Oct 17, 2010

Sunday October 17, 2010 Julian Lim

Theme: I Have a Weird Feeling... Or rather MIXED EMOTIONS (109A. Conflict, and a hint to unraveling the puzzle's circled letters). The spanning circled letters are anagrams of various emotions. In cryptic crossword, "weird" and "mixed" often indicate anagram trick.

22A. "The Age of Turbulence" memoirist : ALAN GREENSPAN. The circled five letters ANGRE is anagram of anger.

29A. Still in Hollywood : FREEZE FRAME. Fear.

32A. Event with a "six metres club" : POLE VAULT. Love.

45A. Treaty of Paris conflict, 1763 : THE SEVEN YEARS' WAR. Envy. We also have a minor duplicated PARIS (58D. Montmartre's city). Montmartre is lovely. Had an incredible experience inside the Sacré-Cœur Basilica.

59A. Defense strategy that's not an option in some states : INSANITY PLEA. Pity.

71A. Scandalmongers, often : TABLOID PRESS. Pride.

83A. Nintendo game that involves rescuing a princess : THE LEGEND OF ZELDA. Glee. Cross-referenced with NES (117A. 83-Across console).

92A. "It's Still Rock and Roll to Me" performer : BILLY JOEL. Joy.

94A. Common cell : MOBILE PHONE. Hope.

I love that all the anagrammatic emotion words consistently span two words in each theme entry rather than hidden inside some long words. More fun.

I am sure our Lemonade (Jason in real life) would enjoy the two references to him:

39D. Euripides tragedy : MEDEA. And JASON ( 93D. 39-Down's spouse), who deserted Medea after she helped him get the Golden Fleece.

86D. Lemon add-on : ADE

I think this is Julian Lim's first Sunday puzzle. If so, congratulations! Very creative theme. Many original and tricky clues too.


1. Hied : SPED

5. Redbox rental : DVD

8. Fond du __, Wisconsin : LAC. The French settled down there first I suppose.

11. NH3 : AMMONIA. Did not really know the formula.

18. Apple part : CORE

19. Service station offering : AIR. An unexpected answer.

20. "Rubáiyát" rhyme scheme : AABA

21. Trying to catch a break? : X-RAYING. Great "break" clue.

25. Speculator's reply to "Where's all your money?" : I LOST IT. Tough!

26. Bob Marley, e.g. : RASTA. Loved his "No Woman, No Cry".

27. Pupil of Plato : ARISTOTLE. Socrates, Plato, Aristotle. We also have TELOS (71D. Final purpose, to Aristotle). Unknown to me. Aristotle duplication. Tough to avoid so in a giant 21*21.

38. Vet : EX-GI

39. Suvari of "American Pie" : MENA. Can never remember her name.

40. Big name in beauty : ESTEE. Estée Lauder.

41. "The X-Files" extras : FEDS

50. Dr. Alzheimer : ALOIS. I did not know this.

52. Dwells : RESIDES

53. Stretch out using : LIE ON. The clue sounds a bit awkward to me.

54. Many of their pieces are nearly identical : JIGSAWS. Seems so time-consuming.

57. Sushi bar supplier : EELER. Was in the food direction.

58. Homeys : PALS

61. Like pheasant : GAMY

62. Little rat : PUP

65. Slave : TOIL

66. Corrosive fluids : LYES

67. What vacationers are without, by choice : CARE. Without care.

68. Batman co-creator : KANE (Bob). Not a familiar figure to me.

69. It "enables us to find ourselves and lose ourselves at the same time": Merton : ART. Oh, memory does the same, no?

70. Exploded : BLEW

75. "Charlie's Angels" angel Munroe : KRIS. Peeked at the answer sheet.

