Sep 15, 2010

Wednesday September 15, 2010 Mike Peluso

Theme: ICED IN (48. Stranded at the ski lodge, perhaps, and a hint to this puzzle's hidden theme) - ICED is hidden in the middle of four two-word common phrases, each with the first word ending in ICE and the second beginning with D, as well as being the answer to the unifier.

16A. What b.i.d. means, in prescriptions: TWICE DAILY. It comes from our old friend Latin, BIS IN DIE.

26A. Some rear entrances: SERVICE DOORS. When I was a kid, I worked in a grocery store unloading the trucks through the back door.

44A. The first official one was November 11, 1919: ARMISTICE DAY. The end of World War I, which became a holiday in 1938 and was changed to VETERAN’S DAY to acknowledge those who served in later wars.

59A. Many are German shepherds: POLICE DOGS. I wonder if the GERMAN connection with the war was intentional.

Happy Hump Day all, Lemonade here.

I thought this was pretty difficult puzzle, from one of our regular constructors, MIKE PELUSO, who told C.C. in the interview, this letters in the middle theme, is his go to grid. I often would do the puns and anagrams from the London Times with my mother, and the third type of fill was recognizing words created by other words running together, so the theme was obvious, even before the reveal, but I found much of the fill hard.


1. "Mamma Mia!" group: ABBA. What do you all think of the movie?

5. Social rebuff: SNUB. For our Norwegian followers, this term is mid-14c., "to check, reprove, rebuke," from Old Norse, snubba "to curse, scold, reprove. Also 29D. Chief Valhalla god: ODIN.

9. Tunesmith Porter: COLE. How about a little FRED and GINGER doing one of his standards.

13. Hang-glide, say: SOAR. And 45D. Wax-winged flier of myth: ICARUS, along with dad DEADALUS. Glided too high.

14. RL and TL automaker: ACURA. I have a friend who will not drive anything else, but they seem just okay to me.

15. Top: APEX.

18. Masters champ between Fuzzy and Tom: SEVE. Fuzzy Zoeller won his only- Masters in 1979, Tom Watson won his second in 1981, leaving Seve Ballesteros to win his first of two in 1980; obscure if you do not love golf, but a great tournament.

19. ___ spill: OIL. Bad taste after the BP mess? With 34D. 19-Across holder: DRUM.

20. When Good Friday occurs: LENT. And what do our Catholics all give up?

21. Like citrus juices: ACIDIC.

23. Many a realty deal: RESALE.

25. North African port: ORAN. We just had this about two weeks ago, clued then as ALGERIAN SEAPORT, otherwise I would never have known.

32. Garage, perhaps: ADD ON.

35. Minuscule bits: IOTAS. And 64A. Seat of Allen County, Kansas: IOLA. This is actually a common clue in the NY Times, but I thought it was a tough cross with 50D. Brit's fireplace: INGLE, which I only have heard of from INGLENOOK.

36. Dover is its cap.: DEL. Delaware, cap. Is an abbr., so the ans. is one as well.

37. Feudal laborer: SERF.

38. "__ clear day ..." : ON A. YOU CAN SEE FOREVER .

39. Beatles girl who paid the dinner bill: RITA. A WAG, but it is their in the LYRICS .

40. __ de vie: brandy: EAU. Literally, the water of life. This fruity brandy is not aged in a wooden cask, so it remain CLEAR .

41. Singer K.T.: OSLIN. NO CLUE .

43. Eye or ear follower: CANDY. Ear Candy??? Huh?

47. Detective fond of aphorisms : CHAN. Who did you like better Warner Oland, or SIDNEY TOLER ?

52. Deep bow: SALAAM. Part of the Islamic RITUAL .

55. Wild party: BASH.

57. Transfer __ : RNA. Back once more.

58. Dubai leader: EMIR.

62. Pull-down item: MENU. No, not your pants.

63. Still-life subjects: EWERS. VASE , is this a Wednesday word?

65. Tees off: IRKS. Sadly, I do not play often enough, so teeing off does irk.

66. Like morning grass: DEWY.

67. Kadett automaker: OPEL. Also a somewhat obscure reference to an out of service car, but one that kept resurfacing IMAGE .


1. Fur giant: ASTOR. JOHN JACOB there is much written about this family; I enjoyed Gore Vidal’s books on the growth of America, from BIRR on.

2. Knife named for a frontiersman : BOWIE. One of the many brave men who died at the ALAMO.

3. Gets water out of: BAILS.

4. Softball pitch path: ARC.

5. CAT procedure: SCAN. CUTE .

6. Jour's opposite: NUIT. Our French Day and Night lesson; I always feel more french at night.

7. Link letters: URL.

8. San Francisco and environs: BAY AREA.

9. Vegas attraction: CASINO. There is so much more there TO DO .

10. Page with views: OP ED.

11. __ Johnston, former fiancé of Bristol Palin: LEVI; talk about trying to stretch his 15 minutes.

12. Corp. VIP: EXEC.

14. Like __ in the headlights: A DEER.

17. Sitcom with a coming-out episode: ELLEN, and she keeps on. Oprah is taking her audience to Australia, with John Travolta flying the plane.

