Jun 12, 2011

Sunday June 12, 2011 Paul Hunsberger

Theme: Wide-Eyed - W is attached to the start of one word in each common phrase, which also goes through a spelling change. The resulting vowel sounds remain the same. Neither I nor Argyle gets the title though. Marti?

23A. Sale at the helicopter dealer? : WHIRLYBIRD SPECIAL. Early bird special.

39A. Breakfast table exposé? : THE WAFFLE TRUTH. The awful truth.

60A. Bittersweet title for a waterskier's memoirs? : WAKES AND PAINS. Aches and pains.

84A. Lacking lingerie? : OUT OF THIN WEAR. Out of thin air.

104A. Sweater under the tree? : CHRISTMAS WEAVE. Christmas Eve.

123A. Charge against an illegal fly-fishing conspirator? : WADING AND ABETTING. Aiding and abetting.

16D. Comment to an out-of-shape runner who reaches the finish line? : WHEEZY DOES IT. Easy does it.

67D. Homo sapiens' cleverness? : THE WILE OF MAN. The Isle of Man.

Notice there's no extraneous W in any of the theme entries? An important factor to consider in this letter dropping/adding/substituting gimmick.

I think this might be Paul Hunsberger's LA Times debut. If so, congratulations! I like the theme entry arrangement & overall fill. Very well done. Smooth! Several V-8 clues. Could be from Rich. That's his lovely wife Kim on the left, sharp wordsmith as well.


1. Builder of paper houses : WASP. Did you nail it, JD?

5. [Yawn] : HO-HUM. First thought was ENNUI.

10. Avenue before the Income Tax square, in Monopoly : BALTIC. I've never played Monopoly.

16. Bath bathrooms : WCs. Bath the city in England.

19. Guitarist's effect : WAWA

20. Where the puck stops ... and starts : ARENA. Hockey, just for eddyB & Splynter.

21. Iberian wine city : OPORTO. North of Lisbon. Porto also.

22. Prosciutto, e.g. : HAM

26. Poet's "before" : ERE

27. Press-on cosmetic : NAIL. Wanted LASH.

28. It's nothing in Normandy : RIEN. De rien = You're welcome.

29. Down Under dog : DINGO

30. Greek "H" : ETA

31. Ticker tape, briefly? : ECG. Or EKG.

33. White team : SOX. White Sox.

35. "La Vie en Rose" singer : PIAF (Edith)

37. Air purifying gadget : IONIZER

44. Pastoral poems : IDYLs

45. Animated explorer : DORA

46. Cause for a shootout : TIE. Not gunfight.

47. Smoky places : FLUEs. Was picturing a smokey bar.

49. Some green rolls : SOD. Not money.

50. Buzz together : SWARM

52. Weak, as an excuse : LAME

55. Make swell : BLOAT

57. Green lights : OKs

64. "Twin Peaks" Emmy nominee Sherilyn : FENN. Total stranger to me.

65. Play kickoff : ACT ONE. Made me think of football.

68. Beats by a nose : EDGES

69. Loc. __ : CIT

70. Cruising : ASEA

71. Hawaiian priests : KAHUNAS. Nice entry.

73. 2000s leadership nickname : DUBYA. I like Sr.