76. Fracas : MELEE

77. Ball Park Franks maker : SARA LEE

78. Links site : CHAIN. Thought of golf.

80. Bread component? : SILENT A. Letter A in bread is silent. Got me.

82. Key of the overture to Mozart's "The Magic Flute" : E-FLAT. Needed crossing help.

87. "See ya!" : TA TA

88. Buddy List user : AOLER

89. Heading under which cabs are listed : REDS. Wine list. Cab here refers to Cabernet.

90. Yeats's "__ and the Swan" : LEDA

101. Heart stimulant brand : ADRENALIN. Have never heard of the brand. Makes sense.

103. Romantic cocktail garnish : PETAL

104. First frat at U.C. Berkeley : ZETA PSI. Total unknown.

112. Delta follower : EPSILON

113. Sacha Baron Cohen character : ALI G. Borat too. Nuts.

114. __ de Cologne : EAU

115. Tenth: Pref. : DECI

116. She played Sasha Monroe on "Third Watch" : NIA LONG. Nice to see her full name.

118. Banned pesticide : DDT

119. "Understood" : I SEE


1. Gobble (down) : SCARF

2. Opposite : POLAR

3. Make blank : ERASE

4. Pasta order word : DENTE. Al dente.

5. __ es Salaam : DAR. Largest city in Tanzania. Literally "house of Peace" in Arabic, a la Wiki.

6. Fight (for) : VIE

7. Less upbeat : DREARIER

8. Error : LAPSE

9. Like __ out of 79-Down : A BAT. 79. See 9-Down : HELL. Like a bat out of hell. The clues told me nothing.

10. Spam-revealing aid? : CAN OPENER. Picturing the email spams.

11. Deodorant targets, anatomically : AXILLAE. Singular is axilla.

12. 1957 Bobbettes hit : MR. LEE. Here is the clip. Out of my knowledge zone.

13. Great Leap Forward architect : MAO. Crazy time in China. It preceded Cultural Revolution.

14. Cries of dismay : OYs

15. Niggling detail : NIT

16. Trattoria menu suffix : INI. Pasta suffix. Like Rotini.

17. Thespian's rep. : AGT. Thespian sounds so old.

20. "__ sure you've heard ..." : AS I'M

23. Wondering look : GAZE

24. Org. with many arms : NRA. Weapons.

28. Theater awards : TONYs

30. No. after a phone no. : EXT. Extension. Drew a blank.

31. Alphabet trio : FGH. The constructor has no other better choice here.

33. Indeed : VERILY

34. Boneheads : ASSES

35. Old CIA plane : U-TWO. Weird to see U-2 spelled out.

36. Like times of famine : LEAN

37. Thrice, in Rx's : TER

41. Sizzling Tex-Mex meat : FAJITA

42. "The Ladies' Man" author Lipman : ELINOR. Nope. Alien to me.

43. Watch Fido, say : DOG SIT

44. Hemp fiber : SISAL. Learned from doing Xword.

46. Filters (through) : SEEPS

47. German donkey : ESEL. Made me smile. I got to know John Lampkin because of this word. Looks like this.

48. Odious : VILE

49. Arbored Southwestern walkway : ALAMEDA. Can never remember this word.

51. Japanese honorific : SAN. I would be called C.C. San.

55. Game : WILLING

56. Optical maladies : STYES

60. Longbow wood : YEW

61. Fed. auditor : GAO (General Accounting Office)

62. Valencian rice dish : PAELLA. Tasty!

63. Depose : UNSEAT

64. Old Catalan coin : PESETA. Forgot again.

67. Former Yankee Boyer : CLETE. No idea. I might have his baseball card.

68. Singles promoter? : KRAFT. Cheese.

70. Prickly, plantwise : BRIERY. Adjective of brier I suppose.

72. First Hebrew letter: Var. : ALEF. OK, variant of aleph.

73. Daimler contemporary : BENZ

74. Game opener? : PRE. Pre-game.

75. Survivor of Krypton's destruction : KAL-EL. No idea. Superman's birth name.

76. Broker : MIDDLEMAN

78. K.J. __, first Korean to win on the PGA Tour : CHOI. Gimmie. Love him. Very Asian style. Stoic. Hard-working. Do-er.

80. Villainous look : SNEER

81. 1967 Temptations hit : ALL I NEED. Obtained via crossings.

83. Check : TAB

84. Disintegrating : ERODING

85. Penn. neighbor : DEL

91. PDA entry : APPT

94. Leg hiders : MAXIS. Skirts.

95. Designer Cassini : OLEG. Jackie's designer.

96. Didn't pass, in bridge : BID

97. Alpine protagonist : HEIDI. Lovely.

98. Siouan tribesmen : OTOES

99. '30s V.P. John __ Garner : NANCE. Who knows?!