22. Slimeballs: CADS.

24. Dating from: AS OF.

25. Pump figure: OCTANE.

27. Benny's instrument: VIOLIN; a great Humanitarian.

28. Greek column style: IONIC.

30. On Soc. Sec., maybe: RETD; again the abbreviation determines the answer.

31. Off, so to speak: SLAY. A new word and an old one.

32. On the briny: ASEA.

33. Letter starter: DEAR.

39. Martha of comedy: RAYE. SLAPSTICK QUEEN .

41. Workers' protection gp.: OSHA.

42. Ready to mail : STAMPED.

43. Stashed supply: CACHE.

46. Frisbees, e.g. : DISCS. We recently alluded to WFDF .

49. Slump: DROOP.

51. Like a cold sufferer's voice: NASAL; every time I blog, the puzzle hits home, and I have a cold today.

52. Weigh station rig: SEMI.

53. AKC part: Abbr.: AMER. Okay another abbreviation, enough already.

54. Sausage unit: LINK.

55. Lost, as a big lead: BLEW. Oh, oh, putting these two clues together is dangerous.

56. Open to breezes: AIRY.

60. Have obligations: OWE.

61. Giovanni's god: DIO. Equal time for our Italian speakers.

Answer grid.

Here are a few nice pictures Warren took with his iPhone during his recent trip to Hawaii. The bromeliad is so pretty and delicate.

Well another Wednesday in the books, I hope you enjoy this effort; I think it will take a bit longer than the last two days. Happy Birthday Megan!

Until next time, your humble servant



Dennis said...

Good morning Lemonade, C.C. and gang - this might have been my fastest Wednesday solve in a long time. No unknowns and everything just fell into place on the first pass.

I agree with Lemonade about 'ear candy'; never heard that one before. Being a car buff, any car clues usually are gimmies, such as the 'Kadett' and 'RL and TL' clues. Acuras are among the best-engineered cars on the market today. Had to pause a bit with 'Benny's instrument' to figure out if it was Jack Benny or Benny Goodman. And like Lemonade, I only knew 'Ingle' from 'Inglenook'.

Lemonade, great job with the blog; loved the Benny/Monroe clip.

Today is Make a Hat Day.

Did You Know?:

- Fifty percent of all magazines printed in the United States are never sold.

- Whales can communicate with each other from over 3,000 miles away (but the message takes over an hour to get there).

- A woman can detect the odor of musk, which is associated with male bodies, better than any other smell.

Dick said...

Good morning Lemonade and all, another walk in the park today except for a couple of clues. I had no idea as to the Seat of Allen County, Kansas (54A), and Giovanni’s god (61D), but I took a good SWAG there. Other than that it was just one quick fill after the other. I do think 57A was a poor clue for RNA.

Another nice blog Lemonade.

For some reason I was not able to access the blog to publish my comments yesterday. Did anyone else have a problem?

Hope you all have a great Wednesday.

Barry G. said...

Morning, all!

Mostly a smooth experience today, but like Dick I got a bit hung up at the IOLA/DIO crossing. Not knowing anything about Kansas county seats and having only a bare knowledge of Italian, I initially had EOLA/DEO. When that didn't get me the TADA I was hoping for I had to go over the entire grid looking for mistakes before finally trying an I instead of an E at that crossing.

Hahtoolah said...

Good Morning, CC, Lemonade and all. I thought this was an easy Wednesday puzzle. I breezed right through it, but i did enjoy the theme. When I filled in TWICE DAILY, I thought we had a continuation of yesterday's medicinal theme.

Hand up for Vases in lieu of EWERS.

The only good part of MAMMA MIA was the closing credits when all of the characters came out singing in retro 80s costumes.

There are lots of legends about Jim Bowie and his famous Knife. Although he wasn't born in Louisiana, he did live in Opelousas for a time and the city has a museum to honor him.

My favorite clue was Page with Views = OP-ED.


QOD: The trouble with unemployment is that the minute you wake up in the morning, you're on the job. ~ Slappy White.

Bob said...

Very easy Wednesday puzzle. 14 minutes to finish. Only guess was 50D-64A cross (INGLE/IOLA), neither of which I knew.

Dr. Dad said...

Good morning.

I know of a charity organization called Ear Candy that provides kids with access to music education. It can also mean something that is pleasing to listen to.

Brain dead for some reason in the SE and NE. Never heard of ingle or inglenook.

For the 66 percent of Americans who admit to reading in the bathroom, the preferred reading material is Reader's Digest.

Sherlock Holmes never said "Elementary, my dear Watson."

Isaac Asimov is the only auther to have a book in every Dewey decimal category.

Mark Twain was born in 1835 when Halley's Comet appeared and died in 1910 when it returned.

Have a great Wednesday.

Anonymous said...

"Mama Mia" was insufferable. Couldn't last until the closing credits.

Recovering Catholic here, but I still give up something for Lent--usually wine. One year I gave up watching TV reruns of my favorite shows. That's when I discovered Netflix.


Dennis said...

I give up Catholics for Lent.

Dr. Dad, good to see you again; don't be a stranger.

Anonymous said...

Was I the only one with trouble in the SE corner? I got it all but could not finish that area with DIO, IOLA and INGLE being unknowns to me. I wasn't on to the theme either, even after getting ICED IN. My favorite clue was Page with views.

Such nice pics Warren, and with a phone no less. Amazing what our latest technology can do. I think many of the phones take some pretty good pics these days.

If you gave up Catholics Dennis does that mean you cannot associate with me any longer?

Have a great day all.

Annette said...

Yay, I finally have the hang of using cruciverb and was able to do this online last night with only 3 little black flags! As already mentioned, they were from the IOLA, INGLE and new clueing of RNA... Otherwise, no hang-ups at all.

I went into Mamma Mia with skepticism because of the negative reviews I'd heard. But I really liked it, and soon after bought the DVD. The commentary and interviews made it even more enjoyable for me.

I always wondered about all the extra magazines and newspapers that weren't sold... 50% is much higher than I realized though!

Dennis said...

Annette, the good news is that unsold magazines are usually returnable for credit (I sell several types in the hobby store) and they get recycled.

KQ, certainly not; I only give them up for Lent.

Dave said...