75. Requiring slower driving : CURVIER

77. Smooth : EVEN

78. Some like it hot : TEA. I do. I've never watched the movie though.

80. Money : LUCRE. Filthy.

82. Mosey : TOOTLE. New meaning to me.

83. Salacious : LEWD

87. "Take me __ am" : AS I

88. Kodak prefix : INSTA. Instant?

89. Get a whiff of this : ODOR

90. Actors without lines : MIMEs

94. Civil Rights Memorial architect : LIN (Maya). Lin is a quite popular surname in China, meaning "forest".

96. The Concert for Bangladesh instrument : SITAR. I know Ravi Shankar was involved.

99. Antique auto : REO

101. Color on a Florida Marlins uniform : TEAL. C'est vrai.

102. Spy : AGENT

108. Got free, in a way : MOOCHED

111. Nutmeg spice : MACE

112. Trans-Canada Hwy. rate : KPH. Kilometers/Kilometres per hour.

113. Conducted : LED

114. '80s sitcom puppet : ALF

115. Avoid a reception : ELOPE. Wedding reception.

118. Staked shelter : TENT

120. "Don't play" symbol : REST

122. Dandy guy? : JIM. Jim Dandy.

128. Reproductive cells : OVA

129. Tout de suite : AT ONCE. Would be nice to see TOUT DE SUITE as an answer someday.

130. Psychology __ : TODAY. Unaware of this magazine. Maybe Lois reads.

131. Le Havre lady friend : AMIE

132. Cartoon Chihuahua : REN

133. Emphatic acceptance : YES, YES

134. Hitches : SNAGs

135. Get loud : YELL


1. Dot-com start-up? : WWW

2. Hot tub reaction : AAH

3. Benny Goodman is credited with starting it : SWING ERA. My favorite fill today.

4. Trooper lead-in : PARA. Paratrooper.

5. Rural storage area : HAYLOFT

6. __ weaver: spider : ORB

7. Next in line : HEIR

8. Like green peppers : UNRIPE. Tricky clue.

9. Arrived : MADE IT

10. Jazz genre : BOP

11. Mimicked : APED

12. Hubs : LOCI

13. Singer Lopez : TRINI. Learned from doing Xword.

14. Give __: try : IT A GO. Two partials in this grid. Not bad.

15. Mayflower passenger : COLONIST

17. Price-fixing group : CARTEL

18. Slings mud at : SMEARS

24. Overachieving Simpson : LISA

25. Wolf (down) : SNARF

31. Deicing may delay them: Abbr. : ETDs

32. Grub : CHOW

34. Folder for Mulder : X-FILE. Fox Mulder. Nice rhyme.

36. Lust ending : FUL. Lustful.

38. Short agreement : I DO

40. Battle scar : WAR WOUND. Thought of the Marlboro marine.

41. Car dealer's offer : LEASE

42. Low wind : TUBA. Wind instrument.

43. Spiral: Pref. : HELIC

48. Former Seattle NBAer : SONIC

51. "Death in Venice" author : MANN (Thomas)

53. None-for-the-road gp.? : MADD. No alcohol!

54. Swamp : ENGULF

56. Sharp : ASTUTE

58. Be in the front row in a team photo, say : KNEEL. Vivid image.

59. Trap : SNARE

61. "Annie Hall" Oscar winner : KEATON (Diane). Hence sometimes we see "Hall of fame" for ANNIE.

62. Unveiling : DEBUT

63. Hitchcock classic : PSYCHO

64. One paying the least : FAVORITE

65. Cub Scout leader : AKELA

66. Troglodyte homes : CAVEs. Did not know the meaning of "troglodyte".

72. "The Sneetches" author : SEUSS

74. Not greenery-friendly : ARID

76. Drift : ROAM

79. Place with dusty keepsakes : ATTIC. Where's the shoebox with old baseball cards?

81. Vast, in odes : ENORM

85. Colorful words : OATH

86. Unleash, as havoc : WREAK

88. Like obstacles : IN THE WAY

91. Periodic table period? : MEALTIME. Not chemical.

92. A downspout may begin under one : EAVE

93. Husky's burden : SLED

95. Part of many bus. names : INC

97. One of a swinging pair? : ARM. Another devious clue!

98. Calf catcher : RIATA

100. Hawks once threatened by DDT : OSPREYs. Unaware of this trivia.

102. Key of Beethoven's "Kreutzer Sonata" : A MAJOR. Music is always my blind spot.

103. Cut to a roving reporter : GO LIVE. I like this entry too.

105. Bloodhound pickups : SCENTS

106. Muscle/bone connection : TENDON

107. Pique : WHET. Any tip on how to pick a good avocado at grocery store?

109. Thrill : ELATE

110. Bygone birds : DODOs. Hey, Dodo!

116. Like some air fresheners : PINY

117. Differ finish : ENCE. Difference.

119. "All finished!" : TADA

121. "Don't move a muzzle!" : STAY

124. Some light bulbs : GEs. GE's stock performance has been dismal.

125. Sack : BAG

126. Not a bit : NIL

127. Shaver's option : GEL


fermatprime said...