100. Milk pitcher? : ELSIE. Elsie the Cow. Great clue. I was thinking of the container "pitcher" rather than one who makes the sales pitch on TV.

102. River past Thebes : NILE

104. Buddhist sect : ZEN

105. Start to cure? : EPI. Start to the word epicure.

106. Hijack-prevention org. : TSA (Transportation Security Administration)

107. Feel peaked : AIL. New meaning of "peaked" to me.

108. Oslo Accords gp. : PLO (Palestine Liberation Organization)

110. Furious : MAD

111. Partner of about : OUT. Out and about.

Answer grid.



Barry G. said...

Morning, all!

I totally forgot about the missing circles and solved this on online. I'm sure the circled letters would have added another dimension to my solving experience, but they certainly weren't necessary.

Overall, this was a fun and challenging puzzle. I wasn't crazy about things like BRIERY and EELER, but the fill was pretty solid otherwise.

Thorny spots today included the ALOIS/ELINOR crossing (both unknowns), CARE/CLETE (didn't know the latter, wasn't sure about the former), CHOI/CHAINS (didn't know the first, needed all the perps for the second) and TELOS/REDS (never heard of the former, couldn't figure out what the clue meant for the latter).

And then, of course, some of the tricky cluing had my scratching my head for awhile, such as "Trying to catch a break" for XRAYING and "Bread Component" for SILENTA.

As I said, though, an enjoyable experience overall.

Hahtool said...
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Hahtool said...

Morning CC and all. No time for the puzzle today for reasons ... Well enough about me. I was concerned about Barry G's dad. Since Barry is the 1st one up, I hope that means good news. I hope you dad's progress continues to be positive. It is good you live so close to him, Barry.

Lemonade714 said...

Good morning:

This was a real slog, with many fun moments, not the least of which was appearing as Both JASON and LemonADE. (Thanks Julian).

The fact CRUCIVERB did not have the promised circles did not help, but in truth, I am not sure how much knowing the theme would have sped up the process, since I found many of the clues Friday/Saturday difficulty. I agree with Barry clues like Alzheimer : ALOIS and TELOS need simpler crosses.

Always amazed how things appear, like 20. "Rubáiyát" rhyme scheme : AABA, right after our Rikki Tikki Tavi discussion. I thought Trying to catch a break? : X-RAYING, was our clue of the week. Also enjoyed Milk pitcher? : ELSIE and Spam-revealing aid? : CAN OPENER.

I know all about ADRENALINE a brand name of EPINEPHERINE, which is the stimulant produced by the ADRENAL gland. It is like KLEENEX and many other, a product name that has become more popular than the substance, as you can hear reference to it at every broadcast of a sporting event, where it is supposedly pumping in the bodies of the players, golfers etc.

I often wish I would not start Sundays because they are such work, but I am sure I understand why. I enjoyed, nice debut puzzle.

Be well all.

Lemonade714 said...

Of course I forgot to explain, as I child I was very allergic and got my first shot of ADRENALINE to get me brathing again when I was stung by three bees. So they sent me to an allergist who determined I was allergic to 19 of the 20 scratch substances, so I had to desensitize by taking shots. Sadly those too caused anaphylactic shock, so more shots of Adrenaline. So maybe along with Jason and Lemonade, this puzzle really is about me. NOT

Barry G. said...

Since Barry is the 1st one up, I hope that means good news. I hope you dad's progress continues to be positive. It is good you live so close to him, Barry.

Thanks, Hahtool. His condition is unchanged as of last night. Mentally, he is doing fine, but he's still very weak. The next step is to perform an angiogram to determine if there is anything that can be fixed with surgery (such as a blockage). After that, the plan is to (a) fix anything that needs to be fixed and then (b) install a combination pacemaker/defibrillator to regulate his heartbeat.

They say his heart function will likely never improve (it's only at about 20% right now) and his quality of life may be greatly reduced as a result. In addition, the dye used for the angiogram may end up destroying his one remaining kidney (which isn't working too well right now), which would mean dialysis. And, of course, he could have another heart attack at any moment. So he's definitely not out of the woods by any means. But, as I said, at least he is conscious and alert, and where there's life there's hope.