Hey, gang, y'all must not've listened to country from '87-'91. K.T. was definitely a country star durin' that period. Never got into Miss Tunstall's music, though. God bless!

Husker Gary said...

Good Morning Lemonade, et al, The SE did me in as well with 1 cell being a WAG and the other two errors. I went with DEO instead of DIO (OPUS DEI from Dan Brown influence?). OPAL was my grandmother's name and so OPEL was missed. The IOLA/INGLE intersection had no cross checks and so I accept a -3.

The rest was very smooth. When we saw MAMMA MIA live in Omaha, the best part was the entire company coming back on stage and singing ABBA songs for 10 minutes. The Orpheum Theater was rocking with the NY touring company. The play/movie plot is insipid at best but the only thing that kept you in the game was the wonderful and fun ABBA songs! Don't all of us endure pain for occasional rewards?

Has anyone ever heard the word EWER in a conversation? "Yes, I would like a ewer of Kool-Aid." (invented in Hastings, NE BTW).

Aren't you embarrassed by knowing that opportunistic SOB Levi Johnston?

OFF can be a verb, can't it.

I don't understand the whole NUIT/NOIR/SOIR thing. I thought BON SOIR was the opposite of BON JOUR.

I tried for quite a while to get CLARINET for Benny's instrument and did not get Jack until Lemonade's lovely write-up.

creature said...

Good Morning C.C.,Lemonade and all,
Thanks Lemonade for the fun write-up- especially Fred and Ginger-aah..

This puzzle has lots of style; it got my attention in lots of ways.
I like this kind of theme [hidden words-creates a puzzle within a puzzle kind of thing].
Lots of thought went into the fill, including oil spill reference- very direct, newsy and intentional.
Fresh fill for
me: 'salaam','ingle','ewers'- don't count 'Oslin' [Hmm maybe that's my problem weith names].
Playful clue of Benny- both of era of Chan and Cole[very stylish!]
'Tunesmith' and even newish coinage
'ear candy' speak style. Try 'music to my eyes'.

Dennis- a while back, one of your tid bits was that sound travels 5 times faster in water than on land,and I wonderedhow that was tested. I now know that was reported by whales. Thanks.

Have a good day everone.

Tinbeni said...

Lemonade, Great write-up, excellent clips.
LOL at the CAT SCAN. My Witch Doctor has been using that technique for years.

For LENT I usually give up organized religion.

Had the first and third theme's early and thought the theme was going to be a play on DAILY/DAY until I searched out the reveal clue.

SE was the tough spot today.
IOLA, Kansas, est. population 5,966 in 2006. Yup, that's common knowledge. Plus it was crossing INGLE, an archaic fireplace reference. Oy veh.

Ear CANDY was not an expression I use but it does make sense.

All-in-all, a FUN solve.

kazie said...

G'morning all!
Hand up for DEO/EOLA and not knowing INGLE either. I also didn't know SEVE but perps got that with no effort. I thought this was an easy Wednesday over all.

Excellent photos. I've never seen such clarity in phone pix before.

I haven't seen Mamma Mia, since DH hates all musicals, I'm not likely to either.

Dr. Dad,
My bathroom reading is always Progressive Magazine or Smithsonian. I can't stand Readers' Digest.

What does everyone else do with their magazines after reading them? I take ours to offices around town where the waiting rooms lack up to date materials--doctors and dentists seem to always only have Woman's Day or Sports/Hunting and Auto mags otherwise.

Spitzboov said...

Good morning all. Nice, ample write-up, Lemonade.

Agree with the earlier comments on difficulty. Didn't get the theme until coming here, but didn't need it. SE was last to fall; it helped to have the RNA discussion the other day. SEVE was a WAG. Liked 10d clue for OPED.

ORAN is the only 4 letter N. African port I can think of. It was important logistically to the Allies in WWII. I count two 'foreign' words: NUIT and SALAAM which I think means 'peace' in Arabic; Related to the Hebrew 'Shalom".

Happy hump day.


Husker Gary said...

p.s. I give up nothing for lent. If that lands me in hell, then it was probably a close call anyway. Obeying an aribtrary rule generated by men in pointed hats who have historically instigated much violence and tolerated and covered up despicable behavior even up to present time is laughable.

I married a lovely Catholic woman and so now I am one nominally and try to do enough to please her. I sang and played my 12 string guitar at mass for 30 years and that is all that kept me going.

HeartRx said...

Good morning Lemondae et al.
Great write-up, Lemonade -- I really enjoyed the “Night and Day” piece. Hand up for eOLA / IOLA mistake in the SE. Hadn’t a clue about INGLE either. Don’t even like the wine :-P

“Bon Soir” means good evening
“Bon Nuit” means good night
And "Noir" is just really black... maybe after midnight, say?

Today I will make a
paper hat using these instructions.

Have a great day, everyone!

Dennis said...

Husker Gary, yeah, I'm an ABBA fan too - I just like 'happy' music, I guess. Still love disco music, the ultimate 'happy' stuff.

creature, think the whales used I-Pods? Yes, I know, terrible.

kazie said...

I forgot to mention the quality of your blogging. Great job!

Husker Gary,
Jour is definitely day, but the difference between nuit and soir is easy too: Soir is evening, so when you greet someone earlier in the night you'd say "bonsoir", but later, when on your way home or going to bed, it would be a farewell to say "bonne nuit".
I think it's strange that Americans will say "good night" as they leave work for the day. It's usually too early then for "night" according to my feeling, based on my Oz background as well as the French influence, I think.

Nice Cuppa said...

Visions of those Flanders Fields popped up again with Armistice Day (11/11). I'd like to clarify (with your help) some Brit&C vs. US differences on how this is handled.