Hi all,

Perhaps someone else will chirp in while I am typing!

Funny puzzle, Paul. Fine write-up, C.C.!

C. C.--believe Kodak clue refers to INSTAmatic, a one time very popular camera!


I persisted and did NO cheating whatsoever! Just to prove that I could do it. Lots of time, thanks to stupid mistakes. SONIC was easy, even for me.

Slept a whole eon in past 24 hours. Makes up for part of Uverse debacle. (Part of this was due to 3 hang-ups on their part trying to get my email address to work. Hate going through all of that garbage to reach a live person.) Guess what? My second DVR has stopped working again! I was assured that the problem was with the master box which was replaced Friday.

Have a pleasant Sunday!

Gareth Bain said...

Wide is to eyed as whirly is to early, etc.

Argyle said...


Barry G. said...

Morning, all!

Pretty straightforward Sunday puzzle for me. Challenging, but not frustratingly so. And another wonderfully punny theme, to boot!

I see Gareth has already commented about the title, so 'nuff said!

windhover said...

A small correction, if I may, on the puzzle title heading: today is June 12.

Lemonade714 said...

Thanks Gareth, though honestly I did the puzzle before I read the title and it was very doable. Psychology Today is the People magazine of the Psycholgy world. My green peppers are ripe, so that was hard. Enjoyed Folder for Mulder, and Swinging Pair also, not crazy about ENORM but found it to be a nicely themed and clued Sunday. Time to tootle off.

Hahtoolah said...

Good Morning, CC and friends. Fun puzzle, and yes, I fell into some of the misleading traps. I wanted Wad in lieu of SOD.

When I was a kid, we used to play hockey outside ON ICE, which was my first answer for where the puck stops, until ARENA finally surfaced through the perps.

The Some Like it Hot clue avoids our frequent Ice vs. Iced debate!

My favorite clue was Low Wind = TUBA.

QOD: They that can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety. ~ Benjamin Franklin

June said...

Lemonade - A green pepper is an unripened red pepper. If you leave a green pepper on the bush long enough it will turn red. That is why red peppers are so much more expensive - it takes so much longer for them to be ready for market.

lois said...

Good morning CC, et al, what a fun puzzle! Cute cute cute! And great job, CC. I kept red letter help on b/c I'm rushed. Have to leave 'at once' for a lunch date - not OVAry shaker tho- but he is a big KAHUNA in his town. TODAY should be very interesting. Yes, CC, Psychology Today is a good magazine. I enjoy it. Also loved the ref to Hitchcock's PSYHCO...great movie. Rater R tho'...too bad. I think that needs to be revisited, and for One Flew Over the Cuckoo's nest too. They both offer a view at the WAFFLE TRUTH of mental illness that high schoolers could appreciate in a psych/film class.
55A make swell gave me pause but figured 'out of thin wear' and saying 'yesyes' would 'nail' that one 'at once' or 'today' sometime.

Loved 'tent' and think I may be working in one for the next week. My portable classroom burned down yesterday b/c of a kid crashing into it on her motorcycle. She's broken in several places but will be ok. My stuff is ruined except for the things I carried home. How appropriate to end this year going down in flames. Should've had hot dogs and smores on hand. Hilarious!

Enjoy your day. It's the only one you have right now.

HeartRx said...

Good Morning C.C. et al.

C.C., I am glad that Gareth ‘splained the title already and took me off the hook!

I would like to have seen the entry “Wears dirty laundry” – (What the bachelor does at the end of the week?).

I liked seeing SNARF and GRUB so close together. And I thought “Don’t move a muzzle” for STAY was a clever clue, as was “Got free, in a way” for MOOCHED! A great debut puzzle, and fun Sunday run.

Lois, so sorry to hear about your classroom, but good to know that the PERP is going to be OK. LOL at your “going down in flames” comment.

Have a great day, everybody!

Husker Gary said...