Lemonade714 said...

BTW, C.C. knowing how long it takes to write a week day puzzle and how long it takes to solve a Sunday, I continue to be amazed that you have this done so well and waiting at 5:30 in the morning your time. Thank you for all the information, and it is nice to know you are on the mailing list

HeartRx said...

Good Morning C.C. San et al.

Glad to see you broke the ice today Barry. It sounds like your dad is far from "out of the woods", but at least he is still in good spirits. Like you, I solved online so did not see the circles, even though I knew they were there.

After coming here I downloaded the circle links that C.C. provided, and saw the "mixed emotions" theme. Very clever, but not necessary to solve the puzzle.

When I filled in 1,5,8,11 and 18A without blinking an eye, I thought I would be in for a speed run today. Then, alas, I entered "Gas" for 19A, and it was downhill from there. I eventually finished, but if it hadn't been for perps, I would have been toast!

Fresh clues today - I have seen "Milk Pitcher" for ELSIE before, but it got me again on this one. Very enjoyable puzzle!

Have a great day everyone - today is "leaf peeping" in the Berkshires for us. Should be nice!

Spitzboov said...

Good morning C.C. and all.

Quite a plod today. But more so today than usual for a Sunday. I try to do the Sunday cw if I have the time. It helps me push the 'edge' a little and stay in 'practice'. I'm not necessarily looking for enjoyment of the solve, but rather, enjoying the chase.

A little red letter assist was needed in the NE and S center. As C.C. might imagine, 47d ESEL was a gimme, and formed a clechco? with 34d ASSES. I'm guessing the words have the same root. WAGS included PESETA, ALAMEDA, and ALEF. The clueing for FREEZEFRAME, ELSIE, KRAFT, CAN OPENER, and XRAYING was superb. All in all, a worthwhile exercise.

TA TA for now; enjoy the day.

Otis said...

Hi C.C. and all,

After finishing (unassisted) all but the sw corner of yesterday's puzzle and feeling pretty good about it, I had a train wreck of an experience today, and my puzzle is unreadable through the ink blobs. Not the right set of knowledge, I guess; far too many obscure formal names of people, places, and things, and a lot of it before my time. Give me 'ERODENT' any day.

I do have a few beefs with the puzzle besides my lack of knowledge. Adrenaline as a brand? It is a hormone. Can bodily substances be trademarked? 'Blood TM' brand. I think plain 'Heart stimulant' would have been a better clue, even if adreneline is a brand. I also think 'Sizzling Tex-Mex meat' would be more accurate with 'meal' substituted for 'meat'. Fajita is a method of preparation, not the contents of the dish.

SILENTA for bread component is a bit of a stretch. I thought E and A together formed the sound, but I'm a long way from tenth grade English, and I see I am wrong. Silent consonants are easier for me than vowels, I guess. Maybe I should just memorize the forty-odd English phenomes for puzzle reference. Didn't have a problem with memorizing Latin numerals, but there was a hell of a lot less to memorize.

I cannot believe I didn't get Ali G, considering I used to rent tapes of the British show. Couldn't get Barat out of my mind. Both are hysterical, but the early Ali G (before anyone knew who he was) are especially funny Never seen the American version.

Not a bad puzzle at all, just not to my liking. Glad I did not save it until evening, as I usually do.

Barry G, so glad your dad has improved and hope it continues.

Carpe Diem, all.

Lemonade714 said...

Well when I am wrong, I am wrong and I will admit it. ADRENALIN is the trademarked product name, while adrenaline, with an e, is also a name for the hormone epinephrine, the medical community uses the term epinephrine, not adrenaline. I am sure most have heard of EPI-PENS which are carried by those with acute allergies. Anyway, the clue is the one without the E, which makes it a product name, and synthesized version, not a hormone. Dennis, I am not sure where you are but I am sure you know how to make a hormone.

I know it is Sunday and we are all quiet, but I must add, I liked the BAT and OUT OF HELL reference. Also, the U2 (U-two) reminded me of GARY FRANCIS POWERS another old memory that those of you not in the US in 1960 would have. Likewise I am surprised all you evil empire drones are not singing the praises of CLETE BOYER , one of the many players stolen from the KC Athletics (remember a guy named Maris?) to keep the Yankees winning, and the lesser brother of KEN BOYER .