In the UK&C, 11/11 still honors the fallen soldiers of all wars, and is now called "Remembrance Day" (actually the nearest Sunday). 11/11 at 11:00 am is honored with a minute's silence, and the wearing of a "Flander Poppy" on ones lapel is considered de rigeur- pretty much everyone does this - certainly every politician, newscaster, TV presenter, etc., worth his or her salt.

In the US, from what I have read (please confirm or refute), following the Korean War, the day of remembrance for fallen soldiers ("Memorial Day") was switched to the Spring, while Veterans Day on 11/11 switched focus to honoring LIVING (ex-)servicemen/women.

I read that wearing the poppy is an American tradition too, but that there is now confusion over when to wear it ( I have worn mine here in California on 11/11 and received a lot of strange looks). The DVA recommends wearing the poppy on Memorial Day, not Veterans Day, but I have not seen many worn in California on either day.

So my question(s): Did the fallen vs. living emphasis upset this custom, or was it never widespread? Are there regional differences? Is southern California unusual (you know what I mean) ?

Crockett1947 said...

Good morning, fellow C.C. denizens.

Some clever clues in this one: Fur giant:ASTOR; CAT procedure:SCANLink letters: URL (may fav) Didn’t know OSLIN or INGLE (really?). Had to make a few WAGs as well., but an enjoyable puzzle, nonetheless.

Happy hump day to all. Nice write-up, Lemonade.

Anonymous said...

Is southern California unusual??? Does a bear leave deposits in the woods?

Boots said...

Good morning all. Nice write up as usual Lemonade. I had the same problem with the SE as most of you. Otherwise a smooth sail.
Dennis, your comment about magazines being returned brought back memories. My mother was night manager at a Trailways bus station in the 40's & 50's and every month they would change the comics and the salesman always gave mom one of each to take home for us kids. Boy do I wish we had saved those!
I saw the stage production of Mama Mia and enjoyed the music and enthusiasm of the cast but the movie was just bad.In my opinion Stage musicals do not adapt well to movies.

Nice Cuppa said...


My comment in parenthesis was intended to acknowledge the central absurdity of this question.

Warren said...

Hi Lemonade, C.C. & Gang, I think that my wife and I finished 2/3 of today's puzzle before she left for work. I finished it online and had to look up the unknown 64A: IOLA. The rest came with the crosses but INGLE for a Brit's fireplace was a question mark until I came here.

RE: Our Hawaii trip: On our visit to the Big Mo we had a Korean born docent who had some interesting views on WWII from the other side. They also have copies (in a glass box) of the English and Japanese surrender documents with a little known fact, The Japanese had found several differences in their version (from the US version) and General Sutherland had to initial each line. Here's more detail

Warren said...

Oh, BTW the new iPhone 4 we both got before the trip to Hawaii (besides everything else it does) has a 5 MPix camera with video capabilities and also has a front facing camera option for what they call 'face mode'.

creature said...

Warren- Want to thank you for your artistic photos!

Tinbeni- I don't understand a word of the 1st part of the 1st sentence in your profile. Please fill me in.

Kazie- From my part of the country, if the sun's still up,
4-5 pm,daylight saving time,we usually 'good day' or 'good afternoon', in the winter,EST,
4-5pm is almost dark, so its usually 'good evening' or 'good night'. We only go from daylight to dark, if we're emphasizing how hard we've worked.

Hat Day, where I live, is always on the first Saturday in May. Hat Making Day[s] usually begins shortly after Jan. 1.

Dennis- Love it! As you can tell, you have nailed my mood today.

creature said...

Dennis- That sounded so dorky of me. That was brilliant, regardless of what bipolar mood I'm in!

Jazzbumpa said...

Hi gang -

I am not delighted by hidden word themes, but that's just me. I do have to admire the constructor's prowess and creativity.

Really did not like the SE corner - crossing obscurities and an Italian word, to boot!?!?

I like the CACHE - BASH cross. Rhyming fill is pleasing

Re: SERVICE DOORS - when I was a kid, I loaded milk trucks one summer. They would then go to those back doors.

BLEW - my fantasy football team was ahead by 17 going into the Monday night games. But step-son Doug's team was able to ADD ON just enough. I lost 108.22 to 107.14.

I could be cute and say that one LENT I gave up being Catholic, and that was the end of it. But my downfall way actually confession - and I never even was much of a sinner (alas.)

All fruit juices are ACIDIC. Sometimes science fair kids make batteries our of fruit. Lemons do work better than apples.

I'm RETD and on SS. The lovely wife starts collecting her SS checks next month, too. Whooppee - we're gonna be rich!

My highest position in the corporate world was a step down from Sr. Manager. That's not even a SEMI-EXEC.

CHAN was Charley Parker's wife. Later she lived with Phil Woods. That woman sure loved to have sax.

After school gig with Nate and Em today, rehearsal this SOIR, back home in the NUIT. IMBO.

JzB the RETD trombonist

HeartRx said...

Nice Cuppa,
Thinking about your comments on Veterans / Memorial Day brought back memories of grammar school. We did wear poppies on Memorial Day as a tradition. But sometime in the 70's, they moved Memorial Day from the traditional 30-May date, to the "last Monday in May". I think that's when people started concentrating more on the "beginning of summer" aspect of the long weekend, rather than the significance of the holiday itself. Too, it could have started to decline even before that in the 60's, when everyone was protesting war in general.

That being said, I still always go the the grave of my late husband (he served in the Marine Corps in Vietnam) and place poppies on his grave. The VFW does put flags on each soldier's grave, but alas - no more poppies.

Tinbeni said...

In the Accounting world the four largest CPA Firms are known as the "Big-4" (those of us in the biz refer to it as "the Final-4" after the Enron thingy nixed Arthur Andersen).