Still cool and very windy here and so my plan to ride my bike in shorts and t-shirt to get rolls didn’t work out. Puzzle was fun and engaging.

-Why the brackets around [Yawn]?
-Public WC’s in Europe are generally not free
-Seeing a speed limit sign in Canada that is over 100 (kph) can be startling at first
-Thought Dandy might be Dandy Don (you fb peeps know who that was)
-My favorite Swing Era band is Glenn Miller. His festival is currently running in his hometown of Clarinda, Iowa and I can’t get enough of In The Mood
-Oh, not the barn, the top floor of the barn. I was putting hay in my FIL’s HAYLOFT the day Apollo 11 landed
-I did not know rieN but around here we say sCarf food down and so rieC looked okay to me
-A GRUB can chow down on your yard
-Loved Periodic Table Period clue!
-13 year old girls cutting up a chicken wing in the lab and finding tendons is a hoot. They get very aggressive with the wing after their obligatory tentativeness.
-We grow and love ripe, green peppers too

Dudley said...

Hello Puzzlers - Had no trouble with the puzzle, but can't figure out what AKELA means. Only got that with the perps.

Nice to see you this morning, C.C. - Cheers!

Anonymous said...

All those corny jokes, music lessons, and games played finally paid off!

[Guess who?] Mom

Grumpy 1 said...

Good morning, C.C. and the gang. Some parts of this one were really easy, but other parts had me scratching out a letter at a time trying to find something that looked right. The gist of the theme came early when WHIRLY BIRD SPECIAL popped into mind from the first three letters.

I didn't know FENN, so tried Penn. That led me to parasite, even though it didn't seem to quite fit the clue. That left me with some blanks in that area and it was the last to fall.

At least our constructor used DUBYA for the nickname, instead of 'Shrub'.

eddyB said...


Didn't understand wide is to eyed
etc. But, didn't need to, to enjoy
the puzzle. Got the theme words.

Hockey almost over. Sob

Think that it is about time to dump
AT&T U-verse. Never use my DVR so I
dropped the service. Have a box that allows the R/W of tapes and DVDs.

Miller added another trombone, but
Benny had Krupa.

Overcast breaking up. Take care.

Clear Ayes said...

Good Morning All, thanks to Gareth Bain for the explanation. I tend to pronounce WHirley and WHeezy with a WH at the beginning, but I think that is just a growing-up regional thing. I've heard them pronounced "wirley" and weezy too. All the other theme answers compare perfectly to "W-ide is to eyed".

This was a nice Sunday puzzle. Good job, Paul Hunsberger. There were lots of great fill. I liked 23D) SWING ERA too. No Benny Goodman link, C.C.? How about Sing Sing Sing, complete with Krupa?

Wasn't too sure about 25D/SNARF. SCARF is more familiar to me.

I also enjoyed seeing 28A)RIEN directly over "35A)PIAF. Tout de suite, here's Non, Je ne regrette rien

The only thing I regret right now is that 79) "Place with dusty keepsakes" could be any CLOSET in my house (no ATTIC here). That wouldn't fit, but doing some dusting and rearranging is a good chore for today.

Lucina said...

Hello, Puzzlers. Thanks for the write up, C.C. It cleared some of my doubts.

I, too, would like to know AKELA. Anyone??

Fun puzzle today though a bit of a struggle in some places, like FENN, WEAVE, RIEN. My French is poor.


Must go. Have a spectacular Sunday, everyone!

Clear Ayes said...

Believe it or not, I was saving a 96A)SITAR poem for just such a day.

In addition to his poetry, Raghuvir Sahay (1929-1990) was also a very influential Indian journalist and critic.

A Sitar Concert

An LP of sitar music, the tempo
a fast one, but something wrong,
the record player too quick.
My heart ached with the pain
of music being hustled along,
a new type of helplessness-
notes screeching, tabla beaten into submission,
worn out, but not through ecstasy.
Finally the music closed-
like a concubine salaaming to the assembled gentry.

- Raghuvir Sahay

JD said...