Ah well, I tried

Dilbert said...

Hi all.

No circles so theme went over my
head. Admire people who do these
on line. If I tried, I'd still be solving.

Really trying to rain today. So dreary.

Take care.

Vidwan827 said...

Lemonade - Phew !!!

I'm so glad you cleared up that difference between adrenalin and 'adrenalinE' ... the first is a brandname 'trademark' for the second chemical monoamine - epinephrine ... ??! huh !

(I'm surprised the FDA allows this sort of chicanery to go on ...).

I just informed 5 people this morning of ...'What I had learnt ...'- that adrenaline was infact a brand name by the makers of Kleenex ( lol ;-D ) .. and spent a good half hour 'swearing' I was right... and defending my position .... with 2 housewives, 3 biochemists, ( and 3 medical doctors - who promptly pooh-poohed me.... )

I kept telling them that, ... lookie-here, its easy ... it was like Kleenex, see ... ( only more transparent ...) ... and they were looking at me as if I had gone completely crazy - or 'non loco compos-mentis' or whatever the legal phrase is ...

And I kept telling them, that I heard it all from a 'reliable' source - ( I just didn't mention this blog ...).

Now, I better call them up and apologize - and tell them what they learnt at med school - still holds good.

Ironically, although I have no bee -sting allergies, I have an 'annually renewable' yellow jacket nest, in the midst of my ecchivaria succulents, on my front sloop - and I keep an Epi-Pen handy, for the benefit of my guests - I have learnt it the hard way - 8 years ago - when 3 of my guests got bit, late one night, and emer/safety vehicles from 3 neighboring fire departments had to respond. ( I was lucky they graciously agreed not to sue me ...the guests, that is - not the fire departments ... )

JD said...

Good morning C.C. and all,

Wish I had some knowledge to add, but I was filled with ah-ha's and enjoyed so many new tid bits.Like, nobody does a dog like Sara Lee..I spent lots of time with Mr. G.Pole vaulting didn't come to mind for that event.Also had lots of words in mind for 70D, but briary wasn't one of them.

I did pretty solid work until I got to tabloid press and the very clever silent A.For awhile I had remove for unseat.
I don't play Nintendo, so the Princess game was a wash.If it had been 5 letters, I would have put Mario.That's all I know, or not.

I agree with Otis with fajitas...meat? That is a dish where you can use any meat.

All in all, I enjoyed the effort that Mr. Lim put into this, and I am always in awe that you can do these,and make wonderful sense out of it all for us.xie xie

It is a drizzly gray day here, so we'll probably skip the outdoor Octoberfest, and watch/pray for the 49ers. I'll be reading the last book in The Girl who series and cooking for family night.Love the rain....

Dudley said...

Hello Puzzlers -

DNF today. This puzzle beat me up and took my lunch money. Way too many unknowns, way too many trips to Googleville. Even with lookups I still got lost, such as with that Nintendo thing.

I didn't use the circles, and probably wouldn't have benefitted from them anyway.

Let's hear from more who threw in the towel! My battered ego needs a lift.

Cheers -

Tinbeni said...

Hmmm, My newspaper grid has the
circles and "Big Whoop" they spell
out MIXED EMOTIONS in little anagrams.

CLETE was their 3rd baseman when I became a New York Yankee fan back in the '50's.
Tears, we could have used his bat yesterday. But coming out of Texas 1-1 is a plus.

Liked seeing my favorite Jamaican, Bob Marley, RASTA.

Fave was my Gal-Pal's name KRIS.
On a sad note, her brother, Howard (66), died on Friday after a long illness.

As such, this was just an OK solve providing a needed diversion.

Chickie said...

Hola Everyone, I loved the puzzle within the puzzle. Thank goodness all the anagram words were short and I was able to solve every one after I solved the CW.

I did have to Google many unknown names--as mentioned by others. I had printed the PDF version of the puzzle last evening so the circled letters gave me the anagrams, but were not necessarily needed to solve the puzzle.

As JD has said, rain today. We were told it MIGHT shower, but it has come down pretty good for over an hour now. Our first rain after our long summer. It is nice to be inside where it is warm and dry.

Have a great rest of the day, everyone.