They are:
Ernst & Young
PriceWaterhouse Coopers

carol said...

Hi all - Wow, what a puzzle...there are 3 V-8 cans on the floor beside me.

Dr Dad - I am with you (and others) on the difficulty (!) of the NE and SE corners. Arghhh! LEVI, SEVE and INGLE, IOLA, DIO left me gnashing my teeth and turning the walls blue with a few choice words.

36A (DOVER) had me thinking 'white cliffs' I did not get that until the perps 'bailed' me out.

Who the H*** would know the seat of Allen County, Kansas???? Unless they were a resident...??

Reading 25D as PLUMP didn't help there either.

Kazie, I'm with your DH in really disliking musicals. - Oh, I hope you remove your name label from those used magazines before giving them away. My folks used to do that too, and it's a nice gesture.

Warren, does that I-Phone 4 fix meals too??? :) Nice pictures!

Crockett, good for you on the $ part.
Doesn't hurt to make money doing something you really like, does it?

Lois, I sure hope you are ok!!!!

kazie said...

Yes, I do remove them, but these days it's a nuisance having to cut that piece right out since there are few stick-on labels used these days.

Interesting. My son's firm had his taxes done with Deloitte when he was involved with questions of dual taxation while working in Germany the first three years. I had never heard of them before.

Lucina said...

Good day, Lemonade, C.C. and puzzler friends.

Great blogging, Lemon.

Easy puzzle today in my OPinion and lovely clue, page with views.

I also liked link letters, URL though I was first expecting a golf term.

ABBA is one of my favorite groups; I still play the CDs and I thoroughly enjoyed the movie, and the play Mama Mia. Yes, the story was a bit weak, but the music, OOh la, la.

As a child I recall poppies being sold on ARmistic Day, but that came to a sudden halt I'm not sure why.

Nice theme from Mike Peluso; he usually delivers.

Must go, baby is whimpering.
Have a wonderful Wednesday!

Dilbert said...

Hi all. Fairly easy Wed puzzle.
Only way I got Iola was with the Ds.
Yea for the bay area and Chan. I vote for the Swede.
May 30th will always be Memorial
Day for me.
Take care.

Dennis said...

creature, I think we're all bipolar, just in different degrees.

HeartRx, I didn't know that about your husband -- I'm really sorry. There's no good way to lose someone, but that has to be among the worst. When was he there?

windhover said...

Dennis, re: Lent.
That is quite a sacrifice for you to make. I have very fond memories of those uniformed beauties from high school. St. Patrick's was two blocks up the hill from my school. I ran up the hill at lunch, floated back on air.

Bill G. said...

I have fond memories of Jack Benny. Here's a clip of Jack and his violin I thought you would enjoy from when comedy had a different style from today.

Anonymous said...

Husker Gary ,,
Bon soir = good evening
Bon nuit = good night
Bon jour = good day

now your not in the dark = noir

have a good day... toujours = always

Jerome said...

Husker- It's what an irate coach says to a lousy PITCHER. "EWER outta here!"

Anonymous said...

Good morning Lemonade, C.C., and the rest of the gang.

I decided to try doing the puzzle on-line today. I'm not sure I will do that again. I like to turn (real) pages when I read a book, and I like a pencil and eraser when I do the crossword. Not to mention, it was too easy to turn the red letter help on and see what I had wrong at the end, even though that still didn't help me finish.

Hand up for trouble with the SE corner. Never heard of INGLE before. Other than that, I don't remember any other problems b/c I don't have a paper copy to reference.

Lemonade-Great write-up. Thanks for all the links. I especially liked the one of Fred and Ginger. It's funny, I don't think I have ever actually seen them dance before. It's one of those things that people reference often, but I had never seen. There are quite a few things like that in my life.

Re: Mamma Mia-I did not like that movie. Everyone was raving over it (especially my Godmother and her family), so I checked it out from the library. I almost quit watching halfway through!

Re: Lent-One of the nuns at the Catholic grade school I attended told us years ago that it was better to do something positive rather than give something up. When we were younger, it was listen to your parents, make your bed, pray more. Now it is try to be more patient, smile at 3 strangers a day, pray more.

Thanks for the KT Oslin and Marth Raye links. The former I am very familiar with; the latter I had only seen in later years and it was nice to see her in her hay day.

Warren-Great pictures! Thank you for sharing.

I bring my old magazines to the library. They have a basket where you can drop them off and others can pick through them. I have found some great aricles in magazines pilfered from that basket. I agree about it being a pain to cut out the address labels.

HG-I have never heard the word EWER used in conversation. IMHO it is quite obscure.

Kazie-I went back and saw your comments about the darning egg. I definitely missed that whole conversation (must have been pre-laptop). So I guess your egg would be too big to use as a focal for a necklace. grin

Happy Hump Day!

HeartRx said...

@ Dennis,
Sorry, I didn't make myself clear. He was in Vietnam in 1965- 1966 when the fighting was starting to really escalate. He survived the war, but died 7 years ago from complications of
pulmonary fibrosis.

Clear Ayes said...

Good Morning All. Wow, what a bunch of early risers....just a little after 10AM and already over 40 posts!

No new comments on the puzzle Just want to say, I really enjoy Mike Peluso's puzzles and this was no exception. Even with Mike's forewarning, it took me a while to catch the theme. Like others INGLE was totally unknown.

ARMISTICE DAY, now Veterans Day, is GAH's birthday, so it is always "Lest we forget" at our house.

LEVI Johnson is an opportunistic jerk, but his former fiancee Bristol Palin is going to be getting her five (or 500) minutes of fame with the newest issue of Dancing With the Stars. It rather sounds to me like they are spoiled greedy soul mates.