Good morning C.C. and all,

Yes C.C., I did nail wasp, but missed many fop for jim. When the theme has clever clues, like today, it keeps me going because I'm curious to know the answers, even if I do it a letter at a time.Rarely does the theme show itself early enough to help.Good job, Paul.

troglodyte..had to look it up..:))
Don't know ren or akela.The "other" ren gave me arena.

favorite-mooched..oh, and snarf

Dora is now ho-hum; it's all about superheroes.

Lois, in your words, "Holy Hotwick!" Did you lose a lot or had you already hauled stuff home for the summer? Give us the Waffle Truth.

Just passing thru said...

I saw 'Akela' in your comments from Dudley and Lucina et al., and I thought, that sounds like Hindi. I just checked up on Wiki and I was right.

Akela, which, in Hindi, means he-who-walks-alone (Hans Solo ? , Lone Ranger ? ) was a leader of a pack of wolves from 'The Jungle Book' by Rudyard Kipling. Lord Baden Powell ( founder of the Boy scouts ... ), who started the Org. during the Boer War, apparently knew Mr. Kipling, and borrowed a few names from The Jungle Book for his Org.

Akela, is apparently known for his wisdom, honor and bravery - and this is a rank given to a cub Scout master or den leader. The wolf concept is apparently also borrowed from some Native American tribes, where promising youngsters, were so designated.

I dont 'do' late week puzzles, on advice from my cardiologist, but your comments are always interesting.

eddyB said...

CA. Thanks for the link. Was looking for it. Do have it on a 45EP.

Teal is also a Sharks' color.

JD said...

Thanks,Just Passing thru, intersting information.

Bill G. said...

Happy Sunday for everybody I hope.

Fun puzzle. I had a hard time finishing in the very middle but I made it.

I was a Cub Scout and Akela was the leader, someone to be looked up to.

Dunno why but I never heard SNARF until finding it in crosswords. It was always scarf up the food around here.

I'm tutoring a girl for her final. I'll bet we'll be the only two people enjoying algebra at 3pm today.

Re. avocados, I decide to eat them when they start to get a little soft. Following what I observed at Subway, I cut off a little bit of the stem end. Then I cut down to the seed all around and pull the halves apart. Then I cut slices down to the skin and flip then out with the knife. I like to eat them drizzled with olive oil (extra virgin of course!) and lots of lemon juice. A bit of salt too. If they're riper than that, guacomole is always good.

Chickie said...

Hola Everyone, I just wanted to check in and give Lois my heartfelt sympathy. If my classroom had burned down, I would have lost so many hours of work that I'm afraid I wouldn't have any sense of humor left!

I hope that you had taken home most of your things for the summer. Keep us posted.

I am glad,though, that the young "hot rodder" motorcyclist is going to be ok.

I have a memorial service today, so must be off.

Our weather is just about perfect for a change!

Anonymous said...

Good afternoon everyone.

Lois, it is so sad to read of your classroom burning down and losing so much of your teaching stuff. I can't imagine how awful. Surely do hope you did take lots of it home. Best wishes.

I did get 47 correct answers today; never grokked the theme and therefore none of the theme answers except OUT OF THIN WEAR. Took a while for thin to pop up since under wouldn't fit.

Just to add that MADD stands for Mothers Against Drunk Driving. It's a very important organization, IMHO.


Bill G. said...

Some riddles:

a) What does no man want, yet no man wants to lose?

b) Two goldfish bowls half full of water exactly balance on a balance scale. If you put a couple of goldfish in one of the bowls, will the scales still balance?

c) Using modern U. S. currency (for purposes of this puzzle, let’s exclude $2 bills and 50-cent pieces), what is the most money you can have without being able to change a $20 bill?

Lucina said...

Just passing through:

Thank you for the information on AKELA. I was in too much of a hurry to look it up and intended to but you saved me that effort. Interesting.


I, too, sympathize with your plight! I can't imagine losing all my materials to a fire or anything else. I do hope the essentials were saved.

Bill explained the choice of avocados well. I like to buy them two or three days prior to using them and look for semi soft ones then place them in a brown paper bag to further soften. They are usually ready to eat by then.

Shout out to Windhover today. I hope his HAYloft is filled!