Spitzboov said...

A couple weeks ago we had ALBINO as a fill. This afternoon, an albino chickadee came to our bird feeder. Albino Chickadee.
As other web articles point out, the bird was probably leucistic rather than a true albino. The bird was in among several dark-phase finches, so it was quite spectacular to see.

bestbird said...

My apologies to anyone who wanted to use Google or wikipedia today. I monopolized their servers this afternoon.

Yowzer, what a puzzle! But I got an education.

Anonymous said...

Ms. Hahtool birthday?

Jayce said...

Wow, I can't believe I did the whoooole thing! No lookups, no "cheating." Took me over two hours, but it is worth every minute. To paraphrase Yakov Smirnoff, "Whot a pozzle!" I really liked it a lot.

Thank you for providing the PDF version! Pesonally I much prefer working the puzzle on paper, with a pencil. This was really really fun today.

Now I'll go back and read all your blogs, and most likely post more later.

Clear Ayes said...

Good Afternoon All, It was more than a picket fence today. Someone mentioned "lacy swiss cheese" not too long ago. That is what this Sunday puzzle looked like for the first three or four passes.

I stared at (35D) UTWO, or perhaps UT WO, for the longest time. The light bulb came on after seeing C.C.'s comment. I've never seen it other than U2.

I'm not a gamer, so (83A) THE LEGEND OF ZELDA as well as (117A) NES were finished with the perps.

BTW is it NES as in a commonly used single word, or N.E.S. (Nintendo Entertainment System), an abbreviation? Strange, but when I googled it, the redundant "NES Nintendo" popped up several times.

Speaking of games (kind of), is pheasant really GAMY? I've eaten it and never associated it with a GAMY taste. Maybe the clue just meant it was a type of wild game.

Coincidence Dept.: I watched some of FoodTV's "Throwdown with Bobby Flay" last night. If you haven't seen it, it is a cooking challenge show. This one happened to be about "FAJITAs". The meaning was given as a "strip or belt", referring to the meat of the dish, not the preparation. Any meat can be used for (41D) FAJITAs, as long as it is cut into strips. Lucina...Yes?...No?

Thanks to Lemonade for the 11:22 explanation of ADRENALIN. Now we know the difference with the extra "E" at the end.

No repeat of Yeat's (90A) LEDA and the Swan. It was posted on July 26, 2009...Thanks for the Search This Blog feature, C.C.

Chickie, a thanks to you too for the heads up on rain. It is dark and cloudy to the west (your way), so maybe we will get some also.

Barry G., lots of positive thoughts coming your way for your father's recovery. As you say, "where there's life there's hope".

Hahtool said...

Anon: no. Not until December.

Sallie said...

Good afternoon everyone.

Here's from someone who threw in the towel. Did anyone else happily put in armpits for 11 D. Made sense to me.

Barry G. That 1½ hour trip to visit your dad must take quite some chunks out of your day. Best wishes to you and your family.


Teledingo said...

This was a sloppy puzzle.

2-down: Polar is not a synonym for "opposite." They're often used together, but that's about it. They're not even the same speech type.

41-down: A fajita is a sizzling tex-mex DISH, but not a kind of meat.

54-across: Jigsaw PUZZLES have many near identical pieces, but not jigsaws themselves (unless you count various blades, which is rather a stretch and not I think the cluer's intent).

53-across: "Stretch out using" for "lie on" is simply nonsense. Same with 111-across ("parner of about-today's date" and "out").

86-across: "AOLER" as a word for a user of AOL? OK, sure. I guess.

I could go on. Not a particularly difficult puzzle, but lots of lazy cluing.

Jayce said...

Sallie, I did pencil in ARMPITS for 11D, as it made emminent sense to do so. Unfortunately, I knew ARISTOTLE "had" to be right, too, and that doomed ARMPITS to the place that bat SPED from. Now I know why I am so prone to second-guessing myself when working xword puzzles. The more ya thinks ya're right, the wronger ya are.

For a long time I couldn't parse SILENTA. I kept seeing it as rhyming with "polenta." Couldn't figure what it had to do with bread. Then finally, aha!