Thanks so much for all the fun links, Lemonade. I love Cole Porter music and Night and Day is a favorite. It is EAR Candy to me. I'll be humming it all day long. I wish more men could dance like Fred Astaire. He wasn't handsome, but everyone could understand how his dancing skill was as alluring as Gary Grant's looks.

I saw Mamma Mia! with a group of girl friends. We had Cosmopolitans before and after the movie. We got up and sang along. Love the music, the movie was relatively lousy, and the ladies party was fabulous.

I was planning on a second post yesterday, but I was stung by a wood scorpion on my left big toe. (Yes, I'm always barefoot inside the house.) We don't usually see the little blighters in the house, but I managed to come across a well armed specimen. Nothing much to do for it, but it stung and throbbed for a couple of hours. It's OK now, but I was limping around for a while.

Icarus poem coming up.

JD said...

Good morning Lemonade, C.C. and all,

Great xwd today! I also had problems with the SE corner; looked up opel and Iola to finish. I thought it was just me. Sometimes when I get to the bottom, I peter out and go to Mr. G.

Had to go back and read clue to 48A to get the hidden theme after I finished...a-ha

I agree with Hahtool on Mama Mia.The play was good, but the casting in the movie was odd.

ingle-new word
oran-new place
earcandy-new (strange) expression

Lemonade, I always love your blogging, and it takes a long time to get thru all the extras. I have copied the Astor family link to read later.

Hand up for Goodman/clarinet.Violin was filled with perps..didn't even make a connection there.

Las Vegas- add to your list :Red Rock Canyon and Hoover Dam, although the fountains are my favorite. Never again will I ride on that scary roller coaster.

Ingle: Francis Ford Coppola bought the Inglenook chateau in Napa Valley and combined the properties(different wineries)on both sides to create Rubicon Estate. I am a fan of his red wines.

Warren, great pictures! Were we there at the same time?

Dennis said...

HeartRx, I was also in Vietnam in '65-'66; do you know what outfit he was with? I was with 3rd Marines, or 3/3.

Was he exposed to Agent Orange?

Husker Gary said...

Clear Ayes, I admire your substituting my name Gary for Cary Grant. Freudian slip? Yeah, right!

BTW, Fred Astaire was born in Omaha.

Clear Ayes said...

LOL, yes we mixed our movie metaphors with "Sex and the City" Cosmopolitans, and watching Mamma Mia. It worked for accompaniment for a chick flick.

In case you are unfamiliar with the Greek tragedy of Icarus, it is the story in which Icarus, the son of Daedalus, took flight from prison wearing wings made from wax and feathers. Icarus, disregarding his father's instructions not to fly too close to the sun, did just that and melted his way to a feathery demise, drowning in the sea.

There are lots of Icarus poems, but this one by William Carlos Williams is one of my favorites. It is associated with a disputed Pieter Bruegel's painting Landscape with the Fall of Icarus. If you look at the lower right of the painting, below the ship, you can see Icarus' legs entering the water.

Landscape with the Fall of Icarus

According to Brueghel
when Icarus fell
it was spring
a farmer was ploughing
his field
the whole pageantry

of the year was
awake tingling

the edge of the sea
with itself

sweating in the sun
that melted
the wings' wax

off the coast
there was

a splash quite unnoticed
it was
Icarus drowning.

-William Carlos Williams

Anonymous said...

Sorry for the multiple posts. I think I deleted them all. I kept getting an error message saying my comment did not post and to try back in 30 seconds.

CA-I hope your HALLUX is better today.

Dennis said...

vettedoe, no big deal - it's been happening a lot to people lately.

windhover, I adopted my 'giving up Catholics for Lent' philosophy many years after school, fortunately. You're right, great packaging. And who doesn't love opening packages?

Al said...

K.T. Oslin is ok, I guess, but I prefer KT Tunstall. I like ABBA too, but agree with the others who had a tough time getting through the movie.

dodo said...

Good Morning, gang,

I was surprised at such an easy Wednesday challenge. That said, I, too, had trouble in the SE, but it was Deo that caused it. I knew ingle and BTW I don't know that it is a 'Brit' expression. I never heard it in conversation in England, any more than in the US. I knew it from reading, I guess, though I don't know that I've run across any of the British novels I've read. For 61D I had entered Dei and when that didn't work I changed the i to o which gave me Iola, so I left it at that, making two errors. Lots of gimmes in this one and the answers that I didn't know (mostly names: Levi, Oslin, Rita, Acura) I got from perps.

I don't much like ear candy, but I don't much like eye candy either. Also thought the RNA clue pretty lame. Didn't really have a favorite clue.

I liked the music in Mama Mia but it was a silly movie. I wonder why Meryl Streep even did it?

Lemonaide, good blogging with great clips! Love watching Astaire and Rogers.

Vettedoe, I'm with you as to the paper and pencil! I don't like seeing all those black triangles where I made mistakes or more likely, typos. It's hard to remember to put the right letter in the right square!

dodo said...

Jeannie? Lois? Are you okay?

HeartRx said...

@ Dennis,
Sorry, I don't know hat outfit he was in. I know he served on the USS Princeton before he went to Vietnam. He participated in the 1962 Nuclear Tests in the Pacific ("Operation Dominic"), but I don't think he was ever exposed to napalm.

Mainiac said...

Good Afternoon All,

My hand is up for an easier than usual Wednesday difficulty seeing how I finished it. Ear Candy is a new one on me.

The wife took me to NYC to see Mama Mia on Broadway a few (actually a bunch of) years back. Great show!

Superb blogging job Lemonade! Many thanks.

Karin P. said...

Happy Wednesday, Lemonade, CC et al!
Sorry to have gone missing for so long.
I do each day's puzzle, but often not until a few days later. We had such a good week's worth of puzzles last week that I was afraid this week might pale by comparaison, but so far so good ! Charming blogging + great links Mr Lemonade!

