fewer that a dozen different sweet treats. Sandbakkels were my favorite of all. A pain to make, but melt in your mouth good. They were a bit difficult to get out of the tins sometimes, but that didn't disappoint me, as my sister and I got to eat the broken ones. I have the tins, but haven't made the cookies since moving away from home. She also made Spritz every year, as well as cookies whose recipe is very similar to the one ClearAyes posted as "Swedish Cream Wafers." Besides cookies, she made candied nuts, nut brittle, and of course lefse. My family loves lefse, and mom will often make a batch when she's here.

Chickie mentioned "King Bidgood's in the Bathtub" by Audrey Wood. She is one of my favorite authors of stories for young children. They are light, funny stories, and are wonderfully illustrated, sometimes by Audrey, and sometimes by her husband Don Wood. Young children simply love them! I once read every one of her books I could get from the school library to a class of first graders. Over the course of a week or two, we whittled the list of their favorites down to five. "The Napping House" was first, followed by "King Bidgood...", "Silly Sally", "Rude Giants", and "Weird Parents". These, or her other books, would be terrific holiday gifts to young children, IMHO.

Robin-Hope your toe mends quickly. I know from experience how painful that can be.

Anonymous said...

Hello all.

Didn't work the puzzle since I'm still having a hard time reading the clues. Did print the answeres
so I would know what everyone was
talking about.

Every Pizzelle maker has their own recipe. Mine is:

6 eggs
1/2 lb of butter (melted and cooled)
1 1/2 cups of sugar
4 cups of flour
and 4 tsps of baking powder.

I flavor them with 2 tbsps of over flowing vanilla and very finely chopped walnuts.

Some people use anise, lemon, orange or cocoa for flavor. one could even use Grand Marnier as I do for my cranberry sauce.

Once they are made let your imagination run wild. They may be eaten plain or dusted with powered sugar. Some fold them over like a taco shell or roll them into a tube and piped with your favorite connoli filling.

Our iron is very old and has a snow
flake patteren. The newer irons look like a waffle iron. New irons
may be found in most stores or on-line.

Phew.

eddyB

Clear Ayes said...

MJ, Mmmmm...lefse. I haven't had any since our last Sweden trip. It's just lovely with lingonberry jam, although I imagine it would make a darn good burrito too. For non-Scandinavians, here's a little lefse information. Click on Mrs. Olsen's Lefse.

You're so fortunate to have your mother still baking for you.

EddyB, now I want to go out and buy a pizzelle iron.

Lois, I almost did a "spit take" with my coffee when I read your "reup'ping for a boil implant"..so funny!

eddyB said...

Hello again.

@CA. If you buy one (about $40)most places, find the prettiest patteren you can find. There a alot of pizzelle recipes on the
web. Experiment with your flavorings.

Strange football game at Heinz Field. More points scored in 4th
quarter than in the first three.
Temperature was 29 degrees at game time.

Woke up to rain this morning and it is still trying for more.

Off to do the Universal puzzle which is only 15X15.

eddyB

Anonymous said...

I live in San Diego and this is my first Sunday LA times as I always believed nothing could top the NYT Sunday. If all the Sunday puzzles are of this quality I will definitely add the LA puzzle to my day of laying about. I will have one more reason to put off my "to do list" for the week. Thank you Dan for a very entertaining and challenging puzzle.

PJB-Chicago said...

Good afternoon!
WOW, indeed. My favorite Sunday puzzle in a while: innovatively clued theme and lots of bright wordplay. The hidden company names and "slogans" were very nicely clued and built. A true ADMAN or Adwoman might learn from Dan!

I think that where Dan Naddor stands out is knowing how and when to the mix the bold and new with the less familiar and the old favorites. He's like a DJ, making sure the sountrack includes selections and answers that cause us to swing back and forth between thinking:
--"Yeah, ok"
--"Oh yeah!"
--"Oh yeah??"
--"Oh, no he didn't, did he?!"

and even

--"Cool, glad he did!"