Oddly enough, I pencilled CHAIN in right away. Turns out I was right on that one. My mind was almost but not quite in sync with Mr. Lim on cabs heading, for which I put in WINE at first. True gimmes for me included Fond du LAC, AMMONIA, EAU de Cologne, EPSILON, MEDEA, JASON, and ARISTOTLE. Lotsa Greek stuff today.

TER fooled me again.

Fun, clever clues! My favorites are the same as Lemonade's and Spitzboov's.

Well, we were going to do some yard work today, but it's too soggy, so we're staying in. Best wishes to you all.

JD said...

CA, good information on fajitas. You know, I always trust that our cruciverbalists have done their research, and I don't think they have gone off the beaten path yet. It amazes me how many definitions they dig up that we have not ever used.

Nice Cuppa said...

Verily, a ramble through the briery bramble. I thoroughly enjoyed this one.

A late post, I know - just got back from a drizzly day on the links.


Are you joining us from the land of Oz? I agree with you on POLAR - that one leapt out as a misclue.

JIGSAW is a common term for a JIGSAW PUZZLE, so I don't agree with you.

I "stretched out using" my new bed. I "lay on" my new bed. Bit of a stretch, but not too bad.

111d. Partner of about - "OUT and about" - perfectly legit. Where did the date thing come from?

I thought there were plenty of fresh, punny clues.

Only minor complaints. NH3 should have subscript 3, but I suppose that is not possible in this medium.

VERILY as synonym of INDEED. Hmm, bit of a stretch.

GAMY could have been "Like pheasant, sometimes".


IN RE yesterday's post, I figured you were making a joke, and did not doubt your spelling abilities, but got a little lost in your logic. I was thinking of nonce words like "Expandent" for expansive, or Explodent for explosive, as alternates to avoid the VEEDLES. Anyway, enough said.


windhover said...

Anon @ 2:43,
I believe that would be 12/9/10, if you want to mark your calendar. I already have.

Chickie said...

Ca , thank you for the explanation on Fajitas. I wasn't sure about it being a meat, just a delicious dish that I order everytime we go to Chilis!

Also, the rain has just stopped. I hope it will go your way, though you seem to have had more up your way than we have so far. We're glad for it, though.

Chickie said...

Hatool, just noticed your new avatar. Where is that log cabin? It looks like it might be in a state or national park or some such area. Very interesting.

Adrenaline vs Adrenalin is interesting information. While teaching we all had to learn how to give epi shots. Our school nurse was only at our school one day a week, so others had to fill in in case of emergencies. We practiced on grapefruits! Epi-pens had not come into their own yet.

dodo said...

Good day, CC and all,

Even though I felt I was just slogging along with this one, when I finished I realized I had only made one G, and it was for 'armpit'. I had learned 'axilla' playing Free Rice, but just couldn't sccop it out of the grey matter.

It was not an easy puzzle, though; I got almost everything from perps and WAGs with a few gimmies.

I'll agree with some of the beefs. CA, I agree about pheasant, I don't remember it as gamy. I guess we just have to allow for a little
"poetic license' now and then. Nice Cuppa, you've got it about right. Oh, does anyone ever say 'verily'? I suppose it has its root in 'veri----' something. I don't know the Latin word for 'true'.

Thank you for the writeup, CC. Very informative. BTW, when 'peaked' is used to mean ill, or frail, it's pronounced peak-ed, two syllables. Not like a peaked cap. But maybe you know that?

Spitzboov, what is the meaning of leucitic?

dodo said...

Good day, CC and all,

Even though I felt I was just slogging along with this one, when I finished I realized I had only made one G, and it was for 'armpit'. I had learned 'axilla' playing Free Rice, but just couldn't sccop it out of the grey matter.

It was not an easy puzzle, though; I got almost everything from perps and WAGs with a few gimmies.

I'll agree with some of the beefs. CA, I agree about pheasant, I don't remember it as gamy. I guess we just have to allow for a little
"poetic license' now and then. Nice Cuppa, you've got it about right. Oh, does anyone ever say 'verily'? I suppose it has its root in 'veri----' something. I don't know the Latin word for 'true'.

Thank you for the writeup, CC. Very informative. BTW, when 'peaked' is used to mean ill, or frail, it's pronounced peak-ed, two syllables. Not like a peaked cap. But maybe you know that?