Mr Peluso's wavelength seems akin to mine often, so this was a treat. I glommed on to the theme early on --something I rarey do -- so that helped greatly.

I know nothing of golf except Arnold (Palmer) and Tiger (Woods), so SEVE was not on my radar. WAG on OSLIN, DIO and INGLE. The latter I should have known from my forays into Brit lit.

Knew ORAN because it was the featured location of Albert Camus' novel La Peste (The Plague) which was required reading in highschool French back in the day.

I congratulate Mr Norris in that it's been quite a while since we've had a 'clunker' and the quality of the puzzles seems to be at an all time high.

Kudos also to Ms CC for assembling a band of exceptional co-bloggers, each of whom bring their own distinctive flavor to us.

How lucky we are who get to participate in this forum !
karin p.
(who is still trying to open a second google account so as to turn "blue")

Nice Cuppa said...

Re "Ingle"

According the OED, in the 18th Century the word "ingle" was slang for a young male prostitute - which presumably meant it was rarely used in polite conversation (or literature) and eventually lost. Perhaps the "nook" was added to make the original sense respectable again.

Re Transfer-RNA.

Everyone is now familiar with DNA and Messenger-RNA.

Transfer-RNA is the molecule that "reads" the genetic code on Messenger-RNA, and translates the code into the correct order and type of amino acids that assemble to make proteins.

So I think it's about time Transfer-RNA got its 10 seconds of fame.


Anonymous said...


You just have to go to the musicals with a friend instead. My friends DH is the same, and she just bought tickets to WICKED this weekend and invited me. We will have a lovely time, and he cheered when I said I would go as that gets him out of the obligation.

Tinbeni, in my day we were part of the Big 8, and I actually worked for Arthur Andersen. They were generally regarded as the most conservative of the firms so it was ironic that they were the ones that went down with Enron. That was a long time ago though. I was trying to remember who the 8 were. Had to look it up.

Coopers and Lybrand
Arthur Young
Arthur Andersen
Deloitte Haskins and Sells
Peat Marwick
Price Waterhouse
Ernst & Whinney
Touche Ross

They all merged with each other except Arthur Andersen which then went down.

Chickie said...

Hello All--For some reason I was on Mike Peluso's wave length today. I didn't know the Master's Champ/Seve and Singer K.T./Oslin, but both were obtainable with the perps.

My hand goes up for the Deo/Eola error. That was the only place where I had to rely on Lemonade's excellent blogging to correct my mistake. I also had to rely on the blog to find the iced hidden word. I didn't see the theme at all until I came here.

Kazie, I too, take my magazines to the Hospital Clinic for their waiting rooms. They are always most appreciative.

Heart Rx, The paper hat diagram brought back 1st grade memories. That hat was one of the only things that my first graders could fold (except snowflakes) that didn't take forever to teach. With a couple more folds we turned them into boats. Fun!

Chickie said...

Dr. Dad, Good to "see" you today.

CA, I hope your scorpion sting is better and doesn't pose any more problems. I don't think I've seen a wood scorpion. Is it like a desert scorpion? I'll have to Google that.

Also thank you for the poem today.

I also liked seeing the Bay Area in today's puzzle. It isn't often that one's home area is featured in a CW.

Enjoy the rest of your day, everyone.

Warren said...

For JD: We stayed in Oahu from Wednesday night 9-1 and left for Kauai in Kapaa on Saturday 9-4 PM and left early AM on Saturday the 11th and got home before 10:30 PM.

What time were you there? Someone on the blog told me that you were in Kauai but not where or how to contact you either...


Tinbeni said...

It was the "BIG-8" in my day too.

I spent 8 plus years at Peat Marwick (now KPMG).

From "Nine to Five" (like we ever worked those hours) I was the "Ultra-Conservative" Accountant.
Away from the Office, more of the 60's style hippie.

As to your Arthur Andersen going down from the Enron thing. Considering their (well earned) reputation, I was totally shocked.

Dilbert said...

The Army bus story was a rememberence by a fraternity brother. It happened in 1966.
I was married then and we were living off campus. I had no idea
about what going on.
TG I had served my six years.
The Brother later served aboard the Lexington when Tora, Tora, Tora
was filmed. The Lex was made-up to look like one of the Japanese carriers.

Anonymous said...

Kazie: I take my magazines to the local Marine recruiting center and they make up care packages and send them to the troops. I have a whole list of items they need and/or like to have. The troops especially like Reader's Digest because it fits in their pockets and can be read in bits and pieces.


Hahtoolah said...

KQ: You will enjoy "Wicked." We saw it last spring. It's a fun twist on the Wicked Witch of the West.

Jerome said...

RNA- The problem is no matter how you clue it still means pretty much nothing to anyone but certain scientists. "Messenger cell", "Transfer __". Yeah, ok. What message? Transfer what? Even reading Nice Cuppa's short, well written definition leaves me not understanding anything about it. I've had RNA in a puzzle and I despised it. It just sits there like a pesky little wart.

Clear Ayes said...

Husker Gary, Definitely a Freudian slip. I must have been subconsciously thinking of you. I bet you are a smoothie on the dance floor too.

I read a newspaper article a few days ago which described a study that had been done. A group of young men were videotaped dancing alone. The videos were shown to appropriately aged women. The women reported that they found the men who had the most varied "moves" to be the most attractive. (I'm sure the results would change if the men were in their 50's doing their old Saturday Night Fever routines.) I have no idea why, or who sets up these studies. Nevertheless, a man who can musically steer you around the room without squashing your hallux will always be in demand.

vettedoe, thanks for the "hallux". It is so nice to be reminded that everything has a name. Yes, it is better.