Bill G. said...

For the third puzzle (riddle), you may use no currency larger than a $10 bill as well as other bills and coins.

Jayce said...

Hello everybody. I really enjoyed this puzzle a lot. Of course the punny theme entries are terrific and gave me smiles, but even the lil ole 3-letter fill(s) were fun because of the brilliant cluing. For example, the wonderful clue for JIM made that little word fun!

creature said...

Good Day C.C. and all,

Thanks for your excellent write-up, C.C. .I’m too late to answer any of your questions and I love the ‘bag’ trick that Lucina gave for the avocados.

I really liked the puzzle. I worked it off and on all day and it was a treat each time I got back to it. I usually don’t solve like this, but it was a must.

I agree with lots of the good remarks. The theme was funny, like Marti’s; sound take-offs generally amuse me. Thanks, Paul.

Love Hahtool’s QOD.

HG, is it only the girls, really? I guess the boys may feel it, but wouldn’t dare say anything.

Dudley, Lucina and all the Akela crowd, I was ‘asea’ myself. Thanks for the explanations.

CA and all the ‘scarf’ club. My sentiments exactly. Probably SNARF is wrong. One of the 5 of the year, that Jerome told us about. It’s ok with me either way, since it’s a slang term.

Thanks, AvgJoe, for J.J.’s link; one of my all time fav singers.

Lois, hate ‘fire’ news; Sallie, yes re: MADD.

Have a nice evening everyone.

Jayce said...

Lucina, that's how we buy and keep avocados, too. They ripen nicely at room temperature in a brown paper bag. Often, though, most or all of them ripen at once, so there's not a large window of time to eat them before they get too ripe.

I have always thought Sherilyn Fenn was awesomely pretty. She was pretty good in the version of Of Mice And Men in which Gary Sinese played George and John Malkovich played Lennie.

Sorry that happened to you, Lois.

Fermatprime, maybe it's time for you to dump Uverse, as eddyB said he is thinking of doing.

Benjamin Franklin sure was a smart fella!

Husker Gary said...

Creature, you are so right. I have never had a boy refuse to dissect the wing but I know there had to be some uneasy about it. The girls were just more verbal and almost everyone of them wound up digging in and being very aggressive with the wings!

Avg Joe said...

BillG, in answer to your riddles.

#1: Everything

#2: Yes, the scale would tip. The amount of mass has increased even if the fish are afloat.

#3: I have to go with $19, but given the setup, I'm sure there's a more clever answer that involves more than $20. Too numb or dumb to think that hard today.

As for the puzzle, I enjoyed it. Finished it, but struggled. Best/most perplexing clue was the ones that pay the least. I was thinking "Cheapskate"??

On a final note, I'm pleased to get positive feedback on my music links. But I don't want to bore anyone or breach protocol, so if I do overdo it, don't hesitate to let me know.

Avg Joe said...

One tuneagement link, then out.

After Janis died, Kris Kristofferson wrote Epitaph as a cathartic exercise and included it on the Silver Tongued Devil album. I'm very happy to have this CD in my collection. Kris ain't for everyone, but this album is his best work by a mile.

Dennis said...

Lois, my sympathy, but I have to ask -- what really set your room on fire?

Abejo said...

Good Evening, folks. Thank you Paul H., for a great Sunday puzzle. A good friend of mine, when growing up in Erie, had a last name of Hunsberger. Can't be too many of you around.

Thank you C.C. for the nice write-up, as usual.

Well, for once I got the 1A clue/answer first. WASP. I always start there, but quite often skip it for an easier answer.

The theme answers were a mix of difficulty. Got WHIRLYBIRD SPECIAL first. WADING AND ABAITING next. The rest fell over time. OUTOFTHINWEAR was my last because I could not spell DEBUT correctly at first. Oh well.

A MAJOR and MOOCHED was a tough corner for a while.

YES YES stumped me. I thought of PINY, but thought it should be spelled PINEY. Any thoughts?

Had ACCUTE before ASTUTE became obvious.