Not too many other oft-published LAT constructors make me think along those lines. Naddor's puzzles have developed their own brand attributes:
* Smart, solid, but not stuffy.
* Reliable. Innovative without leading you completely off the map.
* Witty, with a minimum of pathetic or tired/retired puns

Other attributes, but less seriously stated:
*Sure, almost every (human) member of your family might be able to guess the answer to ONE of Dan's clues, but Naddor writes lots of tougher clues just for us
* Built in the USA, and yet includes foreign words and places to promote global understanding. And peace.
* Will not make you want to set fire to your newspaper or to throw your computer off the rooftop.

Fine, helpful blog commentary C. C., as ever. Your links are helpful and funny too.

Have to run, so will skip commenting on individual clues answers. It's easy to guess what I'll say by now anway!

MJ said...

When I saw that Dan Naddor was the constructor of today's puzzle, I smiled and thought "YEAH!" I knew it would be a fun ride, and was not disappointed.

PJB@5:31, you said it so well, I'm not even going to try to comment further.

Dan Naddor-Hopefully your health continues to improve. Thank you for today's wonderful puzzle!

Jazzbumpa said...

Hi gang -

Wow, what a great puzzle.

Besides that - Toledo twice and OHIO once. What could be better!

PJB - well stated

Now we know why we diddn't have a Dan Naddor puzzle this week. Waiting for the main event.

Get well Dan. We need you

Cheers!
JzB

DCannon said...

Didn't work today's puzzle. Played around with it a while, but my right hand was not doing well. I think I did about a quarter of it before I quit. Had some other things to do, so I left it for later, but by the time my hand was better, I had already been here and had seen CC's post.

Hope everyone is doing well.

Have a great day.

tfrank said...

Good evening, C.C. and friends,

What a great Naddor puzzle. I worked it for a half hour before breakfast, sporadically thru the morning news programs, left it for church, lunch, and early football;
took it up again while watching them Cowboys get stomped by the Giants, and finally finished it thru Sixty Minutes. What a workout, but I did not cheat and had little red letter help.

It was replete with clever and misleading clues. My favorite was for frying pan, and guessed it would not be in your vocabulary, C.C.

Get well soon, Dan; keep the puzzles coming, and us guessing.

kazie said...

Yang Lan,
You need to read C.C.'s bio on the main blog page. She's the one from China, Xi'an, as I understand. Her husband is an American. You may have some things in common.

For my part, I struggled though this online today. I really hate doing them that way, and on weekends, I always know I don't have the time to do them justice, so go with the red letter version, and it becomes too tempting to rely on that for help.

I did enjoy parts of this clever Naddor one, and got the theme quickly for once, but there were too many unknowns and jargon for my liking. I guess I prefer conquering rather than being conquered.

Annette said...

Here's the Italian Ball Cookie recipe I promised!

Italian Ball Cookies

9 eggs
1 cup crisco
1 1/2 cup sugar
6-7 cups flour
1/2 tsp. salt
3 1/2 Tbsp. baking powder
2 1/2 Tbsp. vanilla

Cream crisco with sugar. Add eggs, one at a time. Beat until light. Add vanilla.
In a separate bowl, add salt and baking powder to flour. Slowly blend dry mixture into wet mixture.
Place in refrigerator for 2 hours.

Drop by teaspoonful onto cookie sheets. Bake at 350 degrees for 10 minutes.

Frosting:
1 lb. powdered sugar
1/4 tsp. cream of tartar
food coloring

Blend powdered sugar and cream of tartar. Add a little water until desired consistency. Separate into different containers if multiple colored icings are desired, and tint with food coloring.

Dip cookies into icing, then decorate as you wish. Ideas for toppings: Finely chopped nuts, 'jimmies', colored sugar crystals, etc. A toothpick can be used to draw designs in the icing, using other colored icing.

Mary said...