Chickie, our wood scorpion (I have no idea what their scientific name is) looks just the same as its larger relatives. They are about the size of a nickel up to a quarter. They live in wood piles, under rocks and sometime come into the house hidden in the flaps of cardboard cartons. Their bite is painful, but is no more dangerous than a bee sting, unless you have allergies which I don't.

With the exception of Phantom of the Opera (I know, I know, everybody else loves it), I can't think of a theater musical that I haven't at least liked.

Lemonade714 said...

Good evening blogans and blogiennes, no...bloger and blogettes; drat; hi all.

Thank you for all the kind words, it is my goal to make it entertaining, but to also provide visuals to make clues easier to file away for next time. I also entertain myself with memories and learning stuff. Maybe IOLA and the NEOSHO river will be a gimme next time. Lo-li-ta, are you boycotting my work? Dr. Dad and Karin and Maniac good to know you are out there. Maybe for Christmas we can get all the hundreds who still lurk to comment and tell us how they are doing. It is always nice to hear from everyone, and you know who I mean.

Anonymous said...

I was in nam from "62-'64, 365th Engr. Bat., HQ CO, commo section.

It's Mr Ed. my password would not work, had to come in as anon.

Anonymous said...

I was in nam from "62-'64, 365th Engr. Bat., HQ CO, commo section.

It's Mr Ed. my password would not work, had to come in as anon.

erieruth said...

LOVED the movie Mamma Mia and also the Broadway Show ... such fun to listen to anything by ABBA.

My grammar school was ALAMO school, bet you can guess which state I lived in then!!

Lemonade714 said...


Hallux is an interesting word, first mentioned by C.C. exactly 2 years ago today, and appearing in the Sunday September 12, 2010 puzzle. In Latin thumb is HALLUS and big toe is HALLEX, so we ended up in the middle.

Anonymous said...

Lemonade714, looks like hallux is the correct term

Dennis said...

Mr. Ed, where were you? We were up in I Corps, Chu Lai/Danang. We were part of the first combat ground troops in country.

Anonymous said...

San Francisco Bay Area. My favourite band is from the bay area! The band was established in 1981 and they were inducted in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 2009!

Any guesses who I'm talking about?

maybe this will help.....

All Night Mare Long

carol said...

CA: You are soooo right about a man that can dance. Fortunately I am married to a VERY good dancer. The men of our generation are the last of the dancers. It's really too bad that the younger guys don't dance, the girls/women love that. Of course, they don't know how anymore either. We had such fun and danced together for more than 30 years....we still can, but there is no place that plays that style of music anymore. (Boogie, classic rock and roll, swing). Goooood stuff!!!:)

Lemonade714 said...

Anon: I know HALLUX is the correct word in English, I was commenting on how it had moorphed from the two latin words.

Red State, good to see you; if my brain is working, I beleive Metallica actually started put of LA, but made it big when they moved to SF. METAL RULES!

We have the Stardust dance club about 1/2 mile from my house, so if you want to stop by CA, there is always a place/

JD said...

CA, I'm with ya'. I did not like "Phantom" either, but I enjoy most musicals.Rewatching some of them is a kick because they are so dated. Lemonade's clip of "On a Clear Day" made me laugh, but what a voice Babs had. Fun movie!

Warren, we were back by 9/3, so you hadn't yet arrived.We stay at Kalapaki Beach (Lihu'e). All the botanical gardens on Kauai are like going to Eden, amazingly beautiful!What a great phone/camera! Did you make it to the canyon?Having the grandsons with us we were mainly in the water.

Bill G. said...

'Cause I'm a fogy (fogey?) and like the old familiar stuff, I agree about Phantom of the Opera. I can't hum even one of the songs. On the other hand, I can sing along with all the songs in The Music Man, Oklahoma, My Fair Lady, etc.

I used to be a pretty good dancer (I thought). Barbara and I could do a pretty decent jitterbug. We learned the Texas two-step and had a lot of fun with that and several line dances that we half-way mastered.

Lemonade714 said...

WICKED is wicked good.

Annette said...

I missed "Wicked" the other times it came through town, so I'm determined to catch it this year. I tried reading the book, but couldn't get into it. I hear the play is much better.

There are a lot of places to dance down here! I did the 2-step, swing, cha-cha, waltz, line dance thing for a few years, and did office work for the dance studio while waiting for my current job to become available. In my first week at this job, 2 women came up and said they knew me - they'd seen me out dancing!

One of my more regular partners later became president of the local Swing Dance Society.

Lemonade, my sister and her husband take ballroom lessons either at Stardust, or a studio across the street. I went with them once. They take an annual dance cruise with a group of people from there too.

Marge said...

Hi all!
Its late but i'm going to write a little anyway.

We saw Phantom in New York and I loved it, especially the music I thought the puzzle was fairly hard. I knew Iola but didn't know it was in Allen Co. I lived in Kansas for ten years. I also knew b.i.d. and wanted twice a day but finally got the word daily.

In Wisconsin we have poppie day every Memorial Day. The American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars sell them to raise money. Each organization has a different kind of poppie.

HeartRx My sister-in-law had pulmanary fibrosis. She suffered so. She died 3 years ago. My brother still mourns for her and always will. She was a special person.

I do believe it's bedtime.


WM said...

Inglenook from the Scot's ingleneuk(nuek is corner, as in East Nuek of Fife) is not actually the fireplace but "nooks" alongside the fireplace...I had never heard the term, which doesn't, in and of itself, mean anything, so I checked with with a bunch of British and Aussie FB friends...the Aussies had never heard the term and generally thought it to be very funny.

Lemonade714 said...

WM how nice to see you