Spitzboov, what is the meaning of leucitic?

dodo said...

Clearayes, the rain has just stopped here,so you probably have it by now. Very pleasant, it was. I hope we'll have some more. And Bonne Voyage, kiddo!

Spitzboov said...

@ Dodo: Leucism is a condition characterized by reduced pigmentation in animals and humans. Unlike albinism, it is caused by a reduction in all types of skin pigment, not just melanin. Adj. leucistic

Husker Gary said...

Hi Troops! I finished the puzzle at 9:30 am but left for Lincoln to see the grandkids. 4 bad cells. I had DRAWING for XRAYING and thought drawing cards might equal trying to catch a break (catch an ace?) and OWS seemed ok for cry of dismay but will cede the Yiddish OYS.

I wrote down some of the circled letters and saw the emotions scrambled and so I enjoyed the reveal at teh end. Cool but not any real help.

I had no idea SARALEE made Ballpark franks. I live in the home city for Hormel's SPAM and really enjoyed that clue.

Weather was 70 with clear blue skies again. We really must be building up debt to be repaid this winter.

Annette said...
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Annette said...

Miriam-Webster lists this definition of polar:

diametrically opposite (polar positions on the issue)

A timely usage for the upcoming election!

Hahtool said...

Chickie: my avatar is from Jockey Hollow, in Morristown, New Jersey. It is a national (I think) park. The log cabins were used to house the colonial soldiers during the American revolution. We visited there in June.

fermatprime said...

Hi All!

Thanks to CC and Julian!

This puzzle did not coincide with my areas of expertise for the most part. So I looked up ZELDA and 3 or 4 more, I think, to get going. Still took forever last night. I agree with several of the criticisms above regarding clueing. Also, was not aware of alternate spelling BRIAR. (But finally went with it.)

The other day, in one of my science newsletters, there was mention of ALOIS ALZHEIMER. So that was a gimme. (Maybe my short-term memory has not quite diminished as much as I thought!!!)

CLEAR AYES--Have a wonderful trip! Your attitude toward the big C is commendable. I do so admire your courage! (How long total is trip there? I hope that they feed you!)

CREATURE--I was saddened to hear of your cancer experiences and hope that they will not recur. You are also courageous!

BARRY G.--I wish the best for your dad. (Can't they do something other than an angiogram?)

Fall has suddenly fallen here. Woke up freezing. (My fibromyalgia requires 80 degrees!) 26 days from now is a long stretch to (hopefully) be able to put weight on injured leg. Pain all over today, distracting me from working puzzles, reading and (sigh) watching the shows that are on the DVR. (While I was incarcerated, the DVR ATE some good ones.)

THE GOOD GUYS is a very funny cop show. Anyone else watch it? BLUE BLOODS does not have enough Tom Selleck, but is passable.



Frenchie said...

Good evening to you C.C., Argyle and folk.

A puzzle within a puzzle...what an experience...I laughed, I cried and I made it through intact.



21. Trying to catch a break? : X-RAYING. Great "break" clue.
55. Game : WILLING

54. Many of their pieces are nearly identical : JIGSAWS. "Seems so time-consuming." Actually, a good jigsaw puzzle is a lot of fun. I used to do them often and then my neck started aching and it was from looking down for long periods of time. I haven't worked on one in awhile. When the right one comes along, I may break down!

66. Corrosive fluids : LYES I lived in an area that had been an old olive garden. There were stately olive trees in everybody's yards. One year, I decided to make black olives. We picked the olives. I soaked them for a week, per recipe, in lye. I rinsed them repeatedly over a few weeks so they'd be neutralized. I had them ready and they looked good, but I didn't trust the process enough to feed them to my family. Never made them again. Olive Grove. FYI, there are lye-free recipes available, though it's hard to soften the flesh.

@Barry G. I am so happy you got to have quality time with your father and that he pulled through. What a gift, having him back.

@Fermatprime, I am so happy to see you back to normal. You went through a lot and it's nice to have you back, safe and sound!

I'm out.

Nice Cuppa said...


Still don't buy it. Which pole(s)? "Like poles repel; unlike poles attract. Repulsion is the only true test of polarity?. (My 7th Grade physics back in the old country). Bipolar - that's opposites, I suppose.