Hi C.C. and all,
Add me to the Dan Naddor fan club. I smiled as soon as I saw his name and enjoyed this terrific puzzle. Get well soon, Dan!

I spent plenty of time on the puzzle, up down and crosswise but got it all with only one G-spot, EDA LeShan.

Yang Lan and PhysSciTeacher welcome to the blog. And, Moon, it's good to see you back again.

Lemonade, Thanks for the links. I loved the movie Walk the Line, but it was so sad to see Joaquin Phoenix on the Letterman show. He seems to have followed the rougher parts of Johnny Cash's life.

Annette said...

Here's what I can remember of our Christmas cookie list, give or take each year):

- Pizzelle's (with lemon & orange juice and peels.
- Spritz (difficult to make now in humid Florida)
- Hungarian Nut Rolls (crescent shaped)
- Filled Apricot crescents
- Thumbprints (with icing or jelly for filling)
- Italian Ball Cookies
- Snowballs (chocolate cookies rolled in coconut)
- Black Bottom Cupcakes
- Nut Rolls (my favorite! Baked in long logs, then sliced)
- Pignoli (Pine Nut) cookies
- Sesame Seed cookies
- layered hungarian apricot bars
- Fried bowties with powdered sugar
- The round almonds ones mentioned earlier, rolled in powdered sugar. I still can't remember the name.

We kept them all in separate tupperware containers out in the garage. No matter how cold it was, we'd still run out there in our bare feet to snatch a few. And we'd have to cart all those containers in each night to make up a pretty plate to be passed around for dessert, then back out again. I don't think anyone ever minded!

Liz said...

I'm drooling over the cookie recipes and memories. Thanks for sharing. My mother always made rum balls and my grandmother made divinity. Clear Ayes, thanks for providing the link for Mrs. Olsen's lefse, that's the brand we buy cause we like the square sheets and it's really good. It's difficult to find anyone who makes it from scratch anymore. The website also provides lots of ideas for using lefse. My husband's grandparents lived in Clearbrook MN, not far from Gonvik, that's all Norwegian country. He remembers going there for the holidays when they made lutefisk and you could smell it from the car. Not good! Speaking of Norwegians, the Cardinals are kicking some Vikings butt, but there's a lot of time left in the game.
Happy baking everyone. Liz

Anonymous said...

dan naddor never fails to entertain. thanks, dan. l'oreal is my favorite embed.

@doreen,
can i have your spicy, candied pecans recipe?

Anonymous said...

The best comment today is from Kazie:
"I guess I prefer conquering rather than being conquered".

Sara

Chickie said...

Hello All--I didn't have time to attempt the puzzle today. I wanted to comment, however, about the Pizzelles. Our school Custodian used to make Pizzelles for our faculty every Christmas. We couldn't wait for those delicious powdery sugary treats from his kitchen.

MJ, Our Reading Council from Santa Clara County invites authors every year to our annual conference held at Asilomar, an on the beach conference grounds near Monterey, CA. Audrey Wood was our guest speaker and Author of note one year. I enjoyed her presentations so much that I bought every book that she had out at that time. It was facinating to hear her talk about how she came by the ideas for her books. My daughter now has all of my signed copies that she is using in her first grade classroom.

Clear Ayes said...

Annette, Thanks for the Italian Ball Cookie recipe. You mentioned Fried Bowties. That sound very much like Swedish (Norway has them too) Fattigman (poor man) Cookies, deep fried and sprinkled with confectioner's sugar.

Liz, I have tasted lutfisk, but never again. The attraction of fish/soap flavored gelatin eludes me. Mrs. Olsen's website has a link to a store where I can buy less than her case minimum of lefse, so I think I'll give it a try.

Walter said...

Yes, Squaw is considered vulgar. Montana has removed the word from all name-places. Mr. Naddor, take notice.

Annette said...

Yes, Clear Ayes, those sound like them!

Anonymous said...

i wish they would go back to the old puzzle!!!!!! these are stupid and make no sense