All in all, a fun day with the puzzle. I spread it out over the day. Worked in my garden early, went to church, went to the Shriner's Hospital as an usher, went to the supermarket, and am now cooking barbequed pork chops for supper.

See you tomorrow.


Lucina said...

I believe PINY is correct though I have seen PINEY, too. My Webster's confirms that.

lois said...

CA: I also wondered about the 'wh' sound when all the other 'w's came clear, but just let it go... creative liberty I figured. Really liked this puzzle.

Thank you all for the sympathy and support for the classroom fire. Yes, a lot of my personal property had been taken home just the day before. I did lose tons of interesting/cool paper things for AP and IB classes and notebooks full of organized info. Oh well. Upward and onward....Charge!!!

Dennis: LOL hellfire and damnation are rumored to have emanated from that hallowed room. It could have been a spiritual overload or the $ that was rumored to have been paid to the motorcyclist. She really got into her role too! Great job! She'll be fine.

Bill G. said...

Avg Joe, you can do better than $19 by including various coins as well as paper currency. I think there's a cleverer answer to the first one.

Bill G. said...

Just heard on 60 Minutes. "He has flaunted conventional wisdom and tweaked the scientific establishment."

The editors screwed up, didn't they? Shouldn't that be "flouted conventional wisdom...?"

Clear Ayes said...

Bill G., ah the eternal avocado dilemma! Don't forget to "thwack" the seed with a big knife to unstick it from the sticking place. Some people use a towel to loosen the seed from the thwacking knife. I just give the knife, with seed attached, another good thwack on the edge of the garbage container....drops right off into the messy towel. I don't slice inside the skin. I peel each half, and turn it flat-side down on a paper towel. I can cut away any hidden brown splotches that way and then slice (or cube) merrily away.

Lois, I meant to say earlier how sorry I was to hear about your classroom. If anybody can deal well with that, it is you.

Bill G. said...

CA: Ah, the thwacking knife. Poetic imagery!

I used to peel each half too but it always made a bit of a mess. You have probably mastered the peeling approach. Slicing inside the skin works much better for clumsy me.

I will slice one with olive oil and lemon juice for lunch tomorrow. Otherwise, the Subway turkey, bacon and avocado sandwich is a taste treat. Of course, how could anyone louse up something made with bacon and avocado. I'm getting hungry!

Dudley said...

Clear Ayes 12:20 - Back in early grade school my teachers taught us that "wear" and "where", "witch" and "which", and other pairs sounded exactly alike. In other words, they ignored the distinction of the WH consonant blend. I don't know just why - I suspect it was simply the way things were done at the time. Later, in high school, our elderly and erudite teacher of French corrected the misunderstanding by explaining the aspirated H as it applied to both French and English. Ever since, I have pronounced "WH" words in the way which remembers the H.

I am grateful to that teacher. Madame DeNood, rest in peace.

fermatprime said...

Hi again,

We often used SNARF here in the past. Do not believe it is wrong,

I used to be a co-cubscout AKELA with another woman. They just could not find a man.

Tried to dump Uverse, Jayce, when anniversary came around. No similar service here. In retrospect, it would have been better to go back to 3 separate providers!


Clear Ayes said...

Yes Bill G., anything (no need to comment, Dennis :o)) goes better with bacon and avocado. As a matter of fact, GAH and I had BLAT's (BLT with, either slices, or a good schmear of mashed avocado) for dinner this evening. I think your earlier post gave me the idea and luckily we had all the ingredients. So good!

Thanks for the information, Dudley. Maybe it was the four years of high school French that has kept me making the "Whooshy" sound for words beginning with WH.

Avg Joe, I'm afraid we cannot agree on all things Kristofferson. I believe he has written some amazing songs. Other than that, I really thought he was very good in "Heaven's Gate".

Al said...

OK, didn't see this answer, unless I simply missed it.
Without using $2 bills or half-dollars:

one $10
one $5
four $1
four pennies

and either three quarters + four dimes
or one quarter + nine dimes

so $20.19, I think...

Using half-dollars wouldn't change the amount.

Using $2 bills, you would remove the four ones and replace with eight $2 for $32.19